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I always thought that Street Fighter 2’ Hyper Fighting was kick ass when it came out at the arcades. With the release of the console version, I was hellbent on spending all my free time on it. When Super and Super Turbo came out, I was kinda awed that Capcom hadn’t decided to make a new game by then instead of rehashing the already dated SF2 game. To me, SSF2 was a shame because they didn’t implement turbo speed. Then SSF2T came out and they added new special normals and a super meter, which I never grew fond of. The controls were very stiff and the gameplay was tweaked severely from the lovable Turbo classic. Yeah, I admit that Super and Super Turbo had the coolest intro toemit from an arcade screen, but that didn’t merit the worth of my quarters being wasted on a lack luster, rehashed game.
It is only my opinion, but I consider Hyper Fighting to be one of the best Street Fighters. Great gameplay, balanced characters, awesome controls, and “no stupid super meter to cover your ass.”*
*Derived from the Gibson advertisement of Acoustic guitars. It originally read: “No distortion to cover your ass.”