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Jasen's Customs TE2+ EZ Mod for Mad Catz TE2+ sticks coming exclusively to EVO 2016

If you are going to EVO 2016 and want your Mad Catz Arcade FightStick TE2+ to work for all current generation consoles with one simple board, you might have only one opportunity.

The TE2+ gets its own EZ Mod from Jasen's Customs following the release of the original TE2 model. Similar to the normal TE2 EZ Mod, this version is entirely solderless but requires clipping of the USB cable from the original PCB.

Designed to work with the Brook Universal Fighting Board, the EZ Mod contains LEDs that work uniquely when in specific console modes including player-specific lights and colors on PlayStation 4 while the Xbox One renders all white much like the normal controller. Another aspect found on the TE2+ EZ Mod is that the Lock button is swapped by Turbo.

The EZ Mod board itself will be priced at $34.95 only at the Arcade Shock booth. If you are looking to get your TE2+ upgraded at the event, Jasen's Customs' own Jasen Hicks will help sell and install the kits.


Persona fighters, Nitroplus Blasterz join US Round 1 NESiCA library

Round 1 locations in the United States are adding three games to their NESiCAxLive game selection on July 1: Nitroplus Blasterz, Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena and Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold.

While the first two titles are already available on consoles in North America, P4U2 was updated in Japan in January 2015 to version 2.0 on the NESiCA system but that update never reached home systems.

The P4U2 update contains many changes to both the system and individual characters, which left players in the U.S. disappointed by the seeming abandonment of support for the title.


New products from Qanba, including the Drone arcade stick for PS4, available now

After some time of silence, arcade stick manufacturer Qanba is slowly reemerging with new products.

Qanba's Drone is the company's first arcade stick designed and officially licensed for the PlayStation 4. It also works on the PlayStation 3 and PC. Built on a small form factor weighing in at three pounds, the Drone features Qanba's own arcade parts, an anti-slip bottom pad and a tournament lock switch.

Another new product from Qanba is a slightly altered version of the existing Q1 arcade stick. The Carbon arcade stick is a low price stick for PC and Android devices. It bears much of the Q1's features including a small body and the distinctive table clamps.

As a successor to the Defender, Qanba released the Guardian arcade stick bag. From the looks of it, the Guardian will allow players to store their arcade sticks a little easier than the Defender.

All three of these Qanba products are available now on Eightarc or directly from Qanba's USA webstore.


Balrog & Ibuki coming to next Street Fighter V update on July 1, 2016, Juri and Urien teased

Following Tokido's victory at CEO 2016, Capcom released a new trailer showing off the Shadowloo boxer coming very soon to Street Fighter V.

Balrog gets a proper trailer along with a look at his unique stage harking back to the original Street Fighter II. At the end of the trailer, both Juri and Urien were teased before players can try them out in the coming cinematic story mode. You can check out the trailer below!

Both Balrog and Ibuki will be playable outside of the main story in this major update and will require payment with either the in-game Fight Money or with actual currency. These two characters will also be allowed at EVO 2016.

The new characters, the cinematic story mode, improvements to the overall online system, and more in-game content will be available for all SFV users on PlayStation 4 and PC on July 1, 2016.

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German -Revelator- netplay lobby hosted by Biscuits

Attempting to get more exposure for different Guilty Gear scenes around the world, Biscuits recently streamed a Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- netplay lobby featuring German players.

The event was streamed on Biscuits' Twitch channel and featured his commentary. Players involved in the event were Mik (Ramlethal), Jonas (Venom), Sumpfauge (Elphelt), AtTheGates (Chipp) and KenDeep (Haehyun).

The event was played in a round robin format and each set was be first to three matches. Viewers can check out the video after the jump, and find more information on the German scene at HardEdge.

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King of Fighters titles heavily discounted on Steam

The King of Fighters XIII, KOF 2002 Unlimited Match and KOF '98 Ultimate Match Final Edition are currently on sale on the Steam platform.

Players can buy the King of Fighters Triple Pack, containing all three titles, for $10.49, 70 percent off its normal price. The individual games are also on sale, with KOF XIII discounted to $4.99 and KOF 2002 UM and KOF '98 UMFE at $2.99 each. 

Interested players have until July 4, 2016, to pick up the titles as these discounted prices.


Sylvie, Kukri and Mian as Team Official Invitation in latest KOFXIV trailer

Make sure to check out The King of Fighters XIV trailer showcasing one of the premiering teams after the jump!

Branded as Team Official Invitation, this band of three are making their first appearance in KOFXIV. While both Sylvie Paula Paula and Kukri were shown in past promotional material and have been playable in recent demonstration events, third character Mian wasn't featured until now.

You can check the movelist for both Sylvie and Kukri here.

The King of Fighters XIV will be available in North America on Aug. 23, 2016, with Japan and Europe recieving it in the days following. If you happen to be attending CEO 2016, make sure to try out the latest public build there!

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Capcom announces DLC costumes, stages for June SFV update

Capcom has revealed the additional costumes and stages that will be available for purchase when the game's June update drops during the last week of the month.

In addition to Ibuki and the new cinematic story mode, three stage variations and a new outfit for each character will be up for sale. Pricing for the DLC will be new characters at $5.99 or 100,000 fight money (fm); new stages for $3.99 or 70,000 fm; alternate stages or story costumes for $1.99 or 40,000 fm; and premium costumes for $3.99.

While the many of the costumes were spoiled by datamining months ago, players can head over to Capcom Unity for a closer look at the content that will soon be available.


Super Desperation Radio play profile: Kenny Omega

The latest episode of Super Desperation Radio is now available for watching on Team Spooky's YouTube channel.

Super Desperation Radio's player profiles took an interesting twist when New Japan Pro Wrestling's Kenny Omega stopped by the show to talk about fighting games.

Omega talked about his standing in the FGC, current pro wrestling trends and how he feels about Xavier Woods stealing one of his moves during the interview.

SDR's Hellpockets and Giby were joined by Rynge as they talked to the world-class wrestling superstar. Super Desperation Radio is live every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PDT on Team Spooky, and will be archived at the TS YouTube channel. Classic episodes can still be found on the IPLAYWINNER YouTube.



Mortal Kombat X gets $50,000 pot bonus for Evo 2016

NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. Games will again be adding big money to the prize pot at Evolution as MKX will receive a $50,000 bonus as part of Evolution 2016.

Mortal Kombat series creator Ed Boon had teased the announcement on Twitter, where he capitalized the Evo letters all throughout his tweet.

Evolution 2016 takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada, on July 15-18.


The team of villains debuts in new King of Fighters XIV trailer

The sixth team trailer for King of Fighters XIV has been released, this time showing off Team Villains.

As with the other trailers, the short video shows off Max Mode combos for all three characters on the team. The video is also the first look at the new character Xanadu, whose moves—complete with him flailing his arms and rolling opponents on the ground—make him an interesting comic addition to the cast.

The trailer also shows the team's stage, where fellow prisoners observe the fight in what looks like a destroyed castle or hideout. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Tekken 7: Fated Retribution launches July 5 in Japanese arcades

The update to Tekken 7 featuring Street Fighter's Akuma will be released in arcades shortly after the beginning of July.

Fated Retribution's release date was revealed at a press conference where Bandai Namco announced The King of Iron Fist Tournament 2016

It is not known at this time if the North American finals of The King of Iron Fist will fit into the larger event, or if the two will be completely separate entities.

Furthermore, this release will give international players attending Evolution 2016 more than a week to study up and prepare for the new version being played at the tournament. 


Super Desperation Radio episode 518 archive online

The latest episode of Super Desperation Radio is now available for watching on Team Spooky's YouTube channel.

It was Hellpockets' birthday on the yearly E3 episode of SDR. The cast spoke more about sponsorships in the wake of SteamCo disbanding its team, and briefly discussed all the E3-related fighting game announcements so far.

The show was then joined by Alex Jebailey, who talked about the upcoming Community Effort Orlando tournament happening on June 24-26, 2016. Jebailey explained Avyd's role in helping with CEO this year, and ran down some of the exhibitions and benefits of attending the event.

Super Desperation Radio is live every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PDT on Team Spooky, and will be archived at the TS YouTube channel. Classic episodes can still be found on the IPLAYWINNER YouTube.



General RAAM joins Killer Instinct Season 3

After a leak revealed Mira and General RAAM in early March, the Gears of War antagonist has been officially added to the Killer Instinct roster.

Available starting on June 13, 2016, RAAM will be free for all players of KI until June 19 at midnight PDT.

Iron Galaxy has released a short introduction trailer to go along with the General, which can be found below.

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Tekken 7 coming to Steam, PS4 and Xbox One in early 2017

Bandai Namco has announced that Tekken 7 is coming home to consoles early next year.

The company has released a new E3 2016 trailer for the game, which will be based on the upcoming Fated Retribution arcade update, showing both story and gameplay footage. At the end of the video, it is shown that the game will be coming to Steam as well as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

There is no concrete date for the game, but T7's Steam page is already active. Check out the new trailer after the jump.

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BlazBlue Central Fiction Japanese console release set for Oct. 6, 2016

The newest version of BlazBlue is coming home to Japanese consoles in early October.

In an article about upcoming PlayStation events this summer, Dengeki Online has revealed that the new title will be launching for Japanese consoles on Oct. 6. As previously stated by Famitsu, the new version of BB will be coming to both PlayStation 3 and 4 consoles and add Xblaze protagonist Es to the playable cast of characters.

There is currently no release date for BBCF outside of Japan, but Aksys Games has said to expect the game this coming winter in North America.


The Beginner and Intermediate Guide to Venom by DaiAndOh

New York's DaiAndOh has written a new guide to help players learn or improve with Venom in Guilty Gear Xrd.

As Venom is a character with many different moving parts, Dai's guide is broken up into eight chapters with information ranging from a general approach to the character all the way to zoning with different ball formations. There is even a combo breakdown with explanations for certain routes and choices.

Players can check out the guide here.


Injustice 2 gameplay trailer reveals Atrocitus, Gorilla Grodd

During ESL's Mortal Kombat X season 3 finals, NetherRealm Studios debuted a trailer showing the first gameplay footage of Injustice 2.

The short video shows some of the new stage transitions and interactibles that will appear in Injustice 2 and introduces new characters Atrocitus and Gorilla Grodd. It also shows how the game's new gear system will affect the characters' appearances as they go into battle.

Check out the trailer after the jump.

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New info on Street Fighter V's story mode revealed, Zenny system removed and more

Capcom has released more information about Street Fighter V's cinematic story mode planned for release this June, as well as some other important information.


SFV's story mode, "A Shadow Falls," will be released late June as a free add-on for all users. This cinematic experience, Capcom said, will span five chapters and last three to four hours overall. While still planned for release in their respective months later this year, the story mode will be the only place to try out unreleased characters Balrog, Urien and Juri.

Following trouble implementing the Zenny system, Capcom has scrapped it entirely and replaced it with a more streamlined method of selling DLC. The June update will allow players to buy additional content through either the Steam store or the PlayStation Store. This includes characters ($5.99), stages ($3.99), alternate versions of stages ($1.99), story mode costumes ($1.99) and premium outfits ($3.99). Players who have gathered a huge amount of fight money or purchased the Season Pass can reap the benefits with no extra charge.

Capcom hasn't yet shared an exact date for the big update. Other news includes Daily Challenges being reorganized into a new system called Targets as well as additional modes coming soon. The full breakdown can be found here.


Team Kim revealed in new King of Fighters XIV trailer

The fifth team trailer for King of Fighters XIV has been released, this time showing off Kim's all-new team.

As with the other trailers, the short video shows off Max Mode combos for both Kim and Luong. What it also does, however, is give players the first gameplay footage for Gang-Il. The older fighter, who was listed as "Kim's master" in the KOF XIV character roster spoiler, is another kick-heavy fighter who brings back some of Kim's old attacks from previous Fatal Fury and KOF games.

The trailer also sees the return of KOF 2000's aquarium stage, reenvisioned for this title. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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