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Friday
Feb132015

Tekken 7 at JAEPO 2015 Shows Off Lucky Chloe & Shaheen, New Korean Arcade Stick Parts in Production

Image by FamitsuYou can find two of Tekken 7's newest characters in action after the jump!

Courtesy of Japanese website 4Gamer, Bandai Namco Games' Katsuhiro Harada, in a Pikachu outfit, showed off both Lucky Chloe and Shaheen at the Japanese Arcade Expo. This event is the first time the public can try out Shaheen before its initial Feb. 18 release.

Meanwhile in Korea, Crown (also known as Samducksa) has been working on new arcade stick parts in time for Tekken 7. One of their latest offerings is the CWL-307 lever. Offered in Japanese and Korean stick mounts, the CWL-307 given to testers also includes different tension material such as silicone and latex, outside of the usual rubber tension. Each of the tension material differs in feel ranging from light to heavy force. Also tested were the 207H buttons. They are screw-in buttons with a special quick-disconnect feature and mechanical keyboard switches installed.

For more information about the parts, check out the sources below.

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Thursday
Feb122015

Guilty Gear Xrd 1.1 Second Location Test Changes Released 

Arc System Works has released the list of changes it is implementing during the second location test of Guilty Gear Xrd version 1.1, happening Feb. 14-15 in Japan. 

The pdf contains both system changes as well as changes for every character in the Xrd cast. Changes new to the second location test have been highlighted in yellow or have added red text, while it seems that changes which have been reverted to their original properties have been struck out.

The document is again in Japanese, so players may have to find a secondary means of translation. And as this is a location test, none of these changes are final.

Thursday
Feb122015

Pokkén Tournament Coming to Japanese Arcades this Summer

The Pokémon arcade fighter will be playable later in the year.

Pokkén Tournament is a featured game from Bandai Namco Games at this year's Japanese Amusement Expo. It has been reported to be playable in Japanese arcades this coming summer.

4Gamer has screenshots of the game as well as a more detailed look at the cabinet on the site. The piece also presents more of the game including nationwide ranked online play and link play.

No announcements about a console port have been made yet.

Thursday
Feb122015

Review - Mad Catz Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2 (PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4)

As players are still using the original Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition by Mad Catz to this day, it's apparent that it has been a crowning success for the peripheral company. Coming out in 2009 just in time for Street Fighter IV, Mad Catz was able to standardize what an arcade stick should be for half a decade. Eventually as new consoles come out, arcade sticks need to go out to pasture to make way for something new.

While there were follow-up and distinguishable sticks from Mad Catz, none of them were worthy of being the true successor to the TE line until now. Dubbed the Tournament Edition 2, this arcade stick is intended to be an evolution of its predecessor in many ways while staying true to its best traits. Most of the stick's intentions succeed with flying colors.

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Thursday
Feb122015

KOF's Japan Team Joins Metal Slug Defense

While Metal Slug Defense already features appearances by King of Fighters mainstays Ralf Jones, Clark Still and Leona Heidern, SNK Playmore is adding three more KOF characters to the game's roster.

In honor of KOF's 20th anniversary, the original Japan Team—Kyo Kusanagi, Benimaru Nikaido and Goro Daimon—has been added to the game as downloadable content. 

The Japan Team will cost users $4.99 and is available now as part of the game's most recent update.

Tuesday
Feb102015

Three Day South Korean Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Event at Green Game Land Arcade Announced

While Tekken 7 is coming soon, South Korea will have another special Tekken Tag Tournament 2 event in one of the nation's major arcades while waiting.

"Tekken the King Tournament" will be taking place in Seoul's Green Game Land arcade on Feb. 13-15. The three days will have players JDCR, Secret, Jundding, Nin, Saint, Help Me and Lowhigh play in a round robin format to determine who will will be the winner.

The tournament will be streamed at Green Game Land's Twitch channel with commentary from arcade patron Malgu. You can tune into the event at 1:00 a.m. PST/4:00 a.m. EST.

Tuesday
Feb102015

CEO to Present "All Anime" Tournament in October 2015

Alex Jebailey is looking to make the dreams of AnimEVO a reality in October as he throws a tournament dedicated to all games that fall under the umbrella of "anime." Taking place in Orlando, Florida, on Oct. 17-18, the event will offer nine titles:

  • Guilty Gear Xrd
  • Blazblue Chronophantasma 2.0
  • Persona 4 Arena Ultimax 2.0
  • Under Night In-Birth 
  • Dengeki Bunko FIGHTING CLIMAX
  • Arcana Heart 3 LOVE MAX
  • Skullgirls
  • Melty Blood
  • Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R
Jebailey also said that more titles may be added in the future, and that the six games with the most entrants will have finals on Sunday with the remaining titles finishing on Saturday evening. For more information on the event, head over to the CEO website or directly message Jebailey on Twitter.
Tuesday
Feb102015

Super Desperation Radio Episode 401 Archive Online

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

SDR started its fourth season talking about the recent Guilty Gear Xrd location test of version 1.1. Along with special guest Honzo Gonzo, the cast talked about both individual character changes and their opinions on system changes that have been implemented in this update.

The conversation then moved to NorCal Regionals, which recently opened registration for the event happening on April 3-5, 2015. With such a small list of "official" games, NCR generated conversation about what makes a main-stage game for tournaments.

Lastly, SDR briefly talked about the possibility of microtransactions in Mortal Kombat X, and what that could mean, until the topic ballooned into Walkman lamenting the downfall of video games in general.

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

Tuesday
Feb102015

Off-Screen Footage & Event Photos from Pokkén Tournament Location Test

Image by 4GamerBandai Namco and Nintendo held a location test for their collaborative game, Pokkén Tournament. Here are some things shown at the event.

The public was able to try out the game for the first time with the controller made for it at Namco Lazona Kawasaki. The arcade cabinets also provided instrucional marquees to teach players the game controls and special moves from various Pokémon such as Lucario, Machamp and Pikachu. The cabinets were also connected for online play against another location test venue Namco Umeda.

4Gamer attended the Lazona Kawasaki test venue and provided pictures here. A YouTube user named seadraDS was also at the same venue to snag a near half-hour worth of footage you can find after the jump!

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Monday
Feb092015

AnimEVO Apparel Now Available

A long-running joke in parts of the fighting game community, the idea of an airdasher-only tournament series named AnimEVO now has its own line of clothing.

Based on an image originally created by Kurushii, the AnimEVO logo can be added to shirts and hoodies at Spreadshirt. There is also one shirt dedicated to those who love Melty Blood.

The man behind this venture, Fatacon, has said that he will make no profit off the clothes but just asks "that you wear it at EVO!"

Wednesday
Feb042015

Guilty Gear Xrd Ky Kiske Tutorial by Shinobi!

Alabama's Shinobi! has uploaded a basic guide to playing Ky in Guilty Gear Xrd. Shinobi, who placed top 8 at Frosty Faustings VII, takes time to cover each part of the character, from talking about the use of special moves to going into more detail about neutral and wake-up setups.

The video runs about 1 hour and 20 minutes, and contains timestamps for each of the different parts of the tutorial.

Hit the jump for the video.

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Wednesday
Feb042015

Guilty Gear Xrd 1.1 Changes Revealed

Arc System Works has released the list of changes it is implementing during the location test of Guilty Gear Xrd version 1.1, happening Feb. 4-5 in Japan. 

The pdf contains both system changes as well as changes for every character in the Xrd cast. That includes the formerly console-only characters Sin Kiske, Elphelt Valentine and Leo Whitefang.

The document is in Japanese, so many players will have to wait for others to translate the document or attempt to decipher the changes through automated means. And as this is a location test, none of these changes are final.

UPDATE: Shoryuken has posted a translation of the change list.

Tuesday
Feb032015

Super Desperation Radio Episode 346 Archive Online

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

SDR focused on Super Smash Bros., talking about Apex 2015 and the unique circumstances surrounding the event and venue. The crew also took time to talk about the Smash scene and how it has developed over the years, as well as talking about the various money matches that occurred during Apex.

There was also talk about the new character announcements for Mortal Kombat X, and how the game has taken to including character-specific intros. This segued into a conversation about the lore in fighters and how games have changed in regards to acknowledging their own stories.

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

Monday
Feb022015

KOF 2002 UM for Steam Releases Feb. 27, Pre-Purchase Discount

After several months of delay, the King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match is finally releasing on steam. According to the Steam website, KOF 2002 UM will be releasing on Feb. 27, 2015. This comes after the game was originally scheduled for a December 2014 release.

For those who purchase the game before release, a 20 percent discount is being offered. Normally buying KOF 2002 UM would cost $14.99, but for now the game will cost $11.99.

Monday
Feb022015

Saber, Others Join the Cast of Nitroplus Blasterz

Four new characters will be making appearances in Examu's upcoming game based on Nitroplus properties. Both Saber from Fate/Zero and Ethica Kibanohara from Tokyo Necro will be making an appearance as playable characters, while Super Sonico and Akane Tsunemori from Psycho Pass will be featured as assist characters.

Nitroplus Blasterz will give players control of one main character and two partner characters that will act as assists. The game is currently in development for arcade release in Japan in 2015.

Thursday
Jan292015

Ermac Returns in Mortal Kombat X, Stream Archive

During a Kombat Kast stream on Jan. 29, NetherRealm Studios announced that Ermac will be making his return in MKX. Originally playable in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, the telekinetic red ninja appears with a new hooded appearance for the title.

During the stream, Ermac's three selectable styles were shown: Master of Souls, Mystic and Spectral. NetherRealm also showed off a new stage, Destroyed City, and walked through the various interactions characters will be able to perform in it. NRS also displayed gameplay for Kung Lao and revealed one of Ermac's fatalities.

Viewers can check out the stream archive after the jump.

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Thursday
Jan292015

Super Desperation Radio Episode 345 Archive Online

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

On the heels of Frosty Faustings VII, SDR talked about the tournament that was, examining the characters in top 8 and talking about how FF was an important evolutionary step for the U.S. Xrd scene.

Faustings was also the fist non-Evo, out-of-state tournament for Sanchez, and he briefly explained his thoughts on the Midwest.

Later in the show, the cast went over the Evo 2015 game lineup, talking about the surprises of two Smash games and two airdash titles along with the complaints from those scenes left on the sidelines.

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

Thursday
Jan292015

BlazBlue Chronophantasma Extend Coming to PS Vita

At the end of 2014, Arc System Works announced that BBCP Extend would be coming to consoles in April 2015. The game will feature the characters added to Chronophantasma 2.0 in Japanese arcades and new story elements. Now the company has added that BBCPE will be coming to the PS Vita in Japan on the same day of its console release, April 25.

The game will be available as a download from the PlayStation Network, but a price has yet to be determined by Arc System Works. The company is also not willing to say what differences, if any, the game will have from its console counterparts. A physical release for the game was not detailed.

A release date for BlazBlue Chronophantasma Extend has not been announced for the U.S.

Monday
Jan262015

Video: Guilty Gear Xrd Top 8 from Frosty Faustings

Nobody.exe has uploaded the top 8 matches from the main event of Frosty Faustings VII to his YouTube channel. The event, which was held Jan. 23-24, had a Xrd bracket of roughly 100 competitors featuring the strongest players in the Midwest along with other notable players including Mexico's Kusanagi.

The grand finals of the event saw ElvenShadow, recently returned to the U.S. after living in Japan, face off against BananaKen. Viewers who would like to follow along with the bracket can find it here.

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Wednesday
Jan212015

Tekken X Street Fighter Still in Development, No Release Date Yet

Polygon recently talked with Katsuhiro Harada about his work at Bandai Namco, and while there were many topics to discuss one that stood out was the lack of information surrounding the company's half of its collaboration with Capcom.

"[Tekken X Street Fighter is] very difficult to talk about," Harada said. "Obviously, I had originally planned to release it much earlier than we're currently looking at."

The Tekken series director said there is currently no solid release date planned for the game but that it is still in development with "around 40 people currently working on it." Harada did, however, say that when the game is finally ready for release he hopes to deliver it in a special way.

"People have been talking about the game for such a long time that they aren't going to be surprised if you just release it normally ... I don't know if that's what we have planned, but we do plan to have some kind of surprise," he said.