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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.


Super Desperation Radio Episode 435 Archive Online

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

It's always an adventure when Honzo Gonzo shows up on Super Desperation Radio, and this week was no different.

The show started with a quick recap of recent news, including the upcoming release date of BlazBlue Central Fiction, the possible spoiling of Street Fighter V's DLC characters and this weekend's U.S. South Lobby for Guilty Gear Xrd.

The show then moved to discussion about possible Evolution 2016 games, spurned on by the yearly tweet from Mr. Wizard asking player what games they would like to see in the main event. The cast talked about possible titles, what games seemed to be guaranteed a spot at the tournament and games that probably have no chance.

And then Honzo and Hellpockets started arguing about who would win a Capcom vs. SNK 2 money match between them. 

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


Big E Taking Community Vote for Pot Bonus at TFC 2016

Big E has announced that he will give an additional $2000 to the pot of one game at next year's version of The Fall Classic, and rather than decide that choice himself he is offering the question to the community.

The possible games Eric has suggested that could receive the bonus are Street Fighter V, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Guilty Gear Xrd and Skullgirls.

While TFC 2016 is still almost a year away, it's good to see tournament organizers and promoters moving toward giving players a lot of time to decide what events they plan to attend in the future.


Brook Accessory Announcing Inexpensive PlayStation 4 Controller Board with Touch Pad Support

Photo by JonyfrazeIf you want to get PlayStation 4 support for your existing or project arcade stick, a cost-effective solution is on the horizon.

Taiwan company Brook Accessory will be releasing a special printed circuit board with built-in PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 support. Dubbed the "Fight Board," it's priced at around $40 and features support for the PS4-based Touch Pad button, commonly found on Hori's latest line of Real Arcade Pro sticks.

Other aspects of the Fight Board include the lack of eight-minute timeout found on other controller PCBs featuring PS4 support, a built in SOCD cleaner, LED support and updatable firmware. The current build, planned for later November 2015 release, requires wires to be soldered onto the board. This can be great for modding projects or those who want to add PS4 support to their existing arcade sticks.

Brook Accessory's other products include specialized converters for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Plans for distribution in stores such as Paradise Arcade Shop are in the works so stay tuned. You can find more info about the Fight Board here.


BlazBlue Central Fiction Releases on Nov. 19

The latest title in the BlazBlue franchise will be released in arcades on Nov. 19, 2015, according to Famitsu.

The game, which will feature a story divided into three parts, has been said to be the end of Ragna the Bloodedge's story and will feature Nine as a key part of it.

The game's opening cinematic has been unveiled, and while Nine does make an appearance it is still unknown if she will be a boss character, a non-interactable storyline presence or a playable fighter. Check out the opening after the jump.

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US Southern Guilty Gear Xrd Lobby to be Streamed for Japan

The fourth in a number of U.S. Xrd lobbies to be streamed on both Twitch and Nico will be happening on Nov. 14. 

At 9 a.m. EST, the Southern lobby will take place. Like the previous Midwest, West and East Coast events, it will be streamed by Biscuits on Twitch and Efute on Nico and will feature Biscuits and Zidane on commentary.

The players for this event will be Hotashi (Elphelt), The Arm (Ramlethal), Shinobi! (Ky), Doren2k (Elphelt) and .Nova (Potemkin). 

The matches will be in a round robin format and each set will be first to three matches.


Street Fighter V Beta Update Adds Tutorial Mode with Classic Costumes

Players with the Street Fighter V beta may be surprised to find an update that unlocks SFV's tutorial mode is now waiting for them to download.

What's even more interesting is that this tutorial, which in storyline takes place sometime in the past when Ryu and Ken were still training under Gouken, also features classic costumes for the two iconic characters. Clean-shaven Ryu joins long-haired Ken as the game shows gamers how to play Street Fighter V.

Check out a short preview below.

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Second King of Fighters XIV Teaser Trailer Released

The second trailer for SNK Playmore's King of Fighters XIV has made its way online and while it reveals some new information about the game, it will probably do little to calm possible fears about the game's visuals.

The trailer, which only lasts 30 seconds, shows what appears to be in-game footage of Kyo, Iori and returning KOF characters Chang and Leona.

The footage, however, also bears no HUD or interface for the game, making it look like the title is still a work in progress. Check out the teaser after the jump.

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Killer Instinct Patch 2.11 Adds Gameplay Fixes, New Features

The latest patch for Killer Instinct is live, and while it includes mostly bug and gameplay fixes there are also a couple new features for players.

In terms of new features, players will now be able to watch replays in the Shadow Lab and the Cinder and Aria shadows have been added to the lab. They can also now purchase XP boosters from the store.

Meanwhile, the list of fixes is lengthy, correcting situations such as the game eating a player's inputs, two instances of a move coming from one button press and many other character-specific problems.

Players can check out the full patch notes, courtesy of Ultra Combo, after the jump.

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Datamining Reveals Possible Street Fighter V DLC, Pro Tour Events

Sifting through the code of games, completed or not, has recently become a tool in figuring out what players can expect from a title in the future. The process allowed gamers to learn of Ryu's inclusion in Smash Bros. before it was officially announced, and now it may have revealed some more information about Street Fighter V.

User AceKombat at Shoryuken pulled audio files from the game's beta that include the names of every character in the game, including six that are not yet officially revealed. These characters—Urien, Juri, Alex, Guile, Ibuki and a name that sounds like Fan—may well be the six mystery combatants that Capcom hinted at during Paris Game Week. The last name, Fan, could then represent another brand-new character to the franchise.

Also interesting is that there are audio files for specific tournaments and their locations in SFV and generic sound clips for Capcom Cup's online, ranking and premier events. This could indicate the major stops on next year's Capcom Pro Tour, as the company is looking to bolster the in-game presentation of the CPT.

For all the audio clips, head over to Shoryuken.


Super Desperation Radio Episode 434 Archive Online

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

It was a hodgepodge, a mishmash of ideas as Super Desperation Radio tackled the topics of the week.

The big news was SNK Playmore's departure from the pachislot business, and SDR discussed whether this meant players would actually see new console games from the developer.

The cast also discussed Dhalsim's inclusion in Street Fighter V, the recent events of Canada Cup and Youmacon, the list of changes in the new BlazBlue location test and the Evolution 2016 teaser trailer. In between all those topics, however, was a lot of nonsense.

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


SNK Playmore Refocusing Business, Leaving Pachinko Behind 

SNK Playmore has announced it will no longer be making pachislot machines, and is instead refocusing its business on game development and IP management.

In an official press release, SNKP said that moving forward the company will focus on mobile games and consumer games, mentioning Metal Slug Defense and the upcoming King of Fighters XIV as examples of each.

The company also said it holds globally recognized brands like Samurai Showdown, King of Fighters and Metal Slug, and will do more to monetize those brands going forward.

While this news certainly does not mean that fans should expect a torrent of new console titles in development from SNKP, this move will definitely give some players hope that the company is listening to its fans. 


Skullgirls Discounted as Part of Steam Halloween Sale

It feels like Skullgirls is always on sale somewhere, and this weekend is no exception.

As part of Steam's Halloween sale, which is currently running until Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. PDT, Lab Zero's fighter will be on sale for $3.74. Each of the DLC packs is also on special, costing $1.24 individually on $6.20 for all of them.

With the game and all its content primed to cost buyers just under $10, the holiday would be a good time to pick up the game if players don't already have it.


Exploring the Ramlethal Valentine Unblockable by Pain

Northern California's Pain has recently made a nine-minute video showing setups for and combos from Ramlethal's unblockable in Guilty Gear Xrd.

While unblockables have been a part of Guilty Gear since its earliest iterations, the one available to Ramlethal—and several other characters—takes advantage of the wallstick state that was added to Guilty Gear Xrd.

Pain has added an explanation of the unblockable as well as timestamps and notations to show which combos will work on different members of the cast.

Check out the video after the jump.

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Celebrate Halloween with the Horror Costume Packs for SF4

Halloween is a couple days away, but Capcom is clearly already in a festive mood as it has released several costume packs centered around the holiday.

Featuring the characters of Ultra Street Fighter IV as any number of ghoulish or absurd creatures, the eightdifferent Horror packs each feature four to five characters dressed up or transformed.

Whether it is zombie formalwear Ryu or Hugo as Frankenstein's monster, the outfits are sure to be entertaining for players looking to get in the holiday mood. The Horror Costume Packs are available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Steam platforms, and each of the individual packs can be bought for $3.99 with the whole set of costumes available for $19.99.

Check out the trailer for the costumes after the jump.

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