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Like a Hurricane: An Unofficial Oral History of Street Fighter II

Matt Leone


The story of the creation of one of the most important and beloved videogames of all time – Street Fighter II – and its subsequent impact on the industry, its creators, and the game-playing public that so warmly embraced it

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The culmination of several years of research by games writer Matt Leone, Like a Hurricane gathers together over 60 voices, spread across continents, disciplines and companies, speaking candidly on the vision, fearlessness and bold ambition that made Street Fighter II a household name.

A collaboration between Read-Only Memory and Polygon, Like a Hurricane is an extended and enhanced print adaptation of Matt Leone’s series of in-depth oral histories, published online in serial form by Polygon. This physical version has been extended and enhanced for print, featuring over 50 specially commissioned illustrations and extra research content.

Featuring: Takashi ‘Piston’ Nishiyama, Hiroshi ‘Finish’ Matsumoto, Noritaka ‘Poo’ Funamizu, Yoko ‘Shimo-P’ Shimomura, and more than 50 others, including dozens of former Capcom employees, former Gamest magazine editor Zenji Ishii, combo video pioneer Tomotaka ‘TZW’ Suzuki, U.S. Street Fighter box artist Mick McGinty, Incredible Technologies CEO Elaine Hodgson, and former Capcom USA CEO Bill Gardner.

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'The history of Street Fighter is hardly shrouded in mystery, but few books tell its story as well as Matt Leone’s … excellent … packed with wonderful detail … Leone has done fans a massive service by capturing the memories of those who were vital to Street Fighter’s creation and success, and has preserved them for future generations to enjoy … a treasure trove for any self-respecting Street Fighter fan'
Time Extension

'If you’re eager to discover how Street Fighter II came to dominate early Nineties gaming, author Matt Leone has created an impressively comprehensive account of its impact here'
Retro Gamer

'Like a Hurricane is crafted with deep love and an invaluable work for a series that has become synonymous with a genre that is living its most interesting days at this moment... This book will please both the fans who want to know the curiosities behind the development of this legendary game, as well as anyone who wants to know more about how we used to perform hadoukens back in the day, and how much has changed since then'
The Gamer

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Product Information

Book Details

Format: Hardback

Size: 25.0 x 18.8 cm

Extent: 480 pp

Illustrations: 55

Publication date: 23 February 2023

ISBN: 9780500025932

Contents List

Chapter 01 Street Fighter; Chapter 02 Street Fighter II; Chapter 03 Fatal Fury; Chapter 04 Street Fighter II: Champion Edition; Chapter 05 Street Fighter II Turbo: Hyper Fighting; Chapter 06 Bringing the games home; Chapter 07 Ebb and flow; Chapter 08 Super Street Fighter II; Chapter 09 Super Street Fighter II Turbo; Chapter 10 Darkstalkers; Chapter 11 X-Men: Children of the Atom; Chapter 12 Street Fighter Alpha; Chapter 13 Street Fighter: The Movie: The Game; Chapter 14 Street Fighter EX; Chapter 15 Street Fighter III; Chapter 16 Capcom vs. SNK; Chapter 17 Moving on

About the Author

Twenty-five years ago, Matt Leone couldn’t think of anything better to pad out his birthday thank you notes, so he filled them with Mortal Kombat II facts and has been writing about games ever since. Currently, he’s an editor at Polygon, working with freelancers and reporting on behind the scenes aspects of the game industry. 

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