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'Street Fighter II': Most Racist Nostalgic Video Game Ever?



There was E. Honda, the Japanese sumo wrestler. His fighting stage was a bathhouse.


Dhalsim, a skinny Indian fighter with shrunken skulls around his neck, could stretch his limbs really far to punch or kick, because his fighting style was based on yoga. You fought with Dhalsim in a temple as elephants watched. He was fond of shouting “Yoga flame!” as he spat a fireball.


Zangief, a musclebound Russian, had scars from fighting bears.


Blanka, who was from the Brazilian rainforest, was a beast-man who growled and grunted.



Guile, the blonde-haired, camo-clad American soldier, fought on a military base in front of fighter jets.


Vega, a ponytailed Spanish fighter, was so vain he wore a mask to cover his face.

We were coming to this realization two decades too late: Street Fighter II was racist as hell.


Read the story on NPR’s Code Switch

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'Street Fighter II': Most Racist Nostalgic Video Game Ever?

  • There was E. Honda, the Japanese sumo wrestler. His fighting stage was a bathhouse.

  • Dhalsim, a skinny Indian fighter with shrunken skulls around his neck, could stretch his limbs really far to punch or kick, because his fighting style was based on yoga. You fought with Dhalsim in a temple as elephants watched. He was fond of shouting “Yoga flame!” as he spat a fireball.

  • Zangief, a musclebound Russian, had scars from fighting bears.

  • Blanka, who was from the Brazilian rainforest, was a beast-man who growled and grunted.

  • Guile, the blonde-haired, camo-clad American soldier, fought on a military base in front of fighter jets.

  • Vega, a ponytailed Spanish fighter, was so vain he wore a mask to cover his face.

We were coming to this realization two decades too late: Street Fighter II was racist as hell.

Read the story on NPR’s Code Switch