I’ve been playing Street Fighter off and on for a couple years. I’m an adult, but didn’t have any consoles growing up, so didn’t have the chance to develop skills during my formative years. I did play a fair amount of MVC2 in the arcade, but mostly just button-mashing, no real understanding of how to really do things.
So lately, I’ve been playing much more in earnest, really trying to practice and improve, and I ain’t doing so hot. One of the biggest roadblocks I’m having is that I can’t do a Shoryuken dependably. I’ve definitely progressed past the point where I couldn’t do it at all, but now my problem is that most of the time when I try to do a Shoryuken, I do a Hadoken instead. Sometimes for practice, I’ll set the game on the lowest difficulty, and move away from the opponent and just try to do Shoryukens (since they’re not as quick to come over and press the attack on the easy levels). I usually end up killing them pretty fast because I do so many Hadokens instead. I’ve done some Googling, looking for other forum posts along the same lines, but most of the advice for people who can’t do a Shoryuken is to tap forward, and then do the Hadoken motion. That doesn’t seem like the right thing for me, if I’m already accidentally doing Hadoken much of the time.
I should mention that for the most part, I’m going retro and playing SSF2 on the SNES, but I also have MVC3 for the PSVita, so I did some Shoryuken practice in training mode to see if the stick would be any more effective than the old d-pad, but the problem is largely the same. Sometimes I can do as many as five Shoryuken in a row, and then just when I think I’ve got the touch, I do a Hadoken. There have even been some times when I felt like all I did was forward + down, and still did a Hadoken. I don’t understand how that’s even possible. So even though the d-pad probably isn’t helping much, it’s clearly not the only problem.
I really want to learn Ryu because he’s a meat-and-potatoes kind of character, and I like that he’s in all the SF games, so once you learn him, you’ll always have someone to play no matter which game you’re on. But not being able to execute my Shoryuken leaves me without an anti-air move, and that obviously leaves a gaping hole in my defense.
With apologies for the fact that this is one of those noob questions that gets asked now and then, does anyone have any advice to help me do the Shoryuken and not the Hadoken?