Although she never appears in the game itself, the Street Fighter × Tekken prologue comic, given away in Special Edition copies of the game in 2012, reveals that the creator of the mysterious 'Pandora' artefact is none other than Ingrid, Street Fighter's very own demigod. Her appearance here casts her as an interventionalistic observer of humanity, sending Pandora to bestow a taste of cosmic power to those who would seek it out. Her motive isn't exactly selfless, however, as she looks forward to being entertained by the conflict her gift will inevitably create.
Seth is number fifteen of (at least) twenty-six replacement bodies for M. Bison created in the Living Incubator project. In charge of the Shadaloo Intimidation Network, Fifteen is responsible for the creation of the Tanden Engine, the Feng Shui Engine and the Boiling Liquid Expanding Cell Explosion (BLECE). Although designed as a puppet at Bison's command, Fifteen gained independence and adopted the name Seth. Through his sentience he regards himself as superior to the other clones in the programme, a mental contrast demonstrated by win quotes in Seth mirror-matches in Super IV:
Win: We may share the same origin, but I am lightyears ahead of you!Lose: Number 15 is no longer operational. New data aquired... Saving...
In an interview with Joystiq in 2009, Capcom's Community Manager Seth Killian confirmed that the character is named after him: 'I don't think he was based on me. But yes, the producer has been very kind that way. So before I was officially on the project, that was their idea. It is a great honor to be a part of Street Fighter history.'
World Warrior Ryu is extremely vulnerable during one frame of his dizzy animation taking higher damage if hit at this point. In Nishitani's own words, 'This is due to the fact that we experimented with characters taking twice as much damage when dizzy, and applied this flag to all dizzied animation frames, but forgot to remove it from one.' This weakpoint occurs when Ryu is leaning farthest forward. With all else being equal this one frame alone makes Ken definitvely the better fighter in World Warrior. All credit to error1 at ComboVid for the image here.
The sixth episode of the second season of The Boondocks titled ‘Attack of the Killer Kung-Fu Wolf Bitch’ (aired in November 2007) contains a cameo appearance from Street Fighter’s Gen in a scene intermingled with Mortal Kombat references. Luna, who Robert has met online dating, turns out to be a beautiful but psychotic practitioner of kung fu. In one scene she removes an opponent’s heart with her bare hands (invoking Kano) prompting the phrase ‘Fatality!’ to appear on-screen and an elderly kung fu master to yell ‘FINISH HIM!’. The phrase is famously from Mortal Kombat but the man’s face and costume is that of Gen. The only Mortal Kombat character with even a vague resemblance (and even then only in his original Mortal Kombat form) is Shang Tsung but it seems clear that it is Gen being referenced here.
Both 'Secret File #13' from the time of Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter's release in 1997 and the 2012 retrospective book 'Marvel VS. Capcom Official Complete Works' mention plans for a super attack in which Blackheart would summon his 'father' Mephisto to grab the opponent and breathe fire on them. Although this attack was never included in the final version of Marvel Super Heroes Vs. Street Fighter the sprites and animation data have been found to exist in the data. They match up perfectly with the sketch seen on the 'Secret File' flyer.
Everyone remembers the Tournament Battle variant of Super Street Fighter II don't they? (Volume II, page 17 for a recap). Unused sprites buried in the game data for Super Turbo reveal that a tournament mode was planned for this revision but, of course, never saw the light of day. In Super Turbo the game mode was set to be called The League Battle. This subtitle, along with several other elements, have been uncovered. Most illuminating is an explanation of the tournament's rules. Translated from the Japanese it reads:
This is a round robin tournament against X other players. You will fight X rounds against X players, a total of 9 rounds against X players. Placement is determined by winning percentage. If you win more rounds, your rank will increase. Aim for a Perfect (total X wins)!
These rules are substantially different from Super's Tournament Battle which used a three-round elimination format.
There are several clocks in the stage backgrounds of Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike but only some of them tell the correct time; correct in that they agree with the time of day as given on the opponent selection screens. Fights on Ken's stage take place at 9:27 pm and this time is confirmed on the underground station's clock. Alex's fight takes place at the same location but at 1:31 am; the clock has moved forward to reflect this. In contrast, the clock in the background of Necro and Twelve's Mosque stage disagrees with the times stated on the opponent selection screens. Twelve's fight takes place at 12:50 pm but the clock shows 1:25 (in the morning, as it's dark). Necro's fight is at 5:15 pm but the clock shows 12:22 (in the afternoon, as it's light). Thinking about it, the error lies with the times stated on the opponent selection screen and not with the background artist; Twelve's fight can't take place at 12:50 pm as it's clearly night-time!