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German election rivals battle it out in Street Fighter parody

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By Euronews
German election rivals battle it out in Street Fighter parody
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German voters don’t have to wait until Sunday to see candidates of the federal election battle it out after a parody of the classic Street Fighter game was given a political remake.

The new game, Bundles Fighter II Turbo, lets players become their favorite politician, fighting off their competitors with special moves across a variety of locations in Germany.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is seeking her fourth term in office, attacks her opponents with the “Kohl-Drop,” while Martin Schulz, the leader of the Social Democrat Party and former president of the European Parliament, unleashes the “Schulzzug” on his rivals.

Meanwhile, Christian Linder, chairman of the liberal Free Democratic Party (FDP), uses the “Selfie Stick Jab” to fight his way to victory.

Other politicians seen in the game, developed by joint venture company Funk, include the Green Party’s co-leaders Katrin Göring-Eckardt and Anton Hofreit, who can only fight themselves.

With polls predicting a comfortable victory for Merkel ahead of Sunday’s vote, it remains to be seen if any special moves could save her real-life competitors from defeat.