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August 31, 2017 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Capcom has an interesting lottery for the 30th anniversary Street Fighter II SNES cart

Capcom's 30th anniversary Street Fighter II for SNES
The $100 price of this anniversary game cart is steep, but it's part of the lottery for a rare glow-in-the-dark variants.
Shipping in late November, Capcom's 30 anniversary re-release of StreetFighter II for the Nintendo SNES looks pretty cool. I dig the red plastics used for the cartridge and the additions to the packaging. It's available for pre-order from Iam8bit.

Here are some of the specs for the anniversary SFII cartridge:
  • Limited Edition of 5,500
  • Brand-New Playable SNES Cartridge
  • Tri-Fold Box w/ Foil, Gloss & Embossments
  • Premium Instruction Booklet
  • Retro Pack-In Surprises
  • Package Design & Restoration by Jango Snow Art & Design
  • Manufacturing by Retrotainment Games
Capcom's 30th anniversary Street Fighter II for SNES Many are complaining about the $100 price tag and I agree that's a steep price for a single cartridge release. However, one facet of this 30th Anniversary campaign that isn't always mentioned is the "lottery component". This is a limited run of 5,500 cartridges, however 1,000 carts are different!

Most of the advertising displays the red (Opaque Ryu Headband Red) cartridges, but these only comprise 4,500 of the total. The remaining 1,000 carts are "Glow-in-the-Dark Blanka Green". These special carts are randomly put into unmarked boxes that are identical across the entire run of games. Thus, your $100 cost includes the allure of potentially receiving a cool glow-in-the-dark cart for your SNES!

If I could choose the special cart, I would be more open to paying this much, but as a blind lottery, I'm not sold on that price-point. That isn't to say it's a bad deal - my decision concerns my economics and desire to risk that amount on a longshot. If you're a fan and diehard collector of Street Fighter items, then this i a much different story. Also remember this is a really cool package with some interesting enclosures for fans. There's more to it than an expensive cart. It's a nice CIB item.

Capcom's 30th anniversary Street Fighter II for SNES The warning on the Iam8bit site is making consumers wonder if their fire-safety readiness is up to par:
WARNING: Use of this reproduction game cartridge (the "Product") on the SNES gaming hardware may cause the SNES console to overheat or catch fire. The SNES hardware is deemed a vintage collectible, so please exercise extreme caution when using the Product and make sure there is fire extinguishment equipment nearby. Use of the Product is at the sole risk of the user.

I'm not sure what to make of this, but folks have gone bonkers regarding legal issues. It's interesting that they specifically reference over heating and fire. Maybe you should put your SNES in a heavy duty frying pan before delving into battle :)

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