Up until Street Fighter II, you couldn’t really name any kickass females in gaming. Well, besides Samus Aran in Metroid, but you only found that out at the end of the game! Princess Peach? She was always getting kidnapped by Bowser. “Kidnapped”. Right.
There was that one cyborg female in the Guardian Legend, but other than that, I can’t really think of kickass females in gaming from the cartridge era.
So, Capcom, thanks for giving us these kickass girls.