This is an age of modern games where $5 is the most someone will spend on a mobile phone to play the best. However, classic franchises are still around. Ultra Street Fighter IV is set to release digitally this month. However, all I’m reminded of is what the original Street Fighter II and all the classic Capcom games brought to my childhood. I’m taking this opportunity to replay some Capcom classics that I grew up with and remind the people about what made them so great. I’ll also recommend some games in the same genre from that generation, along with modern titles that are comparable.
Side scrolling beat’em ups have evolved with the time, but back in the 90s, they were everywhere. Like fellow Capcom games such as King of Dragons, X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse, Captain Commando, Final Fight takes you across streets and industrial locales to take out thugs, mutants, and robots. You and a buddy can both fight together, pick up items and weapons to use, and fight mob bosses. However, in single player, the difficulty can be off-putting and fighting the same dumb A.I. with little variety can become repetitive. I recommend Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IV: Turtles in Time, Battletoads & Scott Pilgrim Vs The World: The Game for the best side scrolling you can find.
Want to tear your hair out in frustration? This is the game for you. Not only is Arthur limited to ridiculous jumps, short ranged weapons, and facing dozens of foes with homemade armor, this game is made for the hardcore, the committed, and the incredibly patient. Not only do you have to face every demon and monster imaginable, you have to do it twice to save the princess. Eat that, Mario! It holds up well and tests gamers of all calibers. If you like challenges faced in games such as Dark Souls, God of War, or even Devil May Cry, take a romp through the middle ages with Arthur and his oversized spears.
Ah, Street Fighter. The game that taught kids to fight it out, but not with their first, but with digital fists, kicks, and fire balls. The less bloody of the 90s fighters (see Mortal Kombat, Primal Rage, and Killer Instinct), Street Fighter was a popular game that caught on, leading to many iterations and the rise of 2-D fighters. While the original Street Fighter II may not have many characters, moves, or challenges to keep people interested, but by the time Super Street Fighter II Turbo came out, Capcom had introduced plenty of new characters, a combo system, and super moves. While there is an HD version, the original version can be seen being played in professional tournaments and still holds up well with new fighters of today.
The mother of revolutionary revivals, Mega Man X aimed to show it wasn’t just another update to the long running Mega Man series for the NES (which, at the time, was at number 6 in the series). Mega Man X showed off the power of the system with vibrant graphics, new abilities and power ups, enemy variety, and a story with heart and growth made this an iconic intro an incredibly difficult series. The game may go by quickly, but which action platformers don’t these days? This is a definite must play, but if you’re looking for other games with action, guns and dynamic bosses, check out Gunstar Heroes, Strider, and Gradius III.
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If you don’t have classic systems, many of these titles are available for download on Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, on computers, and are coming to next-gen systems such as Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Comment below on what Capcom games you’ve played and what makes them great, or if you disagree. As always, make sure to keep it locked on Nerdswole for more great articles, such as Brian’s Bruce Lee tribute.