Having completed Hyper Street Fighter 2 for the first time ever with Blanka, I have been using a lot of HP Blanka Ball and to a lesser extent the vertical version with a LP version thrown in every now and then.
But I have not use MP versions at all and I only used the MK variation of the vertical version when fighting Balrog in arcade mode because he’s so damn fast and its difficult to execute a timed special attack using the HK because its assigned on a trigger on a console port combined with the nature of having to charge down than suddenly shifting to up button (which is extremely difficult to execute with a trigger). Had I been using a 6 button pad I would have used HK all the way for vertical Blanka Ball.
I am curious if any players actually bother using the M button for special attacks?
It just seems useless imo. From World Warrior and onwards I already seen the importance of mixing L and H versions of attack (especially with the Shotos back in in WW as throwing a LP Hadoken and than a HP Hadoken or vice versa could dizzy your opponent if they both land unblocked). But M versions didn’t do anything not even dizzy opponents if mixed up L and H versions even as far as WW IIRC.
I’m not the only one, most casual SF players are often seen using a mix of both L and H especially with fireball based characters but its very rare to find someone even touch the MP version and this is practically nonexistent with Shotos from both personal playing experience and from watching players all around. Just search a youtube video of some random playing an SF game.
Even among players with some skill I have not seen not much use of MP Hadoken for example are rare and good luck finding any MP Shoryuken on the PERFECT playthrough below.
Not to say M attacks are useless as many M normals not only are incredibly effective but are necessary in some cases to have defeated the AI from personal experience.
I am curious if tournie players actually use M variations such as say M Helicopter Kick or M Yoga Fire and if M specials can lead to high level strategy?
Because the only uses there seem for M specials is Chun Li’s Kikoken and Zangief’s Flying Powerbomb.Other than those two it just seems useless for an M attack and if normal variations weren’t so useful, it would just seem better to take away the 6 button control scheme and cut it down to 4 buttons.