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Saturday
Dec192009

Mad Catz Officially Announces Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars Fightstick

We've seen mockups of this floating around before but now it's official.  Here is the new Madcatz Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars fightstick. 

Here is Mad Catz' official press release:

Mad Catz Interactive, Inc., a leading third-party interactive entertainment accessory provider, announced today that it has expanded its relationship with Capcom, a leading worldwide developer and publisher of videogames, to produce branded videogame controllers and accessories based on the upcoming Tatsunoko VS. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars videogame. The agreement gives Mad Catz North American rights for products for the Wii.

"We are delighted with our partnership with Capcom, and we are excited to expand the relationship with this new license," said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. "As we have with our very successful Street Fighter IV accessories, we look forward to bringing fighting games fans on the Wii platform a range of distinctive, high-quality accessories that enhance the game-playing experience of Tatsunoko VS. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars.”

Source: Capcom Unity

Friday
Dec182009

KEYSTONE II WEAKLY SCAMBATS LIVE STREAM

This is our first week streaming the KEYSTONE II Weakly Scambats! Last week was our first session and a lot of good matches went down. Ricky Ortiz (Sagat) defeated John Choi (Ryu) in the Grand Finals, netting him 3 total points. John came away with 2, and MAGUS1234 (Zangief) has 1 point. 

The stream will start around 10:30PM PST.

Outside of those mentioned, Crackfiend, myself and a ton of other great NorCal players will be competing tonight. Hop on the chat and let us know what you think!

Friday
Dec182009

IPLAYWINNER MAILBAG: CULTURAL INTEGRATION BETWEEN MMA AND FIGHTING GAMES?

Have questions about the fighting game culture, the iPlayWinner crew, or anything in general? Send an e-mail to crackfiend@iplaywinner.com

During the last weekend, I attended the Tekken 6 Nationals in San Francisco. The overall event was interesting: private venue, RSVP only, lots of giveaways, and so forth. However, the one thing that really stood out during this event was the appearance of a certain MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter named Josh Barnett.

For those of you who don't know, Josh Barnett is one of the top 10 heavyweights in the world. Apparently there was an interview with him during the event, but as a guest there, I was unable to hear anything at all. Regardless, it was interesting to see a high profile athlete attend this event, which is something that should happen more often for two key reasons:

Move way from cultural segregation & creating social awareness of the fighting game culture. With that said, let's move on to this week's mailbag.

Tekken 6 competitors

Now that Tekken 6 Nationals has come to an end, what are your thoughts on the competitors? [/triforce voice]

Jonsf, Bay Area

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Friday
Dec182009

Super Street Fighter 4 Character Select Screen!

Super Street Fighter 4 producer Yoshoniri Ono was on a live stream showing off the game.  Some readers took screen captures of the stream.  We finally, after all this time, have our first image of the character select screen! Also shown is the Main Menu and the Stage Select screen. Keep in mind that these could be placeholders, but it offers clues.

Thanks to TurtleSnatcher, Lost Fragment and Dizzy-4U from Neo-GAF for the screen captures! 

TurtleSnatcher even figured out the layout of the characters on the character select screen.

Source: Neo-GAF

    

Friday
Dec182009

IPW Interview with AutoMattock (JiBbo)

David-Paul Mattock, otherwise known as "AutoMattock", otherwise known as "JiBbo", is one of the top Gen players in North America. 

In this IPW interview, we delve into his fighting game history, his thoughts on his close match against Daigo, a bit about the scene in NC, Gen, Street Fighter 4, and thoughts on the upcoming Super Street Fighter 4. Enjoy.

Tell us a bit about your fighting game experience. When did you start playing and what fighting game got you into the genre?


Growing up I was exposed to a lot of video games with my brothers always playing them. It really was the hobby I picked up out of childhood curiosity and wonderment but also as a means to interact with my older siblings. Me being the youngest it was difficult to have some sort of medium to accomplish that interaction and SNES Street Fighter II was where it all started for me. So I guess it wasn't so much me "getting into" the fighting game genre as it was me just being a kid. For the most part my introduction into fighting games was me observing my older brother play different fighting games. I sort of just happened to develop a passion of my own.

What other fighters did you play in the past and which ones do you play today?

I played pretty much everything growing up. From Killer Instinct to Clay Fighters to SvC Chaos. Everything. This is all of course before I had a logical clue as to what I was doing or was even a part of the scene around here. I've been described as a mouse back in those days in that I just kinda lurked around played, made a little bit of noise and then moved on. 

Today the games I practice are 3rd strike and SF4. I also play some Alpha 3 and CvS2.

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Friday
Dec182009

Turbo-Teleported (A Dhalsim Song)

The Street Fighter community's creativity and talent never ceases to amaze me!  In this song, via Scramble TV, Balrog tells about the time he met Dhalsim. Warning: It's catchy!

Source: Scramble TV

Friday
Dec182009

Even More Up Close and Personal with the New Super Street Fighter 4 Stages

The latest post in the Japanese Official Super Street Fighter 4 Blog is all about the 4 new stages. This time they show off the little details that you see in the backgrounds and elements that change as matches go on.  There truly is an amazing amount of detail in these new stages, as you will see in this gallery!

INDIA

   

   

   

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Thursday
Dec172009

UP CLOSE & PERSONAL WITH NEW SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 STAGES

 

Awesome update this morning over at Capcom Unity thanks to Seth Killian. He takes a closer look at many of the new stages found in Super Street Fighter 4, pointing out some of the interactivity with the background elements and even showing off a new S.I.N. stage in the process. Well, I think the run down S.I.N. Lab is new -- it's certainly the first time I have seen it!

Here are a handful of the shots he posted, be sure to head over to Capcom Unity for the full set.

   

   

Thursday
Dec172009

NEWEGG WINTER WANFEST

For those of you who love internet tournaments, especially ones with free prizes, here's one for the winter if you're staying home for Christmas and New Years. Be wary though, December 19th is the deadline for Street Fighter 4 registration, which is this Saturday. The registration for Tekken 6, however, is open until January 2nd. Gogogo!

Wednesday
Dec162009

FIGHT WITH PHOTOS: PHOTO FIGHTER X

Wow, this is really bizarre but pretty awesome at the same time. This is a downloadable DSi Ware game for the Nintendo DSi called "Fight with Photos: Photo Fighter X". It's exactly what it sounds like - you take photos of your self, punching, kicking and throwing fireballs and put yourself in a fighting game! It's 200 points and comes out today (in Japan)! 

As you can see with the image above you can get real creative with this, assigning pretty much anything as a projectile. 

Here is some more information on the game via Andria Sang:

Titled Fight With Photos: Photo Fighter X, this original fighting game has you use the DSi hardware to create fighters and stages. You use the camera to take pictures of yourself in various poses. You then record sounds and voices for your punches and special moves. After giving yourself a name and a type, which changes your fighting style, you're done creating your fighter. But you can still choose to create a background, also using the system's camera to take pictures of real life settings.

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Wednesday
Dec162009

Sonic Hurricane's Fun with Street Fighter 4: Volume 1

The newest Sonic Hurricane video is here.  They decided to take a break from the usual combo videos this time and decided to have some fun with the game.  So here is "Fun with Street Fighter 4: Volume 1". It's pretty crazy, but it is fun to watch!

Source: Sonic Hurricane

Wednesday
Dec162009

Gamespot's "On the Spot" Features Super Street Fighter 4 Demo With New Characters and Bonus Stages. Also, on Location at Tekken 6 Nationals.

The latest episode of Gamespot's "On the Spot" show is big on fighting game action! First off, Capcom's Seth Killian drops by.  He gives commentary while we watch new footage featuring all three of the recently released characters, Adon, Cody, and Guy, as well as footage of both bonus stages!  Also in this episode is an on location report from the recent Tekken 6 nationals.

Here's a rundown of when the fighting game content starts in the show so you can jump ahead if you wish.

4:00 Seth Killian gives commentary on Super Street Fighter 4 demo featuring Adon, Cody, and Guy as well as footage of both new bonus stages!

25:00 On Location at the recent Tekken 6 Nationals!

Source: Gamespot's "On the Spot"

Wednesday
Dec162009

New Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars Video Full of Awesome

This video is pretty awesome.  If you don't think Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars is a must buy when it hits the Nintendo Wii on 26 January after watching this vid, there's no convincing you.  It's nice to actually get a promo video where the players obviously know that they are doing.

This video is actually two full matches, featuring 8 of the game's 25 playable characters.

Source: Capcom Unity

Tuesday
Dec152009

New Super Street Fighter 4 Developer Blog Entry: Adon

The latest Super Street Fighter 4 Developer Blog was updated.  Here's a translation, thanks to Jigsaw from Capcom Unity.  This one is about Adon. Enjoy.

Developer Blog No.11

Adon

How's everyone doing? Tsukamoto here.
Today's subject is the newly added character Adon, so Okada, Tamamura and I will tell you a little something or other about this character in development!

-Please tell us how you decided on adding Adon to the roster.

Okada:
When choosing which characters to add to SSF4, not only characters from the Zero games were on the list, characters from SF1 were too. Adon is a Zero character as well of course, but since he was also in SF1, he was first on our list. There was some concern that we'd have a lot of quite complicated characters this time around, like Juri and Cody, so we felt there was kind of a need for simple, easy to understand characters as well. For that reason, Adon seemed like a good choice. Also, well, I don't know what the rest of the world thinks (laughs), but everyone on the development team seemed to think Adon's a really cool character, so he was always popular among us.

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Tuesday
Dec152009

NCR BEST BOUTS DAY 3

Over the past week I've uploaded some of the more requested matches from NorCal Regionals. Here are a handful that are the best of the best. Be sure to check our YouTube channel for all the others!

This is Eric Lee vs John Choi in honestly one of the best Street Fighter matches I've ever seen. No matter what game you play you can learn a lot from watching this match. It not only shows top level footsie and baiting games, you can also see how serious and clutch some players are. 

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Tuesday
Dec152009

New Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars Screenshots

The North American release of Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars is fast approaching, and to help tidy us over Capcom has provided a bunch of new screenshots. This game releases on January 26th of next year.

 

 

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Tuesday
Dec152009

Street Fighter 4: New Cantona and Mago Vids

Cantona (Zangief) and Mago (Sagat) are two of Japan's best players at their respective characters.  Here are some match vids that have popped up over the last few days.  Thanks to Valkyrie for the tip on the vids.

This Zangief rushdown is something fierce.

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Tuesday
Dec152009

No Need To Eliminate Option Select, Says Capcom's Seth Killian

This was posted today on Capcom Unity's Forums. Personally, I don't consider it news but I thought that if this guy asked the question, maybe someone else out there is wondering about this as well. So, here it is.  Capcom's Seth Killian answered this one.

Question:

What does CAPCOM think about Option Selects in SFIV? Do they plan to fix this glitch?

The more people learn about it, the more it influences gameplay. IMHO, that means exploiting a glitch that can ruin gameplay balance (it artificially adds more offensive tools to already powerful chars).

So, any plans to get rid of it in SSFIV?

Seth Killian:

"Option select" is present in virtually every SF game in some fashion, and actually in almost every fighting game period (it's probably present in non-fighting games too, but I'm not thinking clearly yet this morning ).

Good balance is good balance, but option select is not necessarily something that anybody needs to aim specifically at eliminating.

Source: Capcom Unity

Monday
Dec142009

GETTING SALTY ON USTREAM

 

So I was on uStream last night testing some new equipment, and I go to my channel to get an idea of how it will look to a user and about two minutes into it - BAM - Morton's Salt baby! A huge pop up ad for Morton's Salt covers my screen and all I can do is laugh because I know they are showing this to me just based on all the times the word "salt", "salty" and "Morton's" comes up during each Street Fighter 4 stream.

Ahh, the power of targeted advertising. I'm sure some of you have seen this by now if you watch a lot of streams, but it is still funny to me none the less. If you haven't got a clue how internet advertising works these days, it's pretty simple: they try to target a demographic based on keywords and interests. A good effort here, but this comes off as more of a joke rather than a persuasive ad.

Also, if you are still in the dark as to what it means to "get salty", it's just being disgusted/bitter/mad/whatever after losing a match! You can usually see it on their face.  

Monday
Dec142009

New Super Street Fighter 4 Screenshots Featuring Cody

Japanese gaming website Game Watch posted many new screenshots for Super Street Fighter 4, all of which feature Cody on the new Metro City stage.  Some of the screenshots were so similar to ones previously released that I chose not to post them all. Even one or two of the ones we are posting here are similar to ones released before, but they differ slightly in some way.  If you want to see them all for some reason hit the source link at the bottom. Now, onto the screenshots.

 

 

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