Video Game: Street Fighter 2010


Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight is an early Street Fighter spin-off released for the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1990. Set in the distant and terrifying future of the year 2010, 2010 deviates completely from the martial arts tournament format of the original Street Fighter. Instead, it is a futuristic action game with emphasis on boss battles. 25 years after winning the first Street Fighter tournament, Ken has since become a gifted scientist, developing a new substance called Cyboplasm that gives subjects superhuman strength. When the Cyboplasm is stolen and Ken's lab partner Troy is murdered, Ken decides to take justice into his own hands by donning a cybernetic "Bionics" suit equipped with an interdimensional transporter, allowing Ken to pursue Troy's killer by tracking down traces of the Cyboplasm left behind across five different planets.

While considered something of a joke among Street Fighter purists due to its tenuous ties to the rest of the series and its now dated vision of the future, 2010 has nonetheless a cult following among NES players and fans of 2D action games due to its detailed graphics, killer soundtrack and unique game mechanics.

Street Fighter 2010 features examples of:

  • Big Bad Friend: The final boss is Troy himself, who secretly implanted traces of the Cyboplasm into Ken's body and then faked his death in order to test out Ken's abilities.
  • Boss Game: One of the few 8-bit examples in this sub-genre.
  • Canon Discontinuity: If this was ever canon to the Street Fighter games in any part of the world, it isn't anymore, or at the very least Capcom forgot about it.
  • Continuing Is Painful: Ken can increase his shooting range by picking up power-ups. Dying once will revert him back to his default range. Some of the power-ups, namely the flip-shield and option capsules, are also pretty hard to come by, as they only appear in certain stages.
  • Damn You, Muscle Memory: To shoot diagonally upwards, the player must press down while shooting rather than up-left or up-right like in most action shooters.
  • Dolled-Up Installment/Divorced Installment: While the NES version stars Ken as a cyborg 25 years after the events of the 1987 arcade game, the Famicom version makes no attempt to tie its story with the rest of the Street Fighter saga and simply claims that the protagonist is a policeman named Kevin. It is unknown which of these two versions are closer to the developers' original intention, as the Japanese manual has a screenshot of the Vs. screen with the name "Ken" (rather than Kevin) on it.
  • Dub Name Change: Kevin to Ken and Dr. Jose to Troy.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Was released a year before Street Fighter II started the whole fighting game boom.
  • In Name Only: Those expecting a futuristic competitive fighting game will be disappointed.
  • Market-Based Title: The Famicom version is titled 2010 Street Fighter (the date goes first). The English title evokes brand name recognition from both, Street Fighter and Final Fight.
  • Meaningless Lives: Continues are unlimited, and you restart the same stage no matter what. The game doesn't even have a scoring system to reset when you run out of lives.
  • Nintendo Hard: ...Not that having unlimited continues makes the game much easier.
  • Unstable Equilibrium: You lose your upgrades when hit, so if you can manage a No Damage Run, Ken can abuse his screen clearing attacks and invincible backflips.
  • Zeerust: Remember back in 2010 when our Earth was being populated by space aliens and mutants and people could travel to other planets by using interdimensional warp gates? No? Neither do we.