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Tuesday
May182010

Ask Capcom: No Demo Planned for Marvel vs Capcom 3

Capcom Unity has a forum, appropriately called Ask Capcom, where readers ask questions and Capcom staffers answer them. IPW will post the more interesting fighting game related q&as for your convenience.

Recently Capcom answered a question about the possibility of a Marvel vs Capcom 3 demo and a question about Super Street Fighter 4's story

Question:

I remember reading the events of SSF4 took place 1 or 2 years after SF4.  Why does it seem the same things are happening with some people and some things seem different with others?  Is this a post-SF4 story or a replacement to the past events in question?

Seth Killian (Capcom):

The concept of SSFIV story was that it was supposed to be it's own thing, and move beyond the SFIV story.  Obviously some details leave, um.... room for interpretation :)

Question:

Will we get a playable demo for MVC3 after E3?

Christian Svensson (Capcom):

That is not the plan, no.

Seth Killian (Capcom):

We'd like to give people the chance to play the game early and often, but it may be more along the lines of SFIV with live events.  As Sven mentioned, the plan you mentioned for a demo is... not the plan.

Tuesday
May182010

SESAME STREET FIGHTER

   

The artistic talent within the fighting game community is truly astounding, as is the level of creativity.  gavacho13 has used his talents to combine Sesame Street with Street Fighter.  What do you think? If you want to see more of his creations on deviantART, hit the source link below.

Source: gavacho13 on deviantART. Tip from Capcom Unity

Monday
May172010

IPW SPECIAL FEATURE: THE BOX ARENA INTERVIEW WITH VISCANT

Continuing our special feature with The Box Arena, we have an interview with old school player Viscant where he talks about his history in the scene and gives his thoughts on Marvel vs Capcom 3. Not only has he been around for quite sometime playing competitively, year after year he's written some great articles about fighting games and now helps commentate for the Box Arena live streams. I also have found out through first hand experience he plays a mean Blanka in Super Street Fighter 4 as well!

Thanks to Viscant and DJ FrankFresh for putting this together -- next up in the series is Yeb! Stay tuned!

INTERVIEW: VISCANT

I started playing fighting games competitively in 1997 with Alpha 2 but really began competing at the top level in 1998 when Marvel vs. Capcom 1 and Alpha 3 came out.  I won the first major tournament I ever competed in for MvC1, USFGC in Las Vegas in what would be one of the early forerunners to Evo.  The fighting game community has taken me to tournaments all over the United States from Southern California, to Northern California, to Arizona, to Jersey for ECC, to Chicago for Midwest Championships and of course to Vegas for Evo series events.  The main highlights of my career have been finishing top 10 in a major for Alpha 3, MvC1, MvC2, CvS1, CvS2, 3s and ST.

What are you expecting of MVC3? 

For MvC3, I'm honestly expecting a step back.  I think MvC2's longevity was due more to good fortune than to good design.  At so many points along that game's development if things were slightly different the game would have broke down completely.  If Spiral's knives came out just a tiny bit faster or a tiny bit shorter.  If Cable's grenades were just a little bit better.  If Iron Man's airdash was just that much faster.  Small touches like that were the difference between MvC2 lasting for 10 years or being discarded after 1.  MvC3 will be a different kind of animal and I imagine it will be more like Guilty Gear or Tatsu vs. Capcom.  Hopefully it'll be well done, but I doubt it'll be as well loved as MvC2; so few games in fighting game history ever have been.

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Monday
May172010

UPDATE: IPLAYWINNER SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 MAY 2010 TIER LIST

CLICK FOR FULL MATCH UP CHARTA+: Rufus, Akuma, Guile, Abel, Sagat

A: Dictator, C. Viper, Ryu

B+: Boxer, Chun Li, E. Honda, Dhalsim, Ibuki

B: Zangief, Blanka, Seth, Dudley, Cammy, El Fuerte, Ken, Juri, Rose

C: T. Hawk, DeeJay, Guy, Fei Long, Cody, Gouken, Claw, Adon, Gen

D: Hakan, Makoto, Sakura, Dan

 

 

 

The response to our initial Super Street Fighter 4 Tier List was overwhelming and created a lot more discussion and debate than we had ever imagined. The idea was to start with an initial base concept and slowly update the tiers to get everything inline month after month. With such a massive response from the community, we took it upon ourselves to come out with an update for the tiers before June. Moving forward, we will most likely only make major updates on a monthly basis.

This was a lot of work, but we got more input from top players and now have official Match Up Consultants that look over the data and give feed back to make sure most of the match ups and numbers and character letter rankings make sense. Everyone got to work and now we have what we feel is a much more fair tier list that is more inline with match up statistics across the board at this point. That said, much can change in the coming months, and a lot is still up in the air when it comes to the new characters.

Hopefully the match up chart is a little easier to read, and if you see any corrections to be made please let us know directly. Of course, we don't expect people to ever agree on any tier list, but your feedback is more than welcome. Hit us up in the comments and let us know what you think of the update!

Monday
May172010

Street Fighter is Dead

"You are God and I am free; each of us is alone, and our anguish is akin." -- Sartre, "The Flies"

"Boop bop with da' schwoop schwop, get this idiot outta' here." -- Magus1234, Keystone II stream

Inevitably, there will come a time when you stare into the blank look of confusion splayed across the face of a new acquaintance after you tell them that you devote a lot of your free time to something that falls between “hobby” and “masturbation” on the task priority check list. Depending on how much a person masturbates. The question in their eyes is always the same : why?

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Monday
May172010

IBUKI GAMEPLAY & TUTORIAL VIDEOS

There's been a lot of talk that Ibuki is theoretically one of the best, if not the best new character in Super Street Fighter 4. But with such a high execution barrier, trying to pick her up right off the bat will leave many players scratching their head as to why she is ranked so high. That said, Japanese player Sako has a handful of videos out demonstrating what makes her so powerful. 

Below, you'll see Sako performing many of her different set ups and combos that lead to her dreaded Kunai and cross up vortex.  If you're wondering what many of these combos are and want a breakdown on her game plan, the final video is a tutorial by Rushdown TV that will give you all the basics and then some.

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Sunday
May162010

SUPER NORCAL REGIONALS TRAILER

SUPER NORCAL REGIONALS is coming up Memorial Day Weekend (May 29-30th), so if you haven't registered yet, hit up the website and do it!

Jared Rea put together an awesome trailer for Super NCR, bringing Darry in to give everyone the low down on the event. Check it out..

Friday
May142010

Super Street Fighter 4 off to a Super Sales Start

The future looks bright for Capcom fighting games. For this car, not so much.April sales numbers from NPD Group have arrived, and it looks like Super Street Fighter 4 is off to a fantastic sales start.

Sales figures are as follows:

Super Street Fighter 4 (PS3): 143,000
Super Street Fighter 4 (Xbox 360): 108,000
Combined Total: 251,000

Keep in mind that the game was released on April 27. Since this data is for April only, it only reflects 4 days worth of sales (27th - 30th of April).

NPD Group numbers reflect North American sales only, and not all retailers report data to the company. Regardless, these numbers show that Super Street Fighter 4 is indeed a hit.

Source: NPD Group

Friday
May142010

Midwest Championships 2010 Recap by Otaku USA Magazine Website

Photo courtesy of Otaku USA MagazineThe official website of Otaku USA Magazine has put up a very nice article expressing their experience at the recently concluded Midwest Championship.  It's rare that we see articles like this which recap our community's major events and give detailed impressions, so be sure to check it out.

Here's an excerpt:

The Midwest Championship could best be described as the gateway to the summer tournament season, a road that ends at Evolution—the Super Bowl/Wrestlemania/Daytona 500 for fighting game enthusiasts worldwide. Having been held years prior at the Nickel City arcade in Chicago, IL, this year's MWC was held in Northbrook, IL at the Crown Plaza Hotel. It was thought to be larger than the previous venue, but this preconception was shattered almost instantly thanks to the 350 people that appeared to play. The space was initially planned for 200-250 attendees so staff had their hands full trying to keep up with match reports and maneuvering through the crowd. Adding to the chaos, there were problems with Tonamento, the online bracketing system that notifies players via cell phone of their matches starting. Certain wireless networks were unable to receive signals inside the building, rendering it useless unless you had a working smart phone to see the brackets. This also meant that you couldn't really leave the ballroom for extended periods of time lest you risk missing your match. This all made the atmosphere hectic, slightly claustrophobic, yet fun.

Hit the source link below for more.

Source: Official website for Otaku USA Magazine

Friday
May142010

Kula Diamond and Maxima Revealed for King of Fighters XIII

The lineup of characters for King of Fighters XIII is looking impressive.This King of Fighters XIII tip comes by way of Shoryuken. The King of Fighters XIII official website has revealed more new characters.  Kula Diamond and Maxima now join the game's roster, bringing the confirmed number of characters so far to 31.  There are rumors of a few more potential characters floating around (Iori '98 and Dark Ash), but even if this is the final roster it is impressive.

Source: King of Fighters XIII Official Website (Japanese) via Shoryuken

 

Thursday
May132010

IPLAYWINNER MAY 2010 SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 TIER LIST

MAJOR UPDATE: PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR THE MOST CURRENT MAY 2010 TIER LIST

So this has been in the works for a while now, believe it or not -- the first true iPlayWinner tier list! This whole project was directed by Ryan "Filipino Champ" Ramirez as he contacted many top players across the country (Justin Wong, Floe, Marn, John Choi, Ricky Ortiz, Keno, Tatsu -- the list goes on and on, it really does) to get their input on certain match ups -- so rest assured this isn't just one players opinion!  We finished punching in all the data and getting it organized a couple days ago and here it is for everyone's viewing pleasure!

On the right you'll see the different ranks for all the characters, and on the left you can click the image to see the match up chart to get an idea on how they got there.

CLICK FOR FULL MATCH UP CHARTA+: Rufus, Akuma

A: Abel, Dictator, Ryu,  Chun Li, Boxer, E. Honda

B+: Zangief, Ibuki, Sagat, Guile, Blanka 

B: Cammy, T. Hawk, Juri, El Fuerte, Dhalsim, Ken, C. Viper

C+: Seth, Fei Long, DeeJay, Cody, Dudley, Adon, Gouken, Rose

C: Gen, Claw, Guy, Hakan

D: Makoto, Sakura, Dan

 

 

 

Now, the idea here is we will continue to update this tier list each month based on the opinions of top players around the world. So, don't be surprised if you see things change up a bit over the next couple months as more players learn about the new characters and strategies with the current cast.

You can always view the most current tier list here: iPlayWinner Super Street Fighter 4 Tier List

Thursday
May132010

iPW SPECIAL FEATURE: THE BOX ARENA & THE SAN DIEGO FIGHTING GAME SCENE

The Box Arena is the hub of the San Diego fighting game scene and they've put together a series of interviews for iPlayWinner to shed some light on their scene's unique history and players. This is a four part series where we will have interviews from players such as Yeb, Shady K and Viscant. Part one gives an overview of the Box Arena and how it came to be, also an interview with newcomer, Steinmania. 

Don't forget, they have a major Super Street Fighter 4 2v2 RANBAT coming up this Saturday! More details can be found on The Box Arena official post, and you can check out the trailer below.

THE BOX ARENA

Christine Gentry of The Box Arena gives us a look into how everything came to be and who is involved to make not only the tournaments, but casual gatherings happen week after week.

Why did your group start referring to themselves as The Box Arena?

There is always debate as to where the name originated from and who actually started it. According to two of the original members, Kuizzy Ef Baby and OceansideDoods, the suggestion was first to be called "The Box Dojo". Some say that the Box came from the fact that the first thing you saw when you pulled up to our steep driveway was four Scion XBs "box cars".

 

 

There is another rumor that it came from name "El Cajon" which is the town in East County San Diego we live in. Whoever started that rumor needs a few lessons in Spanish because they thought "el cajo" translated to "the box" when actually it translates to "the drawer" and box is actually "el caja." Nevertheless, the "Dojo" was dropped simply because it sounded kind of silly and it was replaced with "Arena" because we specialize in fighting games. If we had a cooler story.. you would be the first to know!

 

What is The Box Arena?

The Box Arena now is a lot different from what The Box was a year ago. With the drop of Street Fighter 4 in 2009, one of our original members SkratchiChan, decided to host casuals at our house in El Cajon. The first casuals were four or five people, then we went on to letting HunEBee run some mini eight-man brackets. Over the course of about two months these brackets grew to 40+ players and everyone was trying their hardest to make our sessions on Wednesday nights to play in these dollar tournies.

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Thursday
May132010

Japanese News Feature on Daigo Umehara Translated

This is a video profile of Daigo "the Beast" Umehara.  Thanks go out to YogaFlame24 for the translation subtitles, as I saw this video a few days ago and really wanted to know what was being said myself.  It's an interesting look at the most famous Street Fighter player in the world.

Source: YogaFlame24 YouTube

Thursday
May132010

IPW / AIF ONLINE RANBAT 1.2 SIGN UPS

Alright, so our first week went great with some outstanding matches on both systems, so if you want to get in on the action, the next iPW/ AIF Ranbat takes place this coming Tuesday (May 18th) at 6PM PST! Sign ups are currently live now on AllisFighter.com so check the links below to see where to sign up.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE PSN TOURNAMENT

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE XBL TOURNAMENT

NOTE: The XBL sign ups filled up well under 6 hours, but go ahead and ask to be added to the reserve list. Most weeks there are a few players who cannot make the tournament, so if you want their spot, get on the reserve list!

Also, if you plan on playing in this tournament, please read this guide on how to configure your router and internet setting for optimal internet play.

Thursday
May132010

GYTNEWS.COM BOX SCORE - IPW / AIF RANBAT 1.1

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Glenn over at Get Your Tournament put together some outstanding statistics for our first Ranbat detailing how players did through out the tournament. GYT put together a "Box Score" for a lot of different types of tournaments, and it's an interesting look at the numbers involved with different aspects of playing in a tournament.

If you're not sure what the abbreviations mean, don't worry, Glenn has a great write up of what everything means on this sheet. Click here for the full stats guide.

That said, this tournament we ran had some exceptional results. Here is a small excerpt from his article, and you can hit up GYTNews for the rest:

In the four matches he played on the stream, Sai-Kun had a perfect closeout percentage, winning all 20 rounds where he had the lead at the three-quarter mark. Add to that his .850 first-hit win percentage and .789 first-combo win percentage, and you have a tournament champion.

Sai-Kun also achieved a rare feat. He won the double-elimination tournament after losing his first match. In 10 years of competing and now reporting about tournaments, I can only name six players that have done it, none in the Street Fighter IV series.

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Wednesday
May122010

A Look Inside Arcades in Kuwait

Kuwaiti photo-blogger "Yousef" brings us this fascinating look into what he describes as a vibrant arcade scene flourishing in the Middle East. Personally, I found a lot of comfort in looking at pictures taken on the other side of the globe that look like they could have been taken at any of the arcades I play in. 

Wednesday
May122010

Juri Concept Art

Juri's design conceptualizations were drastically varied.Concept art used in the development of Juri for Super Street Fighter 4 has surfaced thanks to MarkMan from Mad Catz.  According to his twitter post, this was shown during a NHK Japanese prime-time news feature on Mad Catz team member Daigo Umehara. 

It is interesting to see how radically different some of her designs were from the final version.

Source: MarkMan's Twitter

Wednesday
May122010

Adon Tutorial by Alex "CaliPower" Valle

Street Fighter legend Alex "CaliPower" Valle gives us a basic rundown of Super Street Fighter 4's Adon.  These videos came from a recent Wednesday Night Fights, so it was recorded live.  Because it is live, give Alex a break on a few things but there's a lot of great information here for those who want a good overview of the character. 

Thanks to Shipwatt for the tip!

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Tuesday
May112010

MARVEL VS CAPCOM 3 SCREENSHOTS FROM FAMITSU

  

A couple new photos from Japanese gaming mag Famitsu showed up today showcasing a handful of Marvel vs Capcom 3 screens. Although the screens on these pictures are kind of grainy, it's not hard to see that the graphics in Marvel vs Capcom 3 are a huge leap over Tatsunoko vs Capcom even if they share a somewhat similar style. The characters and backgrounds appear so detailed they may even give Super Street Fighter 4 a run for it's money in the graphics department.

If you missed our recap of the new characters and additions to Marvel vs Capcom 3, you can click here to check it out.

Source: Shoryuken

Tuesday
May112010

IPW / AIF ONLINE TOURNAMENT RESULTS

The iPlayWinner / AllisFighter.com RANBAT 1.1 wrapped up tonight with some awesome matches on both the PSN and XBL side.

Here are this weeks placers with point totals.

PSN RESULTS:

1.) Sai-Kun - Abel/Ryu/Bison (8pts) 


2.) MadMaxx - El Fuerte (6pts) 


3.) Yah-Yass - Dudley (3pts) 


4.) xXUltimaCloudXx - ??? (1pts)  

 

XBL RESULTS:

Brackets: http://img41.imageshack.us/i/ipwranbatfinal.gif/ 

1.) Envi - Balrog/Ryu (8pts)  


2.) Stoic - Rose (6pts) 


3.) Gutabo - E. Honda (3pts) 


4.) Weezmatic - ??? (1pst)  

Click below to see the replay of the Grand Finals for both systems!

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