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Street Fighter 2 on the Commodore 64? Nah mate, you must be having a laugh. But yet, in 1992, Street Fighter II: The World Warrior did indeed land on the humble 8 bit system, along with the ZX Spectrum and *almost* Amstrad CPC. This video takes a look at the Creative Materials SF2 versions, released by US Gold, with an emphasis on the Commodore 64 release. It then explores how this version came to be and the story of what went wrong. Also, we also take a look at a new version of Street Fighter 2 in development for the C64 by Paco. NICE.

Find out more on the new SF2 at https://www.pacoblog64.com/
Thank you to https://www.lemon64.com/ for having such a great and useful resource
Some details of James Macdonald's involvement: https://www.gamesthatwerent.com/gtw64...
Commodore Format archives: https://archive.org/details/commodore...
Check out the original Street Fighter arcade machine at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c0rdm...

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TheImpaler27

This version of the game wasn't released, it escaped.

9 months ago | [YT] | 259

Subroutines TV

I don't know who looks at SF2 and says to themselves, "Yes, that will run on a 1MHz processor with 16 colors."

4 months ago | [YT] | 57

mathew gallimore

I bought this for the C64 after playing it on the SNES at my friends. I died a little inside......true story.

9 months ago | [YT] | 114

Neo

Home computer owners: we want a good port of street fighter
US Gold: I don't remember asking you a goddamn thing

9 months ago | [YT] | 224

Ecidemon

I remember buying the disk version for my c128 back in the day. I made backups of the disk and swapped some file names around and could then play as the bosses.

9 months ago | [YT] | 226

LilleTotte

US Gold reviews are more often than not just a lot of hot air written by their own PR department.
I was at a lecture by the editor of my favourite C64/Amiga Magazine from the 90's (that's the Swedish Datormagazin) almost two years ago, and he told us how he lost them US Gold as an advertiser and any pre release review sendouts from them.
He was at a convention (pre E3) and vas promised an interview with a developer about the up and coming game. He was led to a hotel room where the head of PR handed him a paper and said "Here is the review you are going to print, complete with pictures and rating".
"Can I at least try a beta to form an opinion on the game?" "No need, it's all there."
He looked at the paper and after the first line he said "I can't print this bullshit, our readers will see through this before completing the first sentence."
"You can tell your editor to print this and to send a real journalist next time, or we will stop buying ad space in your paper, and you won't get any promo copies pre launch."
"I am the editor, and I have a degree in journalism. I can tell you that we don't need your ads. We are turning advertisers down since we have enough subscribers to break even without any ads, and we will gladly publish late reviews of your games as long as it means we are honest to our readers."

And that is the story of how Datormagazin never again had an ad for US Gold and never reviewed a US Gold published game pre launch again. And that's probably for the best.

9 months ago | [YT] | 60

Kathleen Delcourt

US GOLD, the 8-bit grand masters of horrible ports.

9 months ago | [YT] | 128

Joshua Chap

This honestly looks like a Booleg NES ROM Hack of Street Fighter 2

9 months ago | [YT] | 152

Andoc

I've seen 8 bit bootleg versions for the famicom much better than this.

9 months ago | [YT] | 36

gleaming999

one button street fighter. What could go wrong?

9 months ago | [YT] | 62

Chris Hopkins

Whenever you see the default Commodore character set used instead of a custom font, you know it's a rush job

9 months ago | [YT] | 25

Jonny Memeonic

I had a NES and then a SNES growing up and I was always jealous of home computer owners... until SF2 came out lol.

9 months ago | [YT] | 47

Dominic Webb

Wow, even for back then this is pathetic and they knew it hence the lack of screen shots on the box, probably wouldn't have sold a single copy if they had.

9 months ago | [YT] | 43

kinganarkzie

I honestly can't believe that they even got it running as well as it did.

2 months ago | [YT] | 5

Tony Walker

I ordered this as soon as it was available after having spent months playing the coin op and my mates SNES version. Was the biggest waste of £10.99 possible. Ah well, at least I got a free Blanka pin badge.

9 months ago | [YT] | 49

Hermann Cavalcante

US Gold is the LJN equivalent to home computers.

6 months ago | [YT] | 8

al

I don’t think the console has enough power to handle one Hadoken!

2 months ago | [YT] | 5

Jan Poo

I played this at my friend's house, while I was owning a MD version.
I felt pity for him...

6 months ago | [YT] | 7

Commander 64

I remember bieng so dissaointed by the C64 conversion of SFII, but really what was I expecting, 16 bit systems should have been the minimum requirement for this game. Even the Amiga had too many disks I seem to remember.

9 months ago (edited) | [YT] | 90


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