Yesterday marked the 30-year anniversary of Street Fighter’s debut, and Capcom and iam8bit are marking the event with a fun collectible. They’re reissuing the Super Nintendo version of Street Fighter II, which is playable on the actual hardware – although you might reconsider doing so after checking out some freaky warning text.
The release is limited to 5,500 copies of the game, with 4,500 of those coming in red carts and the remaining 1,000 getting clad in glow-in-the-dark translucent green cases. They’re priced at $100, and you can preorder yours from iam8bit’s store.
Now, about that warning. At the bottom of the preorder site comes the following chilling text:
WARNING: Use of this reproduction game cartridge (the “Product”) on the SNES gaming hardware may cause the SNES console to overheat or catch fire. The SNES hardware is deemed a vintage collectible, so please exercise extreme caution when using the Product and make sure there is fire extinguishment equipment nearby. Use of the Product is at the sole risk of the user.
If you don’t plan on actually playing your cart, and just want to display it on your shelf, great. Otherwise, use extreme caution.
This is so cool that I’ll forgive them for releasing this for the anniversary. The first game did come out 30 years ago, but let’s be real – nobody played that one. Street Fighter II hit arcades a few years later in 1991, with the SNES port arriving a year later in 1992. Even if the math doesn’t exactly check out, this is still super cool.