Street Fighter Alpha Released in the Japanese Arcade
Street Fighter Alpha: Warriors' Dreams, known as Street Fighter Zero (ストリートファイター ゼロ, Sutorīto Faitā Zero) in Japan, Asia, South America and Spain, is a 1995 fighting game by Capcom originally released for the arcade for the CPS II hardware.
It was the first all new Street Fighter game produced by Capcom since the release of Street Fighter II in 1991. The game introduces several new features, expanding on the Super Combo system previously featured in Super Street Fighter II Turbo, with graphics drawn in the same animated style Capcom employed in Darkstalkers and X-Men: Children of the Atom. The plot of Street Fighter Alpha is set before the events of the Street Fighter II tournament and thus the game features younger versions of established characters, as well as characters from the original Street Fighter and Final Fight, and a few who are new to the series. The working title for the game was Street Fighter Legends.
This game is known as "Street Fighter Zero" in Mexico, Central America, South America, southeast Asia, and Japan, and as "Street Fighter Alpha - Warrior's Dreams" in the US, Canada, and Europe.
The Street Fighter Alpha series of games take place between the original "Street Fighter" and "Street Fighter II - The World Warrior". The scar on Sagat's chest in SFII is said to be from Ryu's Shouryuuken during the final battle in the original "Street Fighter". In 'SF Alpha', Sagat has the scar on his chest, so it must take place after the first "Street Fighter". The character Charlie was mentioned in Guile's ending in "Street Fighter II - The World Warrior". He is a friend of Guile who was killed by M. Bison. Since Charlie is still alive in the Alpha series, it must take place before "Street Fighter II - The World Warrior".
This is the first Street Fighter game to have the Dramatic Battle Mode, a feature no doubt inspired by the Japanese animated movie, 'Street Fighter II', where Ken and Ryu team up to fight M. Bison in the final battle.