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The end of Sin: Yuna joins Dissidia Final Fantasy

Square Enix has revealed that Final Fantasy X's Yuna will be the next character to join Dissidia Final Fantasy and its console counterpart.

Yuna fights at distance with powerful magic and the help of Valefor, who seems to be able to save Yuna from combo situations. Yuna's stage is the beach of Besaid, which will have both daytime and sunset versions.

Yuna is the fifth of six DLC characters coming to Dissidia Final Fantasy and joins Vayne Carudas SolidorLocke ColeRinoa Heartilly and Kam'lanaut as additional members of the cast. The final character, a male character from the newer Final Fantasy games who has never been part of the series before, will be announced in January 2019.

Readers can watch Yuna's trailer after the jump. She will be added to the arcade version of Dissidia on Nov. 15, 2018, but console players on Dissidia Final Fantasy NT will have to wait until December for her release.

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New Jump Force footage shows Golden Frieza, SSB Goku, Vegeta

A new trailer for Jump Force has revealed that Goku, Vegeta and Frieza will be able to transform into their more powerful forms just like in the anime and manga.

Instead of using separate character slots as has been done in many other games, Jump Force will activate Super Saiyan Blue and Golden forms via awakening, giving each character more powerful versions of their signature attacks.

Readers can check out the trailer after the jump. Jump Force comes to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on Feb. 15, 2019.

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French Bread promises new content to come for UNIST

At the end of Climax of Night 2018, a recorded message from the main battle planner of both Melty Blood and Under Night In-Birth, Serizawa Kamone, claimed that new features will be coming to Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st].

Kamone offered little in the way of details about the new content, but said it would be "surprising" and that the company hopes to share that information "as soon as we can."

He, along with series composer Raito and lyricist, translator and liaison Ryorca, also thanked players for their continued support of the game.

Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] is currently available for PlayStation 4 and Steam.


Planned Soul Calibur VI patch to fix issues, provide balance changes

The official Soul Calibur Twitter has announced that a patch designed to correct problems with the current state of the game and add balancechanges to the cast will be forthcoming.

The statement comes right on the heels of the discovery that Voldo can utilize an exploit to activate Critical Edge or Soul Charge even when he has no meter. A similar glitch has since been found with Tira as well.

In addition to those issues, the team claims that it will also fix Ranked Match's search feature, the ending of Casual matches due to "unintended circumstances" and correct "characters having more reach than intended."

No time frame for the update has been given at the time.  


Nonon Jakuzure, Hōka Inumuta spring to action in Kill la Kill the Game: IF

The remaining members of Kill la Kill's Elite Four have been revealed as characters in the upcoming fighting game based on the series, Famitsu reports.

Nonon Jakuzure looks to fight mostly a long range, using sound-based attacks and bombs. Hōka Inumuta, meanwhile, has an Analyze gauge that builds up and can be spent to unleash stronger follow-up moves.

Nonon and Hōka will join fellow student council members Ira Gamagori, Uzu Sanageyama and Satsuki Kiryūin along with series protagonist Ryuko Matoi as current members of the game's cast.

Readers can check out images of the characters from Famitsu, courtesy of Twitter user HDKirin, after the jump. Kill la Kill the Game: IF is scheduled to release on PlayStation 4 and PC sometime in 2019.

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Dissidia celebrating third anniversary, new character info to be unveiled

The next DLC addition to the cast of Dissidia Final Fantasy will be revealed during a stream celebrating the third anniversary of the game's arcade edition, Square Enix announced.

The announcement will be part of a one-day tournament and broadcast. It is unclear if one or both of the remaining DLC characters will be shown, but they will join Vayne Carudas SolidorLocke ColeRinoa Heartilly and Kam'lanaut as part of the game's cast.

The unveiling will take place on Nov. 10 at 12:00 JST ( Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. PST, 10 p.m. EST) with an official broadcast from the Square Enix YouTube channel.

If the other characters are any indication, players can look for this new character to be released sometime in December 2018. Dissidia Final Fantasy is currently available in Japanese arcades and on the PlayStation 4 as Dissidia Final Fantasy NT.


Omen of Sorrow released, launch trailer reveals new characters

Omen of Sorrow's horror-themed fighting is now available, and a new trailer has unveiled two more characters in the game.

Joining the playable cast as an unlockable character is Arctorious, the headless horseman of legend. Also revealed is the game's main antagonist Thalessa, the game's main boss dubbed "the invisible queen," who "seeks to turn the world back into the place of horrors she once called home," according to a press release.

Players can check out the trailer, which shows some footage of the new characters along with the rest of the cast, after the jump. Omen of Sorrow is currently available for PlayStation 4.

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Soul Calibur VI bug grants Voldo meterless Soul Charge, Critical Edge

A recently discovered exploit in the newest Soul Calibur entry allows Voldo access to his Soul Charge and Critical Edge whether players have meter or not.

According to Avoiding the Puddle, it seems the transition to back-turned from his Caliostro Rush stance allows him to use metered abilities even when he has no meter. Some players, such as Twitter user isloudas, have already found several practical and effective uses of the glitch, leading to big damage in many situations.

Readers can check out footage of the glitch, which is apparently done by inputting QCF ~ B+K ~ A+B+K, after the jump.

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Smash Ultimate adds Ken Masters, Incineroar, Piranha Plant, DLC offerings, online options and other modes of play detailed

During the Nintendo Direct on Nov. 1, Nintendo released a multitude of details about the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Starting off, Ken Masters from Street Fighter and Incineroar from Pokémon will round out the game's base cast, with Ken joining as an echo fighter of Ryu. However, they won't be the end of the roster, as there will be post-release characters such as Piranha Plant, who will be available for free sometime after the game's release to players who register their game online before Jan. 21, 2019, and paid DLC. Each paid DLC character will come with their own stage and one music track and cost $5.99, or players can opt for the Fighters Pass and get all five of the planned combatants for $24.99. According to Nintendo, all DLC in the Fighters Pass should be finished by February 2020.

Online play too will see new features as lobbies and voice chat will be part of the Smash Ultimate experience. Voice chat will be used via phone as it is in other Nintendo Switch games such as Splatoon 2, and there will also be an upcoming service called Smash World which will allow players to post and watch videos. Both For Glory and For Fun will be gone in Smash Ultimate, as matchmaking will be based on the gameplay options players select as well as location and skill ranking.

The Direct also showed plenty of new characters—such as Guile from Street Fighter, Yuri Kozukata from Fatal Frame, Akira from Virtua Fighter—who will be making cameos in Smash Ultimate either as new Assist Trophies or via the new Spirit feature and mode that seems somewhat similar to stickers in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

Much more about the game's other modes, including the game's single-player "World of Light" story, can be found in the Direct, which readers can check out after the jump. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launches for the Nintendo Switch on Dec. 4, 2018.

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Nintendo Direct on Nov. 1 to feature new Smash Bros. Ultimate info

Early on Oct. 30, 2018, Nintendo announced that its upcoming Nintendo Direct stream will offer the final new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate details before the game's release.

The company promises 40 minutes of coverage on the upcoming brawler hosted by the game's director Masahiro Sakurai, along with a Treehouse: Live presentation after. Nintendo did not offer any information on what will be discussed on the Direct, but if the recent roster leak has any truth behind it then some of the unrevealed characters will likely make their official debuts.

The Nintendo Direct featuring Smash Ultimate will simulcast to a worldwide audience starting at 7 a.m. PDT on Nov. 1, 2018, on the company's Twitch channel and other platforms. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launches for Nintendo Switch on Dec. 4, 2018.


View to a kill: Christie joins Dead or Alive 6, trailer released

Dead or Alive's assassin antagonist is coming to DOA6 and a short trailer has been released showing her in action.

Christie was first revealed during Paris Games Week, and appears along with a new stage that shows off a destroyed bridge complete with exploding cars. For her part, Christie looks to return to DOA with her signature fighting style and many of her old moves.

Readers can watch Christie's trailer below. Dead or Alive 6 launches for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam on Feb. 15, 2019.

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NieR Automata's 2B coming to Soulcalibur VI as downloadable content

If you are looking to get the Soulcalibur VI season pass anytime soon, the first of its three additional characters has been unveiled at this year's Paris Games Week.

Battle android YoRHa No. 2 Model B, or 2B for short, from Yoko Taro's popular action RPG NieR: Automata will be coming to SCVI as a downloadable character. 2B will bear her default outfit and weapon set from Automata. She will also receive a stage based on the universe of Automata. For those wanting to build a custom character using 2B's move set, her inclusion will allow players to use the Type-4O weapon set, her "Revealing" outfit and more.

2B is the second guest character for SCVI, with Geralt from The Witcher series being the first.

She will join Tira and two more unannounced characters in SCVI's season pass. There is currently no date for 2B's release as of this time.

You can find the reveal trailer after the jump.

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Jump Force adds City Hunter's Ryo Saeba, Kenshiro from Hokuto no Ken

Fans of City Hunter and Fist of the North Star will not be disappointed by the cast of Jump Force, as Bandai Namco announced the protagonists of both games as playable characters in a trailer released for Paris Games Week.

City's Hunter's Ryo Saeba fights opponents with an array of weapons including his trademark Colt Python .357 magnum, a bazooka and his fists, while fists are the main weapon Kenshiro wields as he dismantles other fighters with his Hokuto Shinken style.

Readers can check out the trailer for both characters after the jump. Jump Force comes to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC sometime in February 2019.

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Review: Paradise Arcade Shop Magenta analog to digital programmable add-on for Sanwa Denshi JLF

The Sanwa Denshi JLF is arguably the most popular arcade stick lever to date. While its stock iteration is the golden standard within the fighting game community, there have been variants mostly designed to cater to those who wanted something a bit quieter. The Silent JLF series of models reduces the sound to almost nonexistent levels while still maintaining comparable performance. They have been hits in recent years, resulting in Sanwa making follow-up models.

Many years ago, however, Sanwa worked on noise-reduction tech with their JLF replacement PCB: the Flash. Instead of using switches, the Flash uses optics to figure out where the JLF's shaft is traveling. Not only does the optical PCB succeed in minimizing sound output, but it also ensures optimal performance even when extensively used for years. Unfortunately, Sanwa discontinued the Flash in 2006. This, along with other optical levers such as the Happ Perfect360, sell for high prices in the secondhand market. While there have been similar optical JLF PCBs from enterprising technicians in the scene in the years following, they all faced a similar fate. This is not to mention that the Flash and other optical PCBs required more effort to properly install and use, an unappealing aspect at the time. Regardless, they were ahead of their time. Nowadays, players are more adept at modding their sticks and are willing to experiment with new things. This is a perfect time to make a switchless PCB.

Paradise Arcade Shop, an arcade parts supplier in the United States, wants to take on the optical challenge with a replacement JLF PCB that not only scratches the itch of those who wanted the Flash, but also improves it. Teased for years in FGC forums, the Magenta is finally available and provides an experience that rivals that of optical PCBs with new technology and additional features that various folks can appreciate.

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Iori Yagami coming to SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy as MissX

One of The King of Fighters' most iconic characters will be joining the SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy cast this November.

Iori Yagami will be added as DLC in the form of MissX, a boss featured in Neo Geo Pocket Color game SNK Gals' Fighters. The main outfit will portray Iori as the gender-swapped version from the NGBC game, including her purple school girl outfit and Eiji Kisaragi-style mask. MissX's second outfit has her wearing Kyo Kusanagi's classic school clothes. The last outfit featured in the trailer, found after the jump, is MissX's original form: as Iori poorly trying to disguise himself as his feminine alter ego.

Iori joins Skullomania from Arika's fighting games and Terry Bogard from Fatal Fury as some of the characters that received the gender-swapped treatment.

This was previously teased on Oct. 2 by NIS America leading up to the reveal. She will be playable for those who attends London's MCM Comic Con in England on Oct. 26-28.

Readers can check out her trailer after the jump. MissX will be available on Nov. 15, 2018. SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy is available now on PlayStation 4 and Switch.

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New update brings reduction in SFV input lag, increased stability

The promised lag reduction update for Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition has been released, and with it has come new numbers for players to crunch and observers to judge.

According to both DisplayLag and WydD, the game's lag has been reduced by one frame—down from just above six frames with monitor delay to roughly five on PlayStation 4, or five to four without adding the monitor. While a comprehensive PC test has not been done, WydD also estimates that it too has seen a decerease of almost half a frame.

In addition, WydD also notes that the game's stability has increased, meaning that there a now less lag spikes that shift the average delay of the game.

What all this means is that SFV should now be a smoother, more responsive experience than ever for its players, but those who weren't fans before will not likely be tuning in to find a radically different game if they were hoping for one.


Next SNK Heroines DLC character to be revealed on Oct. 25

The next addition to the SNK Heroines roster will be unveiled before the end of October.

A tweet by NIS America teased the game's third DLC character, showing a silhouette of the fighter with images of animals all around them. The new combatant will be unmasked on Oct. 25 and then playable at MCM Comic Con in London from Oct. 26-28, 2018.

The new character will join Thief Arthur from Million Arthur and ARIKA's Skullomania as DLC for SNK Heroines. No release date or price was given at this time, but it's likely the character will cost players $4.99.

SNK Heroines is currently available for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.


New NorCal StrongStyle set for July 13-14, 2019, 3 vs. 3 team tournament as main event

NorCal's premiere Tekken tournament series will be returning for the new year with a shift in focus.

The newest iteration of StrongStyle will take place on July 13-14, 2019, at San Jose's Doubletree by Hilton hotel, the same venue as the 2018 event. Instead of being a singles tournament like its past entries, next year's StrongStyle will primarily be a 3 vs. 3 team battle tournament.

StrongStyle will also have a qualifier event in Japan where they will take the top three-player team to San Jose to represent the country. This was announced at Japan's popular team tournament Mastercup 10. No details on the date of the qualifier have surfaced.

Follow NorCal StrongStyle on Twitter for future updates.


Season 2 update for Tekken 7: Fated Retribution coming February 2019

The update that will bring console DLC characters as well as the new balance changes from Tekken 7's Season 2 will be coming to the game's arcade version in early 2019.

The news of Tekken 7: Fated Retribution Round 2 was officially revealed during the Mastercup 10 team tournament in Japan, with a new trailer from Bandai Namco and the opening of a website for the content. This will bring Noctis, Eliza and Geese Howard to the arcade version for the first time, along with the recently released Anna Williams and Lei Wulong.

Readers can check out the trailer below. Tekken 7's second season of content is currently being rolled out on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam, with Anna and Lei as the first new downloadable characters.

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Virtual-On's first three games coming to PlayStation 4, Tanita's twin stick crowdfunding project succeeds

Players will be able to have a convenient chance to try out the beginning entries of Sega's all-robotic arena fighting game series Cyber Troopers: Virtual-On.

The original Virual-On game, along with its sequels Oratorio Tangram and Force, will be coming to the PlayStation 4. According to Famitsu, Oratorio Tangram will be based on version 5.66, the last update found on both Sega NAOMI and Xbox 360. As of now, no release date nor pricing details have been announced.

This news came from an announcement from Sega's COO Kenji Matsubara on a stream by Tanita, a health products manufacturer. While not known for gaming peripherals, Tanita looked to make a twin stick for Virtual-On games including the recently released A Certain Magical Virtual-On. With help from Sanwa Denshi, Tanita restarted Twin Stick Project Z and looked into Japanese crowdfunding site Campfire to gauge interest. The project succeeded in surpassing its minimum 44.6 million yen requirement.