"You can't give it up! GO FOR IT, MAN!"
"Let's PARTY! Go for broke!"
"Beat 'em up, guys! TRIUMPH OR DIE!"
— Announcer, Alpha 3
In 1995, Capcom released a long-awaited real sequel — or rather, a prequel
to Street Fighter II
, Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors' Dreams
(Street Fighter Zero
in Japan). With a distinctive anime-styled look based on Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie
takes place between the first two Street Fighter
games, and expands the backstory
of many of the major characters. The game also features returning characters from the original Street Fighter
(who were merely computer-controlled opponents, namely Thai-kickboxer Adon and British punk Birdie), as well as characters from Capcom's beat 'em up Final Fight
(ninja loner hero Guy and criminal samurai wannabe Sodom) and also introduced a few new characters: Dan Hibiki (the quintessential Joke Character
and Take That
to Street Fighter
copycat Art of Fighting
); American soldier Charlie (who was introduced as Guile's missing friend, and was called Nash in Japan); and Italian fortune teller Rose. All of them joined Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Sagat, M. Bison and Akuma.Street Fighter Alpha 2
was released less than a year later in 1996, which expanded upon the previous game, with the addition of a custom combo system, new stages and endings, and five additional characters. Among these new characters were Sakura Kasugano (a Japanese schoolgirl who idolizes Ryu), Rolento from Final Fight
, and Gen from the original Street Fighter
, as well as returning World Warriors Zangief and Dhalsim. The American arcade version added Evil Ryu to the roster, along with extra versions of Zangief and Dhalsim (in addition to Shin Akuma and Classic Chun-Li). Alpha 2
was re-released in Japanese arcades under the title of Street Fighter Zero 2 Alpha
, which included all the added characters from the American release, extra versions of all the Street Fighter II
characters (including Classic Chun-Li), as well as new moves for some of the returning characters and minor changes to the fighting system (particularly in the Custom Combo system, which were easier to perform, but now consumed a larger portion of the Super Combo gauge). Zero 2 Alpha
was ported to home consoles as Alpha 2 Gold
, which added Cammy to the roster as well (although she was only playable in the Versus and Training modes at first).Street Fighter Alpha 3
finished off the prequel sub-series in 1998, introducing a selectable fighting styles called "isms". In addition to Cammy, the Alpha 2
roster were joined by newcomers Karin Kanzuki (Sakura's rival from the manga Sakura Ganbaru!
), Rainbow Mika (a Japanese female wrestler) and Juni & Juli (M. Bison's female bodyguards), along with Cody from Final Fight
and most of the Street Fighter II
warriors who were absent in previous Alpha
titles (namely Blanka, E. Honda, Balrog and Vega). The console versions (and a later Upper
revision released only in Japanese arcades) brought back Guile and the rest of the "New Challengers" from Super Street Fighter II
(Fei Long, T. Hawk and Dee Jay), gathering the entire Super Street Fighter II Turbo
roster. A Game Boy Advance
port was released in 2002, adding Eagle, Maki and Yun (with his brother
Yang) fresh from their appearance in Capcom vs. SNK 2
. Finally, in 2006, Ingrid from Capcom Fighting Evolution
was added in the PSP version.
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