During the SNES’ life, there were a couple of versions of Street Fighter II that launched on the console. What gamers might not remember, however, is the system also received the arcade classic, Street Fighter Alpha 2, in 1996. Though the SNES was on its last legs at that time, the port was surprisingly good, all things considered. And now, 25 years later, a crafty fan has discovered a hidden cheat code previously undiscovered. It grants players access to the all-powerful boss character, Shin Akuma.
Street Fighter Alpha 2 is now back in the limelight
Programmer Gizaha, who is from the Zeldix forums, found the code through reverse engineering. It takes a couple of steps to play as Shin Akuma, but it’s relatively easy to pull off.
Here’s what you have to do if you have a copy of the game in your SNES or as part of the Wii U Virtual Console:
- Beat Arcade Mode and get a new high score
- Enter your initials as “KAJ”
- Plug in a second controller and hold down the L, X, Y, and Start buttons at the start screen
- Use the first controller to select Versus while the above step is occurring
- Hold Start while highlighting Akuma to play as Shin Akuma
When I was a kid, I spent many hours trying to unlock Shin Akuma in Street Fighter Alpha 3 on PSX. And I had to do it the old fashioned way: beating him in battle. Still, it’s cool to see the character in that title’s predecessor, all these years later.
Enthusiasts, what do you think of this late discovery from Street Fighter Alpha 2? Do you own the cartridge on the SNES? Let us know below.