Undisputed Street Fighter: A 30th Anniversary Retrospective (英語) ハードカバー – 2017/12/12
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The Deluxe Edition includes
Its own unique matte cover art.
A Ribbon bookmark.
Your book will fit effortlessly into glossy, die-cut slipcase designed to resemble your favorite arcade game.
A high quality folded sleeve will contain
o 3 Street Fighter Art Prints (details to follow)
o 1 Papercraft folded model (details to follow)
Since its inception 30 years ago, the Street Fighter video game series from Capcom has thrived based on a lethal combination of innovation, style and technique. From first-of-their-kind advances such as selectable characters and secret combo moves, to imagination-capturing characters such as Ryu, Chun-Li, and Akuma, Street Fighter has stayed a step ahead of the competition en route to becoming one of the most enduring and influential franchises in video game history. Undisputed Street Fighter features in-depth interviews and exclusive, behind-the-scenes looks into the making of the Street Fighter games, and the iconic art, design, and imagery from across the Street Fighter universe
The book is well structured. I love the way it starts off by returning to the early 90’s and discusses the arcade scene and the stars of the Street Fighter tournaments. I was an arcade gamer during this era but this was before the internet so the only thing I knew was the existence of the Street Fighter games at my local arcades. This book fills in the world of Street Fighter outside of the very limited scope of vision I had at the time. Over the years I’ve become much more knowledgeable of Street Fighter but I had no idea who the major players were in the Street Fighter tournament universe. I didn’t know that the first Street Fighter machines were intended to have a single huge attack button where the strength of attack would depend on how hard you pounded it. I was unaware that the U.S. machines had different artwork than the overseas machines because it was felt that American gamers would reject the anime look (my, how times have changed).
What really sets this book apart is how much research is done on the people involved with Street Fighter. Whether it’s interviewing players, creators or collectors you get a perspective from those who loved the game most. Let’s be honest. You can’t have a 30th anniversary celebration unless some of those involved from the beginning are starting to get on in age. As time goes on we will begin losing some of those creators which makes a book like this important from a historical standpoint in order to preserve these views. I may be a big geek but I also found it fascinating to read an article on a guy who creates custom made Lego minifigs of Street Fighter characters or one on the collecting of original Street Fighter artwork. There are tons of little articles on all things Street Fighter related including one just devoted to the development of the animation behind the Haddoken. I love it.
Steve Henderson is clearly a Street Fighter fan but he doesn’t come off as a fawning fanboy. He admits that Street Fighter: The Movie was pretty bad and said that the three comic issues produced by Malibu were two comics too many. On the other hand, he talks quite a bit about Street Fighter: Generations without mentioning that it was tragically awful. I was surprised to learn that it was Udon comics (which I love) which had approached Capcom about getting the Street Fighter license. I always assumed that Capcom had commissioned Udon to produce the comics. In fact, after Street Fighter III Capcom had pretty much given up on Street Fighter until they were convinced to revive it in 2008. I will admit that Capcom is currently on my S**t-list with their Playstation exclusivity on SF IV and V. I only got to play IV because it was released on the Nintendo 3DS but I’ve never even touched SF V. I understand there are extenuating financial reasons but this Faustian bargain was a terrible way to expand your fan base.
All in all I enjoyed this book a lot more than I expected. Do I think the Deluxe Edition is worth the MSRP of $99? No. Is it worth the $60 that Amazon is currently selling it? If you’re a Street Fighter super fan with disposable income I might say yes. If you’re just a fan I would suggest the paperback version which is less than half the cost. For an extra $35 you get a hard cover, a die cut slipcase, a ribbon bookmark (whoop de doo), three underwhelming art prints that aren’t drawn in any Street Fighter style I’ve ever seen and a folded model that looks like a tiny arcade machine except it’s completely different from any actual Street Fighter arcade machine. I don’t regret springing for the deluxe version but I tend to collect books as well as read them. I would recommend any real Street Fighter fan pick up one of the books, depending on your budget, because they are super entertaining and filled with tons of fascinating info.
The Deluxe edition is interesting as far as a package for a SF fan. Hardcover, and the hard sleeve looks like US SF2 machine. There little paper craft is also a SF machine...that doesn't look like the old SF machine which was a missed opportunity. The art prints are hit and miss, but your mileage will vary. All in all, the book is great but that one error....