Like a Hurricane: An Unofficial Oral History of Street Fighter II


The story of the creation of one of the most important and beloved videogames of all time – Street Fighter II – and its subsequent impact on the industry, its creators, and the game-playing public that so warmly embraced it


ISBN: 9780500025932 Category:

Matt Leone


The culmination of several years of research by games writer Matt Leone, Like a Hurricane gathers together over 60 voices, spread across continents, disciplines and companies, speaking candidly on the vision, fearlessness, and bold ambition that made Street Fighter II a household name.

A collaboration between Read-Only Memory and Polygon, Like a Hurricane is an extended and enhanced print adaptation of Matt Leone’s series of in-depth oral histories, published online in serial form by Polygon. This physical version has been extended and enhanced for print, featuring over 50 specially commissioned illustrations and extra research content.

Featuring: Takashi ‘Piston’ Nishiyama, Hiroshi ‘Finish’ Matsumoto, Noritaka ‘Poo’ Funamizu, Yoko ‘Shimo-P’ Shimomura, and more than 50 others, including dozens of former Capcom employees, former Gamest magazine editor Zenji Ishii, combo video pioneer Tomotaka ‘TZW’ Suzuki, U.S. Street Fighter box artist Mick McGinty, Incredible Technologies CEO Elaine Hodgson, and former Capcom USA CEO Bill Gardner.

Additional information

Weight 1652 g
Dimensions 19.6 x 25.8 cm
Publisher name Thames and Hudson Ltd
Publication date 22 April 2023
Number of pages 480
Format Hardback
Dimensions 19.6 x 25.8 cm
Weight 1652 g


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Twenty-five years ago, Matt Leone couldn't think of anything better to pad out his birthday thank you notes, so he filled them with Mortal Kombat II facts and has been writing about games ever since. Currently, he's an editor at Polygon, working with freelancers and reporting on behind the scenes aspects of the game industry.