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Wizard World Gaming returns with 2017 tour

After serving as the host for most of the Tekken Tour in 2016, Wizard World is returning in 2017 with tournaments in mainstay FGC titles.

Wizard World Gaming will be part of 10 dates in the convention schedule, with Tekken 7 again being a feature title. Street Fighter V and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will also be run at select Wizard World conventions.

Wizard World's first stop will be Portland, Oregon, on Feb. 17-19. For the other locations as well as a breakdown of what games will be played at each Wizard World event, check out the Wizard World Gaming official website


Super Desperation Radio episode 604 archive online

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

While SDR was missing Sanchez and SuperFX this week, they were easily replaced by Metaphysics and RSBlackrose who filled in to talk about this week's topics.

And the topics were tournaments, as the crew talked about the Evolution 2017 lineup, the CEO 2017 lineup and the King of Fighters XIV World Championship. Lastly, with Frosty Faustings IX in the rearview mirror for 2017, Blackrose provided some insight into the event and how it ran.

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.


Ninth edition of Japan's biggest Tekken team tournament series Mastercup coming November 2017

The Mastercup tournament series in Japan will be on its 10th anniversary this year with a new entry.

The ninth 5v5 team tournament will take place on Nov. 4, 2017, with Tekken 7: Fated Retribution taking the helm. Since its inception back in 2007 with Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection, Mastercup has been growing with each entry.

Aside from the tournament's date and its location in Tokyo, Japan, no other details have been announced at this time.

For now check out footage of the finals from Mastercup 8 after the jump!

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Square-Enix announces Million Arthur fighting game Arcana Blood

Japanese arcades will have a fighting game adaptation of a card-based mobile game series called Million Arthur this Fall.

Fully named Million Arthur: Arcana Blood, this Square-Enix published game influenced by the legend of King Arthur will be an anime-style 2-D fighter. Based on the footage after the jump, players can expect mechanics like air-dashing and bursts. Special to MAAB is the "Support Knight" cards which act as assists. Players can equip a set of three cards with each requiring a certain amount of assist points to use.

There are currently five characters confirmed so far and the game will have a playable build at this year's Japanese Amusement Expo on Feb. 10-12. The final release will be running on Taito's NESiCAxLive 2 platform.

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SNK releases player list, new schedule for KOF XIV World Championship

SNK has altered the schedule for its King of Fighters XIV World Championship, reducing its number of days from two to one.

Originally scheduled as a two-part tournament that would take place in both Japan and China, the event will now be a one-day event happening in Tokyo, Japan, on Feb. 18, 2017. SNK states the change was as a "response to requests from the tournament players."

The player list for the event has also been finalized. Invited players include: Alioune, Cipher, ET, Xiaohai, Fionel, gxbridget, KaneBlueRiver, Ball HK, MADKOF, Dakou, Lancer, Naiwang, Picnic, Reynald, M' and Toshi.

For the full announcement, readers can head over to SNK's website.


Capcom corrects SFV Season 2 change list, talks future plans

Capcom has updated the list of Season 2 changes for Street Fighter V to correct problems with its original publication. In some cases, the values were listed incorrectly and some changes were accidentally left off the list altogether. Characters affected by these issues include Ibuki, Birdie, Juri, Alex, Ken and Karin.

Additionally, the company is watching "character performance" in Season 2 to decide if more balance changes are needed as the year continues and plans to continue improving the network quality of online play with an update in the spring.


New KOFXIV DLC to feature unique outfits for Shun'ei & Nakoruru

SNK will be releasing more alternate outfits as downloadable content in The King of Fighters XIV.

This latest batch of outfits will be for both Shun'ei and Nakoruru. Unlike the classic outfits that Kyo and Athena have, these costumes will be newer designs. Shun'ei gets a Chinese kung-fu uniform while Nakoruru has a modern school uniform from her home village of Kamui Kotan.

As of this post, the PlayStation Store in Japan and Asia have the outfits. The North American and European PS Store outlets will have to wait for them to appear. Expect the DLC to be priced at $2.99 similar to the classic Athena costume. Check out both videos after the jump!

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Evolution 2017 lineup announced

In a sit-down interview with Mike Ross on Red Bull eSports, Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar revealed the games that will be part of Evo 2017.

The Evolution staff has chosen eight games for competition at this year's Evo: Street Fighter V, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Injustice 2, Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev. 2, BlazBlue Central Fiction and King of Fighters XIV.


A ninth game will also be added to the roster as a result of Evo's first player vote since 2013. Mortal Kombat XL, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Skullgirls, Pokkén Tournament, Killer Instinct, Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Arms, Windjammers and Nidhogg will compete for the spot via money donated on  The game that wins will have a guaranteed $10,000 prize pot and will open Evo finals on the main stage on Sunday, July 16, 2017.


For its part, Arc System Works is working to prepare a playable demo version of Guilty Gear Xrd Rev. 2 for competitors in the same way that -Revelator- had in the spring of 2016. Mark "Markman" Julio also made his yearly appearance, bringing with him the first gameplay trailer of Tekken 7's preorder DLC character, Eliza.


Registration for Evolution 2017 opens Jan. 24, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. PST on the Evo website. Competitors can also register for their hotel rooms at Mandalay Bay.

Evolution 2017 is coming July 14-16! Make sure to check the Evo website for updates!

The Evolution staff has chosen eight games for competition at this year's Evo: Street Fighter V, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Injustice 2, Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev. 2, BlazBlue Central Fiction and King of Fighters XIV. A ninth game will also be added to the roster as a result of Evo's first player vote since 2010. X, X and X will compete for votes cast IN THIS WAY

Other information revealed includes the return of the Indie Games area. Brook's Super Converters will be allowed but can be banned if any future issues affect them.


Gameplay trailer for Tekken 7 pre-order bonus character Eliza

Check out the trailer to the once Tekken Revolution-only character after the jump!

Those who preorder Tekken 7 before its June 2, 2017, release will be able to play as Eliza. The female vampire character was chosen by fans during a character poll for TR. She was only unlockable in the free-to-play Tekken game by grinding matches for "blood scrolls."

Now that Eliza is returning for T7, she will be revamped to cater to the new gameplay mechanics.

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'Injustice Watchtower' reveals Robin trailer, beta and gameplay details

NetherRealm Studios held its first "Injustice Watchtower" stream for the upcoming game, showing off the gameplay trailer for Robin as well as offering more details of the game's beta and revealed characters.

The big news is that codes for the Injustice 2 beta are starting to be sent in waves to players who signed up for the program. The trial will include four characters—Batman, Supergirl, Superman and Atrocitus— at launch, rollback netcode and debut the game's equipment system for players to try out.

The equipment system allows players to customize a character in both gameplay and appearance, as different clothing or armor can provide different bonuses. There are also ability slots that can change a character's special moves, with some abilities even taking up more than one equip slot.

The stream also showed off the new Robin gameplay trailer as well as real matches involving Atrocitus and Batman. Players can check out the stream archive at Twitch and the Robin trailer after the jump.

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Hori Japan announces Tekken 7-branded arcade stick for the PlayStation 4

The Japanese branch of Hori will be reintroducing an older stick design when Tekken 7 comes out in the region.

The Real Arcade Pro "N" model will return with special T7 artwork. Unlike the modern Real Arcade Pro models with a stylized look, the RAP N series uses a more rectangular box design. Unique features include a small door to conceal the Options button and a bigger control panel. It will also include support for PS4 headsets thanks to the port on the rear end.

This stick will be available simultaneously with Tekken 7 in Japan on June 1, 2017. There are currently no plans for this stick to be available outside Japan.


Super Desperation Radio episode 603 archive online

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

Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar joined SDR to talk about the impending Evolution 2017 games announcement as well as the different preparation that goes into creating Evo every year.

During the rest of the show, the cast talked about taunting in and out of the game, the newly announced Tekken 7 console release date, updates to KOF XIV and Skullgirls and each cast member chose the games they think will be a part of Evo 2017.

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.


Skullgirls "lobby patch" detailed, release starting Jan. 23

Skullgirls 2nd Encore will received its long-awaited patch offering eight-player lobbies and plenty of other changes starting on Jan. 23.

The patch, which will launch for Steam, PlayStation 4 and Vita in North America, will include not only the lobbies but also support for both Japanese and English voices during a match, an expanded tutorial mode to teach players about concepts like double snaps and improvements to training mode.

In addition to the general system and infrastructure changes, the patch will include plenty of alterations for the entire Skullgirls cast. For the full list of changes, head over to the official Skullgirls website.  

The new update will only be available on Jan. 23 for Steam users worldwide and North American PS4 and Vita owners. Xbox 360, PS3 and European and Japanese players on other platforms will have to wait a little while longer.


Tekken 7 comes home June 2, 2017

The newest entry in Bandai Namco's Tekken series comes to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Steam right at the halfway point of 2017.


The date is definitely later than the game's original "early 2017" launch date that had been suggested by its developer, but according to Ign, Tekken Project Leader Katsuhiro Harada recently stated "We were trying to do everything we could to make that date happen … but in the end we came to the decision that [after] seeing releases from other companies, as well as some of the past of our own, where maybe things weren’t working 100% at launch ... we made a very difficult decision of moving it to June to include all of the original content that we’d originally planned."

With that in mind, Bandai Namco has outlined many details of the game's June release. First, Tekken 7 will offer the series' first collector's edition, coming with a special Kazuya and Heihachi statue, a steel book case and soundtrack. The game will also offer Tekken's first Season Pass, guaranteeing more new characters, new stages, a new game mode, costumes and bonus "Metallic" skins after the game's release. Third, the PlayStation 4 version of the game will gain exclusive content in the form of classic costumes from previous Tekken games including Jin's Tekken 4 hoodie and formal King from Tekken2.

Lastly, the spirit of Tekken Revolution lives on as Eliza has been added to Tekken 7 as a preorder bonus. For more information on the game and its release, head over to Bandai Namco's website. Players can watch the game's new trailer after the jump.

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King of Fighters XIV version 1.11 live, patch notes released

The new patch for SNK's King of Fighters XIV is live, and the company has released the list of changes that accompanies the update.

The big fixes coming in 1.11 include several tweaks to the game's online mode, intended to fix different issues players were having since the 1.10 patch was released, and the removal of Ramon's infinite by disabling the dash cancel properties of his crouching light punch. Other characters have received move adjustments in terms of damage or other properties.

SNK has also announced an upcoming version 1.12 patch to fix "fix online matching and other issues." For the full list of translated 1.11 changes, head over to SNK's website.


New footage shown for Gundam Versus, closed beta upcoming

Bandai Namco showed off new gameplay from its upcoming Gundam Versus at the Taipei Game Show 2017 and announced that a closed beta test will be coming in March for the arena fighting title.

According to Gemastu, the beta will based on feedback from November's alpha test and will be available in Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and South Korea with both online and offline play.

The game will also include new mobile suits "Z Gundam, ZZ Gundam, Victory 2 Gundam, GN-X (Sergei Smirnov), and Union Flag Custom (Graham Aker)" in addition to the ones included in the alpha.

No release date for the game has been announced, but Gundam Versus is scheduled to launch exclusively for PlayStation 4. Players can check out the game's new footage after the jump.

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Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 first location test changes revealed

The first location test for Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 happens Jan. 20-22, 2017, and Arc System Works has made public its list of changes for this version of the new update.

The pdf contains both system changes as well as alterations for every character in the -Revelator- cast. Additionally, a document containing move lists for the entire cast including Answer and Baiken has been released, with new moves or changed properties highlighted in yellow.

The original lists are in Japanese, but there is already a Google Document collecting translated changes and Greatfernman has created an Evernote with his own translations. Also, as this is a location test, none of these changes are necessarily final.


Registration open for Injustice 2 beta

Players can now register to be part of an upcoming online beta test for Injustice 2.

NetherRealm Studios Creative Director Ed Boon made the announcement on Twitter, pointing everyone to the sign-up site but offering nothing more in the way of information, such as a start date for the beta.

It's also unknown how much content will be offered when the beta goes live. NRS previously offered an "Enhanced Online Beta" when the company was porting MKXL to the PC platform and finalizing new netcode, but it's unlikely that the Injustice 2 test will be anything more than a tease of what's to come in the game's final release. 

Injustice 2 releases May 16, 2017, for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles.


UMvC3 wider digital release, physical copies coming March 7

Capcom will be extending its digital release of Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 to other modern platforms and offering a limited physical release of the game starting on March 7, 2017.

According to a post on Capcom Unity, the game's promised PC and Xbox One ports will be offered at the same price as the PlayStation 4 version of the game, $24.99. In addition, the rumors of a new physical edition of the game were indeed true as Gamestop (and its family of stores including EB Games) will offer a limited release of the game complete with never cover art and a comic detailing the game's story.

This physical version of the game will be exclusive to Gamestop and will only be available for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles at the price of $29.99.


Razer Panthera arcade stick gets Xinput driver, downloadable now

Microsoft's Xinput controller driver for PC is now available for Razer's first PlayStation 4 arcade stick.

Owners of the Panthera can now download the driver here. Following a fast installation process, Xinput will activate when the stick is set to PS4 mode. PlayStation 3 mode only features Direct Input.

During a quick test, both Street Fighter V and The King of Fighters XIII on PC confirm that the Panthera is recognized as an Xbox 360 controller. There were no conflicts when another stick with Xinput was plugged in. The driver unfortunately wasn't identified by Killer Instinct. If you are looking to play KI with the Panthera, either wait for an updated driver or look into Razer's Atrox sticks.

You can read the review for Razer's Panthera here.