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"Capcom Fighting Games are in a Renaissance for Our Company", says TvC producer Ryoto Niitsuma

Ryoto Niitsuma, producer for Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars, recently had an interview with Modern Gamer.  For fans of Capcom's fighting games like myself, he makes a comment which makes me smile.

Niitsuma-san: "For us at Capcom fighting games are in a renaissance for our company. So we want to keep making fighting action games so we’ll see how the sales do on this game and if they're well than we’ll make sure to get another game out without too much time passing."

Source: Modern Gamer


Bump: Super Street Fighter 4 Boxart (European Boxart Added)

Now that the release dates have been revealed, the boxarts have been revealed. Keep in mind that these can be placeholders at this early stage. What do you think of the boxart?  Boxart on left is Japanese, two in middle are North America and one on far right is European version



English Version of New Super Street Fighter 4 Trailer

Here's the English version of the new Super Street Fighter 4 trailer first shown a few days ago.

Source: The Fighters Generation Youtube Channel


Street Fighter Podcast #33: Q&A With Justin "Marvelous" Wong

Justin Wong has been doing Q&A on his web site for the past several months.  This time, Justin takes his Q&A audio with Street Fighter Podcast #33.  In this podcast Gootecks reads the questions and Justin answers them.

You can get the podcast via Gootecks' website in the source link below.



Destructiod interviews Capcom's Seth Killian about Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars

This is a very interesting interview!  In particular, listen to the way that Capcom is handling people with high disconnect rates in online matches! haha! It is a good idea.

Source: Destructoid



Hey guys, hope everyone had a good weekend and I'm sure many of you were waiting on your copy of Tatsunoko vs Capcom to arrive (and maybe a stick too!) For those of you who picked up your copy today, we have something I'm sure you'll really enjoy.

The team here spent a lot of time putting together our new Tatsunoko vs Capcom guides and we are proud to now make them publicly available! In these guides we have the run down on each characters special moves and general strategies to get you started with this new fast paced fighter.


Keep in mind this is just the start too -- in the following month you can expect us to continue to update these guides with new combos and strategies. So, if you see a character who you would like to see more combos or strategies for, post up the comments and let us know! 

Big thanks to Frustrated Squirrel and FuriousRGD for all their hard work on these guides. Without these two these guides would have never been possible!




Thanks to TotoroSlyaer for the pic!Over the weekend MarkMan hooked us up with some MadCatz key chains to give away on our UCD Team Tournament stream and we are now announcing the winners! For those of you who don't know, it was a twitter contest where the contestants tweeted why they <3 iPlayWinner and the top 3 most creative entries win!

I looked them all over and got a couple second opinions and these are the three that were chosen:



I heart @iplaywinner because I just want to win that keychain to unscrew the lock to Ricky Ortiz's ♥ :3

I think it only works on MadCatz sticks but if it helps you get closer to NorCals bestest Street Fighter player then more power to you!

I heart @iplaywinner because they helped me grow into the stream monster I am today. And Andry's commentary has convinced me to be sober.

We here at iPlayWinner hope you soon graduate to a potmonster to help pay top players bills and congratulations on dropping the booze becuase as I always say "Ya booze, ya lose!"

I heart @iplaywinner because without their weekly tournaments, I probably be selling coke 3am in the morning. Keeping coke dealers off the streets since 2008... that's a good thing right?

Congratulations to the winners and stay tuned this week for more contests!


Mario's Pipeline: What is Tatsunoko?

There are probably many people out there who do not know where many of these Tatsunoko characters featured in Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars came from.  I am one of them.  Capcom Unity has found a great vid by Mario's Pipeline which shows briefly where all of the Tatsunoko characters originated from, including footage. If you want to brush up on your Tatsunoko in just a few minutes, here's the best way to do it!

Source: Capcom Unity



The Super Street Fighter 4 official Japanese website and NAKKY Blog was updated today, revealing the release date of the game (April 27th for North America and the 28th for Japan), a couple new trailers and also a quick look at the collectors edition. 



Collectors Edition Details

Price: ~$60

- Super Street Fighter 4

- Soundtrack

- Original DVD with animated trailers from 2008 to 2010

- Art Booklet


Some new pictures from the NAKKY Blog -- still waiting for the full translation. Thanks to Oichi from for the initial quick translation on the collectors edition.



Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars NYC Launch Event Recap at Capcom Unity

Capcom Unity has posted a recap of their recent Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars launch event which took place at NYC's Nintendo World Store.

Tons of people showed up, TvC: UAS's producer Ryoto Niitsuma signed a ton of posters, there were the usual cosplayers, a combo competition, beat-a-pro competitions, and more!

It sounds like it was one heck of a good time if you managed to get down there.

Check out Capcom Unity's recap of the vent via the source link below:

Source: Capcom Unity


Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars Officially Released Tomorrow; In Some Stores Now

Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars officially hits stores tomorrow, so don't forget to pick up a copy! 

If you can't wait to get a copy, you should check around at local retailers (for North American readers) to see if they have it in stock right now, as some chains are selling it early.  If you are a gamer from outside North America and scored a copy, please let us know in the comments so that others might get that info and score one for themselves.

Kmart is one chain you should check. I picked up my own copy today via this chain.  However, people all around the country are getting the game early so I am sure this is not the only retailer to put the game on shelves a bit early.

Don't forget to check back here in the next day or two for our guide for the game.  We will be working continuously on it as the game's secrets are revealed through gameplay after release.


SNK's Battle Coliseum for Xbox Live Arcade Gets HD Upgrade

SNK Playmore's Battle Coliseum, released previously on Playstation 2, is set to arrive as a downloadable title on Xbox Live Arcade this Spring.

This does not appear to be a down and dirty port for a quick buck.  SNK Playmore is upgrading the game's visuals in a very big way for this release. Here is a comparison pic between the old sprite and the upgraded one:

This appears to be more than the application of a filter. The new sprite on the right is crisp and clean without the usual trademarks of filters: blurring and exaggerated lines.  I will admit here that I have never played Battle Coliseum and cannot speak to this game's quality, but the way that SNK Playmore has upgraded these sprites makes me wish Capcom would apply such techniques to some of its own classic 2D fighters (image from andriasang).

In addition to vastly improved sprites, the game has an all-new HD character select, character win art, improved backgrounds, and more. Check out a few screens below from Famitsu. If you are interested in more screenshots, visit the original Famitsu article via the source link below for many more screenshots as well as one more sprite comparison.


Source: Famitsu via andriasang


Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars vids from retail release. Includes Online Play

For those like me waiting for Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars to hit stores, it's somewhat painful to watch people getting this game early. Anyway, to hold us over, zeroXshinobi's Youtube channel has videos walking viewers through many aspects of the game. You can really get an idea of what to expect, even though he admits he does not have a lot of experience with the game yet (don't expect combo vids here). I'll post the first vid here and let you hit his Youtube channel to view the rest using the source link below. Check it out!

Source: zeroXshinobi's Youtube channel


Gen has an awesome glitch!!!!! Right?! 

Right guys?! :( 

Pretty hilarious match. It just goes by so quickly. 


<3 u yeb 




Live Videos by Ustream

The first of two major team tournaments this weekend, the UCD MUGA Street Fighter 4 3v3 Team Tournament with major names like Mike Ross, Keno, Ricky Ortiz, John Choi, and Combofiend in the building! 




Jessica Gaona, a talented artist who has been to ActiveGamers and NorCal Regionals, will be in attendance again for the UC Davis 3v3 and the Fuddruckers tournament during the weekend! If you're around for the event, stop by to get some commissions made!

Pictures courtesy of Kineda and Jessica Gaona.



Alex Valle is planning a massive fighting game event...tournament...kumite? Well, no one knows what it is exactly yet but it will be huge. They just dropped the teaser site for Project Blocks today and Alex has told me to keep refreshing it for more clues on what's to come. We'll keep you updated!

"Project Blocks will change your life!" - Alex Valle

Follow Alex Valle on Twitter



IGN just published their Tatsunoko vs Capcom review and it looks like they are in love with it. Check out their full video review below.



An Upcoming Strong Stream w/ Style

Strong Style 4 01/30/2010 - 01/31/2010 Ok so this has been a bit hush hush while we were flushing out details... However, we at I Play Winner are pleased to make a special announcement to the Tekken 6 fans!  I Play Winner will be broadcasting Nor Cal Strong Style 4 live at the Doman Hotel in Sunnyvale, Ca.

This is big news for the Tekken guys.  Strong Style is a major event in which competitors from out of state (and a few from out of the country) come to compete.  This event will be using the same venue as NCR 2009.  The IPW staff is looking very forward to working with the Strong Style staff and bringing you guys another great weekend of intense matches.

Please remember to tune in, get hype, and get ready for the next battle!


More Character comments from Ryota Niitsuma, Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars Producer. New characters via DLC possible based on sales

Ryota Niitsuma, producer for Capcom's forthcoming Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars, talked about characters once again with Kotaku. 

On selecting characters:

"We started by sitting around and deciding what characters from the anime we would like to see in a fighting game," Niitsuma said. "Then we had to consider licensing issues. Once we had that list we had to figure out how to make a balanced fighting game. On top of that we wanted a good balance between male and female characters.

"We mainly plucked the main characters from the anime we used, and not too many villains."

On characters from Genesis Climber MOSPEADA not making the cut for the game (MOSPEADA was used as the basis for the third generation storyline in Robotech. Personal note, as a Robotech fan myself, seeing a MOSPEADA transforming motorcycle power suit in TvC would have been amazingly cool):

"They told us what we could and couldn't use," he said. "If they said no we cut them.

"We weren't privy to a lot of their decision making process. They didn't share a lot of reasons with us. When they said no and we asked why, they wouldn't tell us, but would give us another suggestion."

Interestingly, according to Kotaku, Niitsuma-san said that they might consider releasing more characters for Ultimate All-Stars via downloadable content (purchases) if it does well enough in sales.

There were a few more comments but we already posted those replies in other very recent articles.  Check out the source for the full read.

Source: Kotaku