As a belated birthday gift, my wife gets me a copy of Street Fighter IV, and the collector's edition, no less! I was interesting in just the game, so I was pleasantly surprised by the extra goodies!
As to whether or not my skill level has improved since I got the game? I still get my ass whooped by the CPU on the easiest setting. And I got a sore thumb to prove it. I've still yet to try my hand at battling other people online, but best to practice up and at least give some strangers a run for their money.