The Legend of Zelda
Call it a classic. Call it the template for a handful of beloved Capcom fighting game franchises. But don’t call Street Fighter II the greatest fighting game ever. That distinction belongs to Street Fighter Alpha 3. Regardless, let’s focus on the 1991 original where E. Honda and the gang duke it out for the privilege of bitch slapping M. Bison and toppling his mysterious criminal empire, Shadaloo. Unlike its arch nemesis Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter II needn’t compensate for unimaginative gameplay with blood ‘n guts. Unlike some modern fighters we could name - ahem, SoulCalibur – frantic button mashing won’t help you against savvier human opponents. But Street Fighter isn’t just a game. It’s a brand! Though it’s inspired several fairly awesome animated, comic, and manga adaptations, the Legend of Chun- Li should’ve sparred itself a lot of embarrassment and gone straight to video. Jean-Claude Van Damme deserves to be pummeled by a hadouken barrage for 94’s late-term abortion of an action movie. Though Vam Damme could easily block the fireballs by holding the back button, he’s not smart enough to figure that out, and no one will explain it to him, because he has no friends.