By Robert Marrujo:: Not a typo, not a miscommunication: Street Fighter II is returning to Super Nintendo in late November. Re-releases are a common thing in the video game industry, especially when milestone anniversary celebrations are underway, but for the 30th anniversary of Street Fighter II Capcom is doing something quite different. In partnership with production company Iam8bit, 5,500 replica SNES cartridges will be hitting the market.
The special cartridges are offered in two variations: the standard "Opaque Ryu Red" and "Glow-in-the-Dark Blanca Green." The former is being released to the tune of 4,500 copies, while the latter is much more limited at 1,000. The catch is that there's no way of knowing which color you'll be getting, as the 1,000 Blanca copies will be disseminated at random. Bummer!
Thankfully, no matter which color cartridge you get, for the $100 asking price both will ship with the following goodies:
- Tri-fold box with foil, gloss, and embossments
- Premium instruction booklet
- Retro pack-in surprises
Here's Iam8bit's announcement regarding the special re-release:
As a Street Fighter 30th Anniversary surprise, Capcom & iam8bit fistbumped to create this ultra premium throwback relic - a brand-new, freshly manufactured limited edition of Street Fighter II for Super Nintendo Entertainment System compatible hardware. Featuring one of two colored cartridges, each housing the original game code and fully playable on NTSC consoles - but that’s just the beginning! The “Legacy Cartridge Collection” embodies retro-inspired luxury, amplifying the core SNES box design with a glistening foil sheen, delicately embossed texture, chic spot varnish and an innovative tri-fold cover that opens to reveal bonus vintage art. Inside, we’re keeping it old-school by restoring the contents of the original instruction booklet, complete with a new archival cover print + secret pack-ins (to be revealed when you crack that shrink-wrap seal).
This is insanely cool, and what's even more fascinating is the fact that there will apparently be more to come, as Iam8bit referred to this as being part of the "Legacy Cartridge Collection." What other games will be coming our way? This writer can't wait to find out, nor can he wait to place an order for this wonderful celebratory reissue.
About Robert Marrujo: A Senior Editor for Nintendojo.com and an Editor for San Leandro News. A lifelong Bay Area resident, you can usually find him puttering around writing, drawing, or playing video games. Check him out on Instagram @robert_marrujo!