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Offline Wednesday Night Fights Returns Oct. 21

After a long hiatus of purely online tournaments, Alex Valle has announced that Wednesday Night Fights will be returning to a brick and mortar location on Oct. 21.

The eSports Arena in Santa Ana, California, will play host to the event that Valle originally started in a garage in Orange County. The 15,000-square-foot venue provides a lot of potential room for the tournament series, as well as having a second floor allowing for more activities.

Valle has also said that while WNF is coming back, there will be no return of The Runback at this time. Check out Valle's walkthrough of eSports Arena after the jump.

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New Mortal Kombat X Patch Corrects Bugs, Fixes Takeda and More

The most recent update to Mortal Kombat X has been released, and it is relatively short. The first update to the game since the major changes set in place at the end of August 2015, the patch has mostly been used by NetherRealm to correct glitches and bugs that were either a result of that version change or that have been found since.

The biggest fixes in the patch are to Takeda, who had several of his strings reduced in advantage to prevent him from being able to perform blockstring infinites on certain characters. Quan Chi and Predator also had bugs that allowed them multiple instances of a move on the screen at the same time removed.

Overall, it's good to see NRS is not rocking the boat much since the big update, and correcting any problems that arise from it.


Jam, -Revelator- Character Vote Join Guilty Gear Xrd on Sept. 24

The wait will be over for fans of Jam Kuradoberi as she joins Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- on Sept. 24. She will be added as part of version 1.02, which will add slight changes and some bug fixes. Twitter user Baf0 has posted translations of the changes.

However, the update on Sept. 24 will also start the vote for the next character to be a part of Revelator. The voting will run from Sept. 24 through Oct. 13, and details on how to vote can be found on the official Guilty Gear Xrd website.


Pokkén Tournament U.S. Location Testing to Start in New York

While the Pokémon World Championships were the first time players in the United States got hands-on time with Pokkén Tournament, the general public will soon have a chance. Dave & Buster's has announced that its Times Square location will be receiving Pokkén Tournament within the next week as part of a national location test for the game.

It is not certain at this time whether the location test version of Pokkén Tournament will be the most recent update of the game, complete with Pikachu Libre, or an earlier build. Dave & Buster's also did not specify what other locations will be getting Pokkén Tournament or when those locations would have the game.


Capcom Fighters Network to Boost Online Experience in SFV

Along with the addition of Karin to SFV, Capcom also announced a new online infrastructure for the game: the Capcom Fighters Network. A "community building tool," according to Capcom, CFN will offer many new features to the online experience in Street Fighter V. The service will let players

- See where battles are happening all over the world on a “heat map”
- View player profiles and detailed match statistics
- Designate “rivals” throughout the world and monitor their performance
- Register friends and follow your favorite players
- Search and watch replay files
- Send online battle invitations
- Check out the latest patch and tournament news
- And much more!

Street Fighter V will not only track wins and losses, but also more minute details including number of throws teched and ways that players win a match. Check out a work-in-progress image of CFN after the jump.

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Karin Returns in Street Fighter V

In a presentation at Tokyo Game Show 2015, Capcom revealed that Karin will be joining the Street Fighter V cast.

The addition of Karin adds more credence to the spoiler list that was making its rounds on forums early in summer 2015. If that spoiler holds, expect Street Fighter III: Third Strike's Alex and Urien to return in SFV as well.

Check out Karin's trailer after the jump.

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U.S. Will Have Two Qualifiers for Tekken 7 World Championship

It looks like there was more to the Tekken 7 location tests than players first thought.

Southern California and New York will each play host to a qualifying tournament for December's Tekken World Championships. The winner of each tournament will not only get a spot in the event, but also win a trip so that they can compete.

The first qualifier will take place at the Puente Hills Mall Round 1 in City of Industry, California on Oct. 3, with the New York tournament taking place at the Dave & Buster's in Times Square on Oct. 18.

According to MarkMan, both tournaments will also be streamed for players who cannot be in attendance.

Details such as tournament format and possible entry fee have not been released at this time but hopefully all possible information will be released as the event dates get closer.


Super Desperation Radio Episode 427 Archive Online

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

Technology conspired to get the best of Super Desperation Radio, as both Skype and later Twitch served up technical difficulties throughout the show.

Undaunted, the SDR cast talked about Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- coming home in spring 2016 as well as the recent location tests for Jam.

And speaking of new characters, Street Fighter V's Rashid was also a topic as SDR talked about his gameplay and tried to figure out who the remaining SFV characters will be.

Finally, four players are being flown out to the Team St1ckBug event on Oct. 3, and SDR talked about movements in the airdash scene and a possible upcoming Xrd event for the Southwest.

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


King of Fighters 14 is Coming in 2016

During the Sony press conference at Tokyo Game Show 2015, a teaser trailer revelead that King of Fighters XIII will not be the last entry in the franchise's storied history.

King of Fighters XIV will seemingly take the route of the Maximum Impact games by transitioning into 3-D gameplay, but players will not know for sure until more is shown of the title.

King of Fighters XIV is scheduled for sometime in 2016. Check out the teaser after the jump.

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Review: Crown CWL-307ST Lever & CWB-207H Pushbutton

Crown (also known as Samducksa) is one of the manufacturers for arcade stick parts in South Korea. While more niche than that of fellow company Myoungshin and Japanese competitors Sanwa and Seimitsu, Crown has been reaching out. The company collaborated with Mad Catz on the Arcade FightStick KE series and has provided parts for international sellers. Its recent endeavors also help influence the production on new technology.

In time for Tekken 7's release in Korea back in March 2015, Crown made both a new lever as well as a new pushbutton. Now these products reached American shores for use in our arcade sticks. Do any of these products deserve your attention? You can find both reviews after the jump!

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Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- Coming to Japanese Consoles Spring 2016

Inside Games is reporting that the newest Guilty Gear will be coming to home consoles in the first half of next year.

Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- is scheduled to launch before summer, and even more interesting is that the site reports the game will be coming to both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles. This should calm the fears of those players who were assuming they would have to upgrade their system and sticks to play the new title.

No other information, such as pricing or a release date for other regions, is available at this time.


Team St1ckBug Major to Bring in Players from Across the U.S.

New York's Team St1ckBug tournament series will be boosting its profile on Oct. 3 when four of the strongest airdash players in the U.S. visit the event.

Using the money earned from subscribers to Biscuits' Twitch channel, sales of the Unga shirt and a donation from Hotashi, planes tickets have been bought for:

Nakkiel (2015 ArcRevo qualfier in BBCPE, 4th in Xrd at NWM7)
Kid Viper (9th place Xrd at Evo 2015, considered best U.S. Elphelt)
Blacksnake (best U.S. Venom player)
GCYoshi (2015 ArcRevo qualifier for Xrd)

This special version of TSB will be streamed on and feature the BlazBlue Chronophantasma Extend and Guilty Gear Xrd tournaments, along with special exhibitions involving the guest players.


Rashid is Street Fighter V's Second New Character

Capcom has revealed another new entrant to the Street Fighter series: Rashid.

A Middle-Eastern fighter who he says he is "of the turbulent wind," Rashid moves around the screen quickly and attacks with moves that generate tornados or make him into a funnel cloud.

The first Middle-Eastern character in the Street Fighter series since Pullum Perna from the EX titles, Rashid was designed in collaboration with Pluto Games, the company that serves as Capcom's distributor in that region. 

No other information, such as his V-Trigger or V-Skill, is known about Rashid at this time. Check out the release trailer from IGN after the jump.

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Ultra Fight Night Returns for Absolute Battle 6

Texas' Absolute Battle makes its return in 2015, and as part of the tournament PandaXGaming is bringing back its special exhibition event.

Ultra Fight Night will feature matches in Ultra Street Fighter IV and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, pitting players against one another in special show matches. While city pride will be at stake in some matches, regional pride will also be on the line as players such as Driftwood, FChamp and Noel Brown come to Texas.

Absolute Battle 6 takes place Sept. 25-27, 2015. Check out the trailers for the tournament and Ultra Fight Night below, and more information about AB6 can be found on the event's website.

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Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator Will Add Jam in Late September

Jam Kuradoberi will be joining the Xrd cast before the end of September. According to 4Gamer, Jam will begin a week-long location test on Sept. 9 at three locations in Japan before being added to the game as part of version 1.01 later in the month.

Version 1.01 of Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator will add M.O.M mode to the arcade game, as well as provide small fixes including bugs and sound fixes. For more information including Jam's Xrd move list, check out 4Gamer.


Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax Ignition Coming to JP Consoles Dec. 17

The updated version of Sega's crossover fighter will be coming home for Japanese audiences in December. Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax Ignition will be released on Dec. 17 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Vita consoles, and first-run copies will include a special downloadable system theme.

Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax Ignition adds new characters, new systems and rebalances the existing cast from the first DFC game. Ignition is getting an arcade update this fall, and it appears those changes will be included in the console release.

This is of course bad news for upcoming North American and European releases of the original DFC, which will not release until Oct. 6.


Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator Johnny Combo Video by MSY

One of the original Johnny combo makers in the older versions of Guilty Gear has returned to deliver a new video for Johnny's return to the series.

MSY has put together roughly five minutes of different scenarios showing just what the Xrd version of Johnny can do, and it is certainly a lot of damage. From continual mist cancels to jumping dust loops in the corner, it is clear that Jonny will be an imposing force in the new version of Guilty Gear Xrd.

Check out his video after the jump.

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New Characters, Other Content Coming to Mortal Kombat X in 2016

It looks like Mortal Kombat X players will be getting new content, but not for roughly four months. After players speculated about Ed Boon's tweet on Sept. 2, NetherRealm has released a statement saying that new MKX content will be coming after the new year:

"The new content will include four new playable characters, skins and a new environment, all of which will be available in the first half of 2016." 

While the content is months away, players will undoubtedly be happy to see the game continue to be supported by NRS as it reaches its first anniversary.


Details for US East Coast Guilty Gear Xrd Lobby Released

Less than 12 hours after the West Coast holds an online lobby for both Japanese and U.S. viewers, the East Coast will follow suit.

At 9 a.m. EST on Sept. 5, the EC lobby will take place. Like the West Coast event, it will be streamed by Biscuits on Twitch and Efute on Nico and will feature Biscuits on commentary.

The players for the EC event will be LostSoul (Elphelt), Marvisto (Ky), Mynus (I-No), MarlinPie (Zato) and DrunkenChicken (Ramlethal). 

The matches will be in a round robin format and each set will be first to three matches. Hit the jump for the match order.

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Ed Boon Teases New Characters for Mortal Kombat X

Ed Boon loves to be cryptic on Twitter, dropping both hints and red herrings to followers about upcoming events and characters for his Mortal Kombat series. He hinted at Tremor becoming part of the MKX cast long before the game even came out, and has teased about the story mode cast becoming playable as well

Now, Boon has done it again, posting a tweet with the question, "Tomorrow?" and a picture of four shadowed figures. On the picture it simply reads "Who's Next?"

Are these four characters the formerly unplayable story mode cast such as Rain and Baraka? Are they four characters—new and old—that will make up Kombat Pack 2? Or is Boon simply messing with his audience again? Only time will tell.