This time Street Fighter had a one button infinite combo

This time Street Fighter had a one button infinite combo

Infinite combos find their way into all sorts of different fighting games, usually resulting from unintended behavior for an attack or move that surfaces when specific spacing or criteria are met in a match. The Street Fighter series is no stranger to infinities, one of the more recent examples being Street Fighter 5 Dan’s Gadoken Loop which was eventually fixed by adding a random pink fireball that knocks the opponent down.

One thing these infinite combos often have in common is that they require precise inputs and strict timing to pull off, but there was a time when such a combo existed in Street Fighter and it only used one button. A content creator by the name of ScoopScoop recently put together a video that highlights this interesting part of Street Fighter history explaining what it is and how to do it.

This one-button infinity was found in the initial iteration of the Street Fighter 3 series. In Street Fighter 3: New Generation, released in 1997, one of the game’s new faces had the ability to his opponent using heavy kicks over and over again.

The popular ninja Ibuki could trap her opponents in this infinite juggling, and she had three ways to transition into it. As ScoopScoop explains, using the heavy kick as an anti-aircraft, landing a sweep target combo, or hitting them with his Super Art 3 would all lead to infinity.

The trick is to hit his heavy standing kick and time it well so that both hits from the attack land. If done correctly, the opponent will fly high enough in the air for Ibuki to micro step forward and hit the normal attack again, rinsing and repeating until his enemy is stunned or completely knocked out.

Generally, this infinity works best when the opponent is cornered, but using this slight step forward allows Ibuki to hit him when she’s elsewhere on screen.

Oddly enough, we saw fighting game legend Justin Wong use this infinite Ibuki in one of his recent Street Fighter 3 videos. As you can see below, JWong manages to start the infinity outside the corner, but with the right execution, he is able to walk his opponent to the corner before knocking them out.

As it is the first entry in the series, Street Fighter 3: Next Generation is not played competitively these days. Its final version, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, is the third-gen tournament standard, but that being said, this one-button infinity is definitely an interesting Street Fighter factoid you should know about.


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