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Street Fighter III: New Generation (ストリートファイターⅢ Sutorīto Faitā Surī?) is a 1997 fighting game released for the arcade and the first game in the Street Fighter III series. The game was produced for the CD-ROM-based CPS III hardware, which allowed for more elaborate 2D graphics than the CPS II-based Street Fighter Alpha games, while revamping many of the recurring gameplay features. The game, which was designed as a direct sequel to the Street Fighter II series, discarded all the original characters, with the exception of Ryu and Ken, with an all new character roster led by Alex (hence the "New Generation" subtitle). Likewise, a new antagonist named Gill took over M. Bison's role from the previous games as the new boss character.

Street Fighter III was followed by an updated version released during the same year titled Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact (ストリートファイターⅢ セカンドインパクト?), which introduced a few new features and characters. A third version, titled Street Fighter III 3rd Strike - Fight for the Future (ストリートファイターⅢ サードストライク?), was released for the arcades in 1999.


New Generation[]

The original Street Fighter III features ten unique selectable characters (not counting Yun and Yang separately) and a non-selectable computer-controlled character as the game's final opponent. In the single-player mode, the player will face seven computer-controlled opponents, including Gill.

The gameplay of the original Street Fighter III is based on Super Street Fighter II Turbo, but with several new abilities and features introduced. Players can now dash or retreat like in the Darkstalkers series, perform high jumps and do a quick standing after falling from an attack. The game also introduced "leap attacks", which are small jumping attacks used against crouching opponents. However, the player cannot block in the air like in the Street Fighter Alpha series.

The main new feature introduced in Street Fighter III is the inclusion of Super Arts. A Super Art in Street Fighter III is a powerful special move similar to a Super Combo in Super Turbo and the Alpha games. After selecting a character, the player will be prompted to select from one of three character-specific Super Arts to use in battle. Like the Super Combo gauge in the previous game, the player has a Super Art gauge which will fill out as the player performs regular and special moves against an opponent. The player can only perform a Super Art once the gauge is filled. Depending on the Super Art chosen by the player, the length of the Super Art gauge will vary, as well as the amount of filled Super Art gauges the player can stock up.

The other new feature is the ability to "parry" an opponent's attack. Parrying, or "blocking" which is the term used in the Japanese version, is the ability to evade an incoming attack without receiving damage. At the exact moment an opponent's attack is about to hit their character, the player can move the lever forward or down to step aside without receiving damage, leaving the opponent vulnerable for a counterattack. Additionally, this also allows the player to defend against special moves and even Super Arts without sustaining damage or filling up the stun gauge, which is what happens when a player blocks a special move with the regular defensive stance. However, parrying an attack requires precise timing.

2nd Impact[]

2nd Impact introduces a few new features to the Street Fighter III series. In addition to a Super Art, the player can also perform slightly more powerful versions of their Special Moves called EX Specials. By using a certain portion of the Super Art gauge (usually after the filled portion begins to flash), the player can power-up certain Special Moves when performing the command by pressing two or three attack buttons instead of just one. A similar type of special move was featured in the home version of Street Fighter: The Movie (Super Special Moves). Other new abilities added to the game are "grap defense", the ability to escape from a throwing attack, and "personal action", a character-specific taunt. Each character's personal action is also accompanied by an additional benefit if completed successfully; for example, Ryu's personal action will lower his stun gauge. If a second-player interrupts the gameplay to challenge the other player, then the first player will be allow to change the Super Art of their selected character.

The single-player mode was changed slightly from the first game. The player faces against series of eight opponents, including a character-specific final opponent, who will exchange dialogue with the player's character before the match. If certain requirements are met, then the player will also face a rival character during the course of the single-player mode and exchange dialogue before a match. If certain other requirements are met, the player will also face against the CPU-controlled Akuma instead of the character's usual final opponent in the single-player mode and depending on the player's performance in their fight against Akuma, then a match against a more powerful version of Akuma know as "Shin Akuma" will also take place. 2nd Impact brings back the concept bonus rounds, which was last seen in Super Street Fighter II. At the end of the third CPU match, then the player will participate in a minigame dubbed "Parry the Ball", in which the player can practice their parrying skills against a series of basketballs thrown towards the player by Sean.


Street Fighter III: New Generation is chronologically the last game in the main series' timeline, taking place after Street Fighter V.

The storyline in 2nd Impact is considered a retcon which overwrites the events of New Generation. A third World Warrior Tournament is held throughout the globe, but new faces appear as it has been years since the last Second World Warrior Tournament. Though many fight with their own motives and ends, word has spread urban rumors of an illusive secret society (refered as "Illuminati" in the international Street Fighter III versions and as "Secret Society" in the overall franchise) since the fall of Shadaloo, and some seek to investigate its legitimacy, to which all evidence points to the Third World Warrior Tournament.

  • Sean challenges Ryu at Ken's instruction, and is defeated.
  • Ibuki infiltrates the Secret Society's headquarters to obtain files about the G-Project, and Gill hands it to her, unconcerned since the project is already underway.
  • Necro confronts Gill about what the G-Project did to him, and Gill traps him in a warehouse and attempts to blow him up. Effie saves him just in time, however.
  • Ryu is defeated by Oro, who takes him on as a student. Then Oro drops out of the tournament because he has found what he had been looking for, and Ken drops out because he can no longer fight Ryu.
  • Alex goes on to win the tournament, defeating Gill.
  • Urien challenges Gill for presidency of the Secret Society and succeeds; however, Gill is promoted to "Emperor."

Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike loosely covers the events after the tournament of 2nd Impact.


2nd Impact key artwork.

Double Impact artwork.

Returning Roster
Ken Masters
New Characters (New Generation)
Kolin (Non-playable)
New and Returning Characters (2nd Impact)
Akuma (Originally from Super Street Fighter II Turbo)
Hugo (Originally from Final Fight)
Shin Akuma (Non-playable, originally from Super Street Fighter II Turbo)
Effie (Non-playable)

Street Fighter III Double Impact[]

Double Impact (Street Fighter III: W Impact in Japan), released in 1999 for the Dreamcast, was a compilation containing the original game and 2nd Impact. The compilation features an Arcade, Versus, Training and Option Mode for both games, as well as a "Parry Attack Mode" in 2nd Impact, where the player gets to test his or her parrying skills in the game's bonus round. Gill (in both games) and Shin Akuma (in 2nd Impact only) are now playable, unlike the arcade version.


  • Producer and director Tomoshi Sadamoto began talking about Street Fighter III in 1994, but the development was pushed to 1995 due to most of the staff working on Darkstalkers.[1]
  • Originally Street Fighter III: New Generation was not going to be Street Fighter game, it became one once Akiman joined the development team. The reason behind this decision is due to Capcom's fighting games outside of Street Fighter not selling well at the time.[2]
  • The only returning character was going to be Ryu, but since they didn’t have enough characters they added Ken.[3]
  • Due to Hugo's size, it took twice the time to finish him, which lead to Hugo being swapped out in favor of Sean.[4]

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Street Fighter III: New Generation [Staff][]

Character Design: Hitoshi "T" Nishio, Ball Boy, Q, Yu‑Suke, Who, Toru Takaoka, G.Kamina, D‑Kurita, Shibaki, Tuyoshi, Yoshioka, Chun, Norihide, Chimorin Shogun, Yuki Ishikawa, Syuucyan, Ken, Koki. K, Seiji Yano, Jun Ikawa, Otokonoyama
Scroll Design: Hiroyuki Imahori, Hiroki Ohnishi, Yoko Fukumoto, Yuki Kyotani, Tama, Chie Morisaki, Hiroshi Sugiyama, Koji Yamamoto, Yumiko. N, Takako Nakamura, Yasuto Takahashi, Kazumi Teramoto, Yoichi Tanoue, Shinnosuke. N, Naoko Niiyama
Original Art Work: Akiman, Kinu Nishimura
Sound Effect: Satoshi Ise
Music Compose: Hideki Okugawa, Yuki Iwai
Programmer: Kazuhito Nakai, Nobuya "LT1" Yoshizumi, Yuko Kawamura (Tate), Hiroshi Nakagawa, Hard・Yas -Assist-, Akihiro Yokoyama
CP-SystemⅢ Programmer: Yoji "X68k" Mikami
Planner: Yasuhiro Seto, Numach the Nikolist, S.Obata AE-86 Trueno, Malachie du Marais, Neo_G -H.Ishizawa-
Voice Actor: Yuri Amano, Wataru Takagi, Isshin Chiba, Kan Tokumaru, Koji Tobe, Kahoru Fujino, Bruce Robertson, Michael Sommers
Special Thanks: Takuya Shiraiwa, Naoki Fukushima, Sayuri Shintani, Shoei, Sakomizu, Rita Rokos
Translator: Matt Taylor, Erik Suzuki, Jesus Rodriguez Bueno, Harumi Yamashita
Producer: Tomoshi Sadamoto
General Producer: Noritaka Funamizu, Yoshiki Okamoto
And Capcom All Staff
Presented by: Capcom

Street Fighter III 2nd Impact: Giant Attack [Staff][]

Character Design: Who, D‑Kurita, Chimorin Shogun, Shibaki, Chun, Jun Ikawa, Seiji Yano, Yuki Ishikawa, Shinnosuke. N
Scroll Design: Hiroshi Sugiyama, Yoko Fukumoto, Hiroyuki Imahori, Ojiji, Naobei, Akemi Kohama, Tama, Koji Yamamoto, Kouichi Takeda
Original Art Work: Akiman, Kinu Nishimura, NK
Title Logo Design: Shoei
Instruction Design: Sakomizu
Programming: Kazuhito Nakai, Nobuya "LT1" Yoshizumi, Yuko Kawamura (Tate), Hiroshi Nakagawa, Yoshinobu Inada (Ine), Masahito Oh!Ya!, Akihiro Yokoyama
Sound Effect Design: Satoshi Ise, Hiroaki "X68k" Kondo
Music Compose: Hideki Okugawa, Yuki Iwai
Music Arrangement: Hideki Okugawa
Planning: Yasuhiro Seto, Neo.G - H.Ishizawa -, Numach
Voice Actor: Yuji Ueda, Wataru Takagi, Tomomichi Nishimura, Kahoru Fujino, Yuri Amano, Isshin Chiba, Kan Tokumaru, Koji Tobe, Bruce Robertson, Michael Sommers
Message Translator: Erik Suzuki, Dan Okada, Chris Tang, Yumiko Nishi, Karka Oshiro de Freitas
Special Thanks: Tsuyoshi, Mayano, Tomo, Blbon, Takafumi Sagata, M.Aoki, N.Akei, H.Nakamura, H.Ojima, Yoji "X68k" Mikami, Takuya Shiraiwa, Rita Rokos, Ryoji, Hard・Yas -Follow-
Special Thanks ( CS Bug Checkers ): Kunishige Matsubara, Manabu Matsumoto, Tomoyuki Yokota, Tetsuya Haze, Katsusuke Miura, Masahiro Kajitani, Takashi Hashimoto, Toshihiko Kurata, Yoshihiro Tomita, Daisuke Sasaki, Akinori Murata
Special Thanks ( Skill Smith - Test Play ): TTK-K.S, Hiroshi Sugimoto-Bug, Gon, Kohsuke-Arai (Tko)
Producer: Tomoshi Sadamoto
General Producer: Noritaka Funamizu, Yoshiki Okamoto
And Capcom All Staff
Presented by: Capcom


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