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Tekken World Tour finals coming Nov. 12, playable Geese at event

The Tekken World Tour 2017 will conclude in San Francisco, California, in early November.

City View at Metreon will be the location where 16 of the top competitors in Tekken 7 battle for $50,000 in prize money. This 16-player bracket will be comprised of the top five players from the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific TWT leaderboards as well as this year's Evolution champion, JDCR. 

There will also be added bonuses for those who attend the event as spectators. Demo stations featuring Tekken 7's next DLC character, Geese Howard, will be set up for play before he is available to the general public, and Tekken merchandise booths and a meet-and-greet with Katsuhiro Harada and Michael Murray of the Tekken Team will also be available.

Readers interested in the Tekken World Tour finals can get more information and buy tickets at Eventbrite.


Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition announced, coming Jan. 16, 2018

The reveal trailer to not only new content for Street Fighter V but also a new retail edition can be found after the jump.


Aptly named Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, the brief video announces that current Street Fighter V owners, through update, as well as those looking to buy AE will get free access to the long-awaited Arcade mode. The patch will also bring in another mode called Extra Battle and a second V-Trigger for every character. Aspects of the user interface found not only in the menu but also in-game have been redesigned. You can check out screenshots of the UI changes and some of the new V-Triggers at the link above!

To those looking to buy AE will get access to both Season One and Two downloadable characters. AE will be available on Jan. 16, 2018, for $39.99 for both PlayStation 4 and PC through Steam. Current SFV owners should expect the patch to be available sometime around AE's release.

Prior to announcement, Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition was listed on various online stores including ShopTo and Amazon.

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PlayStation 4 version of Hori's Fighting Edge arcade stick coming to Japan in February 2018

One of Hori's popular arcade sticks from the last console generation will be returning next year.

The newest edition of the Fighting Edge series, now exclusive to the PlayStation 4, has been dated for a February 2018 release in Japan. The stick was teased back at Evolution 2016 at the Arcade Shock booth, featuring Sako's elaborate button layout. It was later featured, in a form similar to what's featured now, at Hori's booth the following year.

Instead of a pure black or white color scheme on the main panel, the new model uses a brushed metal aesthetic combined with black surrounding it. Despite the FE being a PS4 stick, there is no dedicated PlayStation 3 switch. It does, however, have PC support through XInput. Hori is still using their proprietary Hayabusa parts with this Fighting Edge.

The core body design of the Fighting Edge still remains, but there have been some changes done to the features. One of the most notable aspects at first glance is the lack of a LED touch pad for the special controls. This has been effectively replaced by a normal Options button on the top right of the main panel with the rest of the special controls located just under the right side handle. Touch Pad can be found on the front end at the same spot the secondary compartment was originally located. The original FE's special modes such as button assignment and Tournament are still available in this model.

If you live in Japan, you can pre-order now on Amazon Japan. As for a North American release, stay tuned for updates.


Monster Hunter, Sigma, Black Panther coming to MvCI on Oct. 17

The first three of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite's six announced DLC characters will be available to players in mid-October 2017.

Although Monster Hunter's gameplay was revealed at Tokyo Game Show 2017, a new trailer from Capcom shows how Black Panther and Sigma will handle. Black Panther uses speed and superior air movement—including the ability to cling to walls and attack from them—to neutralize his foes while Sigma fights with his classic beam saber, a command throw and a counter teleport.

All three characters will be available as part of the game's character pass or will cost players $7.99 each. This will include a premium costume for each character, which can be seen at Capcom Unity.

Readers can check out the trailer for Sigma and Black Panther after the jump.

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Atom to cut Injustice 2 opponents down to size

While the third character of Fighter Pack 2, Hellboy, has yet to be released, NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. Games have announced another new character for Injustice 2: The Atom.

According to the teaser for the character, Atom's powers of altering his size will allow him to quickly manuever around opponents, sometimes in ways almost like a teleport.

There is no other information on Atom at this time, but according to NRS's Paulo Garcia he is a "tiny peak" at Fighter Pack 3. Readers can check out the trailer after the jump.

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First match footage of BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle released

Days before a playable demo of the title will be available at New York Comic Con, the first video of a match of BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle has been released to the public.

The footage shows many features that players have seen in Capcom's team games over the years: assists, being able to cancel one character's super move with another and the possibility of mixing up the opponent once you kill one of their characters.

What is new, however, is the Resonance Blaze, a mode that seems to unlock only once a player loses one of the two characters. It's not clear exactly what Resonance Blaze does, but upon activation the player begins to automatically gain meter at a fast rate and may gain other bonuses as well.

Players in the U.S. will have the chance to check out BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle at New York Comic Con on Oct. 5-8, 2017. Readers can check out the footage, originally courtesy of Rooster Teeth's Gray Haddock, after the jump.

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Review: Qanba Aegis arcade fight stick bag

There are arcade sticks of many sizes. Most of them can probably fit in a normal school backpack. But what if your stick is out of the ordinary? It probably won't fit in those bags and even if it can, there is the possibility the bag can damage your stick in some way. When it comes to protection, there are dedicated arcade stick bags that can do that, but size is another story since the bags were were made for specific, mostly normal-sized sticks. Big arcade sticks have been relatively uncommon for years.

With the release of the Dragon stick, Qanba realized that something needed to be done to have people easily carry it to tournaments. The Guardian bag, while good, simply doesn't work with the Dragon. The answer to this beast of a stick is the recently released Aegis bag. If you have a Dragon stick or another large stick, then you might might want to seriously consider this bag.

Instead of taking a similar route found with the Guardian, which was just a newer version of the Defender, the Aegis is a new design. Aside from the hard rubber feet from the bottom end and side drink holder, this bag contains very few aspects of the Defender design.

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Gundam Versus' 1.06 update adjusts variety of mobile suits and strikers

The recently released Gundam Versus has a new patch that's all about buffs and nerfs.

One of the major aspects of version 1.06 is that some strikers have been dealt nothing but nerfs. Guntank for example, known for having reliable tracking in its shots when called, now has reduced tracking and can only be called twice. Another popular striker was Gold Sumo, where its attack can easily be avoided by falling down normally.

The update also brings changes to a variety of controllable mobile suits. Gundam X1 Full Cloth, Hot Scramble Gundam, Zeong and Gyan have been dealt with nerfs at different degrees. Fortunately there have been more buffs done to 12 suits.

You can check out the full patch notes here with more detailed explanations of the changes here.


Alvaaron, Buster Gundam coming to Gundam Versus in Japan on Oct. 17

Two new mobile suits have been announced as DLC for the Japanese version of Gundamn Versus.

Alvaaron and pilot Alejandro Corner appear from Mobile Suit Gundam 00, while the Buster Gundam and Dearka Elsman come from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED.

The Alvaaron will have a striker in the form of the GNX-603T GN-X "Jinx" Gundam, while Buster Gundam will have the GAT-X207 Blitz Gundam and GAT-X102 Duel Gundam.

No trailers are available at this time. Both mobile suits will cost players 650 yen (about $6).


Cloud of Darkness to engulf Dissidia Final Fantasy

The main villain of Final Fantasy III is joining the cast of the Dissidia Final Fantasy and its upcoming PlayStation 4 counterpart.

Cloud of Darkness fights with its two tentacles, which give it much longer melee reach, as well as several powerful magic attacks including one that seems like a counter of some kind.

Cloud of Darkness is the third character announced as part of Square Enix's plan to roll out a new Dissidia character for every month from August through November. Jecht and Ultimecia have also been revealed for the title.

Readers can check out the Cloud of Darkness trailer after the jump. Dissidia Final Fantasy NT is scheduled for release on the PlayStation 4 console in early 2018.

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Six Stars!!!!!! coming to Steam in Dec. 2017, preorders available

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Examu will be bringing its newest version of Arcana Heart to Steam at the end of 2017.

Arcana Heart 3 Love Max Six Stars!!!!!! will come to the platform with a new arcana (Paracelsia), new character (Shark Girl) and updated balancing thanks to stretch goal donations.

Interested players who did not Kickstart the game can currently preorder the game through BackerKit along with other Arcana Heart merchandise including shirts, soundtracks, posters, stickers and more. This money will go toward the original stretch goals for the game, meaning there is still a chance that playable character Dark Heart and arcana Love Prison Geist could be added to the game.

The BackerKit preorders will be live until Oct. 31, 2017.


Is StrongStyle coming back?

Northern California's Tekken-focused tournament series may be making a return after a layoff of more than three years.

During recent streams on the NorCal StrongStyle Twitch account, NCSS staff member and storied Tekken player Bronson Tran has talked to viewers about the possibility of an upcoming event, asking for their input. He has polled people on their Tekken 7 platform of choice, interest in side tournaments and even details about venue. 

Tran even responded to Twitter comments comparing StrongStyle to Halley's Comet by saying, "I hear it's coming back around orbit." The last StrongStyle was held in September 2014, and was preceded by StrongStyle 4 in January 2010.

While this is clearly no confirmation of anything, it does seem like the NCSS staff is preparing the community for an announcement of some kind. Tekken players will just have to wait and see if StrongStyle does indeed make its return. (Full disclosure: IPLAYWINNER partnered with NorCal StrongStyle to help produce its 2010 and 2014 events.)


Arika’s Mysterious Fighting Game: Evo impressions, recent updates & the future by Josh "funkdoc" Ballard, part 1

After an extremely busy couple months, I'm finally back to talk more about Arika's new fighting game! It still doesn't have an official title, so I'll just use Arika EX since that seems to be the short working title. I played it far more than any other game at Evo this year, and was even allowed some press time with it—huge thanks to Jiyuna for that! I'll discuss my thoughts on the game after that experience, factoring in the revelations on Daigo's stream and the recent Nemo vs. Fuudo stream.

Changes from the Initial Build

A couple of the major mechanics in the April Fool's Day build were removed from the versions we've seen since then, as both sidestepping and the Roman Cancel knockoff are gone. In their place we gained the now-infamous Gougi System: the ability to choose from different "decks" of special abilities which are unlocked by meeting specific conditions during the course of the match. People immediately compared these to Street Fighter X Tekken's gems, but that doesn't quite capture the idea. A Gougi is more like a set of gems, and on the whole these abilities change the game far more than gems did.

Many suspect that the Roman Cancel was removed because it could end up being reserved for certain Gougi decks, but it would be highly unbalanced to give sidestepping the same treatment. My own hunch regarding the sidestep removal is twofold. First, there may have been concerns that stepping could cause camera weirdness and make it hard for the players to see their characters. Second, they almost certainly screwed up combos and moved characters off-axis when they shouldn't have been; older Arika fighters had problems with this on certain crossups and D.Dark's wire.

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ARMS update brings new stage, balance changes

Version 3.1 of ARMS has launched for the Nintendo Switch, bringing with it a small number of balance adjustments and a new stage to both casual and ranked play.

The Sparring Ring is now selectable by players and will come up in ranked matches. The square stage has no gimmicks and was previously only part of the Warm-up minigame.

In terms of balance, Ninjara has received a distance boost to his airdash, while several of the ARMS have seen small tweaks in terms of extension or retraction time. Readers can check out the complete list of changes on the Nintendo website.


Killer Instinct released on Steam, on sale until Oct. 4

The Steam version of Iron Galaxy's Killer Instinct is now available, and new players can pick the game up at a reduced cost.

Until Oct. 4, 2017, KI will only cost players $29.99, a discount of 25 percent. This makes it a good time for anyone who doesn't already own KI to finally make a purchase.

The Steam version of Killer Instinct was announced in June as another buying option for people without a Xbox One or Windows 10.


DOA5 Core Fighters celebrates download mark with new costume

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round's free-to-play Core Fighters edition has been dowloaded more than 10 million times, and to celebrate Koei Tecmo will be releasing a free new outfit.

Marie Rose will receive an Opoona costume based on the main character of the Wii game of the same name. This costume will be available on Oct. 18, 2017.

As DOA5 will be ending DLC support in 2017, this may be one of the last offerings for the game. Dead or Alive 5: Last Round Core Fighters originally launched on Sept. 5, 2013.


Exceed Assault highlights online BlazBlue exhibitions

A new series of online BlazBlue Central Fiction events is helping raise awareness of players and content creators in the scene.

Exceed Assault is the creation of Chickzama, who wanted to show love for BlazBlue and get more players into the game. Since its first event in early August 2017, EA—originally named CrossXBattle—has presented same-character team battles to showcase different players in the scene and matchups in the game.

The fourth Exceed Assault will happen on Sept. 28, 2017, with a three-player round robin joining the normal team battle. The round robin will feature Milk_Kaichou, Fame and Tectal Eastside competing, while the team showdown will pit Hibiki players NeoBuster, SuperKawaiiWeeb and Gigaitachi against Mai players Kyou-chan, Shaka and MetalWolf.

The event will start at 6 p.m. CDT (4 p.m. PDT, 7 p.m. EDT) with streaming on Logichole's Twitch channel and commentary by MiniMatt, ChaoticGamez and ZackOnestar.


Archive of AfreecaTV Tekken League season two top four finals

While JDCR, Saint and Jeondding were dominating at SoCal Regionals, there were four more South Korean players fighting for first place at NicegameTV's AfreecaTV Tekken League second season finale.

Lowhigh, Malgu, Begin and ROX Gaming's Knee fought through the 16-player bracket in NGTV's multi-week tournament series to end up at the round of four. They all converged at AfreecaTV's FreecUP Studio at Seoul's Gangnam District. The champion received 3,000,000 while the runner-up snagged 2,000,000. Instead of using arcade setups, the top four finals were running on linked PCs introduced midway through this concluded season.

You can watch all the three hour-long finals (videos 33-39), along with the rest of season two, after the jump!

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Dragon Ball Super pre-fight event to feature Sajam, Tasty Steve

The hosts of The Recipe will be bringing their knowledge of Dragon Ball to a live event hyping the next big episode in the franchise's history.

On Sept. 28 in Santa Ana, California, entertainment company and Western Dragon Ball distributor Funimation will be holding a special "pre-fight show" to discuss the upcoming fight between Goku and Jiren in Dragon Ball Super.

"Tasty Steve" Scott and Stephen "Sajam" Lyon will be entertaining a live audience, "sharing moments from Dragon Ball Super and discussing how the Tournament of Power has gone so far." There will also be prizes for those in attendance.

Interested readers can register for the event on Eventbrite.


New Street Fighter V costumes, stage, music arrive on Sept. 26

With October 2017 fast approaching, Capcom has readied a second wave of Halloween costumes for download in Street Fighter V characters along with other costumes, a new stage and more.


There are a lot of new costumes coming to SFV in the update. First are the new Halloween costumes, with outfits for Urien, M. Bison, Birdie, F.A.N.G and Dhalsim. Then there are new school clothes for Menat, Cammy and Ed. There are also two more outfits for Cammy—Shadowloo doll and SFIV nostalgia costume—and three for Chun-Li—Interpol agent, sleepwear and a "relaxing outfit."

The new update will include a new stage—English Manor—that seems like it may be a callback to Cammy's stage in Super Street Fighter 2, along with new background music packs for people who want to change how SFV sounds.

The new costumes will cost players $3.99 each, while the new stage will cost either 70,000 Fight Money or $3.99. Capcom will also be making 2016's Halloween costumes and stage available as a bundle for players who missed out.