The JLF lever is one of Sanwa Denshi's crowning jewels in arcade stick parts. Introduced in the early 1990s, the JLF stood the test of time for its solid performance for fighters and other arcade games. The lineage can now be found on most retail arcade sticks in the market. In recent years, Sanwa reintroduced the JLF in a new iteration with the Silent variant. Instead of the tried and true clicky microswitches found in normal models, the Silent JLF reduces the noise with new switches allowing for near quiet volumes without compromising on performance. While proven to work very well on both ends of the spectrum, Sanwa didn't stop on improving as it created a new version of the Silent JLF (JLF-TPRG-8AYT-SK).
This bonus joins the recently announced $30,000 prize pool for BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, the Capcom Pro Tour qualifier and direct support from companies like Bandai Namco and others at this year's Evo.
The registration for Evo 2014 ends June 30. Evolution 2014 takes place at the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino on July 11-13.
Two big stories dominated SDR this week, with the first being the news of the huge prize pot added to BlazBlue: Chronophantasma at Evo 2014. The crew talked about Arc Revo Cup and how these developments could change the ASW community in the U.S.
The other big story this week was the controversy surrounding the running of tournaments at MLG Anaheim. The members of SDR discussed the various complaines by attendees and viewers, and compared those issues with the fighting game community's varied history with MLG.
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We are at the end of The Last Minute Arcade Stick Buying Guide for the year. Now you know what sticks you can get before you go to your local tournament, regional major or even Las Vegas for EVO. Let's accessorize!
If you already have your stick, you might want to customize it to your liking. Maybe you are looking for new buttons, a bat top for your lever or something advanced.
The selection of stores featured after the jump have products that will fit your needs. There is something for everyone!
Josh "NerdJosh" Jodoin has made a new video talking about what he thinks may be differences in Decapre's hitbox in Ultra Street Fighter IV depending on what side (1p/2p) of the screen the character is located. In the video, Josh shows a combo that almost always works on standing player 1 Decapre, but never works on crouching or player 2 Decapre in either standing or crouching position.
Jodoin is not sure whether this is indeed proof of side differences, but put up the video so that other players could investigate and figure out exactly what is happening with Decapre's hitbox. Hit the jump for the video.
Shoryuken is reporting that $30,000 is being added to the prize pool for BlazBlue: Chronophantasma at Evolution 2014. Arc System Works, creators of BlazBlue, will be furnishing $20,000 of the money along with a trip to the Arc Revolution Cup, the premier tournament for ASW games in Japan. The winner of Evo 2014 will automatically qualify for that event in August, and will be allowed to bring one fellow competitor. Aksys Games will be donating $5,000 to the prize pool, along with an extra $5,000 to the player who attends Arc Revo.
In addition, ASW and Aksys will have a combined booth at Evolution, with BlazBlue series producer Toshimichi Mori on-hand as well as voice actress Kana Ueda. There will also be playable demos of Arcana Heart 3 LOVE MAX!!!!!, BlazBlue Battle Cards and Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- at the event.
Mad Catz will be releasing another game-branded Tournament Edition 2 stick exclusive to Japan.
In preparation for the release of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax in Japan, titled Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold, Mad Catz in collaboration with Atlus will sell a TE2 featuring promotional artwork from the fighting game. With P4AU only available on PlayStation 3 in Japan, this stick is compatible with PS3 and has the ability to work on PlayStation 4 through a convenient switch system. It will contain the same features found in other TE2 models including an antislip bottom, easy internal access and a multi-tool.
Atlus previously collaborated with Hori during the release of the original Persona 4 Arena in Japan by having a branded Fighting Stick V3.
There are no details on whether Mad Catz will be releasing this TE2 variant internationally at this time.
The biggest arcade stick part manufacturer will be at the largest fighting game tournament in the world.
Sanwa Denshi, known for their popular JLF lever and OBSF-30 buttons found on many retail arcade sticks, announced their participation at EVO 2014. It will be their first major involvement in promoting and selling their products outside Japan. No other details on their involvement have been revealed.
With E3 2014 wrapped up, SDR had a lot to talk about because of the many fighting games featured at the expo. Both Giby and Ayaikun had a chance to play Guilty Gear Xrd, and their experiences are discussed at length throughout the show.
The crew also focused on the announcements for Mortal Kombat X and Super Smash Bros. along with general E3 news including Ayaikun's experiences of working the show for the first time. There is also some quick focus on UNIEL's new character, Byakuya, and thoughts on whether the cast is finally complete.
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The Japanese version of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax will feature more additional content in its first production run.
In addition to accessing Persona 4's Tohru Adachi, owners of P4AU on release day will be able to play the story scenario centralizing on the RPG's main antagonist. The "Adachi" chapter will take place following one of P4AU's main story pieces. Players will also receive glasses and additional colors for Adachi.
Those who buy the game later will have to pay for the extra content. The Adachi content isn't announced for the North American version of P4AU. The image featuring the NA pre-order items mentions "... and more to come" so stay tuned for updates!
The latest arcade-exclusive character in Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate is console bound for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.
Phase-4, a clone of DOA series regular Kasumi, will be available on all full versions of Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate worldwide along with patch version 1.07. In North America, the PlayStation 3 version will have both the character and update on June 17, 2014, while Europe will have to wait until June 25. For Xbox 360 users, the content will be accessible worldwide on June 18. Phase-4 will only be accessible through purchase.
Ver. 1.07 includes bug fixes, input changes and balance tweaks to some characters like Akira and Phase-4, from the original Japanese arcade release.
The new age of consoles have arrived and that means new fighting games! It also means new arcade sticks! While most players will still be playing fighters from the previous generation for a while, soon everyone will be playing games on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. here is a list featuring all available arcade sticks for both platforms.
Being early into the generation, there are only a couple of sticks currently available. Once more games come out down the line, you will see more sticks in the market. To those who want to use their existing sticks, there are alternatives. Whatever your budget or preference is, here is the full scoop.
With Mad Catz, Hori and Qanba/Eightarc covered, here are some more arcade sticks to check out.
Most sticks featured in this edition of the guide have compatibility on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Players looking for a unique multiplatform stick different from the competition will probably find worth in these models. Some featured sticks are normally sold outside North America, so players will likely need to pay international shipping to receive them. There is also the possible risk of sticks carrying no warranty or return policy. To players who have more money to spend and are willing to gamble, here is the list.
Chung Gon "Poongko" Lee needs your help to get him back to EVO for one more year.
With help from Drakefang, creator of South Korean gaming lounge DartStream/ArcadeStream, a donation drive for Poongko to go to EVO 2014 initiated. While Poongko will be provided a room at the Las Vegas Hotel for the event, he needs $1400 to pay for a plane ticket from to Las Vegas.
Prior to the announcement, Poongko took a break from playing fighting games and focused more on other priorities. With the release of Ultra Street Fighter IV, Poongko mentioned that Seth's better tweaks goes better with his strong offensive game and motivated him to compete at EVO.
You can donate now on this page!! The full statement from Poongko as well as recent videos with USFIV Seth are found after the jump!
Arc System Works has announced a new character coming to the latest version of Under Night In-Birth: Byakuya.
According to Byakuya's bio (translated by Sourenga on Dustloop)
"He's a mysterious boy who's always moving around with a girl called Tsukuyomi who has classical aspects in her. Byakuya himself controls countless long black claws, captures his opponent and uses his creepy power that devours their Existence. Objective of these two is unknown, but it seems like Byakuya is using his ability is fulfill Tsukuyomi's wish. "Hollow Night" where many Fake Born gather, they refer to it as the 'Nest' and one by one they devour the high-quality Fake Born who get caught in the net they've set up..."
Today, TeamSpooky revealed the next edition of the Curleh Mustache series of tournaments. Curleh Mustache NorCal is coming live from San Francisco on July 5, 2014, at Venue 550.
The invite list for the event is still pending but given the date of the tournament, Curleh will be the last chance for West Coast players to seriously practice before Evolution 2014. Curleh Mustache NorCal will be brought to viewers by IPLAYWINNER, TeamSpooky, Brokentier and ten/o LLC with streaming live on Twitch.tv/teamsp00ky.
More information on the event will be made available in the coming days and weeks.
The official trailer for the U.S. release of Guilty Gear Xrd is now on YouTube. The trailer, which is based on the arcade game's opening cinamatic, showcases the current roster of playable characters except for the boss, Ramlethal Valentine. The release date for the title is placed in the ambiguous "holiday season 2014" time period.
Also included in the trailer is the link to GuiltyGear.us, which at this time contains little more than a few links to the official PlayStation website and to vendors such as Amazon and GameStop where the game can be preordered.
Hit the jump for the trailer.
During the Super Smash Bros. Developer Roundtable at E3, Nintendo has revealed a new character for the upcoming games: Pac-Man.
Pac-Man fights with basic punches and kicks, as well as pixelated fruit, ghosts and other classic Bandai Namco characters; certain moves can even change him into classic Pac-Man. His Final Smash creates the original Pac-Man playfield, complete with walls and power pellets.
Hit the jump for the Pac-Man reveal trailer.
UPDATE: This story previously said that Mr. Game & Watch was confirmed for the upcoming games. There seems to be some descrepancy as to whether Nintendo was seeking to reveal Game & Watch, or simply compare his age to that of Pac-Man. For that reason he remains unconfirmed at this time.