Street Fighter Was Almost Ported to the NES—Here's What it Would Have Looked Like

What could have been.

While the first Street Fighter is often overlooked in the history of Capcom's fighting game franchise, the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection gives fans a chance to revisit the game that started it all. And if they really want to, they can visit the in-game museum and see never-before-seen concepts of the game, including stills from a cancelled NES port.

Capcom released the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection to celebrate three decades of over-the-top martial arts combat. Along with 12 Street Fighter games, the collection includes a museum where fans can peruse concept art, documents, and even unreleased material.

Video game historian Frank Cifaldi, who helped develop the Collection's museum, went on Twitter to highlight some of the best tidbits gleaned from working on the collection. The first thing he highlighterd was the screenshot for a cancelled Street Fighter port for the NES. Something Cifaldi says was buried somewhere in the Capcom marketing archive.

Street Fighter was released in arcades in 1987. While the game was later ported to the TurboGrafx-CD in 1988, it's not really clear why the NES port was canned. But considering how strange the NES port looks compared to the arcade version, it might not have been a bad thing.

While the graphics in the arcade version of Street Fighter aren't drastically different from the graphics in Street Figther 2, Street Fighter on NES looks much more simplified and basic. Ryu and Sagat are hardly recognizable in the NES version. Or at least I think that's Ryu and Sagat.

Cifaldi has a whole thread about his discoveries when building the 30th Anniversary Collection's Museum feature. Or you can just check out the Collection for yourself now that it's out on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch. You can read our Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection review here.

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