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Monday
Oct202014

Stream to Show off New Features of Smash Bros. for Wii U

Siliconera is reporting that Nintendo will be hosting a stream showing off the many additions and differences in the Wii U version of Super Smash Bros. The event is said to feature "50 new things" and will take place Oct. 23 at 3 p.m. PST, 6 p.m. EST.

The event will be coming to viewers through Nintendo Direct. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U launches on Nov. 21 in the United States.

Friday
Oct172014

Norcal Strongstyle Footage Teased in Avoiding the Puddle Live, with Guest Bronson Tran

Still waiting for footage of Norcal Strongstyle to surface? Here is a little snippet!

Norcal's Bronson Tran presents the first in a huge series of matches from Norcal Strongstyle on Avoiding the Puddle Live with Aris and co-host Rickstah. The featured match has Aris fight against South Korean champion Saint in the round-robin phase of the tournament. The video is also your first glimpse at what's in store for the production end of these matches.

The guys also talk more about the event as well as all things Tekken. Check out the archived episode after the jump!

To those waiting for the footage, please follow IPLAYWINNER on Twitter and Facebook and Bronson Tran on Twitter for updates in the future.

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Thursday
Oct162014

Round 1 Opens New Arcade in Illinois

Japanese arcade chain Round 1 has opened its first store outside of California. Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale, Illinois, is now home to the fourth Round 1 that has opened in the U.S.

Round 1 Chicago includes the same Japanese arcade experiences that its fellow California stores have offered since the first location opened in the Puente Hills Mall in 2010, with games such as Project Diva, IIDX and Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

Round 1 is not done expanding across the U.S. There are currently plans to open new stores in Arlington, Texas, and San Jose, California

Thursday
Oct162014

Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- Lands in the U.S. on Dec. 16

Aksys Games has announced the U.S. release date for Guilty Gear Xrd, and it is Dec. 16, 2014, less than two weeks after the Japanese console release.

Launching for both the PlayStation 3 and 4, Xrd will come in both standard and limited edition packages, with the latter offering

"a box to hold all the goodies, fashioned in the likeness of the 'Backyard', the Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- Vocal Collection (just like the Japanese version!), the Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- Character Book which will provide information on characters, terms, and concepts from the beginning of the series to the present, and finally, the Sol Badguy 'FREE' belt buckle keychain!"

Both versions are already available for pre-order, with the LE costing players $20 more than the standard edition on the console of their choice. Hit the jump for the release trailer.

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Tuesday
Oct142014

The Show That Sucks #99 With Harrison And Honzo Gonzo Tonight At 10pm PST!

Tonight will be #99 of The Show That Sucks. This week will be all about The Fall Classic and the Capcom Pro Tour! You will be able to check out the stream live starting at 10 p.m. PST on our Twitch

If you have questions for us you can always send them to myself and Honzo Gonzo on Twitter!

Missed last week's show? You can click on our podcast section to watch or listen to every show in YouTube or mp3 format.

Blowing up the FGC one week at a time, The Show That Sucks is a weekly Podcast with Harrison, the streamer of IPLAYWINNER, and Honzo Gonzo, the worst person on the internet.
Tuesday
Oct142014

Killer Instinct Season 2 Starts Oct. 15, will add Cinder, Riptor

While U.S. Killer Instinct players have gotten a preview of the new balance and content coming in the new season of KI, the rest of the world will get its hands on TJ Combo and Maya on Oct. 15. In a new season 2 trailer from IGN, the team at Iron Galaxy also teases eight new characters through shadowy silhouettes.

The good news for fans of the Killer Instinct series is that Riptor and Cinder are definitely two of those characters, as confirmed by Microsoft. When fans and players will see them, however, is another story as while Combo and Maya release with the season the rest of the new cast will appear on a one-a-month basis starting in November.

The latest season will also include a graphical boost from 720p to 900p resolution.

The rest of the Season 2 content—updated balance, enhanced combo system and improved interface—will all be available on day one, with updates to come as the rest of the characters are released. Hit the jump for launch trailer.

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Tuesday
Oct142014

DOA 5 Ultimate Celebrates Halloween with New Costumes

Halloween is the time of year when many people take the time to dress up, and for another year the cast of Dead of Alive 5 Ultimate is no exception. Continuing the tradition from 2013, DOA5U is again adding a batch of costumes so that its characters wouldn't feel out of place at a masquerade.

The outfits this year are pulled from the winners of a fan design contest, and show a range Halloween favorites: skeletons, werewolves, pirates, devils and angels. There are even a few off-the-wall costumes as well.

The costumes release Oct. 14 in Japan for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. There is no date for a U.S. release yet, but since last year's costumes made it to the West there's a good chance they will show up sooner than later.

Check out the release video after the jump.

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Friday
Oct102014

Capcom Cup 2014 Finals Coming To San Francisco's The Warfield Theatre

This year's Capcom Cup finals will be at the heart of the Bay Area on Dec. 13!

Moving from its original location in Burlingame, Calif., the 2014 edition of Capcom Cup will be held in San Francisco's The Warfield. Known for featuring various artists and bands including Slayer, Grateful Dead and more, The Warfield will host the top Ultra Street Fighter IV players to see who can be the champion.

In addition to the main tournament, there will be other content available at Capcom Cup finals including an announcement from Capcom's Yoshinori Ono, a performance from Los Angeles-based rock band The Megas and more.

While The Warfield can host up to 2,300 people, those who want to get the best viewing experience can register for VIP passes. Not only you get a premium seat, you will also get a special bag of goodies and access to the Capcom Cup afterparty at The Folsom Street Foundry.

Check out Haunts' full post here for more information.

Friday
Oct102014

Take a Walk through Galloping Ghost Arcade

Brookfield, Illinois' Galloping Ghost Arcade has become one of the premier places to play fighting games in the Chicago area, with many NetherRealms' players adopting the team name GGA when they participate in national tournaments.

However, GGA is more than just a fighting game location; it also houses more than 400 modern and classic arcade machines, normally in their original cabinets. GGA even houses rarities like the unreleased Primal Rage 2 and a Mortal Kombat 3 prototype.

During a 20-minute walk around the arcade, owner "Doc" Mack takes viewers through the whole arcade, showing new machines or titles that have been put back into original dedicated cabinets. He also shows off several new parts of the arcade—separate areas for driving and shoot-em-up games, and a full-time pinball section—that have been added thanks to a recent fundraising effort.

Hit the jump for the video.

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Thursday
Oct092014

Final Showdown: Tekken 7 is a Tekken Game (& It's Not a Bad Thing)

Before the early location test, you probably encountered the conversation of "What can Namco do to make Tekken 7 appealing to the overall fighting game community?" This also surfaced on The Fray where Mike Ross was debating with both Aris and Bronson Tran about what Tekken can do to get more players to compete as well as make it viewer friendly.

Now with the test over, it's easy to say on the surface that Tekken 7 looks and plays like a Tekken game. It has new mechanics, a smaller character list and other things that seem to help newer players while maintaining the heart of the series. Yet even with these special aspects, it's still a Tekken game. It might dishearten some but let's break down the traits in the test as well as suggest what can be done to help those who want to finally play Tekken.

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Tuesday
Oct072014

BlazBlue Chronophantasma 2.0 Patch Notes from Famitsu

SoWL at Dustloop has translated the first group of patch notes for BBCP 2.0 as compiled by Famitsu. The list covers 13 of BBCP's 28 characters and represents the changes that will be put into the final version of BBCP 2.0 when it is released on Oct. 9.

There are three to four changes listed for each character, and this part of the list features characters from the earliest versions of the game such as Ragna, Jin, Noel, Hakumen and Tager. 

Hit the jump for the list.

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Tuesday
Oct072014

North America will get Wii U Smash Bros. First

Nintendo has released the street dates for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and this time North American players will be getting an opportunity to play the game ahead of everyone else. Smash releases on Nov. 21 on that continent, followed by a European release on Dec. 5 and then a Japanese release on Dec. 6.

In North America, the game will ship in one of two possible bundles: the game-only bundle and a special $99.99 version of the game that will include a GameCube controller and the GameCube Controller Adapter.

The first wave of Amiibo figures—Mario, Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Link, Fox, Samus, Wii Fit Trainer, Villager, Pikachu, Kirby and Marth—will also be available on Nov. 21 in North America, with the second line—Zelda, Diddy Kong, Luigi, Little Mac, Pit and Captain Falco—set to go on sale on Dec. 19. Each figure will cost $12.99.

Tuesday
Oct072014

Super Desperation Radio Episode 331 Archive Online

The latest episode of Super Desperation Radio is now available for watching on IPLAYWINNER'S YouTube channel.

On the latest episode of SDR, the cast discussed the idea of turning the show into a sports podcast before focusing their attention on the collegiate League of Legends program, scholarships and the implications of video games as a professional sport.

Sanchez then took some time to talk about the loktest footage for Tekken 7, including some of the more nuanced system changes in the game including Rage Arts and the way in which characters get off the ground.

Lastly, Walkman expressed his love for classic video game music until the crew decided to go watch the Major League Baseball playoffs. 

Super Desperation Radio is live every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PST on Twitch and YouTube.

Monday
Oct062014

Guilty Gear Xrd & Self-Branded Mad Catz Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2 Models Coming to Japan

More Mad Catz sticks will be coming for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in Japan.

MAD CATZ ARCADE FIGHTSTICK TOURNAMENT EDITION 2, GUILTY GEAR XRD & SELF-BRANDED, SCREENSHOTS.

To coincide with the Japanese release of Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- on Dec. 4, a branded Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2 will be available. The GGXrd model will feature an all black shell with special artwork. Japan will also receive another TE2 model featuring Mad Catz artwork in a black and blue aesthetic. The latter will come on Oct. 23. UPDATE: The GGXrd model will be coming to North America with an unannounced date.

Both will be priced at 19,800 yen, plus tax, and will carry the same features found on other PS3/PS4 TE2 sticks including the console switch found on the control panel.

UPDATE: The GGXrd model will be coming to North America for an unannounced date.

Take a look at the screenshots in the link above.

Monday
Oct062014

Why Me Dojo? 15 Tonight After Super Desperation Radio

Josh will be hosting Why Me Dojo? 15 tonight at 133 Copeland Street in Petaluma, California. The games hosted will be Ultra Street Fighter 4(XBOX 360) and Super Smash Brothers Melee.

Registration starts at 7 p.m. and continues until 8 p.m. Both games are $4 to enter and registration is just $1. 

If you can't make it out you can watch the stream live on our Twitch channel at 8 p.m. PST. Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook as well as keeping your web browser bookmarked to IPLAYWINNER for news and upcoming events.

Thursday
Oct022014

Archive of USFIV Global Challenge: Korea by World e-Sports Championship Games

All of the videos from the special Korean Ultra Street Fighter IV tournament by World e-Sports Championship Games are now available for viewing!

WECG conducted the top eight finals of their Global Challenge: Korea tournament. This tournament brought many players from Korea to compete in the preliminaries for a shot at the finals held at Nexon Arena. This recorded event spanned three days in a double elimination bracket featuring Korea's best including Infiltration and iim83man. Other players including Xiaohai from China, Humanbomb from Hong Kong and NorCal's own Hoodaman of Pandora House also qualified.

Results from the Global Challenge can be viewed here. All three days of the tournament, with English commentary by Laugh, are found below. You can also check out individual videos, with commentary featuring Nin, on their YouTube channel.

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Wednesday
Oct012014

Footage from Capcom Pro Tour's Ranking Tournament At EGX London

Take a look at what was in store during one of the latest Capcom Pro Tour tournaments in Europe.

This ranking tournament took place at EGX London, formerly known as Eurogamer Expo. From Sept. 25-28, players from all around England competed for ranking points in the Capcom Pro Tour in hopes of getting to the Capcom Cup finals later this year. English fighting game channel Unequalled Media was there to cover the tournament.

UM already uploaded both top threes, which you can find after the jump, as well as the earlier phases on their YouTube channel.

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Wednesday
Oct012014

3DS Limitations Forced Sheik to be Separate Character

Many players were already let down by the news that the Ice Climbers will not be in Super Smash Bros. because of the 3DS's hardware limitations, but it seems that they were not the only characters affected by the power of Nintendo's handheld. In an interview with Famitsu (via Siliconera), Masahiro Sakurai said those limitations also caused Sheik and Zelda to be two separate characters in the upcoming title.

"It’s basically due to the 3DS’ limitations," he said. "It was impossible to have both characters exist together [as one] on 3DS." However, Sakurai also said that perhaps it was not so bad, as "transforming characters had the drawback of ambiguous tactics and such, and I believe that they have become more fresh now."

For now, it's hard to say whether this change will have a positive or negative impact on the strength of both characters, but it has certainly shaken up the roster going into the new games. 

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS launches Oct. 3.

Tuesday
Sep302014

The Show That Sucks #98 With Harrison And Honzo Gonzo Tonight At 10pm PST

Tonight will be #97 of The Show That Sucks. Tonight on the show there will be more Ultra Street Fighter IV and probably some jokes about how nobody cares about Marvel anymore. You will be able to check out the stream live starting at 10 p.m. PST on our Twitch

If you have questions for us you can always send them to myself and Honzo Gonzo on Twitter!

Missed last week's show? You can click on our podcast section to watch or listen to every show in YouTube or mp3 format.

Blowing up the FGC one week at a time, The Show That Sucks is a weekly Podcast with Harrison, the streamer of IPLAYWINNER, and Honzo Gonzo, the worst person on the internet.
Tuesday
Sep302014

Two Characters, Original Danger Zone, Coming to Dead or Alive 5: Last Round

New information emerged for what's in store for the upcoming final version of Dead or Alive 5.

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round will be bringing two characters to both previous and current generation of consoles. One female and one male, the former will be making her premiere in the series while details behind the latter haven't been featured. The new female character will better represent the "softness" and "warmth" of a body.

One of the other pieces of information announced was more stages with more emphasis on the original Danger Zone mechanic from the first Dead or Alive. This variant features explosive floors circling around a ring which can be triggered when knocking down an opponent.

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round is coming to both PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in spring 2015.