Street Fighter II Turbo for the Super Nintendo is arguably one of the best fighting games of all time. The game came out at the height of the 16-bit wars in 1993 but was initially released as an arcade game a year prior. The turbo part of the game refers to the faster playing speed, making the side-scroller more thrilling. For this review, I played the game via the Super Nintendo Classic Edition — yes, the mini version.
This game boots up faster than the cartridge counterpart, wasting no time in getting you into the action. Players can then select either regular mode or turbo mode as well as picking world tournament or individual, before picking from 12 characters: Ryu, Ken, E. Honda, Chun-Li, Blanka, Zangief, Guile, Dhalsim, Balrog, Sagat, Vega, and M. Bison.
Once you select, you’re thrown into the tournament world of Street Fighter! Playing in turbo makes the gameplay significantly faster than regular. The graphics on this game are still delightful decades later, with the stages being the real gems in the game. Each one is bright and colorful, but they don’t distract players from the fight.
The characters themselves are rendered well, and react quickly when playing the game. Street Fighter is considered a button-mashing game, and while that is a tried and true way of playing fighting games, learning the different button combos does pay off. The sound effects are at a higher pitch than the arcade version, but it will not take away from the game. The sound effects when you land a hit are satisfying, but I found myself ignoring them in pursuit of victory.
Street Fighter II Turbo is considered to be one of the best fighting games of all time. It’s still highly regarded to this day and has aged incredibly well. This is a game players can go back to over and over again. This is also a game for all ages. Unlike other fighting games, Street Fighter has largely remained an all-ages fighting game — this was the first fighting game I ever played when I was a child.
Graded copies of this game are overall selling high. A WATA sealed 9.6 sold for $9600 in January 2022, while a VGA sealed 8.0 sold for $1,813 in September of 2021.
Higher-graded copies seem to be the way to go with investing in this game — as of now there’s little data to indicate if this game is on an upward trend or not, but if you can find a sealed copy for under $300 — it might be worth investing in.