Balrog, Blanka, Cammy, E. Honda and Vega all made their first Alpha series appearance. All characters from Alpha and Alpha 2 returned. Cody, Juli, Juni, Karin and R. Mika are new characters to the Street Fighter series.
Balrog, Juli and Juni are secret characters, that are only unlocked after a certain amount of play time in the arcade version. They do not have their own icons or stages, instead sharing M. Bison's.