CAPCOM ARCADE STADIUM’S VERSION OF STREET FIGHTER II HAS CHANGES FROM THE ORIGINAL ARCADE SEVERAL YEARS AGO
Since last Thursday, the Capcom Arcade Stadium compilation has been in the Nintendo Switch eShop. Players can purchase the included titles separately, including Street Fighter II.
So there were no shortage of players who decided to buy it and enjoy it. That was how several discovered something unexpected, and it was on the stage of E. Honda. Something classic was missing, and now many miss it: the Rising Sun.
STREET FIGHTER II SUFFERED FROM SOME MODIFICATIONS
Yes, the classic white flag with the red sun with rays was absent. This one appeared next to Mount Fuji, and with it went the classic animation. What happened?
The theory is that Capcom decided to remove this adornment from this version of the game, and everything so as not to hurt sensibilities. In this case of players from China and Korea, as many see a symbol of Japan’s oppression. All because of what they suffered in World War II.
Today, the Rising Sun flag is still used in this country. It is the emblem of your armed forces, both the army and the navy. It is used in many products and in sporting events.
It was also thought to use it in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (or whenever they are done). Despite complaints from China and Korea, the Japanese consider it a beloved and respected symbol. It has a lot to do with its history.
Original version of the game
Capcom Arcade Collection version
THE FLAG OF THE RISING SUN IS WANTED IN JAPAN
At the moment the reactions in this country to his removal from the scene of E. Honda in Street Fighter II are not known. Capcom has made no mention of this change, and perhaps ideally it would have added something where the flag was before.
Now there is only an empty space. Those who want to enjoy this detail in the game will better choose another option. For example, in the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection build.
It is not only available on Nintendo Switch, but on other platforms. Is this a case of censorship? Rather, it seems that Capcom does not want to risk losing sales from players in South Korea and China for this title.
Although in the latter case there are so few games approved by the government each year, that the exit from Capcom Arcade Stadium will take a long time. At least there is an option as we mentioned previously.
By the way, the image at the beginning of this note is from Street Fighter II Turbo. But in this art the illustration of the Rising Sun is more appreciated.