Street Fighter Continuity?

The following post was written by a friend of mine named James, the aforementioned friend who is the only person in the world who follows the Street Fighter story. It is completely unedited, so enjoy. This post will be edited or reposted later just so that it shows up with his name on it. Until then, any feedback can be sent to reddingmineshaft@gmail.com

Ok, so this is more a shout-out to anyone who has tried to follow the Street Fighter franchise based not only on the game, but also the story that holds it together. So I don’t wanna hear any bitchin’ about “who cares” or “what does that have to do with anything?” cause there are some people out there (the very few and proud) who like the characters as personalities and not someone who can “low kick CHAAAAAAIN into the shippu.”

As far as an actual ‘storyline’ for Street Fighter, it isn’t that easy to do. For instance some of the comics by udon and some of the endings of the characters in the separate installations don’t overlap properly or contradict one another. I have my own opinion of how the events in the Street Fighter saga take place, but that is not what I plan to discuss here. Despite there being some inconsistencies, there are some things that are accepted and are undisputable in the Street Fighter Universe. But before I get into that, let’s go over perhaps the biggest problem of all…

Street Fighter IV takes place BEFORE Street Fighter III. Now, not being an expert in roman numerals, I may have this wrong, but I am pretty sure IV is four and III is three. This petty squabble aside… let’s look at the REAL problem with this. But I may as well point this out now, an official story of what is going on in Street Fighter IV has not come out yet (or I haven’t heard of one yet) and so this is all speculation and hearsay (probably should have said that earlier).

Ok, Bison is ALIVE?! What the shit mate? He was killed by Akuma in the second world warrior tournament (That’s right, SFII chums) so he SHOULD be dead. So that’s the first bit of explaining CAPCOM has to do for me. Don’t get me wrong, Bison is a great villain for the series! But he is dead, none of this Shadowloo (-law depending) is still alive bullshit.

Character roster problem #2: Gouken is alive?! I’m sure some people have seen the little anime movies they’ve made for the launch of the game, and put Gouken in at the end of the second movie for no other reason than self-masturbation. And yes, in case you didn’t know Gouken is a playable character. The problem? He is dead. One of the few things we can all agree on in terms of Street Fighter story is that Gouken is dead. The death of Gouken was what spawned Ryu’s journey, it is the reason Street Fighter exists. Throwing Gouken into the mix is for those half-Street Fighter fans; the ones who thought ‘Shen Long’ was Gouken. Again, as my friend made mention, this is just CAPCOM making things more marketable to the group of people who call Dhalsim “that dude with stretchy arms.”

Also in the little anime sort of ‘this is why they are all back’ it is really unimaginative. Essentially what CAPCOM did was remake Street Fighter II in terms of story. Guile still wants to kill Bison cause of Charlie. Chun Li still wants to kill Bison cause he killed her father. And I’m sure Ryu and Ken are in it just to face each other (to be fair that’s why they are always there) and fight Akuma. I’m not sure why E.Honda or Dhalsim are in it, nor Blanka for that matter, but I’m sure it is just a rehashing of the Street Fighter II timeline. Or, as the little anime movie say, because they have the will to keep fighting in them or some shit. That is cool on about a t-shirt or poster level, but it alludes to nothing of the internal struggle Ryu has for becoming the true martial artist (Ok, yeah, cliché sure, but still a hell of a lot better than “Because we can! WOOYEAH ANIME POSE). In that same vein, the ‘four bosses’ are back. Now if you have ANY inclination of the Street Fighter story, they should not be considered the ‘four bosses.’ Sagat is only there to face Ryu again (fuck that’s why we all are there) not so much to further Bison’s plans of world domination (Bison dollars anyone?). Vega is a narcissistic self-promoting pretty boy but does act as Bison’s henchman. The same can be said about Balrog (not so much the pretty part but damn have you SEEN those abs?). The point here is that again, this is how the four characters were treated in Street Fighter II and Street Fighter IV gives them no further development. 

As far as the ‘new characters’ are concerned I have no problem with them. They don’t seem too off the wall. For instance C.Viper, although a little to machine like, is an ok addition as a female. Abel is a great addition in terms of style and approach so no complaints there. El Fuerte is great! They added a Mexican! Finally… now all they have to do is add a Canadian. However that fat pudgy bastard they added should go… he is like dan… only stupid and fat. Again, I don’t plan to complain about that here because Necro was just a combo of Blanka and Dhalsim for nostalgic purposes and Twelve was just a little too Alien for me, but I digress…

Don’t get me wrong, I love the Street Fighter series and I have been watching the development of Street Fighter IV since the day I got wind of it (a LONG time ago). I will most likely play it until I love all the characters equally, but as far as the story is concerned CAPCOM has done a hack job just so that they can get a shinier penny out of it. Who is to blame them really? I mean the 2d fighting game niche is kind of small, and of that niche people who actually follow the story even smaller. So in the grand scheme of things it was probably a better idea to do what they did. They may even try to retcon a few things (which will piss me off) but hey, ya gotta do what ya gotta do, right CAPCOM? 


2 Responses to “Street Fighter Continuity?”

  1. May 23, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Found this article through a Google search. Did James ever write a follow-up following the release of SFIV? I’m curious to see what he thinks of the plot as it stands right now (Gouken:”I never died! I was just taking a really long nap!”).

    I think, as another fan who enjoys the characters for their personalities, the real problem was the jump from Alpha to III. Why go to all the trouble of establishing a plot and backstory in one series arc only to completely disregard it with a new cast a and story line in another? Sure, I love playing Third Strike. As a game, it’s enjoyable, but as a fan I felt kind of cheated when it came to plot and character development. I feel it’s patronizing on Capcom’s part to assume that all of their are brainless, buying machines who will dry-hump anything with the name Street Fighter printed on it.

    But that’s just my opinion

    • 2 reddingmineshaft
      May 25, 2009 at 9:12 am

      I’ve thought about getting him to do it… as well as voice his thoughts on SFIV in general. Perhaps sometime this summer I’ll get him to do a Street Fighter follow up post.

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