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Wednesday
Aug152018

Samducksa experimenting with Cherry MX switch-capable pushbuttons

Photo by Yo-o, SamducksaSouth Korea's major arcade parts manufacturer Samducksa (aka Crown) is joining the trend of others who have arcade pushbuttons capable of accepting Cherry MX mechanical switches.

Samducksa employee Yo-o posted on Korean community forum Ruliweb showing off buttons, similar to their SDB-201 line, utilizing Cherry MX switches. This is different from Samducka's usual use of Futaba MA Clicky switches for some of the company's popular buttons. Featured switches from Cherry include the popular linear-based red; tactile and clicky blue; and the recent silver models.

Along with the Cherry MX switches themselves, the button also uses adapters and other pieces for them to properly work. For those who like LEDs, one of the mounting pieces allows for easy clearance for LED controllers to connect to.

Yo-o stated that while Futaba switches found on the SDB-201 were designed to compete with the Cherry MX switches, this project's aim is to provide more options for players.

Other companies have provided many different ways to introduce Cherry MX switches to pushbuttons. Gamer Finger introduced the tech in its proprietary HBFS button family; Paradise Arcade Shop introduced drop in kits for Sanwa Denshi OBSF-30 buttons as part of the OBS-MX line; and Razer will be introducing its own mechanical switches, based on the Cherry MX switches, to buttons found on the upcoming Panthera Evo arcade stick.

While there is no date, it's planned to release in the coming future.

Wednesday
Aug152018

Soul Calibur VI producer talks about competitive balance, the future

Soul Calibur veteran Kayane interviewed SCVI producer Motohiro Okubo during Evo 2018 and came away with a lot of information that diehard players have been wanting to know about the game.

In the 15-minute interview, Okubo answers questions about the game's balance and how it could change after release, his Evo experience, the possibility of a demo or online beta for Soul Calibur VI, the possible esports future of the game and more.

Readers can check out the interview after the jump or head to Kayane's YouTube channel for more Soul Calibur VI content.

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Monday
Aug132018

Seventeenth edition of 3rd Strike's largest team tournament Cooperation Cup dated for early January 2019

The annual Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike 5v5 team tournament in Japan will return with a new edition next year. If you and your friends are looking to visit Japan for the weekend to participate, here are the dates.

Cooperation Cup Vol. 17 has been set for Jan. 5-6, 2019, and would take place in Hulic Hall Asakusabashi at Tokyo's Taito district, same as Vol. 16 earlier this year.

Expect Jan. 5 to be dedicated to Pre-Cooperation Cup, where five-player same-character teams will compete. The next day will be the actual Cooperation Cup tournament itself. While Coop Cup brings out a variety of players from Japan, it also gets foreign players from all over the world to participate as well.

Cooperation Cup 17 was announced during Game Newton's 3rd Maniax -Natsu no Jin- 2018 team tournament in Akihabara's e-Sports Square. Winners from 3rd Maniax -Natsu no Jin- 2018 will be presented with a special recommendation frame at Cooperation Cup Vol. 17.

As 2019 gets closer, more info will be available. Make sure to check out the official Cooperation Cup website for news as well as the opportunity to register for the longest running 3rd Strike tournament to date. For now, check out the archive to Cooperation Cup Vol. 16 in its entirety after the jump!

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Sunday
Aug122018

Yatagarasu update still on the way, three new characters planned

It has been more than a year since players first heard about a new upgrade coming to the arcade version of Yatagarasu, but a recent story on 4Gamer confirms that the project is still very much alive and coming in the future.

Entitled "Enter the Eastward," the new version of the game will include three new characters as well as balance changes. The first new character, Wagui, was revealed previously but the other two additions are male and female characters still shrouded in mystery.

There is still currently no release date for the game's upcoming revision, but voices for the new characters were recorded in July 2018 so hopefully that means more information will be forthcoming sooner than later.

Wednesday
Aug082018

Vampires, Kongs beware: Belmonts, King K. Rool join Smash Ultimate

During the Nintendo Direct on Aug. 8, the company revealed four new characters coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

The rumors were, in fact, more than just rumors: Simon Belmont will make his Smash Bros. debut in the next version of the game, along with Richter Belmont as an Echo Fighter. He is joined by King K. Rool, the nemesis of the Kongs in the Donkey Kong Country series who will also make his debut in Smash Ultimate.

In addition to these two brand-new characters, Nintendo also revealed two more Echo Fighters in the form of Dark Samus and Crom (who is based on Roy).

Readers can check out the trailers for the Belmonts and King K. Rool after the jump. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launches for the Nintendo Switch on Dec. 7, 2018.

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Tuesday
Aug072018

Is Simon Belmont joining the cast of Smash Ultimate?

Nintendo has scheduled a special Nintendo Direct for Aug. 8, but it's possible the company may have let one piece of information slip before the big announcement.

On Nintendo's YouTube channel, many of the songs in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate have been uploaded so that players can listen to the music using links from the game's official website.

One of those, a Galaga medley, temporarily had its name changed to "Bloody Tears/Monster Dance" before being reverted to its original name. Those two tracks are part of the soundtracks in Castlevania 1 and 2, respectively.

What this could mean is that Simon Belmont is finally joining Smash Bros. after years of fan request. However, at this point it's impossible to know for sure.

Fans will find out either way during the Nintendo Direct on Aug. 8 at 7 a.m. PDT (10 a.m. EDT) as the company reveals more about the upcoming entry in the Smash Bros. series. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will release for Nintendo Switch on Dec. 7, 2018.

Tuesday
Aug072018

New patch brings big changes, Goku, Vegeta to Dragon Ball FighterZ

The newest patch for Dragon Ball FighterZ is live, and it has brought a sizable list of alterations to the game through new options and balance tweaks.

On the side of the game itself, Training Mode has received several new functions including the ability to have a set Ginyu Force assist for Captain Ginyu or power level for Adult Gohan as well as dummy recording slots so players can test setups and scenarios.

In terms of balance, the new patch has the potential to change how players look at many members of the cast. Clearly strong characters such as Cell and Kid Buu received nerfs to the speed of their normal attacks and both lost the ability to cross opposing players up with aerial special moves, while other fighters such as Tien, Captain Ginyu and Nappa all gained improvements.

The patch notes are currently only available in Japanese, but GREATFERNMAN has been translating the patch notes at Evernote.

In addition, the newest DLC characters Goku and Vegeta are now available in Europe and they should release for players in North America sometime on Aug. 8.

Tuesday
Aug072018

Arika's upcoming Fighting EX Layer plans: Terry Bogard, Area, Sharon

In a special trailer debuted during Evo 2018, Arika gave fans of Fighting EX Layer more of what they have wanted along with a surprise they couldn't have known was coming.

First, the company showed more footage of the previously announced Pullum Purna and Vulcano Rosso and announced they would be available either at the end of August 2018 or the beginning of September. Then the surprises started.

Arika revealed that an arcade version of FEXL will be forthcoming, and that it will be playable at certain arcades in North America. The company then revealed that Fatal Fury's Terry Bogard will be joining the cast in the future, along with glimpses of more returning Street Fighter EX characters in the forms of Area and Sharon.

Readers can check out the trailer after the jump. Arika did not have any details on when players should expect the arcade version or new characters at this time.

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Tuesday
Aug072018

Ice to see you: Cooler coming to Dragon Ball FighterZ

One of the last two DLC characters from the first season of Dragon Ball FighterZ content has been officially revealed.

Cooler comes to DBFZ fighting in his final form, complete with mask, and looks to focus more on brute strength than projectiles like his brother. Cooler has his Nova Chariot and Supernova attacks as super moves.

With Cooler's addition, the only remaining character coming to DBFZ's first season of content appears to be Android 17.

Readers can check out the trailer from Evo 2018 featuring Cooler after the jump. There are currently no details on a release date for him at this time.

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Tuesday
Aug072018

Sagat, G now available in Street Fighter V

The last two characters of Street Fighter V's third season are now available for players.

G is an online content producer who considers himself "President of the World" and utilizes a special, three-leveled Presidentiality meter that will buff his attacks. However, getting knocked down will reduce the meter, so G has to be careful. His V-Skill is G Barrier, a force field which launches opponents into the air and absorbs projectiles, and his V-Triggers are Maximum President and Dangerous President.

Maximum President sets G's Presidentiality to level three, allows him to use G Barrier as a projectile and gives him the ability to cancel special moves into one another. Dangerous President gives him two new moves: G Explosion, a move that can be cancelled into from any other special and launches the opponent into the air, and the G Rage command grab.

G is joined in the update by Sagat, a longtime fan-favorite character in the Street Fighter series. No longer part of Shadaloo, Sagat's only desire is a rematch with Ryu when both are fighting at the highest level. Sagat retains his classic move set in SFV, with Angry Charge now being his V-Skill.

His first V-Trigger is Tiger Charge, which grants him the use of the special Tiger Cannon projectile and creates for strong control and combo potential. The second, Tiger Assault, gives him the armored Tiger Spike which can be charged to break an opponent's guard and Tiger Rush, an enhanced version of Tiger Knee Crush.

Both G and Sagat will cost players 100,000 Fight Money or $5.99 each. Readers can check out their trailers after the jump.

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Monday
Aug062018

Bandai Namco updating Tekken 7 with Season 2 DLC, adds new gameplay, Anna Williams, Lei Wulong and Negan from The Walking Dead

While it seems that rumors of a second season of downloadable content for Tekken 7 were true, Bandai Namco still managed to throw players a curve ball with the announcement.

After Tekken 7's finals during Evo 2018, the company revealed that the game will be getting a second season of content along with a game-system overhaul that will include new Rage Drives and wall bounce moves. There will also be six new characters, including returning fighters Anna Williams and Lei Wulong.

However, the most surprising announcement was that a third new fighter will be the villain Negan from The Walking Dead. A maniac with a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire, Negan seems an odd choice and it will be interesting to see how Bandai Namco fits him into the world of Tekken.

The identities of the other three characters, or other details on Season 2 or its Season Pass, are not available at this time. Readers can check out the first Season 2 trailer after the jump.

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Monday
Aug062018

Astaroth, Seong Mi-Na return in Soul Calibur VI

During Sunday finals at Evo 2018, Namco Bandai revealed two more returning characters for Soul Calibur VI.

The axe-wielding golem, Astaroth, and master of the naginata, Seong Mi-Na, will both be part of the cast when the game releases in October 2018. As with other characters in the Soul Calibur series, both Astaroth and Seong Mi-Na return with many of their classic moves, as well as additional twists given SCVI's new system mechanics.

Readers can check out the trailer after the jump. Soul Calibur VI launches on Oct. 19, 2018, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam.

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Monday
Aug062018

Arc System Works announces ArcRevo World Tour

The makers of Guilty Gear and BlazBlue have announced a new circuit of events that will put more than $100,00 into the pockets of players.

ArcRevo World Tour will see players competing for cash prizes in BlazBlue Central Fiction, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle and Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 at tournaments across the globe. The action will start in the fall of 2018 and run for one year, culminating in the finals at ArcRevo America 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

So far 10 events have been named as ArcRevo qualifiers—Evo, Frosty Faustings, CEO and Texas Showdown in the U.S.; Revolution, Brussels Challenge and Headstomper in Europe; ArcRevo Japan and Evo Japan; and South East Asia Major—with more to be announced.

For more information on the ArcRevo World Tour, readers can check out the series' official website and watch the trailer after the jump.

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Wednesday
Aug012018

Fighting EX Layer sees price drop as part of Evo sale

To celebrate the game's side tournament at Evolution 2018, Fighting EX Layer will be on sale for half of August.

From Aug. 2-14 (Aug. 15 in Japan and Asia), both the Light and Standard versions of the game will be marked off 10 percent for buyers who do not have PlayStation Plus.

For those that do, however, the discount will be much greater, as the Light version will see a 44 percent discount while the standard version is marked down by 34 percent.

This sale will affect the North America, Japan and Asia regions, with a sale for Europe still to be decided. Evolution 2018 takes place at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Aug. 3-5.

Wednesday
Aug012018

New Dead or Alive 6 trailer introduces Diego, returning Rig

A new brawling character has been added to the cast of Dead or Alive 6.

Diego is a street fighter from New York who focuses on less flashy attacks such as tackles and headbutts to wear his opponents down. He is joined in the video by Rig, who returns from his debut in DOA5. 

With these two characters, the current roster of DOA6 sits at eight as they join Kasumi, Ryu Hayabusa, Helena Douglas, Hayate, Zack and Jann Lee.

Readers can check out the reveal trailer, courtesy of IGN, after the jump. Dead or Alive 6 will release for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC sometime in 2019 and will be first be playable by the public at Evolution 2018 on Aug. 3-4 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Tuesday
Jul312018

Arc System Works reveals gameplay details for Kill la Kill: IF

The upcoming 3-D battle action game based on Studio Trigger's famous property has had its combat fleshed out in a new posting by developer Arc System Works.

For starters, there will be no complex motions required for attacks as the controls will instead focus on simply pressing a button along with different directions. These moves will work with the game's rock-paper-scissors-style of determining which attack lands, although the ability to evade those strikes will add more complexity.

In addition, the game will also feature the "Ketsui Burst" system that seeks to recreate intense scenes of dialogue during fights in the anime. On a successful burst, both players will be taken into a minigame where they have to choose dialogue from their character. If the player who burst wins the minigame, their character will move up in Ketsui level, gaining powered-up moves. When the character reaches the highest Ketsui level, they will be able to use a deadly blow named the "Seni Soushitsu Ougi."

Kill la Kill: IF is scheduled for release on PlayStation 4 and PC sometime in 2019.

Sunday
Jul292018

Collaborative FGC merchandise offering announced for Evo 2018

Several different groups and streamers within the fighting game community are teaming together to bring special apparel to Evolution 2018.

Team Spooky, ten/o, Sajam, Combo Queens, Brokentier, Jiyuna, Avoiding the Puddle and MarkMan will be selling exclusive hats and shirts at the event, some with brand-new designs and others with a fresh take on a classic image. There will even be an official "Don't ask me for sh!t" shirt featuring the face of Tekken Team's Katsuhiro Harada.

All the merchandise will be available at the ten/o booth during Friday and Saturday at Evo, with a special meet and greet with Aris of Avoiding the Puddle and MarkMan at 10 a.m. on Aug. 4.

Evolution 2018 takes place Aug. 3-5 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

(IPLAYWINNER is a partner company of ten/o LLC)

Thursday
Jul262018

Fighting EX Layer version 1.0.7 adds Arcade Mode, small fixes

Arika's newest fighter has been updated again, this time bringing a new mode and a couple small performance fixes to consumers.

The primary change in version 1.0.7 is the addition of Arcade Mode, which will allow players to fight against CPU opponents across seven stages.

The other changes include players returning to whatever mode they were previously playing after a Ranked Match instead of the main menu, and a reduction in the game's stuttering while searching for Ranked Matches.

Wednesday
Jul252018

Dragon Radar event schedule unveiled for DBFZ World Tour

The online events that will send a player on a paid trip to the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour Saga event of their choice have been detailed.

Level Up, in conjunction with Bandai Namco, has announced 10 events that will give players from different regions the chance to earn Saga entry. These competitions will be held on PlayStation 4.

Each event will limit entry to specific parts of countries and continents, and players will have to make they can adhere to Level Up's online tournament standards.

For complete details on the Dragon Radar series or to register for competition, players can head to Smashgg.

Tuesday
Jul242018

Bandai Namco releases DBFZ trailers for Goku, Vegeta 

The introductory videos for the next two Dragon Ball FighterZ DLC characters have been released.

Much like the other trailers for DBFZ characters, the short videos last less than a minute and mostly feature highlights of special moves and supers in action. As revealed by V-Jump, Goku will have his Kaioken technique and Super Spirit Bomb while Vegeta has Galick Gun and Galaxy Breaker.

Readers can check out the trailers after the jump. Goku and Vegeta are due to release sometime in early August 2018.

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