Super Street Fighter II X - Grand Master Challenge was released in February 1994 in the Japanese arcade. It was known as the 'third bis' video game released for the CPS2 hardware.
The game is known outside Japan as "Super Street Fighter II Turbo
". Here are some known Export releases:
"Super Street Fighter II Turbo [Blue Board]
"Super Street Fighter II Turbo [Grey Board]
"Super Street Fighter II Turbo [Orange Board]
Also a special 'Rent' version known as "Super Street Fighter II X - Grand Master Challenge [Yellow Board]
" has been found.
Originally all of the additional features that were added in this game (Gouki, Supers, etc.) were planned for the original SSFII, but were left out due to time restraints.
Origins of Gouki ('Akuma' outside Japan) : The name 'Sheng Long' comes from the Japanese 'shouryuu', meaning 'rising dragon'. The kanji used in 'shouryuu' was pronounced as if it was Cantonese. One of Ryu's win quotes in the English version of "Street Fighter II
" said, 'You must defeat Sheng Long to stand a chance'. At the time, fans of Street Fighter II thought that Sheng Long had referred to a person - the supposed master of Ryu and Ken, and not one of Ryu's moves (the Shouryuu Ken).
The creation of Gouki comes from an April Fool's joke in Electronic Gaming Monthly magazine where the editors claimed that you could fight Sheng Long in the game by not touching Vega ('M. Bison' outside Japan), the final boss of "Street Fighter II
". Sheng Long would then come out of nowhere and kill Vega, and you would fight him. Sheng Long was supposed to have the moves of Ryu and Ken, but did much more damage and was also faster. To make this joke more believable, fake screenshots were made. Soon after, many fans, believing that the joke was true, flocked to "Street Fighter II
" machines, hoping that they could fight a non-existent character. When asked about whether the joke was true, Capcom did not confirm nor deny it as the sudden infusion of money into their machines was driving up business; Capcom USA was taken in by the gag, and actually contact Capcom Japan and asked if the Sheng Long thing was legit. Only much later was this joke was revealed as such, by Electronic Gaming Monthly themselves. Ironically, in "Super Street Fighter II Turbo
", parts of this story became true. Like the joke, Akuma would appear from out of nowhere and kill Bison, and you would fight him, and similarly, Akuma had the moves of Ryu and Ken, and was much faster and dealt much more damage. As many people were accustomed to Sheng Long, many people called Akuma erroneously by the name Akuma Long. The move that was used to kill Bison (the Shun Goku Satsu) was also erroneously called the Bison Killer.
Shin-Gouki, Shin-Gouki and Shin-Gouki : Depending on the kanji that's used for 'Shin', Gouki is of one of several personalities. As regular Gouki (considered to be an evil character by Capcom of America, but just an antihero by Capcom of Japan), he does not condone unnecessary roughness (he helps out those in need and only fights when either under self-defense or when challenged to a match - and any match is a deathmatch in his book). Shin-Gouki found in "Street Fighter Zero 2
" is just regular Gouki not pulling his punches (it's the unnecessary roughness thing). Another note: Gouki lives and trains on the island of Gokuentou, reported to have been destroyed in "Street Fighter Zero 2
" (but Ryu was the only witness). Or, if you believe the non-canonical Pocket Fighter, turned into a tourist trap :-p
All of Gouki's voice samples are actually recycled voice samples from the other male characters.
In this Japanese version only, Gouki had two text endings, which translate as follows...
1) -If the last fight was against Vega-
Gouki : Evil Emperor, you say... nothing more than words. Real victory can only come from a fist. That is all.
There was no one to stop Gouki from that moment onwards.
2) -If the last fight was against Gouki-
Gouki : Something within... what's this ?
?? : I am the shadow of the condemned. You have killed the demon of this curse, and so you shall be condemned no more!
Gouki : I now reside in darkness. Even death is beneath me... excellent!
....That man returned to the darkness and disappeared.
The character select music is a remixed version of the music found in the attract mode intro of the CPS1 SFII games. This is the first SFII game not to use some variation of the character select music from the CPS1 games.
Sony Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Super Street Fighter II Arcade Game Track - SRCL-2822) on January 21, 1994.