Like a spinning bird kick to the head, news that Capcom will sell a Street Fighter II cartridge 30 years after its release came as quite a shock. The nostalgic Nintendo onslaught with the #NES and SNES Classic consoles is nothing compared to owning a brand new cartridge for the original #SNES. It's marketing genius that is sure to have Mums and Dads alike carefully resurrecting their treasured consoles for some old-school button bashing.
Of Course It's Limited Edition
How limited? Only 5,500 of these will ever be up for grabs so I wouldn't wait for permission from your better half. It's only $100. Don't worry about the power bill, petrol or foods that start with the letter Q. Just tell yourself that money was made to be spent and make it happen. The official product website describes the must have Street Fighter II reproduction as:
Retro-inspired luxury, amplifying the core SNES box design with a glistening foil sheen, delicately embossed texture, chic spot varnish and an innovative tri-fold cover that opens to reveal bonus vintage art. Inside, we’re keeping it old-school by restoring the contents of the original instruction booklet, complete with a new archival cover print + secret pack-ins (to be revealed when you crack that shrink-wrap seal).
It Glows, Give Me
Alongside #iam8bit, Capcom has added some extra herbs and spices to the pot by randomly dividing the cartridge into two colours. For 4,500 lucky recipients, they will run to their letter boxes to find the Opaque Ryu Headband Red version. That would be amazing regardless, but I know which one I want. The true tiger upper cut to the head would be finding one of the 1,000 translucent, Glow-in-the-Dark Blanka Green cartridges to rock your Nintendo world.
Be Warned Of Its Immense Power
I told you, this is awesome. It even comes with a warning because let's face it, 1990 was a a few gaming sessions ago.
WARNING: Use of this reproduction game cartridge (the “Product”) on the SNES gaming hardware may cause the SNES console to overheat or catch fire. The SNES hardware is deemed a vintage collectible, so please exercise extreme caution when using the Product and make sure there is fire extinguishment equipment nearby. Use of the Product is at the sole risk of the user.
Imagine that. You dust of your original SNES only to see it go up in flames! Haha, actually that would be great and tragically sad all at once. Lucky I have two SNES consoles ready to go in case of an emergency. Wait, what about my limited edition Street Fighter cartridge, dammit! To play or not to play, that is the gaming question...
Will You Choose To Relive The Glory Days?
Back in the day, the ultimate way to prove your gaming skills was to master #StreetFighter or #MortalKombat. Being good at those two games in particular was definitely a sure way to achieve elite status. To master them all seemed like an achievement worthy of the Jedi archives. Not many reached Yoda status. For most (myself included), we had our moments, but were never going to have a seat on the Jedi Council.
To once again own a piece of gaming history is a very tempting proposition. Who are we kidding, for fanboys like you and I, we have to put our hats in the ring for this one.
What other SNES games would you love to see re-released? Sound off in the comments below!