After kicking off the year by covering the bosses of Final Fight 2, the Shadaloo Combat Research Institute takes a look at a number of assorted persons from various games, including an extremely obscure character only seen in an ending, and a much-beloved figure finally making his canonical Street Fighter debut.
We begin by heading back to 2006’s Final Fight: Streetwise, a 3D beat-’em-up released by Capcom Studio 8 (who also developed Final Fight Revenge) for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. This was the only game in the Final Fight series to never be released in Japan, and follows the story of Cody’s younger brother, Kyle, who has become an underground pit fighter in Metro City (thanks to Cody’s training). He seeks to rescue his brother from the clutches of the villainous Father Bella, who looks to kill him in revenge for the death of his brother, Horace Belger, in the original Final Fight. Bella wants to spread the highly-addictive drug GLOW (derived from “Glyco Lauric Octanol” and its glowing effect) all throughout Metro City so that he can “cleanse it of all sinners” and become its “savior.” As always, Private Nakagawa returns to convey Shadaloo’s information on these characters:
Private Nakagawa: “A young man living in Metro City. He’s cool and serious. He has an older brother with particular issues, you say?”
Height: 187 cm
Weight: 75 kg
Blood type: A
Home Country: USA
Likes: Beer, Motorbike, His Girlfriend
Private Nakagawa: “A young man with military experience, who spends his nights in and out of underground fighting clubs. He’s currently training in a gym and lives on the money he gains by knocking out his opponents with his quick punches. A rookie with great potential, who might have yet to show his true strength. It seems he likes billiards.”
Next, we head back to 1997’s Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, to meet a character who only appears in Dan’s ending: his younger sister, Yuriko Hibiki!
Private Nakagawa: “This time we’ll speak about a very real, reasonably rare, character. She is Dan Hibiki’s sister (in a parallel setting). A good-natured girl that worries about her carefree brother while continuing to attend school. She’s a softball pitcher, apparently.
Name: Yuriko Hibiki [Her first name (“Lily”) is a direct reference to AoF’s/KoF’s Yuri…]
Height: 169 cm
Weight: 63 kg
Blood type: A
Birthday: December 7th
Home Country: Japan
Likes: Cakes, Her Brother
Dislikes: Cyber-Akuma, Wakame
Private Nakagawa: “She is a constantly curious girl. She is secretly following her older brother, who travels the world bragging about his Saikyō-ryū, without him noticing. (apparently, neither Dan, nor the player, nor the developers ever noticed) Yuriko has no interest in fighting at all, and wishes her brother would settle down soon. She sees through her brother’s business ability and wants someday to work with him for a mail order website, or something like that. (It’s a parallel setting…)”
During Dan’s MSHvSF Ending, he stands over a beaten Cyber-Akuma, looking to avenge his past humiliations and make clear that he is the world’s strongest! He is then stopped by a crying Yuriko who appears to begin telling Dan that Akuma is their father, but the screen fades to black before she can finish her statement. Longtime fighting game fans will note that this ending is a parody of Ryo Sakazaki’s ending in SNK’s Art o Fighting, where his sister Yuri stops he and Robert Garcia from killing Mr. Karate, as she reveals that under the mask is their father, Takuma. Being that Dan was created as a parody of SNK’s characters at the time, it only makes sense for his sister to be a non-fighting version of Yuri, which makes this joke all the more humorous. You can see both endings below, so that you can fully understand the reference being made!
Finally, we move on to an extremely long-awaited profile. It’s finally time to head back to 1994’s Street Fighter film (and 1995’s Street Fighter: The Movie fighting game), to meet Captain Sawada!
Private Nakagawa: “The blue shirt makes his muscles shine! The miraculous new fighter who uses Sawada-ryū kenkajutsu [“Sawada-style brawling techniques”] and a wee bit of ninjutsu. A man with a strong sense of justice, and straighter than a ruler!”
Name: Captain Sawada
Height: 175 cm
Weight: 75 kg
Blood type: 0
Birthday: January 28th
Home Country: Japan
Likes: Horse Riding, Training
Dislikes: Excuses [All his stats come from the real actor Ken’ya Sawada’s own stats. Yes, even his blood type and the fact he dislikes excuses.]
Private Nakagawa: “He willingly took part in operations for the destruction of Shadaloo. Currently, he’s traveling around the world for reasons of duty. With his passionate heart and a well-trained body, he beats his opponents using personal techniques. His “Gokusatsu Jibakujin” [“Fierce self-destruction prison killing.” His + P. The move serves as an overhead attack to stop jump-ins, with the EX version also reflecting projectiles, but his animation depicts him committing Harakiri by slicing his abdomen with his katana and weaponizing the arc of blood that sprays around him.] is a sight to behold, but you must not imitate it. He has a strong resistance to cold.”
Here are Sawada playthroughs in both the Arcade and Sega Saturn versions–which are completely different games; the console versions being developed by Capcom, while the arcade game was created by the Chicago-based Incredible Technologies, and Capcom simply distributed it to arcades.
Do you have any memories of playing as Sawada and Kyle in their respective games? Do you think we could see either of them in Season 2 of Street Fighter V, now that they’re canon? Did you remember Dan’s sister even existed?! Sound off in the comments below, and keep watching the front page, as we’ll post more CFN Portal profiles as they’re released.
Special thanks to Midgardsorn for translations and footnotes.