ByKen McDonnell, writer at Creators.co
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The Street Fighter legacy is one that extends all the way back to the arcades of 1987. This was the first competitive fighting game that Capcom had ever produced and it introduced the conventions of the Street Fighter brand, such as the six button controls and the use of command based special techniques.

While the original didn't catapult the fighting game to international renown, it sowed the seeds for the sequel that would take the world by storm. Now, almost 30 years later, the fifth installment is set to be unleashed upon the world. But before you indulge in the pleasures of modern gaming, there are some exceptional retro fighting games that deserve your attention.

In Review: The Street Fighter Legacy

Street Fighter II HD Turbo
Street Fighter II HD Turbo

Street Fighter 5 will receive its release date for the PS4 on February 16 in North America and Europe, with Japan actually getting it two days later. Capcom aim to catapult the series into the next generation while simultaneously drawing from the richest of histories. But can it take out these three champions?

Street Fighter Alpha 3

The best 2D fighting game ever?
The best 2D fighting game ever?
Fighting games don't come much more accomplished than this though, and Street Fighter Alpha 3 is one of the most addictive and playable we've ever come across.

I still remember picking this up in my local game store for the Playstation in 1999. It was a momentous occasion and I recall how even the box art had me enthralled. The character roster was ridiculous, the move sets were addictive, and it contained some of the best gameplay I'd ever come across. Sure, the graphics weren't all that great, but it was one of those games that taught my younger self that looks really weren't everything.

Super Street Fighter IV

Street Fighter IV
Street Fighter IV

This is one of the best fighting games ever made. The visuals were fantastic, the gameplay was deep and rewarding, and Capcom demonstrated a remarkable balancing act of fresh action and classic fighting. Everything we want Street Fighter V to be stems from our love of this 2010 classic. Or does it? Can the next installment knock off number 1?

Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix

Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix

It's just perfection. This is one of the reasons why I'll never let go of my PS3. Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix is everything you could possibly want from a fighting game and more. It should be required for all gamers to check out this title, to witness how (even if you don't like fighting games) perfect this genre can be. Can Street Fighter 5 actually topple this from spot number 1? Probably not.

Do you have faith in Capcom and their abilities to make Street Fighter V succeed? What are your favorite Street Fighter games? Let us know in the comments below!

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