The (Almost) Ultimate Collection for the Ultimate Street Fighter Fans is Here

Capcom has announced that the Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Collector’s Set is now available. But what does it come with? Where can you get it? And who comes out on top, Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3? Read on to find out!

The set is available for $149.99 (plus shipping) in the Capcom Store, and includes the following:

  • A two-disc Blu-ray set which includes I am Street Fighter, a documentary which “highlights the profound influence the franchise has had on fans – and vice versa – throughout the years,” as well as the anime movies from Street Fighter IV and Super Street Fighter IV, the Street Fighter II anime movie, and the entire Street Fighter animated series
  • A six-inch statue of Ryu performing a Shoryuken, with a base that lights up the flames
  • An 11-disc soundtrack of original Street Fighter music, remixes, and fan-created pieces from throughout the years
  • A 64-page hardcover art book, featuring images from fans and pros alike
  • A replica of Ryu’s martial arts black belt, “created to regulation specs” and featuring his classic “Fūrinkazan” in kanji
  • A certificate of authenticity
  • Copies of Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, Street Fighter III 3rd Strike Online Edition, Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition (with all the downloadable costumes), and Street Fighter X Tekken (with all character and Swap Costume downloadable content)

Now, on Street Fighter X Tekken alone, the PlayStation 3 version comes out ahead, thanks to all of its exclusive characters– Pac-Man, Mega Man, Toro, Kuri, and Cole. But… that’s not all.

If the above wasn’t enough, the PlayStation 3 owners alone also get the following as extra downloadable content:

  • Street Fighter Alpha as a PSOne Classics download
  • Street Fighter Alpha 2 as a PSOne Classics download
  • Street Fighter Alpha 3 as a PSOne Classics download
  • Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max as a PlayStation Portable download
  • All DLC for Street Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition
  • Over 175 additional avatars spanning throughout all iterations of Street Fighter on the PlayStation 3

Wow. If you’re a Street Fighter fan who has an Xbox 360 instead of a PlayStation 3 (like me, not that I can afford this anyway), this is not only a case of seeing greener grass on the other side, but seeing every shade of green on the other side. And yet, even with the PlayStation 3’s inclusion of the Alpha trilogy, something seems to be missing…

Did you notice for all these games, there is absolutely no mention of the original Street Fighter, the game which started it all and began the legendary feud between Ryu and Sagat after the former scarred the latter? Yeah, that one’s not included… go figure.

Admittedly, it’s not the best game in the world, and far from the best in the series, but one has to appreciate its significance. Its early graphics, sound, and design carry a certain historical charm, and it’s from those that the Street Fighter series as we know it today was built.

But sadly, Capcom doesn’t seem to care– as far as they’re concerned, the series began at Street Fighter II, apparently a fully-formed idea of its own which came out of nowhere. Meanwhile, the original can remain relegated to hit-and-miss collections of their arcade titles. Its file size must be quite small by today’s standards, and easy to add to any disc in the set, but who would want to see where Ryu, Ken, Sagat, Gen, Adon, Birdie, or Eagle got their start, anyway?

Least of all on the 25th anniversary of that very game. Kotaku knows the score.

On a side-note, it’s not as though the first Mega Man game is ever similarly ignored, despite the fact that Mega Man 2 would be the one to similarly polish the concept to a shine and carry the series to greater heights. In fact, it even got a very good PlayStation Portable remake in Mega Man Powered Up.

Anyway, if you’d like to see a video of the whole set being unboxed, then look no further:

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