On Wednesday, CAPCOM announced that it is releasing a special Street Fighter collector’s set to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the legendary fighting game franchise. The collector’s set will ship on September 18 for US$149.99 and will only be available in North America. While the four games included in the set have most likely been purchased already by the hard core fans, for those who are looking to get everything this series has to offer should not dismiss this. Here is a run down of what you will get and our thoughts.
The set will include the following games:
Street Fighter X Tekken (including all character and Swap Costume DLC)
Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition (with all costume DLC)
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition
Street Fighter X Tekken and Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition both are the latest entries in the original and crossover series enjoying an active online community to ensure that the countless hours spent playing and training in both will be rewarded. HD Remix and Third Strike Online Edition are great options for those who miss the original game play of the series or the high level strategy and reflexes required for Third Strike’s infamous parry system. A well rounded filling of fighting foray indeed, yet the only concern some may have though is with Street Fighter X Tekken since CAPCOM has a track record for releasing newer versions of their latest releases with a few extra characters and tweaks, leaving a sour taste in early adopters mouths. However there is no point in worrying about a game that does not exist yet so we think this is still a great collection of games.
The set will also include the following video extras on two Blu-ray Discs:
A new documentary titled “I am Street Fighter”
The Street Fighter IV: The Ties That Bind and Super Street Fighter IV anime films
The complete Street Fighter animated series
Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie
Street Fighter IV: The Ties That Bind is an animated movie directed by Jiro Kanai that was featured in a bonus disc included in the Collector’s Edition of Street Fighter IV as a tribute to the game but was lack luster to say the least. The animated series is cool but unless you are itching for a trip down memory lane from the 90’s, chances are these 26 episodes will not be earn a marathon. Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie is a fan favorite and great to have as a collector but can also be found on Netflix in it’s original uncensored form if you are not the collector type. The new documentary should be great though, no doubt featuring scenes from EVO and other tournaments as well as some behind the scenes looks at the beloved franchise. Not as good as the games, this part of the collection is more of a bonus which you’ll either love or be apathetic about.
The set will also include the following extras:
An 8-inch tall light-up Ryu statue
An 11-disc soundtrack featuring music from the Street Fighter games, remixes, and fan-created music
A 64-page hardcover artbook
A full-size replica of Ryu’s martial arts black belt
An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity
Who isn’t a sucker for a certificate of authenticity? How else can we validate our fanboyism? The light up Ryu statue is a nice bonus and will definitely find a happy home on anyone’s desk and the black belt will no doubt actually be warn by a few brave souls, though we hope indoors or only for cosplay events. The real standouts here though are clearly the hardcover art book and the 11-disc soundtrack. If you ever visited sites like OCRemix.org or played the included Street Fighter II HD Remix, you would know how amazing the remixes are of the legendary Street Fighter sound track, and many of these are fan made which emphasizes its popularity.
Of course, it goes without saying that the 64-page art book may be enough of a bonus for some by itself. A series marked by unique visuals and timeless characters has produced some of the most memorable images in video game history making this art book a great addition. There will definitely be a pre-order or two on our end though we have to admit that the decision to go with Blu-ray over DVD might alienate some potential Xbox 360 only customers. None the less, with all included, this is a great price for all of these items regardless of your console of choice. The CAPCOM Unity website also began streaming a video for the collector’s set on Wednesday which can be viewed here. We have also posted some pictures in the gallery below.