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Wednesday
Mar312010

NEW SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 TRAILER

A new trailer for Super Street Fighter 4 appeared and I assume this will most likely be one of the last, if not the last trailer we see for the game. It's more or less a montage of Ultras and some familiar sequences we've seen in previous trailers.

 

Wednesday
Mar312010

1UP.COM GAME NIGHT WITH SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 (EVENT CONCLUDED)

Alright, today is the day! 1UP.com will be broadcasting Super Street Fighter 4 live at 5PM pst and will have Seth Killian, Richard Li, MAGUS1234, A_Rival and myself on the show! I compiled all the questions from the previous post and we'll see if we can answer some of them while we play some matches in the meantime. Click the link below for the 1UP.com Game Night page.

1UP.com Game Night with Super Street Fighter 4

Tuesday
Mar302010

NEW GUILTY GEAR COMBO VIDEOS

This month has been an active one for the Guilty Gear community, as we've seen two new, incredibly hype combo videos come out.

This one is probably my new favorite Sol Badguy combo video, done by the infamous combo video master Testu. Titled "Sheer Heart Attack", it is one of the few Guilty Gear combo videos that actually features music from Queen; creator Daisuke Ishiwatari's favorite band.

This next one is an I-no combo video, but it's a bit different from most Accent Core I-no combo videos because it features combos that are both useful and actually possible to do!

Tuesday
Mar302010

Super Street Fighter 4 US Final Box Art

 

Here's the supposed final boxart for Super Street Fighter 4 in North America.  What do you think?

Tuesday
Mar302010

Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia Coming in June

Udon and Capcom have announced that they are collaboating once again.  This time, it will be on a Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia. Here's a description from the press release:

Inside you will find detailed profiles of every Street Fighter character from Abel to Zangief, including their histories, strengths, friends, enemies, and more! Ever wonder how Sagat lost his eye? Where did Ryu get his famous red headband? How does Crimson Viper’s battle-suit work? Is Ken really a natural blonde? You’ll get the answers to these and many more questions in this, the ultimate guide to the Street Fighter universe.

Each profile is accompanied by the pulse-pounding artwork of UDON artists like Alvin Lee, Jo Chen, Arnold Tsang, Jeffrey Cruz, Joe Ng, Gonzalo Ordonez, Omar Dogan and more. The artwork includes some of UDON’s best pieces from the past, plus many all-new pieces created just for this volume.

Whether you’re a newcomer just learning about the Street Fighter cast, or a long time player looking to catch up with your favourite fighters, the Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia is the only guide for you!

Street Fighter: World Warrior Encyclopedia is coming to stores later this year in June. You can preorder on Amazon now by clicking here.

Source: Capcom Unity

Tuesday
Mar302010

NEW BLAZBLUE: CONTINUUM SHIFT SCREENSHOTS OF MU-12

Some new screenshots appeared today on Famitsu of BlazBlue: Continuum Shift featuring newcomer mu-12 which as I understand it, is the true form of Noel Vermillion. BlazBlue: Continuum Shift is scheduled to be released on July 21st 2010 and is said to be developed with rebalancing via DLC in mind. So, even if this new character ends up being a little overpowered, ARC System Works can address these issues with downloadable updates.You can check out the new screenshots by clicking the link below.

 

BLAZBLUE: CONTINUUM SHIFT SCREENSHOT GALLERY

Source: Famitsu

Tuesday
Mar302010

The Juri Han Song, a Parody by Rina-Chan

Rina-Chan has created a parody of Ke$ha's "Tik Tok", turning it into a song about Super Street Fighter 4's Juri.  She is a professional voice actress, having provided voices for thousands of characters over the years for games, animated shorts, and series. Check out her website here or you can follow her on twitter at http://twitter.com/rinachan.

I continue to be amazed by the talent and creativity of the fighting game community. She did it just for fun.  Take a listen.

Tuesday
Mar302010

Official Super Street Fighter 4 Developer Blog Translation: Changes to Original Characters

This is a blog entry that many, many people have been waiting for. In this post on the Japanese Official Super Street Fighter 4 Development Blog, they talk about the changes made to the original 25 characters from Street Fighter 4! 

This week they talk about the original Street Fighter 2 characters. From this week until Super hits they will talk about more character changes.

If you plan on continuing to main a Street Fighter 4 character in Super, you might want to check this out. You may be surprised by a change.

As always, huge thanks to Azrael for the translation!

Blog Post:

Ms. Shiozawa posted a super-sized blog last week, didn't she!
Hello everyone, this is Tsukamoto.

Here at the developers blog we've also gotten plenty of questions regarding adjustments, so from today's installment, we're going to be talking about adjustments for a little while - together with the battle planner, we'll talk about what kinds of changes we've made.

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Monday
Mar292010

G4 INTERVIEWS SETH KILLIAN, HAKAN WALKTHROUGH

With Super Street Fighter 4 so close, what's there to say that hasn't been said already? G4 spends some time with Seth as he goes over some familiar details of the game, talking about the Endless Battle mode and how Street Fighter 4 as whole was a huge risk for CAPCOM. G4 Also landed a Hakan walkthrough, so check that out while you're at it.

 

 

 

Monday
Mar292010

HAUNTS REVIEWS BLAZBLUE PORTABLE FOR 1UP.COM

As many of you know, BlazBlue Portable was released for the PSP recently and 1UP.com had me put together a review of the game. In short, after testing multiple combos and set ups with a number of characters, it's more or less a direct port of the console version as far as I could tell. So, don't expect any major balance changes or anything but if you enjoyed Calamity Trigger for PS3 or XBOX it's a great addition to your PSP library. The game looks really amazing as a PSP title and gives players a look at Legion Mode, which is a new addition in the series that will be added to the console version of Continuum Shift.

You can read the review by clicking here, and if you want to buy the game via Amazon, it's available now for 27.99.

 

Monday
Mar292010

Justin Wong Super Street Fighter 4 Videos from Pax East

Justin Wong played some Super Street Fighter 4 at Pax East and we have the videos to prove it. In these videos he plays as Ibuki, Dee Jay, Makoto, and Dudley. If you're looking for a Super SF4 fix for today, here you go. Check out Frame-Advantage.com for even more videos from Pax East.

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Monday
Mar292010

The King of Fighters XIII Official Website Opens

The King of Fighters XIII official site opened today.  It is a very slick looking (and sounding) site and features the usual stuff like character sections with profiles (of 25 of the apparently 31 characters) and sprite art. 

According to Andraisang, the location test report (the location test which started last week in Japan) lists some interesting stats. The most heavily used characters from the tests were, expectedly, the newly added girls, with Yuri at top with 12%, followed by Mai with 11% and King with 9%. Kyo and Ryo follow with 5%.

Source: Andriasang

Sunday
Mar282010

HIT COMBO THE MOVIE TRAILER

WorstGiefEver sent me a heads up on a new documentary that is coming out about the World Game Cup tournament which produced some of the most entertaining Street Fighter 4 videos in months. In a little over a week we should receive more details on this documentary when their website launches, HitCombo.com.

In the meantime, check out this trailer:

Sunday
Mar282010

UNBLOCKABLE ULTRAS DISCOVERED IN STREET FIGHTER 4

The original Street Fighter 4 will not go quietly into the night. Posted on IRC just a day or two ago is a handful of ways to set up unblockable Ultras with Sagat, Seth, Rose and Ken. The original video was taken from NicoVideo but since then many more videos have shown up giving players a look at how this works. The basic idea is there is a short time during the Ultra freeze where the character cannot block. By sending a projectile their way that hits them in this short period of time allow these characters to follow up with an Ultra.

The big questions is, will this still be possible in Super Street Fighter 4? If so, it could change the landscape of the game dramatically for those with a projectile, but at the same time it's been reported that most of these are pretty hard to do with any sort of consistency.

Here is an example with Sagat, and you can check out the full thread on SRK for all the nitty gritty details.

 

Source: #capcom, SRK

Sunday
Mar282010

MORE SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 VIDEOS

The same channel that uploaded the last batch of Ruliweb videos, JuriHDRemix, posted a handful of others featuring Cody and Adon. Cody appears to have a lot of fairly standard combos, but no real reliable reversal so players will have to make good use of his normals to keep the opponent from landing a throw or a sweep. Adon is still a wild card, but these videos make him look like there is a lot of potential in his game.

Sunday
Mar282010

NEW BLAZBLUE: CONTINUUM SHIFT CONSOLE DETAILS

Oichi from Versus City gave me a heads up recently on some details he posted about the upcoming revision to the BlazBlue series, Continuum Shift. The game is about 75% done and is slated for a Summer 2010 release date.

Many fans will be happy to know that ARC System Works is being very clear that the game is designed to receive balance changes via DLC. Granted, the game is apparently much better balanced than Calamity Trigger, but everyone knows on a long enough time line there is a chance overpowered strategies will emerge with certain characters. I have not kept up with the arcade release to be honest, so there may be certain issues that need to be addressed already, but it is great to see a fighting game company taking this stance on continual (har-har) updates for their games.

Here are Oichi's notes about the game:

- Game is 75% complete
- Story mode will be 1.5 or 2 times bigger than Calamity Trigger
- The game will be patchable for character balance.
- Continuum Shift is incorporating Street Fighter 4's Arcade Fight Request, which allows you to play through single player while waiting for an online opponent. But now you can turn this feature on during Training Mode and Arcade Mode.
- Player rankings for 360 and PS3 were separate before, but now they will be CROSS-PLATFORM. Note you cannot play cross-platform, it's just the ranking of all the players.
- Training Mode will be voiced by Rachel as she teaches you how to play the game.

Source: VersusCity, NeoGAF

Saturday
Mar272010

IPLAYWINNER TWITTER Q&A WITH CRACKFIEND

I know, I know, I've been slacking on the Twitter Q&A front, but for good reason! Crackfiend pulled up a couple of your questions and spent some time to answer them. He goes over the EVO 2009 5v5, his thoughts on more SF4 exposure through MLG and how to look into picking your main character.

Those of you who sent in Super Street Fighter 4 questions last week, I am saving those questions for the 1UP.com Game Night stream, so hang tight. In the meantime, keep sending more questions about strategy, tournaments and anything fighting game related and we'll see what we can do to offer some insight!

To send us a question just tweet: @iplaywinner [your question goes here]

 

@Audio_C5005

To whom ever answers this - What was your most devastating loss, greatest victory and funnest matches you've played in?  

Crackfiend: The EVO 2009 5 vs 5 Exhibition is the epitome of all the mentioned experiences for me. It was a big deal because Norcal wanted to be on the map. But as I watched LPN, Magus1234, John Choi, and Ricky Ortiz lose their matches, I expected to lose to Buktooth in the 4th match after he had toyed with me at SBO Qualifiers. Somehow, I pulled my game together and took out 4 members of team Southwest.

After Buktooth, I had to play against Fubarduck, who beat me in the final round with a wake up raging demon. I'm not going to lie, it was pretty devastating losing to a wake up raging demon in front of the entire world. On top of that, the crowd had been cheering for an OCV and I felt like I disappointed everybody, especially NorCal. However, it has become one of the most memorable experiences of my life, apart from getting absolutely drunk and not remembering anything else from that point on. 

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Saturday
Mar272010

NEW SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 JURI VIDEOS

JuriHDRemix on YouTube is uploading a number of Ruliweb Korean Super Street Fighter 4 videos where you can watch some pretty solid play from both Juri and a handful of other new characters. I've posted up a couple where she gets scraped by Ibuki and Makoto, but you can click this link and check out the rest of the videos where she fares a little better. You'll notice that she has multiple ways to combo into her Ultra, and even though that's not the end all be all recipe for a good character, it's hard to deny at this point she will end up becoming a tough opponent for many players. 

If anything, these videos prove that Ibuki will be a real pain in the ass when fighting against any player who has her SJC into Ultra combos on lock. Yes, she has some of the lowest life in the game, but with so many chain combos and mix ups I think she will end up doing just fine in the hands of skilled players. 

Source: SuperAwesome on NeoGAF

Friday
Mar262010

VERSUS CITY: 5 ESSENTIAL JAPANESE ARCADES, KINEDA TOURS TOKYO ARCADES

Photo by Terry Ng - Kineda.com

Oichi put together a dope feature on VersusCity, detailing 5 of the best arcade to visit while in Japan. I've been to two out of the five listed, not bad I guess! 

Kineda also has an ongoing feature about Japanese arcades where he is posting photos from Street Fighter arcades across Tokyo, his latest entry is on Takadanobaba's BIG BOX arcade, which is the arcade I spent the most time at while in Japan. The picture above is from his feature, and check out his site for all the rest.

Here is a small excerpt from VersusCity on one of the other arcades I visited last summer, Club Sega Shinjuku West Exit:

For any game that you’re interested in, this Shinjuku-based arcade has it, whether it’s fighting, racing, shooting, or rhythm. This massive multi-storey building has a range of games including Street Fighter 4, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Border Break, Lord of Vermillion, Senko no Ronde, VOOT and more. There are tournaments for multiple games on every weekend, even for older games such as the Vampire series, so you’re bound to find something you like here. While it does carry the standard 100yen per play price model, its location is one of the best; not only do you have access to the best variety of games, but the arcade is also set in one of the busiest parts of Tokyo, with an exciting nightlife.

Friday
Mar262010

SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 NAKKY BLOG NOTES, JAPANESE NATIONAL SF4 CHAMPIONSHIP PRIZES

The Super Street Fighter 4 NAKKY Blog was updated just a day or two ago and Azrael from SRK came through a with a nice break down of the blog. This isn't a complete translation but will give everyone a good idea of what was included in this massive Q&A.

Also worth noting, AndriaSang translated that winning teams will receive Gold, Silver and Bronze boxing gloves for the upcoming Street Fighter 4 National tournament in Japan. As far as I know, all of the qualifying tournaments have concluded and the tournament will take place on April 4th.

Here are the notes from the NAKKY blog:

Says that with Hakan reveal, ALL characters have been introduced (ie no more hidden characters, but as always she never says anything concretely).

Endless battle has no win limit, but the counter only goes up to 3 digits, so aim for 999 wins.

All chars unlocked from the beginning.

Casual clothes were considered for Chun-Li's 3rd alt, but the idea didn't make it in the end.

Colors and taunts have to be unlocked, but will be much easier than in SFIV.

Can search for region for online battles, and set region preference in Fight Request.

Characters who already had a remixed theme in SFIV will have the same theme in SSFIV.

Not every character has 2 rival battles. Some only have 1.

No facial adjustments/tweaking for the female characters.

The soundtrack featured in the Collectors Package is only character themes. So there are no plans to release the BGM for the new stages on CD just yet, but she notes that they would like to at some point.

Can't search for specific player data, or various types of BP ranking like the arcade, but there are two new rankings - BP by region, and BP by character.

She says that ultra select will take place after you and your opponent have picked your character, and that the blind select will be turned off. In other words, blind select pick your character, see each other's character, then ultra select. Yes, I know this is in contrast to what s-kill said, and I don't know why. That's just what she's written.

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