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Rainbow Mika Tags in to Street Fighter V

Street Fighter Alpha 3's colorful grappler is coming back in SFV. Returning with many of the moves that made her a cult favorite character, Mika also has new throws like the giant swing and even a guard cancel Stone Cold Stunner to help her out in Street Fighter V.

Mika's V-Skill causes her to pull out a microphone and cut a wrestling promo on the opponent, powering up both her normal and special throws the longer the buttons are held down. While talking, Mika has one hit of armor and can release the buttons to throw the microphone at her opposition.

Her V-Trigger calls Mika's tag team partner, Nadeshiko, who then becomes an assist to help set up combos and pressure. There are three types of attacks Nadeshiko can perform: she will attack with a body splash from above if no direction is held when activating V-Trigger, a dropkick from the front if back is held and a dropkick from the back if forward is held.

R. Mika will be first playable by those attending PAX Prime on Aug. 28-31, 2015. Check out her release trailer after the jump.

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Arc System Works Reveals Possible Characters for Xrd Vote

After announcing a poll that will decide which character should be added to Guilty Gear Xrd, Arc System Works has now revealed the characters that will be possible for players to choose.

While the field is not wide open to allowing characters from other franchises or just anyone in the Guilty Gear universe, ASW has provided a large field of entrants for players to choose from. They are:

A.B.A, Izuna, Valentine, Kliff Undersn, Zappa, Justice, Holy Order Sol, Dizzy, Testament, Dr. Paradigm, Baiken, Fanny, Bridget, Anji Mito, Raven and Robo-Ky

While some candidates are not as widely known as others—Fanny appeared in Guilty Gear Petit, a game released only on WonderSwan—there is definitely a variety from which to choose. As stated originally, only players of the arcade version of Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator will be able to vote, as it will require in-game currency. ASW also has yet to reveal the times and dates of the election, only saying they will be released later.


BlazBlue Central Fiction Location Test Thoughts by SKD

New York's SuperKawaiiDesu was able to attend the closed location test for the newest BlazBlue game on Aug. 24 and has posted his impressions over at Team St1ckbug.

While players were not allowed to use social media or record videos during the event, SKD made a point to try and remember differences in the game's system and take a few notes on the new characters, Naoto and Hibiki.

He also posted in-depth information about alterations to Izayoi in BBCF and what he calls "weak, limited impressions" about changes to the rest of the returning cast. While these changes are not yet final, SKD's write-up should help players preparing for BBCF get an idea of what is to come.


Sorcerer Quan Chi Glitch Allows Two Spells on Screen in MKX

A new glitch has been discovered in Mortal Kombat X that allows the Sorceror variant of Quan Chi to have more than one of his spells on screen at the same time. Following up on a video that was sent to them by someone who performed the glitch but had no idea how it worked, Ketchup and Mustard were able to figure it out.

According to the brothers, the glitch is started by casting Final Hex and then letting the buff run out. From that point, if Quan Chi casts another spell and waits roughly eight seconds into its duration he can then cast another spell before the first one has run out. Once two spells are on the screen, they each have an independent timer and players can cast any combination of his three buffs including duplicates.

The spell glitch has some bizarre side effects, as Ketchup and Mustard were able to discover methods allowing the chip damage buff from Final Hex to carry over even once it expired. It's unknown how effective this glitch can or will be in tournament play, but check out Ketchup's Twitch stream as they investigate the exploit more. A brief YouTube video by user Apocalypse UK showing the glitch can be found after the jump.

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The release of Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator dominated the conversation on SDR as the crew talked about the game's new look, its additional characters—Johnny and Jack-O—and a possible release schedule. With Jam releasing in the future and a vote being held to bring another GG character into Xrd, it's hard to pinpoint any kind of timeframe for a console release of Revelator.

Hellpockets also brought his usual complaints about Sega and the guys talked about River City Ransom: Underground along with the possible revival of other Technos franchises under new owner Arc System Works.

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


Capcom Announces Street Fighter V Stress Tests for the Americas

After announcing a group of online stress tests for Street Fighter V that would determine the timing of the next public beta, Capcom has now revealed that North and South America will have their tests on Aug. 25-26, 2015.

The tests will both take place from 4 p.m. to midnight PST, and Combofiend was quick to point out that while Capcom expects the tests to go smoothly players may still run into problems with the online experience. He suggests that, to ensure the best possible quality experience, players try to play on wired connections if possible and to not have any files downloading in the background.

Once these tests are complete, Capcom "will announce the dates and times of the official five-day global beta test."


Arc System Works to Hold Vote for Next Xrd Character

During the release stream of Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, ASW revealed that the company will be holding a vote to see what character it will add to the Xrd franchise next.

Players will seemingly be able to vote by completing certain game modes in the Revelator arcade game, but the exact rules and details of the vote were not announced during the stream.

As the vote is only taking place within the arcade game (as of this time), it looks like regions outside Japan will have little to no say in which character returns to the franchise.


New York's Next Level to Close in Early 2016

The succerssor to Chinatown Fair as New York City's fighting game community hotspot will be closing at the beginning of the new year. In a TwitLonger post, Henry Cen cleared up the rumors surrounding a disagreement he had with his Next Level partner, Nick Chan, and delivered the news:

"I want to explain myself and apologize to community over the uproar a few days ago, basically Next Level lease is coming to an end at Feb 29th, 2016 which I'm obligated to stay until then. My disagreement with my business partner was about my concerns for the future of Next Level and because of our differences regarding this issue, we've agreed that after the lease is over to go our separate ways."

Next Level opened its doors in Brooklyn in 2011 shortly after the closure of Chinatown Fair (the arcade has since reopened under new management). Cen hopes people will continue to support Next Level before it closes and also said he still wants to give players "a new home for the community in the future."


Revelator Release Stream Announced, New Information Teased

Arc System Works has announced that it will hold a stream on Aug. 24 for the release of Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator the following day. During the stream, which will be broadcast on Niconico, ASW says it will reveal "significant new information."

It's unknown if the announcement will involve the release of Revelator, something about Guilty Gear in general or if it has to do with another title in ASW's franchise library. According to Niconico, the stream will start Monday morning at 4 a.m. PST, 7 a.m. EST.


Tekken 7 "Paul Secret Combo" by Help Me

Korea's Help Me has released a small video showing off some of the high damage combos Paul Phoenix can perform in Tekken 7.

The one-minute exhibition shows a variety of combos all off Paul's less commong starters, from counterhit-only launchers to his while standing standing 2 or even his jumping knee. There is even a nice low parry conversion.

A couple of the combos look tricky due to small dashes or mid-combo sidesteps, but the damage seems to be worth it. Check out the video after the jump.

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Street Fighter V Stress Tests to Determine Upcoming Beta Plans

Capcom has announced that they will be performing region-specific stress tests to gather information for the upcoming official global beta.

According to a post on Capcom Unity, these stress tests will begin in Europe from Aug. 20-21 and then be expanded to North America and Asia once Capcom is happy with the results. Once tests have been completed in all regions, the company will roll out plans for the official global beta.

The post also noted that the official beta "will still take place for the previously promised 5 days of time, so the regional stress tests are just an added bonus."


New Rising Thunder Update Brings System, Character Changes

Rising Thunder has been updated, and the new build brings several alterations to the game.

On a system level, the interface will now show both the Kinetic and Overdrive meters for both players, and Legend tier players will now "see their ranking among all players." There are also a few performance tweaks to reduce possible interface flickering and to help reduce FPS drops for players using AMD processors.

Within the game itself changes have been made to Vlad, Dauntless and Edge for this patch, including the removal of Edge's S3 overhead cancelling into Overdrive and a new Vlad variant. Several bugs have also been fixed.

A complete list of changes can be found on the Rising Thunder site. As always, the developers note that the changes are not final and that feedback is always appreciated to make Rising Thunder a better game.


Super Desperation Radio Episode 424 Archive Online

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

The news and results from Arc Revolution Cup 2015 were the first topics of discussion for this week's SDR. Jam's return to Guilty Gear was a big surprise, and the crew talked about how Jam could work under the new Xrd system. SDR then segued into how other characters could work under the new system mechanics if and when they are brought back into the series.

NESiCA's release into Southern California via Round 1 was also a huge topic of interest, as Sanchez and company talked about the price, community interest and how this could affect the future. With Ultra Street Fighter IV and BlazBlue Chronophantasma Extend already available, SDR talked about how it is up to players to support the release so other Round 1 stores can benefit and also so that more games can become available. One such game is the forthcoming BlazBlue Central Fiction, and the upcoming location test was covered by the cast.

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


Ultimate Marvel 3 Switch Glitch Helps Prevent "Happy Birthdays"

The ability to switch the order of one's team in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 before the match started by holding assist buttons was seemingly just a throwback to the days of Marvel 2, but players have discovered it can be more beneficial than first thought.

Fubarduck, translating for Cross, said the switch glitch can actually be used to protect characters during instances where more than one member of a team is caught on screen and comboed. The glitch will cause the assist to get hit first by certain moves, allowing the point character to escape the combo.

"You'll trigger a state in which your assist takes damage before your main if they get hit simultaneously. This is especially noticeable when eating throws and 'lock on' moves. For throws, the assist will eat the throw state, so Zero won't get thrown. During lock-on moves, the assist will take the damage rather than Zero."

The glitch has seemingly only been found on Xbox 360, and "Slot 1 can be protected by Slot 2, Slot 2 can't be protected by either, and 3 can be protected by both 1&2." It's unclear at this point exactly which moves are affected by the glitch, but players are beginning to experiment with it and hopefully a more full explanation will be uncovered soon.


BlazBlue Central Fiction Location Test Two, Aug. 28-30, 2015

The second location test for the upcoming BlazBlue title, named Central Fiction, is happening at the end of August 2015. During the weekend of Aug. 28-30, BBCF will be tested at five Taito arcades throughout Japan:

Taito station Shinjuku south exit game world (Tokyo)
Taito station Nihonbashi Osaka (Osaka)
Taito station Fukuoka Tenjin (Fukuoka)
Taito station Osu (Nagoya)
Taito station Sendai Clis Road (Sendai)

According to Famitsu, Central Fiction will be the conclusion to the story of Ragna the Bloodedge. The first location test was held on July 18-20, 2015.


Jam Kuradoberi Confirmed for Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator

In a trailer shown at Arc Revolution Cup 2015, Arc System Works revealed that Jam will be making her return to the Guilty Gear franchise.

The character was revealed at the end of the trailer, and a small amount of gameplay footage was shown. Biscuits was able to capture Jam's reveal, and players can find it here.

Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator will release in Japanese arcades on Aug. 25, 2015.


NESiCAxLive Comes to the United States

Update: Due to licensing issues with much of the NESiCA catalog, only BlazBlue Chronophantasma Extend and Ultra Street Fighter IV will be playable on the cabinets for the time being.

Original Story: The popular online-only service NESiCAxLive, which allows arcade cabinets to download the newest games, is coming to the United States at Round 1. The R1 location at Puente Hills Mall in the City of Industry, California, currently has the machines up and running and invited locals to come check the machines out.

According to Jyosua, the machines at Round 1 still have to download all the data from the service but once complete every NESiCA game will be available. This includes the update to Persona 4 Arena Ultimax that has not been available to console gamers.

The City of Industry location was the first Round 1 in the United States and has often been used to test systems that could be put in place at locations around the country. While there is currently no information about NESiCA spreading to the rest of the R1 locations around the U.S., this could be the first step in a countrywide expansion.



Frame Melee and Smash Set Helper Apps Released

Renard "Kerblaster" Tumbokon has created two new Android applications to help Smash Bros. players, new and old, analyze matchups and tournament play.

The first is called Frame Melee and it is a program that breaks down all of the GameCube game's 26 characters frame by frame. It lets users choose a move and shows the hitbox as well as hurtbox of the move, and can even go splitscreen to compare that attack to one of a different character.

Tumbokon's second product is called Smash Set Helper, and it "walks players through an entire competitive (BO1, BO3, BO5) set obeying the legal rules of a chosen smash title." From selecting port priority to following stage choice, Helper lets users analyze the set. The application also includes tournament rules and a rock-paper-scissors generator. Smash Set Helper supports Smash 64, Melee, Brawl, Project M and Smash 4.

Smashboards recently interviewed Tumbokon about his creations. Trailers for the two applications can be found after the jump.

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Super Desperation Radio Episode 423 Archive Online

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

The seeming dissolution of Kazunoko's sponsor, Zeveron, started off this week's SDR and opened a conversation about the perils of sponsorship in fighting games. There was also talk about how bigger eSports sponsors function and keep themselves profitable.

SoCal Regionals registration has gone live, and SDR once again talked about majors versus regionals and the ever-rising prices of tournaments. This conversation was interrupted by Walkman, who segued into a discussion about Rising Thunder.

Lastly, the seeming return of Super Arcade left everyone at SDR happy about the prospect of a central place to play in Southern California again.

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


Arc Revolution Cup 2015 Streams Announced

Arc System Works has announced the streams for its flagship tournament that happens on Aug. 15. Featuring two main games as well as two side events, Arc Revo Cup will be split into two streams, both on Nico Nico.

The main stream will feature three-on-three tournaments of Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- and BlazBlue Chronophantasma Extend, while the second stream will feature Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold and Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st].

According to Dustloop, the main stream will run from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Japan Standard Time, and the side stream will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. JST. For those in the United States, the event will start at 6 p.m. PST (9 p.m. EST) and the main stream will end at 1 a.m. PST (4 a.m. EST).