Would you believe it eh, Street Fighter turns 25 this year. Doesn’t time fly, it seems like only yesterday that The Smiths were encouraging us to “hang the DJ” and The Simpsons were making their first appearances on The Tracy Ullman Show. Good times. In fact so good all this future we’re living in looks a bit rubbish by comparison. You suck 21st century, that’s right you with you with your space pants and your haircuts made of eco windmills, you’re just awful!
Thankfully we may just be able to save this time period from being a total washout as Capcom release a limited number of 25th Anniversary Collector’s Editions of Street Fighter. This is what you will get in exchange for you $149.99:
- Past and Present Street Fighter Games – Playable on current gen PS3 and Xbox 360 console systems, the four critically-acclaimed titles selected from the star-studded catalog are: Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, Street Fighter III 3rd Strike Online Edition, Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition with all costume DLC, and Street Fighter X Tekken including all character and Swap Costume DLC.
- Exclusive Video – The two-disc Blu-Ray set includes a documentary that highlights the profound influence the franchise has had on fans – and vice versa – throughout the years. The collection of videos also includes Street Fighter IV and Super Street Fighter IV Anime movies as well as all episodes of the Street Fighter animated series and Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie.
- Light-up Ryu Statue – A specially commissioned and highly-detailed collectible Ryu statue stands prominently at 8” tall and features the iconic character in mid-Shoryuken, with flames lit from below.
- 11-Disc Soundtrack – Street Fighter game music spanning the past 25 years, in addition to remixes and fan-created music inspired by past Street Fighter games .
- 64-page Hardcover Art Book – A tribute to Street Fighter game fans from all over the world, the art book includes fan pieces submitted by professional and aspiring artists alike.
- Ryu’s Belt – Created to regulation specs, the full-size martial arts black belt is a replica of the one Ryu wears and even includes his classic “Fūrinkazan” in kanji!
- Certificate of Authenticity – Each Collector’s Set comes individually numbered complete with a certificate of authenticity.
There will be both an Xbox 360 and PS3 version available in the US, however we have no word yet if this beauty will be making it’s way to the EU or not.
If this isn’t a sufficient enough way to celebrate Street Fighter turning 25 then you can always attended one of the number of tournaments being held across the USA which will see a Street Fighter master walk away with the top prize of $500,000 in cash and a custom designed Scion FR-S Sports Coupe.
So if you think your skills on Street Fighter X Tekken, Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition, Street Fighter III 3rd Strike Online Edition or Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix are the best in the world be sure to check out the events at these locations:
July 28-29 in Austin, TX
August 11-12 in the NY area (location pending)
August 26 in Taipei, Taiwan (location pending)
Mid-September in the Tokyo Region, Japan (date and location pending)
September 27-30 in London, England (in conjunction with Eurogamer Expo)
October 13-14 in Sao Paulo, Brazil (in conjunction with Brazil Game Show)
October 27-28 in Los Angeles, CA
October 31 – November 4 in Paris, France (in conjunction with Paris Games Week)
December 8 Finals in San Francisco, CA