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BlazBlue, Guilty Gear 70 Percent Off on PlayStation Store

Steam is not the only platform offering big deals on digital content in the next several days.

The PlayStation Store has the PlayStation 4 versions of Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- and BlazBlue Chronophantasma Extend—and the PS3 version of BBCPE—on sale for 70 percent off their normal price through Nov. 30.

The deal leaves players paying only $15 for the PS4 version of each game, and only $12 for the PS3 version of BBCPE.

This is a great deal for any fighting gamer who has thought about getting into Arc Syetem Works games, but wasn't sure if the experience would be worth their money.


Steam Autumn Sale Brings Big Discounts to Many Fighters

It's almost Thanksgiving in the United States, and as the holiday season moves forward Steam is giving players a big sale so that they can find something to do other than spend time with their families.

The Autumn Sale lasts through Dec. 1 and offers huge deals on many popular fighting games including Ultra Street Fighter IV, the King of Fighters series, Guilty Gear, Blazblue and Skullgirls. There are also offers on smaller titles like Nidhogg and Lethal League.

Shoryuken has compiled a chart of many of the games on sale and their differing price points, check it out below.

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Super Desperation Radio Episode 437 Archive Online

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

The forthcoming console release of Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- in the U.S. during spring 2016 lead off this week's episode of SDR, as the crew talked about possible patches and more DLC characters that could arrive with the title. 

The conversation spawned several asides, including the idea of retailer-exclusive DLC and the practice of rewarding early adopters for purchasing a game, as Arc System Works has done by offering certain characters for free for a number of weeks after a game's release.

The conversation also broached the topic of Evolution commentary, as a joke made at Hellpockets' expense set off a firestorm on Twitter.

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


Pre-PlayStation Experience Teaser for KOFXIV Reveals Andy Bogard

To get ready for its first playable appearance at Sony's upcoming PlayStation Experience, SNK Playmore released a slightly altered version of The King of Fighters XIV's second teaser.

This version of the trailer shows off a bit of Fatal Fury's Andy Bogard with his moveset featured in The King of Fighters XIII. Compared to the second teaser, this features some subtle graphical changes such as alterations to the stages and characters.

You can check out both trailers to compare after the jump! PlayStation Experience 2015 is on Dec. 5-6 so get your tickets now to try out an early build of KOFXIV!

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Anime Ascension Will Bring Pot Bonuses, -Revelator- Demo to UCI

Aksys Games has announced that on Feb. 28, 2016, the University of California, Irvine will host the first-ever Anime Ascension tournament. In conjunction with Fighting Gamers at UCI, Mad Catz and D-Link, Aksys will be holding the event that is "dedicated to providing the premiere anime fighting game tournament experience."

There will be pot bonuses for Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign-, BlazBlue Chronophantasma Extend and Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late, and players will be offered the chance to play Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- for the first time in the U.S. For more details, including promised bonuses, check out Aksys' website.


Dueling the KOF 14th Season on Nov. 21-23 at Neo Amusement Space A-Cho

The annual Japanese team tournament series for The King of Fighters will be returning this weekend.

 The 14th iteration of Dueling the KOF will be returning to Kyoto's popular Neo Amusement Space A-Cho gaming center. The King of Fighters '98 (3v3), The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match (2v2) and The King of Fighters XIII Climax (3v3) are the featured games.

The weekend event will be streamed on Dueling the KOF's Twitch channel. From Nov. 21-23, make sure to tune in at around 5:00 p.m. PST for the stream.


BlazBlue Central Fiction Released at Southern California Round 1

BlazBlue Central Fiction is now available to play at Round 1's anchor store inside the Puente Hills Mall in City of Industry, California.

The game is currently only on one set of the arcade's head-to-head NESiCA setups, but hopefully the title will be fully downloaded on the other soon.

There is no word on when other Round 1 locations will be able to utilize the NESiCA system. 


Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- Coming to the US in Spring 2016

U.S. players will get their hands on the newest version of Guilty Gear early in 2016, according to the game's website. This will put the title in the same release window as its Japanese version.

For those who remember the console release of Xrd, the launch dates for Japan and the U.S. were only weeks apart, so it will be interesting to see if that again will be the idea. The early release also means the game will be available for Evolution 2016 if the organizers want to use -Revelator-.

Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- will be available for both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.


Mastercup 8, Tekken 7's Biggest Team Tournament, Coming on Nov. 22

The premiere Tekken community tournament series from Japan will be returning for the newest game.

Mastercup 8 will take place on Nov. 22 to decide who will be the best team in Tekken 7. Taking place at Leisure Land Pallette Town in Tokyo, Japan, 187 five-man teams from all over the world will be competing. While a majority of the players reside in Japan, expect some from Korea, Australia and the United States to be competing.

The stream will be split into three channels on Twitch. The Japanese stream will be on Game Newton, a Korea restream will be handled by Green Game Land and the rest of the world can go on the official Tekken channel. Make sure to tune in at around 3:00pm PST for the stream!

Check out the promo video after the jump!

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Rising Thunder Update Grants Vlad a New Variant, Other Changes

The new update for Rising Thunder is now live, and with it comes changes for several members of the cast.

While Chel, Crow, Dauntless and Edge received minor tweaks to existing moves, it was Talos and Vlad who were given the biggest list of changes in this patch. Talos' movement speed was buffed and several of his move properties were changed, such as Meteor Breaker now being throw invulnerable during its first active frames and the air versions of Magnetic Attract and Spartan Rush granting more meter.

Vlad, meanwhile, was given a new S3 variant, Bolshoi Bash, which goes through projectiles and bounces opponents off the wall.

There are also bug fixes and some visual improvements to the game. For a complete list of the changes, head over to Rising Thunder's website.


Super Desperation Radio Episode 436 Archive Online

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

The question of "how much is too much?" loomed over SDR as the announcement of Cloud Strife added yet another character to Super Smash Bros. The cast talked about the problem of giant casts of characters in fighters but also how publishers will likely continue to include fan-favorite characters and DLC to keep revenue coming from their titles.

The Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- update also created some quick controversy as people were spreading incorrect translations for the changes, and SDR implored players to find someone to verify information before posting on the Internet.

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


Review: Paradise Arcade Shop OBS-MX for Sanwa OBSF-30 Buttons

Originally, the only way to get the sensitivity of an arcade stick pushbutton while having the longevity and characteristics of the Cherry MX keyboard switches was Gamer Finger's HBFS series. While excellent buttons, a majority of fighting game players who play on arcade stick still use Sanwa Denshi buttons as they're considered the competitive standard. Sooner or later, Sanwa's buttons do have the potential of breaking down, especially with its stock switches. While it can be convenient to buy replacement buttons, there is an accessory for those who want some variety in their Sanwa buttons while not steering off the course.


Paradise Arcade Shop has been working on Cherry MX support for the popular pushbutton, and it resulted in the OBS-MX, an add-on to the snap-on OBSF-30/OBSC-30 buttons. Along with bringing the elements of Cherry MX switches into a Sanwa button, the OBS-MX doesn't compromise the immediate feel of what the original button had. Following months of testing, a public version is available. It doesn't have as many features as the HBFS buttons, but the precision of the OBS-MX is enough to overlook the lack of perks. Whether you like a straight forward push or a tactile click, and don't mind spending a couple of more dollars, the OBS-MX will fit your needs very well.

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Nine is Playable in BlazBlue Central Fiction

Image courtesy of FamitsuOne of the central characters to the BlazBlue story will be playable in Central Fiction, according to this week's Famitsu.

The magazine's website has revealed, as part of a feature on the new BlazBlue, that Nine will indeed be a playable character as many people assumed. Until Central Fiction, Nine was one of only two of the story line's "Six Heroes" who was not a playable character.

No other information on the character is available at this time, although Jiyuna claims players in Japan say she will be available at release. BlazBlue Central Fiction launches in Japanese arcade on Nov. 19.


Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- Ver.1.03 Announced

Arc System Works has announced that an update to the newest version of Guilty Gear will be tested in the coming days. For a week starting on Nov. 17, version 1.03 of -Revelator- will be implemented at three arcades in Japan to evaluate changes made to the game.

This newest version of -Revelator- does not make many alterations to existing general gameplay, but new characters Johnny and Jam received several changes to tweak their balance with respect to the rest of the cast.

For the official list of changes—in Japanese—head to ASW's official website. Meanwhile, Twitter user Fahadouken is working on translating the changes into English and Brett did a quick write-up specifically on Jam.



Infiltration Joins Team Razer

Seon-woo "Infiltration" Lee is the newest member of Razer's gaming team, showing up to a special Street Fighter V exhibition wearing the team's colors during Singapore's Game Start Asia convention.

The company had tweeted out a teaser for the announcement on Nov. 12, but had chosen not to elaborate on the situation.

Infiltration joins fellow fighting game players Kun Xian Ho, Keita “Fuudo” Ai, Ghim Kee “Gackt” Eng, Hiromiki “Itabashi Zangief” Kumada and Carl “Perfect Legend” White as part of Team Razer.


Dissidia Final Fantasy Arcade Character Trailers Being Released

The arcade reboot of Square Enix's 3-D fighting game, Dissidia Final Fantasy, launches on Nov. 26 in Japan and the company is releasing trailers for the title's revealed characters.

So far, seven characters have been announced for the title, each representing one of the first seven Final Fantasy games. The characters are Warrior of Light, Firion, Onion Knight, Cecil Harvey, Bartz Klauser, Terra Bradford and Cloud Strife.

Check out the trailers for Warrior of Light and Firion after the jump.

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Cloud Strife Coming to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS

One of Final Fantasy's most popular protagonists will be joining the latest Super Smash Bros. roster.

The Nov. 12, 2015, Nintendo Direct stream concluded with a trailer revealing that Cloud Strife will be playable in both Wii U and 3DS versions of Super Smash Bros. Available in both his original form and his Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children attire, the trailer shows off Cloud's iconic Buster Sword, his limit breaks and various materia from the game. In addition to Cloud, players can also get access to a new stage with the city of Midgar as the backdrop.

No official release date for Cloud has been announced so stay tuned for more information. Along with the character announcement, Nintendo will be hosting a special dedicated Super Smash Bros. stream on December.

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Arc System Works Releases Character Colors, More for BBCF

When the official website for BlazBlue Central Fiction opened, there was a tab marked "Special" that was not a working link to any other page.

However, that tab is now live and it reveals a link to download ASW's official "BlazBlue content kit" for the upcoming game.

The zip file contains several profile images and banners for each character, their emblems, stage art and sprites showing off each of the possible palettes for each fighter in BBCF.

Overall, it's a pretty cool offering for fans of the series who have wanted to get their hands on official art without having to go the extra length to pull images from the game. 

The content kit can be found on BBCF's official website.


Video: UltraChen Interviews Snake Eyez

photo courtesy of Red BullUltraChen recently conducted a two-part interview with SoCal's Zangief master, Darryl "Snake Eyez" Lewis.

During part one of the interview they get some background on Lewis, from his start in fighters to his thoughts on Zangief in Street Fighter IV and how he feels about his own playstyle.

In part two, UltraChen talk to Lewis specifically about his recent matches with Bonchan at both Final Round 18 and Canada Cup 2015.

Check out the interview after the jump.

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New Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 Tournament Edition Revision Available

The newest update for Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 Tournament Edition is now available

UMK3 Tournament Edition is a community-created hack of the original game that was conceived with the purpose to bring more balance and fun to the competitive UMK3 scene. Many changes have been implemented to the system and individual characters, with revisions being tested either through online or local play.

The newest patch to the game makes some general fixes to character animations involving knee strikes and reverts some system-wide changes to crouching normals. There are also specifics changes to 11 of the game's characters.

For the whole list of the changes, check out Test Your Might.