Capcom is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Street Fighter franchise by literally going back to the exact product that made it take off. Street Fighter II for the Super NES will be reprinted, the company announced today, in a limited stock of 5,500 pieces. Most of them will be red-colored (“Ryu Red,” as Capcom puts it), but a select 1,000 of them, doled out randomly, will be see-through, glow-in-the-dark and “Blanka Green.”
But that’s not the best part. This is.
WARNING: Use of this reproduction game cartridge (the “Product”) on the SNES gaming hardware may cause the SNES console to overheat or catch fire. The SNES hardware is deemed a vintage collectible, so please exercise extreme caution when using the Product and make sure there is fire extinguishment equipment nearby. Use of the Product is at the sole risk of the user.
Keep in mind here, the tech being used to make this cart playable on a real SNES is the same fans use to create reproduction cartridges, which so far have a 0% explosion rating despite being made by “amateurs.” This is just the lawyers at Capcom covering their buns when dealing with aging machines.
The less obsessed gamers out there may question the wisdom of paying $100 for a new copy of Street Fighter II when the average used copy can be had for $10 or less. The point is the rarity and collectibility, and that is what will move copies. if Capcom’s stunt here sells out — and it will — it could inspire other similar reprints from gaming companies.
Preorder the limited-edition Street Fighter II cart here.