Happy 30th Street Fighter II! Have A Dangerous Cart!?

Happy 30th Street Fighter II! Have A Dangerous Cart!?

To celebrate its 30th birthday, the classic game is released on a new cartridge with an alarming disclaimer!

Street Fighter II is a classic 2D beat-em-up that first started to appear in the arcades in 1991. The game proved to be popular and the first home console version appeared on the Super Nintendo (Famicom) a year later.

To say that it was a successful conversion is an understatement with an estimated 6.3 million copies of the SNES version sold alone.

The rival machine to the SNES, the SEGA Megadrive (Genesis) didn’t have enough buttons for all the fighting modes and so a new controller was released with extra buttons.

Street Fighter II was also converted to many different systems with varying degrees of success. Even the humble ZX Spectrum received an ambitious conversion.

Thirty years on and the game is still considered a classic title and to help celebrate its birthday Capcom and iam8bit have teamed up to bring you a classic playable reproduction of the original SNES cartridge.

To make this release a little bit more special, the cartridge itself is limited to 5000 units. Two different colours will be available, Opaque Ryu Headband Red (4,500 copies) and Translucent, Glow-in-the-Dark Blanka Green (500 copies). The two colours have been packaged randomly so no-one will know which colour will arrive in the post.

Street Fighter II

Glow-in-the-Dark Blanka Green – limited to just 500 copies!

The original cardboard packaging has also been reproduced and will feature a foil sheen and a delicately embossed texture. Inside the box apart from the cartridge, you’ll also receive the original instruction booklet, a new archival cover print and another secret surprise that obviously hasn’t been revealed.

All this will set you back $100 from either iam8bit (US) or iam8bit (UK).

Oh, and one more thing, the disclaimer on the web site is a tad worrying. I’m not sure if its real or just a standard legal warning that’s been humorously over exaggerated.

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.

Maybe we’ll find out for real when the news stories start to appear in November when the cartridge will start shipping.


John Abbitt

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