I originally posted this in /r/ps4 since the game is coming out for Playstation 4 today, but it will likely be useful for anyone who is interested in learning more about Street Fighter.
Street Fighter is hard. If you think you’ll be able to jump right into ranked and start winning matches, you’re going to likely be in for a rude awakening. It’s a harsh game that doesn’t do a lot of hand-holding and expects the players to learn most of the game on their own. However, there are many online resources for players just starting out as well as for veterans of the series. I’ve been playing Street Fighter for about 20 years and have participated in tournaments for about 12 years, and I still use all of the resources here on a regular basis to help me improve at the game.
From Masher to Master: The Educated Video Game Enthusiast’s Fighting Game Primer – The best starting resource for anyone who wants to learn the game from the ground up, written by Shoryuken contributor and redditor /u/pattheflip. If you don’t think you have the time to read a 135 page book, then unfortunately I have to let you know that Street Fighter may not be the game for you. Yes, that’s right. In order to have a fighting chance in this game, I am recommending you start by reading a book. Like Chess, Street Fighter players do as much reading about the game as they do playing it.
Basic Street Fighter Notation – Provides notations for the control scheme, what different buttons do, and how to perform different motions
Shoryuken’s Fighting Game Glossary – explains much of the jargon surrounding the fighting game genre
Sonic Hurricane’s Footsies Handbook – A great 10+ part look at “footsies” written by Maj; “Footsies” is oldschool slang for the mid-range ground-based aspect of fighting game strategy. The ultimate goal is to control the flow of the match, bait the opponent into committing errors, and punish everything.”
/r/streetfighter – Main subreddit for the game; recently replaced /r/sf4 since the announcement of Street Fighter V
/r/fighters – More general fighting game information and news
Shoryuken – The biggest and oldest Street Fighter website; has character discussions, guides, a great wiki, news, and forums
Capcom Unity – Official message board for Street Fighter
Capcom Pro Tour – Official site for the year-long tournament series that has $500k on the line spread out over various tournaments across the world, culminating in the Capcom Cup Finals which people have to qualify for by winning Premier events and/or gaining ranking points through Ranking events
Capcom Fighters – Official YouTube channel for Street Fighter; most Capcom Pro Tour matches are uploaded here
Playing to Win– Controversial 30+ part series written by former top player David Sirlin that explains the mindset of a Street Fighter player who plays solely to win