A programmer that goes by the name Gizaha on the Zeldix forums has discovered a cheat code to unlock the hidden boss Shin Akuma as a playable character in the Super Nintendo version of Street Fighter Alpha 2. Street Fighter Alpha 2 released in 1996 and was the first game to contain the Shin Akuma form of the demon character Akuma.
The code, which has been verified by EventHub reporter, Dakota Hills, requires the player to complete Street Fighter Alpha 2’s Arcade Mode with a new high score. At this point, they need to enter the initials KAJ, return to the title screen, and hold down the L, X, Y and Start buttons on a controller in the second player slot while the first player controller is used to navigate to the game’s versus mode. At this point, either player can use the newly unlocked Shin Akuma by holding the start button while selecting Akuma. If everything was done correctly, Akuma’s gi will turn purple.
Gizaha claims that the method was discovered while they were attempting to reverse engineer the nearly twenty-five-year-old game.
Akuma has been unlockable through various methods throughout Street Fighter’s long legacy. The character has even crossed over into other franchises like Tekken. As for the Shin Akuma form in particular, there have been a variety of ways to unlock the character.
The Street Fighter Alpha series is included in the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.