Cadbury Heroes League: A Beginner’s Guide to Street Fighter (Sponsored)

Street Fighter is one of gaming's most historic franchises, launching all the way back in 1987 and still going strong to this day.

It's also the battlefield where our Cadbury Heroes League will be fought, but if you're new to gaming there's every chance that this cultural phenomenon passed you by.

The Cadbury Heroes League is aiming to bring families together through gaming, and what better franchise than Street Fighter – a series known to millions, uniting generations and representing a worldwide audience as few others can.

With that in mind, here's a quick primer for Street Fighter V.

What Is Street Fighter?

Street Fighter is one of the most famous fighting games in the world, offering a series of games that are simple in concept, but tough to master.

Each game has players throwing punches, kicks, and often fireballs, with the aim being to reduce your opponent's health down to zero – thus knocking them out.

It's a simple concept made more exciting by fighters' abilities to use stretchy limbs, metallic claws, or even electrical currents to deal damage.

Who Is In Street Fighter?

While the series has dabbled in crossovers with the likes of Marvel superheroes and Bandai Namco's Tekken series, its cast of characters are some of the most iconic in gaming.

Ryu and Ken have both appeared in the likes of Super Smash Bros, Akuma popped up in Tekken, and Zangief appeared in Disney's Wreck It Ralph movie.

Oh, and speaking of movies, there have been a couple of attempts at transferring the roster to the big screen, most famously starring Jean-Claude Van Damme. Unfortunately, the movies didn’t quite meet the high standards set by the game.

What Makes Street Fighter V So Great?

As the most recent addition to the franchise, Street Fighter V has received constant updates since its launch back in 2016.

The current version offers over forty playable characters, from longtime favourites like Chun-Li and Guile to new additions like Akira.

That means there's a wealth of fighters for our celebrity teams to choose from, as well as stunning stages that serve as backdrops to the ensuing chaos.

For more on the Cadbury Heroes League, be sure to check out both parts of our participants list, as well as a rundown of everything you need to know about the event.

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