"You did quite well, but you need more training to defeat me!"
Do you know which Street Fighter game features this quote? (Answer below!)
This week, Capcom released Ultra Street Fighter IV (USFIV) as a standalone game for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC. The Street Fighter franchise has been around since 1987 - that is 27 years of punch and kick attacks! At Guinness World Records, we have recognized this fighting game with many record titles. We only hope to see 27 more years of record-breaking Hadoukens from the series. Here are eight world records, showing off nearly three decades of Street Fighter's super combo moves:
LONGEST-RUNNING FIGHTING VIDEO GAME SERIES
Why it's awesome: The king of fighting franchises, Street Fighter began in 1987 with the original arcade game from Capcom and celebrated its 27th anniversary with the release of USFIV in Japanese arcades in April, followed by this week's full retail versions.
MOST PROLIFIC FIGHTING VIDEO GAME SERIES
Why it's awesome: Street Fighter is also the most prolific fighting videogame series, combining quantity with longevity, releasing a total of 127 qualifying games in these last 27 years. This includes all crossover titles across all platforms and arcade releases. It does not include compilations, though.
MOST TOURNAMENT WINS IN STREET FIGHTER/FIRST WOMAN TO WIN A PROFESSIONAL STREET FIGHTER EVENT
Why they're awesome: These two professional "Street Fight-ing" gamers know how to create the perfect winning combinations of special attacks: Hadouken, Shoryuken, and Tatsumaki Senpuukyaku. Ryan Hart (UK, below as Ryu), who has tasted victory in seven different countries over the course of a 15-year career as of September 2010, has won the most national and international tournaments for games in the Street Fighter series with 30 titles.
Meanwhile, best known among pro-gamers under her tag of “Kayane”, Marie-Laure Norindr (France, above as Chun-Li) became the first woman to win a professional Street Fighter event at the Evolution Championship Series 2010 when she beat Sola “Burnyourbra” Adesui in the women’s Super Street Fighter IV final.
BEST-SELLING COIN-OPERATED FIGHTING GAME
Why it’s awesome: The best selling coin-operated fighting video game was the 1991 arcade release of Street Fighter II. Offering an inspiring choice of fighters, capable of over 30 moves each, plus a range of deadly foes and some simple controls, the game was an instant hit. It was also one of the first games to feature an eight-way joystick and six-button controls.
BEST-SELLING iOS FIGHTING GAME
Why it's awesome: Street Fighter IV (2010) successfully transferred the gameplay to an iOS version that had sold 615,000 copies within 2 years of its release.
FIRST FEMALE PLAYER CHARACTER IN A FIGHTING GAME
Why it’s awesome: The first female character to be playable in a fighting game is ex-Interpol agent Chun-Li, from the Street Fighter series. She made her debut in Street Fighter II (1991), which also premiered other now-iconic franchise characters like Blanka, Dhalsim, and E. Honda.
HIGHEST SCORE IN SUPER STREET FIGHTER IV ARCADE MODE
Why it’s awesome: On 5 December 2010, Rob Seymour racked up 2,587,000 points on the PlayStation 3 version of Super Street Fighter IV (2010), more than doubling the previous record. He used high-scoring combos to pile on the points and deliberately lost one round per fight to allow the maximum scoring opportunities across all three rounds in a bout.
LONGEST VIDEOGAME MARATHON ON A FIGHTING GAME
Why it’s awesome: The longest videogame marathon playing a fighting game lasted 48 hours exactly. The Game Emporium in Garrettsville, Ohio, USA, welcomed Anthony "AJ" Lysiak (USA, above) and his endless character match-ups for this two day marathon playing Street Fighter X Tekken (2012). We wonder which character he liked playing the most?
Well that was just a small selection of record titles for the franchise! USFIV looks great and we hope to see more record attempts from our community for this game. Let us know by submitting an application and let make sure to drop your favourite Street Fighter character in the comments. A straw poll in the GWR office has us divided between Chun Li and Blanka.
P.S. Answer to above was, of course, the best Street Fighter game ever - Street Fighter II!
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