Sometimes references to Street Fighter appear in the most unexpected places! Players of Id software's 2004 title Doom 3 may stumble across an arcade cabinet in the kitchen area of Mars City (at the beginning of the game) entitled Super Turbo Turkey Puncher 3 made by 'Nabcon'. This is clearly a parody of Capcom's Street Fighter franchise and, in the typeface of the marquee specifically, Street Fighter Alpha 3. This mini-game is actually two Easter-eggs in one as when the player interacts with the cab they assume control of the fist of the original Doom guy! If the player beats the top score (25,000 points) they will receive a new e-mail on their PDA:
From: HR Coordinator
Subject: New High Score!
Congratulations! You set a new high score in Super Turbo Turkey Puncher3 !!!
Your parents can rest easier knowing they have raised another shining example of humanity.
Due to the incredible amount of time you wasted punching poor defenseless turkeys, your vacation time has been docked two days.
Have a nice day.
Japanese comedian and professional wrestler Masaki Sumitani, known under his performing name as Razor Ramon Hard Gay exists as a single sprite in Ingrid's Capcom Fighting Evolution sprite sheet. This has to be one of the most random and inexplicable discoveries in the series to date, particularly as it is never seen in game and can only be found via ROM hack. In order for the sprite to display correctly, the palette used for Ingrid's 'Midnight Bliss' costume must be applied to it, but once it is, it is unmistakably him. Incidentally, Midnight Bliss is a special attack performed by Demitri which transforms his opponent in (usually) an arousing or comedic manner; more on this later....
According to the arcade flyer for Captain Commando (1991), one of the game's protagonists Ginzu the Ninja, (known as Sho in Japan) is the successor of Bushin-ryu ninjitsu. The significance of this, of course, is that Guy from Final Fight/Street Fighter is the 39th soke, or grandmaster, of the Bushin-ryu style. That Final Fight and Street Fighter co-exist in the same universe is indubitable but Captain Commando is subject to conjecture. Fragmentary evidence such as this helps support the theory that the events of Captain Commando occur in a futuristic revision of Final Fight's Metro City.
The names of many of the enemies in Final Fight may very well be the result of mistranslations from Japanese to English. It seems plausible that, in the case of Bred and El-Gado, the translator mixed up the katikana for 'To' and 'Do' as the alternatives, Bret and El-Gato, are far more familiar to English speakers. Others seem to be the result of the translator simply not having a good knowledge of English names; Dug instead of Doug, Simons instead of Simon, Andore instead of Andre. Potentially the most muddled of all, however, is Rolento. Accepting a double mix-up of the classic 'L' and 'R' phonemes, Rolento should be Laurent or, to fix this further, Laurence. Alternatively, if the katakana for 'To' and 'Do' were mixed up (again) he could be Roland.
Prototype versions of Ryu and Ken exist in the ROM for the original Street Fighter. Limited to just one sprite each, these prototypes nonetheless show a number of differences compared with their final versions. Ryu's footwear and gloves are brown rather than red, his hair is shorter (more akin to subsequent depictions) and he has a meaner facial expression! Ken's prototype shows him wearing a red bandana, brown footwear and gloves whereas his final version omits the slippers and headband and changes the colour of his gloves to yellow. In addition, an unfinished arena is also present in the ROM. It is unlike any of the stages in the final game but clearly was abandoned early on in development as it is very rough; limited to just a black and blue outline.
A manga adaptation of The Animated Movie, authored by Takayuki Sakai, was serialised as a comic (in CoroCoro Comic) in 1994 and later published in one volume in 1996. This adaptation is noticeably lighter in tone than the film itself and seems rather crudely animated in comparison. The story also suffers a number of changes, for example, Guile is introduced as a brainwashed body double for Ken in thrall to Shadaloo (complete with a wig), Vega's fatal fall from Chun-Li's apartment is broken by a tree (!) and Cammy assassinates the Mahatma character as opposed to the Minister. It also ends with the cheesiest epilogue imaginable:
They were superhuman beings... ...who called themselves warriors. There were no rules, only that the strong would prevail. They were known as... STREET FIGHTERS.
Yikes. All in all it's an odd venture; a better result would have been acheived using stills from the actual movie.
The villainous Mad Gear gang, featured heavily in the first two Final Fight games, takes its name from a 1988 Capcom arcade title, known as LED Storm internationally. Mad Gear is a top-down racing game with controls and visuals reminiscent of the popular Micro Machines games of the 1990s. Eagle-eyed Street Fighter fans can also spot the Mad Gear logo on the T-shirt of an onlooker in an early image of Blanka eating an ice-cream. This image was first printed in the Complete File for Street Fighter II but has since been reprinted in Udon's 20th anniversary retrospective.