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King of Fighters '94 launches Arcade Archives series on PS4 in Japan

The first game in the King of Fighters series will be available on the Japanese PlayStation 4 users on Oct. 27 and begins a new series of releases from SNK titled Neo Geo Arcade Archives.

King of Fighters '94 is a digital release and will cost players 823 yen (roughly eight U.S. dollars). It will be followed by Fatal Fury, Metal Slug, Samurai Showdown and Alpha Mission 2.

There are no details as to whether there will be any differences made to the PlayStation 4 versions of the titles, or if they will be similar to previous PlayStation 3 digital releases. 


Blade Arcus, Koihime Enbu discounted as part of Degica Games sale

Degica Games has announced a weekend Steam sale offering discounts on many of its titles including fighting games Blade Arcus from Shining: Battle Arena and Koihime Enbu.

Blade Arcus is discounted 35 percent, to $19.49, and Koihime Enbu has been cut to 50 percent of its original cost at $19.99.

The Degica Games sale lasts until Oct. 24 and also includes many other titles. Check out the full list of sales at Steam.


Corrections made to King of Fighters XIV English patch notes

Since the English translations to KOF XIV version 1.03 were released early on Oct. 19, some players have noticed inconsistencies with the original Japanese patch notes.

Reacting to that information, SNK has revised the English notes hoping to remove any mistranslations. The patch notes can be found on the SNK website.


SNK unveils exclusive King of Fighters XIV shirts

In addition to presenting the upcoming KOF World Championship, SNK has decided to support the fighting game community by creating a line of shirts that will be offered as prizes in upcoming tournaments.

SNK has created 15 shirt designs, each reflecting a different member of the KOF XIV cast, with a mix of both new and returning characters. 

There are no details at the moment as to when SNK will begin to offer these shirts and whether they will be only given to winners, or distributed to other high-placing players as well.


King of Fighters XIV update coming Oct. 18

SNK has revealed that the balance patch for KOF XIV will be releasing on Oct. 18, 2016 at 6 p.m. PDT. 

No details of the patch have yet been revealed, but the official SNK Twitter account gave players a hint about at least one change by attaching a picture showing Nakoruru's bird Mamahaha clashing with Ryo's fireball.

This will be KOF XIV's first major balance change, following a day one patch.

Update: SNK has posted the patch notes in Japanese on its website.

Update 2: The English patch notes are now available.


Sanwa sponsors King of Fighters player M'

Sanwa Denshi recently announced its sponsorship of longtime King of Fighters player M'.

The deal is the first direct sponsorship of a fighting game player by the company, which is known for its high-quality parts used in arcade cabinets and fight sticks.

The move represents the entrance of a second peripheral maker into the arena of supporting players, as Sanwa joins Hori in having a contracted player under its name.

M's first event as part of Sanwa was at Toushinsai 2016.


Super Desperation Radio episode 533 archive online

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

Rynge joined SDR to talk about the recent SoCal Regionals 2016 and the highs and lows of the event. The conversation started with commentary during the Killer Instinct finals and wound through every aspect of SCR, all the way to the organization of and complaints surrounding the Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- tournament.

Rynge and Giby were at the event and provided an eye-witness account, pulling back the curtain on how the event ran for staff, spectators and players.

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.


Toushinsai reveals The King of Fighters XIV for arcades, PC version of Street Fighter V coming to arcades and more

The inaugural Japanese arcade tournament Toushinsai brought about some big news for fighting games.

FK Digital's Chaos Code: New Sign of Catastrophe will finally be getting its PlayStation 4 release in November 2016. They also revealed that FK will follow up with a second expansion in 2017 that will run on full 16:9 widescreen.

Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel will be updated to version 1.08 on Oct. 27, 2016. Whether it will apply to the arcade version or will be featured on consoles as well is still to be determined.

Capcom will be bringing Street Fighter V to arcades in the near future in the form of the the PC version. Details will be clarified at a later time.

For Taito, the company announced NESiCAxLive 2, its follow-up arcade digital content platform. Companies such as Arc System Works, Examu, FK Digital and French Bread have pledged support for the system. SNK will also take part by announcing that The King of Fighters XIV will be coming to Japanese arcades through this platform.

You can check the announcements towards the end of the Twitch archive here.


Master Raven combo exhibition by STL

Japanese combo maker STL has produced a new video focusing on one of the new entrants in Tekken 7: Fated Retribution.

Using a variety of starters, Rage Art and Rage Drive, STL shows off five and a half minutes of Master Raven combos. The video shows off long-distance wall carry, interesting sid-switch opportunities and even just how many jumping knees the character can fit into one juggle.

Check out the footage after the jump.

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Scizor joins Pokkén Tournament arcade

The newest addition to the arcade version of Pokkén Tournament has been revealed as Scizor (Japanese name: Hassam).

The announcement was made Oct. 13, more than a week after rumors—and datamining—had presupposed that the new character would be either Empoleon or Scizor. Players can check out the Scizor trailer after the jump.

There has been no indication as to whether the Wii U version of Pokkén Tournament will be updated to include Scizor or Darkrai, another arcade-only character.

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Killer Instinct version 3.4.2 removes dash bug, other issues

Killer Instinct has received a new patch dedicated to fixing several bugs that have become apparent since the game's big update on Sept. 19.

One big change corrects the problem of players getting forward dashes when they wanted back dashes after getting up from a knockdown. There are also other small adjustments to fix certain characters having their inputs accidentally reversed, and backend changes to Shadow Lords.

Check out the complete list of improvements after the jump.

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Samitto faces TopGaren in next -Revelator- Slash Series event

Japan's Mikado arcade and MajinObama present the next Slash Series event as Samitto's Chipp takes on TopGaren's Zato in a first-to-seven series.

The exhibition will take place on Oct. 14 in Japan and will offer commentary in both Japanese (courtesy of Jonio) and English (provided by MajinObama), with each feed coming from one channel.

An "Evo 2016 grudge match," the set will take place at 8 p.m. Japan Standard Time (4 a.m PDT, 7 a.m EDT), with streaming on Jonio's Twitch channel.


Super Desperation Radio episode 532 archive online

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

The first online King of Fighters XIV tournament presented by SDR was a success and Hellpockets, Walkman and Giby talked about the event. Despite one or two small hiccups, the stream and tournament were run smoothly and SDR talked about planning to do more events in the future.

The crew also talked about players claiming they "have to" play a certain game as opposed to others, as well as news topics including the upcoming King of Fighters XIV World Championship, Susano'o in BlazBlue Central Fiction and Miguel returning to Tekken 7.

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.


Miguel is coming back in Tekken 7

During Barcelona Games Weekend, Bandai Namco revealed that Miguel Caballero Rojo will be making his return in Tekken 7.

Miguel first debuted in Tekken 6, but it was unknown if the Spaniard would make an appearance in T7 because some of the new characters share similar moves.

Tekken 7 will be coming to home consoles and PC in early 2017. Players can check out the trailer after the jump.

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King of Fighters XIV World Championship trailer released

Atlus has released the trailer for the upcoming KOF XIV World Championship that is coming in "early 2017."

The short video gives few details, instead following new character Antonov as he decides to hold the tournament after seeing the response from real-life competitors all around the world.

What has been revealed, however, is that the SNK and Atlus will present an event where 16 players will compete for the title of champion.

 Check out the trailer after the jump.

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New vinyl pressing of Street Fighter II soundtrack announced

Brave Wave has announced a new pressing of "Street Fighter II: The Definitive Soundtrack," which will be available for preorder on Oct. 10, 2016.

"The Definitive Soundtrack" contains more than 100 tracks from both CPS-1 and CPS-2 versions of SF2 that have been digitally restored with approval from series composer Yoko Shimomura. The album is currently available in CD and digital formats, but the four LP set has been sold out for months.

Buyers will be able to preorder the new pressing on the company's new merchandise store, which will be revealed on Oct. 10. For more information about the soundtrack, head over to Brave Wave.


Gundam Versus will have SEA version with English subtitles

Bandai Namco of Southeast Asia has announced that the forthcoming entry in the longstanding mobile suit arena series will offer English subtitles in addition to the normal Japanese voice acting. 

No other details about the release were mentioned at this time, including whether the game would also offer menus in English.

Gundam Versus helps celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Gundam VS series and was announced for PlayStation 4 at Tokyo Game Show 2016. Check out the original Japanese announcement trailer for the title after the jump.

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Combo maker TZW returns with wall dive glitch compilation

One of the legends of combo videos has returned with new setups based in a classic game.

TZW is considered to be one of the first high-profile combo video creators in fighting games, using versions of Street Fighter 2—normally the Japanese version of Super Turbo, Super Street Fighter 2X—and Street Fighter Zero.

According to Sonic Hurricane, TZW "set the standard for excellence in combo video production, at a time when most people hadn't even thought to find the boundaries he was pushing."

In the new video, TZW uses a screen scroll glitch that allows characters to fly across the screen during a wall dive to create unique combo opportunities. The three minutes of footage apparently consists of combos TZW first recorded in 2007, but never shared until this point. Check out the video after the jump.

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Susano'o is a new playable character in BlazBlue Central Fiction

Aksys Games has confirmed that a third console character will be coming to home versions of BlazBlue Central Fiction: Susano'o.

An image of the character first made its way onto Twitter early on Oct. 4, and later in the day Aksys confirmed that the character will be playable, but maybe not in the way players expect.

It is not known at this time when Susano'o was supposed to be announced, or when players can expect to get their hands on the character.

BlazBlue Central Fiction releases on Oct. 6, 2016, in Japan and Nov. 1 in North America.


Mystery character joining Pokkén Tournament arcade on Oct. 13

The official Pokkén Tournament Twitter has announced an unknown character will be joining the existing cast of fighters on Oct. 13, 2016.

No other details are available right now, but posters on NeoGAF have pointed out that an update to the Wii U version of the game included files for Darkrai—a Pokémon in the arcade version—as well as Empoleon and Scizor. This has lead to speculation it will be one of those two.

There are no details if and when the Wii U version of Pokkén Tournament will be updated to include Darkrai and this newcomer.