Street Fighter pro Justin Wong discusses the Daigo Parry, 37 Reloaded, and more

Ten years ago, the Daigo Parry happened. This past weekend, the fighting game community celebrated. Before that, Justin Wong spoke to our own Sam Leichtamer about Evo Moment 37, 37 Reloaded, and everything in-between.


Last weekend was a moment of celebration for fighting game players and fans of all stripes. It marked ten years since Evo Moment 37, better known to many as the "Daigo Parry." To celebrate, the folks at Super Arcade and Level|Up organized a special anniversary tournament that included an exhibition between the two players that helped make the moment happen: Justin Wong and Daigo Umehara.

For those unfamiliar with the unforgettable sequence, Wong and Umehara faced off in the latter stages of a Street Fighter III: Third Strike tournament (not in Grand Finals, as is a popular misconception), with Daigo down to a sliver of health. Justin went in for the kill with Chun-Li's 'Houyoku Sen' Super Art move, but Daigo parried every single one of the nine strikes, taking no damage and going on to win the match. It is a legendary moment and one that even non-fighting game fans have come to recognize and appreciate.

Prior to the long-awaited rematch, Justin Wong took a moment to talk to our own Sam Leichtamer. Among the topics discussed are the lead-up to 37 Reloaded, how Moment 37 changed fighting games, Justin's mindset at the moment of the Daigo Parry, how he continued on as a competitor, and how Twitch has changed competitive gaming.

For those curious as to how the rematch went down, visit the Super Arcade Twitch stream of the event. And indeed, just as Justin told Sam, he did set the stage for the Daigo Parry one more time.

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    November 25, 2014 12:15 PM

    Ozzie Mejia posted a new article, Street Fighter pro Justin Wong discusses the Daigo Parry, 37 Reloaded, and more

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      November 25, 2014 12:16 PM

      I love that Daigo did it 10 years ago (for real in a tournament game) and did it again in a show match with Justin.

      It's so nice to see how those two still continue to be good guys, involved in the community, and still at the top of their respective games.

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      November 25, 2014 1:00 PM

      Good interview, Sam.

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      November 25, 2014 1:00 PM

      good article, but the super is 17 hits to parry, not 9. makes it that much more impressive.

      /nerd nitpick.

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        November 25, 2014 5:03 PM

        How did they come up with 9, anyway- just looking at the classic video, it looks like 14 from the super and 3 more in the rest of the combo.

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      November 25, 2014 1:04 PM

      Thanks everyone! Sorry couldn't get this out in the wild earlier, but happy it happened none the less. I'll also be doing more FGC related things in the near future :)

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        November 26, 2014 6:17 AM

        No worries. Good shit Sam!

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      November 25, 2014 2:39 PM

      Cool stuff!

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      November 25, 2014 5:21 PM

      bump for late nighters. good content. PS. Dreamhack Winter is this weekend.

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      November 26, 2014 7:02 AM

      Do the best players all play on xbox360/one?

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