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Monday
Feb152010

Epic Full Translation of Last Week's Japanese Official Super Street Fighter 4 Blog Entry: Q&A

Azrael has provided a goliath translation of the latest Japanese official Super Street Fighter 4 blog entry from last Thursday. It's a beast, so grab yourself a cup of coffee or an energy drink. Some of the questions are things I've wondered myself, while others are your usual fan fantasies and nonsense. Thanks to Azrael for taking the considerable amount of time to translate this.

Blog Post:

Hello everyone!
I got to go to the Kyushu Qualifiers last week! I thought maybe it would be warmer down there than in Tokyo, but man was it cold! The people who came out were the most hyped crowd yet! I won't soon forget the happy look on Kindevu's face when he won.

Well then, today I'd like to bring you the 10th entry of the Q&A Series!

But you know, today marks the one-year anniversary of SFIV's sale on the PS3 and 350. I remember nervously walking around the shops in Akihabara and Shinjuku first thing in the morning. Has it already been one year since then... Thank you very much, everyone!

Eh, enough of the sentimental stuff, let's get right to it!

Oh, but while I'm thinking about it, as for the questions and comments being made over on the Developers Blog, they'll be answering those questions on the 2/16 update! I have also taken the questions made here that I felt were suited more towards the developers and passed it along to them, so be sure to read it!

Okay, now let's face this beast in the mouth!

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Monday
Feb152010

EVO 2010 registration now open

You think you're good at fighting games? Then get ready to put your money where your mouth is, because registration for the biggest fighting game tournament in the world is now open.

Registration for EVO is mandatory, so don't expect to show up the day of the event and get a place in the tournament. The deadline for registration is July 5 at 11:59PM PST, but you might want to make sure to register before May 31 to get a get a discount on your entry fee.

Forgot what games are going to be featured at EVO this year? Check this article for a refresher.

Get hype!

Source: EVO2k.com

Monday
Feb152010

STREET FIGHTER 4 FOR...THE iPHONE?

This was pointed out by one of our readers, DaFamX, and it made me do a double take and make sure it wasn't April fools yet. It appears this is legit though, according to IGN, Street Fighter 4 is coming to Apple's powerhouse mobile device, the iPhone!

It appears you will use the multi touch function on the left for movement, and there are 4 buttons on the right (Punch, Kick, Special, Super) for attacking. You can also link up two iPhone's via Bluetooth to battle it out with friends! 

The IGN article mentions it is coming out in March, and will feature more than just Ryu and Ken, but a wide array of Street Fighter character new and old. 

Check out IGN for more screenshots and we'll keep you updated when the game is available!

Source: IGN via DaFamX in iPW Comments

Monday
Feb152010

S-RANK COMMENT CONTEST

February 15th 2010 – March 31st, 2010

PRIZE: $50 Gift Card to Amazon or Gamestop (Winner’s Choice)

 

As many of you may have noticed, we now have a public registration feature on iPlayWinner and what better way to announce new features than with a contest? After a couple roundtable meetings with the team, we decided the best thing we could do at this point is give back to those of you who provide insightful, humors and over all great comments to each article we post. 

REGISTERED USER EXAMPLEOver the next month and a half, the iPlayWinner team will be reading the comments of each post (not like we don't already!) and look for users who provide the best comments over that period of time. The winner will receive a 50 dollar gift card to Amazon.com or GameStop.com, which ever they prefer!

To be eligible for the contest (and most future contests from here on out), you must register for an account on iPlayWinner. This not only will help us identify and contact the winner, but it will also provide some new features that are available now and many more in the future.

 Registered Users Feature List:

  • STAND OUT: Special comment stylings to make your comments stand out amongst the crowd. 
  • E-MAIL UPDATES: Be the first to know about new Super Street Fighter 4 news with the ability to have new article and comment updates sent directly to your e-mail 
  • ELIGIBLE: Future contests will only be for those who are registered, active members of this community.
  • TEAM iPW: Registered users, based on their comments among other factors, will be considered to be brought on as fulltime contributors.
  • UPGRADES: In the coming months there will be a lot of upgrades for registered users -- stay tuned!

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Sunday
Feb142010

European BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger Limited Edition Contents

North American players have been playing BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger for months now.  It's bizarre that the game will finally hit Europe on 19 March of this year!  It gets more strange when you consider that a home version of the game's sequel, Continuum Shift, is already being talked about!

At any rate, it's finally almost here for European players, which is still a good thing for the entire BlazBlue community.  Europeans who did not import the game can finally play this amazing game.  Players in other markets benefit too because it means that new players will hit Xbox Live or Playstation Network.

The contents of the game's European special edition have surfaced. Above you can see promo shots of what the game will include, and here is a description of what is in the box:

The special Limited Edition includes the game, a bonus DVD with around 2 hours of fighting tutorial guides and deep character specific strategies. Plus a gorgeous 96 page full colour book with original art and illustrations from the design team at Arc System Works. All this in a beautiful collectors BlazBlue emblem design.

Source: Thanks to Neo-Empire for the tip!

Sunday
Feb142010

New Street Fighter 4 Combo Vid from Biffotasty aka DESK

Here's a new combo video from Biffotasty aka Desk from the UK. As usual, the combos are really crazy. What's also interesting is that he says in the video discription that the music for this vid was done by his band. Check it out until more news hits the webs.

Source: Biffotasty's Youtube Channel

Friday
Feb122010

GiantBomb's Jeff Gerstmann Gets Surprise From Capcom: Dudley hint for Super Street Fighter 4

 

GiantBomb's Jeff Gerstmann recieved a suprise from Capcom: A blue boxing glove holding a rose.  Anybody who knows anything about Street Fighter 3: Third Strike knows that these two elements are trademarks of Dudley.  This is a pretty obvious hint that Dudley will be indeed be confirmed as being one of the four remaining unknown characters in Super Street Fighter 4.

Source: Jeff Gerstmann's Twitpic

Friday
Feb122010

New Super Street Fighter 4 Trailer: Cammy, Chun-Li, Juri

This new trailer is showing off more of the game's opening cinematic. I must say that I'm digging this trailer's art style. 

Friday
Feb122010

New Japanese Official Super Street Fighter 4 Blog Post Partially Translated (Full Translation Soon)

The new Japanese Official Super Street Fighter 4 blog post is up for this week. Azrael doesn't have time to fully translate it right now, so hopefully we will have a full translation soon. Here are the Cliffs Notes he provided to tide us over:

-- SSFIV is sold separate from SFIV because they’ve in essence built it from the ground up, so its too much to be handled as additional content.

-- More hinting at Ibuki.

-- No special conditions to get to the bonus stages.

-- The developers and producers (Ono included) read the comments on the blogs.

-- No “Making of” video, but that’s what the Dev Blog is for.

-- No plans for any SF1 character, but who would you want to see?

-- Would be cool to one day have the characters actually speaking their respective languages (ie Russian for Gief, Chinese for Chun).

-- Someone asks for a flight suit alt for Guile, and she points out a picture showing Guile throwing a sonic boom while wearing sunglasses - is this a new item, or a new move?

-- SSFIV will run at 720p just like SFIV.

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Thursday
Feb112010

SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4: THREE NEW ULTRAS POSTED!

Capcom just posted new ultras for Vega, Guile, and Dhalsim on their Japanese website. Pretty cool stuff. Check it out. 

                                                                          

                                                                          

 Guile's ultra looks awesome, but it doesn't look very comboable. Sonic Hurricane was my favorite super in Capcom vs. SNK 2 so I'm happy to see it back. 

Dhalsim's is just bizarre! I wonder how this will be used in real match! 

As with Guile's ultra, Vega's second ultra looks amazing but it doesn't look like theres a way to combo into it. 

 

So far, what is your favorite second ultra? Mine is Viper's! So awesome. Vipers pro-skater! Hahaha! 

Thursday
Feb112010

SHERDOG'S MMA TECHNIQUE OF THE WEEK SPONSORED BY: TATSUNOKO VS CAPCOM?

Last week, I wrote about Street Fighter references within MMA culture. This week, I found a video on Sherdog that is sponsored by Tatsunoko vs Capcom, which you can view on the video below within the first few seconds. (The rest of the video displays an MMA technique, nothing else SF related)

Yet another sign of the fighting game culture infiltrating or making an attempt to integrate with mainstream media. However, with all the events, streams, and promotions occuring with the fighting game crave, an impending question is raised: Will the fighting game culture ever make a breakthrough into mainstream audiences across the US or the world? What do you guys think?

Source: www.Sherdog.com

Thursday
Feb112010

TATSUNOKO VS CAPCOM COMBOS FEAT. SAKI, TEKKAMAN BLADE & MORE

A new video featuring some devastating combos from multiple Tatsunoko vs Capcom characters showed up on Capcom Unity today thanks to S-Kill. I am a Tekkaman Blade player myself so I think that last combo is pretty boss, but those Saki combos are pretty ridiculous as well!

What are your favorite combos in this video and what characters are you guys using as of late?

My current team: Ryu & Tekkaman Blade!

Source: Capcom-Unity

Thursday
Feb112010

LORD OF ULTIMA'S 3-MINUTE FUNDAMENTALS

Lord of Ultima has put together some great tutorial videos going over some crucial fundamental aspects of Street Fighter 4 (and many other fighting games for that matter). Not only do these videos have some great information in them, they are also extremley well produced with some top notch editing.

His latest video goes over option selects, a subject many players are interested in learning about recently.

He also released a video a couple weeks back that goes over hit confirming, which is another very important technique to master if you plan on being a competitive player.

Be sure to check out his YouTube channel for many more videos including some great tutorials on Akuma.

Source: iPlayWinner Forums

Thursday
Feb112010

Street Fighter 4 (PC)/Mad Catz Fight Pad Bundle For $34.99 at Newegg

If you are a) still looking into getting a Mad Catz Fight Pad for Xbox 360/PC and/or b) want a copy of Street Fighter 4 for PC, I think you're in luck! Newegg has the Street Fighter 4/Fight Pad bundle on sale for $34.99. 

Right now, buying either one individually costs more than the $35 you'd spend for this bundle, so it's like getting a small discount on one of the bundle items and getting the other one for free.  Yes the pad works on both PC and Xbox 360.

If you're interested, check it out here.

Thanks to Capcom Unity for the tip.

Thursday
Feb112010

Street Fighter Legend Alex "Calipower" Valle Interview at Sonic Hurricane

Sonic Hurricane has just posted a great interview with Street Fighter legend Alex "CaliPower" Valle. If you want to know about his storied past or find out his feelings on Street Fighter 4 (and more), give it a read! Here's a snippet of him recalling meeting another legend, Mike Watts. Hit the source below for the full interview.

The vid above is a cool video made showing Alex's history from those early days all the way to today.

Maj: How’d that go? What did you think of watts when you first met him?

CaliPower: Cocky guy. Couldn’t beat him. Instant ego. All traits of a champion. I was fortunate that my friend introduced me to him, ’cause Watson had a reputation of just clowning your play from day 1. So it wasn’t too bad when he was beating me, since we were formally introduced. =P

 
Maj: Nice. Yeah, i’ve heard he was pretty much the king of SFA1. Did you want to be friends with him or did you just want to beat him down?

CaliPower: Lol, I just wanted to beat him. Back in the days you couldn’t sleep if you kept losing to someone in SF. It’s like, “Wtf man… I thought I was good…” ‘Cause I was the best player from my arcade, even versus random new players. So Watson was the only guy that just destroyed me – made me play harder.

Source: Sonic Hurricane

Wednesday
Feb102010

Samurai Showdown: Edge of Destiny Coming To North America this Spring as Samurai Showdown Sen

The latest in the Samurai Showdown series is coming to North America. If you're a big Samsho fan, you knew that already. What we did not know until today is that its got a new timeframe, a new subtitle, and a new publisher.  It will be called Samurai Showdown Sen and it is coming this Spring for the Xbox 360 (exclusively, sorry PS3 owners) and it will be published by XSEED Games, not Ignition Entertainment as previously believed.

Samurai Showdown Sen is the first entry in the series to be in 3D and will also feature online play.

Here's the press release that gives all kinds of official info on the game:

XSEED Games announced today that it has secured the North American publishing rights to SAMURAI SHODOWN SEN. In a strategic move to further build its profile as a proven independent-minded game publisher across multiple platforms, XSEED Games has partnered with SNK PLAYMORE to release the next installment of the popular arcade fighting game series. Formerly known as SAMURAI SHODOWN: Edge of Destiny, SAMURAI SHODOWN SEN is the latest iteration of the legendary weapons-based fighting series developed by SNK PLAYMORE. The game is in its final production phase and is scheduled for release this spring exclusively for the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

"We are ecstatic to have our first offering on Xbox 360 be the latest iteration of such a highly-regarded franchise," said Jun Iwasaki, President of XSEED Games. "The SAMURAI SHODOWN series was a pioneer in the weapons-based fighting genre when it first took arcades by storm over a decade ago, and will now be bringing that same kind of innovative spirit as the series is reborn in 3D with online play."

SAMURAI SHODOWN SEN reveals a society on the brink of collapse, as encroaching Western influences threaten to overrun the ancient, once-hidden culture of lords, serfs, and samurai. Impressive 3D visuals, huge roster of new and returning fighters, brutal finishing moves and online play and leaderboards via Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network complete the series' much anticipated rebirth on a next-gen platform.

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Wednesday
Feb102010

Fans Create Fake Capcom Advertisements at Capcom Europe Forum

Capcom Europe forum, readers have started to create fake Capcom ads for fun.  It always astounds me to see some of these kinds of threads, as it shows how talented and creative some of the people in our community are.  There are a few in there already for Super Street Fighter 4 and some really impressive ones for other games if you want to take a look.

If you like that thread you'll love the NeoGAF thread that inspired them! Tons of amazing fan-made ads for lots of games, including a bunch of incredible Street Fighter 4 ones, are found within!

Source: Capcom Europe Forum via Capcom Unity

 

Wednesday
Feb102010

Marvel vs Capcom 2 Gamerpics hit Xbox Live

Today, Capcom has three sets of 10 pics available for only 160 MS points. Tomorrow, they will post two more collections of 10 pics and 1 more of 5 pics (this one for 80 MS points). Whether you are a fan of the actual game or not, the game has tons of characters that appeal to almost everyone.

The Metal Head Collection: The Iron Man, War Machine, Doctor Doom, Sentinel, Juggernaut (yes, I know his gear is not made out of metal), Mega Man, Roll, Servbot, Tron Bonne and Zangief

The Lovers, Villains, and Babes Collection: Magneto, Rogue, Gambit, Blackheart, Spiral, B.B. Hood, Chun Li, Cammy, M. Bison and Felicia

The Wow, That's a lot of Popular Characters in this Collection Collection: Cyclops, Cable, Storm, Psylocke, Colossus, Ryu, Ken, Morigan, Jill Valentine and Akuma

Tomorrow, two sets of 10 pics and one set of 5 pics (80 MS points) will be available for a total of 55 gamerpics!

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Wednesday
Feb102010

IPLAYWINNER INTERVIEW: KSK 

iPlayWinner presents you with our first international interview featuring none other than the legendary Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Alex Player, KSK! He is more than just a player though -- he is an integral part of the Japanese fighting game scene as he owns and operates Gamer's Vision, a hot bed for some of the best players in Japan.

KSK is also the organizer of the GODSGARDEN tournament,  which was met with much international acclaim as it features top level players such as Daigo and Mago, with a top notch live stream to boot. It was also one of the first events to have a females only Street Fighter 4 tournament which helped promote female players in Japan such as ChocoBlanka.

With GODSGARDEN 2 right around the corner, we wanted to talk to him a bit about the Japanese fighting game scene, running an arcade, multiple events and also how the console-only release of Super Street Fighter 4 will affect Japanese arcades.

iPW: What do you think of American tournaments? 

 

KSK: From my experience, Double Elimination, like EVO, is very exciting. I know it takes much longer but players can get more satisfaction and some ease compared to a single elimination, whether win or lose. I love the pressures when I'm in losers tournament, I love the feelings of superiority when I'm in winners one. It makes good contrast between winners and losers.

 

iPW: Do you ever watch streams of American tournaments? 

KSK: I watched EVO'09 on the stream. It seemed well equipped with gear such as cameras so I could watch players' faces and feel atomosphere. It was great!

 

 

iPW: Are more arcades in Japan looking into doing live streams? 

KSK: I think the pioneer of live streaming from arcade is Nakano-TRF. It brings many newcomers to the arcades -- but, on the other hand, when said player watches the live streams, he's at home, not at the arcade. They provide no revenue to the arcades so it makes arcade owners negative or passive about live streaming. Still, I think that live streaming is very effective to show the excitement of arcades.

 

iPW: Do you still play 3s often? Why do you play Alex? 

KSK: I still play 3s. I'm taking part in grade matches for 3s at NishiNippori-VERSUS. I restarted Ranking Battle for 3s at Gamer's Vision [ KSK's arcade ] recently. I love Alex's dynamic moves and arts. Fact is, I'm not good at complicated inputs. Alex is easier to handle!

 

iPW: How did you come up with the idea of Gods Garden? 

KSK: In Japan, arcade players are becoming fewer year by year. So, when I try to give a boost to arcades, there's not enough man-power. Teenagers in Japan rarely come to arcades and have chance to learn how to play fighting games. So they don't know how it is to be a serious fan of fighting games -- they only play on console! At one point, console games were no more than substitute for the games in arcades, but now we can play games for the arcades on console. Sometimes, the games for console is superior to the one in arcades.

It means that there's no reason to visit arcades for teenagers, but I want show them how exciting the arcade atmosphere is. I want to show them how great players in the arcades are. This is a motive for organizing Godsgarden.

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Wednesday
Feb102010

Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars Level 3 Hyper Combo Compilation Vids

Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars is very flashy, especially its hyper combos. If you want to see what all of the Level 3 Hyper Combos look like in two vids (one for Capcom side and one for Tatsunoko), here you go!

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