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Wednesday
Apr152015

Pokken Tournament Pre-Release Online Battle Event Announced, Special Program at Chokaigi 2015

Two Pokkén Tournament events were announced for the month of April in Japan.

Both Game Station Palo Ichikawa Shop in Chiba and Molly Fantasy F Ibaraki Shop in Osaka will be hosts for another Pokkén Tournament location test. From April 18-19, players from both areas can battle each other through the online battle mode.

Pokkén Tournament will also be in the annual Chokaigi event at Chiba's Makuhari Messe convention center on April 25-26. As part of the Cho Game stage, the Pokkén Tournament presentation will include new announcements, an exhibition featuring various voice actors in the Japanese version of the Pokémon animated series and more. Guests including Bandai Namco Games' Katsuhiro Harada will be in attendance.

If you live near either of these game centers or are going to attend Chokaigi 2015, make sure to check Pokkén Tournament!

Wednesday
Apr152015

KOF: Maximum Impact 2, The King of Fighters 2003 and Samurai Shodown V Available Now on Japanese PlayStation Store

Following the big multi-platform-wide sale, SNK Playmore added some more of its older PlayStation 2 games to the Japanese PlayStation Store.

KOF: Maximum Impact 2, also known as The King of Fighters 2006, and The King of Fighters 2003 are now available as PS2 Classics in the PS Store. In addition to KOFMI2's retitled name outside Japan, KOF2003 was released on PlayStation 2 in the West with the original version of The King of Fighters 2002.

Samurai Shodown V is also available as a PS2 Classic. This version is based on the original game, not the updated version Samurai Shodown V Special.

If you have access to a Japanese PlayStation Network account and currency to use, they are available now and are region free.

Tuesday
Apr142015

Super Desperation Radio Episode 408 Archive Online

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

After a one-week hiatus due to numerous hangovers and travel time after NorCal Regionals, Super Desperation Radio returned to give its afterthoughts on the event. Although problematic brackets and missing staff conspired to hurt the event, the SDR crew still had a great time.

Talk from NCR focused on the Guilty Gear Xrd event, with thoughts about how the community is growing heading toward Evo 2015.

With NCR covered, attention turned to the Fatal 8 tournament and the Mortal Kombat X release. And with several stores breaking street date, SuperFX had a chance to play the game early and give his initial thoughts on the new system mechanics in the game.

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

Monday
Apr132015

Capitol Fight District Presents Mortal Kombat X Launch Party at Gamerz Phunk Lab on April 13

Coming out of the Extra Life Pre-NorCal Regionals tournament session, Capitol Fight District will be hosting a launch event for Mortal Kombat X.

Working with game store Gamerz Phunk Lab, CFD will have a free tournament for MKX on April 13 before the eventual release at midnight. The event will start at 8:00 p.m. PST so players can try out the game, and the tournament will begin at 9:00 p.m. due to rules set by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. The tournament will be two out of three matches followed by three out of five in grand finals. Single or double elimination format will be chosen based on attendance.

First place in the tournament gets a free copy of MKX while second place can get a $50 card for Xbox Live or PlayStation Network and third place receives $25 off at GPL. Raffles prizes include a PlayStation 4 and an Xbox One, all with a copy of MKX included!

For more information, check out the Facebook event page here!

Monday
Apr132015

Full Video Archive of Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- Graphics Panel from Game Developers Conference 2015

Those wanting a look into the background of making the graphics of Guilty Gear Xrd, check out the panel archive here!

From the 2015 Game Developers Conference, Lead Character Modeler Junya Motomura on behalf of Arc System Works talks about the process of creating the 2-D-style 3-D rendering graphics in Xrd. Titled "Guilty Gear Xrd's Art Style : The X Factor Between 2D and 3D," Motomura explains the basics and advanced aspects of the graphical style such as trying to avoid issues found in cel-shading, maintaining the 2-D animation style for characters and more.

Whether you are a Guilty Gear player or a developer who wanted to know the intricacies in Xrd's renderer, this video shows off the detail and care done to it. For more info about the graphics, Japanese gaming website 4Gamer has done a two-part series (1, 2) on the graphics.

Monday
Apr132015

Mortal Kombat X System Guide by Tom Brady

Mortal Kombat scene veteran and Fatal 8 commentator Bill "Tom Brady" Menoutis has released a system guide over at TestYourMight for MKX in preparation of its April 14 release.

The guide includes descriptions of everything from the differences between dashing and running to the types of throws, wake-up timings and reversal attacks. He also explains how each mechanic works in reference to players' super and stamina meters.

Menoutis writes that there are a few more mechanics he should cover, and that he will update the guide soon.

Monday
Apr132015

New Saint Seiya Fighter Coming to PlayStation, PC

The company behind The Rumble Fish and Street Fighter IV is creating a new fighter based on the popular Saint Seiya anime. Dimps is currently developing Saint Seiya: Soldiers' Soul, a 3-d game based on the new Saint Seiya: Soul of Gold storyline.

The game is scheduled for launch later in the year and will release on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PC.

The game will not be Dimps' first forray into the world of Saint Seiya, as the company has developed several other titles featuring the Knights of the Zodiac on both the PlayStation 2 and 3 systems.

Hit the jump for a preview trailer.

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Friday
Apr102015

HackerFight 1.4 on April 10 at Facebook HQ, Stream by IPLAYWINNER

The Silicon Valley tournament series will be returning this Friday!

HackerFight is a special tournament series in the San Francisco Bay Area featuring players from both major and startup tech companies such as Twitch, Capcom, Google, Sony and more. These players represent their companies in a three-man team tournament format for both Ultra Street Fighter IV and Super Street Fighter II Turbo.

All will take place at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California. For those who can't attend, IPLAYWINNER will be streaming the whole event. If you work for a tech company in the Bay and have two other people who can compete, you can sign up now at HackerFight's website. You can find more info supplied by the HackerFight organizers below as well as a Facebook event page here.

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Friday
Apr102015

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.

Thursday
Apr092015

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!" 

Wednesday
Apr082015

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!

Tuesday
Apr072015

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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Tuesday
Apr072015

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.

Wednesday
Apr012015

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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Tuesday
Mar312015

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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Tuesday
Mar312015

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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Monday
Mar302015

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.

Monday
Mar302015

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.

Sunday
Mar292015

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.

Saturday
Mar282015

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!