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Monday
Jul272015

Capcom Apologizes for SFV Beta Problems, Postpones Activity

A new post by Capcom's Peter "ComboFiend" Rosas has addressed the problems players were having during what was supposed to be the first of three public beta tests for Street Fighter V. In his post, ComboFiend says that the company was caught off guard by the weight of the problems and thus could not provide the level of quality it had hoped to give players in North America.

With the problems still lingering, Capcom has decided to take the beta offline until a rescheduled test can take place at the level of the company's expectations. The company will also not count this first attempt as part of the three public betas for the game.

ComboFiend also said Capcom is working on a way to reward players who participated in this first test, but did not have any details to offer players at this time.

Monday
Jul272015

"Continue?" Figures Immortalize Street Fighters in Defeat

For arcade gamers, the continue screen was the final insult before returning home, a glaring reminder that the player had run out of quarters.

In many titles, the continue screen was nothing more than a simple countdown, but Capcom games like Final Fight and Street Fighter II took it to the next level, showing the player's character battered and beaten or—in the case of Final Fight—about to be blown up.

Now Embrace Japan is recreating those memories with the "Continue? Portrait" line of PVC figures. Consisting of the first 12 world warriors, the line shows the defeated characters waiting for players to put another quarter in and restart the fight. Each portrait sits on a small black platform with the iconic "Continue?" written on it.

The figures look to be a nice throwback to Street Fighter's roots, but no details about pricing or release are available at this time.

 

Thursday
Jul232015

Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax Ignition Releases July 28 in Japan

The follow-up to Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax will soon be released in Japanese arcades.

Named Climax, the game will feature a balance update, new gameplay systems and new characters Quenser Barbotage from Heavy Object and Emi Yusa from The Devil is a Part-Timer.

The Climax update was location tested in Japan during June 2015. Hit the jump for some gameplay footage of the new release.

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Tuesday
Jul212015

Woshige's Error gets SportsCenter Coverage

Evolution 2015 is over but the moments from the weekend are still fresh in the mind of attendants and viewers. However, one moment from Evo is now fresh in the minds of all sports fans as ESPN's SportsCenter carried news of Woshige's early celebration in Guilty Gear Xrd top 8.

Woshige and Ogawa, two of the top Japanese players in the tournament, were playing to get into winners' finals when Woshige celebrated a round victory thinking it was the end of the match and set.

The SportsCenter anchors compared it premature celebration in other competitions throughout history. Check out the video after the jump.

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Tuesday
Jul142015

Super Desperation Radio Episode 420 Archive Online

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

It was a complex group of emotions for SDR on the last cast before Evo 2015. On one hand, the crew talked about the excitement for Evolution as they were briefly joined by Chris Ceglia to talk about the production of the event.

However, the death of Satoru Iwata cast a long shadow over the gaming community and SDR took some time to talk about his philsophy as Nintendo president and his contributions to history.

Lastly, the announcement of the forthcoming BlazBlue: Central Fiction has renewed talk about the Arc System Works publishing cycle and the different viewpoints on it from the airdash community.

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

Thursday
Jul092015

Ken Returns in Street Fighter V with a New Style

During a panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2015, Capcom has announced the return of Ken Masters to Street Fighter V. While this revelation is definitely not surprising to many fighting game players, what is different is how Ken will be playing in SFV. 

According to the panel, Ken will for the first time play nothing like Ryu, instead focusing on kick attacks. His V-Skill is a command run that ends in step kick or a special move, and his V-Trigger is called Heat Rush and seems to add fire to his attacks.

Ken will be playable on the floor at Comic-Con so expect more information to become available as the weekend progresses.

Hit the jump for the reveal trailer, which was captured by the Mission Start Podcast.

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Wednesday
Jul082015

Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] Coming to Japanese Arcades on July 23

Arc System Works released the intro video for the next version of Under Night In-Birth, and it's found after the jump!

Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] will be officially playable in Japanese arcades on July 23. It will feature all characters from previous iterations including PlayStation 3 characters Byakuya and Nanase. New character Phonon will make her debut in this latest version.

System changes found in this iteration includes Vorpal being rewarded to the player who hits first. A variant of Veil Off called Cross Veil Off will allow players to perform the mechanic during combos and will reset bounce restriction in a combo.

Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] will be featured as a side tournament at this year's Arc Revolution Cup. There is no news of a console port. Make sure to check out the character changes here.

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Wednesday
Jul082015

Siliconera Reports Four Characters Return in Street Fighter V

As Street Fighter V information has slowly been released by Capcom, multiple different character roster "spoilers" have been making their rounds across social media and gaming forums. None of these supposed lists have been backed up with more than hearsay, but they have gotten many players excited for the possibility their favorite Street Fighter characters from the past could end up in SFV.

Siliconera, however, is stepping forward to say it has inside information that Alex, Urien, R. Mika and Karin will all be returning in Street Fighter V. This anonymously sourced revelation comes with no other information at the moment, but the website is not treating this as rumor but as fact.

While it seems hard to believe that this report could be true, in June 2015 Siliconera used similarly anonymous sources to reveal the remake of Final Fantasy VII before E3 made it public.

Tuesday
Jul072015

Breakdown of Street Fighter V's PlayStation 4 Beta Revealed, No Local Play Available

When getting your hands on the Street Fighter V beta on July 23, here is what you need to know going into it.

Capcom's Peter Rosas revealed what will be in store for the PlayStation 4 beta. Intended to test the online netcode, this beta will not feature any local versus. You will need a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online. The beta will include the first four characters announced, Ryu, Chun-Li, Nash and M. Bison, with Cammy and Birdie coming on July 25.

When picking your character, you will be placed in a training stage called The Grid where you can practice while waiting for an online opponent. As you fight, both England's and China's stages will be available along with a stage from New Zealand to be featured in the beta.

If you haven't yet receieved access to the beta, make sure to check the full post on PlayStation Blog for info. Details behind the PC beta haven't been revealed.

Tuesday
Jul072015

Super Desperation Radio Episode 419 Archive Online

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

With less than two weeks until Evolution 2015, Super Desperation Radio was talking about how the event is going to shape up in terms of competition. However, one game still up in the air is Mortal Kombat X, as continual patching has left people unsure of where their characters will be at the time of the tournament.

A much larger part of the uncertainty of Evo was cleared up as the official event schedule was released, and the crew talked about some of the smaller controversies surrounding it and tried to figure out how all the different side events would fit into the already-packed weekend.

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

Monday
Jul062015

Tekken 7 Coming to Select Round 1 and Dave & Buster's Centers For Location Testing

If you want to play Tekken 7, six places throughout the United States are confirmed to feature the latest game.

Namco will have provide multiple Tekken 7 units to select Dave & Buster's and Round 1 locations sometime in July. Participating Round 1 centers in Puente Hills, California; Bloomingdale, Illinois; and Tukwila, Washington, will have builds while Dave & Busters in New York City; Dallas, Texas; and Milpitas, California, will get access. Detailed location addresses can be found after the jump!

If you are not going to EVO 2015, this may be your next best chance to try out the game!

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Monday
Jul062015

Official Tekken 7 Tournament "The King of Iron Fist Tournament 2015" Announced, $80,000 Total Prize Pot

Namco's latest announcement regarding Tekken 7 is about their own big tournament.

The King of Iron Fist Tournament 2015 is the offical tournament to see who is the best in the latest entry of the series. Players—11 or 12—from all over the world can qualify in the 1v1 world finals event in Japan tentatively dated around November or December of 2015. Namco will be providing a total of $80,000 that's spread to their Osaka, Tokyo, Japanese national finals and world finals events.

In addition to the Japanese qualfiers, players can also gain access to the world finals from other zones such as EVO 2015 and in Korea. For EVO 2015, the top two players will be able to qualify.

Even if it's in Japanese, you can check out the official page of the tournament here. The promotional video can be found below.

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Monday
Jul062015

Skullgirls 2nd Encore Launches July 7 for PS4

The ultimate release of Skullgirls is about to land on PlayStation 4. Skullgirls 2nd Encore will drop July 7, bringing a wealth of content to the system:

  • All DLC characters included
  • Fully voiced story modes
  • New Challenges
  • New Trials
  • New Survival Mode
  • Cross-play with the PS3 and PS Vita versions
  • Full Platinum Trophy set

All of that will be included along with cross buy for the upcoming Vita version of the game, and PS Plus users will get 20 percent off if they pre-order as well as a new theme.

The game is also holding its own tournament at Evolution 2015 that will be streamed by Mad Catz. For those who are thinking about playing in the event, or who would just like to watch the action, all the details can be found at the Skullgirls forums.

Thursday
Jul022015

Rise of Incarnates Publicly Released on Steam, New Character on Launch Day Patch

The free-to-play PC arena fighting game by the people who made Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS is now available.

Bandai Namco Games' Rise of Incarnates came out on July 1 with no initial cost. The game also received a patch on its public release making changes and additions from its Steam Early Access iterations. Two of the bigger aspects in this patch is the new character Zeus and Japanese localization. You can find more of what's in the patch below!

If you played games such as the aforementioned Gundam EXVS series, try out Rise of Incarnates now on Steam! Check out the release trailer, featuring Bandai Namco Games producer Michael Murray, after the jump!

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Thursday
Jul022015

Predator Playable in Mortal Kombat X on July 7 for Kombat Pack Owners

Mortal Kombat continues its trend of extraordinary villains with the Predator for the latest game.

Mortal Kombat X Kombat Pack owners can get their hands on the tech-saavy alien hunter on July 7. Everyone else will be able to buy Predator as a separate character for $4.99 on a later date. Kombat Pack owners will also get immediate access to The Predator/Prey costume pack which gives Jonny the same attire Dutch, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, wore in the first Predator film. Scorpion will be coated with infared heat throughout his body similar to how the Predator uses his optics. Jax will also snag the look of Dutch's friend George Dillon and will feature voice talent from actor Carl Weathers.

Netherrealm Studios will be showing off Predator on the upcoming July 6 Kombat Kast so tune into their Twitch channel!

Wednesday
Jul012015

Battle Fantasia Coming to Steam on July 7

Arc System Works' 2.5-D fighting game gets reintroduced for the PC market.

Battle Fantasia -Revised Edition- will be coming to Steam on July 7. This port will be published directly by Arc System Works themselves with co-development from DotEmu, a French studio known for porting games such as Metal Slug X and Final Fantasy VIII to Valve's platform.

This RPG-themed fighting game features two punch and two kick buttons while the fifth button can be used to parry attacks. Players can also activate a special mode that can enhance various moves of a character.

Players can access various modes including story, time attack and online mode.

Check out the trailer and match footage after the jump! The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Battle Fantasia are available now.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] Side Tournament at Arc Revolution Cup 2015

The second revision of Under Night In-Birth will get some spotlight at the latest iteration of Arc System Works' annual tournament series.

Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] was announced as a side tournament game at Arc Revolution Cup, next to Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. While P4AU will be a 3v3 team tournament, UNIST will be a singles event with 32 players battling it out. Both P4AU and UNIST are the only games to be running on arcade hardware while both Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- and Blazblue: Chronophantasma Extend are on PlayStation 4.

While UNIST isn't available in Japanese arcades, it can be expected that the game will be available before the tournament's Aug. 15 date. The game recently concluded its latest location test that started on June 24.

Wednesday
Jul012015

Paradise Arcade Shop Introduces Mechanical Keyboard Switch Accessory for Sanwa Denshi Buttons

If you wanted to keep using your Sanwa Denshi OBSF buttons but want the feel of mechanical keyboard switches, there is a new accessory coming soon.

Paradise Arcade Shop has been working on an accessory for OBSF-30 buttons to allow switches such as the Cherry MX series to be retrofitted. Called the OBS-MX, it looks like it will replace Sanwa's stock microswitches altogether when installed. To compliment the OBS-MX, PAS developed a new plunger as the original cannot work with the unit.

In addition, the OBS-MX comes with LED support built in. Players and modders can take advantage of the LED's solder points. PAS' Kaimana LED board is also compatible with the OBS-MX.

OBS-MX units will be available at EVO 2015. You can check more info about the OBS-MX here.

Tuesday
Jun302015

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round PC Online Patch Delayed Following Issues in Beta Test

Intending to help improve netplay in Dead or Alive 5: Last Round on PC by the end of June, Team Ninja and Koei Tecmo released a statement that they are unable to follow through to their goal.

The developer of the final version of Dead or Alive 5 announced that a public update to fix the online code has been delayed to an undetermined date. This reason was "due to major issues found during the [Steam] beta test."

With the patch still in the works, Team Ninja will still provide the beta.

"We will continue to offer the beta version. However, for users who have experienced issues which made the beta version unplayable, we ask that you revert back to the offline version to continue playing the game."

The full statement can be found here.

Tuesday
Jun302015

Super Desperation Radio Episode 418 Archive Online

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

CEO 2015 was the last major stop before Evolution 2015 and SDR takes some time to talk about the results and happenings of the event. The crew discussed "random" as an excuse for losing, and talked about how CEO's production of each game made the players seem important and gave each some time to connect with a home audience.

Patching was a big topic of discussion, as as the cast talked about how MKX's continuous patching process has hurt player interest in the game and that Tanya could influence the way players look at the game for Evo and beyond. Sanchez, meanwhile, talked about the recently found proximity option select in Guilty Gear Xrd, what is likely causing it, and how it could be fixed in Revelator.

Lastly, SDR discussed the possible commentary teams for Evo and who should be behind the mics.

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