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Perfect Legend Joins Team Razer

Razer has added Carl "Perfect Legend" White to its stable of fighting game players. White is the first U.S.-born fighting game player on the team, and will begin to represent Razer in the upcoming Fatal 8 Mortal Kombat X exhibition on April 11.

Perfect Legend joins other fighting game players Ho Kun Xian, Hiromiki "Itazan" Kumada and Keita "Fuudo" Ai on Team Razer.


SNK Playmore Offering KOF Triple Pack on Steam

SNK Playmore has just announced a way for Steam users to pick up King of Fighters XIII, King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match Final Edition and King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match all for one price. 

The King of Fighters Triple Pack will include all three titles bundled together for $34.99. While each of the games had been offered with various discounts in the past, this is a chance for players who were waiting to pick up all three KOF games at one time.

UPDATE: SNKP has said the Triple Pack will be "50% OFF during Steam's 48 hours limited sale from April 9th 10am PST!" 


Various SNK Fighters Now On Sale In Xbox Marketplace, Due April 13

Xbox 360 users can get their hands on multiple SNK games for a low price.

This week's Xbox Marketplace Spotlight Sale focuses on SNK games with a majority being fighting games. Samurai Shodown II, Samurai Shodown Sen, Garou: Mark of the Wolves, NeoGeo Battle Coliseum, The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match, The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match and The King of Fighters XIII are all 50% off their original listing price in the digital store.

These deals are valid for both Xbox Live Gold and Silver users, so anyone interested in getting any of these fighters should go buy them before April 13!


Devil Jin Playable in Tekken 7 in Japanese Arcades, Practice & Match Footage

The demonic half of Jin Kazama is back for the newest Tekken game and you can check him out after the jump!

Making up the last third of Mishima characters appearing in Tekken 7, Devil Jin maintains many of his moves from previous Tekken games as well as some new ones. The newer additions are to help work with the screw attack system, and some are nods to the Tekken Tag Tournament 2 version of Angel.

YouTube user GundamaMiraclein recorded both training and match footage at Koenji Game Studio Cube featuring Devil Jin. If you were interested in seeing how he plays, please watch below!

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KOF's Psycho Soldiers Join Metal Slug Defense

The parade of King of Fighters characters making cameos in Metal Slug Defense continues as the original Psycho Soldier Team—Chin Gentsai, Athena Asamiya and Sie Kensou—have been released as downloadable characters in SNK Playmore's strategy title.

The Psycho Soldiers cost $4.99 and are available as part of MSD's most recent update. Athena had been made available by herself in March 2015.

These characters join KOF 96's Yagami Team and the original Team Japan in SNKP's game for Android and iOS.


Mewtwo Coming to Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS on April 28, Lucas Returning in June

Both the legendary psychic Pokemon and the Mother 3 protagonist will be coming to the latest Super Smash Bros. games.

Shown during the April 1 Nintendo Direct stream, Mewtwo, first appearing in Super Smash Bros. Melee, will come to both versions of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS on April 28. He will be available for free through a download code for those who registered both versions of the game, while everyone else can pay for him for one platform ($3.99) or both ($4.99).

Also, Lucas—who first appeared in Super Smash Bros. Brawl—will be returning later in June. No other details were featured for the Mother character.

To coincide with Mewtwo's release, Nintendo will release an update for Smash that features a way to download future content, balance changes to the existing cast and Wii U sharing functionality.

You can find trailers for both characters after the jump!

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A Look Into the Atmosphere of Final Round 18 Finals Day by Hold Back to Block

Check out what finals day of Final Round is all about after the jump!

Recorded and compiled by Esteban Martinez of Hold Back to Block, the video shows off the many elements of what made Final Round 18 exciting on its last day. The montage of clips include finals for Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Ultra Street Fighter IV and Tekken Tag Tournament 2. Other clips include shots of the arcade cabinets at the venue and the stream production end. You might even spot Haunts in a shot!

You can subscribe to Hold Back to Block on YouTube for future recordings at fighting game events!

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Jin Kazama Now Playable in Tekken 7, Over Two Hours of Footage

The first time release character for Tekken 7 arrives in arcades. You can take a gander at what one of the series' iconic characters plays in this new iteration.

Jin Kazama comes to Tekken 7 with a majority of his major moves retained with some replaced to cater to the new combo system.

After the jump, a YouTube user by the name of GuntamaMiraclein uploaded arcade footage, from Koenji Game Studio Cube, of Jin through both practice and online battle modes.

To those who have access to Tekken 7 in Japan, you can play Jin now! Devil Jin will be available on April 7.

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Super Desperation Radio Episode 407 Archive Online

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

It was the night after WrestleMania but Super Desperation Radio had more important things to talk about than just wrestling. The SoCal Regionals delay, the Mortal Kombat X ESL league, a lack of Persona update for Evo and the forthcoming NorCal Regionals all got time as SDR covered what was a big week in fighting games.

The cast also talked about the closing of San Diego's Saltmines, the lack of community gaming venues in general and the problems that are created in that vacuum.

And SDR also managed to find time to rant a bit about the event that was WrestleMania 31.

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


SoCal Regionals 2015 Delayed

After March 24's announcement that SoCal Regionals could be pushed back due to venue issues, that delay has become a reality.

In a post on the official SCR Facebook page, Level|Up said that due to a lack of suitable location SCR will not be able to go on as intended on May 1-3, 2015.  The new plan is to run the event on June 5-7.

While there is no venue yet in place for the June dates, Level Up said it has an upcoming meeting with a potential venue and will keep competitors informed on any developments.

Level|Up's previously planned location for the event was ruled out due to construction issues.


Capitol Fight District Presents Tournament for Extra Life Charity Event at Gamerz Phunk Lab on Mar. 28

In my home of Sacramento, Capitol Fight District will be having a pre-NorCal Regionals tournament for Extra Life.

Hosted at video game store Gamerz Phunk Lab, CFD will be running a 12-hour tournament event on March 28 to collect donations for the Children's Miracle Network at UC Davis Children's Hospital as part of Extra Life. The event will have tournaments for all major games to be hosted at NorCal Regionals: Ultra Street Fighter IV, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U.

Being a 12-hour event, it will go from noon to midnight on March 29 so if you need to practice before NCR, this is a great opportunity to get a lot of casuals in. All venue proceeds will go to UC Davis Children's Hospital. You can also donate directly at the Extra Life page. More information on the charity event can be found on the Facebook event page.


Paradise Arcade Shop Dash Cancel Day Sale on March 28, Win a Mad Catz TE2 Stick

The Hawaiian-based arcade parts store will be having a special sale on March 28 with a chance to win a Mad Catz Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2.

Paradise Arcade Shop, in collaboration with Jasen's Customs, will have Dash Cancel Day where shoppers can buy specially designed ball tops for Sanwa Denshi and Seimitsu joystick levers. With each military-themed ball top sold, $5 will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project organization. Those who buy any of the select tops shown on the left have a chance to win a TE2 for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4! Also for those who need more parts for their arcade stick, orders over $100 will have free US domestic shipping.

Make sure to visit Paradise Arcade Shop's site on March 28 if you are interested!


Announcement Trailer for Super Smash Bros. Melee Mod "20XX Tournament Edition"

A Smasher created a special competitive modification for Super Smash Bros. Melee without the need for a hacked console.

Titled the 20XX Tournament Edition and developed by Project M team member Dan Salvatom, this umbrella mod contains various individual features meant for competition all in one single Nintendo GameCube memory card. The 200XXTE file can be loaded to any GameCube or Nintendo Wii without any hacking required. The consoles only need a copy of Melee version NTSC 1.02 to run the mod.

Features in the mod include a 16:9 widescreen mode, stage restarting, stage freezing and more. You can check out the announcement trailer after the jump!

A closed beta for tournament organizers will be available on May 2015 while the full public release will be on August 2015. You can preorder the public release memory card here!

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Killer Instinct's Hisako Trailer Teases Next Season Two Character Cinder

The fourth classic Killer Instinct character for Season Two is shown for the first time in the latest trailer for the game, available after the jump!

The majority of the trailer features the next Season Two character Hisako, narrating her backstory followed with some of her various moves such as her command throw and her stage ultra. At the end, Cinder appears after responding to TJ Combo's scorn towards Ultratech's capabilities. The returning fighter sports armor engulfed by his characteristic flame body.

While Cinder will be available sometime in the coming months, Hisako will be available first to Ultra Edition users starting March 26 while Combo Breaker owners will have access on April 2. Hisako's UE release will also coincide with the latest balance update available for everyone.

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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Will Use Current Version at Evo 2015

According to Atlus, players will not be receiving the 2.0 update for P4A2 before Evolution 2015 in July. On the official Atlus Twitter, the company wrote

"Regarding Persona 4 Arena Ultimax at EVO: We are confirming that the current PS3 console version will be the version used at ."

This is a relief to some players, who feared that the U.S. would not be getting the updated version of the game until weeks before the event, but a disappointment to others who hoped to have the newest version by July.

The arcade version of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax 2.0 released in Japan in January 2015.


Super Desperation Radio Episode 406 Archive Online

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

Results of Final Round 18 turned into a conversation about treating other games and communities well on this week's SDR. Starting with the problems of Final Round due to other events running over, the cast talked about how no game or its players should be treated like an outcast.

The conversation then moved to Mortal Kombat X and the myriad spoilers that have come out for the game in recent weeks. Everyone then wondered how the delay of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game would affect players going Evolution 2015.

Lastly, with many players looking to invest in a fighting stick for PS4, SDR discussed the pros and cons of both the Mad Catz TE2 and the Hori V4.

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


San Diego's Saltmines Closing

In a time when arcades and fighting game venues are scarce, it's never welcome news to hear the loss of another place to play. However, San Diego Fighting Game Club will be losing its Saltmines on May 30, 2015.

The location has been watched over by community members since SDFGC Director Ryan Tang's departure to Northern California for a job during June 2014. Tang had been the caretaker of the Saltmines when he was living in San Diego, and has continued to help pay for the venue with Lan Diego, which has co-occupied the space.

In a post on his Facebook, Tang thanked everyone in the SDFGC and explained the Saltmines' closure:

For those of you who are not aware, I moved from San Diego to Northern California in June of 2014 to accept a job offer that I could not refuse. Since then, the Saltmines has been watched over by community members, who have sacrificed time, money, and sleep to keep it alive. I have seen them all pitch in so much and unselfishly give so that others could have, and this has troubled me to no end. It pains me a great deal to see my friends give up so much for something that I should be taking responsibility for.

So, due to my inability to contribute more of my time and energy to the Saltmines, partially due to my geographical location, but more so due to my new focus on other aspects of my life, I have decided to make this our final year.


More "Klassic" Characters Join Mortal Kombat X

The official trailer for the Kombat Pack has been released, and the two characters who will join Predator and Jason Voorhees are the returning Tanya and Tremor.

Tanya was first playable in Mortal Kombat 4, while Tremor made his first appearance in Mortal Kombat: Special Forces. And Test Your Might is reporting that they are not the only characters making a comeback in MKX. Listed among the skins coming with the Kombat Pack are skins for Liu Kang and Jax, two characters who have not been mentioned in the months leading to MKX's release.

For TYM's full list of the Kombat Pack DLC, and the Kombat Pack trailer, hit the jump.

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Archive of Killer Instinct's Hisako Stream from Iron Galaxy Studios

For those who missed the stream, Iron Galaxy Studios uploaded the archive demonstrating the seventh season two character for Killer Instinct.

Previously shown at Penny Arcade Expo East 2015, IGS shows off more of Hisako in its weekly Tender Moments stream. After the jump, Keits and fellow members of the team talk both about changes in the upcoming balance patch for existing characters then follow up with coverage of Hisako 32 minutes in. Unlike the PAX East reveal, also available after the jump, this session shows off newer aspects such as accessories, her regular ultra combo and her stage ultra and matches against other characters.

Hisako will be coming at the end of March.

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Predator Coming to Mortal Kombat X

Just a week after Jason Voorhees was revealed to be coming to MKX as part of the DLC Kombat Pack, another famous movie character will apparently be joining him.

On the official Xbox store, Predator is listed as being a part of the Kombat Pack as well:

"Kombat Pack grants early access to 4 new playable characters and skin packs. Stalk and slash your opponents as Horror Icon Jason Voorhees, or play as Predator, the Ultimate Hunter."

The description says the two icons will be joined by unnamed "Klassic" Mortal Kombat characters. Let the speculation begin.