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From pixels to polygons: Ultra Street Fighter IV edition

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Anyone new to Capcom’s flagship fighting-game series may enjoy ogling at Ultra Street Fighter IV’s sexy, curvy graphics, but to truly appreciate the game’s visuals you need to take a look back a couple of decades to the glory days of 2D sprites.

Enjoy the following side-by-side comparisons between 35 brawlers in their original, blocky form next to the shapely polygonal models from Ultra Street Fighter IV.

Click here for more pixels to polygons examples from many other franchises.


Ryu

Ryu
Street Fighter (1987)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


Ken

Ken
Street Fighter (1987)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


Sagat

Sagat
Street Fighter (1987)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


Gen

Gen
Street Fighter (1987)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


Adon

Adon
Street Fighter (1987)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


Cody

Cody
Final Fight (1989)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


Guy

Guy
Final Fight (1989)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


Poison

Poison
Final Fight (1989)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


Rolento

Rolento
Final Fight (1989)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


Chun-Li

Chun-Li
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


Guile

Guile
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


E. Honda

E. Honda
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


Blanka

Blanka
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


Dhalsim

Dhalsim
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


Zangief

Zangief
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


Balrog

Balrog
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


Vega

Vega
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


M. Bison

M. Bison
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


Cammy

Cammy
Super Street Fighter II (1993)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


Fei Long

Fei Long
Super Street Fighter II (1993)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


Dee Jay

Dee Jay
Super Street Fighter II (1993)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


T. Hawk

T. Hawk
Super Street Fighter II (1993)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


Akuma

Akuma
Super Street Fighter II Turbo (1994)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


Rose

Rose
Street Fighter Alpha (1995)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


Dan

Dan
Street Fighter Alpha (1995)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


Sakura

Sakura
Street Fighter Alpha 2 (1996)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


Evil Ryu

Evil Ryu
Street Fighter Alpha 2 (1996)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


Dudley

Dudley
Street Fighter III: New Generation (1997)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


Ibuki

Ibuki
Street Fighter III: New Generation (1997)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


Yun

Yun
Street Fighter III: New Generation (1997)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


Yang

Yang
Street Fighter III: New Generation (1997)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


Elena

Elena
Street Fighter III: New Generation (1997)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


Decapre

Decapre
Street Fighter Alpha 3 (1998)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


Hugo

Hugo
Street Fighter III 2nd Impact (1998)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


Makoto

Makoto
Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike (1999)/Ultra Street Fighter IV (2014)


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5 comments
William Stilwell
William Stilwell

Kind of surprised you didn't dredge up Hugo/Andore from Final Fight for an even more jarring transformation.

Robin Naber
Robin Naber

Fadi Yaghnam you want to get whipped up again??!?! Jamil Stubbs

Kurt Bieg
Kurt Bieg

Modernized graphics dragging on an outdated tradition of objectifying women.

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