Walking into an arcade in the 90s was indeed a special time. There were no giant DDR machines instead there were rows and rows of stand up units. Shooters, fighters, beat-em-ups, puzzles, sportsâ€¦ the list goes on and on. Every week popping into a local arcade or family fun center was like going on an adventure to see whatâ€™s new. Â It was a magical time where you stole cigarettes from your uncleâ€™s pack and sold them for quarters to play the latest and greatest at the bowling alley.
Undoubtedly, the king of the arcade was Street Fighter 2. People would line up for hours with rows of quarters for â€śnext.â€ťÂ People loved Street Fighter 2 to the point of obsession. Â We needed more, however.Â Wouldnâ€™t it be cool to be able to play as two of the same character? What about the ability to play as the four Shadowloo bosses? Thankfully Capcom released Championship Edition for us, starting a long line of add-ons and expansions to the classic game.
Now you no longer have to duck out of the office to head to a seedy Laundromat to play a couple rounds, you can sit in the comfort of your own cubicle and re-live your days of beating down shoto-scrubs with Blanka. Nothing is abridged; the moves, music, and animation are all here. Â Pulling off combos and special moves with your keyboard might take some getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, youâ€™ll be throwing fireballs like a pro. The presentation is intuitive as well. Easily click when you want to play and itâ€™s like you slipped a quarter in for a few rounds. Â You can also customize your six attack buttons any way you wish with the click of your mouse.
Ultimately, itâ€™s a great quick retro trip. Head back, and fricassee some chumps with your Hadouken by clicking here. Just donâ€™t let the boss find out, heâ€™ll want “next.”