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Project Blocks Revealed: Level|Up! Alex Valle Directs New Tournament Series

Jimmy "ShinJN" Nguyen and Alex "CaliPower" ValleFighting game legend Alex "CaliPower" Valle teased us a few weeks ago about "Project Blocks".  It has finally been revealed.  Project Blocks is Level|Up, a new venture headed by Alex Valle which will put on a new series of tournaments!  Alex will be making his debut as a tournament director along with Jimmy "ShinJN" Nguyen as co-director. 

So far they have some very interesting ideas! Check out their official release below. One thing they are implementing for their first event is Beat-The-Pro, an online service where you can play against a pro player for cash!

Their debut event, the SoCal Level|Up Tournament, will take place on February 27 at Dave & Busters at The Block at Orange.  It will be a 64-man Street Fighter 4 and Tekken 6 tournament featuring top West Coast players and a bonus pot of $1000.

High quality, live tournament coverage will be available at and is brought to you by Level|Up’s media specialists AJ "PotatoHead" Papa, Bryan "Cicada" Gateb, and Frank "shinginh" Reyes.

IPlayWinner is proud to be an affiliate of this venture, and we are certain it will be tremendously exciting for players!  Bookmark

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Alternate Costumes for Super SF4 Appear to be Paid DLC. Capcom Presents Stance on Paid DLC on Disk

The Ask Capcom forum at Capcom Unity has been hoppin' lately!  The question this time is about the alternate costumes for Super Street Fighter 4 and if you will have to pay for them or not.  It seems like, while not confirmed (announced formally), we will have to pay for them just like in regular Street Fighter 4.  If you already bought the alternate costumes for Regular Street Fighter 4, those will carry over for free. However, we may have to pay for the new third alternates being created for Super.


"There seems to be some confusion and mis-information about whether or not the 3rd set of alternates are going to be free or paid DLC.

Can this be cleared up now or has this not been decided yet?"

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Japanese Official Super Street Fighter 4 Developer Blog Updated

The newest Super SF4 Developer Blog is here, and Azrael has once again been gracious enough to post a full translation! This one is about character designs. Enjoy.

Blog Post:

Hey everyone, it's been awhile! This is Tsukamoto.

Last week our Dev Blog took a break as Ms. Shiozawa's blog featured a special update announcing the sale date! After watching the anime trailer, Juri's way cool closing line of "This won't hurt a bit" has been stuck in my head.

Well then, this week I'd like to talk with designer Mr. Kamei about the character designs. What kind of episodes took place during the development of Street Fighter IV?

-- First off, tell us about how the character designs for SFIV were decided on.

I spoke about this a little in the 2nd blog entry, but when deciding the direction of the SFIV characters there were quite a bit of twists and turns. In trying to determine their shape, with the 3D body, silhouette, and volume, we came up with many different variations before deciding. For example, we had a really thin Ryu, a larger Ryu, a Ryu with a big body but small the end, we felt that the current model was his best look in 3D. But before we got to that point, there were over 10 different variations of Ryu.

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Keits' Updated Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars Primer Updated

Great news to all the new Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars owners out there! Keits, one of the TvC community's most respected players, has updated his Tatsunoko vs Capcom Primer video on YouTube for the new version's release!  He's also got more incoming, so if you like what you see be sure to subscribe to his channel. Keits has given us permission to add a link to this video to our IPW TvC guide in the tutorials section.

Keits' Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars Primer (YouTube)


I'm back in the tutorial business, and my fresh start is the remake of my TvC System's Primer for the new international version. In the last version, I spoke mostly about how to trigger functions, mostly due to the game being out only a week or two and us not really knowing where a lot of the game's subsystems were going. Now, I have a year of TvC gameplay behind me, and I think you'll find the examples in the video a lot more insightful and helpful. If you like what I'm doing, head over to my youtube page and subscribe. More content is coming, including a tutorial series for Super Street Fighter 4 when it drops.


SF4: Ed Ma (Akuma) vs Maximilian (Ken)

NeoGAF is full of interesting stuff today! Maximilian posted some vids of a recent matchup he had with SoCal's Ed Ma (third place finisher at Evo 09). Both are amazing players.  I'm a fan of Maximilian's Ken, although against top players maybe Ken's weaknesses begin to show.

Source: Maximilian's YouTube Channel via NeoGAF


Don't like the cover art? Go Custom

Don't like the cover art to your favorite fighting game? NeoGAF reader kadey has the solution: go custom.


"After staring at the ugly [bleep] covers for so long I couldn't take it anymore and had custom boxarts made. Tis was worth it. SSFIV looks to be ugly too so I have to make some for them."

Capcom recently revealed the initial versions of the cover art and I did not see a lot of enthusiastic praise.

Personally, this idea has gotten my interest and I too may delve into doing some custom art for Super Street Fighter 4 when it arrives.

Source: NeoGAF


Top 3 Biggest Rosters in a Fighting Game


Capcom Unity reader JiCi posed an interesting question on Capcom Unity's Ask Capcom Forum. He posted the top 3 biggest rosters in a fighting game and asked if Capcom will someday break the record and become number one!  Interestingly, he also took the time to research a possible method for doing this without making another "vs" game which is very interesting.  JiCi's post was more interesting than Capcom's replies, but Seth Killian and Christian Svensson's responses are printed below as well.

Again thanks to Valkyrie for the tip.



1) Mortal Kombat: Armageddon from Midway: 64 characters
2) Marvel vs Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes from Capcom: 56 characters
3) Samurai Shodown VI from SNK Playmore: 52 characters

Will Capcom someday the record that Midway is holding for "biggest roster in a fighting game" with Mortal Kombat Armageddon ?"

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Capcom is "pleased so far" with Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars sales but No Sales Numbers Yet

A reader asked a question on Capcom Unity's Ask Capcom Forum about Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars' sales performance and it got not one but two company replies. 

Thanks to reader Valkyrie for the tip.


"How well is TvC doing ?i know its been 1 week but still dying to know"

Seth Killian:

"I don't have specific figures to share, but we're pleased so far.  Mostly I'm happy to see not only some good reviews, but a lot of REALLY positive comments from the actual people playing it.  They're remembering how much fun this style of game can be, and can see how much attention to detail went into its creation."

"Thanks of course to everyone here for their support as well--I've said it before, but it just wouldn't have been possible without you."

Christian Svensson:

"A fair bit too early to be popping champagne guys. We don't have our first week's numbers back yet. The game deserves lots of love so please do spread the word if you're enjoying it as much as we are."

Source: Capcom Unity's Ask Capcom Forum



NeoEmpire have announced details of their biggest fighting game event in the year: Super vs Battle 20-X.

It will take place over 3 days; Friday 20th August through to Sunday 22nd August, and in the same venue from last year, namely Byron Hall which is part of Harrow Leisure Centre in Harrow & Wealdstone, London.

The line-up of games that you can compete in are:

  • Guilty Gear XX Accent Core (PS2)
  • Soul Calibur 4 (PS3)
  • BlazBlue (PS3)
  • Tekken 6 (PS3)
  • King of Fighters XII (PS3)
  • Super Street Fighter IV (360)
  • Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike (PS2)

Come April you will be able to register for entry and tournament sign-ups at discounted prices compared to walking in on the actual day.

I attended last year's event and can happily say it was very enjoyable affair with plenty of atmosphere and friendly people and I hope to repeat the trip and see how the NeoEmpire organisers have improved over SvB '09.

Visit for more information and media from last year's event or even their feedback thread.



The position of the international VF community is one of uncertainty. Sega's neglect of it's worldwide fanbase has let the game's community lose prominence in the fighting game community at large and as a result, the game has faded from a once-prominent force in the international fighting game community to an obscurity.

If you are a fan of VF (or a fan of fighting games, really), it is in your best interest to let Sega know that we want to play VF5R.

How do you do this?

From the front page of VFDC:

A well known and respected VFer in Japan, Kamaage, was invited to meet with SEGA on the 28th January 2010. Leading up to this meeting, Kamaage approached VFDC with an opportunity to express our desire to have Virtua Fighter 5R ported to console directly to SEGA. He suggested we put together a document that explained a little about VFDC along with personalised messages from players in the community. If the document could reach 100 or so pages, then surely SEGA would be impressed, or so Kamaage thought!

After his meeting, Kamaage informed us that while the document was impressive, it simply wasn't enough. Kamaage now has another opportunity to pass our document to SEGA, but it must have more impact, at least 5x more!

The new target is 500 pages!

How You Can Help!
Simply post a reply leaving a message expressing your desire to play VF5R on console. Feel free to share your VF playing history, why you like the game, etc. To lend weight to your message, please leave your real name, and your location along with your post.


Nor Cal Strong Style 4 @ Sunnyvale, CA

Yo!  What's up all?  This weekend we have a special stream for everyone.  Saturday and Sunday we will be broadcasting Strong Style 4 from Sunnyvale, CA.  This event is a Tekken centered Major.

This weekend you will be seeing a lot of top Tekken names such as:

  • Bronson Tran (Tekken 4 and 5 National Champion)
  • Mr. Naps (SVGL CHAMP)
  • Fab (NCR 2009 - 1st)
  • RIP (NCR 2009 - 2nd)
  • Aris (NCR 2009 - Top 8)
  • MYK (Comicon 2009)
  • Chetchetty (Tekken 6 Nationals Champion)
  • Suiken (EVO 2009)
  • Crow (EVO 2005 Champ)



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IPW Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars Guide Updates

Hey guys, it's been another busy week here at IPW.  Myself, frustratedsquirrel, and Haunts are working hard to add information to our brand-new guide for Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars

Our goal with this guide, as with our future guides, is for it to be useful both to new or casual players as well as for intermediate or advanced fans.  We will be using notations for move inputs and especially for combos which are easy to read and to understand.  We are also, over time, adding short videos which show some of the combos in action.  We hope that being able to both read the combo notation and to see the combo in action in the video will help casual players.

The guide is a work in progress. We are still working hard to put in combos and combo vids for all characters.  We have the bare-bones basics on the unlockable characters up but are working on detailed descriptions and tips for all of those moves.  We've also got some other surprises in the works. We will give you an update each Friday to give you a rundown of what has been changed or added. Here's a list for this week:

If you have any comments or suggestions for this guide or just want to talk TvC, hit the brand new (I just created it) thread on our IPW Forums! So let us know what you think and what you want to see from this guide or submit your own info and combos!

IPW Forums Tatsunoko vs Capcom Official Thread


GamesRadar's Meet the Cast of Tatsunoko vs Capcom

You can be forgiven for not being familiar with some of the fighters featured in Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars.

The Tatsunoko characters in particular are not as widely known in the west as they are in Japan.  However, even the origins of some of the Capcom characters may not be familiar to you.

To remedy this, GamesRadar has put together an exceptional rundown of every single character in the game.  It gives some of their background as well as screenshots or movies.

For me, not being as familiar with some of Tatsunoko's works, seeing the videos of the characters in their animes was very interesting.  Personally, it also adds to the game's experience to have an idea of where they came from.

Hit the source below and check it out!

Source: GamesRadar


Mad Catz Promo 20-30% off Sale plus Free TE Stick Keychain


There will be a special Mad Catz Store ( ) promotion going on this weekend!

You know you want it!MarkMan from Mad Catz will also be live in Northern California at this week's NorCal Strong Style 4 Tournament plugging this website promo and showing off some of our new Super Street Fighter IV and Tatsunoko VS. Capcom products! Stay tuned to for more details & watch the live stream on Saturday!

We will be doing 20% OFF all Tournament Edition sticks (Excluding Marvel VS Capcom 2 TE FightSticks) & 30% OFF all standard FightSticks & FightPads!

Check out the source below for the discount that is available on specific sticks and pads.

Also worth noting is that as an added bonus, all orders using the promo codes provided (in the source below) will recieve the sweet TE stick keychain, which also has a fold-away hex wrench, free of charge while supplies last!

Source: MarkMan's Sale Promo Post on SRK


OneHandedTerror's Battle Report - Chun Li vs Balrog

Dogface sent me a really incredible tutorial for all you Chun Li players out there by OneHandedTerror. This breaks down the Balrog Match up in great depth, and truthfully this is a match up I see a lot of Chun Li's have a hard time with. If you are on of those, do not miss this tutorial!


Some of the Characters that did not make it into Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars


If you pre-ordered Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars in Japan, you also got a small flyer called TvC: Secret File.  A scan of it can be seen above.  Within you can see several pieces of content which did not make it into the final game.

  • Phoenix Wright
  • Ingrid
  • Ghouls and Ghosts stage
  • Komugi
  • Rollerblade Hero Muteking

If the game sells well enough, however, it may be possible to see some of these return as DLC. 

According to Jonathan Holmes of Destructoid:

"In a recent interview with Ryota Niitsuma, the producer of Tatsunoko Vs Capcom, I learned that Phoenix Wright (Ace Attorney) and Ingrid (Capcom Fighting Evolution) still may weasel their way into Tatsunoko Vs Capcom. According to Niitsuma-san, it will be in part up to Nintendo if these character are made available via DLC."

Source: NeoGAF for the scan (I'm sure it's just being passed around), Destructoid


Tougeki 2010 / Super Battle Opera 8 line-up released.

A scan appeared  from the next due issue of Arcadia magazine showing the game line-up for Tougeki.

That list in full:

[Category A]

● (3on3) Street Fighter Ⅳ [Capcom]
● (3on3) Tekken 6 Bloodline Rebellion [Bandai Namco Games]
● (2on2) BlaBlue Continuum Shift [Arc System Works]
● (2on2) Arcana Heart 3 [Examu]
● (1on1) The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match [SNK Playmore]
● (3on3) Virtua Fighter 5 R Ver.C [SEGA]

[Category B]

● (3on3) Guilty Gear XX ΛCore [Arc System Works]
● (3on3) Street Fighter Ⅲ 3rd Strike 'Fight for the Future' [Capcom]
● (1on1) Sengoku Basara X [Capcom]
● (3on3) Super Street Fighter Ⅱ X Grand Master Challenge [Capcom]

There is already some surprise expressed about the inclusion of Sengoku Basara X over either Tatsunoko vs Capcom or even Melty Blood? Whereas Street FIghter III: 3rd Strike continues to be present and has been since SBO began in 2003, the only title to do so.


Gametrailers Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars Review: 9 out of 10

We are not going to give you an update on every single review for this game, although the reviews have been great thus far!  We will post this one though.  Gametrailers has a knack for putting together video reviews which, in a short period of time, give you an excellent summary of the game as well as pointing out its strengths and weaknesses.

If you are on the fence about this game at this point, watch this review.

Source: Gametrailers



Thanks to Maximillian for the heads up on this -- hella funny!


EVOLUTION 2010 TOURNAMENT GAMES ANNOUNCED held a live podcast tonight detailing all the new games and events that will be at EVO2K10! Some of the choices are pretty obvious but others will surprise you.

Super Street Fighter 4

The one game that pretty much everyone knew would show up at Evolution. With the game coming out in April, players will have about 3 months to practice up before the massive tournament.

This of course will be the largest game of EVO with 2000+ entrants expected to show up, so we will be sure to see plenty of hype matches and a ton of upsets.

Tekken 6

Another no-brainer for EVO, this is one of the biggest games right now with a dedicated fan base. This is also the first year that the console version is not behind the arcade version so this should be one of the best tournaments of the event.

Super Street Fighter II Turbo: HD Remix

Another game with a very dedicated fan base returns to EVO. Last year the semi-finals for HD Remix were very exciting so I know this will make not only the players but many of the spectators very happy.

Femme Fatale Tournament

A first for EVO, as far as I know, a females only Street Fighter 4 tournament! We are seeing more and more of these tournaments pop up these days with the influx of female players, but I am still surprised they made this a full fledged event for EVO. Will we see any Japanese female players come over such as Choco Blanka? 

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger

A choice that personally makes me scratch my head, BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger, and not the new Continuum Shift. Now we know Continuum Shift is not out yet and Mr. Wizard mentioned that the new game will not be out before EVO so there isn't much they can do in regard to having the new version available to play. That said, many Calamity Trigger plays have dropped the game completely at this point so I expect to see this game get very low numbers.

Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All Stars

CAPCOMS newest fighter makes the cut this year and I am glad to see that is the case. This game is a lot of fun and will open up the possibility of bringing in a whole new demographic of players to EVO. With the game just released yesterday, everyone has plenty of time to step up their game and become a land mine in the EVO pools for this game.

Players Choice Game

Now this is something else I didn't expect - a Players Choice poll where the players will decide the last game at EVO! It's been years since they ran seven games at EVO, so this is a great opportunity for fans of games such as Street Fighter 3, Marvel and even Capcom vs SNK 2 to speak up and let the EVO staff that their game is not dead!