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Upcoming Slash Series event pits I-No against Haehyun

The next Slash Series event—a collaboration between Japan's Mikado arcade and MajinObama—will feature Tourio's I-No facing Maroshi's Haehyun in a first-to-seven series.

The event will take place on September 10 in Japan and will offer commentary in both Japanese (courtesy of Jonio) and English (provided by MajinObama), with each feed coming from one channel.

The time of the exhibition has not yet been set, so be sure to follow MajinObama on Twitter for updates as the date gets closer. For other matches from one of Japan's top Guilty Gear arcades, head to Jonio's YouTube.


Mortal Kombat XL coming to Steam on Oct. 4

GameSpot is reporting that the long wait for PC owners hoping to play Kombat Pack 2 will soon be over.

On Oct. 4, 2016, Mortal Kombat XL will launch for the Steam platfor, complete with both Kombat Packs for players who buy the new release. Players who already have MKX will be able to download the most current balance patch for free, but according to a Steam listing it looks like KP2 will still be a separate product.

The story of Mortal Kombat XL and a PC version already has a complicated history, as XL was originally announced only for PS4 and Xbox One in January 2016. Then at the end of July series creator Ed Boon teased players with the possibility of MKXL on Steam in the form of a popular vote; this eventually lead to the recent PC beta test and finally confirmation of the game's release.



New King of Fighters XIV patch released to fix netplay issues

A new patch for KOF XIV hopes to address the game's uneven netcode, making the online experience better for all players.

On its release, KOF XIV's online play was spotty and inconsistent, with players left confused as to how or why certain matches were smooth or laggy.

The new update claims to fix "connection slowdown issues occurring in online Ranked Match & Free Match modes." The patch is already receiving some very positive reviews from players, but only time will tell if netplay is a better experience for all players.


Punishing Iori's rekkas in KOF XIV with Angel by MechaMacGyver

Super Desperation Radio's Sanchez, also known as MechaMacGyver, has created a short video showing how Angel can punish Iori's rekkaken-type move, Aoi Hana, in King of Fighters XIV.

In the two-and-a-half-minute video, Sanchez shows where and when Angel can interrupt the series, what can punish Iori for stopping early and what to use if Iori finishes all three repetitions. He covers both strengths of the series and shows when certain punishes will whiff or trade in Iori's favor.

Players can check out the video after the jump, and can tune in to Super Desperation Radio every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PDT on Team Spooky's Twitch channel.

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Super Desperation Radio episode 526 archive online

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

It was a blast from the past as SDR talked about gaming in their youths. Starting with a discussion of KOF XIV's online play, the crew then reminisced about old King of Fighters games and early online gaming through XBAND and Kaillera, and thought back to defunct game shops like Software, Etc. and FuncoLand.

SDR also expounded on common mishaps in King of Fighters commentary and current news regarding the game.

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.


Mortal Kombat X on PC gets public online beta weekend with XL characters

Players can now try out Mortal Kombat X in its current iteration this weekend for free on PC as part of a network test.

MKX on Valve's Steam platform has been updated with a link that allows anybody to participate in the "MKXL Enhanced Online Beta." The 23.1gb download allows players to play the whole Mortal Kombat X cast against others using a rollback netcode system similar to that of GGPO. This test was originally featured on the console version of MKX in preparation for Kombat Pack 2/Mortal Kombat XL.

This will mark the first time PC MKX players can use KP2 characters Alien, Leatherface, Triborg and Bo' Rai Cho. The original PC version on Steam, handled by High Voltage Software, was criticized for various bugs and lack of support. The port was met with further disapproval after NetherRealm Studios' Tyler Lansdown announced on Test Your Might that Kombat Pack 2 would only be on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

This beta test was alluded to after Ed Boon on Twitter had a poll with one of the choices being "MKXL with GGPO on PC."

While there is no information in regards to the sale of Kombat Pack 2 characters on PC, you can try them now by going to the game's Steam page. The beta ends on Aug. 29, 2016, at 10 a.m. PST.


Aksys announces BlazBlue Central Fiction limited edition for Nov. 2016

While Aksys Games had previously put an ambiguous release window for BlazBlue Central Fiction's North American release at sometime this coming winter, the company today announced that it would be coming in November 2016 alongside the newly revealed limited edition of the game.

The BBCF LE will be offered on both PlayStation 3 and 4 consoles, and come with a deluxe hardcover art book, a Noel Vermillion mini Nendroid figure and the BlazBlue Song Interlude III soundtrack.

No price or actual date is available at this time, and Aksys confirmed that the game will ship without an English dub due to the time it would add to development.


Video Review: King of Fighters XIV

Super Desperation Radio member and KOF XIII commentator Chris "Hellpockets" Fields recently sat down to give his thoughts about the newest game in the King of Fighters series.

In a six-and-a-half-minute review, Fields discussed how he feels about the game's looks, how it plays and the best ways a player can approach the title. He also makes sure to sprinkle some trademark SDR humor throughout the video.

Interested players can check out the review after the jump.

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Super Desperation Radio episode 525 archive online

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

It was the day before the King of Fighters XIV release and since Hellpockets had the game early he was playing it and streaming his online matches. 

In between the KOF action the crew talked about the recent Summer Jam and Wizard World events, Tekken 7 and cereal.

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.


Mortal Kombat XL coming to PC?

After PC gamers spent months disappointed that MKXL was not coming to their platform of choice, NetherRealm Studios has shown that the company may be changing its mind about the project.

At the end of July, series creator Ed Boon put out a poll asking players what MKXL announcement they would want most, with almost 50 percent of voters saying a PC port with GGPO netcode. Boon then responded by saying "We hear ya!" but has been mostly silent on the issue since then.

However, on Aug. 22 Boon posted another one of his famous cryptic tweets, saying "Maybe we should Karry eXtra Long People who Care?" together with a picture of what appears to be a motherboard.

While this is not a clear-cut confirmation that the game is finally coming to PC, Boon has been known to spoil announcements before.


Guilty Gear -Revelator- exhibition: Teresa vs Kakkou

The latest output in the collaboration between Japan's Mikado arcade and MajinObama, called the "Slash Series," features Teresa's Jam squaring off against Kakkou's Ramlethal in a first-to-seven series.

According to MajinObama, "Teresa is a strong Jam from GGXX who recently started running the character in xrd with great success," and "Kakkou is a dedicated Ram player who has stood by the character, even through her nerfs, and has established himself as the premiere player of the character in the Kantou region."

The video features commentary in both Japanese (courtesy of Jonio) and English (provided by MajinObama), with each feed coming from one channel. Check out the video below, and for other videos from one of Japan's top Guilty Gear arcades head to Jonio's YouTube.

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Team K', Women Fighters profiled as new KOF XIV trailers released

With less than a week before the game releases in North America, Atlus has released two more trailers highlighting teams in the upcoming King of Fighters XIV.

First, K', Kula Diamond and Maxima all make their return from KOF XIII to make an impact in the new title as part of Team K'.

Second, King, Mai Shiranui and Alice join the game as Team Women Fighters. While King and Mai have made many appearances in KOF over the years, Alice is brand new to the franchise, making her first appearance in the pachinko title Garou Densetsu The Legend of Wild Wolf.

An apparent fan of Terry Bogard, Alice has moves that mimick both Bogard brothers and Joe Higashi

As with the other trailers, the short video shows off basic combos and supers for all three characters on the team. Check out the trailers after the jump.

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Tekken 7 adding Lee, new stage & more story mode details

At Germany's Gamescom event, Bandai Namco introduced some new Tekken 7 content that will arrive in the arcade-based Fated Retribution and the console build.


One of the big announcements is that Lee Chaolan will be returning. Both his normal and his Violet alter ego will be playable. Aside from the visual and name differences, there is no information whether both Lee and Violet will bear the same moveset or will have variations like in Tekken Tag Tournament 2. The trailer can be found after the jump! Expect Lee to be playable in Fated Retribution in the coming months.

With the story mode being one of the core aspects of the coming console version, the Gamescom press release detailed more of what's to come. Screenshots, found in the link above, show a young Kazuya training with Heihachi. While the main part of the story mode will centralize on the Mishima bloodline, players can unlock side stories that puts other characters like Claudio on the spotlight.

Other screenshots show off a new stage that pertains to the Archers of Sirius group, of which Claudio is a part. One of them also features Heihachi in a special story mode outfit.

Tekken 7 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC will be coming early 2017!

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Mai Natsume to join BlazBlue Central Fiction

Famitsu is reporting that the main character of BlazBlue's Remix Heart manga, Mai Natsume, will be joining the playable cast of BBCF when the game comes home this fall.

Mai had previously made a non-playable appearance in BlazBlue Chronophantasma Extend's story mode. She will join Xblaze protagonist Es as the second character coming to the console version of BBCF first.

BlazBlue Central Fiction comes to PlayStation 3 and 4 consoles in Japan on Oct. 6, 2016, with a North American release to follow sometime in the winter.


Capcom details August, September Street Fighter V updates

Haunts has revealed what Capcom has planned for players in the next month and a half.

In a post on Capcom Unity, the director of digital media and esports at Capcom USA revealed that after server maintenance on Aug. 16 the company will implement a more strict rage quit policy. This new plan will cause offenders to "lose League Points and be locked out of online matching for a set time."

In September, a much bigger update is planned for SFV. In addition to new double Fight Money events that will benefit players in Ranked, there are a number of smaller tweaks coming to the game. These changes include a versus CPU option, daily challenges for Fight Money and easier access to costume colors. Previously only available through the Survival Mode, additional colors will be available to Season Pass holders and those who buy premium costumes will now get all the colors for that outfit. Additionally, color bundles will be offered for Fight Money or purchase.

For the full details, head over to Capcom Unity.


New KOFXIV team video focusing on the all female Another World group & episode of KOF Station

Here are some more videos for The King of Fighters XIV as the game is less than two weeks away from release!

The latest team trailer focuses on the new Another World group. While Nakoruru was featured in past KOF games in secondary appearances, the three female characters are making their first playable appearances in a major KOF game. Both Mui Mui and Love Heart were featured in their own pachinko slot games by SNK. You can check out more information on the team on the game's official website.

For the latest episode of KOF Station, it features voice actors Mitsuhiro Ichiki and Ai Kakuma hosting the show. Kakuma is known for voicing Yuri in the game while Ichiki is playing an unannounced role. This episode has Ichiki teach Kakuma how to play KOFXIV. The video has various annotations detailing different mechanics that new players can learn.

Both videos are available after the jump! The King of Fighters XIV will be coming to all major territories later in August exclusively on the PlayStation 4.

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Super Desperation Radio episode 524 archive online

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

SDR tackled some hot-button issues this week: fighting game story modes, post-match excuses, post-match buffoonery and a host of other topics. The crew even managed to slip a conversation about feet into the show as well.

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.


Tekken 7 FR Bob footage from Japan & South Korea

With Bob being the first timed release character for Tekken 7's arcade expansion, check out footage of higher level players using him.

In Japan at Namco Sugamo, Shudy captured almost four hours worth of Take using the returning character. Take, who recently placed seventh at this year's EVO, was known for using Bob in Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

As for South Korea, you can watch MBC, Kkokkoma and Knee try out Bob in deathmatches against other players online.

Master Raven will be arriving in September so make sure to look out for footage in the future!

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The Ikari Warriors are ready for battle in new KOF XIV trailer

Ralf Jones, Leona Heidern and Clark Still have arrived as the newest team trailer for King of Fighters XIV. As with the previous team trailer, Team Psycho Soldier, all three characters make their appearance as part of the cast returning from King of Fighters XIII.

As with the other trailers, the short video shows off basic combos and supers for all three characters on the team. It even shows some returning moves for both Clark and Ralf, whose move lists were truncated in KOF XIII.

The trailer also shows off the team's aircraft carrier stage, complete with military personnel and fighter jets. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Bob joins Tekken 7: Fated Retribution on Aug. 9, Master Raven and balance changes added to the game soon

An official stream from Bandai Namco has announced that Bob will be joining Tekken 7 as part of a roster update on Aug. 9, along with other upcoming changes to the game.

Master Raven, the other new character revealed at Evolution 2016, will be joining the cast sometime in September. Also discussed during the stream were upcoming balance changes coming to T7:FR that will likely shake up how the game is played in arcades.

According to Avoiding The Puddle's FlyingWonkey, some changes include:

  • Akuma has overall been nerfed. Some of his old divekick combos don't connect and reduced meter gain and damage output.
  • Pushback after King's Rage Drive has been increased in combos.
  • Yoshimitsu's d/f+1,2 is no longer a Natural Combo. Fubuki Knee into BT 2 now works again.
  • Josie's cd+3 is -13 on block now (down from -14) Switch stance 3 (low) now combos on counter hit with the opponent facing towards you for pick-up combo. Her d/b+2 now wallsplats on normal hit instead of only on counter hit.
  • Kazumi's 'too favorable' d/f+1 has longer recovery frames on block and doesn't track as well as it used to now. Her FLY grab now wallsplats. Power Crush whiff frames reduced.

The nerfs on Akuma will likely come as welcome to many Tekken players, who felt the character in his current version is too strong on many fronts. For links to the stream and demonstrations of both new characters, head over to Avoiding The Puddle.