Released August 8, 1990- Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight
Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight kicked into the Japanese market on this day in 1990. For the Nintendo Famicom.
It’s been 25 years since Ken participated in a Street Fighting tournament. He decided to hang up his Gi in favor of a lab coat and become a scientist. Together with his friend Troy, they develop a medicine. Supposedly a very powerful one. However, an unknown nemesis breaks into the lab and kills Troy, stealing the medicine. Ken must recall how to become a Street Fighter and avenge his friend and retake whats his.
Despite the name, the game has nothing to do with Street Fighter or Final Fight franchise. In fact, it is an action platformer game. Ken will take out waves of enemies with ranged weapons and at the end of each level is a boss.
The game was heavily criticized for simply using the two names of Street Fighter and Final Fight as a sales tactic. Further, it was exceptionally difficult and had extremely poor localization. It had unresponsive controls in which Ken would frequently not do what the player input. Making for a poor gameplay experience.
In the Japanese version of the game, the premise and characters make a little more sense. The main character of the game is named Kevin Striker and he is a cyborg police officer. It is speculated that the US version only called the main character Ken because it was an already established character from the Street Fighter franchise on the arcades. Additionally, the enemies in the Japanese version are known as “Parasites”, an evil alien race.