Retro Game of the Day! Street Fighter 2010: The Final Fight
Street Fighter 2010:The Final Fight by Capcom was released back in 1990 for the NES. A shameless ploy by the developer to take advantage of two of their then-hot properties, neither of which it really had anything to do with at all, but hey. Business is business, you dig? In spite of that, the game - which was rather strange - did turn out noteworthy enough to be worthy of remembrance.
SF2TFF (ha, ha) came out during the period a bit past the 8-bit NES' heyday, and it reflected this with some classically charming Capcom elements (namely, the art and sound FX). While it was by no means stellar looking, it sort of had this nice futuristic Ninja Gaiden look to it that looked pretty nice. The music was al over the place, but in a good way, I can still appreciate the game's soundtrack. Wacky and kinda goofy but cool sounding all the same.
And what of the game itself? I really don't want to bother getting into the game's story here (I seldom do you'll notice, game storylines are typically laughably bad and this one's the perfect example) - but for what it is, 2010 is an enjoyable romp through different environments where you have to jump, cling, hang, and backflip all over the place and just kill lots of mutants, robo-guys, and insect things. Yeah, typical for the era, but the way they handled it compared to the other action contests of the time was different enough to make it enjoyable.
Make no mistake about it, this was definitely one of Capcom's more out-there games. One that doesn't look very nice if you just watch someone play it, but getting your hands on it (especially at the time) you felt a very fluid connection to your on-screen persona, he had a nice suite of moves and powering him up felt really gratifying (even if it looked rather silly to see him kick "power balls"across the screen). This was Capcom at their stranger and weirder, but that's a good thing!
Overall, a game which never really had a place to call it's own, remembered by a few but largely disregarded between the strange theme, "abuse" of the licenses, and overall weirdness of the gameplay style. Too bad as it's a good game and could certainly have been improved upon, we never really saw the likes of this one again-