Street Fighter III Alex

So far, Capcom has done a splendid job keeping the initial roster of Street Fighter V fresh with a fair balance between iconic characters, like Ryu, Chun-li, M. Bison, Cammy, and possibly Blanka, and a few lesser known faces like Charlie Nash and Birdie.

Time to chalk up four more for the later group. Sources over at Siliconera have stated that Street Fighter V will be picking up Alex and Urien, a duo of veterans who have only appeared in the offbeat Street Fighter III and its different iterations. A second report confirms that Karin Kanzuki and R. Mika from the Street Fighter Alpha series will be joining them.

Alex might be the more popular of the two Street Fighter III vets. The American wrestler is heavily inspired by Hulk Hogan from when he toured Japan in the 80s, and he has appeared in Capcom Fighting Evolution and Tatsunoko vs. Capcom outside of the main Street Fighter games.

Urien is a dark, muscular fighter who wears naught but a dinky, white Speedo in the heat of battle. His origin is unknown, but his older brother Gill, Street Fighter III‘s main antagonist, runs the Illuminati. He has also appeared in Capcom Fighting Evolution, but not Tatsunoko vs. Capcom.

Our Street Fighter Alpha pair, Karin Kanzuki and R. Mika, are both of Japanese decent with surprisingly blonde hair. R. Mika is a popular female wrestler with a very cutesy and suggestive outfit. Karin Kanzuki is a rich, spoiled, self-taught fighter who has set herself up as a rival to Ryu’s neglected protégé, Sakura

For those who don’t know, Street Fighter III is considered a bit of an oddball in its approach to original characters. Many of Street Fighter II’s most iconic fighters like Blanka, Dhalsim, and Zangief were replaced by a bunch of no names like Hugo, the Lee brothers, Ibuki, Dudley, Oro, and Necro.

In fact, Street Fighter IV was originally so popular because it restored the original Street Fighter II roster in favor of creating  an entirely new one like Street Fighter III did. Of course, Street Fighter IV would later go a little insane with its character choices, and I’m leaning towards having a riskier line-up of obscure weirdos again after going through the pain of countless rehashes and editions of the last-gen fighter.

The appearance of so many Street Fighter III and Street Fighter Alpha characters makes it seem so! Street Fighter V will launch for the PlayStation 4 and PC in March 2016.