Stop mashing, and start mastering–now available in three different languages!
While it was written well before the games we primarily play today, From Masher to Master, Patrick Miller’s ebook that describes the concepts and mechanics of fighting games to beginners, is still an excellent starting point for players that want to learn and work on fighting game fundamentals from the ground up. Using Super Street Fighter II Turbo as a model, it breaks down the core principles and philosophies that all fighting games share.
Originally published in English (and offered for free by Shoryuken), From Masher to Master is also available in Japanese–and now, thanks to the efforts of Daisy Del Carmen, a Spanish translation is now available as well.
For those that haven’t had a chance to read the original, it is available to read or download as a .pdf here. The new Spanish translation is likewise available here, as well as an additional translator’s foreword from Daisy Del Carmen here. The Japanese version can be found here.
You’ll want to check one of these out (as suits your reading language of preference) if you’re new to fighting games–or even just to reinforce your understanding of the basics. And then: “The answer lies… in the heart of battle!”