Doing a little research into the SF series and while I know a fair bit about the SF2/3/4 series I don’t know a great deal about the Alpha series.
Can anyone shed some insight into the following questions.
Which Alpha game is regarded as the best and why. Checking around the internet and I get the impression Alpha 2 is favoured over Alpha 3. There also seems to be a preference for Alpha 2 over Alpha 2 Gold and Alpha 3 over Zero 3 Upper. Would that be an accurate statement?
Which game in the series had the best competitive scene?
How popular was the Alpha series compared to SF2 and SF3?
Zero 3 Upper is an arcade port or the Alpha 3 console release. Did it change any of the system mechanics from the console version or was it the same game?
Is the Street Fighter Anthology on the PS2 arcade perfect in relation to the arcade releases of Alpha 1 2 and 3?
Checking around there also seems to be several arcade board revisions for the Alpha games. Was there any major changes in these revisions in Alpha 2 or 3?
Finally I’m aware there is regional differences regarding EX characters between Alpha 2 and Zero 2, as well as character and balance changes in Zero 2 Alpha but is there any other regional differences in terms of gameplay (like Zangeifs headbutt stun in Super Turbo). Am already aware of name changes (like Charlie = Nash in Japan etc)