Fighting (3 Games)

Mortal Kombat (#39)

Mortal Kombat

Developer: Midway / Sculptured
Publisher: Acclaim Entertainment, Inc.
Release Date: October 1992
Downtown Video / GV
Players: 2
Websites: WikipediaMortal Kombat InfoFAQCheatsGAME MANUAL (pdf)

Get ready for the ultimate battle! When the brutal fighting contest known as Mortal Kombat erupts once again between our world and Outworld, a dark land of evil monsters and darkness, you will have to prepare for the battle of the lifetime as you fight through the tournament to try and prevent the dark beings of Outworld from claiming Earth for their next domain. Choose from a variety of fighters and prepare for the ultimate fighting game challenge as you must face the demonic opposition in brutal deathmatches as you climb the ranks to the tournament, searching for victory and the protection of your Earth itself.

Shang Tsung, an evil wizard, is intent on taking over Earth and turning it into a Shadow Realm but in order to do so he must fight against Earth’s best fighters in a tournament to the death.

Five Hundred years ago, an ancient and well respected Shaolin fighting tournament, held every 50 years, was corrupted by an evil and elderly sorcerer by the name of Shang Tsung. Shang was accompanied by Prince Goro, a warrior of the Shokan race (a four armed half-human/half-dragon). Knowing that if ten tournaments in a row were won by the Outworld champion, the Earth Realm would be conquered by evil and fall into darkness, Shang entered Goro in the tournament and had him defeat the great Kung Lao. Goro has been reigning supreme as the undefeated fighting champion for five hundred years now. As the last tournament required draws near, Raiden, Thunder God and protector of the Earth Realm, enacts a plan to tip the scales in the humans favor, Seven fighters step into the arena on Shang Tsung's mysterious island: Shaolin warrior Liu Kang, Special Forces operative Sonya Blade, the mercenary thug Kano, fame-seeking actor Johnny Cage, the ice wielding Lin Kuei warrior Sub-Zero and his undead adversary Scorpion, and Raiden himself.

Mortal Kombat is a side-scrolling 1 on 1 fighting game. Fighting is set as one on one kombat, allowing each player to perform a variety of punches, kicks, and special moves in order to defeat their opponent. When the opponent faces their second round loss, the winner can perform a finishing move called a "Fatality" on the loser. The Fatality is a humiliation move that graphically kills the loser in a blood-soaked finale.

Mortal Kombat began its life as a 2-player arcade title. It is notable for its use of digitized actors to represent the game's fighters, as well as its use of copious amounts of blood during gameplay.

Street Fighter II (#1)

Super Street Fighter II Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Release Date: June 10, 1991
Kmart / GV: $65 • November 18, 1992
Players: 1 - 2
Website: NEO Seeker Street Fighter II WikiFAQGAME MANUAL (pdf)

The original Street Fighter II is a famous fighting game. Players select from one of eight characters: Ryu, Ken, Blanka, E. Honda, Zangief, Chun Li, Guile, and Dhalsim to do battle with. They must then use their combat strengths to defeat the other seven fighters followed by four boss characters: M. Bison, Vega, Sagat, and Balrog. Each character represents a certain country and has their own reasons for wanting to win against the others.

Each character contains his own selection of basic fighting techniques based on three styles of punches and three styles of kicks. The effect of each of these changes depending on the characters orientation (ducking, airborne or standing still). Street Fighter 2 made famous the "button combination" style of gameplay used to unleash powerful moves specific to each character. These include the ability to project fireballs, channel electricity or capture the opponent in a tight suplex.

Street Fighter 2 is one of the most cloned fighting games and its effects on gameplay and fighting games specifically can not be understated. Street Fighter 2 is responsible for making popular several different elements.

Trivia

In the 1993 movie City Hunter starring Jackie Chan, there's a part where Jackie, who is playing private eye, fights villains on a shipboard. Accidentally he gets smashed into arcade machine... with Street Fighter II running on it. After electric shock he transforms into Honda, then Chun-Li, Guile, Dhalsim (stretching limbs included) and fights an enemy who transforms into Ken.

In the music video Juicy, by The Notorious BIG, he has a couple of homeboys play Street Fighter II for SNES on a big screen. Even in the song, after the chorus, he starts the third verse by saying: “Super Nintendo, SEGA Genesis, When I was dead broke, man I couldn't picture this!”

Remember the Sheng Long controversy? Whenever Ryu won a match he would say his trademark phrase just as anyone else, but his was a little more cryptic than the others: "You must defeat Sheng Long to stand a chance" (???) Who the hell is Sheng Long?? That was what most western SF2 players though. The answer as usual was in a botched translation effort: Sheng Long is the chinese pronunciation of Sho-Ryu, as in Sho-Ryu-Ken, aka the Dragon Punch. Ryu was saying that you had to master his technique in order to beat him, but for some odd reason that we'll never know English, Chinese and Japanese got all mixed up in some poor translator's head and the "Sheng Long" was phonetically transcribed as it was, and coupled with Ryu's cryptic message gave the impression that he was talking about some hidden character.

The rumor flew around from day one (among other famous SF2 hoaxes like the one about you being able to ride Guile's Jet or beating up the bystanders in some stages), but it really spread like wildfire when as an april fool's joke EGM published an article about how there really was a secret character named Sheng Long unlockable via ungodly gaming prowess (beating all characters in "perfect" matches). Regardless of how ridiculous the rumor was, every kid out there (myself included) poured coins after coins in the SF2 machines and spent hours in front of the home versions in an effort to unlock said character. What did Capcom do? They watched as the money poured in by the shitloads! Ah.... Don't you miss when those things could happen in the fantastic world of videogames??

Tricks

Play with alternative colors

At the Capcom logo screen, press: Down, R, Up, L, Y, B.
If done correctly, you'll hear the sound that plays when selecting a character and the title screen's background will be blue. Now both players can use the same fighter. To use the Champion Edition color, press Start. If your opponent has chosen the same character before you but is using the original color, your fighter will automatically be dressed in their Champion Edition garb.

Cheat Codes

Blanka: Electric Shock
Hold Down and Press Y, Y, Y, Y, Y.

Chun Li - Rapid Kick
Quickly Press B, repeatedly, this will execute a ton of rapid kicks from Chun Li.

Championship Mode
To enter Championship Mode, wait for the Capcom logo, then press Down, R, Up, L, Y, B.

Chun Li - Spinning Bird Kick
Hold Down for 2 seconds, then Press Up + A.

Defeating Balrog
Select E. Honda as your character. Execute the "Hudred Hand Slap" move during the match. You will hit him before he is able to hit you everytime you execute this move.

E. Honda - Rapid Punch
Quickly Press Y, Y, Y, Y, Y. This will execute Rapid Punch.

Easy completion for first eight stages
Choose "Game Start" and select any character. Once your opponent is seen, remember that person and press STart on controller two. Select the person that would have been your opponent (remember from before?), now defeat that character. An X should appear on the place you fought at. Repeat those steps to easily complete the next 8 stages.

Guile - Flash Kick
Hold Down then Press Forward + B.

Have SFII as your initials.
Enter a blank entry for your intials to have SFII appear in their place.

Ken or Ryu - Dragon Fist
Hold Right for two seconds then press Down, Right, X, or Y.

Perfect Points.
30,000 Points - If you get a perfect on a normal player.
50,000 Points - if you get a perfect on a CPU Boss.
80,000 points - if you get a perfect on M. Bison.

Special Ending
Set the diffuculty to the highest level and choose any fighter. Complete the game without using a continue. You will view a special ending.

View Profiles
Wait for the first character profile to appear after the game starts. Hold L + R on controller two to keep the profile on the screen. Continue to hold the buttons to view more profiles.

Zangief - Special Move
Spinning Pile Driver - Press Down, Down, Down, Forward, Up, Forward, Punch.

Controller Configuration
Hold Select as the first match begins. The controller configuration screen will appear for you to change.

CPU Vs. CPU
Want to see computers battle it at? Select tournament mode, highlight the End selection, and press Start. The CPU will control both player in the patches. Press any button to speed up the current match.

Defeating Any Opponent
Go to the options screen, and set the game to no time limit. Set the diffuculty level on 0, the nexit the options. Select one of the following fighters to go faster: Ken, Ryu, Blanka, Zangief, or Chun Li. Defeating M. Bison is easier then Sagat.

Defeating Sagat
Select Ryu or Ken. Do the fireball when the round begins. The fireball is a faster move then the Sagat's Tiget move. When he jumps over you, press R to do a kick to stop him. Then guess what? Do the fireball again. Repeat.

Ken/Ryu - Spinning Kick
Hold Down then Press Back, B, this will execute Spinning Kick.

No Information Bars
Power on the SNES, enter the options screen the nexit the options screen. Repeat this 26 times, then start a match.

Player Vs. Player Championship
Press Down, R, Up, L, Y, B when the Capcom logo appears before the title screen. The screen will turn blue to confirm correct code entry. Enter Vs. Battle mode. Press Start to change the color of the fighters' costumes or A to keep them identical.

See Character Specific Endings
Enable the Player vs. Player championship code. Press Start + R before the screen fades after beating M. Bison.

Sound Test
Check out some new sounds for SFII. You can change the sound effects in the Options Mode by pushing the R button rapidly on either 25, 26, or 27. You'll hear some new sound effects on 1f through 23.

View Profiles
At any character profile screen hold L + R on Controller Two. Now you can access all the profile screens without interruption.

Different Clothing on the Characters
When turning on the game, wait till it says “CAPCOM” and rapidly enter the following code: Down, R, Up, L, Y, and B. The screen with the street fighter logo will now turn blue. Select any character but instead of pressing A, press Start

Same character in 2-player mode
When the “Capcom” logo comes up, quickly press Down, R, Up, L, Y, B before it disappears. Then go into VS Mode and now you can play the same characters at the same time! Note: The second character will be slightly stronger than the original and will wear different clothing.

Super Street Fighter II (#25)

Super Street Fighter II Developer: Capcom
Publisher: Capcom
Release Date: June 24, 1994
Kids Fair - Nevada County Fairgrounds / GV: $20 • September 1995
Players: 1 - 2
Website: Super Street Fighter II InfoCheat CodesMove ListGAME MANUAL (pdf)

The Street Fighter legacy continues with this expanded version of Street Fighter II. Included are four new characters — Cammy, Dee Jay, Fei-Long, and T.Hawk — with new backgrounds for each. Returning fighters have also been given a make-over (both in in-game art as well as in the character portraits) and have learned new moves for the ongoing tournament.

This is the sequel to the super hit Street Fighter II Turbo and Street Fighter II Championship games for the SNES and Genesis. This port of the arcade game featured all 4 new characters and stages making a total of 16 playable. The game was packed into massive 32Meg and 40Meg cartridges for the SNES and Genesis. Featured many multiplayer modes in addition to the single player mode. There was the returning elimination group battle where you and a group of people played until one person was the champ. The Point Battle where the person with the most points wins. Newer modes included Tournament where you had an 8 man double elimination tournament. Finally the Challenge mode, where you tried to get the most points on a CPU opponent or beat them real fast trying to surpass records.

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