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Friday
Oct102014

Take a Walk through Galloping Ghost Arcade

Brookfield, Illinois' Galloping Ghost Arcade has become one of the premier places to play fighting games in the Chicago area, with many NetherRealms' players adopting the team name GGA when they participate in national tournaments.

However, GGA is more than just a fighting game location; it also houses more than 400 modern and classic arcade machines, normally in their original cabinets. GGA even houses rarities like the unreleased Primal Rage 2 and a Mortal Kombat 3 prototype.

During a 20-minute walk around the arcade, owner "Doc" Mack takes viewers through the whole arcade, showing new machines or titles that have been put back into original dedicated cabinets. He also shows off several new parts of the arcade—separate areas for driving and shoot-em-up games, and a full-time pinball section—that have been added thanks to a recent fundraising effort.

Hit the jump for the video.

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Thursday
Oct092014

Final Showdown: Tekken 7 is a Tekken Game (& It's Not a Bad Thing)

Before the early location test, you probably encountered the conversation of "What can Namco do to make Tekken 7 appealing to the overall fighting game community?" This also surfaced on The Fray where Mike Ross was debating with both Aris and Bronson Tran about what Tekken can do to get more players to compete as well as make it viewer friendly.

Now with the test over, it's easy to say on the surface that Tekken 7 looks and plays like a Tekken game. It has new mechanics, a smaller character list and other things that seem to help newer players while maintaining the heart of the series. Yet even with these special aspects, it's still a Tekken game. It might dishearten some but let's break down the traits in the test as well as suggest what can be done to help those who want to finally play Tekken.

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Tuesday
Oct072014

BlazBlue Chronophantasma 2.0 Patch Notes from Famitsu

SoWL at Dustloop has translated the first group of patch notes for BBCP 2.0 as compiled by Famitsu. The list covers 13 of BBCP's 28 characters and represents the changes that will be put into the final version of BBCP 2.0 when it is released on Oct. 9.

There are three to four changes listed for each character, and this part of the list features characters from the earliest versions of the game such as Ragna, Jin, Noel, Hakumen and Tager. 

Hit the jump for the list.

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Tuesday
Oct072014

North America will get Wii U Smash Bros. First

Nintendo has released the street dates for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, and this time North American players will be getting an opportunity to play the game ahead of everyone else. Smash releases on Nov. 21 on that continent, followed by a European release on Dec. 5 and then a Japanese release on Dec. 6.

In North America, the game will ship in one of two possible bundles: the game-only bundle and a special $99.99 version of the game that will include a GameCube controller and the GameCube Controller Adapter.

The first wave of Amiibo figures—Mario, Peach, Yoshi, Donkey Kong, Link, Fox, Samus, Wii Fit Trainer, Villager, Pikachu, Kirby and Marth—will also be available on Nov. 21 in North America, with the second line—Zelda, Diddy Kong, Luigi, Little Mac, Pit and Captain Falco—set to go on sale on Dec. 19. Each figure will cost $12.99.

Tuesday
Oct072014

Super Desperation Radio Episode 331 Archive Online

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

On the latest episode of SDR, the cast discussed the idea of turning the show into a sports podcast before focusing their attention on the collegiate League of Legends program, scholarships and the implications of video games as a professional sport.

Sanchez then took some time to talk about the loktest footage for Tekken 7, including some of the more nuanced system changes in the game including Rage Arts and the way in which characters get off the ground.

Lastly, Walkman expressed his love for classic video game music until the crew decided to go watch the Major League Baseball playoffs. 

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

Monday
Oct062014

Guilty Gear Xrd & Self-Branded Mad Catz Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2 Models Coming to Japan

More Mad Catz sticks will be coming for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in Japan.

MAD CATZ ARCADE FIGHTSTICK TOURNAMENT EDITION 2, GUILTY GEAR XRD & SELF-BRANDED, SCREENSHOTS.

To coincide with the Japanese release of Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- on Dec. 4, a branded Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2 will be available. The GGXrd model will feature an all black shell with special artwork. Japan will also receive another TE2 model featuring Mad Catz artwork in a black and blue aesthetic. The latter will come on Oct. 23. UPDATE: The GGXrd model will be coming to North America with an unannounced date.

Both will be priced at 19,800 yen, plus tax, and will carry the same features found on other PS3/PS4 TE2 sticks including the console switch found on the control panel.

UPDATE: The GGXrd model will be coming to North America for an unannounced date.

Take a look at the screenshots in the link above.

Monday
Oct062014

Why Me Dojo? 15 Tonight After Super Desperation Radio

Josh will be hosting Why Me Dojo? 15 tonight at 133 Copeland Street in Petaluma, California. The games hosted will be Ultra Street Fighter 4(XBOX 360) and Super Smash Brothers Melee.

Registration starts at 7 p.m. and continues until 8 p.m. Both games are $4 to enter and registration is just $1. 

If you can't make it out you can watch the stream live on our Twitch channel at 8 p.m. PST. Make sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook as well as keeping your web browser bookmarked to IPLAYWINNER for news and upcoming events.

Thursday
Oct022014

Archive of USFIV Global Challenge: Korea by World e-Sports Championship Games

All of the videos from the special Korean Ultra Street Fighter IV tournament by World e-Sports Championship Games are now available for viewing!

WECG conducted the top eight finals of their Global Challenge: Korea tournament. This tournament brought many players from Korea to compete in the preliminaries for a shot at the finals held at Nexon Arena. This recorded event spanned three days in a double elimination bracket featuring Korea's best including Infiltration and iim83man. Other players including Xiaohai from China, Humanbomb from Hong Kong and NorCal's own Hoodaman of Pandora House also qualified.

Results from the Global Challenge can be viewed here. All three days of the tournament, with English commentary by Laugh, are found below. You can also check out individual videos, with commentary featuring Nin, on their YouTube channel.

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Wednesday
Oct012014

Footage from Capcom Pro Tour's Ranking Tournament At EGX London

Take a look at what was in store during one of the latest Capcom Pro Tour tournaments in Europe.

This ranking tournament took place at EGX London, formerly known as Eurogamer Expo. From Sept. 25-28, players from all around England competed for ranking points in the Capcom Pro Tour in hopes of getting to the Capcom Cup finals later this year. English fighting game channel Unequalled Media was there to cover the tournament.

UM already uploaded both top threes, which you can find after the jump, as well as the earlier phases on their YouTube channel.

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Wednesday
Oct012014

3DS Limitations Forced Sheik to be Separate Character

Many players were already let down by the news that the Ice Climbers will not be in Super Smash Bros. because of the 3DS's hardware limitations, but it seems that they were not the only characters affected by the power of Nintendo's handheld. In an interview with Famitsu (via Siliconera), Masahiro Sakurai said those limitations also caused Sheik and Zelda to be two separate characters in the upcoming title.

"It’s basically due to the 3DS’ limitations," he said. "It was impossible to have both characters exist together [as one] on 3DS." However, Sakurai also said that perhaps it was not so bad, as "transforming characters had the drawback of ambiguous tactics and such, and I believe that they have become more fresh now."

For now, it's hard to say whether this change will have a positive or negative impact on the strength of both characters, but it has certainly shaken up the roster going into the new games. 

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS launches Oct. 3.

Tuesday
Sep302014

The Show That Sucks #98 With Harrison And Honzo Gonzo Tonight At 10pm PST

Tonight will be #97 of The Show That Sucks. Tonight on the show there will be more Ultra Street Fighter IV and probably some jokes about how nobody cares about Marvel anymore. You will be able to check out the stream live starting at 10 p.m. PST on our Twitch

If you have questions for us you can always send them to myself and Honzo Gonzo on Twitter!

Missed last week's show? You can click on our podcast section to watch or listen to every show in YouTube or mp3 format.

Blowing up the FGC one week at a time, The Show That Sucks is a weekly Podcast with Harrison, the streamer of IPLAYWINNER, and Honzo Gonzo, the worst person on the internet.
Tuesday
Sep302014

Two Characters, Original Danger Zone, Coming to Dead or Alive 5: Last Round

New information emerged for what's in store for the upcoming final version of Dead or Alive 5.

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round will be bringing two characters to both previous and current generation of consoles. One female and one male, the former will be making her premiere in the series while details behind the latter haven't been featured. The new female character will better represent the "softness" and "warmth" of a body.

One of the other pieces of information announced was more stages with more emphasis on the original Danger Zone mechanic from the first Dead or Alive. This variant features explosive floors circling around a ring which can be triggered when knocking down an opponent.

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round is coming to both PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in spring 2015.

Monday
Sep292014

Skullgirls' Eliza to be Released Sept. 30

Tomorrow all Skullgirls players on both PlayStation 3 and PC will have the opportunity to play Eliza as she is released to the public.

The character, who is designed with an ancient Egyptian motif, wields a staff to help her attack and like much of the Skullgirls cast can transform parts of her body for normals, specials and supers.

To celebrate Eliza's impending release, the crew at Skullgirls has provided several links to community-created combo videos. These videos feature Eliza-only combos as well as combos featuring Eliza's possible assists and DHCs. Hit the jump for the videos.

There is no current release date for Eliza on Xbox 360, but the Skullgirls team is hopeful that it will be "soon."

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Friday
Sep262014

P4A2 Margaret Impressions by Lord Knight

The last DLC character for the Japanese Persona 4 The Ultimax: Ultra Suplex Hold—to be released as Persona 4 Arena Ultimax in the U.S.—has released and Lord Knight has taken some time to break down Maragret according to her various normals and gameplay options.

LK points out important normal and special moves that may define Margaret's air and ground game, even giving a quick overview of his thoughts on the character. He also provides a link to a gatling chart for the character.

Persona 4 Arena Ultimax launches in the U.S. on Sept. 30.

Thursday
Sep252014

Jayce the Ace vs. Pepeday in Online Ultra Street Fighter IV First to 10 Set

One of the United States' best Viper players challenged the Tokyo Game Show 2014 Ultra Street Fighter IV champion in a first to 10.

Fukuoka Gamers Club's Pepeday, who dominated the TGS tournament with El Fuerte, was issued a FT10 set by Jayce the Ace, representing Yubiken. Streamed on YBK's Twitch channel, both players competed online to see who was the better player. Prior to the fight, a hype video was featured where both Pepeday and Jayce shared their thoughts towards each other and their characters.

Both the FT10 challenge and the hype video can be viewed after the jump!

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Thursday
Sep252014

High Level Footage of 1998 Fighting Game The Fallen Angels at Neo Amusement Space A-Cho

Kyoto's Neo Amusement Space A-Cho game center sometimes uploads footage of overlooked fighting games. Here is one of them.

Steel Hearts' Daraku Tenshi - The Fallen Angels is one of A-Cho's latest videos. Published by Psikyo in 1998, it was the company's second attempt to release a fighting game. Characters featured in The Fallen Angels bear similarity to characters in SNK games such as K' from The King of Fighters. Developers of The Fallen Angels moved to SNK to work on games including those from the KOF series.

Featured voice actors include Ikue Otani who plays as Pikachu in the Pokémon anime and the late Daisuke Gori who voiced Heihachi in the Tekken series.

Check out the latest video, uploaded yesterday, as well as past videos from A-Cho after the jump!

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Thursday
Sep252014

New Episode of Hold Back to Block's Climbing the Ladder Season 2

Esteban of Hold Back to Block returns to record some of his Street Fighter IV online matches in Climbing the Ladder.

With Ryu, Esteban plays both a Ryu and a Juri player. The most notable match is against one who plays Hugo. This segment best exemplifies his retrospective analysis of his matches as he talks about matchup knowledge, mistakes from himself and his opponent and more. The video can be viewed below the jump.

You can subscribe to Hold Back to Block on YouTube for more Climbing the Ladder videos as well as interviews from various fighting game events. Esteban is currently working on the crowdfunded documentary FGC: Rise of the Fighting Game Community.

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Wednesday
Sep242014

Learn The Ins & Outs Of TJ Combo Fast By Geoff The Hero

With TJ Combo now available in both retail versions of Killer Instinct Combo Breaker and the digital build of KI Season 2 Ultra Edition, here is a quick but detailed guide on how to play the American boxer.

Created by Iron Galaxy Studio's Geoff "Geoff the Hero" Wood, he details unique attacks, special moves and more from Combo in a span of six minutes. Despite the rapid pace, Geoff provides a necessary amount of information new Combo players can follow and use to win. Followers of Geoff the Hero can expect the spontaneous humor found in many of his other videos.

Killer Instinct, including TJ Combo and Season 2 changes for the existing cast, is available now.

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Wednesday
Sep242014

Arcana Heart 3: Love Max!!!!! Lacks Cross-Region Online Play

Bad news for U.S. gamers who hoped to be able to test their skills against Japanese players in AH3LM: the recently released U.S. version of the game does not allow for play against its Japanese counterpart. Players had noticed they were unable to match against the Japanese version of the game since Aksys's localization released, but had hoped it was only a glitch or other small problem.

Aksys, however, has since broke the bad news:

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Wednesday
Sep242014

Ed Boon Hinting at New MKX Character?

Ed Boon likes to be cryptic. In past Mortal Kombat games there have often been secrets to uncover based on riddles or visual hints with little explanation. As time has moved on, he has taken to using his Twitter account to tease fans with possible revelations for his newest games. And today is no different.

This morning, Boon tweeted a picture of an old World Championship Wrestling grappler with the accompanying text:

"Hmmm.... he reminds me of someone. "

The figure, Super Giant Ninja, was a send-up of Mortal Kombat's Scorpion, but with slightly muted attire so as not to breach the copyright then held by Midway. With Scorpion already confirmed for MKX, several posters on Twitter are suggesting Boon may be hinting at the return of Tremor, a ninja clad in brown who first appeared in Mortal Kombat: Special Forces and made a cameo in the expanded challenge tower in the Vita version of Mortal Kombat 9. Whether that is true or Boon is simply playing with his audience remains to be seen.