There are so many videogame name conundrums out there, it boggles the damn mind. Street Fighter is such a great game series. They decided to make a movie based on Street Fighter II, and they called it Street Fighter. Looking at this name…is it supposed to be a prequel to the game? Is it somehow related to the original Street Fighter game of the same name? (No.) Not only do Street Fighter (the movie) and Street Fighter (the game) have the same name, but Street Fighter (the movie) isn’t even based on Street Fighter (the game); it’s based on Street Fighter II. What the crap? Why not just call it Street Fighter II: The Movie? It’s so fucking annoying when different things have the same name. It sure as hell makes searching on the Internet a hell of a lot harder. It’s like if the WBA (World Boxing Association) decided to call itself the National Fighting League (NFL), instead. Get what I’m saying?
Looks like M. Bison is riding one of Dr. Robotnik’s vehicles.
But hold the phone! Street Fighter (the movie) was such a great success, why not make a game out of it, just like every other fucking action movie? But wait a minute, there already is a game for the movie, because the movie was based on a game, Street Fighter II! Oh, but they’ll never notice. Mortal Kombat is so cool, what with its digitized graphics and blood codes only available on the Sega Genesis; let’s do the same thing to Street Fighter. But what should we call this game? It’s a game based on a movie based on a game. How about “Street Fighter: The Movie: The Game,” or “Street Fighter: The Game: The Movie: The Game“? No, let’s just call it “Street Fighter: The Movie.” So now the movie has the name of the original game, but is actually based on the game’s sequel, and the game based on the movie based on the game has a game title that sounds like it’s the goddamn movie that was based on the original game’s sequel! Make up your minds, people!
So what happens when you go to a store that sells videogames and movies and you ask for “Street Fighter: The Movie“? Do you walk out with a videogame or a VHS tape? Luckily, both the movie and the game are so shitty that you probably won’t walk out with anything.
Then there’s the whole “Alpha” series, which apparently is a prequel series. I had no idea since most of the characters from SF2 are in there. Charlie, Guile’s buddy, is in there. I knew that he was supposedly dead and thought maybe he actually wasn’t. But then I put the pieces together and realized that the game was a prequel. Why not just call it Street Fighter 0? Then there was Alpha 2 and Alpha 3. So did those come before or after the first Alpha?
As you can see, confusing as fuck. I changed the title of this article three times.
And then there’s Ghostbusters: The Video Game. A game based on a movie series, but not a specific movie. The game serves as a sequel to the movies. But is the “The Video Game” part really necessary? I am glad they’re doing some preventative measures with the whole Street Fighter bullshit, but couldn’t they come up with something more creative? If they didn’t want it to be confused with the first Ghostbusters movie, why not call the game “Ghostbusters III” or “Ghostbusters: Gozer Strikes Back” or “Ghostbusters: The Stay Puft Chronicles?”. I know it’s a damn videogame because of the box it comes in (it does make searching easier, I suppose). GoldenEye for N64 wasn’t called “GoldenEye: The Video Game.” A rose by any other name…this is really a great game. Expect a review shortly.
Peter: “Nice thinking, Ray.”
How about the Mario series? Besides the standard platform affairs, Mario has turned into paper, become a painter, traveled through time, gone into space, made (Yoshi) cookies, driven go-karts, and even gone missing! He’s had several 2D platformers. From Super Mario Bros., there was Super Mario Land, Super Mario World, Super Mario Galaxy, and now New Super Mario Bros.
Wait, what? What the crap? New Super Mario Bros.? The word “new” is meant for conversations, like, “Hey, did you play the new GTA?”. Couldn’t you have come up with something better, like Super Mario Principality? It’s like you don’t plan on ever making any newer titles after that. The first one, on the DS, was called simply “New Super Mario Bros.“, which was followed a few years later on the Wii by “New Super Mario Bros. Wii.” Why not call it New Super Mario Bros. 2? What, we’re just supposed to automatically assume the first one was on the DS? Why does the second one have the Koopa Kids and Bowser Jr.? I didn’t think they could co-exist, like Donkey Kong, Jr. and Diddy Kong (although supposedly they are father and son, except one is a monkey). So once Galaxy 2 comes out, this game certainly won’t be “new” anymore. What will people think 20 years from now when they see that title? Hell, they could have simply called it “Super Mario Bros. 4,” since it is trying to be true to the early games and basically only has the abilities of the original Super Mario Bros., plus a flight cap.
While we’re talking about NSMB Wii… I’m glad they brought in Yoshi, but they took away my Yoshi powers, and they don’t let me eat items to gain their power-up abilities, or let me bring Yoshi to the next course. What the crap, man… It’s like they decided to reboot the series, just like every existing decent movie series known to man, bringing back some earlier elements, but fucking them up.
Then of course there was the Super Mario Bros. movie, named “Super Mario Bros.” This is so loosely based on the game, though, that they really should have just named it something else entirely. The trailer’s slogan was “This ain’t no videogame.” Well, it ain’t much of a damn movie, either!
I hope this is a joke.
So what’s the take-away from this? I guess if you’re going to make a movie based on a game, give it a slightly different name than the game. If you’re going to make a game based on a movie based on a game, then go fuck yourself.
Well said. I prefer when the soul of the movie remains intact, but the game is much more it’s own experience than based off of the movie. A good example would be the two Riddick games on Xbox/Xbox 360.
Great article! “New Super Mario Bros. Wii” is probably one of the worst videogame names I’ve ever heard. Which is a little incongruous, because the game itself is awesome.
When are you gonna tackle “Kingdom Hearts 365/2 Days”? That’s pretty terrible, too.
Kingdom Hearts : Half Year Prince
I watched street fighter recently. It was pretty lame, but entertaining. I like how zangief turns good at the end and is absolved of all his wrongdoings. Needed more sonic booms