In the mid 1980’s the once booming arcade industry was coming to an end. From 1981 to 1986 the arcade industry was cut in half, going from $8 million in revenue down to $4 million. By 1991, the industry was a shell of it’s formal self only taking in $2.1 million. Arcades all over North America were closing by the hundreds and the thought was it was a dead industry.
Numerous factors caused the decline to take place, including the quality of home game systems. Why go out to the arcade, when you can stay home and have the same experience on your television? In the early 1990’s a genre of gaming was coming about that would lead to a resurgence of the arcade. That genre was one-on-one fighting games, and the game at the front of this new wave of arcade hits was Capcom’s Street Fighter 2. Other games came along after as a result of Street Figher 2, such as Mortal Kombat and the King of Fighters, but Street Fighter 2 is timeless, with it’s amazing hand drawn sprites and fantastic gameplay.
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