I think we can all agree that it’s cool as shit that capcom, in conjunction with the company Iam8bit, is re-releasing legacy cartridges of one of the most played games of like, half of my generations childhood. However, the price, and the risk, leave something to be desired. For $100 dollars you have the chance to buy one of the 4,500 limited edition red cartridges, or if you’re lucky, get one of the 1000 glow in the dark versions that will be randomly distributed to people who purchase one of the 5,500 copies available in total. The official description of what comes with the game, direct from iam8bit’s website is as follows:
As a Street Fighter 30th Anniversary surprise, Capcom & iam8bit fistbumped to create this ultra premium throwback relic – a brand-new, freshly manufactured limited edition of Street Fighter II for Super Nintendo Entertainment System compatible hardware. Featuring one of two colored cartridges, each housing the original game code and fully playable on NTSC consoles – but that’s just the beginning! The “Legacy Cartridge Collection” embodies retro-inspired luxury, amplifying the core SNES box design with a glistening foil sheen, delicately embossed texture, chic spot varnish and an innovative tri-fold cover that opens to reveal bonus vintage art. Inside, we’re keeping it old-school by restoring the contents of the original instruction booklet, complete with a new archival cover print + secret pack-ins (to be revealed when you crack that shrink-wrap seal).
However, a disclaimer on the iam8bit’s website has a lot of people scratching their heads:
WARNING: Use of this reproduction game cartridge (the “Product”) on the SNES gaming hardware may cause the SNES console to overheat or catch fire. The SNES hardware is deemed a vintage collectible, so please exercise extreme caution when using the Product and make sure there is fire extinguishment equipment nearby. Use of the Product is at the sole risk of the user. The Product is sold “as is”. Neither iam8bit, Inc. nor Capcom Co, Ltd. make any representation or warranty, express or implied, of any kind, including any warranty of merchantability of fitness for a particular use, or that the Product is safe to use, and iam8bit, Inc. or Capcom Co, Ltd. shall have no liability for damage to property or persons arising from use of the Product. Nintendo of America is in no way associated with the release of this Product.
Uhh, what? Well, I guess we’ll have to see if people start burning their houses down on accident with these cartridges. However, I can only assume that since it’s a reproduction not “all” of the parts are exactly the same, so it’s just a precaution, for legal reasons. That said, currently the cartridge pre-orders are already sold out. So, unless capcom adds more inventory, you may have to hit up ebay once they release. Or, you know, you could just go to ebay right now and get the original cartridge for roughly $15-$20. On the plus side, iam8bit has strongly indicated that they may be producing more reproduction cartridges in the future. So, we’ll have to see if they release anything that’s not already just cheaper to just buy the original.