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Monday
Aug212017

Punishing Ling Xiaoyu's "firecracker" move in Tekken 7

A video by YouTube user David Pinhal shows every way that characters can punish one of Ling's more frustrating lows out of Art of Phoenix stance in Tekken 7.

Firecracker is the name given to Ling's move performed by sliding from right kick to left kick (notated as 4~3) while in Art of Phoenix stance. This move gives players a lot of problems because while they can often block it, Ling stays low to the ground causing many normal punishes to whiff. Players are often left getting nothing more than a simple crouching kick in return.

The three-minute video shows better punishes for every character and even labels each in terms of execution difficulty. It's another resource for players having a hard time against one of Tekken 7's strongest characters.

Readers can check out the video after the jump.

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Friday
Aug182017

Yasuyuki Oda says KOF XIV future uncertain, XV "will be a reality"

King of Fighters XIV Director Yasuyuki Oda said he believes that King of Fighters XV "will be a reality" in an interview with IGN Latinoamérica at Evolution 2017.

The answer came after IGN asked Oda and battle designer Hayato Watanabe whether there would be further updates to KOF XIV. Oda said that KOF XIV still has room for improvement, but whether the game will get any further updates is up in the air. Oda held off on denying furture content, saying it is "a possibility."

The pair also talked about balances changes made to the game, with Watanabe saying that he tries to listen to the players before making final decisions. Oda, meanwhile, talked freely about the hardships of adding content to existing titles like KOF XIV or getting new games approved, saying that is it hard to convince the whole company of such ideas. He did say that SNK has new fighting games in the works, but nothing that he can reveal at this time.

Oda and Watanabe also had comments on esports, their favorite characters in KOF XIV and how they approached creating the title. The whole interview can be found in Spanish at IGN Latinoamérica.

Friday
Aug182017

Tekken Mobile coming to Android, iOS

The King of Iron Fist Tournament is coming soon to small screens.

Tekken Mobile promises players the ablity to collect iconic Tekken fighters, upgrade and customize those characters and build a team to fight other players online. The game's trailer even shows characters like Marduk and Bruce who are absent in Tekken 7.

Players can currently preregister for the game before its release to help unlock bonuses for all players at the game's Global Launch. 

Readers can sign up for Tekken Mobile at the game's official website and check out the announcement trailer after the jump.

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Friday
Aug182017

Maximilian shows off MvCI story mode stages in new gameplay footage

A five-minute video from Maximilian lets players get a look at more of the Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite story mode scenery in action.

First off, it seems like New Metro City has gotten a bit of a facelift since players first saw screens of it back in July: it is now more colorful, with scrolling marquees and busier feel with characters clashing in the background.

The other stage seems to combine the Darkstalkers world of Makai—complete with Aensland Castle appearing in the background—and Marvel's Dark Dimension.

Fighting in front of these backgrounds are Haggar, Nemesis, Dr. Strange, Thor, Strider and Morrigan. Maximilian also promises to talk more about the final, unrevealed stone soon, promising "it's exactly what you think it is, and way more." Readers can check out the video after the jump.

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Thursday
Aug172017

Nintendo teases new ARMS character with grainy footage

The Switch's arena fighter will be getting a new character, but Nintendo isn't ready to reveal the competitor's full identity just yet.

Instead, the company is dropping hints about ARMS' newest addition. One hint first appeared courtesy of Nintendo Versus on Aug. 14 in the form of new sweets-themed stage coming to the title. Then on Aug. 16 a purposely grainy and muddled clip of the new character fighting on that stage appeared.

The new character seems strangely dressed and Nintendo commented that they have "unique clothes and arms... seems like their fighting style involves transforming their body!" 

For now it's hard to tell who or what the new character is, but posters on the ARMS Reddit seem convinced it's a clown. Nintendo, meanwhile, is staying tight-lipped about the new addition or when the character and new stage will be coming to ARMS.

Readers can check out the clip of the new pugilist in action after the jump.

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Thursday
Aug172017

Full MvCI story trailer released, game modes confirmed

Capcom has released the complete trailer for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite's story mode, and in an accompanying press release has confirmed the game modes that will be part of MvCI when it releases on Sept. 19, 2017.

The game's story focuses on the overarching threat of Ultron Sigma while the heroes of both worlds face danger from Jedah (along with a symbiote monster that could signal Venom's return), Dormammu and Firebrand, Grandmaster Meio and even Nemesis. Left with few alternatives, they must make a decision as to whether they can trust Thanos to help recover the Infinity Stones and save their worlds.

Meanwhile, for the game itself, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite will contain offline modes including story, arcade, versus (against human or computer) and training as well as collection and mission modes. The Collection Mode will have unlockable items, such as "cut scenes from the story mode, character/stage information, concept artwork and character/stage audio tracks" while Mission Mode will provide tutorials and character-specific challenges.

The game's online modes will include ranked and casual match, lobby, replay settings, rankings and a new Beginners League. The Beginners League will be a subset of online play that is specifically for players of lower rank; once a person achieves rank 14 they can no longer play in it.

Readers can check out the story trailer after the jump, and can play the game during Sony's Road to Greatness tour. Jedah, Ghost Rider, Dormammu and Firebrand will also have more gameplay and details revealed during Gamescom on Aug. 22-26, 2017, in Cologne, Germany.

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Thursday
Aug172017

Android 16, Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta, Goku coming to DBFZ?

Update: According to Gematsu, "both Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Super Saiyan Blue Vegata are playable in Dragon Ball FighterZ, and the latest issue of V-Jump reveals that both Android 16 and Android 18 are also playable."

Original Story: Jump magazine has revealed what appear to be new characters for the upcoming Dragon Ball FighterZ.

In a magazine screencap, Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta and Goku appear, with Vegeta having a different character portrait than normal. This could mean that both are additional characters in the game, as characters who have transformation supers, such as Frieza, have not had changing portraits up to this point. 

Meanwhile, Android 16 will make an appearance in the DBFZ story mode where, according to Gematsu, "super warriors fall one by one." It is a "new story for Goku and friends depicted in high-end animation."

For now it is unknown whether Android 16 will be a playable character outside of the story, and whether SSB Vegeta and Goku are separate characters. Hopefully more questions will be answered when the game makes an appearance at Gamescom from Aug. 22-26, 2017, in Germany.

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Wednesday
Aug162017

Injustice Fighter Pack 2 announcement at Gamescom on Aug. 23

The next set of characters coming to Injustice 2 will be revealed during a charity competition at Germany's trade show.

The event will pit Steve Aoki against fellow DJ Don Diablo in an Injustice 2 exhibition with $5,000 going to the Aoki Foundation, which has a "primary goal of supporting organizations in the brain science and research areas with a specific focus on regenerative medicine and brain preservation" and also supports "disaster relief, developmental disabilities and animal rights."

The stream will also feature the unveiling of the characters in Fighter Pack 2, which will be making their way to Injustice 2 later this year. While one of them was likely revealed in July, there is still a bit of speculation regarding the other characters, including one that NetherRealm Studios Creative Director Ed Boon said will get "the biggest wow of any character in the game."

The whole event will be streamed on the NetherRealm Twitch channel live at 5 a.m. CDT (noon local time in Germany, 3 a.m. PDT).

Wednesday
Aug162017

Anniversary costumes coming to Street Fighter V on Aug. 29

Capcom is bringing four new premium costumes to Street Fighter V to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of its fighting game franchise.

Guile, M. Bison, Ibuki and Karin will all get new outfits befitting a celebration: Guile and Bison receive dress military uniforms, while Ibuki wears a stylized kimono with obi and Karin dons formal robes.

All four costumes will cost players $3.99. Players can check out the costumes after the jump.

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Tuesday
Aug152017

Hisako Ultimate will make opponents' skin crawl

Killer Instinct's team has debuted the Ultimate that will be given to its ghostly fighter in late August 2017.

Hisako's Ultimate will be part of the Ultimates Monster Pack, which will contain the finishing move for five characters. With Ultimates for Mira, Aganos, Sabrewulf and Hisako now revealed, only Glacius remains to be unveiled before the pack's release on Aug. 22.

According to Iron Galaxy's original plan, these will be the last five characters to be given Ultimates.

Readers can check out the Ultimates for Hisako, Aganos, Mira and Sabrewulf after the jump.

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Tuesday
Aug152017

Breaking down Black Canary version 1.07 changes by NS Cupcake

NS Cupcake has created a new video breaking down the alterations made to Black Canary in the August 2017 update for Injustice 2.

Over the course of a 10-minute video, Cupcake details all the changes to Canary's strings and special moves visually for players at home. He then discusses how each change will affect players of the character and how people playing against Canary will have to alter their tactics. Lastly, Cupcake gives an overall opinion of the character after the patch.

Readers can check out the video after the jump.

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Tuesday
Aug152017

Assessing combo risk and reward by Avoiding The Puddle

Recently during his stream, Avoiding The Puddle's Aris took time to explain his thoughts on combo choice in Tekken.

In a short video clipped from the stream, Aris talks about how damage and ease of execution are both factors a player should consider when choosing their combos. He also discusses what is considered "optimal" in Tekken and how players should consider the consequences of a dropped combo when choosing a juggle.

Readers can check out the video after the jump, and for more bits of Tekken information should check out the Avoiding The Puddle YouTube.

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Monday
Aug142017

Brook Xbox, PlayStation to Switch converters available for preorder

Brook Accessory's new Super Converters that allow players to use Xbox and PlayStation controllers on the Nintendo Switch console are now available for preorder.

Brook's Super Converters have become a standard option for players who do not want to modify the internal components of their arcade stick or pad. The forthcoming devices will allow players to use modern Xbox (Xbox 360 or Xbox One) or PlayStation controllers (PS3 or PS4) on their Switch console.

The converters can be purchased at Arcade Shock or Focus Attack, and are scheduled to ship at the end of August 2017.

Sunday
Aug132017

Street Fighter V invitational coming to Tokyo Game Show 2017

Announced at Japan Cup 2017, eight of the top Street Fighter V players in the world will battle it out at Tokyo Game Show in a exhibition event with cash prizes.

Fuudo, Bonchan, Tokido, Nemo, GamerBee, Xian, NuckleDu and Punk will all take part in the Shoryuken Tournament, which is part of TGS' eSports X presentation. First place in the competition will receive one million yen while second place gets 500,000 yen (roughly $9,000 and $4,600, respectively). No details on the format of the event have been announced.

The Shoryuken Tournament at Tokyo Game Show takes place on Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. JST (11 p.m. PDT, 2 a.m. EDT).

Thursday
Aug102017

Gllty signs with Team GRAPHT

Japanese sponsor GRAPHT has added another player to its team with the signing of Leah "Gllty" Hayes.

Hayes became a nationally recognized player in the fighting game community during Street Fighter IV and Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and is known for her Dhalsim and MorriDoom play, respectively. Originally from Missouri, Gllty recently relocated to the West Coast.

“I am overwhelmed with optimism and incredibly flattered and humbled by this experience," Gllty says in her profile on the GRAPHT website.

Gllty joins a number of other fighting game players on Team GRAPHT, including MOV, Takumi, Fuudo, Haitani, Yukadon and the Cyclops Osaka team. GRAPHT is also a partner with Razer.

Thursday
Aug102017

Pale Rider, Baund Doc DLC trailers revealed for Gundam Versus

Two new trailers have been released for DLC mobile suits coming to the Japanese version of Gundamn Versus on Aug. 24, 2017. 

The Pale Rider and pilot Chloe Croce appear from Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story: Missing Link, while the Baund Doc and captain Jerid Messa come from Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam. Baund Doc will also feature additional pilot Rosamia Badam. Both suits will cost players 650 yen (about $6).

The Gundams were first revealed in July along with three other suits. They will be followed by the Gundam Gusion Rebake and Perfect Strike Gundam on Aug. 31. Readers can check out the trailers for both mobile suits after the jump.

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Wednesday
Aug092017

Jubei, BBCF 2.0 claw their way to console on Aug. 31, 2017

The recent arcade update to BlazBlue Central Fiction will be coming to Japanese and North American consoles along with its new character at the end of August.

Arc System Works has confirmed that Jubei will release along with the patch on Aug. 31. Jubei will cost players 800 yen or $7.99.

There is currently no date for the Steam version's corresponding patch.

Wednesday
Aug092017

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT's closed beta to run from Aug. 26 to Sept. 4

The upcoming closed beta for Square Enix's arena fighting game will stretch from the end of August into early September 2017, according to a post from the official Final Fantasy Twitter account.

Starting on Aug. 26 at 9 a.m. PDT, players will have the chance to try out the 14 heroes included in the beta. The characters are Warrior of Light, Firion, Onion Knight, Cecil Harvey, Bartz Klauser, Terra Branford, Cloud Strife, Squall Leonhart, Zidane Tribal, Tidus, Shanotto, Vaan, Lightning and Y'Sholta. Not included will be the recently announced Jecht or any of the series' villains.

Players can register for the beta on the official Square Enix website until Aug. 15 in hopes of being chosen to participate. Those lucky enough to already have a code for the beta, which includes attendees of Sunday finals at Evolution 2017, should make sure to use the specific code registration.

 

Wednesday
Aug092017

Chinese fighter Sango Guardian: Chaos Generation now available on Steam

A new fighting game, made by developers from Guangzhou, China, is now on PC through the Steam platform.

Sango Guardian: Chaos Generation was originally designed for arcades in China. It features characters named after various ancient Chinese military leaders but with a modern take. The game received international attention when Japanese game center Takadanobaba Mikado hosted tournaments for the title. Developers Sealy Electronic Technology later put the game on Steam's Greenlight program with a playable demo.

Now the game is currently available to buy on Steam with a normal price of $7.99, days ahead of its Aug. 15 release date. As of this time, it is 15% off through Aug. 14. Initial reviews have been negative, citing the long boot up time as well as the lack of two player and training modes as some of the complaints. Sealy is currently looking to improve the game.

Match footage of Sango Guardian: Chaos Generation from Mikado can be found after the jump.

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Wednesday
Aug092017

Tekken World Tour online events begin Aug. 13

After being rescheduled in late June, the online portion of the Tekken World Tour is now ready to launch across North America, Europe, Asia and Oceania.

Starting on Aug. 13, 2017, Bandai Namco will begin the first wave of seven tournaments, each covering a specific region, that will allow players at home to earn point for the Tekken World Tour. These regions are: Australia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, North America East/West and Europe East/West.

Bracket play in each event will take place on a Sunday, with the finals happening two or three days later in the week and streamed by Level|Up. Tournaments are available on all Tekken 7 platforms. For the complete schedule of the TWT online, as well as rules and other tournament details, readers can head to TekkenGamer.