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King of Iron Fist Tournament 2016 North American Finals set for Nov. 9

San Francisco will play host to the final event in the North America Tekken Tour as the regional King of Iron Fist Tournament 2016 takes place on Nov. 9.

Twenty qualified players will battle for $20,000 in prizes from Bandai Namco Entertainment. For those who have not qualified by the end of the Tekken Tour, there will be a special last chance qualifier on Nov. 8.

The players currently qualified for the event as of Sept. 23, 2016, are: Geese Master, BrawlPro, Mr. Naps, ZTS, [Circa] Anakin, Rip, Kane and [Circa] Speedkicks.

There are only five events left in which players can qualify for the finals, with the remaining spots to be filled during the last chance qualifiers on Nov. 8.

Tickets to the event will go on sale on Oct. 3 and offer spectators exclusive Tekken merchandise, Tekken 7 demo stations and the chance to meet Tekken director Katsuhiro Harada.

For more information on The King of Iron Fist 2016 North American finals, including venues, check out the official Tekken website.


PlayStation Store Flash Sale gives big discounts to fighters

The PlayStation Store is running a short sale with large savings, and several fighting game titles are priced so that players who were only considering a purchase before might be persuaded to spend some cash.

Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- (PS3 and PS4), BlazBlue Chronophantasma Extend (PS4), Skullgirls Encore (PS3), AquaPazza and NitroPlus Blasterz (PS3 and PS4) are all on sale from Sept. 23 at 10:00 a.m. until the same time on Sept. 26. Most of the titles are priced at 60 percent off the retail cost, with Skullsgirl Encore offering savings of up to 80 percent.

There are also plenty of other non-fighting game titles being offered at great prices,. For the full list of games, head to the PlayStation Store.


Guilty Gear -Revelator- Slash Series: Kazunoko vs Kazuki

Mikado arcade and MajinObama presented the newest Slash Series event as Kazunoko's Raven took on Kazuki's Dizzy in a first-to-seven series.

This battle of new additions to -Revelator- is also a competition of former teammates, as Kazunoko and Kazuki combined with Akira's Potemkin to take third place in Guilty Gear XX Accent Core at Super Battle Opera in 2009.

The video features commentary in both Japanese (courtesy of Jonio) and English (provided by MajinObama), with each feed coming from one channel. Check out the video below, and for other videos from one of Japan's top Guilty Gear arcades head to Jonio's YouTube.

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Tekken 7 coming to US Round 1 locations in December 2016

Tekken 7 is coming home to consoles and PC in early 2017, but those players who have a Round 1 near them will get a chance to grind the game a bit earlier.

The bowling and amusement chain has listed T7 as "Coming Soon!" to its host of U.S. stores, with an approximate date of December. The site does not say what version of the game players should expect, but as Bandai Namco has not announced a North American version of Tekken 7 for arcades it seems likely that the release will be the most recent Japanese update of Fated Retribution. 

U.S. Round 1 locations are familiar with the Tekken brand, having used the BanaPassport system for the always-online Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Unlimited and hosting a location test for Tekken 7 during the summer of 2015.


Super Desperation Radio episode 529 archive online

The latest episode of Super Desperation Radio is now available for watching on Team Spooky's YouTube channel.

With Tokyo Game Show in the rearview mirror, SDR talked about the various announcements and information that came out of the event. The cast covered Street Fighter and Tekken, but spent the most time talking about SNK's conference and the future of King of Fighters XIV.

While the future of DLC for KOF is still uncertain, SDR talked about how upcoming costumes and patches could pave the way for new characters in the future.

SDR also spent the last few minutes of the show talking about the history of fighting game streams.

Super Desperation Radio is live every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PDT on Team Spooky, and will be archived at the TS YouTube channel. Classic episodes can still be found on the IPLAYWINNER YouTube.


Killer Instinct version 3.4 released, patch notes available

The newest version of Killer Instinct is now live, and the developers have once again made the change list, and accompanying rationale, public for players to see.

Version 3.4 comes with a lot of changes to KI, but not every character was changed dramatically. While some combatants like Maya received only a few tweaks, others like Eyedol got a laundry list of changes and bug fixes.

For the whole list of changes, head over to Ultra Combo.



Capcom Pro Tour DLC mystery costume revealed, prize pool increased

Capcom has revealed the unknown costume it teased as part of CPT downloadable content during Evolution 2016, and announced that more money has been added to Capcom Cup.

First off, the Pro Tour DLC has allowed Capcom to add almost $90,000 to the Capcom Cup total for an overall prize pool of $342,182. This total reflects that a "minimum of 30% of the revenue will go to the Capcom Cup 2016 prize pool."

Second, the mystery costume has been revealed as a "Japanese warlord costume" for Necalli. Capcom Cup 2015 winner Kazunoko was able to decide which character received a new costume and offer comments on its design. This privilege will also be extended to the winner of Capcom Cup 2016.

For the answers to several other Capcom Pro Tour 2016 DLC questions, head over to the PlayStation Blog.


KOF XIV update coming in October, future DLC plans uncertain

SNK recently held a press event at Tokyo Game Show where King of Fighters XIV Producer Yasuyuki Oda and Neo-G sat down to discuss upcoming plans for KOF and more.

According to Mad Man's Cafe, the current plans include an update to KOF XIV coming in October. This will include some system and netplay tweaks along with a balance update for the game. According to the pair, the hope was to make everything in KOF XIV seem "fun," to "make things as strong as possible and to balance them out afterwards as needed." They agree that perhaps some things like Mamahaha may be too strong, but that they do not want to change the balance of the game much at all.

Oda and NEO-G also talked about future DLC plans for KOF XIV, saying that while they have heard fan response requesting more characters, they have also heard players say that 50 characters is already enough. For now, the team is hoping to add more character costumes and work from there.

The pair also disccused the scrapped plans for Garou 2 and the possibility of another new fighter from SNK. For the full translation, head over to Mad Man's Cafe.


New Zealand company Mighty Ape selling gorilla-themed PS4/PS3/PC arcade stick

The nation of New Zealand joins South Korea and Taiwan as one of the countries to sell unique consumer arcade sticks.

Gorilla Gaming, a gaming peripheral company located Down Under, released the "PRO Arcade Fight Stick" for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC back in August. It has a plastic body different from common competitors like Hori and Mad Catz. Screenshots show that the main panel is slanted and bears the Gorilla Gaming mascot as its stock panel art. Players can swap the art for their own liking with a supplied screwdriver.

The stick out of the box features a lever and buttons from Sanwa Denshi on a Taito Vewlix layout. When it comes to special controls, the stick has turbo, DP/LS/RS switching, PS button, Share/Select, Options/Start, lock button, L3/R3 and a Touch Pad all situated just above the main layout. It also includes a USB cable compartment.

For compatibility, Gorilla Gaming provided a page with the latest firmware version with periodic updates. While it's mainly sold for New Zealand and Australia, seller Mighty Ape can ship the stick to different countries including the United States. If you are looking to get this at a cheaper price, check the Australian listing here.


Evo Japan coming January 2018, more info to be announced

The first-ever Evolution event to take place in Japan will happen early in 2018.

At Tokyo Game Show, a presentation revealed that the show has been scheduled for January of that year, but no other details were made available at the time.

More information will likely be made available when Mark "MarkMan" Julio and Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar make a live TGS appearance with Evo Japan's steering committee chairman Noriyuki "Hameko" Kaneko on Friday, Sept. 16 at 12:15 p.m. JST (8:15 p.m. PDT, 11:15 p.m. EDT on Sept. 15 in the United States).

The event will be streamed by 4Gamer on the site's YouTube channel.


Tekken 7: FR version D09 released with many balance changes

The newest update to Tekken 7: Fated Retribution has launched in arcades, and with it has come a long list of changes.

This list includes alterations not only to individual characters but also to the T7: FR system. Rage now activates at a lower health percentage, and certain movement options like walking or dashing backwards have been made universal.

Avoiding the Puddle's Flying Wonkey has translated the changes, some of which are many and varied for different members of the cast. Check out the changes after the jump, or head over to ATP.

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Bandai Namco teases new Gundam Versus game for the PS4

To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Gundam VS. series and as part of Tokyo Game Show 2016, Bandai Namco Entertainment announces a new entry to the 2v2 arena fighter for the latest PlayStation.

A trailer, found after the jump, shows off many of the series' past entries, including the original Federation vs. Zeon, up to the most recently released Extreme VS. Force on the PlayStation Vita. The teaser ultimately leads to footage of a new game for the PlayStation 4. Notable mobile suits including Gundam Barbatos and Unicorn are shown fighting in newer terrain.

Nothing else was revealed as of the release of the teaser trailer. You can check out the game's website here.

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Super Desperation Radio episode 528 archive online

The latest episode of Super Desperation Radio is now available for watching on Team Spooky's YouTube channel.

SDR celebrated National Video Game Day by talking about some of the worst games they've played! Fighting games, platformers and all of the crummiest titles they can remember were brought up as the crew expounded on the bad experiences they've had in the medium.

The crew also talked about the upcoming Tokyo Game Show, a balance update coming to Mortal Kombat XL, Mair Shiranui joining Dead or Alive and possible game ideas for the future.

Super Desperation Radio is live every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PDT on Team Spooky, and will be archived at the TS YouTube channel. Classic episodes can still be found on the IPLAYWINNER YouTube.


Master Raven, new changes come to Tekken 7: FR on Sept. 15

Master Raven will join Tekken 7: Fated Retribution along with a new wave of balance changes when the new version of the game—version D09—releases in arcades on Sept. 15, 2016.

According to Avoiding the Puddle, the update will also include a new mode AVP writer Flying Wonkey is tentatively referring to as "Item Battle."

The list of upcoming balance changes is not yet available. With Tokyo Game Show starting the day of the update, it will be interesting to see if Bandai Namco will announce a new wave of upcoming content for Tekken 7 or if Master Raven will be the last new character for the time being.


Upcoming Mortal Kombat XL balance patch confirmed

With first the speculation and then the announcement that MKXL is coming to Steam, Mortal Kombat players have been hoping that a new balance patch could be rolled out along with the title.

That hope has been made a reality as series creator Ed Boon tweeted on Sept. 9 that NetherRealm Studios is readying a new series of gameplay tweaks, which the company hopes to have ready by Steam release.

This should come as welcome news to players who have been hoping for various nerfs to Alien along with changes to other characters in the cast.

Mortal Kombat XL arrives for Steam on Oct. 4, 2016.


BlazBlue Central Fiction demo menu translations by Kurushii

The BBCF demo is available now to those players who digitally preorder the Japanese version of the game on PlayStation 4. As this group of players includes many English speakers who have little to no understanding of the Japanese language, Kurushii has created a translation guide.

The public Google Document has a breakdown of every menu and sub-menu in the demo, even making sure to underline the choice that is the default for each list of options. The translations should help players avoid a lot of trial and error as they start practicing the new title in anticipation of its early October release.


Revised DualShock 4 controller supporting direct USB connection intended to minimize latency

The recent PlayStation Meeting at New York City not only showed off the Slim and Pro versions of the PlayStation 4, it also revealed how the DualShock 4 gets something neat in its upcoming revised model.

The new version of the DS4 controller is similar to its prior build but allows support for direct connection through a micro USB cable. While the previous model allowed USB connectivity, it only powered the controller with inputs communicating through Bluetooth. With tests of the original DS4, reports suggest that input latency increases when more controllers are connected nearby.

Mark Cerny, lead architect of the PS4 and PS4 Pro, detailed in a video after the jump that direct connection is intended to have "absolute minimum latency" and will be for those who play fighting games.

With the new DualShock 4 coming on Sep. 15, 2016 alongside the PS4 Slim, the controller will need to be tested to see if it can run just as fine, if not better, than its predecessor.

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BlazBlue Central Fiction demo launched on Japanese PSN

With no announcement or fanfare, Arc System Works has a released a demo of BBCF to the PlayStation Store in Japan.

Much like the -Revelator- preview that preceded the release of the new Guilty Gear title, the Central Fiction demo is only available to players who preorder the digital release of BBCF on PlayStation 4 and includes no new console characters. 

What is different, however, is that the BBCF demo will include a preview of the game's netplay features during the weekend of Sept. 9-11, 2016.

There is currently no word as to whether North America or Europe will receive the demo. BlazBlue Central Fiction releases in Japan on Oct. 6, 2016.


Japanese players rank Tekken 7: FR characters in new tier lists

Avoiding the Puddle's Flying Wonkey has collected character rankings from three high-level Japanese players who recently gave their thoughts on Tekken 7: Fated Retribution.

RAGE, AO and Tsubumi have surprisingly similar lists at the top and bottom tiers, with Hwoarang and Steve sitting ahead of the pack while Gigas and Lucky Chloe lag behind. What's also interesting is that both AO and Tsubumi place Akuma in A tier while RAGE does not even place the character at all.

For all three complete lists, head over to Avoiding the Puddle.



Super Desperation Radio episode 527 archive online

The latest episode of Super Desperation Radio is now available for watching on Team Spooky's YouTube channel.

Birds and commentary gaffes were the main topics of this week's SDR as the crew talked about the recent King of Fighters XIV events. The cast brought up the recent calls to nerf or ban Nakoruru and how the balance of the game can be affected by patches. They also discussed trendy, loaded fighting game terms and how they can hurt a production or the game itself.

Meanwhile, Hellpockets ran a KOF XIV lobby where Honzo Gonzo was playing any and all opponents.

Super Desperation Radio is live every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PDT on Team Spooky, and will be archived at the TS YouTube channel. Classic episodes can still be found on the IPLAYWINNER YouTube.