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Street Fighter Zero
ストリートファイターZERO
(1995)


 

 


Having seemingly pushed their Street Fighter engine to its absolute limit in Super Street Fighter II X (1994), Capcom seemed to be running out of steam by 1995, faced with some increasingly serious competition. It was nigh time to get back to the drawing board, and revitalise the name.
So along came 'Zero' - a new beginning for the series that features a storyline set sometime before Street Fighter II (1991) but after the events of Street Fighter (1987) and Final Fight (1989).
Zero features a cast of characters plucked from all three of the above, who have to take each other on in a tournament that remains fundamentally the same as before - but the gameplay has really shifted up a gear. Fighting game jargon additions include a 3-level super bar, air blocking, rolling recoveries, chain combos and the namesake 'Zero Counter'.
The Zero Counter is a clever reversal technique that can be done when blocking: it counters the opponent's attack at the expense of one super bar. It is a great feature; and when you add it to the 'Chain Combo' system the game really takes off.
Essentially, you can chain standard strikes together, in order of strength. For example, WP - MP - HP is a 3-hit combo.
Well, most of the time. Nevertheless it is this really straightforward system that makes Zero so much fun for masters and beginners alike - it also gives the game a tremendous amount of depth.
Speaking of fun, there's also a brilliant 2-player 'Dramatic Battle' team game on offer similar to that of Garou Densetsu (1991). Here Ryu and Ken can challenge Vega together (left). It's downright hilarious - and although it's almost always over in seconds, good times are nigh-on guaranteed.
It may have aged a little, yet the first Zero retains a lot of charm even today, thanks to the one single thing that is missing from its vastly superior sequels Zero 2 (1996) and Zero 3 (1998): the smooth-as-silk chain combo system.
 
 
 
 

Art Gallery 1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ryu
リュウ
 
Sodom
ソドム
 
Chun-Li
春麗
 
Nash
ナッシュ
 
Adon
アドン
 
Dan Hibiki
ダン (火引 弾)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ken
ケン
 
Guy
ガイ
 
Rose
ローズ
 
Birdie
バーディー
 
Sagat
サガット
 
Vega
ベガ
 
Gouki
豪鬼
 

Art Gallery 2
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ryu
リュウ
 
Sodom
ソドム
 
Chun-Li
春麗
 
Nash
ナッシュ
 
Adon
アドン
 
Dan Hibiki
ダン (火引 弾)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Ken
ケン
 
Guy
ガイ
 
Rose
ローズ
 
Birdie
バーディー
 
Sagat
サガット
 
Vega
ベガ
 
Gouki
豪鬼
 

 
Super Street Fighter Zero Arcade Game Track
ストリートファイターZERO アーケードゲームトラック
SOUNDTRACK
DETAILS
Format Audio CD
Released 21 Aug 1995
Publisher Sony Records
Product ID SRCL-3297
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Official soundtrack CD for the arcade Street Fighter Zero.
Features 'Stage' and 'Ending' tracks for every character, 'Voice', 'S.E.' and 'Announce' collections.
View [back] for track listing.

CD case, 38-track audio CD, 16-page b&w booklet, spine card.

Street Fighter Zero
ストリートファイターZERO
GAMEST VIDEO Vol.19
DETAILS
Format VHS
Released Aug 1995
Publisher Shinseisha
Product ID ISBN4-88199-210-4
Size (cm) 21 x 12.5 x 3
Weight (kg) 0.34
PRICE
STATUS
Quality Gamest Video VHS release featuring a 'Beyond Street Fighter' intro, 'Combination Masters' combo videos, 'Lighting Action' vs CPU hints, 'New Challenger' vs human strategies, a look at the hidden characters and more.

Hard white plastic video case, 70min NTSC VHS tape, 12-page b&w booklet.

All About Street Fighter Zero
ALL ABOUT ストリートファイターZERO

ALL ABOUT SERIES Vol.11
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 13 Sep 1995
Publisher Dempa Shinbunsha
Product ID 18362-10
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 2 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.56
PRICE
STATUS
Expert 'All About' guide book from the Studio Bent Stuff editorial.
Starts off with a nice 'History of Street Fighter' feature, flyers, illustrations, then moves on to a massive 'All Characters Perfect Data' profile section with superbly detailed move galleries & data, 'Game Systems' gameplay analysis, 'Vs Human' & 'Vs CPU' strategies, 'Special Room' interviews, in-game text, design sketches, 32 pages of sheet music and 'Official Story' section.

352 pages (128 in colour), Japanese.

Street Fighter Zero Arcade Game Hisshō Hō Special
ストリートファイターZERO アーケードゲーム必勝法スペシャル
GUIDE BOOK
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 10 Oct 1995
Publisher Keibunsha
Product ID ISBN4-7669-2352-9
Size (cm) 18.2 x 12.8 x 0.9 (B6)
Weight (kg) 0.20
PRICE
STATUS
Pocket-sized 'Winning Technique Special' guide for the arcade version.
Features a complete game system analysis followed by colourful profiles & in-depth illustrated move lists for all 13 characters.

112 pages (96 in colour), Japanese.

Street Fighter Zero
ストリートファイターZERO
GAMEST MOOK Vol.16
DETAILS
Format Magazine / Book
Released 13 Oct 1995
Publisher Shinseisha
Product ID GMC-16
Size (cm) 25.7 x 21 x 1 (AB)
Weight (kg) 0.54
PRICE
STATUS
As always, the Gamest Mook makes for a superb companion: character profiles, illustrated move lists with damage ratios, versus CPU strategies, concept designs, goods, fan art, ending gallery and a giant B2-sized poster.
Sheer luxury.

216 pages, 120 in colour, Japanese.

Street Fighter Zero 4-Koma Ketteiban
ストリートファイターゼロ 4コマ決定版
GAMEST COMICS 068
DETAILS
Format Manga
Released 10 Nov 1995
Publisher Shinseisha
Product ID ISBN4-88199-207-4
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 1 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.26
PRICE
STATUS
Celebratory collection of humourous 4-panel jokes, tributes and send-ups from both professional artists and Gamest readers.
Part of the Gamest Comics collection.

120 pages (black & white), Japanese.

Street Fighter Zero
ストリートファイターZERO
PLAYSTATION
DETAILS
Format PlayStation
Released 29 Dec 1995
Publisher Capcom
Product ID SLPS-00176
Size (cm) 14.2 x 13 x 1.7
Weight (kg) 0.16
PRICE
STATUS
The PlayStation version of Street Fighter Zero is nothing short of superb - some even argue that it tops the Sega Saturn port. Surprising, considering how weak the PS can often be with 2D games.
Includes a short preview movie for Biohazard (1996).

PlayStation case, PS CD-ROM disc, 28-page colour manual, spine card.

Street Fighter Zero
ストリートファイターZERO
SEGA SATURN
DETAILS
Format Sega Saturn
Released 26 Jan 1996
Publisher Capcom
Product ID T-1206G
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Arriving a month after the PS version the Sega Saturn port is a perfect, flawless and blow-for-blow copy of the arcade.
This is what the Sega Saturn was made for, and excels at. It's still quite cheap, too.

CD case, Sega Saturn CD-ROM disc, 28-page colour manual, spine card.

Street Fighter Zero Perfect Guide
ストリートファイターZERO パーフェクトガイド
GAMEST MOOK EX SERIES Vol.2
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 25 Feb 1996
Publisher Shinseisha
Product ID GMC-24
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 1.1 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.34
PRICE
STATUS
Polished and meticulous 'EX Series' Gamest Mook dedicated to the PS and SS home versions.
Features 'Game System', 'Secret Command', 'Combo' and 'Vs CPU' sections, followed by 10-page profiles & move lists for all 13 characters.

176 pages (160 in colour), Japanese.

Street Fighter Zero PlayStation Hisshō Hō Special
ストリートファイターZERO プレイステーション必勝法スペシャル
GUIDE BOOK
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 1 Mar 1996
Publisher Keibunsha
Product ID ISBN4-7669-2418-5
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 1 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.30
PRICE
STATUS
'Winning Technique Special' guide book for the PlayStation version. Profiles, move lists, combos... it's all here.
A surprisingly good guide this, perfectly suited to any version: all of the moves and combos are all listed with 'P' and 'K' symbols.

128 pages, 112 in colour, Japanese.

Street Fighter Zero The Complete 2 Combo Master
ストリートファイターゼロ ザ・コンプリート2 コンボマスター
HAOH GAME SPECIAL 50
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 20 Apr 1996
Publisher Kodansha
Product ID ISBN4-06-3292509
Size (cm) 18.2 x 12.8 x 0.8 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.14
PRICE
STATUS
Interesting little 'Combo Master' guide book that covers both the PS and SS ports.
Lists features, options and cheats for both versions, along with a clear and well illustrated selection of combos for every character.

82 pages, full colour, Japanese.

Street Fighter Zero Gaiden - Chun-Li Tabidachi no Akira
ストリートファイターZERO 外伝 〜春麗旅立ちの章〜

DRAMA CD
DETAILS
Format Audio CD
Released 16 Dec 1997
Publisher Victor
Product ID VICL-8181
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Official 'Audio Drama' CD release for the first Street Fighter Zero, subtitled 'Chun-Li goes on a Journey'.
View [back] for playlist.

CD case, 19-track audio CD (total 61:27), 16-page colour booklet, spine card.

Street Fighter Alpha
ストリートファイター アルファ
GAME BOY COLOR
DETAILS
Format Game Boy Color
Released 30 Mar 2001
Publisher Capcom
Product ID CGB-BFZJ-JPN
Size (cm) 12 x 9.5 x 2
Weight (kg) 0.08
PRICE
STATUS
Virgin Interactive are at the helm of this brave but somewhat stupid attempt at converting Street Fighter Zero onto the Game Boy Color, releasing it under the 'Alpha' export title for some reason.
The end result is beyond pitiful, but it nevertheless remains a relatively sought-after version.


Standard GBC cardboard packaging, 8Mbit cartridge, colour booklet.

Street Fighter Zero Fighter's Generation
ストリートファイターZERO ファイターズ ジェネレーション

PLAYSTATION 2
DETAILS
Format PlayStation 2
Released 19 May 2006
Publisher Capcom
Product ID SLPS-66409
Size (cm) 19 x 13.5 x 1.5
Weight (kg) 0.18
PRICE
STATUS
Superb Street Fighter compilation that brings together the entire 'Zero' series on one PS2 disc:
- Street Fighter Zero (1995)
- Street Fighter Zero 2 (1996)
- Street Fighter Zero 2 Alpha (1996)
- Street Fighter Zero 3 (1998)
- Pocket Fighter (1997)
Each game comes presented with options, sound tests and more.
The definitive collection!

PS2 case, PlayStation 2 DVD-ROM disc, colour booklet.

Street Fighter Zero Fighter's Generation [Best Price]
ストリートファイターZEROファイターズ ジェネレーション [ベストプライス]
PLAYSTATION 2
DETAILS
Format PlayStation 2
Released 15 Nov 2007
Publisher Capcom
Product ID SLPM-66854
Size (cm) 19 x 13.5 x 1.5
Weight (kg) 0.18
PRICE
STATUS
Capcom 'Best Price' label re-release of the PS2 SF Zero compilation:
- Street Fighter Zero (1995)
- Street Fighter Zero 2 (1996)
- Street Fighter Zero 2 Alpha (1996)
- Street Fighter Zero 3 (1998)
- Pocket Fighter (1997)
Disc content remains identical.


PS2 case, PlayStation 2 DVD-ROM disc, colour booklet.

 

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