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  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
  • Fanon: The game doesn't spawn much on its own, but being the cornerstone of the series, a lot of fan theories have spawned regarding how characters who only popped up here are connected to the events and characters of the later games.
  • Funny Moments: Failing to break any bricks in the brick-breaking bonus level causes Ryu or Ken to grab their hand and spout a comical sounding "OH NO!" as the observing crowd boos.
  • Game-Breaker: Get acquainted with the command for the Shoryuken and you'll pretty much curbstomp every single opponent the game throws at you. It deals three hits, with each hit taking off an entire third of the enemy's health, and is unblockable, meaning that pulling the technique off in the enemy's face is an instant win.note 
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  • Narm Charm: The hilariously bad voice acting. All by one man.
  • Nightmare Fuel: When it isn't unintentionally hilarious, the heavily digitized voice acting can be somewhat creepy, especially the Evil Laugh at the end of the quote that plays when you lose to any of the opponents.
  • Older Than They Think: An obscure one, but many who play as Ryu in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS don't know about the alternate, pressure sensitive SFI cabinets, and think that his gimmick of being able to switch between light/heavy attacks by holding the button for different lengths originated there.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: The pressure-sensitive buttons on the original cabinets. Players can wear themselves out or injure themselves trying to use stronger attacks frequently, and cab owners find them a pain in the ass to maintain. No wonder the alternative 6-button layout became the standard instead.
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  • That One Attack: Sagat's Tiger Shot is grossly overpowered in this game, with a single hit being able to take away two-thirds of your health. And he has a habit of throwing one at you the moment the fight starts.
  • That One Boss: Sagat. Not only does he have an extremely high chance of blocking your attacks, but his stupidly powerful special moves will instantly knock you out if you have any less than two-thirds of your health remaining.

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