Fighter’s History

This really could be Ryu standing over Sagat, couldn't it?  They didn't even try.
This really could be Ryu standing over Sagat, couldn't it? They didn't even try.

This is a very blatant Street Fighter 2 clone published in 1993.  It is, in fact, so blatant that Capcom actually sued the creators for copyright infringement.  Despite the fact that, in hindsight, the rip-off was incredibly clear, Capcom lost because the court ruled that quarter-circle-forwards, fireballs, and American martial artists with long blond hair were scènes à faire for the fighting game genre.

Justice struck ten years later, however, when the company that made the game, Data East, filed for bankruptcy.

Surprisingly, the game is decent, for an early 2d fighter.  Perhaps it’s not so surprising, because it plays as though the code itself were ripped from Street Fighter 2.  As eye-rollingly boring or goofy as the characters from Street Fighter generally are, the characters in this game are worse, so I don’t imagine it did very well.  I’m talking character design on the level of “blond guy with long hair in jeans,” here.  It’s really no wonder they didn’t topple Capcom’s empire.

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