With Nintendo making the most of videogaming nostalgia with its NES and SNES Classic Edition console re-releases, Capcom have now jumped on the same bandwagon and teamed up with iam8bit to release a special package. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Street Fighter series, Capcom
have had released a special physical re-release of Street Fighter II for the Super Nintendo. However, barely hours after being available to pre-order, the limited was promptly sold out…
Gamers lucky enough to have placed an order in time for the Street Fighter II re-release can expect to get a limited edition brand-new playable cartridge, a tri-fold box with foil, gloss and embossments, instructon booklet, and other retro pack-in surprises.
The Street Fighter II $100 package
is was available in two colors: “Opaque Ryu Red” or “Translucent Glow-in-the-Dark Blanka Green.” Influenced by Nintendo’s policy of a limited run of classic console re-releases — which also sold out quicker than most people found out about them being available to pre-order in the first place — Capcom have kept the run of cartridges to 5,500, and a glow-in-the-dark run of just 1,000.
Going by the game’s page on iam8bit website, which mentions that the game is “fully playable on NTSC consoles”, everything seems to be geared towards the North American Super Nintendo consoles, and there is no mention of other region versions at all — strange that, as I thought Street Fighter II was originally sold around the world.
The Street Fighter II SNES cartridge re-release also appears to be the first in a series of “Legacy Cartridge Collection” releases, so we can expect to see some more classic Capcom games given the re-release treatment. So which games will we likely be seeing? Perhaps the rest of the world can also see cartridges compatible with their own classic Super Nintendo console?
Orders for the Street Fighter II “30th Anniversary Edition” are due to be shipped late November 2017. Further details of the release can be found on the iam8bit website. Curiously, also on the website is a rather overcautious warning: the cartridge is sold “as is” and using it on the Super Nintendo hardware may result in overheating or catching fire, and it is recommended that a fire extinguisher is present when playing the game.