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Tuesday
Mar162010

Daigo Answers Questions at Capcom Unity

Daigo "The Beast" Umehara is known to be reclusive.  However, it seems like he has started to become more outspoken in recent months.  This time he has chosen to answer some of the questions that were sent to him via Capcom Unity. Here's a sample. Please hit the source link below to visit Capcom Unity to read the rest:

If US is behind Japan in rankings, what do you think American players should do to improve themselves?

Daigo: The absolute differences between the US and Japanese players are skill levels. Yes, the Japanese players have had advantages of having a rich arcade culture and game releases normally earlier there than in the US, but regardless of the advantages, it is definitely apparent that the Japanese players take it more seriously to practice and acquire skills they must have for their victory. As long as you have software at home, everyone can practice fundamental skills from anywhere in world, like combos and counter moves. The US players first have to close the skill gap that is now apparent from the Japanese players. Once you do that, I believe the almost all the improvements are made, and there will be nearly no differences between the US and Japanese players.

Source: Capcom Unity

Tuesday
Mar162010

Street Fighter 4 is a success on iPhone. They have plans for DLC already, and why no Super?

Street Fighter IV is already looking like it's quite a success on the iPhone, having already landing on the top 10 charts for gaming.  Capcom is already looking at future plans for the game and to possibly follow it up with other fighting game titles on the iPhone.

Capcom's Takeshi Tezuka has told Kotaku that Capcom already has plans for downloadable content for Street Fighter IV iPhone, but nothing is yet set in stone. He also said that if this game sells well enough it's possible that the publisher could start looking at their popular Versus series of games for the next title they might bring to the iPhone.

Why not bring Super Street Fighter IV to the iPhone instead of Street Fighter IV?

"We couldn't release Super Street Fighter IV before the console version because (Super Street Fighter IV Producer Yoshinori) Ono is going to get annoyed," Tezuka-san said. "At some point, though, it would be very interesting if we could release the console version and the iPhone version at the same time."

Source: Kotaku

Monday
Mar152010

STREET FIGHTER 4 COUNTER PICK EPIC FAIL

This is why counter picking should be left to the pros.

Source: NeoGAF

Monday
Mar152010

G4 TALKS WITH YOSHINORI ONO ABOUT HAKAN

More Super Street Fighter 4 footage from GDC has surfaced thanks to G4 with some new clips of Hakan's gameplay and a short interview with the game's producer, yoshinori Ono. Ono talks a bit about the inspiration for Hakan and how Super Street Fighter 4 is the Street Fighter he wanted to make in the first place but couldn't due to limited time and resources.  

 

Monday
Mar152010

Capcom's Seth Killian responds to Reports about Gen and Guile in Super Street Fighter 4, about putting too much stock in early balance impressions, & about Balance Theory

In the Ask Capcom forums at Capcom Unity, Seth Killian responded to some posts from readers who questioned Gen and Guile's balance and the game's balance in general. Seth does a great job once again in answering the questions the best he can. Read on:

Forum Question:

"Gen: Only nerfs found so far, no chain combos, no Standing Medium Kick, Cancel into Hands at all. EX-Wall Dive lost some invincibility."

Quoted from a noticable change post in the SSF IV Forum.

Why does it seem like Gen and other low end characters are getting the short end of the stick, and characters like Dudley and Ibuki are going to be able to walk all over them? Please tell those of us who actually play Gen how he's getting better. I do remember you saying that everyone was getting better but it seems like this certainly isn't the case for some.

Seth Killian:

Anyway to answer the question re: Gen, he has a few new bits but probably the best of them is the much faster wall-dives.  They were essentially useless in SFIV (apart from EX as escape), but now they are legit--IMO they're better than Adon's, and everytime they hit, it's free Ultra. 

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Monday
Mar152010

Scores of New Oily Screenshots of Super SF4's Hakan

   

Andriasang has posted over 30 screenshots of Super Street Fighter 4's most slippery character ever: Hakan.  If you want to catch all the screenshots, just follow the gallery source link below to view them all on that website.

The screenshots show most of Hakan's moves in sequence (a few screenshots per move). The same site has also put together the screenshots according to the move it portrays. If you want to check out that, follow the move showcase link below.  Enjoy!

Andriasang (Hakan screenshot gallery)

Andriasang (Hakan move showcase)

Monday
Mar152010

AMAZING SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 WALLPAPERS BY BOSSLOGIC

BossLogic just sent me over a ton of really incredible Super Street Fighter 4 wallpapers which feature pretty much every character in the game. The wallpapers are a combination of the official artwork for the game and the top-notch design work of BossLogic himself. We uploaded all these wallpapers to our new Super Street Fighter 4 artwork gallery, so hit the link below and check them out!

BOSSLOGIC SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 WALLPAPER GALLERY

Also worth noting, BossLogic created some realistic renditions of Street Fighter characters such as Cammy, Ryu and Juri which you can check out at his DeviantArt page

I've also learned he is in charge of most of the design work of Shadowloo.com, which is a really great Australian site that covers Street Fighter news from around the world. If you haven't checked out their site yet, hit the link and post up in their comments to let them know they are doing a great job.

Sunday
Mar142010

NEW SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 VIDEOS FROM GDC

A handful of new Super Street Fighter 4 videos popped up on the Contra Costa Times YouTube Channel. These videos are from the recent GDC Fight Club held by CAPCOM and you'll see some gameplay from Juri, Dudley, Dee Jay, Ibuki and others. I've embedded a couple of them here, and be sure to check out their YouTube Channel for all the rest.

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Sunday
Mar142010

WEEKEND TOURNAMENT RESULTS

Updated on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 2:10AM by Registered Commenterhaunts

Final Round XIII was the major tournament this weekend, with it being one of the largest and most anticipated of the year. This tournament is truly a "southern tradition", with players travelling from all over the country and even the world to showcase their skills.

This year was particularly interesting, with Justin Wong now being a resident of the West Coast, and two of the best Korean Tekken 6 players Knee and Nin in attendance as well. Final Round XIII was also the first major tournament to have Street Fighter 4 and now it is also what many people consider to be the last major tournament for the game with Super Street Fighter 4 right around the corner.

 Of course, I have to show NorCal some love since we had a handful of tournaments this weekend as well. First there was what has become more or less a Friday tradition at Keystone, the 2v2 random teams tournament where you can be paired up with pretty much anyone and also Droms Comics Street Fighter 4 singles which took place in Davis, CA. I've embedded the videos for both NorCal tournaments below so be sure to check those out when you have some time.

You can check out the results below for all these tournaments, and since I'm posting these placings from memory, I'll continue to update and make corrections as more details come through for all these events.  Alternatively, you can keep an eye on the Final Round XIII Results thread on SRK where they should post up the full results of each game sometime this week.

Do you have tournament results for your area? Post them up in the comments so we can see what else is going on in the Fighting Game community all around the world! 

FINAL ROUND XIII - ATLANTA, GA

STREET FIGHTER 4

1. Justin Wong - Rufus/Balrog/Sagat
2. vVv Scrub - Balrog
3. Flash Metroid - C. Viper
4. Marn - Rufus/Sagat

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Saturday
Mar132010

HAKAN CHARACTER WALKTHROUGH BY SETH KILLIAN

Seth Killian appeared on GameSpot's "On the Spot" and gives us a nice character walkthrough of Hakan. Also on the show is a short interview with Yoshinori Ono, talking a bit about Hakan and how they fit the Street Fighter 3 characters in the Street Fighter 4 universe.

The segment starts at about 30 minutes in.

Friday
Mar122010

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Console Release Trailer!

Here's a trailer for the upcoming console version of BlazBlue: Continuum Shift!

Friday
Mar122010

Capcom Super Street Fighter 4 Fight Club Posters

     

Capcom created some very cool posters for its Super Street Fighter 4 Fight Club event at the Game Developer's Conference (GDC). We have added them to the Super Street Fighter 4 Artwork Gallery.

Source: Capcom Unity

Thursday
Mar112010

HAUNTS TALKS SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 ON WAKE UP SHORYUKEN PODCAST

Wanted to give everyone a heads up that I was a special guest on the Wake Up Shoryuken Podcast last night. It's a 2 hour long show where Keits, Skisonic, Inkblot, Mr. Wizard and Myself talk about the final build Super Street Fighter 4 while answering questions live from the IRC Chat. It's a really good listen and pretty funny in some parts so check it out and post up what you think!

Big thanks to Keits and Skisonic for not only having me on the show, but also pumping out this podcast on a regular basis. Podcasts are a lot of work so you guys should recognize all the hard work those two put into producing this show.

Full Direct Download of Wake Up Shoryuken Podcast

Thursday
Mar112010

FIRST LOOK AT NEW SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 ALTERNATE COSTUMES IN XBOX360 THEME


So, I went ahead and downloaded the Super Street Fighter 4 Premium Theme as it has a look at some of the new alternate costumes for many of the characters such as Hakan, Cody and Adon. I went ahead and fired up my recording device and took some screen shots of not only the alternate costumes, but also some of the wallpapers included in the theme. You can view all the alternate costumes in our new Super Street Fighter 4 Gallery and also download the wallpapers as well. Enjoy!

Super Street Fighter 4 Premium Theme Gallery

Of course you can download the theme yourself at 240 MS Points on XBOX Live by clicking here.

 Screenshots by: Haunts

 Source: Shoryuken

Thursday
Mar112010

1UP.COM TALKS HAKAN

Richard Li over at 1UP.com posted up his impressions of Super Street Fighter 4's newest addition to the roster, Hakan! As I mentioned in my impressions article, we both played Super Street Fighter 4 extensively through out the night, and Richard probably played Hakan more than anyone else there. Keep in mind, he is no ordinary game journalist, this guy is really good at fighting games! He has a mean Sagat in Street Fighter 4 and  placed top 8 at major tournaments such at HD Remix at NorCal Regionals last year. 

Here is a small excerpt of the article, hit this link to read the rest!

Applying oil, though, compensates for Hakan's weaknesses. When applied, the oil boosts the range of Hakan's moves dramatically -- including his special and normal moves. But the oil does have a cost: Locked in the oiling animation, Hakan stands idle for a brief time, and is exposed to enemy attacks -- you can't block or run until he finishes oiling himself. The oil is risky, but has the potential for high yields. 

Source: 1UP.com

Wednesday
Mar102010

GDC Fight Club Swag: Street Fighter 4 iPhone Cover

At Capcom's GDC Fight Club event, they apparently handed out some Street Fighter 4 iPhone covers to a select few. I must say... not bad!  It is unknown if these will ever become available for purchase at some point.

Source: Kotaku

Wednesday
Mar102010

Hakan Screenshots and Official Artwork

   

 

Capcom has released the first batch of screenshots featuring Super Street Fighter 4's final revealed character: Hakan.  To view all 10 screenshots, hit today's screenshot gallery here to see them all.

The official arwork for Hakan was also revealed.

 

Wednesday
Mar102010

CAPCOM GDC SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 FIGHT CLUB IMPRESSIONS & CHARACTER NOTES

CAPCOM held an amazing event tonight in downtown San Francisco at Club SLIDE where they had what most people assume to be the final build of Super Street Fighter 4 open for free play! A lot of familiar faces were there such as Seth Killian, John Choi, Buktooth and Ricky Ortiz.

I happened to roll down there with 1UP.com's Richard Li. Lucky for both of us, the event had a lot of stations so as the night went on and less people were playing, we had a lot of time to grind the game and figure out various aspects of different characters.

Now before anyone asks, I didn't play every last character in the game. Instead of spending a little bit of time with every character, we focused on a handful of characters and spent as much time as possible trying to find changes with them. Keep in mind that although we assume most of the gameplay changes will stay intact, anything is bound to change in the final build.  Also, I only played for about 3-4 hours, but I am recalling most of this from memory, so I apologize if not everything is factually correct -- I'll try my best, so bare with me!

Again, I apologize to those of you whose character I didn't do an in-depth write up for, but to be honest I don't know what to look for with each and every character. Also, I know some of the details may be old news to some of you who have kept up with the game day in and day out, but I felt the need to cover every last detail I could recall for those of you who aren't familiar with aspects of the Third Strike and new Super characters.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this.. here we go!

 

GENERAL GAMEPLAY NOTES

Super Street Fighter 4 looks much more polished than the original game, and seems to have received a speed boost as well. The new stages are a huge improvement over the standard stages, save a couple classic stages like Old Temple which hold a special place in my heart. It's still the Street Fighter 4 that people know and love, but it does feel slightly different to some degree. It's hard ot put my finger on what it is exactly, perhaps the speed boost or small changes to various moves but overall it feels like an improvement over the original game.

I heard that Uppercut trades into Ultra no longer work, but I did not witness this myself so who knows at this point.

HAKAN

Richard Li from 1UP played Hakan extensively through out the night and I spent some time with him as well. Many of our matches were the "Third Strike Characters" vs "Hakan" so I got to see a lot of this guy through out the night.

We both agreed that the best way to summarize Hakan is E. Honda with an assortment of grabs and awkward moves. That said, it's really hard to compare him to any one Street Fighter character considering how unique he is. A lot of his normal moves resemble E. Hondas, and for every punch and kick, he also has a corresponding command normal. For instance, Forward + Roundhouse resembles E. Honda's standing roundhouse and his Forward and Fierce is different than his Standing Fierce.

Of course, he can oil up to become stronger, a strategy that slightly resembles Q's from Street Fighter 3. When oiled up, all of his moves become stronger and have increased range. One could say that when he is oiled up, all of his specials have "kara" properties, making his up-close game very ambiguous and scary at times.

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Wednesday
Mar102010

Street Fighter 4 for iPhone Available Now for $9.99

I never thought this would happen, but apparently the iPhone can do just about anything it seems.  Street Fighter 4 is now available for iPhone.

Pick it up for $9.99 and you can throw hadokens anywhere!

Head here for the official trailer for the game. I must admit.. it looks like it preserves a lot more of the game than I would have thought possible for this thing being on a phone.

You can get the game here on the iTunes Store.

Wednesday
Mar102010

Vids from Capcom GDC Super Street Fighter 4 Event

Shoryuken is uploading some vids from Capcom's recent GDC Super SF4 event. Be sure to keep checking out that channel for new vids as they will be uploading more.

Source: Shoryukenvideos