This will list tips for beating specifically the infamous HARD survival mode. These tactics should obviously also make it easier to get the easy and medium colors. Starting off with Chun, but will list others as I find stuff and people list things.
General tips. Always use either health boosts or more importantly defense up boosts (particularly defense 2 or 3). If you have a large amount of life and a big defense boost this allows you to make more mistakes without worrying as much. If possible, start any of the first few stages with double downs only. You should be able to beat the first few characters without getting hit much, if at all. If successful you’ll have a lot of points early on and won’t need to worry about being cheap towards buying more health. Using attack powerups isn’t bad either to help you clear the early stages faster.
GENERALLY it seems the CPU doesn’t anti air or block jump ins well and certain characters like Ryu can do a special move that they will just never block or whiff punish (MP Shoryu).
CHARACTER SPECIFIC INFO.
Chun Li. Seems pretty simple. Just walk backwards and do V Skill into j.HP or j.MK. The CPU generally never seems to block it and even when they do they usually don’t retaliate with much. df+HK, jump forward HK, poking with sweeps and shooting LP fireballs also seem effective.
**Ryu. **Jump forward buttons and do MP shoryuken a lot. The CPU doesn’t seem to anti air well and won’t block MP shoryuken (or even punish whiffed ones).