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Street Fighter II

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This game received 100 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 6.888 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #288 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game design: 6.982

Artwork: 6.457

Sounds/Music: 6.703

Other Aspects: 7.073

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3 months ago
So much fun (at least as a Street Fighter fan), but also so punishing. With almost no ball saves (sometimes you will literally score 100, yes, 100 points on a single ball), it can be brutal and unforgiving at times.
7 months ago
I have been wanting to purchase a street fighter II for a while and finally found a very nice one with color DMD (the color DMD just makes the game so much more modern). Well I am very happy to say that this game is so underrated it totally has that one more game effect. I just can't stop playing it. It just challenges me to keep trying to beat all 12 fighters with the three balls and do it again with one ball for wizard mode. This game is a blast and it goes for such an affordable price. I don't think this game will be leaving my collection. Every time I play it I remember my arcade days playing street fighter video game. This games has a lot of hidden shots which was such a good surprise.
11 months ago
Wish this game were more fun. Great theme!
1 year ago
play field layout is good, sound is true to the game, fun to try to win each match & the light show is amazing when you defeat all fighters, Bison provoking you is classic, love how the ramps open & close while playing, multi ball is fun, guile flash kick ramp is hard to hit, ken hurricane kick is fun to watch, Ryu target hard to hit,watching Chun li spin kick is fun to watch also, i mean who doesn't like a pin with lots of moving parts. the artwork on back glass may not be the best but one glance at it & it immediately takes you back to the early 90's. Honestly one of Gottliebs best dmd pins.

p.s this thing is built like a tank.
1 year ago
All my reviews are going to follow a simple formula for those reading.
Number of shots to make - Pro's - Con's - Must Have Mods - What To Look For When Buying

Number of shots - 10 - very high

* Layout quite good a nice challenge to defeat all 12 fighters
* Great tie in with the video game
* Guile & Chun Li shots very satisfying
* Torpedo multiball a fun mode

* The upper playfield can be frustrating if you can make the shot
* Animations are quite poor
* Car crunch below the playfield a good idea but executed poorly
* VERY stop & go. Make a shot, wait, make a shot

Must Have Mods: (Note I will not include things like LED's, Color DMD, Invisiglass or Speaker Upgrades unless it's really badly needed)
* Upgrade of the coil on left flipper (So you can make the Chun Li shot)
* Cliffy Protectors on all scoops
* Arcade screen mod
* Alternate translite

What To Look For When Buying
* Wear on all the scoops
* Wear under the flipper on upper playfield
* Broken car on car crunch
2 years ago
Fun, colorful game , good for a few plays or a cheap dmd to add to the collection. Change the translite, add a colordmd . Yoga flame!
2 years ago
Most people run away when anyone mentions that game, and I can’t disagree. The call outs are annoying, backglass SUCKS, not that great of rules, and it’s a Gottlieb. Although I don’t care for it at all, I guess the theme isn’t terrible. Playfield layout really isn’t that bad. I like the ramps, and the music really isn’t that bad! Car Crunch could be much better.If the price is right, I’d pick one up TEMPORARILY.
2 years ago
A must have for any street fighter or kid of the early 90’s!
2 years ago
Im a huge Street Fighter II Nerd/Fan. Great way to transition a fighter arcade game to pinball. Yes there are plenty of stops in the action, but there are lots of great shots! the lighting could have been better especially in the ryu/ken target but overall it's a nice and welcome edition to any lineup of faster paced games. This one sits squarely between my High Speed and LW3.
3 years ago
Had this I my place for a while but barely played it as I have other better machines.
It's built like a tank and should be reliable with a little TLC but the toys and playfield are pretty clunky.
Good starter game for kids. Seems to appeal to Street fighter freaks but it really lacks flow for pinball diehards.
The car crusher pretty dumb but some of the other shots are ok and the game is pretty logical and easy to understand. Happy to see it go.
3 years ago
Worst WORST WORST DMD ever made. Someone has to be at the bottom. and SF2 has fully earned it with flying colors. Someone really shite the bed on this one.
3 years ago
Being a fan of fighting games from the 90's, the theme for this pin goes well by me. I appreciate the fact that you have to get the 12 fighters to begin Wizard mode, even though you can get Mr.Bison first. The saver beneath the flippers is something I like. The backglass is...funny. The characters are bizaroid on it, weird shaped body and look on their face. This pin is underrated but everybody's got their opinion.
3 years ago
somewhat underwhelming. great theme is squandered in a late gottlieb game where they seem to be hardly trying. lower level car smash toy seems like it could have had more to it.
3 years ago
Great pinball. I don't understand The hate for this machine. Fun to play And great theme
3 years ago
First off, I am a big street fighter 2 fan. This pin has great music and IMO represents and captures the theme fairy well. The only problem is that it is a gottleib machine. I think the machine is great for the right price but a few things could make the game go a long way. Here are my cons with the machine

-No auto launch for multi ball
-No ball save/timer for multiball
-Only two ball multiball (not considering torpedo as its more rare)
-Animations are piss poor
-Callouts aren't great.

-Good game for the price
-Cool theme
-Great level of challenge/fun
-Tricky shots
3 years ago
Street Fighter II is a challenging game with gameplay that stays true to the source material. The playfield layout is original and there's lots going on. 3 floors, 3 flippers, 2 Stargate Ramps and lots of shots keep things interesting.

The music is pretty cool and engaging. Some sound bites are awesome and come straight from the video game. Others however are pretty rediculous.

The game certainly has its flaws. Mainly in the software- and the art department. However, name me one flawless pin. This pin certainly does not deserve the heaps of hate it gets. It's no Striker Extreme. Gottlieb's main problem is that they miss the finesse that makes the Bally/WMS from this time period so popular.

Lots of things on this pin are tweakable to give a better play experience: the Car Crush, the rules and the flippers come to mind.

If you can find one, give a nicely shopped Street Fighter II a chance. It might surprise you.
3 years ago
Do you remember the girl that people said not to date for various reasons but when you actually take the plunge you come to the realization that she ain't that bad at all and you quite enjoy her? This is Street Fighter! I enjoy this game quite a bit and as many people say it is a shooters pin. There is a lot of stops which isn't necessarily a bad thing. One thing I do not enjoy is the lack of in game bonuses other than the torpedo multiball. I'd also enjoy more than just a 2 ball multi-ball or that 3 ball torpedo multiball. Overall, a great addition to my collection.
3 years ago
still a fan favorite..check with the operators...still worldwide
3 years ago
If you check out my other ratings, you'll see I'm pretty objective, most of the time. I won't be here.

This game sucks. Layout sucks, art sucks, sound sucks, features suck. Possibly the worst game I've ever played. Useless features abound that leave the player scratching their head as to why they are there. Annoying callouts. Art that bears very little resemblance to the video game art that looks like it was done by a careless art student with a C- average. I've given this game a chance. I really have. I play it almost every time I see it. I kid you not, it's really tough to stick it out to the end. Imagine my disappointment when I played one that was set on five ball!

In summary, all pinball is good pinball. Unless it's a Street Fighter 2.

It just plain sucks.
3 years ago
Street Fighter 2: how could anyone possibly screw up this license?? Truth be told, this pin gets a lot of flak here on Pinside and I don't think it's that bad. No, it's not nearly as good as it could and should have been, but how can you fault the designers when Gottlieb was forcing them to pump games out to market so fast (with no code revisions allowed!)?? I digress.

SF2 is a pretty easy game; great for newbies and young players. It's. It's not hard to beat all opponents and end up in the "wizard mode." There's some interesting shots and the whole theme/art/sound is well-known. The game instantly feels "familiar."

Sadly, like so many other Gottliebs of this era, the game just falls flat. It doesn't feel like a quality game, the shots are meh, the artwork terrible (again, how do you screw this up?!), and the animations atrocious. While probably one of the better Premiere decks from this era, that's not saying much. Could of, should of...
3 years ago
I absolutely love the stop and go "sniper shot" aspect of this game. It gives you time to work out where you want to shoot next. You can trap the ball 80% of the time, so games last longer. The car crunch is a little weakly-implemented, and the sound effects can get a little repetitive (but the music is great). I absolutely love how solid this game feels and how well it plays. Wizard mode is awesome! Absolutely an underrated game.
3 years ago
This is a stop-and-go machine for shooters. It may not be for everyone, but it is among my favorites and will be the first machine in my collection.
4 years ago
Good game for the price. Owned it for several years and still enjoy playing it. I think the shot selection is very good and I really like the flow. I was a kid when SF2 the video game was big, therefore I love the theme. It really reminds me of the arcade game. Kill an opponent by hitting the lit up shot and do this until you have killed all opponents to make it to the wizard mode. Which is really hard; I think I've only beat it once or twice. The cool thing about this game is there are side missions too that are more important point wise than actually completing wizard mode. I think the points are pretty well distributed based on what you achieve.

Edit - Played SF2 for about 3 hours today. I own quite a few top games and I still think this game is great. You really need to take it for what it is. No it's not TZ or TAF, but it's a game that is just a blast to play. It started out as my only pin for about four years and I played it for a good year until it had some issues. I didn't bother to fix it for a couple of years. That tells me that it's probably not great in a small lineup, but now that I have several machines that include deep games like TZ and TAF it's a great change of pace game because it's so different. I was planning on selling it but am almost considering selling a different game instead.
4 years ago
One of my favorite arcade games turned into a pinball. This game gets a pretty undeserved bad rap. No it is not the greatest pinball ever but its far from the worst. The theme pulls in a lot of people who otherwise would not even bother trying a pin. The use of Stargate ramps adds some variety to the shots and allows the same shot to serve 2 purposes. Plenty of lights and a good mix of simple and complex shots. The biggest appeal is that the game can usually be had for around a grand, which is pretty affordable to someone trying to get into the hobby without breaking the bank.

I am a big fan of well done gimmick shots (like the skeeball shot in Comet). That being said, the Zangief spinning pile driver corkscrew shot is both visually appealing and thematically brilliant. Chun-Li's spinning bird kick rotating flipper isnt quite as good but that's probably due to the difficulty I have getting the ball up the ramp for that shot, and when I do, she tends to kick the ball back down, then laugh at me. Ken/Ryu's Hurricane kick loop is tucked out of the way to the top right and is primarily hit with the top left flipper and is another great tie-in with the theme. The final gimmick is the car breaking mini game under the main play field. The game is triggered by either hitting a specific shot a few times or as a flipper choice award for hitting an opponent shot. This lights up the car area under the play field where you send a ball into a car bumper while the DMD displays the car getting damaged. Its not a bad gimmick but the factory car model down there leaves a lot to be desired (as does the back ground).

The flashing lights can sometimes be too much, but they are pretty well done, especially how it lights up the pop out hole to the left or right. There are plenty of feature lights that change the value and purpose of pretty much every single shot in the game and that really helps with longevity. There are some , well , loopholes in the logic that will let you really take advantage of some of the score modes (check the high scores on this game for examples) but really that just adds to the fun for the more neophyte players such as myself.

My only real complaints about this game are that the SFIICE intro music plays on pretty much a nonstop loop (I just turned the volume down), if you dont hit the ball with the top left flipper on launch you almost always get a SDTM drain, and the back glass art is pretty ugly. If youre a major pinhead this isnt the game for you, if you're a filthy casual who loves Street Fighter you'll definitely enjoy this pin.
4 years ago
Ok gottlieb, gets old fast
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