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Retro Vault: Streets Of Rage 2, WWF, Killer Instinct

Plus: Nintendo Comics System and a Jaguar VHS

Retro Vault is our regular weekly feature in which we dive into gaming's past and share five classic nuggets of retro nostalgia. If you missed the last Retro Vault you can read it here.


January 1993 - Streets Of Rage 2 magazine advert

After the success of its side-scrolling beat 'em up Streets Of Rage, Sega told its AM7 development team to get to work on a sequel. Streets Of Rage 2 was released in late 1992 in Japan (as Bare Knuckle 2) and arrived in the west a few months later.

Two of the first game's heroes, Axel Stone and Blaze Fielding, returned for the sequel, with two new characters introduced to proceedings. Max Thunder was a massive wrestler who moved slowly but had immense strength, while Eddie "Skate" Hunter was the opposite - a young lad on roller skates who lacked power but was extremely fast.

Streets Of Rage 2 was widely considered a much better game than its predecessor, thanks to the more complex combat, the introduction of special moves with the A button and even better music by the game's composer Yuzo Koshiro.

This odd magazine advert features an interview with the game's American product manager, in which he exclaims that "it's the next best thing to kicking some real you-know-what".

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