Capcom first released Street Fighter in arcades back in 1987, where players could play as Ryu in an international martial arts tournament. Capcom then popularized our modern style of one-on-one fighters with the incredibly popular release of the sequel Street Fighter II in 1992. The sequel was the first game to allow players to choose from a number of fighters, which has become a staple in similar games.
Many gamers will recognize Street Fighter II and it's various re-releases as one of their first fighting games, which has led to years of nostalgic feelings towards the franchise, which has spawned numerous sequels and spin-off games and moved into other mediums with animated series, comic books, and live-action films. Today we are going to take a look at a few gifts that any Street Fighter fan would be lucky to have in their collection.
10 STREET FIGHTER BLU-RAY
Okay, we may have lost some of you right away with this pick, but just wait! No, 1994's Street Fighter adaptation was not exactly the best representation of the franchise, and it features some truly appalling acting, writing, special effects, and Jean Claude Van Damme.
However, it also happens to star Raoul Julia in one of his last roles, and he absolutely takes over that movie as M. Bison. Street Fighter is so bad it's almost good, and let's be honest, it's still better than Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, so as long as you aren't buying that everybody should be happy.
9 STREET FIGHTER V: ARCADE EDITION
With all of the sequels, re-releases, spin-offs, and crossover games the Street Fighter franchise has seen over the years, there are over 30 games to enjoy. Of course, there are a few games to hate, which was the initial reaction to the release of Street Fighter V in 2016.
Thankfully Capcom listened to the fan's complaints and released the new Arcade Edition which fixes some of the obvious issues like adding a solo campaign and including all of the DLC characters. A new user interface along with new Arcade and Extra Battle Modes make the 2018 mulligan a must-have for SF fans.
8 HADOUKEN PLUSHIE
The first Street Fighter may not be some gamers favorite due to the restriction to two characters and fight mechanics that weren't quite right yet. However, the game was incredibly innovative and was a necessary first step to get the genre moving in the right direction.
One thing the first game did introduce that lasted throughout the following incarnations was the ability to launch special attacks like the iconic Hadouken/Hadoken. Multiverse Studio Inc. has created a plushy blast of spirit energy, which means all that's left for you to is loudly and proudly scream Hadouken... preferably around lots of people.
7 RETRO STREET FIGHTER TEE
The easiest way for us fans to express our love of Street Fighter and other fandoms is to wear it loud, and retro video game tees are thankfully pretty easy to find these days. American Classics and Capcom have released an officially licensed tee that features the iconic logo from the first Street Fighter.
The shirt also features the player select game from the screen, which gave players the option to either play as Ryu or Ken in the campaign mode or the two-player versus mode. It's a nice touch to bring players back to the memories of the first game while still keeping it minimalistic.
6 BATTLE RYU STATUE
Sideshow Collectibles has a large selection of Street Fighter statues and dioramas that sell out fairly quickly, so we've selected a few stand-out statues that would look great in any fans collection. The Battle Ryu Statue from PCS Collectibles is an incredibly detailed representation of his Street Fighter V in-game models.
The 1:4 scale statue captures Ryu as he is preparing his famous Hadouken spirit energy blast, so the statue features an eye-catching translucent blue energy effect. It also stands at over 20" tall and features a stylized Suzaku Castle base that calls back to the character's initial appearances.
5 25TH ANNIVERSARY CHESS SET
Street Fighter has been adapted into a number of other games over the years, including deck-building games and even its own version of Monopoly. Chess sets have started to become more popular with fans looking for a new and interesting way to express their love of their favorite characters.
Street Fighter released an amazing set for their 25th anniversary that features a glass game board and highly detailed silver and pewter pieces. The pieces feature characters from Street Fighter divided between the Shadaloo crime syndicate and their heroic counterparts, with the pawns represented by upraised fists and Bison's Shadaloo symbol.
4 ROCK PAPER SCISSORS HADOUKEN TEE
The Hadouken reappears frequently in pop culture due to its recognition from the Street Fighter franchise, which we can see in this awesome Tee from Crazy Dog TShirts. This stylish and comical shirt mashes two classic games played with your hands together in the ultimate fusion - Street Fighter X Rock, Paper, Scissors.
While the graphic alone is enough of a sell for this Tee, Crazy Dog also promises this will become your "new favorite shirt," thanks to their state-of-the-art equipment and high-quality super-soft shirts. This shirt can even appeal to casual fans thanks to the popularity of the classic special move. "PRO-TIP: HADOUKEN ALWAYS WINS"
3 UNDISPUTED STREET FIGHTER RETROSPECTIVE
Street Fighter has been a part of gamer culture for over thirty years and has helped evolve the fighting game genre. The game and characters themselves have undergone a number of evolutions over the years, which the Undisputed Street Fighter Deluxe Edition: A 30th Anniversary Retrospectivetakes a closer look at.
The beautiful hardcover book features exclusive content and interviews that offer a behind-the-scenes look into the development and growth of the Street Fighter franchise and its imaginative characters. The Deluxe Edition features "iconic art, design, and imagery from across the Street Fighter universe" that is a must-have for any SF fan.
2 M. BISON STATUE
The leader of the Shadaloo organization and one of the baddest bads in the game is M. Bison, though he was originally known as Vega in the Japan release. Bison was a non-playable boss in Street Fighter II, though the updated Champion Edition made the fan-favorite character playable.
Pop Culture Shock Collectibles has released a fantastic M. Bison statue based on his Street Fighter V appearance that showcases the megalomaniac at his most evil. The 1/4 scale statue sits atop an LED Psycho Drive base that glows along with Bison's eyes and stands at over 26.5" tall.
1 STREET FIGHTER II ARCADE CABINET
Now we know what you're thinking, but this Street Fighter II is surprisingly affordable, and probably the best gift any retro SF could ever receive. Arcade1UP produces the inexpensive arcade machine with authentic controls and a 17" Color LCD screen housed in a themed 4ft cabinet.
The best gift ever gets even better as it also features not one but three games, which include Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, Street Fighter II: The New Challengers, and Street Fighter II Turbo. Retro gamers will be overflowing with nostalgia at playing these games back on the arcade machine we played growing up.
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