Today (May 12th) is the 15th Anniversary of Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, and though the 25th Anniversary of the entire Street Fighter franchise creation was in back in 2012, the release of 3rd Strike is a particularly important milestone in the history of the iconic video game. Why is that? Because it served as a link between the seminal Street Fighter II and the currently popular Street Fighter IV series, fixing the mistakes made in the original Street Fighter III and Street Fighter III: 2nd Impact releases, and essentially saving the franchise from slipping into obscurity.

3rd Strike saved Street Fighter, and if you’re a fan of the franchise today and the exciting things that Capcom continues to do with its characters and world take a moment today to thank your lucky video game star that they got 3rd Strike right. Then take another moment to click through the gallery above and see 10 Street Fighter collaborations that prove how big an effect the game has had on our pop culture/streetwear landscape.

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