Street Fighter Preview - Ken

Street Fighter Exceed is coming to stores in January 2019! You can pre-order your copy from our online store and get our store-exclusive Street Fighter Exceed playmat as part of the pre-release bundle! Look out for a new fighter preview each week as we prepare for the game's release!

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Ken is a balanced rushdown fighter, who employs power and priority where Ryu employs more reactionary tactics. As a counter to Ryu, Ken fights best when he is the aggressor. In Exceed, we've captured this by rewarding Ken for striking as often as possible. 

 
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Key Design Idea:

Initiative

Many of Ken's attacks get better when he is the one who initiated the strike. His Shoryuken is his most iconic move. While viable on defense due to its Guard, it can be used at high speed at close range, giving Ken a card that outclasses the faster Normals in terms of damage. 

Since he has plenty of built-in power, Ken's boosts mostly help to improve his speed–increasing the viability of his attacks and discouraging opponents from attacking into him since he'll be striking above the speed curve anyway.

 
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Ken's style is all about rush down, and he has plenty of tools to make it work. His character ability lets him step in and draw a card. Other fighters spend 1 card to get in, while Ken gains one, effectively putting him 2 cards ahead of enemies who try to zone him out.

If he needs to get in fast, many of his Criticals extend his range by closing in before they check range. He may get hit using the Knee Bash, but he can probably make the opponent hurt more, and set up pressure for his next attack in the process.

 
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Ken's Hadoken is a parallel to Ryu's. It's increased power on a Critical can help to do more damage, but it's more of an opportunistic move than Ryu's quick fireball, which can confirm hits at range much easier.

 
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Ken's Ultra Attacks have huge damage potential, and provide a payoff for the Gauge that he's built up through his high-pressure attack strings. If you're looking for a surprise attack, the Rushdown Style boost is one of the most powerful in the game, and can put an unexpecting opponent completely at your mercy.

 
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I hope you've enjoyed this look at Ken! Look out for another fighter next week!


Exceed: Street Fighter (Season 3 Bundle)
99.95 119.95

Exceed Season 3 features fighters from Capcom's illustrious fighting game franchise, Street Fighter!

Contains 3 boxes, each featuring 4 fighters for a total of 12 playable characters, and a woven-edge play mat exclusive to the Level 99 Games Online Store! The mat is 24”x14”.

The playmat features a woven edge designed to prolong the life of the mat and make for a smoother playing experience.

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