'Street Fighter II' Gets a 30th Anniversary Re-Release
With nostalgia for retro game consoles at an all-time high, Capcom and iam8bit.com have teamed up to issue a re-release of Street Fighter II for the series' 30th anniversary. It's not an app or display item—it's a playable Super Nintendo cartridge.
The game, which debuted in arcades in 1991 and on the SNES in 1992, is considered a classic of the fighting genre. To celebrate the anniversary of the first—and largely forgotten—installment in 1987, the collectible will be limited to 5500 pieces, 4500 of which will be "Ryu red" in honor of the character's headband; a more limited version will be colored green after the monstrous Blanka. Consumers won't know which version they'll get until it arrives.
In the event you didn't feel old enough already, the fine print on iam8bit.com's order page makes it clear that neither the site nor Capcom can be held responsible for any mishaps caused by running the game on what is now considered a "vintage collectible" in the SNES. The warning reads:
Use of this reproduction game cartridge (the "Product") on the SNES gaming hardware may cause the SNES console to overheat or catch fire. The SNES hardware is deemed a vintage collectible, so please exercise extreme caution when using the Product and make sure there is fire extinguishment equipment nearby. Use of the Product is at the sole risk of the user.
The site is taking pre-orders for the $100 cartridge and expects to ship it in November 2017. Notify your local fire department.