Video Game Music of the Week - 11

Super Street Fighter II


Guile’s Stage, Ryu’s Stage, M.Bison’s Stage

Isao Abe
Syun Nishigaki

Street Fighter II is arguably one of the greatest fighting games of its era (and even to this day). Not only did the game excel in its core structure, character diversity and gameplay, but also its soundtrack, which is one of the most memorable soundtracks that appears on the Super Nintendo (I have chosen to use the Super Nintendo version, as opposed to the games other releases).

The characters and stages are very diverse, and Street Fighter has always been known for this (not only in terms of the characters looks, but their story, move set and controls). The only appropriate way to approach a game like this, musically, would be to create a lasting, diverse soundtrack, which is what Street Fighter II successfully did.

Guile’s Stage

Probably the most well known song from the Street Fighter franchise, even to this day. Guile isn’t the main character of the Street Fighter series, but he’s song is so well known, proving that the song stands on its own merits. It’s catchy as hell and perfectly defines he’s character as an American soldier.

Ryu’s Stage

Ryu is the main protagonist of the Street Fighter series. Ryu’s birthplace is Japan, and as such, he’s theme takes some inspiration from Japanese culture. The theme is quite powerful and I believe that this song is a perfect summary of the Street Fighter legacy.

M Bison’s Stage

M. Bison is the main antagonist of Street Fighter. He’s the final boss in Street Fighter II, as well as some other games in the series. The song is fast paced, as it should be for a final confrontation. It has a pounding bass guitar line that plays during the middle of the song, which is one of the most defining tracks in the song.

This theme, strangely, reminds me of
Mario Kart 64’s Rainbow Road. Its a strange connection, but the first few moments of the song really captures a similar vibe.

Written by - Michael Villalon for ‘The VG Island’.
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