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Thursday
Jul082010

Mortal Kombat 9: Gamasutra Interview with Ed Boon 

Mortal Kombat 9 made a great impression at E3.Gamasutra has put up the first part of an interview they had with Ed Boon of NetherRealm Studios about the upcoming Mortal Kombat 9. The interview thus far doesn't contain new information about the game itself, but I thought the following passage was very encouraging. It seems like Ed and his team really are making the right moves with this game. Here's a sample. Hit the link below to read the full interview.

...this [new Mortal Kombat] is the first one in a while that we've really made a conscious effort that we are going to focus hard on the hardcore player," he said. "At the same time, we want to stay accessible. But the simple numbers of it is that there are just far, far more of the casual player than the hardcore player."

"The hardcore player is the most vocal. If you just went online and just kind of look at forums and all that stuff, you'd think that everyone was a hardcore player," he continued. "But the reality is that those are the ones who care to the point of getting online [to express their opinions], and they're passionate and they're very opinionated. They're very important certainly from the standpoint of they're the ones that communicate the most, but the reality is that there are more casual players out there."


"This game, we are really going after that hardcore player," he added. "We have some features in the game that are really layered into the game. I think the casual people will still have a good time, but they're not going to dig as deep in terms of fighting mechanic, features and strategy."

Read the full interview at Gamasutra.

Thursday
Jul082010

KING OF FIGHTERS XIII MEGA UPDATE

We've got a lot of King of Fighters XIII vids for you today. Chapter 10 of the Technical Reference featuring Kim Team is here, the fourth episode of Aim to Tougeki, and K Team's NEOMAX moves! Enjoy!

KING OF FIGHTERS XIII TECHNICAL REFERENCE CHAPTER 10

This edition of the King of Fighters XIII features Kim Team, which consists of Kim, Raiden, and new character Hwa.

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Thursday
Jul082010

A sign of things to come?

From the desk of Victor "Dogface" Ratliff:

Today, we here at the Dogface Show received this anonymous video.

Whatever or whoever is behind this blatant act of vandalism should know that this isn't funny.

Could this be some sort of indication of something to come?

Wednesday
Jul072010

NAGOYA STREET BATTLE 15 FINAL - Daigo (Ryu) vs Y24 (Chun-Li)

This video -- which almost slipped through the cracks -- was sent into us today by Milo. Many of you who watched the USTREAM recording earlier knows that the final matches were cut off so here it is with crowd reactions and everything!

There is an alternate USTREAM Version which you can watch here.

Wednesday
Jul072010

CROSS COUNTER EPISODE 2

Gootecks and Mike Ross are back with the second episode of CROSS COUNTER. This episode breaks down a Cammy vs Akuma match and has some good general advice even if you don't play either character. Check it out.

Wednesday
Jul072010

SSF4 Discoveries : B-Linking

One of the interesting things about a newly released fighting game is seeing the new discoveries in the intricacies of the engine that will eventually become necessary techniques for competitive play. First there was p-linking, but now it appears for tough links into jab or short, SSF4 players can use b-linking!

Reading the comments of the video, you do this with the XBOX360's back button or the PS3's select button, and you can also use start for a similar affect.

 

Thanks to Alioune for discovering this!

Wednesday
Jul072010

NEW VIRTUA FIGHTER 5: FINAL SHOWDOWN TRAILER

A new trailer for Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown surfaced recently showcasing some gameplay for a number of different characters. Though not as stylized as the last trailer, it will give you a good idea as to what to expect gameplay wise if and when the game comes to console.

Wednesday
Jul072010

Famitsu Interview with Yoshinori Ono Sheds More Light on Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Release and Console Updates

Super Street Fighter 4 running on an arcade cabinet. Balance changes and more are possible.Yoshinori Ono, producer for the Street Fighter 4 series, was in this week's Famitsu magazine in Japan.  In the piece he talked about Super Street Fighter 4, both on console and about the upcoming arcade release.  According to a translation by Andriasang, here are some details about the arcade version.  Of course work still continues on porting it to arcades. Highlights:

  • Apparently, however, they plan on making it more than just a straight port of the console version.  The staff is indeed planning some balance changes. According to the translation, this is being done to "show off the Street Fighter-like areas of the game".  They are taking extra care to make sure that characters aren't too strong in the arcade version.  He used Sagat as an example, stating that there must be a way to defeat even the strongest character
  • When asked by Famitsu if the arcade version will also add new costumes and characters, Ono only responded with "wa ha ha" (laugh).  According to the translation, this prompted the interviewer to say that there might be some some meaning in the laugh.
  • The arcade version will also be compatible with the NESYS IC card system that was used in the arcade version of Street Fighter 4. No surprise there.
  • When asked about a release timeframe for the arcade version, he mentioned that an online rumor has been going around that says October but they's like to take more time for tuning so that everybody is satisfied with the result.
  • Ono promised that as the time frame gets more solid, he will let everyone know.
  • National touraments for the arcade version are expected.

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Wednesday
Jul072010

KING OF FIGHTERS XIII Technical Reference Chapter 9 & Aim for Tougeki Episode 3

SNK Playmore keeps the King of Fighters XIII footage coming with the game set to release in arcades in under two weeks now! Today we've got another Technical Reference video featuring the Art of Fighting Team which consists of Ryo, Robert and Takuma. 

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Tuesday
Jul062010

D DOUBLE E MAKES A STREET FIGHTER GRIME SONG!

The UK Grime scene is quite interesting. They seem to love Street fighter! Check out this dirty track by D Double E suitably named "Street Fighter". Check out the interview in the middle where he explains playing Street Fighter with Dizzee Rascal! 

This isn't the first time stuff like this has shown up! Grime and Street Fighter go hand in hand!

Tuesday
Jul062010

Marvel vs Capcom 3 Level 3 Hyper Moves to Debut at Evo

Only Level 1 Hyper Moves have been shown so far. I'm sure they will look crazy awesome.According to a tweet from Wes Phillips, Capcom PR extraordinaire, Level 3 Hyper Moves will be making their debut at EVO.  It is unknown if more aspects of the game will be revealed as well, although it is certainly possible. Here's the tweet:

Level 3's will make their debut at EVO. If you don't know what I mean, carry on. If you do ... HYPE!

IPW will be at EVO and will keep you updated. BTW, if you see Haunts there feel free to say wuzzup.

EVO is North America's largest fighting game tournament. This year it is being held at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas this weekend July 9-11.

Tuesday
Jul062010

KING OF FIGHTERS XIII Technical Reference Chapter 8 & Aim for Tougeki Episode 2

King of Fighters XIII Technical Reference Chapter 8 surfaced today, this time showcasing Yagami Team which consists of Iori, Vice and Mature. Iori has always been a fan favorite, but as most of you know SNK changed up his style a bit in King of Fighters XII -- this video will show you what's new in KOFXIII.

Also, according to Cyberfanatix, the 25 minute clip we posted a day or so ago is actually called "Aim for Tougeki" and a new episode was uploaded today. The premise of the show is one of the voice actors for the game, Mitsuhiro Ichiki (Ash Crimson), trains with Japanese KOF players to help up his game. This episode is Ichiki (Terry, Ryo, Kyo) vs. M’ (Clark, Kensou, Raiden).

Monday
Jul052010

IGN Originals: Street Fighter Jet Lag

IGN put together a short parody video of Street Fighter II. I wonder if Justin and Daigo feel the same as Ken in this video? 

Things that weren't kept fighting game fan friendly:

- Ken called Ryu "Guy in white gi who does every same move as I do". Ken and Ryu are best friends, he would definitely know who is he fighting against!

- When Scorpion says "I'm in Hell, you sent me to Hell" he's referring to Netherrealm, his "home". Why is he bitching about it?

Monday
Jul052010

KING OF FIGHTERS XIII Technical Reference Chapter 7 & 25 Minute Gameplay Special 

SNK Playmore released the the Technical Reference Chapter 7, this time featuring the Women Fighters Team consisting of Mai, Yuri and King. Much like previous movies, you'll get a glimpse of their EX and NEO MAX Attacks with a few different combos and set ups to boot.

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Sunday
Jul042010

ARCADIA SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 TIER LIST & INTERVIEW WITH MAGO AND NEMO

Azrael over at SRK translated the recent issue of Arcadia Magazine which includes a tier list for Super Street Fighter 4 complied by both Mago and Nemo. The interview contains a lot of interesting thoughts on the cast from both players and is definitely worth the read. 

On that note, iPlayWinner will release our July tier list in the following days so stay tuned to see how our list compares with theirs.

Thanks to KillaSasa on NeoGAF for finding this. 

Full translation from Azrael:

The recent Arcadia had a tier listing plus interview with Mago and Nemo. They compiled two lists - a "Global" list based on info they've compiled from talking to players, on messageboards, etc. And an Arcadia list that they themselves put together.

 

 

 


"Global" Ranking
A: Guile, Abel, Chun, Bison, E.Honda, Balrog, Rose, Blanka
B: Ryu, Sim, Vega, Ken, Rufus, C.Viper, Akuma, Fei, Cammy, Gouken, ELF, Cody, Sagat, Ibuki, Zangief, Seth, Guy, Adon
C: Sakura, Dudley, Juri, Dee Jay, Hakan, Makoto, Dan, T.Hawk, Gen

Arcadia Ranking
A: Balrog, E.Honda, Guile, Fei Long, Cammy, Rufus
B: Abel, Bison, Blanka, Chun, Viper, Ryu, Dhalsim, Akuma, Sagat, Rose, Ibuki, Gief, ELF, Vega, Gouken, Ken, Seth
C: Adon, Dee Jay, Juri, Dudley, Cody
D: Gen, Sakura, Guy, Dan, T.Hawk, Hakan, Makoto

Quick summary of the Mago/Nemo interview - 

Mago proposes Balrog, Honda, Cammy, Fei Long, and Guile as top-tier. Especially Balrog. Nemo more or less agrees. Balrog didn't particularly change much, but since Sagat/Akuma dropped life became easier for him. Guile is top, but still has some hard fights such as Fuerte and Rose.

Mago doesn't feel that Ken/Vega are that strong. Ken still has problems with Blanka, Bison, and Sim. Vega still has problems with he gets rushed down.

Nemo says that Chun is solid, but still has problems with Viper and Akuma. He also feels that Rose will drop a bit - good footsies, but runs into problems when rushed down.

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Sunday
Jul042010

MORE SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 ARCADE TEASER IMAGES

Yoshinori Ono  just posted this picture on this Twitter, which is of course Chun-Li getting ready to rip out an Ultra 2. He also posted a small note:

@Yoshi_OnoChin

All right , here we go, everybody ! Chun-Li's Ultra Combo was moving on Arcade board. Just give us a little more time!

The tweet is actually cut off, but I assume he meant "give us a little more time." Either way, sounds like the arcade version of Super Street fighter 4 is right around the corner!

Sunday
Jul042010

ROUND1.SG Presents Battle Medley - Singapore July 9th-11th 2010

Lang over at ROUND1.SG sent me a heads up on a major event they are throwing in Singapore which is going to be an excellent alternative for international players who can't make it to EVO which is the same weekend. Both Momochi and ChocoBlanka will be in the house with a ton of special events. 

MarkMan provided a link to the full cover of Indestructible. Download the full track here.

Check out the awesome trailer above and hit up ROUND1.SG for more info on the event. Here is a small excerpt from their announcement:

From 9 -11th July 2010, Singapore Expo will play host to arguably one of the most highly anticipated events in the local fighting game calendar – Battle Medley Singapore 2010, at TGX. Organized and presented by Round1.sg, Singapore’s premier fighting game community and proudly supported by Rapture Gaming, Battle Medley Singapore 2010 will see fighting game enthusiasts from all walks of life coming together to participate in a host of exhilarating activities, experiencing the vigor, energy, camaraderie and passion of the Community in the process.

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Sunday
Jul042010

Norcal's Finest Melty Blood Player

With the introduction of Melty Blood into the Evo roster, communities all around America have a chance to step into the light of mainstream fighting games. Often considered a niche game with Western audiences, Melty Blood now stands at a crossroad: will it finally gain its recognition after Evolution 2010 or will it fall into obscurity beneath the shadows of other popular games?

To answer this question and give some insight into the community, I was invited to a Melty Blood session by Norcal’s best player, Yat. Considered the “Robot” by his colleagues, Yat is Norcal’s strongest representative for Evolution 2010. Below are some question asked during the interview:

 

Try to ignore the EngrishQuestion 1: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your involvement with the Melty Blood community?

Yat: I first started playing Melty blood three years ago at the advent of the PC release, Melty Blood Act Cadenza. I randomly showed up to SJSU and met a lot of the people in the Melty scene. I’m actually not that active on Meltybread (an online community of Melty Blood players).

Question 2: Can you tell us which character(s) you use and why?

Yat: I use everyone because… I get bored too easily with characters. That’s literally the reason.

*However, Yat admits that Tohno Shiki is probably his strongest character.

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Sunday
Jul042010

Nagoya Street Battle 15

Nagoya Street Battle 15 went down yesterday with 46 teams battling it out in Super Street Fighter 4. There were a lot of heavy hitters in the house, including a seriously stacked team of Daigo, Mago and Tokido, though the final results may surprise you. If you happened the miss the steam -- I know for some reason certain people couldn't view the steam -- you can check out the recording above, though it cuts off before the final matches. NSB also recorded the pool play which you can find on their USTREAM page

Eventhubs has a detailed battle log with results you can check out here

Saturday
Jul032010

GODSGARDEN ONLINE: Uryo vs Makoto

This first round of the GodsGarden Online tournament has concluded with Uryo (C. Viper) vs Makoto (Vega/Claw) and Team Sp00ky uploaded the matches with English commentary from Chris Hu and Sabin. 

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