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Monday
May092016

Archive of Samurai Shodown III & Fatal Fury Special from Mikado Odaiba Great Battle

The people behind Takadanobaba Game Center Mikado in Tokyo, Japan, organized a tournament event dedicated for two of SNK's less prominent fighting games.

Mikado Odaiba Great Battle ~Zansamu vs Garosupe~ was held at Tokyo Culture Club in the city's Odaiba island on April 24. Both Zansamu and Garosupe refer to Samurai Shodown III and Fatal Fury Special respectively. Despite not having the bigger playerbase, the event brought 29 FF Special players while SSIII held out at 24.

The full archive of the tournaments can be found after the jump!

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Monday
May092016

Notes on fighting Karin with Ryu in Street Fighter V by Daigo

After Justin Wong's victory at Dreamhack Austin, Jiyuna posted the translation of Daigo Umehara's notes—from a stream recorded early in April—on how Ryu can effectively fight Karin in SFV.

Daigo's notes focus on attacking Karin at ranges Ryu will outperform her in terms of damage and threat, which he feels are in close as well as outside the range of her normals. He even talks how Ryu should choose to move against the character—dashing and jumping, never walking—and why sweep can be a strong tool in the matchup.

While the notes are perhaps not as extensive as some players might hope for, they still can offer competitors a place to start against a difficult character.

Monday
May092016

New video shows possible evolution of Firebrand team

BabaGhan0ush and Snake Tits have recorded a video showing what they believe to be the final evolution of the Firebrand team in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

Teaming with Morrigan and Iron Man, the team can always build enough meter to continue the capture loop until the entire opposing team is dead.

While some players have already questioned the team's viability due to its use of characters seen as weak in neutral and without great ability to open up an opposing player, Snake Tits says the team is only in its development stages at the present time.

Check out the proof of concept video after the jump.

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Sunday
May082016

KSB 2016 Interview with Machaboo

In the aftermath of KVO x TSB 2016, Biscuits—with the help of Jiyuna—sat down and interviewed the winner of Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator-, Machaboo.

In the short interview, Machaboo answered questions about his recent switch to Sin from Ky, his thoughts on the strongest characters in -Revelator- and who he is most worried about when he comes to the U.S. to compete in Evolution 2016.

Check out the conversation after the jump.

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Friday
May062016

-Revelator- Raven overview by Manchester Battle Arena

During the recent PLAY Expo Blackpool from April 30 to May 1, 2016, Manchester Battle Arena recorded a 30-minute video showing off Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator-'s upcoming console character, Raven.

The video not only offers a brief rundown of the character's normals, specials and supers—much like Arc System Works' own introductory video—but also shows off match play against another new character, Kum Haehyun, and seeks to answer more questions about the character.

Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- releases on PlayStation 3 and 4 consoles on May 26 in Japan, June 7 in North America and June 10 in Europe. Check out the video after the jump.

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Thursday
May052016

Tekken 7 Tour archives now include Northwest Majors 8 

The official Bandai Namco Entertainment fighting game channel is uploading match footage from all stops on the Tekken 7 Tour, and that now includes the recent Northwest Majors 8 in Des Moines, Washington.

With commentary by Tasty Steve, Aris, MarkMan and Rip, footage from the first three stops includes an amazing list of players. Competitors such as Inkognito, Jimmy J Tran, Spiero Gin, Renikon, Anakin and even South Korea's Saint and Sodam all guarantee there are plenty of high-level matches for either new or returning viewers to enjoy.

The Tekken 7 Tour will continue throughout the summer all the way to the end of October, with 13 events left for players to attend. Those interested in checking out the stop nearest to them can find the list of dates here.

Tuesday
May032016

Upcoming South Korean tournament by Spiritzero will provide hotel and flight to Evo 2016

Spiritzero, the people behind the Street Fighter V MagicStick Cup will have another tournament on May 15, 2016, in South Korea to bring the winner to this year's Evolution.

The Road to Evo 2016 tournament will accommodate both flight to and hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Like MagicStick Cup, this tournament will be at the Anyang Creative Economic Convergence Center at Seoul's Gyeonggi province. According to the announcement trailer found after the jump, Razer's Infiltration will be at the event as a commentator.

For those living in Korea, you can sign up now at the Challonge page. Take note that there is a 128-player cap so don't wait. More information, including rules, can be found on Spiritzero's event site.

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Tuesday
May032016

Upcoming -Revelator- exhibition will feature Karinchu vs. Nakamura

Another chapter in the recent string of Japanese exhibitions with English commentary has been announced. These events are normally contested between high-ranked players in either Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- or Blazblue Central Fiction in an effort to share long-set Japanese play with viewers outside the country.

The next first-to-seven exhibition happens on May 7 as Karinchu utilizes one of the characters returning in -Revelator-, Johnny, as he faces off with Nakamura's Millia.

This will take place at 6:00 p.m. Japan Standard Time (2 a.m. PDT, 5 a.m. EDT) and be streamed on Jonio's Twitch channel with commentary by MajinObama.

Tuesday
May032016

Preorder packages for Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR- in Europe detailed

The European release of the newest Guilty Gear Xrd entry on June 10 has some neat preorder bonuses depending on where you get the game.

Rice Digital will be selling a special "Let's Rock!" edition which features an art book; a CD and limited vinyl press of Guilty Gear songs played at Soundlive 2014; and a downloadable code for upcoming character Raven.

If you just want an official shirt, British retailer chain GAME will have it available for those who preorder the game either on PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4. GAME and other European retailers will also carry the art book and a code for Raven.

Tuesday
May032016

Super Desperation Radio episode 514 archive online

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

SDR tackled three major topics this week, starting with Northwest Majors 8. The cast covered the Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator-, Street Fighter V and mystery tournaments, and SuperFX talked about his experiences in Washington over the weekend.

Hellpockets then talked about the first tournament for the still-in-development King of Fighters XIV that took place in Japan, and how he felt seeing the game in action.

Lastly, the new coaching rules for Evolution 2016 have generated conversation in fighting games about the role (or lack thereof) of coaching in tournament play and the members of SDR weighed in with their opinions.

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.

 

Friday
Apr292016

Anime Weekend Sale on Steam discounts various fighting games including Koihime Enbu preorder

Steam's latest weekend promotion for April 28-May 2 is all about anime-centric games with some fighting games joining the batch.

As the name suggests, the Anime Weekend Sale allows people to buy various themed games, including fighters, for a lower price. On SNK Playmore's side, The King of Fighters XIII, The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match Final Edition and The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match are discounted. Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- and Battle Fantasia are some of the featured from Arc System Works. The recently released Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code is not part of the sale. Other fighters include Dead or Alive 5 Last Round and Yatagarasu: Attack on Cataclysm.

While planned for release on May 19, 2016, Unknown Games' Koihime Enbu joined the sale with a limited preorder price of $31.99. It includes both the game and the soundtrack in the package.

Using Steam's tag system, make sure to check out the list featuring fighting games now on sale. The sale ends on May 2 at 10 p.m. PDT.

Wednesday
Apr272016

Panda Global adds MarlinPie, RayRay to its roster

Kyohei "MarlinPie" Lehr and Raynel "RayRay" Hidalgo are the newest members of Panda Global's fighting game team, the organization announced on April 27.

"When Panda Global chooses players we don't just look for tournament placings. We pick up players who are dynamic, entertaining, and have their own unique personality that we aim to grow and nurture as part of the team," said Panda eSports LLC CEO Dr. Alan "SamuraiPanda" Bunney in a comment to theScore eSports. "MarlinPie's skill as a Zato-1 player is second to none and his intelligent style is unique in the super aggressive Guilty Gear gameplay. While RayRay's Magneto in Marvel 3 is well known as the best in the world, with combos that last all day. We couldn't be happier with our choices in representatives for both titles on our roster!"

MarlinPie and RayRay will join Flilpino Champ and Coach Steve, along with players in Smash Bros., Splatoon and Heroes of the Storm as part of team PG.

Tuesday
Apr262016

Killer Instinct version 3.1 patch notes now online

Killer Instinct will be updating to version 3.1 on April 27, and the design team has made all of the upcoming changes available for players to view.

In addition to the release of Mira, 3.1 will bring changes and bug fixes to much of KI's cast. The new patch will also add the ability to turn the cinematic ender camera off and is widening the input window for Counter Breakers among other general changes.

Lastly, many of the changes in 3.1 are accompanied by explanations from the combat design team "to give more context as to why we make changes."

Players can check out the list of changes at Ultra Combo.

Tuesday
Apr262016

Pokkén Tournament beginner's punish guide translated

A guide created by Twitter user tonosama666 that teaches players how to deal with seemingly strong attacks in Pokkén Tournament has been translated and released for English-speaking players.

The Biter, in association with translator Dakanya, has uploaded the six-and-a-half-minute video to YouTube, and although it was created for the arcade version of the game tweaks have been made to reflect any changes in the console release.

The video goes through the characters one by one, giving strategies for countering or simply avoiding attacks. Check out the video after the jump.

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Monday
Apr252016

Super Desperation Radio episode 513 archive online

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

SDR was dominated by the news coming out of Japan for KOF XIV. The full cast and many gameplay features have been revealed, and SDR talked about how the game has developed over time. They also talked about what it would take for the game to be successfull with more than the normal SNK audience.

SDR also talked about the Team YP controversy, and gave their different opinions on the ESL's ruling.

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
Apr252016

North American version of KOFXIV dated for Aug. 23, 2016, new trailers available now

Following months of character teasers, the recent press conference for The King of Fighters XIV unveiled release dates with trailers.

Revealed in the official trailer for KOFXIV, the North American version will be released on Aug. 23, 2016, by Atlus. Hong Kong and Korea also recieved the same release date. The Japanese version will be available on Aug. 25.

To coincide with the press conference, three trailers were released. The main trailer shows off new mechanics such as MAX mode and the beginner-friendly Rush. Modes were also explored including online 6v6 player Party Battle and a story mode. The second trailer showcases the characters especially new fighter Shun'ei representing Team China and Samurai Shodown's Nakoruru who is part of Team Another World. To top it off, the third trailer is all about Kyo's classic outfit, available as preorder downloadable content.

You can find the trailers after the jump!

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Sunday
Apr242016

King of Fighters XIV Japanese release date set for August 25, 2016

Dengeki Online is reporting that King of Fighters XIV will release for PlayStation 4 on Aug. 25, 2016, in Japan. The announcement was made during a press conference for the game that took place in Tokyo on April 25.

During that press conference, SNK Playmore also showed a picture of the cast for KOF XIV, and it looks a lot like the two leaks that have been covered by various websites. The company also announced a classic costume for Kyo as part of DLC, as well as an art book and upcoming Hori arcade stick with KOF art. Check out images from the press conference, courtesy of Twitter user Charlie0816, in the gallery.

Friday
Apr222016

Japanese arcade begins shirt sales to support player travel

Takadanobaba Mikado Game Center in Japan has started a Teespring to help raise money for Japanese Guilty Gear players trying to attend Evolution 2016.

The shirt, which costs $24.99 and will be printed in one of seven colors, will feature the arcade's name along with its location in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. The money raised by the shirts will be used to support Mikado in its efforts to "bring the best to Evolution 2016!" 

The shirts can be found at Teespring and interested buyers can send questions to Jonio or MajinObama on Twitter.

Thursday
Apr212016

Killer Instinct's Mira to be shown on stream, at PAX East on April 22

Another of Season 3's new additions to Killer Instinct will be shown to the public for the first time on April 22 as Iron Galaxy debuts Mira on stream during PAX East in Boston, Massachusetts.

Mira was first revealed as a teaser during the end of Tusk's trailer back in March, but the stream during PAX will be the first time players get to see the character in action.

The first Mira action will begin at 10:45 a.m. EDT (7:45 a.m. PDT) on Twitch's own stream channel, with coverage continuing at 11 a.m. on Iron Galaxy's channel. For those who miss this first stream, a second event with exhibition matches will happen on Saturday, April 23, from 5-6 p.m. EDT on the IG channel.

Those attending PAX East can also check out Mira for themselves at the Iron Galaxy booth, where she will be playable all weekend.

Wednesday
Apr202016

Mikado Open Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- tournament to be held April 23

One of Japan's premier Guilty Gear arcades will be holding a double elimination tournament in the coming days.

The Mikado Open will take place on April 23 at roughly 2 p.m. Japan Standard Time (1 a.m. EDT and Friday, April 22, at 10 p.m. PDT in the U.S.) and will feature many of the players who have registered for Evolution 2016. The event will be streamed on Jonio's Twitch Channel.

MajinObama has suggested possibly creating a Challonge bracket so English-speaking viewers can follow along with the action, and those interested should follow him on Twitter for more information as the event gets closer. Those who speak Japanese can also follow Jonio for more updates.