April 23, 2010 – Glendale, CA – Capcom announced their fan event to celebrate the launch of Super Street Fighter IV. After only being a bit less than a year since Street Fighter IV came out, it was great to see what improvements they had made on the game, and also, what kind of party they would host this year. The bar was set pretty high, considering the magnitude of the Street Fighter IV release party held February 12, 2009.
Hardcore fans were already in line as early as 1PM for the 8PM party, some decked out in their best Street Fighter attire! Cosplaying that long takes GUTS!
This year, we were treated to a slightly smaller scale version of last year’s original SFIV release melee. The space wasn’t nearly as large, however, so the long line outside was kept waiting for a few hours after the party started.
Inside, there was a complimentary “Bruise Bar” where fans could get the Street Fighter KO-ed look via the talents of make-up artists.
With multiple game consoles set up for fans to try out the souped up Super Street Fighter IV, the fans were appeased not only with video games, but also free pizza and cola. We were a little sad there was no alcohol available for purchase, but up in the VIP area, there were grown-up beverages available.
Of-note attendees include Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono, Japanese Street Fighter champion Daigo Umehara, US SF champ Justin Wong, and many of the US voice actors such as Matthew Mercer (Fei Long) and Kat Steel (Ibuki).
More photos and report details after the jump!
Highlights of the party include a Turkish oil wrestling match among friends to battle to the slimy death for an exclusive Street Fighter IV arcade joystick!
The end of the night culminated in an epic face-off of Japan’s Street Fighter champion, Daigo Umehara, pitted against Jason Wong, the US champ. The battle was evenly matched, as each competitor kept trading off win for win throughout the match, only to simultaneously KO each other in the last round, giving each other BOTH a loss! To see the most hardcore Street Fighter Battle ever, and also to get a glimpse of Super SF4, take a look at the video footage of the battle that rocked the world! The crowd roared with excitement before mobbing both Daigo and Jason for autographs, photos, and tips on how to become the ultimate Street Fighter.
A big thanks goes out to Caro of Hi Hi Caro for getting us exclusive entry to the event, as well as to Capcom who, along with the help of 8-Bit Productions, threw a pretty rockin’ party!
Unfortunately, the night ended on a bit of a sour note as it was discovered that someone had stolen equipment from the party, resulting in the lost of hours worth of footage which would have been added to Daigo Umehara’s upcoming documentary. Check out the details and where to report info here.
As always, you can check out the rest of our photos on our Flickr page here!