This game marks the debut of Sakura Kasugano, a prominent character in modern Street Fighter games.
This is the first Street Fighter game to implement Custom Combos, a feature utilized by Yun, Yang, and Juri in III and IV respectively.
Sagat's pre-fight animation features him grabbing an unnamed fighter by the head and tossing him away. This is based on his original Street Fighter II character artwork done by Akiman. The same piece of art also played a role in the creation of Dan Hibiki.
Sodom's stage features the iconic rock formations of Monument Valley, Arizona.
The Chrysler Building appears in the background of Rolento's stage. Going by the angle and size of the building's appearance, the fight takes place near the top of the Trump World Tower.
M. Bison's stage is based on Iguazu Falls, a real-life series of massive waterfalls on the border of Argentina and Brazil.
The background of Dhalsim's stage features a large statue of Ganesha, one of the major deities of the Hindu pantheon.
Dan's stage is based on Temple Street, an area in Kowloon, Hong Kong famous for its nighttime markets.
Adon's stage takes place on the Chao Phraya River in Thailand, complete with the Wat Arun temple in the background.
Connection to Other Media
Sagat's final showdown with Ryu in a storm is an homage to the opening battle in Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie.
Guy's stage actually takes place in Metro City, the setting for Final Fight. It features nearly all of that game's cast in the background.
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