Capcom’s been dropping hints for months that they had something big planned for Street Fighter’s big 25th anniversary, and today they finally showed us how they plan to celebrate the birthday of gaming’s most iconic and influential fighting game: with a gigantic $150 box set that celebrates Street Fighter’s storied history and community.
The box set includes Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix, Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition, a version of Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition that includes all of the character costume DLC, and a copy of Street Fighter X Tekken which also includes all the costume DLC released so far. I suppose if you had to nitpick, you could complain that the collection doesn’t include any of the Alpha or Versus titles (or the original [kind of terrible] Street Fighter 1 for that matter,) but outside of the curious addition of SFxT, I think Capcom did a pretty good job of picking the most important “main series” releases.
The set also includes a 2-disc blu-ray movie that has a documentary about the history of the series and the dedicated community that it has cultivated over the last quarter century. The blu-ray also includes the Street Fighter 2 anime movie (sorry pervs, I don’t know if Capcom is using the version with Chun-Li’s shower scene edited out,) and a few episodes of the Street Fighter animated series. Again, if I had to nitpick, I’d complain about the lack of the awesomely-terrible Street Fighter 2 live action movie starring Raul Julia and Jean Claude Van-Damme, but there’s a probably a host of messy licensing issues as to why that wasn’t included.
As for physical goodies, the box also comes with an 8-inch, light-up statue of Ryu, posed in mid-Shoryuken, a 64 page hardcover artbook, and weirdest of all, a life-size replica of the black belt that Ryu wears. The set also includes an 11 disc soundtrack that contains both the games’ original music as well as a selection of fan-made remixes that Capcom commissioned awhile back.
The entire package will be released in stores this September to coincide with Street Fighter’s big anniversary, and will retail for $150. While the collection makes a few omissions that I’m sad about it, it is a pretty good package nonetheless, and Street Fighter fans should probably try to pre-order or lock-down one of these babies now, because I guarantee you that this shit will fetch a bloated price on eBay a few months down the line (not that I’d ever sell mine, mind you.)
Meanwhile, Mega Man also celebrates his 25th anniversary this year, but I doubt Capcom is going to show that franchise the same amount of love as Street Fighter.