PO-133 Street Fighter
Street Fighter is an arcade classic from the late 1980s that helped to define the genre of arcade combat games. It has undoubtedly been one of Capcom’s most successful franchises over the last few decades. Street fighter features strong musical themes for characters & menu screens that anyone who's spent a significant amount of time playing it would recognise.
The Street Fighter Pocket Operator is based on the PO-33 K.O! Micro Sampler. If you're familiar with the PO-33, you may recognise this from the built-in microphone, record button, melodic and drum sample slots. Instead of the TE logo above the screen, the Street Fighter logo takes its place, with the famous move ‘Hadouken!’ etched on the plastic hanger above it. The PO-133 also has some custom icons along the bottom row of buttons.
The two boxers on the screen of the original PO-33 are replaced with characters from Street Fighter – Ryu & Chun-Li. Their health bars become VU meters when a pattern is playing, and they also move with the parameter knobs. The movements of Ryu and Chun Li are controlled by some of the sample slots. As an example - sample slot 16 is loaded with original samples of the characters moves, including ‘Spinning Bird Kick’, ‘Shoryuken’ and of course ‘Hadouken’. When you play the sound, the character executes the move. Simple, but a nice touch! As well as special moves, there’s a selection of punches, kicks, drums, and even samples the fight announcer - ‘You Win!’
The PO-133 Street Fighter come’s pre-programmed with some of best known music from the game. The player select screen, Ryu’s theme, Chun-Li’s theme and the ‘Continue...’ menu music all feature. You can alter, remix and use punch in FX with these patterns. You can also record your own samples and patterns. Memory is limited, so you may need to overwrite the factory content. If you decide you want the original factory content back, all you have to do is perform a reset (put the batteries in whilst holding program + write).
In a nutshell, the PO-133 Street Fighter uses original samples from the game to recreate some of its best known musical themes. It includes whole load of punches, kicks and special moves for you to add to your beats.