Street Fighter V Reveals New Fighter But Wait, Wrestling!

Capcom have revealed a brand new fighter throwing down in Street Fighter V [official site], the wind-whirling Rashid, but look, his unveiling has mostly reminded me that I never told you about a ridiculous and amazing older character confirmed to return in the new punch ’em up. Yes yes I know you may want to learn about Rashid and I’ll get to the Middle Eastern scrapper soon but first: check out the absurdity of wrestler Rainbow Mika, who pumps the crowd and calls her tag-team partner to pummel peeps:

Capcom confirmed the return of the Street Fighter Alpha 3 character back in August, but I was so blown away I entirely forgot I wanted to tell you all about her. Also, check out the description of her move Mic Performance:

“R. Mika pulls out her trusty microphone and gives a heart-pumping monologue to the crowd. The longer the buttons are held down, the more powerful her normal and special throws become! During her monologue state, she is able to absorb one hit from the opponent and can also cancel the speech at any time by letting go of the buttons, causing her to fling the mic at the opponent.”

How great is that? I really like thematic moves which are more than just animations.

Right, okay, back to Rashid. He’s an all-new character coming to the series in V, and was fittingly revealed at an event in Dubai last week. Capcom say, “Players can look forward to parkour inspired, fast-paced attacks, which will leave opponents scratching their heads and wondering what’s coming next!” Have a look:

And here’s some footage recorded with a camera pointed at a screen:

Street Fighter V is due in 2016. While SF games have historically got a bit carried away with revisions, Capcom say that this’ll be the only SFV. The new characters and gameplay changes that revisions usually bring will come to the base game; players will be able to unlock new content with either a currency earned by playing or by spending real cash money.


  1. Freud says:

    She is wearing those clothes becasue she’s [Metal Gear Solid V spoilers -ed.]?

    • vlonk says:

      Maybe she comes from the discworld, where the friction of light particles from the stares of bystanders can actually heat your body.

    • jaronimoe says:

      I don’t know, have you ever seen a wrestling match? I would say it is not unheard of that wrestlers carry out their fights in “light” clothing ;)

      • Kollega says:

        What I don’t get is why the character isn’t dressed in something sexy but more resembling an actual wrestling outfit, like, for example, shorts and a tank top.

        • Abndn says:

          It’s very important that developers justify and explain every clothing choice for their characters. I suggest writing an angry letter complaining about how they didn’t consult you or consider your preferences earlier in development.

          • Kollega says:

            I’m not particularly outraged at this, mind you. I’m more outraged at your “the developers don’t have to answer to you!” statement than the clothing choice for the character, in fact. My point is simply that in this case, there would be less in terms of outrage and/or facepalms if the outfit design was a bit more sensible. That doesn’t mean it should be unattractive, as the linked picture shows.

          • Abndn says:

            Yeah, especially since everything else in Street Fighter is so sensible. I really like my games to be sensible rather than dabbling in any of that awful, unsensible fantasy/creative drivel.

            I am also right there with you when it comes to creative direction: it really *should* be guided by the whims of people complaining on message boards. It’s important that developers consider the feelings of politically correct westerners that might be upset with characters who don’t conform to their views of how the world ought to be.

          • Kollega says:

            You are obviously not interested in reasoned discussion. I would throw some OTT strawman arguments at you too, but I honestly can’t bring myself to give a damn. Good day to you.

          • Abndn says:

            Satirizing your easily understood opinion is different from inventing a strawman.

          • Philomelle says:

            Complaining about complaining is probably the most egregiously stupid form of satire I have ever encountered.

        • Deadly Habit says:

          I mean heaven forbid a Japanese developer bases a costume on Japanese female wrestlers… oh wait, they did.

          • Kollega says:

            Wait, they did? *looks up Japanese female wrestlers* Okay, I lose this round. I didn’t even realize that Japanese have pro-wrestling as the Western audience knows it.

            Soooo, the outfit still looks a rather over-the-top (and hell… it’s Street Fighter, it’s over-the-top all the way to the bank), but with Japanese pro-wrestling in light, it does seem to be more than gratuitous fanservice on the part of the devs (which is what I usually scoff at).

          • Abndn says:

            It exists in real life! Abort, abort! Its existence in a fantasy video game has been justified, calling all realism police units to withdraw! I repeat: withdraw all units immediately!!

          • Kollega says:

            You must be great fun at parties.

          • pepperfez says:

            Obviously the real reason for her costume is “because video games” (or, more precisely, “because Ono”), but she’s got more than a little in common with the Mexican luchadora Estrellita, including the heart theme and implausibly shaped costume.

          • Zankman says:

            Don’t mind Abndn, he obviously has issues and is wee bit daft.

            Also, yes, the outfit design isn’t even *that* ridiculous if you really compare it to some IRL standards.

            But, really, it’s still a piece of tasteless character design with “fanservice” being the appropriate word.

          • Abndn says:

            @Zankman Excellent point. Do you always insult people out of context, not providing any kind of reason or argument?

            Zankman: “This man has a contrary opinion to mine, and is mocking it aggressively. Why, he must be mad! The village idiot, one might say.”

            Joe: “But sir, he is probably much smarter than you and has a degr–”

            Zankman: “Now now there, calm down. Can’t you see how daft he is? He didn’t even agree with me. Didn’t you see how he poked fun at my perspective? The NERVE! Just pretend he doesn’t exist.”

            Joe: “Err, alright sir!”

          • Phasma Felis says:

            Settle down, Beavis.

        • Likethiss says:

          She is not an actual wrestler, more the WWE type. And the rest of the characters don’t go much towards realism either. Was the Quiet discussion not enough, must it spread again to every game with women in them?

          • pepperfez says:

            Women’s costumes in fighting games really deserve a lot more questioning/mockery than they get. Also, now at least one more person knows about Japanese professional wrestling, so it’s a win all around.

          • Kollega says:

            Yeah, the reason I piped up was that R. Mika’s costume felt too ridiculous even for WWE-type wrestling, but since it’s in line with actual Japanese pro-wrestling (which I didn’t know about), it does feel a little less gratuitous. So there.

          • Kollega says:

            (Also, this outfit is pure Street Fighter.)

          • Philomelle says:

            You probably never heard of Japanese pro-wrestling because it’s even more fake than the American version. The female division in particular is largely treated as softcore porn, to the point where Konami trying to turn it into a video game franchise on PS2 became one of the first stepping stones in all the ridicule they’ve been receiving since then.

            In Capcom’s defense, Mika’s narrative in Alpha acknowledges that and admits that she’s only wearing that thing because it’s the only way for her to legally beat up people in the wrestling ring. Her personality is explicitly stated to be very unusual for a field that is basically a sham.

    • jaronimoe says:

      damn you. if you wouldn’t have edited out your “spoiler”, no one would have realized that there was any connection to MGSV in your original comment ;(

  2. Harlander says:

    Rashid, what does the Scouter say about her power level?

  3. ansionnach says:

    Used to play SFA3 a lot on the Dreamcast, but never really got on with R. Mika – tacky character design with silly moves like jumping at people with her bum. Give me Dan any day! She’s often rated in the bottom tier (even lower than Dan), although I see some people claiming she was merely “undiscovered” and propped the first half of the field.

    Rashid looks pretty cool, though.

  4. Zankman says:

    Yeah R. Mika’s design is just…

    Still not as bad as the new Cammy tho. :^)

    Rashid, though?

    Are they just copying Tekken now?

    • Pich says:

      Pretty standard for Japanese wrestling, also she’s still more covered than her colleague Zangief.

      • Zankman says:

        I haven’t watched a lot of Joshi, but, that sounds really unbelievable.

        Nor does it justify her design being there for the sake of fanservice, not “IRL inspirations”, lol.

        • Distec says:

          There’s really no requirement for a justification at all, and I frankly doubt one would be accepted if it even existed.

          It’s fine if you dislike her design – and I don’t care much for it either (but I’m not a SF fan admittedly) – but I am perplexed by this “Explain yourself” attitude that people have adopted towards these depictions.

          • EhexT says:

            People doing wrong things usually are asked to explain themselves, there’s nothing weird about that, nor should it stop.

          • CptPlanet says:

            I suppose all of this comes back to what you falsely perceive “wrong”, they don’t need to explain anything.

    • Baines says:

      Capcom has a long history of copying other fighting games, just as other games copy Capcom’s designs.

      It just seems to have become more noticeable against Capcom since SFIV. SF4’s Rufus followed Capcom’s Bob, SF4’s El Fuerte followed El Blaze, SF4’s C.Viper looks like KOF’s Vanessa was crossed with KOF’s Mature. So when SF5 shows Necali, people compare him with KOF’s various Orochi characters in addition to Capcom’s own version of Wolverine, while all it takes for the Dragonball comparisons is Rashid sporting a scouter.

      • Baines says:

        If the rumors are true, then October should see the reveal of a new Brazilian character named Laura at the Brazil Game Show. It could be interesting to see where they go with her. Will she be a stereotypical design, which will spawn more comments of Capcom copying others? Will she intentionally run counter to stereotype? Or will she be one of those quickly forgotten bland generic designs, like Able.

        • pepperfez says:

          Man, I like Abel. His visual design isn’t so cluttered the character can’t breathe and his movement is immensely cool.

      • pepperfez says:

        Some of these later designs also just aren’t very Capcom. They’re so enormously overdesigned that they don’t seem to fit in any coherent setting, let alone the specific Street Fighter one.

  5. Auru says:

    Both of the brand new characters look pretty great! Necali and Rashid have fun designs and playstyles that lift from a lot of the older cast in the series, cool stuff :)

    R.Mika is brilliant, I like that they aren’t scared to bring back characters from a time when less people moaned about this stuff.. she is still part of Street Fighter history after all!

    Whats good is that she is pretty much completely overhauled gameplaywise compared to her Alpha 3 self.. which was never really regarded that well, the only thing I really recognise is that butt slam :b

  6. Kollega says:

    Rashid’s character design may be somewhat on the stereotypical side – but damn if it isn’t cool. He looks like future-Alladin, and that just kicks ass.

  7. Deadly Habit says:

    Rashid looks like he’s got some amazing cross ups, def amped to try him out.

  8. mpk says:

    Two things about the video immediately come to mind:

    1) It is always good watching Vega being remorselessly pummelled.
    B) Nope, that’s it. I’ve hated that wee shite since 1992.

  9. EhexT says:

    Rashid looks like an equally stereotypical, more generic Fuerte.

  10. Shinryoma says:

    If his name is Rashid then pronounce it Rashid. Rasheed and Rashid are two separate names. Also, the rag on his head… that’s the first wrong thing we notice when it’s done wrong.