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 >Super Street Fighter II X: Grand Master Challenge


Box art by Kinu Nishimura

Japanese artwork, published by Capcom in 2000.

Designed for the Japanese Dreamcast market.

Also available on: na.


Eschewing Street Fighters usual montage led box arts, Super Street Fighter II X: Grand Master Challenge, for Matching Service would instead depict the ever present Ryu shadowed by the mysterious – although maybe not so by 2000 – Akuma.  


Meaning devil in Japanese, Akuma would poignantly be upturned alluding the demonic connection both characters are consumed by. The two hand drawn black and white sketches were originally used in 1994 as promotional material for the release of Super Street Fighter II X, and were composed by Capcom steward Kinu as part of a collection of sixteen character artworks.


Along with artist Bengus, who provided the box arts for the worldwide 3DO versions, Kinu’s sketches would portray a grittier take on Ryu and company. It ended up being an abstract, and unique, styalistic blip in an otherwise usually formulaic sea of bold and colourful Street Fighter cover arts.




Other notable Kinu Nishimura box arts.

2005

>Darkstalkers Chronicles: The Chaos Tower (worldwide) PSP.

2012

>Code of Princess (worldwide) Nintendo DS.

                                                   










If you like Super Street Fighter II X you’ll love…

1988

>First Queen (JP) PC-98, X68000.

1998

>Sokaigi (JP) PlayStation.




Sources and further reading:

>http://capcom.wikia.com/wiki/Kinu_Nishimura

>http://www.candb.com/en/artwork/676/super-street-fighter-ii-turbo-box-set-c.html


                                                 



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Posted - 2/2/14, by Adam Gidney

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