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Tuesday
Sep292009

SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4: NO ARCADE RELEASE?

In a recent interview with Yoshinori Ono from GameReactor (thanks to HeartofBattle for the YouTube version), Ono mentions that there will be no arcade release for Super Street Fighter 4. Even though there is the possibility that something got lost in translation, this has obviously sparked a lot of debate across message boards on what this means for the future of the game and also the future of arcades.

There seems to be two sides to the argument at this point: those who want an arcade release and those who don't care. Both sides have some valid points and I'll try to list as many as possible here.

Those who want an arcade release:

  • Without an arcade release we wont see high level play from Japanese players considering most Japanese players only play in arcades.
  • There wont be widespread testing of the game to find possible bugs/glitches/imbalances before the console release.
  • We lose the arcade atmosphere here in North America where high-level strategies are exchanged and a lot of our own top players are bred.
  • Could be a huge blow to some arcades and also arcade only tournaments such as Super Battle Opera.

Those who don't care about an arcade release:

  • A full console release means that everyone, not just those who are close to an arcade or go to Japan will be able to play this game the day it comes out.
  • Who cares if the Japanese wont play it? It wont stop our top players for playing it and wont put an end to competitive play in the states anyway.
  • This is a harsh reality -- get used to it along with online play and online tournaments becoming more and more accepted.
  • Immediate access to training mode will allow players to more quickly find new combos and strategies since they can sit there for as long as they would like testing different aspects of the game.

So as you see, on paper, it would seem that an arcade release is of less importance to most players, especially those in the states, than getting a console release as soon as possible. Personally, I just keep asking myself: why cant we have both? Since this isn't a complete overhaul of the game and is essentially using the same hardware that Street Fighter 4 came out on, one would think that making an arcade update along side  360 and PS3 version wouldn't be that hard.

One thing I have thought about is this may not be the final version of Street Fighter 4 and CAPCOM may wait until the final version of the game before making a proper arcade release. In the past, virtually all the Street Fighter games received more than one overhaul -- just look at Street Fighter II and Street Fighter III. This is probably just wishful thinking on my part though.

At the end of the day I am an arcade player. I like going to the arcade whenever I can to meet new people and play against those who I haven't played yet. Some will argue that online offers that same experience but it's just not true. Playing Street Fighter online to me feels like I am almost playing a completely different version of the game compared to local or arcade matches.

There is an emotional aspect to all of this as well because I cant help but look back at the magic that was Street Fighter 4 when it first showed up in arcades here in California. San Francisco State was the first arcade in my area to get the game and I was there day one. There was a small tight knit group of us who would show up 2-4 times a week to play and figure out new strategies and combos. Fast forward 4-6 months and I see myself going down to California Regionals at Denjin Arcade with MAGUS1234 for one of the largest Street Fighter 4 tournaments yet.  Even SBO Quals at Denjin Arcade was an arcade only Street Fighter 4 tournament and was one of the most memorable tournaments I have been to.

Looking forward, without an arcade release in Japan, going to Japan next year for Super Battle Opera may not even be a factor if the main game that I play and enjoy is not even a factor out there. Also, further down the line, this could be a huge blow to Super Battle Opera if they decide to continue to be the largest arcade only tournament in the world.

Of course my own personal experiences with Street Fighter 4 are fairly meaningless to the majority of people who play this game and just want the new release as soon as possible. Still, It still saddens me that we wont have any time to enjoy the game in an arcade atmosphere.

So what do our readers think? Is a console-only release the way to go or is not having an arcade release of the game a huge slap in the face to arcade owners and players who continue to support the arcade scene?

Tuesday
Sep292009

SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4: MAX OUT! FIRST DEE JAY TRAILER

Some more Super Street Fighter 4 cam-footage showed up today, this time showcasing some DeeJay gameplay within the new trailer. There is also some more Juri and T. Hawk footage, but most everything else in the trailer we have seen at this point. I assume this is the same trailer Capcom will post to their site in the following days.

Thanks to "four-two" on NeoGAF for the find.

Tuesday
Sep292009

T. HAWK AND JURI GAMEPLAY FOOTAGE

Some solid footage of T. Hawk and Juri from the Capcom Lineup Presentation (TGS? Not sure). The video gives us a glimpse at the different move sets for both characters. I'm personally really impressed with Juri --looks like she will play very fast and stylish, with one of the sickest looking Ultras yet. I just hope she has the stamina to back it up!

Thanks to PhatSaqs for finding this one.

Tuesday
Sep292009

OFFICIAL SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 SITE OPENS

CAPCOM unveiled their new Japanese website for Super Street Fighter 4, which contains new images and information about the game. There is also a high quality version of the trailer that was posted by GAMESPOT a little earlier today.

Also, according to the official blog it looks like we can expect another trailer containing more characters Thursday at 17:00 JPN.

Here are some translations from the Shoryuken.com Forums:

JURI

Name: Han Juri
Country: Korea
Birthday: 1/1
Age: 25
Length: 165 cm
Weight 46 kg
B75/W56/H85
Bloodgroup: AB
Things she likes: spicey food, spiders and huge breasts
Things she doesn't like: Difficult people(not sure) and rules
Job: A spy; agent provocateur; covert operative for S.I.N.
Special skill: She doesn't forget directions after having been to a place

Azrael from SRK also mentions she has a special engine in her eye. Perhaps this is what she activates to perform custom combos?

T. HAWK

Name: Thunder Hawk
Country: Mexico
Birthday: 25/7
Age: 35
Length: 230 cm
Weight: 162 kg
B114/W98/H112
Bloodgroup: O
Things he likes: animals, hair ornaments
Things he dislikes: lies
Occupation: -
Special skill: making wooden sculptures, talking to birds of prey
Fighting style: -

Finally, to those of you who have seen the screenshots with the reused stages from vanilla SF4 and are worried we wont see anything new, the website mentions there will be new music and stages added to the game (of course).

We'll be sure to update as more details become available!

Monday
Sep282009

SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4: ULTRA TIMER?

This was pointed out by one of our readers, LVC, which is an image of Juri's Ultra meter. If you look closely you will see that it says TIMER which makes me assume that Ultra meter will deplete over time in Super Street Fighter 4. Also keep in mind, in the larger image, M. Bison is almost out of life and the timer is at six seconds, so it may have something to do with the end-of-round gameplay mechanics. Finishing moves anyone?

 

Monday
Sep282009

SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 TRAILER & FIRST IMAGES OF DEE JAY

 

GAMESPOT posted up the Super Street Fighter 4 trailer that I assume will go up later tonight on CAPCOM's official site. It's just CG, no gameplay at this point.

There is, however, this interview with Yoshinori Ono where you can view gameplay in the background.

 

Some highlights from the interview:

  • Juri is a Taekwondo fighter.
  • Lots of additons to the online mode, sounds like they are adding lobbies.
  • SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 WILL NOT BE A FULL PRICE GAME, but will be a retail disc, not DLC.
  • It is suggested that you save your current disc of Street Fighter 4!
  • EARLY SPRING 2010 RELEASE

Also spotted over at the Shoryuken.com forums are some scans from Famitsu magazine featuring not only more images of T. Hawk and Juri but also Dee Jay!

More images of Juri and T. Hawk have also been uploaded to FAMITSU's website, so check those out as well.

Monday
Sep282009

SUPER STREET FIGHTER 4 FIRST SCREENSHOTS

[ Thanks to DJ DANN for the revised logo. ]

The first screenshots of Super Street Fighter 4 showed up today on NeoGAF forums via gaming website JV247.com. With an official announcement coming any minute now from CAPCOM, expect to see more media popping up over the next couple days.

Both screenshots include the rumored T. Hawk and Juri, so we can assume the rest of the leaked roster is also going to show up in the game as well.  There seemes to be some minor modificaitons to the HUD but overall looks very similar to Street Fighter IV's HUD, so we will have to wait to get more concrete information on the new system changes. Also, note that both stages are from Street Fighter 4, so hopefully we will get information on any new stages included in the game as well.

Stay tuned to iPlayWinner.com for more updates!


Sunday
Sep272009

BLAZBLUE: CONTINUUM SHIFT FIRST VIDEO

This is the first video to show up from the recent location test for BlazBlue: Continuum Shift featuring Bang and the new character Tsubaki. It's really short but does show some of Tsubakis move set and play style.

Sunday
Sep272009

BLAZBLUE: CONTINUUM SHIFT SYSTEM & CHARACTER CHANGES

A location test was held for the next installment of BlazBlue at Hey Arcade in Akihabara so a lot of new info is showing up via the DustLoop forums and Versus City. Although there are certainly more changes to be found,  and none of this is guaranteed to show up in the final build, there are a lot of revisions showing up already.

Most of the top tier received some fine tuning such as V-13 being replaced by "Λ-11" (or Lambda) who has shortened range on attacks, Arakunes bugs toned down but larger, and Rachel not being able to combo from a frog anymore. The new character Tsubaki is also apparently very fast.


System Changes via VersusCity:

Barrier Burst now has 2 stocks.
If you Burst, you suffer no penalties.
If you lose a round, the next round you’ll be given one more Burst.
Libra guard meter carries over from round to round.
Astral Heats are in the game.

 

List of Character Changes via DustLoop:

Note: Some of the information posted here are not certain and can be WRONG

RAGNA
- New Move Berial Edge is not an overhead, can not combo from ground, slow
- Berial Edge does not get advantage frames on block
- Dead Spike breaks guard primer by 1
- Damage from overhead nerfed
- no change to jump cancellable moves
- JD is smaller during Blood Kain
- CS still doesn't go through projectiles
- C 2C are shorter but faster, less recovery time

Click to read more ...

Friday
Sep252009

Mega Man-Inspired Street Fighter 4 Sprites

Crazy week right guys? Super this.. Super that... Don't worry, the wait will be over soon enough.

Until then, check out these MegaMan Street Fighter 4 spites that were put together by ReyArt over at the Shoryuken.com forums. Below is a wallpaper of the whole cast, but you can check the forum post to get avatar sized MegaMan Street Fighter 4 characters.

Thanks to Tsenzen for the heads up on this one.

 

Thursday
Sep242009

SFIV BALROG: COMBO STANDING JAB INTO ULTRA!

Wow, this is so crazy and a huge buff for Balrog! 1 frame link into Ultra! Some say it may not be practical for tournament play but I am sure I will see someone pull this off more often than you can imagine.

Thanks to Morydee34 for the video.

Wednesday
Sep232009

FAMITSU: BLAZBLUE: CONTINUUM SHIFT ANNOUNCED

Looks like the new revision of BlazBlue has finally been unveiled thanks to Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, and the first location test will be in a couple days at Hey Arcade in Akihabara, so keep an eye out for new images and videos soon.

The new stages look fantastic, and it appears there will be a few new characters and ton of system changes. There has been a lot of debate around what to change, so hopefully ARC System Works gets it right and balances everything out this time around.

Thanks to the BlazBlue forums on Dustloop, here is a run down of some (there is more to come, trust us) of the changes:

What is coming in the new version:
- At least 2 New Characters. Tsubaki is the only one confirmed so far.
- Stages have been redone.
- Many System changes.
- All existing characters receive new moves.
- New Beginners mode in the Arcade version, allows for easy specials and combos.

New Characters:
- Tsubaki is a multi-hit character, beginner friendly. Her drive is called 'Install' which allows her to power up her special moves.

New Stuff for Old Characters:
- Arakune: New ways to get curse. :I
- Carl: Has a new projectile with Nirvana.
- Rachel: Has a new Distortion Drive.
- Jin: Has a new Distortion Drive.
- Ragna: Has a new dive attack.

When is this shit coming out?
- Most likely coming to Arcades first and then PS3/360 later.
- NOBODY KNOWS IF IT WILL BE DLC OR A RETAIL RELEASE AND NOBODY KNOWS HOW MUCH IT WILL COST

- First Loketest is 9/26 & 9/27 @ Hey Arcade in Akihabara.

Wednesday
Sep232009

TGS2009 - TATSUNOKO VS CAPCOM - FRANK WEST IMAGES & TRAILER

CAPCOM sent over some new shots and videos of Frank West from Dead Rising who is one of the new additions to the Tatsunoko VS Capcom roster. Also included is the TGS trailer for Tekkaman Blade, another new face in the team based fighter.

The game also has an official release date of January 26th 2010 in North America.

 

Wednesday
Sep232009

LIL SHOTO MUSIC VIDEOS

Alright, so I am a little disappointed I'm JUST now finding these since they were posted back in late July, but I was really happy to find these on YouTube while browsing around last night. This is something I always wanted to produce but never had the time to get around to it. These are music videos put together by "Cicada1337" that illustrate the strategies that Lil Shoto raps about in his songs such as Chun Li EX LEGS and Blanka BLOCK LOW, BLOCK HIGH. The production value on these are pretty high, all things considered so check them out.

Now the only question is when is Lil Shoto coming out of retirement to lay down more tracks? Lil Shoto is currently not available for comment, but hopefully he will see these and decide to spit more hot fire!

 

 

Tuesday
Sep222009

WEST COAST WARZONE VIDEOS NOW LIVE

Gootecks gave me the heads up today that the West Coast Warzone team posted up some high quality matches from the tournament that went down a couple weeks back. Right now it looks like it's mostly Street Fighter 4 videos, but keep checking back for more updates over the following weeks.

Monday
Sep212009

NAGOYA STREET BATTLE: UMEHARA CHALLENGE

Thanks to the kids over at the NeoGAF forums, I found these videos uploaded to LordAborigineSF4's YouTube channel where Daigo Umehara takes on the top players in Nagoya. I'm just posting a few of these videos, there are a ton more over there, so check them out when you have some time.

Thursday
Sep172009

TEKKEN CRASH - Anyong Friends vs. Judgment 

MYK from I AM TEKKEN inspired me to go check out some Tekken videos lately, and I found this one through the Lars forums on Tekken Zaibatsu. I had played (some) Steve in previous versions of Tekken, but I really like Lars' fighting style so I am thinking about picking him up when Tekken 6 drops.

Now, I don't know too much about the game but it's not hard to recognize clutch moments in any fighting game, and that's what the Lars player in the video below delivers. Check it out!

Tuesday
Sep152009

Denjin Podcast Episode 6 available at denjinarcade.com

I just posted up the latest episode of the Denjin Podcast that featured Haunts and Mr. Bean (DenjinArcade.com contributor) about the trip to Japan for SBO. Some of the major topics include...

  • Expectations of the American teams at SBO and how/if they changed while there
  • Specific players they played/saw/met
  • Other fun and interesting things in Japan non-related to games

Follow the link below to check it out!

Denjin Podcast Episode 6!

Monday
Sep142009

SHIOZAWA CUP: KANBARA (AK) vs CYGNUS (SA) & ITABASHI ZANGIEF (ZA) vs URYO (VI)

So most of you have probably heard about the Shiozawa Cup by now (5 vs 5 Street Fighter 4 tournament that took place the day before Super Battle Opera) , and possibly seen some of the videos that have been floating around, but these are a couple matches that caught my eye.

[ Check out LordAborigineSF4's YouTube Channel for more Shiozawa Cup Videos ]

The first one is a video of Kanbara who is a ~90k BP Akuma player who I actually had a chance to session with a bit at BIG BOX arcade while I was in Japan. He was one of the first Akumas I played while I was out there and he gave me a real good idea of what to expect going forward when playing Akumas in Japan --  lots of headaches! This particular match is pretty tense towards the end.

 

Next is a match between Itabashi Zangief and Uryo from the same tournament, and more or less demonstrates how one mistake vs a pro Zangief is lights out for even a world class C. Viper.

 

Saturday
Sep122009

NEWS ON STREET FIGHTER 4 SEQUEL NEXT WEEK?

According to Anoop Gantayat from AndriaSang.com who translated the latest post from Natsuki Shiozawa on the official Street Fighter 4 blog, it looks like we may hear more details on the next installment of Street Fighter 4 as early as next week.

One thing though, Shiozawa says she "forbids you from getting too excited.", which could be interpreted a number of different ways, but with Tokyo Game Show right around the corner we can only hope we will get some solid news and/or media regarding the new installment soon.