During their panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Capcom revealed a secret character hidden within Ultra Street Fighter II: Shin Akuma.
In order to unlock the character, players must enter a series of inputs in the character select screen:
- Choose Ryu, highlight color 1, then press cancel.
- Choose Ken, highlight color 9, then press cancel.
- Choose Sagat, highlight color 8, then press cancel.
- Choose M. Bison, highlight color 7, then press cancel.
- Highlight the random select, then press L and R simultaneously.
Players will have to input the code every time they want to play as Shin Akuma (the character is not unlocked after the code is entered. This is a callback to the arcade days of Street Fighter II, when players had to input special codes in order to unlock Akuma, or the old version of characters Super Street Fighter II Turbo.
Shin Akuma, as the name implies, is souped-up version of Akuma with different color variations. He throws two air fireballs instead of one, and all of his special moves deal higher damage. The heavy version of his Shakunetsu Hadoken, for example, deals 75 damage (the same as his Raging Demon super move). He seems to have similar health to Akuma, making him fragile but still incredibly overpowered.
This is a pretty neat Easter egg, but I would have preferred not to have to input the code every time I want to play as him. Oh well.