What’s a more awesome way to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of one of the biggest gaming franchises than a super-enormous collectable box set? On September 18th, 2012 and being released for both PS3 and xBox 360, it’s certainly got to be one of the most awesome things I’ve seen this year. I can remember playing Street Fighter II and kicking full grown men into the dirt using Chun-Li. Yes, I was a chick playing a chick. How predictable. But I soon learned how to operate the character to the point where I even beating characters like Blanka and dodging his electric shock moves with ease.
If you’re a big Street Fighter fan, you can expect to find everything you could have ever wanted to quench your hunger and love of the game. Including some things that I personally would have never thought of, but are still awesome nonetheless
For $150, inside the box you can expect to find the following:
Past and Present Street Fighter Games – Playable on current gen PS3 and Xbox 360 console systems, the four critically-acclaimed titles selected from the star-studded catalog are: Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, Street Fighter III 3rd Strike Online Edition, Super Street Fighter® IV Arcade Edition with all costume DLC, and Street Fighter X Tekken including all character and Swap Costume DLC.
Exclusive Video – The two-disc Blu-Ray set includes a documentary that highlights the profound influence the franchise has had on fans – and vice versa – throughout the years. The collection of videos also includes Street Fighter®IV and Super Street Fighter®IV Anime movies as well as all episodes of the Street Fighter animated series and Street Fighter®II: The Animated Movie.
Light-up Ryu Statue – A specially commissioned and highly-detailed collectable Ryu statue stands prominently at 8” tall and features the iconic character in mid-Shoryuken, with flames lit from below.
11-Disc Soundtrack – Street Fighter game music spanning the past 25 years, in addition to remixes and fan-created music inspired by past Street Fighter games .
64-page Hardcover Art Book – A tribute to Street Fighter game fans from all over the world, the art book includes fan pieces submitted by professional and aspiring artists alike.
Ryu’s Belt – Created to regulation specs, the full-size martial arts black belt is a replica of the one Ryu wears and even includes his classic “Fūrinkazan” in kanji!
Certificate of Authenticity – Each Collector’s Set comes individually numbered complete with a certificate of authenticity.
Are you a that much of a fan that the prospect of this has you drooling? Are you thinking of buying it for someone as an early Christmas gift? I personally would love it, but I honestly have enough video game stuff- I’m currently trying to clear some of it out! But wait! There’s more! In addition to the collectors edition, Capcom are also holding a series of events throughout the world to celebrate the 25th anniversary of one of the most popular (and famous!) arcade games to date. They’re holding a series of tournaments to pitch the best players against each other so they can slog it out for the top dog spot. Do you think you’re up to the challenge? Here’s the dates!
- July 28-29th- Austin, TX
- August 11-12th in the NY area
- August 26th- Taipei, Taiwan
- Mid-September in the Tokyo, Japan area
- September 27-30th- London, England (in conjunction with Eurogamer)
- October 13-14th - Sao Paulo, Brazil (in conjunction with Brazil Game Show)
- October 27-28th- Los Angeles, CA
- October 31- November 4th- Paris, France (in conjunction with Paris Games Week)
- December 8th- Finals in Los Angeles, CA
What have you got to lose? Have a shot! I’m gonna see if I can track down some of the European matches for sure, and I’ll keep you informed!