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Street Fighter 2 has so many versions, but why does one feel like more of a cash grab than most others?

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As we approach the March 2023 release of the latest version of Resident Evil 4, we are reminded of Capcom’s familiarity with the remake. That’s not a bad thing at all. I’ve seen many examples where this practice is not only valuable, but made for a pleasantly extended experience from the original.

That said, I’ve also seen a few instances where I felt the remake wasn’t worth the asking price, and 2017’s Ultra Street Fighter 2: Final Challenger feels like it falls into that category. In our deep dive video, top hat gaming man Explore both the evolutionary history of SF2 and its lackluster final update.

Capcom has long practiced updating its Street Fighter entries with fresh paint, so it’s possible to argue about the exact number of times Street Fighter 2 has been remade over the years, with varying degrees of actual change.

We started with Street Fighter 2 and ended up seeing Champion Edition, New Challengers, Super Turbo, HD Remix and the aforementioned Ultra.

However, this does not include the game’s multiple handheld ports or the outstanding Rainbow Edition, which came as a result of hacks and modifications that caused the chaos of over 11 battles.

Each of these updates offered a combination of several changes, including overall balance, introducing new mechanics, changing gameplay speed, introducing new characters, and updating music and graphics.

If you’re starting to wonder where this is starting to rub viewers the wrong way, basically in terms of asking them to continuously fork money for a fresh coat of pain in the same experience.. .it’s complicated.

Whether a particular change is worth the extra cost depends on who you ask, but according to THGM, USF2’s $40 price tag wasn’t well received by fans.

What was seen as the price of a new game to essentially add new characters and throwaway game modes already didn’t look good, but Capcom’s actions shortly after releasing USF2 kicked that nail even further. I pushed on.

Check out Top Hat Gaming Man’s full video essay below, then let us know your thoughts and reactions in the comments.

After experiencing USF2 on Nintendo Switch, are you glad you bought it?

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