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Pokkén Tournament Coming to Japanese Arcades in 2015

During a special presentation on Niconico today, Bandai Namco and The Pokémon Company announced an unexpected collaboration titled Pokkén Tournament. Obviously taking cues from the SoulCalibur and Tekken series, Pokkén will be a 3-D Pokémon fighting game set to release in Japanese arcades in 2015. Both Tekken's Katsuhiro Harada and SoulCalibur's Masaaki Hoshino are working on the project.

According to Harada, the game is being designed for both fighting game veterans and new players alike to enjoy, and will not use the Tekken engine. Instead, Pokkén is being designed to focus on the action of combat with the fun of playing the game being the highest priority.

There has been no mention of if or when a console release of Pokkén Tournament is being planned. Check out the first trailer after the jump.

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Super Desperation Radio Episode 325 Archive Online

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

After what seems like months of rumors about a potential buyout, Twitch was acquired by Amazon and the cast talked at length about the surprising news and what it could mean for both companies in the future (it could just mean everybody gets Twitch Turbo along with their Amazon Prime subscription, nobody knows). 

Meanwhile, SNK Playmore registered a new Maximum Impact trademark, which lead to conversation about the failings of the older MI games as well as whether this new title is the game SNKP has been advertising jobs for, or if the company is possibly preparing two titles for the future.

The crew also took the closing minutes of the show to complain about Team Brokentier's recent fast food rankings, talking about restaurants that BT missed and creating their own top three lists.

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


The Show That Sucks #93 With Harrison And Honzo Gonzo Tonight At 10pm PST 

The Show That Sucks continues this week as we talk about Amazon buying Twitch, Pandora House NorCal Fight Club League and take a look at our local scene here in NorCal.

Have questions that are in dire need of answering? You can send them to Myself and Honzo Gonzo on Twitter anytime during the show.

Missed the show last week? Head over to our Podcast Section where you can check out every previous show in Youtube or Mp3 format.

Blowing up the FGC one week at a time, The Show That Sucks is a weekly Podcast with Harrison, the streamer of IPLAYWINNER, and Honzo Gonzo, the worst person on the internet.



Twitch Purchased by Amazon

After months of rumors, Twitch has finally announced its purchase, but not by Google as originally thought and reported. No, the video game streaming giant has been bought by Amazon. While the Wall Street Journal reported the supposed acquisition early on Aug. 25, Twitch's CEO Emmett Shear has put any doubt to rest:

Today, I’m pleased to announce we’ve been acquired by Amazon. We chose Amazon because they believe in our community, they share our values and long-term vision, and they want to help us get there faster. We’re keeping most everything the same: our office, our employees, our brand, and most importantly our independence. But with Amazon’s support we’ll have the resources to bring you an even better Twitch.

No details of the agreement have been made available at this time, but the WSJ is reporting that the deal will cost Amazon more than $1 billion. 


Pandora House NorCal Fight Club League Finale Friday, Aug. 22

This Friday will mark the end for season 1 of Pandora House Fight Club League. Fourteen of the best NorCal Ultra Street Fighter IV players have been battling it out for the past two weeks and now it's time to see who comes out on top.

If you missed the first two weeks you can check out both week one and week two on IPLAYWINNER's YouTube channel.

Players include: EG Ricky Ortiz, MMG El Cubano Loco, BJ Unchained, MMG Julio, pH Hoodaman, Kelvin Jeon, pH LPN, Nando, Crackfiend, Ramin, Crizzle, Dirty Paws, Nima and Filipino Champ.

The Finale will be held at Venue 550 iSan Francisco, California. Spectators are welcome, as there will be stations open for casuals with a $10 venue fee.

Feature matches will be held on IPW's Twitch channel starting at 8 p.m. PST.

For full results of the last two weeks hit the jump!

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UNIEL & USFIV Top 4 From Sacramento's Capitol Fight District At Best There Is Comics & Games

Capitol Fight District, our friends up in Sacramento, recorded matches from their recent tournament.

They held both Ultra Street Fighter IV and Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late tournaments at Best There Is Comics & Games found in the Roseville area on Aug. 16. The top four players from both games were recorded and uploaded to the CFD YouTube channel.

You can check playlist featuring all recorded videos after the jump!

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Videos: Chaos Code NSC 2.0 Beta Test Footage 

Tenryo has uploaded all the footage he recorded during recent beta tests of Chaos Code -New Sign of Catastrophe- 2.0. The YouTube playlist, which contains 15 videos and more than 7 hours of footage, provides a thorough look into the new version of the title.

Tenryo also claims he has some of the only footage of brand new character Lupinus.

Check out the playlist after the jump.

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Under Night In-Birth Now Available For Pre-Order On Amazon, Listing Dates Mar. 31, 2015 Release

The North American version of Under Night In-Birth can now be pre-ordered.

Aksys Games, North American publisher for UNIB's latest version Exe: Late, announced that the game is available to reserve at Amazon. While generally dated for 2015 on Aksys' site, Amazon lists the game to be available on March 31. Aside from the game itself, no other additional content has been revealed in the listing.

If you rather wait for the full English localization of Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late, then pre-order now.


The King of Fighters XIII Steam Edition Featured in The Humble Jumbo Bundle 2 Collection

SNK Playmore's latest fighting game is featured in the latest collection offered by the Humble Bundle.

Dubbed the Humble Jumbo Bundle 2, The King of Fighters XIII Steam Edition joins other games in the compilation including Terraria, Deadlight and Galactic Civilizations II. To access KOFXIII, you will need to pay above the current average mentioned on the bundle's page. All games, including KOFXIII, are redeemable through Steam. The KOFXIII soundtrack is also available when paying for the bundle.

If you were looking to buy the Steam Edition of KOFXIII but were unable to spend $29.99, this is your chance to get it for an affordable price while getting additional access to many other full games! In addition to buying these games, you are able to split your proceeds to the developers, the American Red Cross and Child's Play Charity.

The bundle will last until Sept. 2 so go contribute to the bundle here!


Archive Of Tekken Central's TTT2 5th Battle Meister Team Tournament At South Korea

If you need some South Korean Tekken, here is a team tournament featuring some high level players in one of the nation's major battlegrounds.

Korean Tekken community website Tekken Central arranged another edition of the Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Battle Meister team tournaments at Seoul's Green Game Land arcade.

The tournament composed of 16 three-man teams willing to prove who is the strongest this time around. Players including JDCR, Only Practice, Liliman, Moq and Misty are some of the many players who attended. The brackets, featuring every player, can be found here!

You can check out the archive from both prelims up to the finals after the jump!

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Super Desperation Radio Episode 324 Archive Online

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

It was a Super Desperation Radio episode full of value as the cast covered some of the recent events in gaming. They talked about the reopening of Super Arcade and the first large-scale UNIEL events to take place before the game's first SoCal major at West Coast Warzone in September.

The crew also discussed the oddity that is the upcoming release of Guilty Gear XX #Reload to Steam, and talked about the ongoing development of Skullgirls' Beowulf.

Lastly, SDR talked at length about the SFIV bug list and SuperFX's recent interview with Mike Z and Omni about it. 

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


Blade Arcus from Shining Adding Four New Characters

Sega's upcoming fighting game based on its Shining series of role-playing games is getting four new characters during its upcoming beta test. Roselinde and Fenrir will make an appearance from Shining Blade, while Melty and Isaac from Shining Hearts.

According to Gematsu, "Roselinde uses a 'power' battle style, and a lance and shield as weapons. Fenrir uses a 'rush-and-move battle style, and claws as a weapon. Melty uses a 'magic-and-throw' battle style, and a staff and her familiar Sorbet as weapons. Isaac uses an 'ancient weapons' battle style, but his actual weapon is unknown."

The new characters will join the six current Blade Arcus characters during testing at Club Sega Akihabara in Tokyo, Japan, on Aug. 22-24.


Why Me Dojo? 14 Tonight After Super Desperation Radio

Josh will be hosting Why Me Dojo? 14 tonight at 133 Copeland Street in Petaluma, CA. The games hosted will be Ultra Street Fighter 4(XBOX 360) and Super Smash Brothers Melee.

Registration starts at 7pm and continues till 8pm. Both games are $4 to enter and registration is just $1. 

If you can't make it out you can watch the stream live on our Channel at 8pm PST. Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook as well as keeping your web browser bookmarked to IPLAYWINNER for news and upcoming events.



Guilty Gear XX #Reload Coming to Steam Sept. 5

In surprising news, digital distribution company Kiss Ltd., in conjunction with fellow U.K.-based Funbox Media, will be bringing Guilty Gear XX #Reload to Steam on Sept. 5, 2014. Kiss has previously published Guilty Gear Isuka on the platform.

There is no information on what features will or will not be available in the Steam release of #Reload at this time.

Guilty Gear XX #Reload has previously been released in the U.S. on the original Xbox and as part of the Xbox Originals service. 


UNIEL Added to West Coast Warzone, Tekken Tag 2 Cancelled

The team behind West Coast Warzone has added Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late to its main roster for the upcoming tournament on Sept. 5-7, 2014. UNIEL will be replacing Tekken Tag Tournament 2, which has been cancelled "due to a lack of interest."

West Coast Warzone will be the first West Coast major featuring Under Night, so it will be interesting to see how many entrants the game attracts.

West Coast Warzone takes place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Anaheim-Orange County in Orange, California.


Pandora House Presents NorCal Fight Club Round 2, Saturday, Aug. 16

Pandora House and IPLAYWINNER are bringing you round two of NorCal Fight Club League! The same 14 competitors will fight for ranking and try to overcome their loses from last week.

The stream will begin at 7:30 p.m. PST on our Channel. The event will be hosted by Bay Area Fight Night at the MADE in Oakland. There will be plenty of stations for casuals, so those not competing are welcome to come down and play Ultra Street Fighter IV or other games!

For those who missed last week or are new to the league, the players are fighting for money, prizes and the right to call themselves the KING of NorCal in a round robin tournament. 

The players are as follows: EG Ricky Oritz, MMG Julio, pH Hoodaman, Kelvin Jeon, BJ Unchained, pH LPN, Crackfiend, Ramin, Nima, Dirty Paws, MMG El Cubano Loco, Nando, Crizzle, and Filipino Champ.

Full standings and replays are after the jump!

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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Playable at Wednesday Night Fights on Aug. 20

Level|Up has announced that the sequel to Persona 4 Arena will be playable a month before its release date during a special event at Super Arcade on Aug. 20, 2014, during the weekly Wednesday Night Fights tournament.

For a small venue fee, players will have access to several demo stations of the game to check it out before P4AU releases on Sept. 30, 2014. Attendees and those watching on Level|Up's Twitch channel will also be treated to special Kanji vs Akihiko grudge match featuring Alex Valle and Kanji's voice actor, Matthew Mercer, who will also be in attendance for the event.


Ed Boon Says MKX Will Have More New Characters Than Ever Before

IGN's Luke Karmali recently talked to series creator Ed Boon about the upcoming Mortal Kombat X and its "new blood," so to speak, the new story and characters.

Boon said that while characters like Cassie Cage will not rule out the inclusion of related classic character like her parents, Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade, the focus is on bringing new players to the forefront. He even said that NetherRealm Studios is "probably introducing more [new characters] in this game than in any other MK title ever." Boon was quick, however, to say that old favorites could always be added to the game later by way of DLC.

Boon also talked more about MKX's story and the time jumps that will occur throughout. He claimed that gamers will see big shifts in power over the course of the narrative, and that flashbacks and jumps forward of 5 to 10 years will be used. Boon even admitted that once the story of MKX is complete he's not sure where Mortal Kombat will go from there.

The whole interview can be found at IGN.


Yukiko, Yosuke and Yu Trailers Released for Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

Atlus USA has released Yukiko Amagi, Yosuke Hanamura and Yu Narukami trailers for the English version of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax.

The trailers show a brief overview of what the characters will be capable of in Persona 4 Arena's sequel, as well as glimpses of the new game's continuing storyline.

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax launches on Sept. 30, 2014, in the U.S.

Hit the jump for the trailers.

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Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Online Matches With EVO 2013 Champion Knee

Credit: FomosIf you want to watch more from one of the best players in the Korean Tekken scene, here is your chance!

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 EVO 2013 champion Knee has uploaded his Afreeca stream archives to his official YouTube channel. He uses multiple characters and takes on Korean and Japanese players online for hours of footage. In addition, guests from the Korean scene also come by and play.

You can some videos including a two and a half-hour long ranked match battle with Japanese player Chikurin after the jump!

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