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Thursday
Jan052017

Cooperation Cup 15 coming Jan. 7-8, 2017, English stream offered

The 2017 entry in the long-running Street Fighter III: Third Strike team event is here.

For those unfamiliar with Coop Cup, the event pits five-player teams against one another in a single-elimination tournament that brings in teams from all over Japan and the rest of the world. Like past entries, the main event will be preceded by the Pre-Cooperation Cup tournament where single-character five-player teams battle it out the day before.

The action will all be streamed on Game Newton's Twitch channel starting on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. JST (Friday, Jan. 6 at 5 p.m. PST, 8 p.m. EST) and continued with the main event the next day at the same time. For those wanting to watch the tournament with English commentary, Game Newton will be offering an alternative channel with commentary from Arlieth, Duralath, Zhi and rKf

French player jYaZu has created infographics breaking down character usage and other basic facts about this year's Coop Cup. They can be found on Imgur.

Wednesday
Jan042017

A guide to Mikado's upcoming Tenkaichi Budokai by MajinObama

Mikado arcade's upcoming Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- league is fast approaching, and MajinObama has created a guide to help explain the event and why it's important to the GG scene.

Tenkaichi Budokai is an offline, eight-player league hosted by Mikado that will split competitors into two groups. Players in these groups will compete in round-robin, first-to-10 sets with the winner of each group moving on to the final round. The second and third placers in each group will then compete for a third spot in that final round.

The players for the event have already been decided, and events are currently scheduled to begin on Jan. 8, 2017, as Karinchu's Johnny fights Kazuki's Dizzy. Interested readers can use MajinObama's guide to discover stream information, player profiles and a tentative schedule for the event that will run into February 2017.

Wednesday
Jan042017

Echo Fox starts 2017 with high-profile signings

Team EchoFox has surprised the fighting game community with the announcement of seven signings to its team in the early new year: Tokido, Justin Wong, Momochi, ChocoBlanka, SonicFox, Scar and MKLeo.

These players will join returning EchoFox players Mew2King and Julio Fuentes, whose contracts have been renewed in 2017, under the leadership of new team coach—and former Evil Geniuses team manager—Antonio "CoolGrayAJ" Javier.

Yahoo Esports broke the news early on Jan. 4, quoting team founder Rick Fox in saying the team's goal "has always been to build the premier esports organization in the world."

For more insight into Echo Fox's decision and the team's philosophy going forward, check out Bizarro Mike's interview with Echo Fox CEO Jace Hall via Yahoo Esports after the jump.

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Tuesday
Jan032017

Kilgore release to help KI Community Fund, Ultimates returning

The newest combatant in Killer Instinct is now available for $10, and half of his sales will go to help fund cash prizes for the KI community in 2017.

During a stream on the official Killer Instinct Twitch channel, Adam "Keits" Hart and Isaac "Delriach" Torres of Iron Galaxy noted that half the sales of Kilgore will go toward the Killer Instinct Community Fund, which will help fund bonuses for upcoming tournaments. They also debuted the character with a walkthrough and discussed the remaining dates for KI's Ultra Tour in 2017.

At the end of the stream, IG also teased the reintroduction of Ultimates to characters outside of Shadow Jago in Killer Instinct as Jago performed one on Kilgore. Players can check out the stream archive after the jump, with the Ultimate tease beginning at roughly two hours and five minutes.

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Tuesday
Jan032017

More details on New Japan Pro Wrestling x Tekken 7 content revealed

New Japan Pro Wrestling's biggest card of the year, Wrestle Kingdom 11, takes place on Jan. 4, 2017, and during a press event leading up to the show Bandai Namco gave more information on its upcoming collaboration with the wrestling company.

Starting on Jan. 22 and continuing until Feb. 23, players of Tekken 7: Fated Retribution will be able to unlock new customizations: New Japan Pro Wrestling and Bullet Club shirts for the cast, along with the pieces of King's previously revealed Rainmaker costume. The company will later offer shirts representing the Chaos stable as well as icons and banners that can be used to spruce up player profiles.

Wearing his Rainmaker costume—based on current IGWP World Heavyweight Champion "The Rainmaker" Kazuchika Okada—King will gain access to a new "Rainmaker" rage art. In it, King mimics the pro wrestler's iconic pose before delivering a single short-arm lariat.

There are no details at this time as to whether this content will make it to any console version of Tekken 7. Readers can check out the trailer for the content after the jump.

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Monday
Jan022017

Injustice 2 coming in late March 2017?

While the public does not yet have all the details on the upcoming Injustice: Gods Among Us sequel, a tentative release date may be available.

The Xbox Live Games on Demand preorder site lists the game's release as March 28, 2017. This would line up with previous NetherRealm Studios titles in terms of launch window.

What is confusing about this possible date is the relative lack of news about the NRS game since its announcement in June 2016. Even the game's website is sparse, only offering links to several of the game's trailers.

Injustice 2 has been announced for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

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Monday
Jan022017

Evolution 2017 game list to be announced on Jan. 24

Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar has tweeted that the lineup for Evo 2017 will be revealed on Jan. 24 of the new year.

In his statement, Cuellar asked players what seven games they think should be played at the event, indicating that as the magic number of titles for the tournament. This, however, is not necessarily the final number of titles as Evo has expanded its roster beyond the stated limit in the past.

MarkMan has also noted that more information about Evo will be coming soon. Evo 2017 will be taking place on July 14-16, 2017, at the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Sunday
Jan012017

Evil Geniuses announces roster shake-up for 2017

Evil Geniuses CEO Peter "PPD" Dager has released a new video highlighting how the Evil Geniuses roster will change in the coming year.

There are big changes coming in the fighting game division, as Justin Wong, Momochi and ChocoBlanka will not longer be part of EG going forward, along with PR Balrog who previously announced his departure. In their place will step Chris G, who Dager said the team is "super excited to have ... on board." Dager also noted that Smash Bros. legend PPMD will be coming back in 2017.

Evil Geniuses will also be dropping its Starcraft 2 team, and focusing on its new Call of Duty team in 2017. Readers can check out the short video after the jump.

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Thursday
Dec292016

Classic Marvel combo exhibition by Izumojin and Magnetro

A new video has revealed more bizarre exploits and interesting system abuses in classic Capcom games.

The 10-minute combo video contains footage from every Marvel fighter Capcom created before MvC3—Marvel Super Heroes, X-Men: Children of the Atom, X-Men vs. Street Fighter, Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, Marvel vs. Capcom and Marvel vs. Capcom 2—and finds ways to get the most damage out of weird situations.

From 100 percent juggles to upside-down combos, assist abuse and even mini-Spiral, the exhibition is an interesting and sometimes humorous look at the ingenuity of imaginative players. Readers can check out the video below.

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Thursday
Dec292016

Learning Guilty Gear fundamentals by Machaboo

Guilty Gear Sweden has posted a guide by Machaboo on basics he believes players need to know to become stronger at the airdasher series.

The guide, translated to English by Zake, breaks the game into four parts: Basics, Decision-making based on risk/reward, Defense and Mind games.

The guide includes situational examples and tries to simplify the concepts for those who may feel overwhelmed by all the information. It's both a great primer for players looking to advance their GG gameplan and as a look into the mind of one of the game's strongest players.

Tuesday
Dec272016

Original Tekken 7 releasing to US Round 1 locations

After speculation that Tekken 7 would be arriving to U.S. shores without its balance and roster updates, it appears that is indeed the case.

Tekken 7.0 is currently up and running at the Round 1 in Puente Hills Mall in Southern California, the first R1 store in the U.S.

There is no other information available at this time, including when other stores will receive the title as promised. It should be noted that of all the locations where Tekken 7 has been released, only Korea and Japan have received Fated Retribution.

IPLAYWINNER has reached out to Bandai Namco for a statement explaining its decision.

Tuesday
Dec272016

Details released for Killer Instinct World Cup 2016 and KI Con

The 2016 KI World Cup will be part of a weekend-long KI Con, full of events for players and spectators alike.

The three-day event will take place on March 10-12, 2017, and include concerts, panels and side events for other games. KI Con will also play host to the last-chance qualifier for KIWC, where five players will win spots in Sunday's top 32 bracket to compete for $30,000 in prizes. 

Tickets for the event go on sale on January 3, 2017. For more information, including links to the hotel, head over to Ultra Combo.

Thursday
Dec222016

Winter Steam Sale brings discounts to many fighters

The annual Winter Steam Sale has arrived, bringing big discounts to many fighting games offered through the platform.

Arc System Works has cut prices on many titles including Arcana Heart 3 LOVE MAX!!!!!, Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code, Battle Fantasia and older versions of the Under Night, Guilty Gear and BlazBlue series.

SNK is once again offering low prices for King of Fighters XIII, 2002 Unlimited Match and '98 Ultimate Match Final Edition, as well as The Last Blade 2.

Lastly, there are also sizable discounts for Street Fighter V, Mortal Kombat XL, Skullgirls, Blade Arcus, Koihime Enbu and many other titles. Sadly, it seems recently released titles such as Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- and Garou: Mark of the Wolves are not included in this year's sale. For a list containing most of the titles, head over to Steam.

Thursday
Dec222016

KOF XIV 1.10 update coming Jan. 11, 2017, '98 Athena DLC free now

The King of Fighters XIV Producer Yasuki Oda has announced the release date for the upcoming visual upgrade for KOF XIV, along with a little extra for fans.

First, KOF XIV 1.10 will be delivered to players on Jan. 11, 2017. In the update "aspects such as the shaders and lighting have been upgraded to improve the overall visuals." Color choices for each character have also been increased from four to six.

Second, the recently announced '98 Athena Asamiya skin will be a free download for the first month of its release, until Jan. 22, 2017.

Players can check out a preview of the new visuals and Athena's skin after the jump.

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Thursday
Dec222016

Round 1 locations in North America to possibly carry original Tekken 7, not Fated Retribution

According to Round 1's website, Tekken 7 will be hitting all R1 locations in North America in December 2016. With this information, players were left wondering if it would be the latest revision, Fated Retributon. Now, a new clue reveals that these stores may be receiving the original version of the game.

The once primarily Asian version of Tekken-Net, used for both rankings as well as customization, added United States to the multitude of nations in their Available Arcades page. Countries featured on the list such as the Philippines, Taiwan and Australia are still on the original arcade version of T7.

Both Japan and South Korea are the only places currently playing Fated Retribution. Both countries feature their own dedicated Tekken-Net sites and have indicators that show they are on FR.

This should be treated as speculation until Round 1 locations set up the units still planned for December of this year.

Wednesday
Dec212016

Dates, game list for KSB 2017 announced

The time, place and lineup of games that will be played at KVO x TSB 2017 have been announced.

Pokkén Tournament, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, BlazBlue Central Fiction, Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator-, The King of Fighters XIV, Fate/unlimited Codes, Koihime Enbu, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U round out the list of titles that will be played during the event held from May 4-6, 2017.

KSB 2017 will again be held at Misono Universe in Osaka, Japan. St1ckbug plans to update his website with more information for English-speaking players looking to attend the event, but in the meantime interested parties can ask him or Brett questions on Twitter.

Tuesday
Dec202016

How to sidestep and defend properly in Tekken by JDCR

Photo by HatalyA new two-part guide by JDCR looks to bring more information about effective sidestepping to the general playerbase.

In part one of the series, JDCR talks mostly about the theory of sidestep and block: why players use it, when they use it and what difference it can make in a matchup. In the second video, JDCR uses example videos of his own play to show those thoughts put into practice.

Players can find the translated videos, as well as JDCR's previous two-part video on side-stepping, on the BattleFinger channel. They can also check out all four videos as part of a playlist after the jump.

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Monday
Dec192016

Tekken Revolution ending service on March 21, 2017, delisted in January

With Tekken 7's home release coming closer, Bandai Namco Entertainment will be closing down the free-to-play entry.

The PlayStation 3-exclusive Tekken Revolution will begin the sunsetting process on Jan. 21, 2017, when the game itself and its downloadable content will be removed from the PlayStation Store. Those who downloaded the game prior to the delisting can still play the game until it fully shuts down on March 21, 2017.

This game introduced mechanics, including the invincible Critical Arts, which would be carried over and modified for Tekken 7. Players can use skill points to level up a character's health, attack output or chances for a critical hit. Tekken Revolution also featured Eliza, an exclusive unlockable character chosen by fans. There are no plans for Eliza to return in Tekken 7.

Tekken Revolution isn't Bandai Namco's only take on F2P fighting games. A single player-focused SoulCalibur subtitled Lost Swords closed on Sept. 1, 2017, after lasting more than a year. Rise of Incarnates, a PC-exclusive arena fighter featuring mechanics from the Gundam Versus series, released in July 2015 but concluded in December of the same year.

Monday
Dec192016

Super Desperation Radio episode 541 archive online

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

Fighting game updates and Northeast Championships were the main topics as SDR discussed the week's news.

Season Two of Street Fighter V and Killer Instinct version 3.6 release on Dec. 20, and Sanchez talked about the stilted language that hampers SFV's patch notes.

The crew also reminisced about niche games of the past and the good times they've had with those titles at Norcal Regionals and other events.

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
Dec192016

Patch notes for Street Fighter V Season Two released

Street Fighter V's second season of content and characters begins on Dec. 20, 2016, but Capcom has decided to give players a head start in preparing for the next year with the list of changes coming to the game.

There are plenty of changes coming to Season Two of Street Fighter V, not including Akuma and five "brand new" fighters throughout the year. Changes to the rage quit system, support for Direct Input controllers and music select are all new this season.

The characters of SFV are also getting an overhaul. Capcom Unity provides an overview of the general direction the company wants to take each character in Season Two, but they have also compiled all the changes in a rather lengthy PDF. The 90-page document will help competitors figure out how to approach SFV going into 2017.