The classic Street Fighter 2 artwork is iconic at this point, easily recognizable and memorable to those who grew up with the franchise. While there were all types of amazing art pieces to come out of the series, it was the instruction manual illustrations depicting the world warriors performing their moves that was some of the best the games had to offer due to their simplicity and nostalgia factor.
Street Fighter 5’s director Takayuki Nakayama often shares official artwork and concept sketches from the Street Fighter franchise on Twitter, and over the past couple weeks has been posting some truly awesome pieces featuring characters from the Street Fighter Alpha series performing some of their special moves. What’s great about these illustrations, though, is that they’re done in that classic SF2 manual style.
Though each tweet that includes one of these art pieces has a comment written by the Capcom developer, unfortunately, these notes tend not to be related to the artwork itself. Typically, Nakayama will share a new image and include a tweet that talks about how his day is going or what he’s getting up to.
In the earliest tweet with this art we found, Nakayama does mention that he is a fan of the instruction manual artwork, and these appear to originate from the first Street Fighter Alpha’s booklet. He also notes that these were done for “illustrative purposes only,” and weren’t the same references used to build the in-game sprites.
There are quite a few images to look over, and featured here we have the likes of Ryu, Charlie, Rose, Sodom, Birdie, and Adon. These pieces are incredible, and that old Street Fighter 2 style was recaptured perfectly here with the Alpha series fighters.
We would love to see more Street Fighter games — like Street Fighter 5 — get the same treatment here. It could be a real treat to see some of the newest contenders in the classic SF2 instruction manual style.
There’s more artwork to be seen on Nakayama’s Twitter, so be sure to head over to check it all out.
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Source: Culled From Event Hubs.