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Friday
Jun042010

IPLAYWINNER SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 STRATEGY GUIDE NOW LIVE

After months of teasing and intense work, we've just released our full Super Street Fighter 4 Strategy Guide here on iPlayWinner! The guide contains not only easy to access relevant information for each character, but combos and match up notes for many characters as well. This is just the beginning too in that we have a lot planned for this guide including weekly updates for many of the characters.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE IPW SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 STRATEGY GUIDE

Outside of all the character strategy, we have other general sections of the guide as well such as the Game Data section where you can read about all the changes that were made to the roster in the new game. We also have an Unlocks section detailing how to quickly and easily unlock new taunts and colors for the characters.

Do you have some in-depth strategy you want to submit to our guides? Sound off in the comments and let us know... for now! In the following weeks we will be holding a major contest for iPW Registered User Strategy Submissions! Yes, that's right, this guide will be driven by community contributions, so if you don't have an account with us yet, please register now!

Friday
Jun042010

IPW SPECIAL FEATURE: THE BOX ARENA INTERVIEW WITH SHADY K

The final installment of our special feature with The Box Arena where we have an exclusive interview with Shady K! Shady K is regarded as one of the, if not THE best player in San Diego, making Top 8 at EVO last year in Street Fighter 4!

Check out this new trailer for The Box Arena 2v2 RANBAT 1.2 which starts tomorrow to see Shady K's Akuma in action!

INTERVIEW - SHADY K

I've been in the competitive fighting game scene since 2001.  I started with Marvel vs Capcom 2 and am best known for pioneering rushdown Magneto.  MvC2 accomplishments include consistent top 3 placings at SHGL tournaments and a top 8 finish at EVO2K3. I also specialized in Capcom vs SNK 2 and was one of the first U.S. players to exploit roll-cancelling.

Now, I'm a Street Fighter 4 player who most is known for playing Akuma.  I placed top 5 at EVO2K9 and consistently place top 8 at major Socal tournaments.  

Why do you consistently place 1st at The Box Arena's tournaments but have such a hard time just placing top 8 elsewhere?

A few reasons come to my mind.  I don't travel enough to practice, so my variety of competition isn't spectacular.  Most of my practice is from training mode and playing with a few of the SD players weekly.  I'm a downloader.  It takes me more than a few matches to download someone, but when I do... see question 5.  I like to think if I played more often with a variety of top players, I'd be a lot more consistent.  As it turns out, I lose (or come close to losing) to a lot of players or characters I don't play against often.  I'm really comfortable with my set play and strategy, but only when I have a good amount of practice in that particular situation or versus that particular person and/or character. 

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Friday
Jun042010

SUPER NCR VIDEO - SSF4 DAY 1 POOLS

Day 1 at NCR had some of the most intense matches and best comebacks of the entire tournament. Here are a handful of videos, and stayed tuned for more SSF4 videos from Day 1, Teams and of course... Top 8!

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Friday
Jun042010

VIRTUA FIGHTER 5: FINAL SHOWDOWN TRAILER

 

SEGA uploaded the first Virtua Fighter 5 : Final Showdown trailer to their YouTube Channel and you will see it looks mostly the same as the previous installments, not that is a bad thing -- Virtua Fighter 5 has always been one of the best looking games out there even to this day.

The problem doesn't lie in the visuals for this game, it's the fact that many of us are still waiting for a console port! Many players hoped to see a VF5:R console release containing new characters and balance changes, but perhaps SEGA was waiting for Final Showdown before bringing the game ot PS3 and XBOX? With E3 right around the corner, anything is possible, but until then enjoy the footage!

Thanks to Nite for the tip on the video.

Thursday
Jun032010

STREET FIGHTER FACEBOOK

Dorkly.com gives us a look at when Street Fighter characters stop being polite and start getting real... on Facebook! The M. Bison cracked-out on Farmville is my personal fave.

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Thursday
Jun032010

SUPER NCR - TEKKEN 6 - TOP 8

The second batch of Super NCR videos are live and this time we've got the Tekken 6 Top 8! For those of you who don't know, Super NCR had players all the way from Korea and Thailand so all of these matches are on another level. Also, be sure to check out 725 vs Geesemaster which is also a really solid match even though I doubt either of them will be on Tekken Crash anytime soon!

Here are the grand finals between Holeman and Nin and also 725 vs Geesemaster. Check out our YouTube Channel to see the rest!

Thursday
Jun032010

GameSetWatch Interview About Super Street Fighter 4's Audio

If you turn on "Arranged Soundtrack" in Super SF4, you will realize how much audio is in the game.GameSetWatch has an interview with Masayuki Endou and Hideyuki Fukasawa, the team behind Street Fighter IV and Super SFIV's audio.  If you are an audiophile or just want to learn more about how the game was designed, its a good read. Here's a sample.

Was there anything that you had wanted to do on the previous title but never got the chance that later figured into the making of the Super Street Fighter IV score?

Masayuki Endou: A lot of fans requested character themes be provided for all the fighters. Now you have the choice of either a stage theme or character theme to listen to in every situation. That meant I could really let my imagination run wild. For instance in arranging Adon's theme, I set my troubles aside and its overall shape just seemed to flow effortlessly from my mind. Fei Long's theme involved a hybrid of rock and dance music with an Asian flair, which wound up being among my personal favorites.

Source: GameSetWatch

Wednesday
Jun022010

SUPER NCR - TEKKEN 6 - MR NAPS VS KNEE FIRST TO FIVE

Over the next couple weeks I'll be uploading a ton of footage from Super NCR and I wanted to start it off with a special exhibition match between MR NAPS and Knee who are undoubtedly the two best Bryan players in the entire world. This first to five happened early on in the stream so some of you may have missed it -- hopefully Mr Naps doesn't steal my soul at Keystone II this week for posting these but enjoy at my expense anyway!

Keep a tab on our (dusty) YouTube Channel for more Super NCR videos. 

Tuesday
Jun012010

KING OF FIGHTERS XIII PLAYERS GUIDE GAMEPLAY VIDEO

Even more SNK goodies coming down the pike today with the King of Fighters XIII Players Guide which is more or less a 30 minute reel showcasing some top notch gameplay from the latest build of the game. Outside of seeing K' and Kula in action, there is also some Drive Canceling thrown into the mix as well, though I didn't see too much of the new NEO MAX Special Attacks in this video. Either way, the game is looking far more polished than KOFXII with all the new features and characters. 

You have to hand it to SNK for sticking with 2D sprites, but if the netcode turns out to be no good this game might as well be an episode of "When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong" -- let's just cross our fingers and hope they get it right this time.

Source: SRK

 

Tuesday
Jun012010

NEW NEO-GEO BATTLE COLISEUM SCREENSHOTS AND RELEASE DATE FOR JAPAN

New screenshots of Neo-Geo Battle Coliseum surfaced recently on Andria Sang, showcasing the graphical improvements the game will receive once it hits XBLA. The game is slated for a June 9th release in Japan, but according to Siliconera, it will most likely see a release in North America at some point as well.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW NEO-GEO BATTLE COLISEUM SCREENSHOTS

NGBC was released for the PS2 sometime back, but if you're not familiar with the game, it's a 2v2 Tag Fighting Game that pulls characters from various SNK titles such as Fatal Fury and Last Blade 2. Believe it or not, it's a really fun game and I personally put a lot of time into it when I wasn't grinding Street Fighter III: Third Strike back in the day, so be sure to check it out when it hits XBLA outside of Japan. 

Source: AndriaSang, Siliconera

Tuesday
Jun012010

DAIGO "THE BEAST" UMEHARA CAPCOM-UNITY INTERVIEW PART 3

The third interview with Daigo Umehara answering questions from Capcom-Unity is now live! Much like the previous Q&A sessions with Daigo, not only is there a lot of interesting information about his career, but also a lot of insight on how he approaches life. 

This is a great read so check out the entire interview over at Capcom-Unity -- here is a small excerpt:

-Any story of SF player camaraderie to share?

When I was in my early teens, I didn’t really believe in friends – I will spare you from the story now. I was playing at an arcade in Akihabara and missed the last train of the day at Kanda station. For someone in their early teens, missing the last train is pretty bad you know. I called my parents, and sure, they were super mad and worried. I told my dad that I had missed my train and had no means to go home. He told me to take a cab; I told him I had no money. So we settled with me taking the first train (5 am or so) in the morning home. So I thought of killing time at a Denny’s till then. Suddenly, the guy I was with asked me “wanna get on?” pointing out the back of his bicycle. You know, it would take 3-4 hours from where we were to home.  I was like what are you talking about? It’s just way too far. On top of that, that person was usually blatant, not really friendly, and comment spiteful remarks, but we somehow got along and we hang out playing videogames. We got to my parent’s house after 3-4 hours of him pedaling, me on the back. He was soaked with sweat. As soon as I hopped off, he waved, turned around and left. Imagine, he had to rode back for hours again. That was then, I realized that what a good friend meant.

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Tuesday
Jun012010

Interview with AndyOCR: MVP of NCR

Examiner's Brian Yoon interviewed AndyOCR who had arguably the most incredible match of the tournament which was sending Justin Wong to losers. The HD recording of the match will be up soon, but until then check out this interview!

Here is a small excerpt, hit the Examiner for the full interview:

Were you feeling the pressure of playing in front of hundreds of people in the building and thousands on the stream?

I think this was my 2nd time playing infront of this many people... It was pretty nerve wrecking... So much hype in the building... During my match against Ricky-O, i think only 15 people were on my side and the rest of norcal was out to kill me. It felt nice when i quieted the building... =) I think everyone was in a state of shock including me. When i sent Justin to losers, i think the whole room erupted... it was sick! I enjoyed every moment of it

Tuesday
Jun012010

IPW / AIF RANBAT 1.4 POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT TUESDAY

Sorry guys for the late notice, but due to some scheduling conflicts and other factors, the IPW / AIF Ranbat will be postponed until next Tuesday. We will keep everyone updated on the final tournament, but until then, keep practicing! See ya' next week!

 

 

Monday
May312010

SUPER NORCAL REGIONALS - RESULTS

Super NorCal Regionals concluded this weekend with some extremely tense matches and overall incredible play across the board. As many of you saw, iPlayWinner broadcasted the entire event over the weekend you can check out the USTREAM recordings on our channel.

Below is the outcome of many of the tournaments thanks to EventHubs who did an excellent job compiling the results.

HD recording of the matches will be available on YouTube shortly so stay tuned.

Super Street Fighter IV 

1. Justin Wong (Rufus)
2. AndyOCR (M. Bison)
3. Ricky Ortiz (Rufus)
4. Alex Valle (Ryu)
5. Shizza (Chun-Li)
5. Vangief (Zangief)
7. Mike Ross (E. Honda)
7. LPN (M. Bison)

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Monday
May312010

Super NorCal Regionals Intro Videos

When I talked to people online about the previous NorCal Regionals, more often then not they mention the NBA-style intro video to the stream. It was cheesy for sure, but it brought the hype like none other. So for Super NorCal Regionals I decided to step it up a bit and aimed for video intros to every game represented at the tournament. My friend (and NorCal boxer) ILLiterate helped out a lot with the the brainstorming and script writing process, but to tell you the truth the collaboration went a lot like this-

ILLiterate: I have a dumb a idea!

Me: And I know how to make that idea even dumber!

When you're editing video all your lonesome until 4AM every night with little to no oversight, you tend to surrender yourself to your creative processes regardless of where they seem to take you. That's about as best as I can explain the utter insanity we at iPlayWinner subjected the audience to with these intros. Overall they went over pretty well and John Choi didn't punch me in the face for all the Sandstorm, so I'll put this one down as a win.

So here they are, all the intro videos as seen at Super NorCal Regionals, minus one: Capcom vs SNK 2, of which I'd like Switcher to upload that one himself. 

 

 

Super NorCal Regionals

LordofUltima, creator of the awesome 3-minute fundamental videos did all the heavy lifting on this beauty as he provided us with an HD take on the original NBA-style intro. He deserves all the credit for this one.

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Friday
May282010

Open Discussion : The Night Before NCR

The great battle approaches. How do you spend the night before a major tournament? A last minute grind session with your crew? Playing a different video game? Meditating like a jedi? 

Me? I plan on going for a nice, long jog tonight, followed by helping with set-up for tomorrow. And then sacrificing a live chicken to Baron Samedhi in order to curse two hundred Street Fighter players with leprosy in their fingers. 

You?

Thursday
May272010

Tekken 7 Reportedly In Production

 

According to Eurogamer.pt, Namco's Katsuhiro Harada (director for the Tekken series) has announced that Tekken 7 is in production.  The announcement was made during an event in Madrid.  The only other information to come out of the event thus far is that it is in the very early pre-production stage of development.

Tekken 6 has been in the arcades for several years now and was released on the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 last year. It is also unknown if Tekken 7 is currently in production only for an arcade release at this point.

Harada-san image above courtesy of Eurogamer.pt

Source: Eurogamer.pt (see the translated version of the report here)

Thursday
May272010

HI-RES MARVEL VS CAPCOM 3 SCREENSHOTS

"Of course, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is retaining the flashy, over-the-top look, like in previous Versus games." - Niitsuma-san

Good 'ol Seth has posted us some midnight treats tonight of high res sweetness! His blog over at Capcom Unity features some great peeks into this game's art from the recent issue of Game Informer! Each one has a caption from Marvel Vs Capcom 3 producer Niitsuma-san himself, detailing the direction of art each screen shot is illustrating.

 

CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL HI-RES MARVEL VS CAPCOM 3 SCREENSHOTS

I think this game looks gorgeous -- super flashy and over top will make it just as fun to watch as I'm sure it'll be to play! Can't wait to see the game in motion but it looks like CAPCOM is on the right track to capture that "moving comic book" feel. Be sure to check out the hi-res for all eight screenshots, but be warned, you may need to change your pants afterwards!

Source: Capcom-Unity
Thursday
May272010

FRAME-ADVANTAGE.COM PRES. SANFORD VS INTHUL AT ECT2

Frame-Advantage.com broadcasted East Coast Throwdown 2 this past weekend, and this is the match everyone is talking about.  Inthul, a pad Fei Long player, made 3rd place in the tournament, taking out just a few big names in the process. Check it out and head over to FADC's YouTube Channel for more videos. 

Wednesday
May262010

Dan: Master of Taunting

Here's a video that popped up on NeoGAF the other day and I thought it was pretty funny, so I thought I'd start your morning out right with a good old-fashioned ragequit. Don't expect any pro gameplay here, but the taunting is pretty S-rank.