While a ton of stories surround Capcom’s fighting hit Street Fighter II and its development, many accounts come from second-hand sources or short interviews that don’t really highlight the whole picture. Polygon decided to circumvent those issues with a huge editorial focused on the oral history of the title, detailed by Yoshiki Okamoto, Akira Nishitani, and many others who were at Capcom during the time period.
Polygon’s piece covers the history of notable people involved with the game, how the sequel came about, early concept stages, inspirations behind characters, development stories, the title’s nearly instantaneous acclaim, the numerous bugs discovered after the official release, rampant piracy issues, subsequent iterations and updates, and much, much more throughout its various pages.
With Ultra Street Fighter IV on the way, this is a fascinating look at the game that kickstarted the fighting genre and got us to where we are today. If you have some time set aside, do yourself a favor and head over to Polygon to check out the article for yourself.