Yesterday, Sega’s Streets of Rage series turned 30 – and composer Yuzo Koshiro decided to share a piece of trivia that has blown the collective minds of many fans.
Koshiro explains that in Streets of Rage 2, Axel Stone’s most famous special move – performed by tapping in the same direction twice and pressing attack – is actually called ‘Ground Upper’ and not ‘Grand Upper’.
It makes perfect sense, really – his fist starts on the ground and rises upwards before connecting with enemies. However, the speech sample does sound very much like ‘Grand Upper’, and Koshiro admits he’s never been too concerned about correcting people – his message is, he says, to be taken as a fun piece of trivia rather than a ticking-off.
While we’re on the topic of Streets of Rage, make sure you check out our series retrospective, which was republished yesterday to mark the franchise’s 30th birthday. Also, be sure to sample the sublime Streets of Rage 4 if you haven’t already, as well as the recently released Mr. X Nightmare DLC.