The recently released Street Fighter 30th Anniversary collection has led me to playing a lot more Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike. I wasn’t expecting this.
A seminal moment in the history of competitive gaming is the Evo 2004 match between Daigo Umehara and Justin Wong. Overnight, the two celebrated the fight the best way possible: Facing off in Street Fighter.
After Capcom released Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike near the turn of the century, the company pretty much got out of the Street Fighter business. The series faded away for a decade and fighting games, once a marquee attraction became a side show.