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Sunday
Apr172016

Two more titles announced for AnimEvo 2016

During Evolution 2016 weekend, the people behind AnimEvo will now be hosting 13 side tournaments for various games.

When Daryl "DJCream" Bunao joined Super Desperation Radio on April 4, he announced tournaments for 11 titles: Persona 4 Ultimax, BlazBlue Chronophantasma Extend, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R, Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax Ignition, Under Night In-Birth:Exe Late, Koihime Enbu, Gundam Extreme Vs Full Boost, Vampire Savior, Nitroplus Blasterz, Melty Blood Actress Again and Blade Arcus.

Now, Aquapazza and Arcana Heart 3: Love Max!!!!! have been added to the AnimEvo roster as well. There is no set schedule for AnimEvo 2016 yet, but interested players can follow the AnimEvo Twitter account to get the latest information or ask questions of the organizers.

Thursday
Apr142016

Japanese XrdR and BBCF exhibitions to feature English commentary

Upcoming exhibitions of Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- and BlazBlue Central Fiction in Japan will feature high-level play along with English commentary.

The first event will be a first-to-seven match in -Revelator- and feature 310's Venom against a mystery opponent. This will take place at roughly 5:00 p.m. Japan Standard Time (1 a.m. PDT, 4 a.m. EDT) on April 16 and be streamed on Jonio's Twitch channel with commentary by MajinObama.

Two BBCF exhibitions will follow the next day. Dora Bang will face of against Fumi's Nine and Ryo's Litchi will fight Shima's Izanami. These first-to-five sets will take place Sunday, April 17, at noon JST (Saturday, April 16, at 8 p.m. PDT, 11 p.m. EDT) with streaming on MajinObama's Twitch channel and commentary by Guymam.

Thursday
Apr142016

Mai and new character Banderas Hattori join King of Fighters XIV

The 12th teaser trailer for King of Fighters XIV has revealed two more characters entering the fray.

Fan favorite Mai Shiranui is revealed at the beginning of the trailer, and new fighter Banderas is revealed shortly after.

Banderas looks to be a wannabe ninja who is looking for a master to teach him, and has several stereotypical ninja moves including an izuna drop and a log decoy.

Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Wednesday
Apr132016

Skullgirls 2nd Encore Features DLC released, on sale on Steam

Skullgirls has been updated with new gameplay modes and that DLC is 33 percent off on Steam for a limited time.

Priced at $10.04—the main Skullgirls game will cost players $9.99—until April 20, 2nd Encore now includes all DLC characters and colors along with the new 2nd Encore Features DLC. Features includes a fully voiced story mode, challenge mode, survival mode and a trial mode containing "actually-useful combos."

For more information on the new offerings, check out Mike Z's announcement on Steam.

Tuesday
Apr122016

BlazBlue Central Fiction coming to PS3, PS4, adds character Es

BlazBlue Central Fiction is coming to the PlayStation 3 and 4 consoles, and when it does Xblaze protagonist Es will be added to the roster.

Famitsu's website revealed that an upcoming issue of the magazine will feature a 10-page article about the console version of BBCF, including an interview with series producer Toshimichi Mori.

Es' addition to BBCF is interesting in that while Xblaze takes place in the same universe as BlazBlue, the two have not actively been connected in story until now. However, according to Dustloop "the main character from Lost: Memories resembles BlazBlue's Nine to such an extent that many believe they are the same person."

No release date has yet been given for the title.

Monday
Apr112016

Super Desperation Radio episode 511 archive online

The latest episode of Super Desperation Radio is now available for watching on Team Spooky's YouTube channel.

King of Fighters XIV and its ever-increasing roster dominated the conversation on SDR episode 511. The crew talked about the new characters, returning favorites and how the game has been shaping up every time it is shown at an event. SDR discussed how the new gameplay features may or may not be well received by KOF XIII players and what those gameplay options could mean for XIV.

Other SDR topics included the recently discovered Alex glitch in SFV as well as more discussion about the Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- demo.

Super Desperation Radio is live every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PDT on Team Spooky, and will be archived at the TS YouTube channel. Classic episodes can still be found on the IPLAYWINNER YouTube.

 

Monday
Apr112016

New Killer Instinct patch changes league scoring, fixes bugs

A new patch for Killer Instinct is bringing new scoring to Ranked League play and fixing a couple issues with game bugs.

The biggest news in the patch is the changes to scoring in online Ranked Leagues, as matches are now best two out of three on Gold and Killer tiers. As the sets now take longer to complete, points given for winning (and those subtracted for losing) have been increased and the points a player needs to lose to rank down have also been adjusted.

The other changes in the patch include small fixes for Glacius and Kan-Ra, as well "service improvements" for cross-buy and a note to update both versions of the game.

For a complete breakdown of the League points changes, head over to Ultra Combo.

Friday
Apr082016

Japanese -Revelator- exhibitions to feature English commentary

Two upcoming first-to-seven exhibitions of Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- in Japan will feature high-level play showing off one of the title's new characters, Jack-O, along with English commentary.

The first match will feature Mike's Jack-O pitted against Hase's Slayer. This will take place at 5:00 p.m. Japan Standard Time (1 a.m. PDT, 4 a.m. EDT) on April 9 and be streamed on Jonio's Twitch channel with commentary by MajinObama.

The second event will show FG's Jack-O facing off with Samitto's Chipp. This second exhibition will take place Sunday, April 10, at noon JST (Saturday, April 9, at 8 p.m. PDT, 11 p.m. EDT) with streaming on MajinObama's Twitch channel with his commentary.

Friday
Apr082016

Review: Hori Hayabusa buttons

Hori Hayabusa buttons installed on a Hori Fighting Edge arcade stickAfter a small period of depending on arcade stick parts from Sanwa Denshi and Seimitsu, Hori reentered the proprietary parts market with the Hayabusa lever and Kuro pushbuttons in 2012. The buttons, when packaged with the Fighting Edge arcade stick, seemed to feel pretty good and sort of comparable to the popular Sanwa OBSF-30 series to this reviewer but the rest of the world didn't agree. It became apparent, however, when Hori began to sell the Kuro buttons separately that something about them felt off. They didn't feel the same as the Kuro set in the Fighting Edge. While they still perform decently, the Kuro buttons later became something I wouldn't recommend.

HORI HAYABUSA BUTTONS SCREENSHOTS

Hori listened to that lukewarm reception and began developing new proprietary pushbuttons. Introduced in the current line of Real Arcade Pro sticks, Hori's Hayabusa button was made to alleviate the problems found in the Kuro model. Even if it seems odd that the Hayabusa name now encompasses both the lever and the buttons, it looks like Hori is letting players know both are of arcade-level quality. Despite some quirks, the Hayabusa button so far improves on its predecessor.

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Thursday
Apr072016

Killer Instinct flipout tutorial by Sajam

Killer Instinct's Season 3 has added a lot of changes to the game, including the new flipout mechanic.

Much like an air reel or reset in games like Street Fighter III: Third Strike, KI's flipout allows players to either continue a combo or try to reset an opponent for more damage. 

To help explain the new addition to KI's mixup options, Sajam has recorded a roughly four-minute breakdown explaining both offensive and defensive options when flipout is utilized. Although only focused TJ Combo's flipout decisions, the video can be a great help in understanding the new mechanic.

Check out the video after the jump or on Sajam's YouTube channel.

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Thursday
Apr072016

Pachislot character, cloaked figure join King of Fighters XIV cast

The 11th teaser trailer for King of Fighters XIV has revealed two new characters joining the franchise.

The first is Mui Mui, who made her first appearance in SNK's Dragon Gal pachislot game and attacks with fire-based and aerial assaults.

The other newcomer is Kukri, who manipulates sand and uses it to either attack opponents or move around the screen.

Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Thursday
Apr072016

Being "Free" episodes 3-5 now available

Chris Ceglia's podcast offering a behind-the-scenes look at event production in the fighting game scene has uploaded three new epsisodes.

During Being "Free" episode three, recorded during NorCal Regionals, Ceglia is joined by Giby "ManChest" Zia and Honzo Gonzo as they talk about past blowups and mistakes made along the way.

Episodes four and five, meanwhile, were recorded at Wizard World in St. Louis, Missouri, as guests Mark "MarkMan" Julio, a returning Honzo Gonzo and TeamSpooky's Min discuss recent events and why players should consider attending a WW event.

Listeners can find all episodes of Being "Free" at SoundCloud.

Wednesday
Apr062016

Capcom responds to Street Fighter V content criticism

Yoshinori Ono has heard the complaints about Street Fighter V since its release.

In a recent interview, Ono admitted that "it's safe to say that we underestimated the popularity of some of the single-player features" that were missing when SFV launched and that Capcom is working to rectify those issues.

"The Capcom Pro Tour wasn't the only reason for why the game was released when it was," Ono said. "We understand that if we had more features ready at launch, it probably would've been better received by some of our more casual fans who tend to enjoy Street Fighter more via single-player content, as opposed to competitive play."

Ono pointed to Survival and Story modes, saying that Capcom has plans to expand those options for players demanding a more robust single player experience and that the company looks at SFV like "a marathon and not a sprint," with plans to work on the title for years to come.

Wednesday
Apr062016

Killer Instinct World Cup 2017 season announced

The path to the Killer Instinct World Cup in 2017 has been unveiled, along with the rules that will govern its qualifying events.

In a post by KIWC head Brandon Alexander on Ultra Combo, the details of automatic qualification events were laid out as well as the ranking points that will accompany both online and offline events.

There are currently 12 offline events that will grant the winning player a spot at the KI World Cup, but more may be added in the future. The KI Pro League and 8 Bit Beatdown tournaments will cover the online portion of qualifying.

Alexander also addressed some rules for this year's event, saying that both Combo Assist Mode and Shadow Jago will be legal at qualifiers. 

For more information and a points breakdown, check out Ultra Combo.

 

Tuesday
Apr052016

Shadow Jago now permanently available in Killer Instinct

The former limited time only downloadable character Shadow Jago can now always be purchased in Killer Instinct.

In a post on Ultra Combo, Iron Galaxy announced that fan response to KI Season 3 and "popular demand" were such that the character will now always be a part of the regular roster.

Shadow Jago was originally a reskin of Jago, but after the KI Community Fund reached $100,000 he was developed into his own character. Previously only offered from Dec. 18, 2015 through Jan. 15, 2016 and again when KI Season 3 released, he will now always be available for purchase through the online store for $9.99.

Tuesday
Apr052016

Aksys Academy introduces throw breaks in Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator-

Aksys Games has created a new video series to teach the basics of games like Guilty Gear and BlazBlue. Named Aksys Academy, the short videos are narrated by James Xie as he walks players through concepts in the games with mostly untechnical terms.

The first Aksys Academy focuses on the addition of throw breaks in Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator-. A feature that many felt was sorely missed in -Sign-, breaking returns in -Revelator- and Aksys Academy explains how characters react to the situation of a throw break and when players can and cannot break a throw.

Check out the video after the jump.

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Monday
Apr042016

Super Desperation Radio Episode 510 archive online

The latest episode of Super Desperation Radio is now available for watching on Team Spooky's YouTube channel.

After a week off, Super Desperation Radio recapped NorCal Regionals and briefly discussed the Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- demo before Daryl "DJcream" Bunao joined the show to discuss the early plans for AnimEvo 2016.

There will be 11 titles that form AnimEvo in 2016: Persona 4 Ultimax, BlazBlue Chronophantasma Extend, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R, Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax Ignition, Under Night In-Birth:Exe Late, Koihime Enbu, Gundam Extreme Vs Full Boost, Vampire Savior, Nitroplus Blasterz, Melty Blood Actress Again and Blade Arcus.

Later in the show, Sanchez talked about a few more of his problems with Street Fighter V along with giving a quick breakdown of Alex's release in the game.

Super Desperation Radio is live every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PST on Team Spooky, and will be archived at the TS YouTube channel. Classic episodes can still be found on the IPLAYWINNER YouTube.

 

Friday
Apr012016

King of Fighters titles added to US Round 1 NESiCAxLive library

Round 1 has announced that three more games are now available to play on their NESiCAxLive system all throughout the United States.

The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match, King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match Final Edition and King of Fighters XIII Climax are now playable. All three titles have all been previously released on Steam, but before that had received no release outside of Japanese arcades.

The addition of these three games is another step forward in Round 1's U.S. expansion of the NESiCA system, and brings hope to people who would like to see some of the service's more niche titles at U.S. Round 1 locations.

Thursday
Mar312016

Geese Howard returns in King of Fighters XIV

The 10th teaser trailer for King of Fighters XIV has been released, and it shows three more additions to the cast: Geese Howard, Ryo Sakazaki and Joe Higashi.

The teaser stars Geese and Ryo, showcasing Geese's counters before showing off the different moves that he and Ryo will have in the new game. Players can blink and miss Joe, who only shows up to get swatted away by Howard.

Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Thursday
Mar312016

Killer Instinct Season 3 character breakdowns by Sajam

Southern California's Stephen "Sajam" Lyon has created new videos that explore the four new characters in Killer Instinct Season 3: Rash, Arbiter, Kim Wu and Tusk.

Each of the videos discusses normal moves, specials, enders, Instinct Mode and character-specific nuances for each newcomer. The videos serve as great primers for people wanting to know more about each character without doing all the legwork themselves.

Players can check out the videos at Sajam's YouTube channel.