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    Super Street Fighter 4

    I was introduced to the "Fighting Game Genre" of Video Games in 1992 in the arcades with Street Fighter 2: Championship Edition.  I picked Blanka because I read somewhere that pushing the punch buttons rapidly would cause him to emit electricity.

    My first battle did not go so well.

    Soon I was introduced the home version of the original Street Fighter 2, and had some fun with that, but stopped playing fighting games shortly after this.  It was a fact that back then, I was more interested in video games involving adventuring then in games that involved fighting one other character.

    In 1996, I was introduced to Marvel Super Heroes, a fighting game featuring Spider-Man (and other comic book heroes, but that didn't matter as much to me) and X-Men vs. Street Fighter, a fighting game pitting the best of Street Fighter against the best of the X-Men (a weird combination, for sure).  Because Spider-Man was involved, I got into these two games, and even got the home versions for the PS1.  Marvel vs Street Fighter came next for me, and at some point games in the Street Fighter Alpha series and Marvel vs Capcom and Marvel vs Capcom 2.  I really enjoyed Marvel vs Capcom 2.

    And somewhere in the middle of all that, 6 years after Street Fighter 2, Street Fighter 3 was released... and I thought it was a lot of fun, but it didn't hold me attention like some of the other games.  They made several iterations of this game, and some other "vs" style games, and somewhere in there and earlier made some 3D graphics version of the series that most people don't like talking about.  But as before, I wasn't as big into these games as I used to be.

    But then Capcom announced Street Fighter 4, which was released in arcades in 2008, and for home systems in 2009.  What made this game interesting, was that it featured each of the characters from Street Fighter 2, and some new characters.  Which made things quite interesting.  I enjoyed playing to few times I could, and eventually, was able to get the game myself.

    And that game was pretty darn good.

    It brought back a lot of memories, and the visuals were well done.  But the key thing they added?  Online play.  You could now play against people from around the world from the comfort of your own home.  You could even play with friends at times convenient to them.  If you were both online at the same time, great, you could play them, and if you weren't, ok, you could play against someone else.

    And then they came out with Super Street Fighter 4.

    This game brought all the good from Street Fighter 4, including fantastic visuals, simple/complex game play, and the online play.  But it also tweaked the game play slightly in ways that help.  They added online game modes that allow you to play with MORE friends than before (including a "winner plays on" mode similar to what I used to experience in the arcades).  And they added some characters from some of the games I've listed above as well as some new ones.

    I've been enjoying this new iteration very much.  If you are remotely interested in the series, you should very much consider getter it.