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Videogame: Street Fighter III
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 Street Fighter II, 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 including hulking American Alex (who was promoted as the new lead character of the game) plus the new Big Bad, Gill.

The game was awaited with incredible hype, given its lineage. However, unlike previous games, III was met with very poor public perception. It's hard to pinpoint exactly why the game failed. Most likely it was a strong case of unrealistic expectations. Some say years of Updated Re-release of Street Fighter II and Alpha had left audiences apathetic, and the 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 Final Fight) 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  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 Tournament Play. This popularity eventually 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 Xbox LIVE Arcade and the 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!

Tropes Distinct To, Or Introduced In, This Game:

  • Alternate Company Equivalent: Remy is Capcom's take of a typical SNK design that you might see in The King of Fighters or its ilk.
  • Ambidextrous Sprite: 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.
  • Anti-Frustration Features: If you continue a set number of times in 3rd Strike, the CPU's difficulty level will be bumped down a level.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Reappears in New Generation and 2nd Impact.
  • Character Roster Global Warming: About 20 characters and two (possibly three) big guys (Alex, Hugo and possibly Q).
  • Colon Cancer: 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.
  • Die, Chair! Die!: 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.
  • Difficult but Awesome: 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.
  • Game-Breaking Bug: 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).
  • The Illuminati: Is actually Gill's organization.
  • Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: 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 X-Files music.
  • Practical Taunt: Taunting provides Status Buffs, 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.
  • Punch Parry: 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.
  • Shout-Out: Pitting Alex against Hugo results in them standing chest to chest, staring each other down a la Hulk Hogan/Andre The Giant at Wrestlemania III.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Elena and Ibuki in the first two games. 3rd Strike added Chun-Li and Makoto.
  • Updated Re-release: Played straight with 2nd Impact. Subverted with 3rd Strike which is actually a sequel storywise.

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