During ICE 2020 at the beginning of February, NetEnt for the first time announced the development of the Street Fighter II™ slot. A few months passed since the iGaming show, giving NetEnt the time to create the Street Fighter II: The World Warrior™ slot. The preview video is now available on YouTube and it shows the true fighting spirit of NetEnt. I mean developing spirit, as NetEnt perfectly blended its own slot style with Street Fighter II: The World Warrior.
The Street Fighter II: The World Warrior™ slot is made to feel and play very similarly to the original arcade version. With the same graphics, the same emotion, and the same fist-pumping action!
What is Street Fighter II: The World Warrior?
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior™ is a competitive fighting game developed by Capcom. The arcade game is the sequel to Street Fighter which was released in 1987. Street Fighter II was launched in 1991 as the second installment in the Street Fighter series. Street Fighter II obviously offers an improved version of the 1987 game.
Why NetEnt bring Street Fighter II to the reels?
Even though I’m not a fan of fighting games myself, I totally understand why NetEnt brings Street Fighter II to the reels. Created by Capcom, Street Fighter II: The World Warrior immediately captivated audiences across the globe. The arcade game shot to record-breaking success when it launched in 1991. Street Fighter II is the best-selling arcade game and by 1994, over 25 million people in the United States alone played the popular arcade game at home, as well as in arcades.
NetEnt’s Street Fighter II: The World Warrior™ gives you the chance to revisit the iconic world of Street Fighter.
Street Fighter II is regarded as one of the best video games of all time. Besides its popularity and selling records, the game is also considered as one of the most influential fighting games.
The launch meant a revolution within its genre and popularized the fighting genre during the 1990s. The game was an inspiration to many game developers while it led Capcom to multiple sequels and movies.
“The release of Street Fighter II: The World Warrior took the arcade world by storm in the early nineties and today it is widely considered as the ultimate classic video game that continues to entertain fans almost 30 years later,” says Bryan Upton, NetEnt Director of Games.
“At NetEnt, we strive to deliver content that – much like Street Fighter – raises the bar in what is possible in gaming and we are immensely proud to be working with such an iconic franchise especially something in tune with the retro trends right now. It’s a dream come true to work on brands like these. Street Fighter II really allows us to bring something new and innovative to the market that no one else can.”
Round 1. Fight!
As a sequel to Street Fighter, Street Fighter II brought an improved game that will soon be available on the reels in the Street Fighter II: The World Warrior™ slot. The gameplay in the new video slot includes the command-based special moves while offering players a selection of multiple characters.
Just like in Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, NetEnt’s upcoming branded slot game allows you to select a character. There will be eight characters to choose from, each with their own unique fighting style and special moves.
The first character introduced in the above preview is Ryu. Have a look at the above image and you’ll see that Ryu is awarding frequent wins rather than big wins.
Ryu and Ken are the characters from the original Street Fighter and they will appear with six new characters from different nationalities in the Street Fighter II: The World Warrior™ slot.
Street Fighter II: The World Warrior™ slot launch
From the 21st of May, you revisit the iconic world of Street Fighter. During this visit, you can relive your youth if you’re from the 80s. You will experience the original game as a video slot as this day brings the Street Fighter II: The World Warrior™ slot to the NetEnt Casinos.
I have no information about the betting options, but looking at the YouTube preview video, I assume the minimum bet will be 0.20. I hope for an interesting payout percentage. But usually, the RTP of a branded slot game is between 96% and 96.5%.
What’s so special about the Street Fighter II™ slot
NetEnt continues to bring innovation to the reels. Last week, I introduced to you the future of 3D slots with the upcoming Gems of Adoria™ slot. The Gems of Adoria™ slot will be NetEnt’s first Real-Time 3D slot and this means that advanced animations will truly come to life.
The Street Fighter II: The World Warrior™ slot, however, won’t be about rich animations. Because let’s be honest, rich 3D animations in arcade games didn’t exist yet in 1991. So I guess it was a fun ride for the NetEnt developers, basically going back in time.
The upcoming fighting-themed slot has been designed from a different perspective. To bring the successful arcade game to the reels, holding on to its originality. For this reason, the talented NetEnt developers worked hard to give you the chance to revisit the iconic world of Street Fighter.
Street Fighter II™ slot features
I guess the theme is pretty clear now, but what about the slot features available in the Street Fighter II: The World Warrior™ slot? The above preview video above is showing you the best overview, but as usual, I’m trying to explore the game beforehand.
As seen in the above preview video and images, the main game gives you the opportunity to beat your first opponent to make it to the Beat the Boss Free Spins or the Car Smash Bonus Game!
The Street Fighter II characters are back
Choose one of 8 characters and fight a random opponent. As far as I can see you can choose Ken, Ryu, Blanka, Dhalsim, Chun Li, E. Honda, Zangief, and Guile.
Of course, you need a few big bosses to face after defeating the other main characters. Therefore, you will also fight against Balrog, Vega, Sagat, and M. Bison.
How does the Wild symbol work?
The Street Fighter II: The World Warrior™ slot is seriously loaded with Wild symbols. Each high-value symbol in a winning combination gives you one point. Collect 7 or more points for the Wild Combo feature to be activated.
The Wild Combo feature will be randomly placing Wild symbols on the reels to give you better winning chances! A hidden bonus game allows you to control your character just in like in the original arcade!
How to play the Street Fighter II™ slot
The first step is to choose one of 8 characters and fight a random opponent. You then make sure you win the battle to activate the Beat the Boss Free Spins.
In the last fase, you manage all 4 boss levels in Free Spins to beat the boss and move on to the next level. Keep fighting off your opponents until you come up against the final boss himself… M. Bison!