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Street Fighter Celebrates 20 Years With New Movie

5 March 2009 by: Frederick Carle 2 Comments


This week we see the release of the new Street Fighter Movie, The Legend of Chun Li. This is part of the movie’s commemorative 20 year anniversary. Let’s take a look at the latest game release, and the upcoming movie.

Since it’s release, Capcom’s Street Fighter IV has shipped a total 2 million copies worldwide so far, the company says, as it celebrates the revitalization of its classic 2D fighter series.

The title saw its arcade release in Japan in July, and released on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 just last week in Japan, the U.S. and Europe. It’s the first non spin-off entry in the series in 11 years, and has already proven a critical hit with reviewers and a chart-topper in the West.

While Street Fighter IV features models and backgrounds rendered in 3D, the gameplay remains on a traditional 2D plane. Producer Yoshinori Ono has stated that he wanted to keep the game closer to Street Fighter II. A new system called “Focus Attacks” (“Saving Attack” for the Japanese version) has been introduced, as well as Ultra moves. The traditional six-button control scheme returns, with new features and special moves integrated into the input system, mixing classic gameplay with additional innovations.

The release of the newest game has also seen Mad Cat’s supporting range of controllers suffer unexpected supply constraints. All the characters and environments in Street Fighter IV are rendered as 3D models with polygons, similar to the Street Fighter EX sub-series Capcom produced with Arika. However, there are a couple of key differences.

Although the original Street Fighter in 1987 received little acclaim, its sequel, Street Fighter II in 1991 revolutionized the fighting game and re-emphasized the importance of multiplayer in modern action games. The series as a whole has since sold over half a million coin-op machines and 27 million console games.

As the Street Fighter saga celebrates its 20th anniversary, fight fans are invited to follow along with fearsome fighter Chun-Li (Smallville’s Kristin Kreuk) as she faces off against a series of formidable opponents in this feature adaptation of the popular video-game franchise directed by Exit Wounds’… Andrzej Bartkowiak.

The franchise’s 20th anniversary project is continuing in Japan, with events such as the Street Fighter IV National Tournament. In a statement, Capcom was also keen to emphasize its single content multiple usage strategy that has seen the development of the upcoming Hollywood movie Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li.

Previously adapted for the screen in the 1994 Jean-Claude Van Damme film, the series continues to thrive as eager gamers across the globe go toe-to-toe to determine who is the most skilled and powerful warrior in the video-game universe. Michael Clarke Duncan, Chris Klein, Rick Yune, and Neal McDonough co-star in the 20th Century Fox production.

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  • Beard Trimmer · said:

    i just thought that Kristine Kreuk is too pretty to be Chun Li in the movie Legend Of Chun Li “”

  • Chocolate Truffles said:

    the actress that portrayed Chun Li is super beautiful, she really fits the role “.”

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