20 years ago, Capcom debuted their first dedicated arcade board, the CPS-1 along with some “Forgotten Worlds” on the side. Being the second of the legendary late '80’s/early '90’s trio of arcade boards utilizing the same hardware combination of 68000, Z80 and a Yamaha sound chip (Sega’s System 16, Capcom’s CPS-1 and SNK’s Neo-Geo), it was the home of many classics…but of course it was the hardware behind the game that revitalized and re-created the dead-in-the-water fighting game industry (come one, were you really keeping yourself occupied with Taito’s “Violence Fight” or SNK’s “Street Smart” beforehand?), and dare I say the reason why this site exists today: Street Fighter II.
Despite their efforts to branch out to other hardware (CPS3, ZN1 & ZN-2), CPS-1 (and its similar successor CPS-2) were Capcom’s main coin-op money makers and they held on tight to it for a decade strong until they couldn’t squeeze anything out of it anymore.
So, any thoughts on what joy and sorrow (vanilla SSF2!) the CPS-1 (and to a lesser extent, CPS-2) brought to you over the years???