Lets enter in the world of what ifs for a moment.
What if Alpha and street fighter 3 series where called something totally different and not made by capcom, but lets say SNK, filled with snk characters, but played exactly the same as they as they always have.
And lets say Real bout series and garou was made by capcom, filled with street fighter characters but played exactly the same way they always have, aswell as being called street fighter: whatever.
Would real bout and garou be the popular games (under the title Street fighter) and alpha and 3s be the forgotten and underplayed games( with some random title)?
This leads me onto Street Fighter 4. What if another random company made street fighter 4 instead, with the exact same gameplay, the only differences being the characters and the title. I doubt there would be the same kind of hype and the game would most likely be forgotten with a few months unless of course it played amazing well enough for it to be competitive.
Lets come back to reality now.
I always hear how good the real bout series is. I’ve rarely heard a bad word against it, and there always seems to be talk of getting some games in. Why then has it been put aside. Was it the way it played? Too complex, too simple, unbalanced, broken? Or was it cause it didn’t have name street fighter in the title and Ryu in the character select screen? (Real bout was just an example, alot of quality games/series could have been inserted in this paragraph).