Proto:Street Fighter (Arcade)
This page details one or more prototype versions of Street Fighter (Arcade).
This early prototype of the original Street Fighter was added to MAME on May 1st, 2002. The audio CPU gives this a build date of March 1987, while the final game is dated July 1987.
- In the prototype, the wall breaks in a near-perfect square shape. It's a rougher octagonal shape in the final version. However, they never updated the brick-breaking animation to match the new hole; In the final version, the bricks on the top-left and top-right corners seem to spawn out of an intact wall.
- The ranking screen border colors changed from orange to blue, probably to make the scores and names stand out more. The "RANKING BEST 10" text is missing a border in the prototype.
- There are no gameplay demos in the prototype. The attract mode sequence is Wall Break Screen -> Title Screen -> Ranking Screen -> Loop.
- The two-player mode and, in turn, Ken, are already fully functional in the prototype.
- The second player cannot start two-player mode during a single-player game. This was thankfully fixed for the final game.
- In the prototype, the player has to win 3 out of 5 rounds to move on to the next match. This was cut to 2 out of 3 rounds in the final game, greatly speeding up gameplay.
- In the final version, the game goes into slow motion if an opponent is hit with a Hadoken/Psycho Fire. This feature isn't in the prototype yet.
- The Tatsumaki Zankukyaku/Hurricane Kick doesn't seem to be programmed into the game yet, but the animation is already in the sprite graphics ROM.
- The player is able to perform the scrapped Fire Kick move, a diagonal dive kick attack done by pressing Down + Kick while near or at the max height of a neutral jump, the enemy also has to be within a certain range.
- This prototype is missing any kind of stage selection. The game sequence is Retsu -> Geki -> Bonus Game -> Joe -> Mike -> Bonus Game. It's Game Over after the second bonus game ends.
- The second bonus game hasn't been coded yet, so the player plays the block-chopping game twice. There's a rough outline of the board-breaking game's background in the stage graphics ROM.
- There are slots allocated for the remaining six fighters, but each stage uses Geki as a placeholder fighter. Only Birdie, Eagle, and Lee have backgrounds - Gen and Sagat's stages are pure black, while Adon's stage only has a scrolling gray cloud background with no foreground.
Put the following code in MAME's sfp.xml cheat file to get to the inaccessible stages:
<cheat desc="Stage Select"> <parameter> <item value="0x0000">Retsu</item> <item value="0x0001">Geki</item> <item value="0x0100">Joe</item> <item value="0x0101">Mike</item> <item value="0x0200">Birdie</item> <item value="0x0201">Eagle</item> <item value="0x0300">Lee</item> <item value="0x0301">Gen</item> <item value="0x0400">Adon</item> <item value="0x0401">Sagat</item> </parameter> <script state="run"> <action>maincpu.pw@FF868D=param</action> </script> </cheat>
- The unused fighter stages have incomplete VS screens. They're missing the "VS" graphics, both player palettes are missing, and Ken (If he was playable) would appear on the left side of the screen instead of the right, as he does everywhere else.
- If the screens are viewed in the Scroll Test, the enemy characters will use their collect palettes.
- In the prototype, the English fighters use the China stage backgrounds, and the Chinese fighters use the England stage backgrounds.
- There's no ending of any kind here; Beating Sagat just leads to a black screen.
Ryu went through a bit of a design change between this prototype and the final version:
- His hair is messier and sticks up more in the prototype. His headband is also obscured more by his hair.
- In the prototype, he has a near-permanent scowl and a tiny, almost unnoticeable mouth. The final version makes him more expressive depending on what he's doing and more clearly defines his mouth.
- Ryu wears a pair of brown fingerless gloves in the prototype. The final game changes this to red gauntlet-style gloves, though it's a bit inconsistent - in some frames, it looks like he's wearing wristbands like Ken.
- Ryu's arms are a bit beefier in the prototype.
- A dark trim was added to the cuffs of his pants.
- His sandals are brown in the prototype and red in the final game.
These changes apply to almost all of his animation frames in the prototype, though the following animations already use his final design:
- Neutral stance
- Jab, strong punch, and fierce punch
- Short, forward, and roundhouse kicks
- Crouching and sweeping kicks (not all frames)
A few frames use a cyan color on Ryu's gi, a remnant from when Ryu's gi was blue instead of white.
Ryu's walking animation was apparently copied from Ken's and drawn over. In the prototype, one of Ken's walking frames somehow slipped through unchanged.
Ryu's right leg is bent in a different position while crouching in the prototype.
Ryu (and most other fighters) get little stub legs when they do a sweep kick in the prototype.
Ryu no longer attacks directly with his heel while jump kicking.
Ryu's jump punch is a mix of his final design (the top half) and the older design (the bottom half) due to the tiles being spread across two different banks.
Ryu's arms bend a little bit when he jumps in the final version. Probably a good thing.
Ryu seems to lose his neck when performing the Shoryuken in the prototype.
Ryu barely makes an effort to deflect damage taken in the prototype. Right on the chin. Not sure what's going on with his mouth, either.
Ryu's victory pose is different too. Let's just assume that the brown stuff under prototype Ryu's arm is just shading and not a giant patch of armpit hair.
Ken went through a fair number of changes too, but compared to Ryu, they're not much. In the final game, his hair is slightly longer, his pupil is twice as wide (it barely registers as a pupil in the prototype), and his armbands are shinier.
Ken's hair in the prototype seems to keep a consistent shape while walking, which can't be said about the final animation. Something went wrong there.
Like Ryu, Ken's right leg is in a different position while crouching. It's easier to see Ken's longer hair in these frames.
Ken has come down with an unfortunate case of stub leg.
Both of Retsu's jumping frames have slight differences, though the differences in the second frame are more noticeable - check out how his legs are bent between versions.
Retsu's jump kick stance seems a little reserved in the prototype, while in the final version, he's fully into it.
Retsu's intermediary ducking frame is barely different from his standing height in the prototype. A rogue pixel by his left arm was erased from the final sprite.
If you thought that Retsu wouldn't have the stub-leg, you'd be wrong. Another rogue pixel on the bottom-right of the second frame was fixed.
Even Geki has leg length differences.
Geki's teleport smoke was originally supposed to be yellow, apparently. It seems that they were already thinking of changing it at this point, because what would be the lighest yellow color is white, and what should be white is a dark gray color.
Geki holds a black shuriken in the prototype and a silver shuriken in the final game.
The same change can be found in the shuriken proper. This was likely changed to make them easier to see, which is a dumb move for a ninja, but smart for a developer.
Mike is missing his victory and crouching punch frames in the prototype. All other graphics are the same as the final version.
Lee's VS portraits are the only evidence of his existence in the prototype. The prototype Lee has a gray color scheme, as opposed to the rich blue outfit he has in the final game. The shading is in rough shape; His face isn't as detailed, and his cap uses a single shade of gray.
His defeated portrait is closer to his final design, with a teal blue color scheme. He's missing the top of his head, though.
Gen isn't in much better shape than Lee. His default VS portrait is a shade of burgundy, not purple, and his eyes are a strange yellow color. It looks like they started detailing his facial hair at the mustache and gave up when they reached his ears. His shirt has no detail at all except for the lighter color used to mark the neckline. A small tuft of hair on his forehead was removed from the final sprite.
Gen's defeated portrait is closer to his final sprite, though the hair still needs some work. His outfit changed from burgundy to plum in the prototype. There's an incorrect tile on his forehead that was fixed in the final version.
One of the colors in Adon's palette is an odd olive hue in the prototype. This was fixed in the final game to match the rest of his palette.
In the final version of Retsu's stage, there are more leaves blending into the roof tiles on the left and right sides of the screen.
Geki's stage's sky uses a darker color palette in the final version.
Mt. Rushmore is in bad shape in the prototype version, with incorrect tiles all over the place, especially on the right side of the monument.
The sky in Mike's stage is brighter in the final version, and there's an extra layer of clouds at the bottom.
The sky in Lee's stage is a single shade of yellow in the prototype. The final version makes that color transparent and placed a yellow version of the sky background behind it. The outlines of the bricks are darker in the final version, and the brick floor is brighter. An incorrect tile in the upper-left corner was deleted.
Gen's prototype background is missing a lot of tiles, mostly on Siu Wah's Bargain Centre. The final version fixes those tiles but mistakenly adds a duplicate tile to the bargain centre's sign. Bargagains ahoy!
The money exchanger shop is less purple in the final version, and the signs are brighter but more worn. The city streets changed from dark gravel to a brighter cement texture.
The sidewalk has a slight purple tint in the prototype - the final game changes this by taking some of the blue out of the sidewalk colors. The car is in worse shape in the final version, and the buildings in the back are more detailed. The final game adds an Ian Dury and the Blockheads poster to the left wall and graffiti of former Capcom USA VP Bill Cravens to the Blockheads pub. A blank tile on the rightmost building was filled in.
The VS graphic is shinier in the final version.
The Japan and USA flags are plain-looking in the prototype. The final game makes the colors brighter and adds a few folds to make them look like actual flags.
The other countries' flags have yet to be drawn in the prototype.
In the prototype's world map, the Atlantic Ocean is called "Western Ocean."
As mentioned before, the prototype just has a rough outline of the second bonus stage in the ROM. The timer would go in one of the black boxes, but it's not clear what would have gone in the other one.
The name entry screen is pretty simple in the prototype, lacking the two tigers and ornate border seen in the final game.
RUY WON THE 1ST ROUND RUY WON THE 2ND ROUND RUY WON THE 3RD ROUND RUY WON THE 4TH ROUND RUY WON THE 5TH ROUND
RYU WON THE 1ST ROUND RYU WON THE 2ND ROUND RYU WON THE 3RD ROUND RYU WON THE 4TH ROUND RYU WON THE 5TH ROUND
Ryu is consistently misspelled "Ruy" in his round-winning text.
ENEMY WON THE FIGHT OVER KEN ENEMY WON THE FIGHT OVER RYU KEN WON THE FIGHT OVER ENEMY RYU WON THE FIGHT OVER ENEMY
ENEMY WON THE FIGHT OVER RYU ENEMY WON THE FIGHT OVER KEN RYU WON THE FIGHT OVER ENEMY KEN WON THE FIGHT OVER ENEMY
The text for winning the match uses the wrong names in the prototype: Ken uses Ryu's text, and Ryu uses Ken's text.
WHAT STRENGTH!! RUT DON'T FORGET THERE ARE MANY GUYS LIKE YOU ALL OVER THE WORLD
WHAT STRENGTH!! BUT DON'T FORGET THERE ARE MANY GUYS LIKE YOU ALL OVER THE WORLD
Just a typo fix here, changing "RUT" to "BUT."
China is incorrectly spelled on the country flag screen in the prototype.
All but one audio track (the high score entry music) and all sound effects were redone in the final version. There are no voice clips in this build.
The VS. music doesn't play in the prototype when the two-player mode starts. This was fixed in the final game.
|28||This is used for Retsu and Geki in the prototype. In the final version, this is only used by Retsu and Geki gets his own theme.
The melody and tempo are the same, but some of the instruments are different and the percussion is louder in the prototype.
|33||The VS screen theme. More harmonics are added here, almost unpleasantly so, in the final version.|
|34||This is used for both USA stages in the prototype. This was repurposed for the stage select screen in the final game, though it never gets to play in its entirety.
The prototype has a 1.5-second intro that was cut from the final track, and the tempo is about 10% slower.
|37||The victory screen music. In the prototype, the intro is 1.5 seconds longer, the tempo is 8% slower, and the pitch is lower.|
|39||The ranking screen tune. They really made a conscious effort to make these tracks more shrill.|
|3C||Bonus round music. In the prototype track, the intro repeats two times before the song continues. The final game adds a small drum section to the intro and only repeats it once.
And it's more shrill, thanks to the added harmonics. What a surprise.
|0A||Round bonus tally|
|1C||Wall collapsing (intro)|
Sounds 24 to 26 are used for the plane taking off, flying, and landing on the world map. They were all replaced by a digitized sound of a plane in the final version. Sound 0C isn't used in the prototype, and it's not clear where it would have been used.