Street Fighter II was such a big deal for anyone who owned a Super NES. For me, the console wars didn’t actually factor in; it’s just that I constantly played the game in the arcades, and the idea of playing a version so seemingly faithful at home was too much to believe. Years of compromised arcade ports for NES had beaten down my expectations; Street Fighter II restored them. I was more than happy to drop the nearly $80 necessary to buy a copy the instant Toys ‘R Us had them in stock.
My friends and I were totally stoked to be able to play Street Fighter II. We also made a song about the game. Sung to the tune of “Happy Birthday”:
Shoryuken to you
And a Hadouken too
A spinning bird kick
And a so-o-onic boom