Need something to entertain yourself with during your lunch break? Don’t worry, we got the perfect thing for you; the I Am Street Fighter, a documentary celebrating the game’s 25th anniversary. The incredibly consistent and challenging Street Fighter franchise from Capcom has inspired many legendary moments (remember Daigo versus Justin Wong?) over the last quarter century, and nobody knows this better than the company itself.
The Japanese developer created this critically-acclaimed brawl-for-it-all way back in 1987, when you played as Ryu, the young but talented competitor in a worldwide martial arts tournament. Arcades around the globe were inundated by would-be competitors who aimed to best ten opponents over five different countries. Players were able to perform three types of punch and kick attacks, each varying in speed and strength, as well as three special attacks: the Hadouken, Shoryuken, and Tatsumaki Senpuukyaku.
Capcom, seeing no end to their success, released an hour-long documentary over the weekend that pretty much details everything you had ever cared to know about the franchise: its history, how it was created, the legendary characters, the sound effects and more. The 72-minute film, which is available to watch for free below, was originally only available as part of the $149.99 Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Collection.
Recently, gamers wondered aloud whether or not there would be a Street Fighter V for next-gen consoles, such as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Producer Yoshinori Ono answered those questions, saying, “Personally, I don’t want to stop Street Fighter’s main numbered series at IV, but realistically speaking, developing a title for next-gen consoles requires a huge amount of staff members, and a large sum of money. The issue of money also applies to everyone else, as it’ll be required to invest in a new console, game, and arcade stick.”
Watch as Capcom’s own community manager Seth Killian, the aforementioned Yoshinori Ono, music producer DJ Qbert and famous professional players all share their thoughts on one of the world’s greatest fighting games.