Street Fighter Fans Get What Capcom Wants, Not What They Deserve

Capcom's attempt to honor Street Fighter's anniversary is a repackaged mess that fails to celebrate the series' greatest moments, leaving fans behind.

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When word of Capcom's Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Set hit GameSpot yesterday, I went from curious to furious in an instant. For a set that's supposed to celebrate the series' numerous triumphs over the span of a quarter century, Capcom's decision to only include games ready-made for repackaging is lazy, ill-conceived, and an insult to the fans who have spent the better part of the last two decades supporting the series over and over again.

For $150, you get Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition, Street Fighter X Tekken, codes to download Street Fighter III: Third Strike OE and Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, costume and character DLC, the Street Fighter animated series, a documentary, an art book, a Ryu statue, a replica Ryu belt, an 11-disc soundtrack set, a certificate, and a box to hold it all. It's a fair price for the amount of content, but with only a handful of games, does the collection sufficiently represent 25 years of Street Fighter?

Where's the Alpha series, Pocket Fighter, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, and the games that made Street Fighter a household name, the arcade edition of Street Fighter II and its iterations? It's even more shocking that the original Street Fighter is nowhere to be found. Honestly, this set should just be called the "Next-Gen Street Fighter Value-Pak." The audio and video content is a nice bonus, but ultimately, it's the games that should come first, and this collection does more to reinforce the current state of Street Fighter than to celebrate its previous successes.

It's also worth mentioning that fans of the series probably own all of the titles in the upcoming 25th Anniversary Set. With that in mind, you have to wonder: is this really for fans? If it was actually designed with us in mind, why not include the titles that aren't already sitting on our shelves?

Capcom's decision to only include games ready-made for repackaging is lazy, ill-conceived, and an insult to the fans…
It's not like it would take a lot of manpower to port all of these games to new systems. With the exception of Street Fighter III, every Street Fighter game before it was released on hardware that's well documented and emulated at this point. Fans did it well over a decade ago, and it's highly suspect that Capcom couldn't cheaply whip up functional emulators to make these playable on the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 if they don't have that capability already. Capcom has done it before on less capable hardware, and with all the virtual console and digital download versions that do exist, one could assume Capcom has the tools to get the job done.

The industry's emphasis on DLC and downloadable titles is partially to blame for this trend. Now that these practices are the standard, we can no longer expect companies to provide fleshed-out packages, especially when it comes to tributes or collections. If Capcom sees the opportunity to release classic games in a piecemeal fashion as a way to increase earnings, it's in the best interest of its shareholders to maximize their profit potential by doing so. It's up to the publishers to make these decisions, and ultimately they're not run by gamers, but by executives who seemingly fail to appreciate the games that earned them the success they are so fervently protecting at every turn. At some point, the other half of the formula for success, the fans, might decide they've had enough. Personally, I have, and I'm sure I'm not alone.

There was a time when Capcom didn't shy away from comprehensive packages. Toward the end of the PlayStation 2's life span, Capcom released two Mega Man collections (Mega Man Anniversary Collection and Mega Man X Collection) and two Street Fighter Collections (Street Fighter Anniversary Collection and Street Fighter Alpha Anthology). All four of these products went on sale at price points lower than the industry standard, packing an array of titles too numerous to detail in a single paragraph. There were no figurines or soundtracks, just the games and a manual. Capcom even went to the effort to create Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition, a version of the game that let you choose from all versions of the characters that were in the five arcade variants of Street Fighter II. It wasn't an authentic reproduction of the arcade games, but it was thoughtful, and the effort alone is admirable.

Another example of Capcom doing an anniversary collection proper justice came about in September 2011 with the release of the Resident Evil 15th Anniversary Collection in Japan. Inside the box were the original PlayStation versions of 1-3 plus the HD Revival versions of Resident Evil 4 and Code Veronica X, alongside modest extras including two soundtrack discs, stickers, and a pair of pins. Even though Resident Evil 5 wasn't included, Capcom did leave extra space in the package for the game, should you own it. In the case of this anniversary set, the lack of gimmicky extras is overshadowed by the inclusion of games that actually matter to fans of the series. It doesn't matter that the versions of 1-3 are PlayStation discs. In a way, it's respectable that Capcom would reprint discs for such dated hardware. The best part is the price, which at 7,800 yen is just shy of $100.

Even though I have access to a number of Street Fighter releases in my personal collection, the thought of a complete Street Fighter and Street Fighter Alpha box set is incredibly enticing. I would gladly pay $200 for every version of Street Fighter I-IV, and Alpha, in a sleek, solid, and concise package. Now, it looks like it's a pipe dream.

I would gladly pay $200 for every version of Street Fighter I-IV, and Alpha…
Capcom isn't the only company guilty of phoning in an anniversary package "for the fans." One example that stands out is Nintendo's botched Super Mario All Stars 25th Anniversary release for the Wii in 2010. Nintendo simply ported the original ROM to the Wii. It didn't even include Super Mario World, which was available in the second iteration of Super Mario All Stars on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Fans were justifiably upset. The plucky plumber they grew up with was treated like a check just waiting to be cashed.

Amid all of the flack Capcom has taken for Street Fighter X Tekken, what better opportunity than this milestone anniversary to appeal to its fan base and reclaim those jaded and tired detractors who've moved on? There's so much more it could have done with this set, and if the emphasis had been on the games, it would have been a great opportunity to give the fans an awesome product, show due respect for one of its cornerstone IPs, and possibly reverse the downward trend in its reputation as the developer and curator of one of the industry's greatest series.

Are you a Street Fighter fan and planning on purchasing the Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Set? Do I sound like a nostalgic old toad who's stuck in the past? Let us know in the comments. If you're like me, I encourage you to stand up for the series you love, not the publishers who hold the rights to their release. If there are enough gamers who share my opinion, then hopefully we can convince Capcom to correct the errors of its ways by the time the 30th anniversary rolls around in 2017.

Discussion

193 comments
Shytink8965
Shytink8965

Street Fighter X Tekken is in the 25th anniversary but not Street Fighter II. Wow, Capcom. I like how you release a anniversary collection with a game that's been out for 6 months *Sarcasm*

catoblepas
catoblepas

No need to flush capcom down the toilet, they are doing a pretty good job of it themselves.

csward
csward

This collection is like something they would sell on QVC lol.

csward
csward

Capcom has truly fallen on hard times. This is wayy overpriced.

 

I can see many major game publishers going under or splitting up in 5-10 years. The industry can only stand so much milking before gamers turn their backs completely to the major devs. I mean look at the success of Minecraft, League of Legends, Angry Birds, ect. The big publishers can't keep up.

TruSake
TruSake

when is Street Fighter vs Mortal Kombat going to happen?

Kojo222
Kojo222

Don't worry. I'm sure Capcom'll release those games in ULTIMATE Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Set, due out in November!

cr8ive
cr8ive

@Peter Brown

"The industry's emphasis on DLC and downloadable titles is partially to blame for this trend. Now that these practices are the standard, we can no longer expect companies to provide fleshed-out packages, especially when it comes to tributes or collections."

 

Question... why the media never pointed this out or voiced their concerns when the curse started appearing? Even the average Joe could see what's coming when the DLCs started getting frequent and closer to release date.

 

If most gaming medias frowned on any unreasonable DLCs from the start, wouldn't they have been able to at least stall (or stop) the trend? You guys opted to look the other way... it's tad too late to start saying it now, isn't it?

 

Enjoy your half  a pie, cuz that's the only way we can get it nowadays

Yagami-san
Yagami-san

I wish there were more gamers like Peter Brown who knows how to make a stand. I didn't and don't plan to buy Diablo3 because I am totally against the always online bullshit that Blizzard has forced upon their fans. For me, it was an act of betrayal to their fans that they would force that policy on us. Unfortunately, most of my friends had already gone and bought it. 

Callista08
Callista08

I'm glad that this journalist actually manages to hit the problem with this package on the head. 

in2DarKneSs
in2DarKneSs

This is a growing trend amongst triple AAA title manufacturers. Square-enix, capcom, Konami, etc. These companies are all repackaging games to sell in a new market, and successfully doing so. This trend must stop with the consumers ultimately, if this Street Fighter 25th had super poor sales they might rethink this strategy. These companies think us gamers stupid, and by continually buying in we're proving them right. Personally I have a hard time supporting Capcom anyway after the whole Legends 3 debacle. I love Megaman and they've totally forgotten fans who aren't just looking for a new star force or classic megaman (although star force hasn't seen a new iteration either).

mrblonde1283
mrblonde1283

Yea, I think both Tekken and Mortal Kombat are superior.

179107199999
179107199999

You are sound in mind.Capcom doesn't care for the franchise.They care how to market it.They're money grubbers now.People are begnining to realize that.Therefor they don't care to buy there products.I enjoyed the 15th Anniversary I mean it had the Greatest SF Anime ever made right in the game.I also purchased the the Antho series because I never played Pocket Fighter.Capcom lacks creativity and sellling sense.When you sale hack jobs fans start saying "you suck" then walk away.They must think there consumers are mindless zombies.

Shinobi120
Shinobi120

I agree. This collection is terrible. THIS is your way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the series? 

 

If Capcom REALLY wanted to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the SF series, why not include the Arcade versions of almost every SF game (& every SF version) in the book on a disc?

 

Street Fighter 1

Street Fighter II: The World Warrior

Street Fighter II: Championship Edition

Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting

Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers

Super Street Fighter II Turbo

Super Street Fighter II Turbo: HD Remix

Street Fighter Alpha 1

Street Fighter Alpha 2

Street Fighter Alpha 3 (the other version of it from SFA Anthology where it has more characters, backgrounds, & no loading times)

Street Fighter III: New Generation

Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact

Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike

 

See where I'm going with this?

Chrono_Shift
Chrono_Shift

Capcom, the killer of childhoods!

First Mega Man, then Resident Evil, followed by Devil May Cry, and now Street Fighter! What next? :D

While I really want Breath Of Fire to return, very very badly, at this rate I wonder if it's a good thing it's not around to be with this current mess of a company.

wonzan
wonzan

Whoever is in charge of capcom right now NEEDS to be fired. He or she is running the company to the ground whilst making as much money as possible. Whoever is in charge will probably just jump ship and sell shares if things get too hairy. Ridiculous.

kkee
kkee

It's a pretty disappointing set, especially given how easy it show by to port many of the games to PSN/ XBLA

 

It's also the 25th Anniversary of Final Fantasy and Metal Gear this year, and I'm hoping at least Konami show some Metal Gear love by having an HD remake of MGS or a MGS5 announcement.

freefadi
freefadi

Seriously! is Capcom still going along with it's "Get a lot of money, and get it as fast as possible!" attitude? It's reputation is in the dumps ever since they destroyed my favorite series: Resident Evil by releasing RE5, handed down Devil May Cry to some developer who ruined the game, and ripping Street Fighter players as much as possible!...Shame on them really!

 

lex_in_the_moon
lex_in_the_moon

Good call on game companies starting to sell more style than substance.

kevin8r
kevin8r

Not even an hd updated alpha 3? Like other people said, I have all those in their collection except sfxt, and i dont want it, but not having the old ones included instead of a crappy show and music barely anyone wants, this decision on capcoms part is mind blowing. If youre going to do a 25yr. collection, do it right!

likitb4ustikit
likitb4ustikit

It would be cool for just DLC Characters like Honda in street x tekken

 

degeneraz
degeneraz

I could really care less about the sound tracks, all 11 of them.

rey2
rey2

How about they give it to us for free after supporting the franchise throughout the years.  No?  Then not even worth our time.

PerfectZedor
PerfectZedor

You sound like a nostalgic old toad who's stuck in the past. End of story. Period.

NejiKusa
NejiKusa

Most fans already have those games

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

@3vLron1N, dude did you not read the article, he said it was a fair price for the content but I agree with the guy, this is supposed to be a game collection, not a soundtrack or anime or film collection, so how do you justify there being more content of other media; honestly SF imo is a 2nd tier fighter so I dont care, Id rather have a new dark stalkers, but I am not a fan of capcom continously screwing over fans

FuBi2k
FuBi2k

So basically, everyone under the age of 25 doesn't care if they didn't include the originals. =P Any package like this that doesn't include Alpha is a crime, in my opinion.

unmannedrobot
unmannedrobot

did you have to throw nintendo into the fray ? its collection was no where near the 150$ amount of capcom's compilation.

bgghgubcjhgknjk
bgghgubcjhgknjk

Yeah it's a great package and I shall be waiting for the shop to open to buy it because it's just such a nice pack even if you have all the games

3v1LR0n1N
3v1LR0n1N

IMO: c'mon people street fighter 2, 3, and 4 plus street fighter x tekken (including alot of dlc for both SFxT and SFIV) PLUS  a couple of movies AND an entire anime movie.... that alone is worth alot more than $150 seriously. i think capcom made a smart move by NOT including street fighter 1 and keeping it (well... most likely) in the documentary included in the set.... plus it has a cool statue (IMO) and a replica of ryu's belt as the icing to the cake :) so all together i say this set is easily worth $300-$400 or even more with all that is included so $150 is a bargin... but then again i dont own any of the stuff included in the set :P so i dont know how you guys that got the games already feel.....bad side to me is yes its a shame no alpha series... but thats it

TrueGB
TrueGB

 @179107199999 Maybe that's why they're the biggest provider of zombie franchises? Sort of a veiled insult to the fans, heh.

rey2
rey2

 @Chrono_Shift Not to mention Onimusha.  As much as we want a Breath of Fire return as well everyone expects capcom to give an incomplete game lately.

TrueGB
TrueGB

 @kkee Didn't they just release a collection of MGS?

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

If you "could" care less, it indicates that you already care a lot. "Couldn't" care less on the other hand, shows that you care so little it's not possible to care any less than that.

3v1LR0n1N
3v1LR0n1N

 @kiramasaki well personally id rather have a guilty gear collection like this....but no anime series lol ..........and yes i did read the article i was refering to other peoples comments

psyrainia
psyrainia

 @bgghgubcjhgknjk NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! DONTA DO IT,. IF U REALLY CARE ABOUT SF DONT BUY THIS GARBAGE!!!!!

bgghgubcjhgknjk
bgghgubcjhgknjk

 @3v1LR0n1N But not many people have even heard of the alpha series let alone play it and those were more spin offs then actual additions to the series, great games still but not part of the main series

nsfn
nsfn

 @3v1LR0n1N So in your opinion this package is worth $300-$400. Why don't you buy a dozen and go on Ebay? You could clean house.

179107199999
179107199999

@TrueGB ....lol that makes way too much sense!!

flaxgrass
flaxgrass

 @MooncalfReviews whats actually annoying is when people correct that.  it means they dont care. deal with it.

bgghgubcjhgknjk
bgghgubcjhgknjk

 @psyrainia Well I happen to be a game collector so it's worth it just for that but I reckon the only way it could be better for the price is if it had a port of the original arcade version of Street Fighter 1 but apart from that it looks great and everyone I talk to off GS agrees with me

3v1LR0n1N
3v1LR0n1N

 @mustardstinks i laugh everytime some one says something like this made my day... no i dont work for any game company nor do they pay me..wish they did though lol

3v1LR0n1N
3v1LR0n1N

@nsfn no not my opinion i calculated the worth of the collection but yeah the rest is pretty much my opinion.... seriously though by the time this comes out SFxT will most likely be around $40 (currently $60), and SF4 about $20 (currently $30) the entire anime is still gonna be close $80 or more, each movie will probably be $20 (2 movies if im not mistaken) the statue could easily be $50 or more the belt $30 or more...etc. etc. you get my point? and since i dont own any of the content its worth it to me for sure

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

Nah it doesn't. The original phrase was "I couldn't care less", but it's been distorted over time, mostly by rednecks. ;)

psyrainia
psyrainia

 @3v1LR0n1N pleeze,. ure the second one ive begged today,. PLZ DO NOT BUY THIS,. SF IS AWESOME BUT IF U CARE ABOUT THE SERIES PLZ DONT BUY THIS :/

ACWH
ACWH

 @3v1LR0n1N Cost isn't the issue. As the journalist said, most people have these games already so why spend £150 again on them? If I never had a single one then I would be tempted.

nsfn
nsfn

 @3v1LR0n1N No, you haven't calculated the worth. You have calculated the cost.