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Tekken 7 console characters coming to Fated Retribution this summer

The characters being added to the console version of Tekken 7 will also be included in an update for arcades.

At the end of EVO Japan's Sai tournament, Bandai Namco announced that Miguel, Lee, Kuma, Panda, Eddy and Eliza will all join the regular cast of Tekken 7: Fated Retribution in an update sometime in summer 2017.

This is welcome news after the arcade version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 never received the characters and stages that were added to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox 360 versions of the game.

Readers can check out the announcement, via Flying Wonkey, after the jump.

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Windjammers closed beta coming to PlayStation 4 on June 8

Data East's classic disc-throwing arcade sports title is coming to PlayStation 4, and players can sign up now for a chance to participate in the game's closed beta test.

Windjammers was first announced as a port to PS4 from developer DotEmu back in December 2016, and from June 8-12, 2017, the game will have a closed beta to test its online play and other features. Interested players can register on the game's official website in hopes of being selected.

For more information on the game and its upcoming beta, readers can check out the video featuring Windjammers champion Keikun and WWE's Austin Creed after the jump.

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AfreecaTV & NiceGameTV announce Tekken 7 singles tournament league

South Korea's popular streaming service AfreecaTV will soon begin its inaugural Tekken tournament series featuring the nation's best.


The AfreecaTV Tekken League, with help from NiceGameTV, invited 16 high-level Tekken players including Knee, Qudans, Jeondding, Lowhigh, Kkokkoma to compete for a total prize pot of 6,000,000 won. Unlike NiceGameTV's Tekken Strike, ATL will be a singles tournament instead of a team tournament.

Tekken fans in South Korea can come to the NiceGameTV studio in Seoul, South Korea. Everyone else can tune into Afreeca's international stream for ATL on Fridays (Korean stream here), and this coming Saturday, at 10:00 p.m. PDT. You can check out the schedule in the link above.


King of Fighters XIV coming to Steam on June 15

The King of Fighters XIV will be coming to Steam on June 15, 2017, according to the game's listing on the platform.

This comes shortly after the game's Steam version was announced during a presentation in China on May 9.

Preorders for the title are currently eligible for a 20 percent discount, either for the standard version or a bundle including all the DLC characters. Those who preorder will also gain access to the game's closed beta test, which is currently ongoing.


Senko no Ronde 2 launches into battle on Sept. 7, 2017

The sequel to G.rev's fighter and shmup mash-up is coming to PlayStation 4 and Steam early in September.

The game has launched its official website, which offers more information on the game's story, profiles for the game's four revealed characters and details about upcoming events featuring SnR2. The site also includes specs on the upcoming PS4 version of the game, which will be available in standard, limited and digital versions on release.

Readers can check out some of the first in-game footage in the trailer after the jump. Other footage can be found on the character profile pages.

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Sajam, Tasty Steve to bring players 'The Recipe' on Cross Counter TV

During Wednesday Night Fights on May 17, Sajam and Tasty Steve announced their new show on Cross Counter TV: The Recipe.

Using the same format as Excellent Adventures featuring Gootecks and Mike Ross, the two Steves will venture into online play in games such as Guilty Gear Xrd, Killer Instinct, Injustice 2, the upcoming Tekken 7 and more. They will also open the couch up to guest appearances. 

The first four episodes of the show—featuring Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- and Killer Instinct—are currently available on Cross Counter now, and new episodes will be added every Thursday.


ARMS Direct details upcoming beta, free updates after release

Nintendo's ARMS presentation on May 17 not only included new characters, but also more details about the game before and after its release.

Before its release on June 16, 2017, ARMS will have two weekends where it will undergo a public beta test. Much in the vein of Splatoon's Global Testfire dates, ARMS Global Testpunch will take place on May 26-28 and June 2-4 in North America and allow players to both demo the game and check connection quality with other players.

And while the Testpunch will happen before ARMS is released, once the game comes out Nintendo has announced that the company will be adding stages, characters and arms all as free updates for players.

To get all the new information in video form, readers can check out Nintendo's presentation after the jump.

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Upcoming Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite variants reveal new characters?

A press release touting variant covers of Marvel comics may reveal some characters coming to the upcoming Versus title.

The covers will release in August as part of the company's push for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, and the 20 books receiving variants are revealing. While many of the titles are team-based books such as Avengers, Champions and Defenders which have any number of possible inclusions, solo comics like "Venom," "Black Panther" and "Thanos" seem definitive. Even "Spider-Man/Deadpool" lookss to be more than a hint as to another character that will eventually be playable in MvCI.

While nothing is guaranteed, this hypothesis is further backed up by the variants going to other titles—"Hawkeye," "I Am Groot," "Rocket" and "The Mighty Captain Marvel"—dedicated to characters that have already been confirmed for the game. For now, however, this is merely speculation.


Three new characters leak ahead of ARMS Direct

Just hours before the ARMS Direct presentation by Nintendo on May 17, 2017, a leaked trailer and images revealed three new characters and a team versus mode.

The three new characters are Byte & Barq, Twintelle and Kid Cobra. Byte & Barq is a combination robot policeman and dog, which acts randomly as a third arm; Twintelle uses her hair to fight; and as his name implies Kid Cobra seems to slither like a serpent.

Also revealed was the game's 2v2 mode, in which players are tethered to one another as they fight in the arenas.

Readers can expect more on the characters, modes and more when Nintendo officially reveals the information. ARMS is scheduled for release on June 16, 2017. 


Erika Wagner is another console addition to the playable UNIST cast

There are now two new characters confirmed for the Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] console release.

Images from the new issue of Famitsu have confirmed that Erika Wagner will join Enkidu when the game makes its console debut on PlayStation 3, 4 and Vita on July 20, 2017. The pictures include screens of the character in-game.

According the Under Night wiki, Wagner fights with a sword and the ability to control fire.

The existence of a second console-exclusive character in UNIST was first uncovered in April, when an Amazon Japan product listing included the information.

[update 1:13 p.m. CDTAn earlier version of this story said the magazine was unidentified. IPLAYWINNER has since received confirmation the magazine is Famitsu.


"Road to King of Iron Fist" goes inside 2016's Tekken Tour, debuts May 16

A new documentary filmed during Bandai Namco's Tekken Tour will bring a closer look at the competitive side of Tekken to viewers on May 16.

"Road to King of Iron Fist" shows the journey of Tekken 7 players throughout months of competition leading up to and including the King of Iron Fist 2016 world finals in Tokyo, Japan.

The film was directed and produced by Esteban "The Besteban" Martinez in conjunction with Bandai Namco. According to Martinez, the documentary focuses on the "FGC-event side of the Tekken tour" and is "a great intro for non-Tekken fans."

"Road to King of Iron Fist" will debut on the official Tekken Twitch channel at 6 p.m. PDT (9 p.m. EDT) on May 16, 2017. The film will also be available to Amazon Prime users in the future.


Super Desperation Radio episode 618 archive online

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

BearUNLV joined the show to talk about his work at Smashgg along with his history in the fighting game community. From the Curleh Circuit to Burst League, Bear talked about how Smashgg is helping to give games a higher profile in the FGC and also making the tournament experience easier for players and organizers.

The show also discussed Fable's signing of Kizzie Kay, the upcoming releases of Injustice 2 and Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 and King of Fighters XIV coming to Steam.

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.


AnimEvo adds Hokuto no Ken to its 2017 lineup

AnimEvo has added legendary Arc System Works fighter Hokuto no Ken to its 2017 roster.

The game, which has become known for Toki instant kills and basketball combos, will be played using the arcade version of the game

HnK is the 16th game that will be run at AnimEvo at Evolution 2017 on July 14-16, 2017. It will be joining Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R, Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax Ignition, Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late, Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code, Gundam Extreme Vs Full Boost, Vampire Savior, Nitroplus Blasterz, Chaos Code: New Sign of Catastrophe, Aquapazza, Puyo Puyo Tetris, Arcana Heart 3: Love Max!!!!!, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Koihime Enbu, Yatagarasu and Catherine.

For a recent look at Hokuto no Ken, readers can check out MajinObama's journal from Japan's 2017 HnK national championships.


Stance YRC lets Leo reflect projectiles, attack in Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2

A newly uncovered trick gives Leo a way to attack while still using the properties of stance counter.

According to videos, whenever Leo YRCs or PRCs his counter out of backturn stance the effect stays with him for a short amount of time. This counters any projectile that comes into contact with him, but neither triggers the counter animation nor seems to have any effect on strikes.

Players can check out a couple more example videos after the jump.

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Alex Myers parts ways with Ronin Esports

Alex Myers is longer a part of the Ronin Esports team due the expiration of his contract and his decision to not make a new deal.

Ronin and Myers both confirmed the news early on May 12, with Myers saying, "I want to thank [Ronin] for the opportunities they've given me this year. I wish you the best."

Myers' departure was at first seen as the competitor being released, but Myers himself later clarified the situation saying, "Hey guys, thanks for all the concern, but I'm ok, my contract just expired and I decided not to renew."

Ronin first added Myers to its roster in May 2016, and he was the team's only fighting game player. 


Mr. Freeze, Vixen, Jay Garrick, Grid join Injustice 2 as premier skins

Four more DC characters have been unearthed as part of the Injustice 2 roster thanks to premier skins.

Mr. Freeze, Vixen, Jay Garrick and Grid have all been discovered in the game's assets by players who already have a copy in their hands. While players knew about Reverse Flash, John Stewart and Power Girl because of the game's Ultimate Edition, these skins leave fans wondering how many more characters will be added to the game strictly in the form of skins.

Some images of the characters have been taken down on sites including Twitter and Test Your Might, but Shoryuken still has pictures up at this time.


A quick look at the HDMI digital AV interface mod for CPS2 arcade boards

If you are looking to play Super Street Fighter II Turbo on real arcade hardware and have it on HD displays instead of a CRT, then you might want to look into this new technology.

Finnish developer Markus "marqs" Hiienkari is currently working on a board that's designed to provide digital audio and video output from Capcom's popular CPS2 arcade board through HDMI. Aside from inherent lag in a monitor, this interface only introduces microseconds of latency.

Currently it's in prototype phase so availability might be some time from now. Marqs intends to have this interface support 480p, 720p, 1080p and 1200p resolutions with audio upsampled to 48khz when finalized. Extra features such as scanline support and an on-screen display are being considered.

You can watch the prototype wired to the CPS2 as well as in action by UD-CPS2 and USB Decoder developer undamned after the jump! For those wanting to play fighting games on older consoles with very low latency in HD monitors, you might want to check marqs' popular Open Source Scan Converter.

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Tekken 7 will offer legacy controller support

The upcoming edition of Tekken will allow players to use controllers from the previous PlayStation generation.

Tekken Project leader Katsuhiro Harada confirmed on Twitter that Tekken 7 will offer support for PlayStation 3 sticks, although he has not stated whether it is through the Lab Zero driver or Bandai Namco has created its own method.

Tekken 7 is the latest fighting game—alongside Skullgirls, Street Fighter V, Guilty Gear Xrd and more—to offer support for older controllers, which allows players the ability to play PS4 titles without having to purchase a brand new stick.

Tekken 7 comes home to PlayStation 4 on June 2, 2017. 


Injustice 2's Ultimate content appears in pictures

Injustice 2's Ultimate Edition of the game includes three premium skins and two gear shader packs, and images of this content have arrived online.


NeoGaf has the pictures, including a demon shader that makes Batman look very much like his Beyond counterpart.

Injustice 2's Ultimate Edition will cost players roughly $100 and goes on sale with the other editions of the game on May 16, 2017. While it is assumed that much of this content will be available separately, nothing has been confirmed at this time.


Fable eSports signs Kizzie Kay, Suicune Master

Fable eSports has added two more members to its roster with the signings of Keenan "Kizzie Kay" Kizzie and Christian "Suicune Master" Patierno.

The acquisitions come with Kizzie on a streak of tournament victories, winning both BlazBlue Central Fiction and Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- at Northwest Majors, NorCal Regionals and Texas Showdown in 2017. He has also made high placings at other majors in 2016 and 2017, along with many top three finishes at Wednesday Night Fights in Southern California.

In a statement to IPLAYWINNER, Kizzie said that signing to Fable ended "the first chapter of my journey" in competitive fighting games but that now he wants to work "10 times harder than I did in chapter one" to represent the Fable brand.

Patierno, for his part, is a storied player in the Pokkén scene. He is the 2016 Pokkén Tournament national champion in the Masters Division, won CEO 2016, placed fifth at Evolution 2016 and took fourth at Final Round XX in March 2017. He comes off a second place finish in Pokkén at the recent Dreamhack Austin.

Kizzie and Patierno join Jason "KidViper" Srouji as recent additions to the Fable team.