Colleagues Kenneth and Marcus bought these Street Fighter keychains. They look like miniature joysticks and play sound effects from Street Fighter 4 when pressed. Unlike other similar keychains, which normally only play one sound, each of the these play all the sound effects from a particular character. What’s really unique though is that you actually have to input the correct button sequence from the game with the tiny joystick to activate the different sounds.
The keychains are officially licensed Capcom products. There are a total of 7 different designs. My colleagues bought these Ken and Chun-Li versions from Playasia. The prices vary for individual characters, with versions of more popular characters like Ryu selling for nearly double. There’s a promo going on at Playasia now so the keychains are discounted by up to half price. As usual shipping is also free without any minimum order.
Apart from the different sound effects and a printing of the character’s name on the joystick, each of the them are physically identical. It would have been nice to have a picture of the character on the keychain. I found them to be rather large for use as an actual keychain or cellphone strap. They make great novelty gifts though.
The packaging comes with a list of commands to activate the different sound effects for that particular character. I’m a horrible player but I managed to activate most of the sounds after a few tries. Regardless of how hard I tried though, I still couldn’t get the Forward, Down, Diagonal or double Back, Forward commands to work. For this reason, I would recommend getting only characters with sweeping directional commands.
Here’s a quick video of in case you want to see how it works.
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