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Monday
Jun222015

Tekken 7 Coming to U.S. Round 1 Locations

After months of speculation on if and when Tekken 7 will be coming to the U.S. shores in its arcade iteration, there is finally some good news. Sources inside Round 1, the Japanese amusement center that has opened U.S. locations in the last several years, say that three of the company's stores will be getting Tekken 7 in early July.

There is currently no firm date for the U.S. roll-out, but the stores in Seattle, Chicago and the Puente Hills Mall location in Southern California will be the first three locations to have the new Namco fighter.

This is great news for the U.S. arcade scene, but it remains to be seen whether this will have any visible effect on the players travelling to Las Vegas for Evolution 2015. It is also not clear if the other Round 1 locations in the U.S. will be getting the game at a later time.

Thursday
Jun182015

Street Fighter V Casuals from E3 by NerdJosh

Team Spooky's Josh "NerdJosh" Jodoin spent a lot of time at E3 2015 playing Street Fighter V, and he has uploaded those experiences to YouTube. There are currently 11 videos from the show floor, featuring different players such as NerdJosh himself, Tasty Steve, Ultradavid, LI Joe and more.

While the strategies and ideas may not be useful in the final version of SFV, NerdJosh's videos are an interesting look into the public testing phase of fighters and how a game can evolve over such a short period of time. The videos can all be found on NerdJosh's channel.

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Wednesday
Jun172015

Killer Instinct Season Two Update 2.8 Available Now, Adds Rivals Story Mode

The newest Killer Instinct concludes its second season with more new content available for owners of the game.

KI Season Two's big draw in update 2.8 is a new story mode called Rivals Mode. Previously teased at Penny Arcade Expo East, Rivals Mode fleshes out the stories of the S2 characters with narration and stylized cinematics. Aria will get her retro-style costume and players can select her as an announcer. Bug fixes to various characters are also included in this patch.

The 18gb update is available now for owners of all versions of Killer Instinct on Xbox One.

Wednesday
Jun172015

Street Fighter V Playable at Select Six Flags Locations

There is another opportunity for people to try out Street Fighter V beyond the tournament circuit.

Six Flags will be providing playable builds of SFV in their locations throughout North America from July to December. If you are unable to attend CEO 2015 or even EVO 2015, this might be your next opportunity to try out the next big Street Fighter game.

You can take a look below for the full dates and locations.

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Tuesday
Jun162015

Killer Instinct Coming to PC

During the PC gaming press conference at E3 2015, Microsoft announced that Killer Instinct will be coming to Windows with cross-platform play. The company did not have anything else to add at this time, but Iron Galaxy's Adam Heart took to Twitter and offered these words to the gaming public:

"I've seen some of you saying you like certain things about SFV, and KI has a ton of those things. With PC release, more of you will find out."

IG's Dave Lang also confirmed the studio will be handling Killer Instinct's port from Xbox One to PC. There is no release date for KI on PC at this time.

EDIT: Microsoft's Adam Isgreen has also confirmed that anything players have previously bought on Xbox One will be available for them on the PC version of Killer Instinct, and that Xb1 and 360 sticks will work with the game.

Tuesday
Jun162015

Super Desperation Radio Episode 416 Archive Online

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

It was Mystery Desperation Radio as Walkman, Hellpockets, Sanchez and SuperFX watched the Sony press conference from E3 during SDR. The four had plenty to say about the different reveals in Sony's presentation, from the return of Birdie in Street Fighter V to the revelation of the Final Fantasy VII remake.

The cast also used Shenmue 3 to talk about Kickstarter's effect on the games industry and whether crowdfunding is starting to lose its magic to the general public. This dovetailed with Arc System Works' recent acquisition of the old Technos catalog and the forthcoming River City Ransom: Underground. And mention of ASW of course lead to a quick discussion of the Arc Revolution Cup qualifiers coming at Evo 2015.

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

Monday
Jun152015

E3 2015: Street Fighter V Beta Coming July 23, Trailer for Cammy & Birdie

Here is new info of Street Fighter V from the recent Sony E3 2015 press conference.

The brief video shown at the conference reveals that series regular Cammy and Birdie are the latest set of characters coming to the game. Cammy looks like she still retains many of her traits from past enteries. Birdie, from the original SF and the Alpha series, is the first confirmed grappler character in SFV with moves such as his Bull Head special returning. His command grabs return with easier motions.

Players can get their hands on the beta for SFV on July 23 for the PlayStation 4. Shoryuken was able to get a hands-on with the characters as well as their move lists and V-Gauge abilities. The trailer can be found below!

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Sunday
Jun142015

Ryu & Roy Downloadable Content for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS Available Now

Two more characters are in the latest Super Smash Bros. games following rumors and leaks.

Nintendo announced in their special live stream that Street Fighter's Ryu and Fire Emblem's Roy are now available as paid downloadable content. Roy is returning to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS after his absence from Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Instead of being a slightly different palette swap from Marth as he was in Super Smash Bros. Melee, the reveal trailer shows Roy gaining different moves while still retaining some others. Meanwhile, Street Fighter's Ryu will be making his debut in the series. Many of his iconic special moves are featured as well as abilities to focus attack, parry and more.

Players can get Roy for $3.99 on a single platform or $4.99 for both Wii U and 3DS while Ryu, and a rendition of his popular Street Fighter II stage, will cost $5.99 and $6.99 respectively.

Other information included a tournament mode coming in August as well as the original Super Smash Bros. version of Dreamland to be released for $1.99.

You can watch the full live stream, and the reveal trailers, below!

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Friday
Jun122015

High Level Japanese Guilty Gear XRD Lobby

There will be another high-level Round Robin first-to-three Japan Lobby being hosted by Mr. Biscuits. With the help of Zidane and Ruu, Biscuits is able to bring some of the best players in Japan into one lobby, and provide English commentary.

The japanese players that will be in attendence are as follows: Daiji (Ramlethal),  Kedako (May),  Isamu (Venom),  Sabamiso (Bedman), and  Susumu (Chipp). The lobby will be on Saturday, June 13th at 9:00 a.m. EST. The prestream will go live at 8 a.m. The stream wil be hosted at Mr. Biscuits Twitch channel.

If you want something to watch while you wait, check out Biscuits playlist of his First Lobby featuring such players as Woshige, and also his Second Lobby featuring such players as FAB.

Friday
Jun122015

Mad Catz Bringing Back Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition S+ with New Aesthetic

Fans of the original Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition by Mad Catz can expect it to return!

The popular arcade stick of the last console generation is returning in its S+ variant. Screenshots of the TES+ show off the anti-slip bottom introduced in the Tekken Tag Tournament 2 TES+, a red, black and grey color palette and the popular Taito Vewlix layout. While the stick will also feature the usual Sanwa Denshi JLF lever, this TES+ model will include clear OBSF-30 buttons.

The initial plan is to have an Xbox 360 model but more will be announced in the future. Make sure to stay tuned for more information!

Friday
Jun122015

Arc Revolution Cup Qualifiers to be Held at Evolution 2015

Several weeks ago, St1ckbug joined Super Desperation Radio to announce two Aksys and Arc System Works-sanctioned team tournaments for Guilty Gear Xrd and Blazblue Chronophantasma Extend at Evo 2015. It is now official that those tournaments will be qualifiers for Arc Revo 2015.

In a posting on the Aksys website, the company has revealed the details for these events. Both three-on-three tournaments will feature a $5000 prize pool with half coming from each company, along with the winning team receiving a paid trip to Japan for the Arc Revo. The entry fee for each team—$10—will also be added to the pot.

The biggest news, however, is that the winning team must be made of U.S. citizens with valid passports. Aksys says more details about the event will be forthcoming.

Friday
Jun122015

XSEED Bringing Nitroplus Blasterz to the West

The console version of Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel was announced earlier this week in Japan, but many players were unsure as to how and when the Examu-developed game might be localized for U.S. audiences.

XSEED has answered those questions with a tweet explaining that the company will be bringing the game to the West with the same winter release window as the Japanese version.

No other information about the localization is available at this time. Nitroplus Blasterz will be releasing for the PlayStation 3 and 4 consoles.

Thursday
Jun112015

Update 1.03 of Ultra Street Fighter IV on PlayStation 4 Downloadable Now, Fixes More Prominent Issues

The next update to the PlayStation 4 port of Ultra Street Fighter IV is live.

Version 1.03 is available for download and it's one of the patches designed to stabilize the issues that plagued the stock release. One of the primary fixes in this update is the reduction of inherent input delay down to 89 milliseconds, or 5.3 frames, according to DisplayLag. It's a couple of milliseconds more than the Xbox 360 version at 85ms/5.1 frames.

Another major initiative with the update was fixing the audio end. A level's sound effects replacing character movement effects, balancing volume levels for multiple audio channels and other bugs have been resolved.

Other aspects of the patch include improved online performance and a graphics bug with Juri.

As for further updates, Capcom and Sony are still making sure this port is, as advertised, the definitive version of USFIV.

Thursday
Jun112015

Pre-E3 Street Fighter V Trailer Shows Off New V-Gauge Mechanics

The details behind Street Fighter V's newest features, as well as more gameplay footage, have been announced before E3!

New to Street Fighter IV's successor is the Variable Gauge, V-Gauge for short. Getting hit or using a character's V-Skill, such as Ryu's parry, will fill up the gauge allowing players to use two abilities. Using the same command as a Focus Attack, V-Skill replaces SFIV's mechanic. With one bar of V-Gauge, players can escape block stun like Street Fighter Alpha's Alpha Counter with V-Reversal. A full gauge allows players to engage V-Trigger, a mode that provides various changes to a character's moves which can act beneficial in matches.

Aside from the changes in the meter system, SFV also has some differences from its predecessor. The stun gauge returns so both players have a good idea of how close are they to that state. Hard knockdowns only happen during Critical Arts and when being thrown. Backdashes lose their invulnerability.

IGN has a full breakdown of the announced character's V-Skill and V-Trigger here. You can take a look at a pre-E3 trailer after the jump! Street Fighter V will be coming to PC and is console-exclusive for the PlayStation 4.

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Tuesday
Jun092015

Tekken 7 Match Footage from SoCal Regionals 2015: Prelude

You can check out American players trying Tekken 7 after the jump!

Taking place at SoCal Regionals 2015: Prelude, Mark Julio of Mad Catz brought Tekken 7 to the tournament. While there wasn't a tournament for the game, players in Southern California got the chance to get their hands on it. Players such as Rip, Chet Chetty, MYK, Vietnam Tom, BL and more tried out many of the featured characters.

Player Kane recorded various matches which a majority can be found on his YouTube channel. Tekken 7 will also be at Community Effort Orlando so make sure to get your hands on it before its tournament appearance at EVO!

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Tuesday
Jun092015

Trailer & Location Test Information for Upcoming Blade Arcus from Shining Ver. 2.0

Sega's fighting game based on the Shining series will be updated with new characters.

Blade Arcus from Shining Ver. 2.0 was announced and will be playable in three arcades around Japan for location testing. Urayukihime Hayane, Rouna Murasame, Dylan Rowen and Rick Elwood from game Shining Hearts will make their appearance as playable characters to Blade Arcus. Rejection Guard and Reversal Strike will be new mechanics to Blade Arcus 2.0, while there will be changes done to existing characters and the overall system.

For people living in Japan, there will be a week-long location test throughout Tokyo. From June 12, you can visit Club Sega Akihabara, Sega Kaguruzaka and Club Sega Shinjuku to try out the latest update. A trailer is found below.

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Monday
Jun082015

Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel Announced for PlayStation 3 & PlayStation 4 in Japan this Winter

After more than a month in the arcades, the Nitroplus fighting game has been announced for Sony consoles this coming winter.

NITROPLUS BLASTERZ: HEROINES INFINITE DUEL CONSOLE SCREENSHOTS

The PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions of Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel will allow players from both platforms to compete against each other through cross-platform play. Introduced as a support character in the arcades, Nitroplus' mascot Super Sonico will become playable in the PS3 and PS4 builds.

To help with the announcement, an official website for the console version is available which will feature future announcements leading up to its release. The site is currently limited but will expand months onward.

If you want to see how Nitroplus Blasterz plays, check out the videos from various Japanese arcades below!

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Monday
Jun082015

Untitled Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax Followup Featuring Characters from Light Novel Series Heavy Object

The upcoming expansion to Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax will add a new character and an assist partner from the military-themed series Heavy Object.

Protagonist Quenser Barbotage is the selected playable character to represent the series. While not considered assists, characters Hevia Winchell and Millinda Brantini will appear in Quenser's moves. For the partner representative, Froletia Capistrano was chosen.

Move details for both Quenser and Froletia haven't been revealed so make sure to stay tuned for footage in the future.

Monday
Jun082015

Yatagarasu: Attack on Cataclysm Coming to Steam on July 7

The independent fighting game influenced by Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike and The King of Fighters series will be heading to its final retail release next month.

Yatagarasu: Attack on Cataclysm will be available on Steam for everyone on July 7 with the price of $14.99. Following months of testing and availability in Japanese arcades through NESiCAxLive, AoC's retail release will feature more content from those builds such as a story mode, a new stage, more commentary choices and more.

The release of AoC will not feature the promised GGPO support so expect that netcode to emerge in a future update.

Backers of the game's Indiegogo campaign, which earned $118,243 in its 2013 run, will get early access to the full game before everyone else. Physical and in-game related campaign content will be taken care of following the game's release.

Saturday
Jun062015

The Show That Sucks #128 The Final Episode This Sunday at 3pm PST (6/7)

Well this Sunday will mark the end of The Show That Sucks. We are going to have one last show Sunday to give thanks to everybody who has been watching us since the beginning! You will be able to watch the show live on our Twitch.tv Channel starting at 3pm PST this Sunday. Again thanks to everybody who has listened over the years and we hope to see you in chat!

As always you can send questions to Myself or Honzo Gonzo on Twitter.

If you missed last week's show, head over to our podcast section where you can watch or listen to every show!

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