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Monday
Aug232010

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift: Video Interview with Producer and Director

An interview with Toschimichi Mori (producer) and Takeshi Yamanaka (director for console versions) about many aspects of BlazBlue: Continuum Shift has been uploaded by TheZenUnited.  It's broken into 10 different videos. The interview is very interesting and covers topics such as characters, character designs, thoughts on Street Fighter, the online Player Ranking System, beginner mode, downloadable content, and more.  It is 10 videos but each individual part is pretty short.

The following 9 parts after the jump!

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Monday
Aug232010

Marvel vs Capcom 3: Producer Ryota Niitsuma Interview

VideoGamesDaily posted a pretty nice interview with Marvel vs Capcom 3's producer, Ryota Niitsuma.  It goes into the game's combo systems, character questions, some info about how the game has changed since E3, and more. Check it out. In the sample quoted below, Ryota shoots down the possibility of Demitri from Darkstalkers appearing in the game:

...could you possibly satisfy our curiosity with regard to Marvel gender-reassignment? We have yet to see Darkstalkers’ Demitri appear in TVC or MVC3. Is his infamous Midnight Bliss EX move (where he turns unsuspecting male characters into female versions of themselves before sucking away their souls) something that Marvel would tolerate with their cast?

One, Demitri would probably annoy Marvel for doing that, and the other thing is that we’d have to make a female model for every single character in the game which probably isn’t time well spent. If we did put Demitri in it and he didn’t have Midnight Bliss, fans are going to say ‘that’s not really Demitri – Capcom failed.’ Darkstalkers characters are all complete memory hunger-mad characters because they constantly transform into things. They can’t just walk – they have to change into something when they move and it just uses a lot of data. Even just having these two (Morrigan and Felicia) is a big deal. To put Demitri in we’d have to have time to make a whole other game.

Monday
Aug232010

Justin Wong Interview by Fighter's Fury

Fighter's Fury has posted a good interview with Justin Wong of Evil Geniuses. It's a two parter and comes in at about 15 minutes total, but it is an interesting interview so it is certainly worth your time if you want to hear his opinion on many topics.  He gives his thoughts on evo, on his matches against Vangeif and Gamerbee, his thoughts on the fighting game community, upcoming fighting games, tier lists, characters, and more!

Part 2 after the jump!

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Sunday
Aug222010

SUPER VS BATTLE 20-X RESULTS

According to numerous Twitter posts, Rose player Luffy defeats Ryan Hart and takes first place at Super vs Battle 20-X in Super Street Fighter 4. Daigo Umehara took 3rd place after losing to Ryan Hart. GYTNews is reporting that Daigo used Cammy vs Ryan Hart before switching back to Ryu.

1st. Luffy (Rose)
2nd. Ryan Hart (Ryu)
3rd. Daigo Umehara (Cammy/Ryu)

On a related note, at the tournament, Daigo made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for most international wins in a video game.

 

Saturday
Aug212010

BATTLE OF THE BAY - Super Street Fighter 4 5v5 Tournament

iPlayWinner is proud to present Battle of the Bay which is a 5v5 Super Street Fighter 4 Tournament to find out who has the strongest region in NorCal. The main event will take place September 19th at Shadowbrooke Games in Concord, CA. More than that, we have invited SoCal up to compete, and Mike Ross is bringing Gootecks, Combofiend, Keno and Warren to go up against our Bay Area teams in the tournament and also a special exhibition match versus TEAM KEYSTONE II. 

Of course, we'll be streaming the action live on our USTREAM Channel so keep an eye out for that. Here is a list of the teams so far, and you and keep an eye on the SRK thread for more updates as we continue to run qualifiers for each region.

EAST BAY
1. LPN - Captain
2. Hiro
3. Nima
4. Crizzle
5. Grimmz

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Saturday
Aug212010

Super VS Battle 20-X Day 1 Videos featuring Daigo & More

VIP2Gaming uploaded a handful of matches from Super VS Battle 20-X which is currently taking place in London. Above is a match between Daigo and an unnamed Chun-Li player, and you can find more matches from both Daigo and PR Balrog on the VIP2Gaming YouTube Channel.

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Saturday
Aug212010

KOTAKU: NEW MORTAL KOMBAT DLC DETAILS

Kotaku put together a solid interview with Ed Boon, talking about the upcoming DLC plans and possible PC port for Mortal Kombat. They are going for a very "aggressive" DLC plan, with everything from new fatalities to new characters in the works. The most interesting thing I found in the article is that DLC characters will not be included on the disc, and will have to be downloaded directly to the system. This is a huge point due to the fact that many players feel cheated when they have to pay for a character -- or anything else for that matter -- that is already included on the disc.

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Saturday
Aug212010

MAKOTO VS GEN GLITCH

iPW Reader Cheesus found a strange glitch between Makoto and Gen. It appears when Makoto goes for an EX Hayate after a Crouching or Standing Medium Punch, she will pass right through Gen as he performs a well timed Medium Kick. 

Saturday
Aug212010

WCG Ultimate Gamer Episode 1 Replay

If you missed the first episode of WCG's Ultimate Gamer featuring Justin Wong throwing his Tekken 6 isolation challenge, it's now available on Hulu. Episode 2 will air on Syfy this coming Thursday at 8PM PST. 

Friday
Aug202010

GAMEINFORMER: Who Won't be in Marvel vs Capcom 3

GameInformer sat down with Marvel vs Capcom 3 producer, Ryota Niitsuma and attempts to find out a bit more about the final roster for the game. Niitsuma mentions that Dr. Strange will not make the cut, despite Doramammu being announced just a few days ago. More than that, they ask him if Marvel had rejected any of the Capcom character suggestions and Niitsuma "put his finger to his lips, and then made a visor motion across his eyes before drawing an X across his chest." Though that is a really obvious hint as to who else wont make it into the game, I'll let our readers figure it out for themselves.

What do you think? Disappointed these two won't appear in the game or are you looking forward to other faces from each franchise anyway?

Thanks to IMNEXTONLINE for the heads up.

Friday
Aug202010

KOTAKU: THE ART OF BLENDING TEKKEN WITH STREET FIGHTER 

Kotaku posted up piece with Ono talking about how he is bringing the Tekken characters into the Street Fighter universe. In all of the videos so far it appeared characters were performing chain combos, but Ono actually confirms that  to be true due to how combos are performed in Tekken. Also, in the same article he mentions Law's combos, which could be a potential hint for who to expect to see next on the roster -- though I doubt anyone will be surprised if Law makes the cut in the first place.

"When I was going through all of these moves for Nina I thought 'I've seen this somewhere before," he said. "It boiled down to Darkstalkers. In Darkstalkers we have chain combos: Light, light, medium, medium, hard, hard. That is a Capcom version of that rhythmic input command."

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Friday
Aug202010

Gamescom 2010: Super Street Fighter 4 3DS Port Will Make You Remember the 90s

Graphical comparison between console version (left) and Nintendo 3DS version (right). Image courtesy of Kotaku.

Kotaku interviewed Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono about the upcoming Super Street Fighter 4 3DS for the forthcoming Nintendo 3DS handheld.  The interview had a lot of information that IPW posted a few days ago. However, the part of the interview focusing on the utilization of the 3DS for the game's graphics is more in-depth. You can view the entire interview by hitting the link above or the source link, but here's a sample about the graphics:

Ono's team is also working on how they want to use the 3DS' ability to deliver adjustable stereoscopic 3D without the need for glasses.

"When you put the 3D slider on max the game will be between looking into the (game world) and the characters jumping out at you, so you can distinguish the background and characters very clearly."

Ono said the team is also hoping to design the game so that when the slider is used to turn the 3D effect off the game will look like at 2D game.

"The gameplay we can port perfectly from the PS3 and Xbox 360 version and we're not going to subtract anything out of that," he said. "It is how we adjust the graphics that will help people remember what sort of game they used to play in the 90s."

Friday
Aug202010

WCG Ultimate Gamer Episode 1 Recap

Justin Wong's audition tape for WCG Ultimate Gamer

I tuned in last night to check out WCG Ultimate Gamer and if you missed it, some of the results were somewhat suspect in regards to Justin Wong's placing in the Tekken 6 challenge. If you haven't seen the episode yet, you might want to stop reading now, but during the show Justin mentions he "never died" in the Tekken 6 challenge but ends up getting 3rd somehow. 

Of course, this didn't make any sense, but Justin on his twitter account explains there was a time limit and he actually threw the challenge on purpose. Here is his tweet:

Hope everyone enjoyed todays episode. I didn't win the tekken challenge on purpose. Everyone else can figure out the rest.TUNE IN NEXTWEEK

Very interesting. What could Justin be up to? Top tier reality show politics? 

Friday
Aug202010

Possible Hint to Identity of a New Chacter in Super Street Fighter 4?

Andriasang recently put up an article about confirming that there would be new characters for the arcade version of Super Street Fighter 4. If you've been keeping up with the news here at IPW, you already know that, as the location test gave that away weeks ago (see here and here). However, one part of the article caught my eye.  Andriasang's translation of a recent Japanese Official Super Street Fighter 4 blog entry indicates that assistent producer Tomoaki Ayano is giving a clue to the identity of at least one character. Here is their translation:

Then, a look at the location test character select screen:

"There was actually a hint hidden in the location test," writes Ayano. "A mysterious shadow between Juri and Hakan."
Recognize that silhouette?

Is the silhouette a clue to the identity of one of the characters?

Friday
Aug202010

New Marvel vs Capcom 3 Character Videos: Dormammu & Viewtiful Joe

Capcom released gameplay footage for both Dormammu and Viewtiful Joe along side a new character trailer video showcasing the previously announced characters. Out of the batch, I have to say the Dormammu video is the best!

Thursday
Aug192010

BLAZBLUE CONTINUUM SHIFT: VALKENHAYN TEASER

Are you itching for some badassery after underboobing it up with Makoto? What better way to end the day, than with a little werewolf-butler ass kicking? Have no fear! Valkenhayn R. Hellsing is coming soon! Arc System Works currently released this teaser as a side to this BlazBlue promotional they made to hype up the game even further than it is now. In the future they are planning to even release a third character, Platinum the Trinity. Stay tuned on iPlayWinner, TheBBVlog, and Tauntloop for your BlazBlue info!

Thursday
Aug192010

MAGUS1234's Weekly Video Rundown

Yo! So I want to start an easy way for people to keep track of videos and updates on the bevy of sites that showcase great Street Fighter videos. I'll start this week and others with just general sites to keep track of, I'll let you guys know about updates and random videos I feel are worth posting but perhaps not all front page material. I also want to group the interesting NicoNico videos I find for easy viewing, this week I decided to upload mostly batch videos which are my personal favorites. If you guys want more single matches of top players, or just more batch/specific players/characters just let me know!

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Thursday
Aug192010

GAMESCOM: IGN STREET FIGHTER X TEKKEN PREVIEW

IGN put together a preview for Street Fighter x Tekken, and in the process extracts some new bis of info about the NAMCO version, Tekken x Street Fighter. Most of the exchanges between Ono and Harada are pretty funny, furthering the fact that this indeed a competition between the two companies, not a collaboration.

One thing that has been asked by many players is if fireballs will show up in Tekken x Street Fighter. Harada has mentioned vaguely it here and there on his Twitter account, but to my knowledge this is the first time he has confirmed it with the press. Check it out:

Aside from finding out who will be in each game, a more interesting aspect of the fusion will be how characters long known to fight in a certain style will be altered as they're adopted to a different combat system. "For us in Street Fighter X Tekken, what we're doing is bringing Tekken characters into the Street Fighter world. Very fortunately for us, because Tekken characters are basically a rip of Street Fighter characters, it's really, really easy. We just basically have to bring them in and they fit as if they were meant to be there." 

To such a response, Harada had to say, "Well you know it's funny. Ono is often saying that we stole his characters, and even some of the characters we didn't steal he thinks we did. Obviously we received some influence from Street Fighter in the beginning, but also some different fighting game franchises. Tekken has gone off on its own path and turned into a unique franchise, and as a result the gameplay's quite different." One point of interest amongst Tekken fans is how exactly something like a fireball from a Street Fighter characters is going to work within the Tekken fighting framework. "I think it's safe to say, at least for the fireballs, that they'll be in our game," said Harada. "If there's no fireball then it's no Ryu and it's not Street Fighter."  

Thursday
Aug192010

SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 TURBO VOL. 3

YogaFlame24 is back with another installment into the Super Street Fighter 4 Turbo series, putting a ton of turbo users on blast. The last video made for a lot of discussion about using the turbo function in Super Street Fighter 4, with some people arguing that these players would be doing just as well without the turbo function, it just makes playing "easier". Never in my life would I have thought people would defend turbo use, but to each their own I guess. What do you think?

Thursday
Aug192010

BlazBlue Going Mobile and to PC

BlazBlue is hitting mobile phones in the form of BlazBlue Mobile Battle.  It features "puchi" versions of BlazBlue characters.  You fight one on one battles or you can support your friends with the game's cheering/support system. It also has a challenge mode, a character progression system to build up characters and unlock new ones, and item drops!

The game is free to play, with Arc System Works charging for items. Any cell phone with support for Flash lite 1.1 and up will be able to play it.  Visit the official site for more about the game.  Also hit Andriasang for a rather large gallery of screenshots!

BlazBlue Hits PC Soon

In a fitting final chapter to the BlazBlue release strategy, the PC version of Calamity Trigger will be hitting shelves on August 26th. Yes. That's the *original* BlazBlue, not Continuum Shift. It hits PC over a year after its console release. Wow. If you want to see screenshots of this, hit Andriasang for a gallery for this as well.