'Street Fighter V' Akuma Arrives: The Evolution Of The Raging Demon

By Michael Augustin , Updated Dec 21, 2016 11:49 AM EST

Season 2 has officially dropped for the "Street Fighter V." The anticipated balance changes for the entire roster has apparently been included. As well as the first Season 2 DLC character to kick off the new year, Akuma. Many fans have always enjoyed using the character ever since he first appeared in Capcom's fighting games. He has also made a crossover to other fighting games recently, which will be detailed below as we explore the games where the raging demon makes an appearance. 

Shoryuken reports that YouTuber Maximillian Dood has been sharing his videos detailing Akuma's gameplay. From his first appearance in the Street Fighter series, to his other cameos in other fighting games.

Appearance in the "Street Fighter" series

Akuma made his first appearance in "Super Street Fighter II Turbo," but he was only accessible via a secret code performed on the character select screen. His next appearance would be as a secret unlockable character in "Street Fighter Alpha." Succeeding installments of the game made him selectable as part of the roster. A stronger incarnation of the character called Shin Akuma makes his appearance in the third installment of the game.

Akuma would also appear in Capcom's collaboration game with Arika called Street Fighter EX. "Street Fighter III" would also feature the character in its second installment called "Street Fighter III: Giant Impact," where he was an unlockable character and a secret boss as Shin Akuma. "Street Fighter III: Third Strike" eventually included him as part of the regular roster.

"Street Fighter IV" and all its follow up versions also include Akuma in the lineup. And eventually introduced a more powerful version of the character called Oni, Which is Akuma who completely surrendered himself to the "Satsui No Hado." Fans were initially disappointed because he was not part of the roster in "Street Fighter V", but the season 2 updates appears to have remedied that.

Appearance in other games

Capcom has definitely noticed Akuma's popularity since they have included him in other games as well. He was featured in "X-Men: Children of the Atom" as a secret unlockable character. The Marvel Versus series made him playable and even featured a Cyber-Akuma version. He also appeared in the "SNK vs Capcom" games and Capcom's "Asura's Wrath." Capcom always included him or even as a cameo in most of their other games, from RPGs and puzzle games. Bandai Namco also included him in "Tekken 7: Fated Retribution." It seems his popularity has always earned him a place in many titles, which now include "Street Fighter V."

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