I can’t think of anyone alive these days that has not played Street Fighter II. It’s just one of those games that happens to have such a massive legacy. And if you happen to be the kind of person who devours Street Fighter tidbits, then these development tales from yesteryear might surprise you.

Street Fighter II game director Akira Nishitani has been filling his Twitter stream with all kinds of new information regarding how the game was made. Mugen Fighters Guild has listed them all. Here’s a few of the gems that Nishitani has unleashed:

Apparently Sagat’s home stage has a haunted rock:

A random SF2 memory. A programmer told me he didn’t want the rock in Sagat’s stage being used as a landmark for Ryu’s corner traps, so he proposed having its position change randomly by a small amount. I can’t remember if that was actually implemented or not. If someone has some free time, please investigate this. Maybe it applied to the drum cans in the other stages, too? Or maybe it was in Champion Edition?

A fan of Chun Li’s massively muscular and sexy legs? They almost had a different look to them before the game went gold:

Yasuda-san was extremely particular about the rendering of Chun-Li’s stockings, he ended up respriting them about 3 times. And thanks to that we ran right up to the deadline and ran out of memory. We had a hard time.

The red hadoukens that were seen in SF2? Those weren’t glitches. Foreshadowing baby!

The red Hadoukens in the first SF2 weren’t actually a glitch, they were an intentional easter egg put in by the programmers. But I couldn’t have imagined that would eventually become the Shakunetsu Hadouken.

I love threads like this, and the rest of it makes for some interesting reading if you have the time. SHORYUKEN GEOFF!

Last Updated: October 29, 2013

was reviewed on PC


  1. I KNEW that, haha… No, not really. And I wish to see a woman with legs as Chun-Li’s… for… reasons…


  2. DrMario

    October 29, 2013 at 20:01

    Remarkable, they left out the most interesting….. The bosses names were swapped for the US version because initially Balrog’s (the Boxer) name was M. Bison (a rip off of Mike Tyson). They swapped Vega, M. Bison and Balrogs names around to avoid legal problems!!


    • Scott

      October 30, 2013 at 05:06

      True, but they might have figured that most fans of SF know that already.


  3. Dendennetrainer

    October 30, 2013 at 02:47

    Sorry, this isn’t about Street Fighter 2, but there’s something you MUST know! Save in Lumiose City! The reason is because your Pokemon will INSTANTLY go up to LEVEL 100 and instantly complete your Pokedex, and it you save and turn off, when you get back on, there’s 90% chance that the game will get your Pokemon to LEVEL 100 and the Pokedex will be completed!! IT’S TRUE!!! No matter what you do, it will always work and worked like a charm for me!!

    So save in Lumiose City because it always work 99% of the time!!

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read my comment, as I want this to happen to anyone else. And I apologize for interrupting your conversation. But carry on!


    • Exalted Overlord Geoffrey Tim

      October 30, 2013 at 07:39

      Don’t listen to the troll; it kills your save as we’ve posted before.


      • LAblak22

        October 30, 2013 at 07:51

        We… okay, just hear me out… should KILL… the troll… I just bought a few feet of lynching rope and a whole mess of new pitchsporks, so if you guys are game?


        • Kensei Seraph

          October 30, 2013 at 08:15

          I prefer hanging him up by his toes and then poking him until candy starts to come out.


          • Weanerdog

            October 30, 2013 at 09:18

            Trolling is an art form you HACK, if you are not going to get creative or at least put in some effort sod off back to your sad little hovel. Has your mother even stopped lactating yet? You twat.

          • Kensei Seraph

            October 30, 2013 at 11:27

            Wow. You must be an amazing CoD player.

          • Weanerdog

            October 30, 2013 at 14:22

            Don’t know never played it.

          • Kensei Seraph

            October 30, 2013 at 16:46

            Oh, sorry for the knee-jerk reaction.

          • Weanerdog

            October 30, 2013 at 18:24

            Np I was the idiot replying to the wrong post. Sorry about that.

          • LAblak22

            October 30, 2013 at 12:41

            You’re a super, super duper scary internet person. It’s like I could feel your rage, sir. I could feel it. And I was scared. I was so scared — oh your god.

          • Weanerdog

            October 30, 2013 at 18:26

            Replied to wrong post, and I am adorable on the internet, not scary at all.

          • Rincethis

            October 30, 2013 at 18:46

            Not scary on the internet, but the ‘real world’ he’s terrifying! *RUNS

          • Weanerdog

            October 31, 2013 at 09:17

            You can run but you can’t hide

  4. Alien Emperor Trevor

    October 30, 2013 at 05:44

    And Blanka is a troll character. That damn electricity…


    • LAblak22

      October 30, 2013 at 07:53

      “Ah… I see you’re trapped in the corner… It would be a pity if somebody… continuously electrocuted the living puck out of you.” 8 year olds


  5. Unavengedavo(aka. IceCreamMan)

    October 30, 2013 at 08:49

    Street Fighter made me realise one thing when I played it the first time… I totally suck at Fighting Games!


    • Hondsepop

      October 30, 2013 at 10:23

      Same, punching buttons randomly to hopefully create a special “move”, is not my thing.


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