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Capcom is known for re-releasing its games via a plethora of iterations. Both Street Fighter 2 and Street Fighter 3 have so many different iterations that it's impossible to sometimes keep up with them. Well, get ready to add one more iteration to the Street Fighter 2 stockpile now that a new version of the game will be re-released for the SNES.
Polygon is reporting that Capcom is re-releasing the classic fighting game for the SNES in a limited edition, physical manufacturing run of just 5,500 copies. There's no need to worry about not meeting projected margins this time around (a problem that happened with Street Fighter 5 due to a number of failings on Capcom's end) because there's just 5,500 limited edition copies to move out.
Given the fact that it's going to be available in limited supply, I can definitely see collectors jumping in on this as pre-orders begin to open up for the game.
The game will come with an all new tri-fold design and a "delicately embossed" texture. Capcom is also throwing in some surprises in addition to the original booklet that came with the game back when it released way back in the early 1990s.
According to the article, the 5,500 copies won't just be of the same print. 4,500 of those copies will be printed in the red case you see in the main image above. It features a 30th Anniversary logo on the sticker of the cartridge, celebrating 30 years of Capcom's long-running fighting game series, and the typical hard-shell plastic covering that SNES games were known for.
So, what about the other 1,000 copies? Well, there will be a special Blanka Green version that will also be made available. The Blanka version of the game will feature a translucent, glow-in-the-dark shell.
The package will additionally come with a fold-out poster of sorts attached to the box, featuring the cast of characters from Street Fighter 2.
The total package will only run you $100 for the SNES cartridge, which is a heck of a lot cheaper than I thought it would be for a 30th anniversary special edition of the game. You can expect to order it from places like iam8bit, and it's expected to launch in November of this year during the always-busy holiday season.
The game will also be a part of the SNES Classic Edition, which is due to drop at the end of September. It's interesting because Street Fighter 2 was a big part of the 16-bit console wars back in the day, helping to put eyes on the ever-growing gaming industry alongside controversial titles like Mortal Kombat.
However, only the Western side of the market will receive the classic Street Fighter 2: Turbo edition for the SNES Classic Edition. Japanese gamers will receive the far superior Super Street Fighter 2: The New Challengers, which features iconic characters such as Deejay, Cammy, Fei-Long and T-Hawk.
Alternatively, if you still have a working SNES you can attempt to purchase one of the limited editions of Street Fighter 2 this November.