This Street Fighter board game just knocked out its Kickstarter goal — but can it recapture the spirit of the arcade game?

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Apr 5, 2018

For over 30 years, Capcom’s Street Fighter series has thrilled gamers in arcades and on the home consoles. But now, Jasco Games is looking to re-create some of Street Fighter’s greatest battles in a new, officially licensed board game.

Street Fighter: The Miniatures Game launched on Kickstarter earlier this week with a lofty $400,000 fundraising goal. However, the game quickly surpassed its target with over $512,000 in very little time.

“We are just extremely happy that our fans are behind us on this project,” Jasco Games founder Jason Hawronsky told SYFY WIRE. “We focused heavily on our childhood nostalgia to make the games we always wanted to play as kids. We can’t thank our backers enough for helping us make this game a reality!”

For the initial game, players will assume control of Ryu, Chun-Li, Ken, Zangief, Sagat, and Vega, with a boss expansion that includes M. Bison and Akuma. The special moves of the video games have been translated into turn-based attacks dependent upon cards and a roll of the dice. Players can take part in one-on-one battles, two-on-one, three-on-one, or even three-on-two and three-on-three action. The boss battles will also let up to three challengers take on the most powerful characters in the game.

The design of of the miniatures is easily the highlight of the game, and the following video shows off a 360-degree view of the figures set to the iconic soundtrack of Street Fighter 2.

Although the character roster may seem small now, Jasco is planning stretch goals, which may significantly increase the available fighters.

“We are hoping to unlock at least 12 new free character models and their battle decks in addition to other cool component upgrades and new exciting game modes,” explained Hawronsky. “Some of these goals are super awesome and wacky, so I hope we get that far in the campaign!”

Hawronsky also shared his choice for the character he personally wants to include: “Violent Ken. Ken is my favorite character because I always play him. He’s the best. I hope we can make that happen!”

Street Fighter: The Miniatures Game will be on Kickstarter until Friday, May 4. For more info, check out the campaign page.

(Image via Jasco Games)