By Dakota ‘DarkHorse’ Hills
Infinite combos find their way into all manner of different fighting games, usually stemming from unintended behavior for an attack or move that surfaces when specific spacing or criteria are met in a match. The Street Fighter series is no stranger to infinites, with one of the most recent examples being Street Fighter 5 Dan’s Gadoken loop that was ultimately patched by adding in a random pink fireball that knocks the opponent down.
One thing that these infinite combos often have in common is that they require precise inputs and strict timing to pull off, but there was a point in time where one such combo existed in Street Fighter and it only utilized one button. A content creator by the name of ScoopScoop recently put together a video that shines a light on this interesting piece of Street Fighter history explaining what it is and how to do it.
This one-button infinite was found back in the initial iteration of the Street Fighter 3 series. In Street Fighter 3: New Generation, which was released in 1997, one of the game’s fresh faces had the ability to infinitely juggle their opponent by using heavy kick over and over again.
Popular ninja Ibuki could trap her opponents in this infinite juggle, and she had three ways of transitioning into it. As ScoopScoop explains, using the heavy kick as an anti-air, landing a sweep target combo, or hitting them with her Super Art 3 would all lead into the infinite.
The trick is to hit her close standing heavy kick and properly time it so that both hits of the attack land. If done correctly, the opponent will fly high enough into the air for Ibuki to take a micro step forward and hit the normal attack again, rinsing and repeating until her foe is either stunned or knocked out completely.
Generally, this infinite works best when the opponent is cornered, but using that slight step forward does allow Ibuki to hit it when she’s elsewhere on screen.
Funnily enough, we witnessed fighting game legend Justin Wong utilize this Ibuki infinite in one of his recent Street Fighter 3 videos. As you can see below, JWong manages to start the infinite outside of the corner, but with the proper execution is able to walk his opponent all the way into the corner before KO-ing them.
With it being the first entry in the series, Street Fighter 3: New Generation isn’t played competitively these days. Its final version, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, is the tournament standard from the third generation, but that being said, this one-button infinite is definitely an interesting Street Fighter factoid that you should know about.
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