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[[caption-width-right:346:You know what they say, 3rd Strike's the charm.]]

-> ''Make your first move. So what's it gonna be?\\
You're trapped in the new world of Street Fighter III!\\
Fight for the Future, so what's it gonna be?\\
The 3rd Strike, y'all, it's Street Fighter III!\\
Make your first move. So what's it gonna be?\\
You're trapped in the new world of Street Fighter III!\\
Fight for the Future, so what's it gonna be?\\
The 3rd Strike, y'all, it's Street Fighter III! III! III!''
-->--'''Main Theme of ''Street Fighter III 3rd Strike'''''


In 1997, Capcom finally released the long-awaited true sequel to ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'', '''''Street Fighter III: New Generation'''''. It cut the roster of familiar characters to Ryu and Ken, and added a whole slew of brand-new fighters, [[note]]({{ninja}} girl Ibuki, African princess Elena, twins Yun and Yang, British boxer Dudley, Russian mutant Necro, ancient hermit Oro, Ken's Brazilian student Sean)[[/note]]including hulking American Alex (who was promoted as the new lead character of the game) plus the new BigBad, Gill.

The game was awaited with incredible hype, given its lineage. However, unlike previous games, ''III'' was met with very [[SoOkItsAverage poor public perception]]. It's hard to pinpoint exactly why the game failed. Most likely it was a strong case of [[ToughActToFollow unrealistic expectations]]. Some say years of {{Updated Rerelease}} of ''Street Fighter II'' and ''Alpha'' had left audiences apathetic, and the [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks unfamiliar cast turned off casual fans]]. Also, the learning curve of the game had increased exponentially, in part because veterans of the games had become so good. This kept away many new gamers, driving ''Street Fighter III'' into the margins.

Capcom would also released the inevitable update a few months later, with '''''Street Fighter III 2nd Impact: Giant Attack''''', which also added Hugo (the Andore {{mook}} from ''FinalFight'') and Urien (Gill's brother) plus the return of Akuma.

In a final attempt, a second update, '''''Street Fighter III 3rd Strike: Fight for the Future''''', was released, and has since become a fan favorite. The game returned Chun-Li to the lineup, added four new characters, [[note]]young Japanese karate practicer Makoto, the mysterious Q, Guile {{expy}} Remy and the shapeshifting mutant Twelve[[/note]] rebalanced the system, and is often praised for having the best graphics of any 2D fighter up to that point.

While remaining quite obscure, giving its high level gameplay, the game was (and still is) immensely popular for TournamentPlay. This popularity eventually [[VindicatedByHistory gave the game the recognition it didn't receive at the time of its release]]. Due to how popular it eventually became, and fervent fan requests, Capcom re-released this game on XboxLiveArcade and the [[{{PlayStationNetwork}} PlayStation Network]] in 2011 as '''''Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition'''''; it features online play, enhanced visual settings, and other bonus content.

'''Fighters ready. Engage!'''
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!!Tropes Distinct To, Or Introduced In, This Game:
* AlternateCompanyEquivalent: Remy is Capcom's take of a typical Creator/{{SNK}} design that you might see in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' or its ilk.
* AmbidextrousSprite: Amazingly averted, for a 2D game. Gill's half-red half-blue body does ''not'' switch colors when he turns around. He was deliberately designed this way so that Capcom could show off the power of their CPS-3 board. Although, Oro doesn't have that kind of luck.
* AntiFrustrationFeatures: If you continue a set number of times in ''3rd Strike'', the CPU's difficulty level will be bumped down a level.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Reappears in ''New Generation'' and ''2nd Impact''.
* CharacterRosterGlobalWarming: About 20 characters and two (possibly three) big guys (Alex, Hugo and possibly Q).
* ColonCancer: The ''2nd Impact'' and ''3rd Strike'' portion of the second and third title respectively are sometimes treated as separate titles instead of being part of the main title.
* DieChairDie: Certain stages allow for this ranging from causing furniture in the background to bounce after a powerful attack to causing a character to be knocked into a different part of the level for another one of the rounds.
* DifficultButAwesome: Mastering the parrying mechanic can make a huge difference.
** Twelve's X.C.O.P.Y. Super Art demands that you have knowledge of the other characters' movesets, but given that you can still make use of their taunt-granted buffs while mimicked, he ''can'' become a force to be reckoned with.
* GameBreakingBug: The arcade version of ''3rd Strike'' with revision 990512 (dated May 12, 1999) had a bug that causes the game to restart if Ken defeats Makoto using his neutral throw. This was fixed on revision 990608 (dated June 8, 1999).
* TheIlluminati: Is actually [[BigBad Gill]]'s [[NebulousEvilOrganisation organization]].
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: A few of the themes on the soundtracks have some pretty weird genre mashups. Elena's theme, for example, mixes up African drums with house music with some saxophone thrown in, and Q's theme can only be described as funky ''[[Series/TheXFiles X-Files]]'' music.
* PracticalTaunt: Taunting provides {{Status Buff}}s, which is still a rarity in fighting games.
** Especially Q, who turns into a brick wall if you can taunt three times in a round.
* PunchParry: A new Parry mechanic that was added to the game, enabling with the proper timing a player to cancel out attacks by pushing either forward or down as an attack lands.
* ShoutOut: Pitting Alex against Hugo results in them [[http://youtu.be/0nZDHNlToLI?t=5s standing chest to chest, staring each other down]] ŕ la [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45-IEcYi2uk Hulk Hogan/André the Giant at WrestleMania III]].
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Elena and Ibuki in the first two games. ''3rd Strike'' added Chun-Li and Makoto.
* UpdatedRerelease: Played straight with ''2nd Impact''. Subverted with ''3rd Strike'' which is actually a sequel storywise.
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'''N-N-N-N-NOW! FIGHT A NEW RIVAL!'''
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