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Sunday
Dec212014

Ogawa, KOG, Dogura Coming to Northwest Majors

At the end of the Pacific Northwest Regionals Guilty Gear Xrd tournament, it was announced that three Japanese players will be attending Northwest Majors on April 24-26, 2015. While fellow players KOG—known for his T. Hawk play in both Street Fighter IV and Super Turbo—and Dogura—a top player in both BlazBlue and Guilty Gear—are big names added to the event, the major news is that Japan's top Zato-1 player, Ogawa, will be making an appearance.

Ogawa has always been a well-known name in the Guilty Gear community, considered one of the top players in the world. He made mainstream fighting game community news several months ago by supposedly saying that U.S. players were not of a high enough skill level for him to travel to the States for tournaments.

Friday
Dec192014

Celebrate the Holidays with Xrd Christmas Colors

Arc System Works was apparently thinking ahead to the eventual release date of Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- during development, because the company included a set of Christmas colors for the cast as downloadable content. Available now through Dec. 24 for owners of the Japanese version of Xrd and available Dec. 23-Jan. 13, 2015, for owners of the U.S. version of the game, the free DLC provides one new color for each member of the cast.

The color pack uses red, green and white palettes for every character in the cast—except Chipp, who becomes Rudolph—with some great results. To check out a preview of what the DLC looks like for each character, head on over to monoker0s' imgur. The page also shows previews of a 14th color for each character that may be the announced PlayStation Plus DLC.

Friday
Dec192014

Super Desperation Radio Episode 340 Archive Online

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

Just days after Capcom Cup, SDR had a lot to unpack from the event including the bracket mismatch—online and physical—that happened at the event. There was also talk about the trend toward a more eSports model for events like Capcom Cup, and how things like commentary, tournament format and even the playing of matches should be handled as Capcom looks toward Capcom Pro Tour 2015.

On the airdasher front, early streams of Guilty Gear Xrd DLC character Leo had popped up, and everyone weighed in on that character and the early days of the game in the U.S.

Lastly, SDR wouldn't stay the "leading Capcom podcast" without discussion about the early Street Fighter V footage shown at Capcom Cup, so the cast speculated on what everyone might be able to expect from SFV when it finally releases.

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

Tuesday
Dec162014

Super Arcade is Moving

Southern California's Super Arcade is pulling up roots. In a tweet on Dec. 16, the arcade claims that it will use the Christmas holiday to move to a new, unrevealed location "very near our current one." The arcade goes on to assure its patrons that it is not closing, but does not give any other details on the move.

Super Arcade is one of the few remaining arcades in Southern California, and has spent more than 20 years at its current location in the city of Walnut. Owned by Street Fighter legend Mike Watson, the arcade held a Kickstarter in 2014 and recently remodeled its venue.

Tuesday
Dec162014

BlazBlue Chronophantasma Extend Announced

Image courtesy of FamitsuThe newest console version of BlazBlue will be coming to Japan in early 2015. According to Famitsu, Arc System Works is readying BlazBlue Chronophantasma Extend for release on April 23 of next year as a new standalone title.

Chronophantasma Extend will contain the new characters from the recent arcade release BBCP 2.0, Celica Mercury and Lambda-11, and will introduce new story elements for the console version. The game will be releasing not only on PlayStation 3 and 4, but also on the Xbox One console.

There is no word whether Extend will have any other console-exclusive content at this time.

Sunday
Dec142014

Street Fighter V Match Analysis by LI Joe

At the end of Capcom Cup on Dec. 13, Peter "Combofiend" Rosas and Mike Ross sat down to play a couple matches of Street Fighter V to show off the new title to the public. Although the game is early in development, the matches contained a lot of information as to how the next version of Street Fighter will be played.

In a new video, Joe "LI Joe" Ciaramelli takes the time to break down as many of the new and different features in SFV as he could see throughout the matches. Watching the rounds along with his viewers, he stops, slows down and rewinds action to point out his thoughts on how and why certain actions are happening. From normals and throws to the new meter system, Ciaramelli tries to fit as much information as he can in roughly 30 minutes of video. Check it out after the jump.

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Tuesday
Dec092014

Here are the DLC Colors for Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-

User Monoker0s on imgur has created albums showing off the colors for each character in the latest version of Guilty Gear, including all the downloadable colors that will soon be available.

There are plenty of old favorites for returning characters, and each fighter has both a Christmas color and a color seemingly inspired by the movie Tron Legacy. Readers can check out the albums on imgur.

Currently, Ramlethal is missing from Monoker0s' imgur, but her palettes can be found here.

Tuesday
Dec092014

Super Desperation Radio Episode 339 Archive Online

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

It was a busy week, and SDR started with the big news of Street Fighter V's announcement. There was some brief specualtion based on the short teaser trailer before the crew focused on the visual direction of the game and how more information may be available during Capcom Cup on Dec. 13.

The release of Guilty Gear Xrd in Japan dovetailed with talk of NEC, as everyone discussed their favorite moments from the tournament including an amazing Guilty Gear XX AC+R event.

Lastly, SDR talked about the poor reaction to Tekken 7's new character, Lucky Chloe. 

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

Saturday
Dec062014

Luck Chloe Joins Tekken 7

During the Tekken 20th anniversary "Thanksgiving" event, Bandai Namco's Katsuhiro Harada revealed the newest character for the upcoming Tekken 7: Lucky Chloe. Wearing cat ears and matching gloves, she will join the cast when T7 is released in 2015.

Veteran Tekken player Reepal "Rip" Parbhoo described Lucky Chloe as "a cross between Lili and Ling and capos" but it's hard to say whether Lucky Chloe will play like any other Tekken character before her. Youtube user Tekken REC recorded her debut, check it out after the jump.

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Friday
Dec052014

Street Fighter V Coming to PlayStation 4, PC

A trailer released (and then subsequently pulled) this morning has announced the coming of the fifth entry in Capcom's Street Fighter franchise. The video, which shows many of the different games in the series along with scenes drawn from the fighting game community and fans of all kinds, takes about the passion and the drive it takes to move forward and push beyond imposed limits. The tagline "Rise Up" is displayed prominently.

The biggest news, however, from the trailer is that the game will be available "exclusively on PS4 and PC." And while the word exclusive has come to have different meanings—sometimes exclusivity is just a window of time—it will be interesting to see what Capcom has to say about this news when the company officially reveals the title in the upcoming days. Hit the jump for the trailer, courtesy of Polygon.

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Tuesday
Dec022014

Guilty Gear Xrd Limited Edition Delayed

The limited edition version of Arc System Works' Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- will not be hitting store shelves when the standard version does on Dec. 16. According to North American publisher Aksys Games, worker strikes have caused the LE to fall behind schedule:

"However, we regret to inform our fans that the Limited Edition will be delayed due to the unforeseen strikes at the Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach, which have held up key components. Due to the unpredictable nature of the delay, there may be a one to two week postponement of the release of the Limited Edition.”

Aksys apologized for the delay and promises to provide updates on the situation as soon as it can. As stated above, the standard edition of the game will not be affected by the delay.

Tuesday
Dec022014

Trailer for Cooperation Cup 13, Japan's Long Running Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Team Tournament Series

The parrying continues with Japan's Cooperation Cup tournament series returning in 2015.

The 13th iteration of Cooperation Cup will bring Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike's best players to Tokyo's Leisure Land Pallette Town, known for hosting Tekken's Mastercup series. On Jan. 10, 2015, Leisure Land will also feature a Pre-Cooperation Cup tournament with five-man teams using a single character. Cooperation Cup 13 will follow the day after.

For those planning to attend the tournament, a registration form is available with the deadline on Dec. 21. You can check out the trailer after the jump!

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Tuesday
Dec022014

Super Desperation Radio Episode 338 Archive Online

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

With only a couple days before the Japanese Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- console release, SDR focused on the latest information for the game. This included a discussion of Sin and Elphelt, who were both added to 4Gamer's wiki of the title.

The wiki spawned another conversation, as Sanchez tried to answer why Google's automatic translation revealed the word "trombone" in the descriptions of many normal attacks throughout the guide. Thanks to the help of Ayaikun, the cast was mostly able to figure that out.

Meanwhile, with Northeast Championships coming on Dec. 5-7, SDR also talked about the number of entrants for UNIEL and why social media activity is not always indicative of a game's popularity.

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

Tuesday
Dec022014

The Show That Sucks #106 With Harrison and Honzo Gonzo Tonight At 10pm PST

Tonight on the show we will be talking about the Capcom Cup matchups and Dreamhack! You can watch the show live starting at 10 p.m. PST on our Twitch.tv Channel.

Can't wait until tonight? Head over to our Podcast Section and watch or listen to last week's show with Special Guest Hellpockets!

As always if you have questions for the show you can send them to Honzo Gonzo and myself on twitter anytime!

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.

 

Monday
Dec012014

New Classic Fighting Game Match Videos from Psychochronic

Need a fix of vanilla Tekken 6, Vampire Savior or X-Men vs. Street Fighter? Check out some of the videos after the jump.

Uploaded by old school fighting game community player Psychochronic, the new set contains classic competitive videos from both North America and Japan. Some have only been available on video sites like Niconico while others haven't been on the Internet for a while. There is also footage of Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, Street Fighter Alpha 3 and more on his YouTube channel.

Go watch them now below!

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Monday
Dec012014

Bandai Namco Announces Tekken 20th Anniversary "Thanksgiving"

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Tekken franchise, Bandai Namco is throwing a special event featuring the latest game in the series, Tekken 7, on Dec. 7. According to Avoiding the Puddle, this event will be a special exhibition tournament of the new game featuring "world champions" and will also reveal the latest information on T7. 

The event will be streamed on Niconico and will feature special guests Katsuhiro Harada, Yuriko Tiger and others. It will start at 12:30 p.m. JST and run until 6:00 p.m., meaning those in the United States should tune in at 7:30 p.m. PST/10:30 p.m. EST on Dec. 6 to watch the event. 

Friday
Nov282014

NuckleDu Joins Team Curse

Professional gaming team Curse has announced its entry into the world of Street Fighter with the signing of Du "NuckleDu" Dang. NuckleDu has become a noted Guile player in the United States, and has recently added Decapre to his arsenal. According to Curse's website,

"NuckleDu has been on the rise, with his first big showing at NEC 13 and CEO Prologue earlier this year. He has also shown his prowess in Street Fighter x Tekken tournaments, with 4 major wins. In Ultra Street Fighter IV, NuckleDu has been rising up as one of the top 25 players in the world."

His first showing as part of Team Curse will be at Capcom Cup on Dec. 13 in San Francisco.

Wednesday
Nov262014

The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match Final Edition Coming to Steam on Dec. 12, Save 20% Off on Preorder

The last version of The King of Fighters '98 will be arriving to PC next month.

The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match Final Edition has appeared on Steam with a release date of Dec. 12. The port was handled by Vancouver developer Code Mystics, known for porting Killer Instinct and Killer Instinct 2 to the Xbox One.

It will feature balance changes from the regular version of KOF98UM. You can find all character changes here. The game will also come with the original Neo Geo version of KOF98.

A 20 percent discount is in effect for all preorders up until the game's release day, so if you want to save a couple of bucks, go order now!

At the moment, there is no information about the release of The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match so stay tuned.

Wednesday
Nov262014

SDTECHIN's Arcade Stick Holiday Shopping Guide Shows Off Last & Current Gen Sticks

Getting yourself or your loved one an arcade stick this Holiday season? Check out this guide from our friends at SDTECHIN!

Their guide features all of the major arcade sticks you can get in the market today. If you are trying to get a stick for the last generation, there is a selection including Qanba Q2 Glow by Eightarc and eTokki's Omni series. To those migrating to the Xbox One or PlayStation 4, Razer, Hori and Mad Catz have their own models you can buy now. Links for part stores such as Arcade Shock and Paradise Arcade Shop are also featured.

You can take a look at the holiday guide here!

Wednesday
Nov262014

Latest PlayStation 4 System Software Disables Compatibility from Akishop Customs' PS360+

Players won't be able to try out the North American demo of Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- with the popular all-in-one controller board.

The recent firmware updates done to the PlayStation 4's operating system have prevented Akishop Customs' PS360+ board to work on the platform. At the moment, players are limited to using the DualShock 4 controller, arcade sticks licensed by Sony or padhacking the DS4.

Akishop Customs originally had plans to feature full PS4 compatibility on its board. Due to console limitations, the feature was limited to eight minutes of use per plug in. The company included this short-term solution on version 1.4 and 1.5.

Despite this disadvantage, the PS360+ (version 1.5) can still work on PlayStation 4 but only limited to Skullgirls on PS4 or any other game that features the custom compatibility software.