The Street Fighter franchise isn’t usually known for its musical prowess, except for when it comes to Ryu’s theme, in which case its a real sonic boom, see what I did there?
Since premiering back in 1987 with the original Street Fighter, Ryu has become the undeniable face of the Street Fighter franchise. Additionally, Ryu has become one of the most iconic and popular video game characters of all time, seriously though, who doesn’t know what a Hadouken is?
Posted above is Ryu’s theme from Street Fighter IV, which is actually a variant of the theme featured in Street Fighter II, the game that put the franchise on the map. As a matter of fact each Street Fighter game features a modified version of Ryu’s original theme found in Street Fighter II. Take a listen at Ryu’s theme from Street Fighter II.
Despite its many incarnations, Ryu’s theme remains as one of the best and most fitting pieces of video game music to ever exist.