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Tuesday
Feb172009

iPLAYWINNER's STREET FIGHTER 4 GUIDE AVAILABLE ON 1UP.COM MYCHEATS

I posted about a week or two ago the link to the 1up.com My Cheats Street Fighter 4 Super Guide and it's now live for everyone to read!  I know many of you have just picked up the game over the past day or so and this is a great way to get a heard start on everyone else who is playing right now.

I've been lucky enough to be able to play some really talented players here in California over the past 6 months on arcade, and have had access to the console version for quite sometime as well so this guide is a direct result of all those hours of play. Of course there was a lot of learning along the way so it was a real fun project that helped me up my game on all fronts.

None of this would have been possible without the help of Richard Li (great Bison player, wrote the Bison, Rose, Rufus, Dhalsim and Ken guides) and Mike Nelson over at 1up with both of them being more than accommodating and giving me anything I needed to get the guide out on time.

Keep an eye on the guide over the coming weeks because we have a couple more surprises for it that should show up soon. Any feedback on the guide is obviously more than welcome! Enjoy!

1UP.COM MYCHEATS STREET FIGHTER 4 SUPER GUIDE BY HAUNTS

Tuesday
Feb172009

iPW ARTIST "XAVI" FEATURED IN STREET FIGHTER 4 BOX ART

So I really haven't given a proper introduction to Xavi, the guy who has been doing all the sick art for iPlayWinner, but if you're not familiar with him, he is not only an artist for EA Games but also one of the selected winners for CAPCOM's Street Fighter 4 box art contest. Not too surprising since his art stands out so much compared to what is typically seen these days.

Congratulations Xavier!

 

Friday
Feb132009

TEKKEN 6: BLOODLINE REBELLION PLAYABLE IN SAN FRANCISCO "SOON"

So living in the Bay Area I check the Pacific North Matchmaking thread on SRK quite frequently, and to my surprise I found out today through a thread in that forum that Rack - N - Cue at SFSU will be upgrading their Tekken 6 to Bloodline Rebellion sometime "soon". I typically hit that arcade once a week so if this turns out to be true I'll be sure to take a photo as soon as it shows up.

Friday
Feb132009

STREET FIGHTER 4 SELLS 86,000 COPIES FIRST DAY IN JAPAN

Updated on Friday, February 13, 2009 at 7:07PM by Registered Commenterhaunts

Updated on Friday, February 13, 2009 at 11:01PM by Registered Commenterhaunts

Looks like things are off to a good start in Japan for CAPCOM's Street Fighter 4 with the game selling 86k copies between the PS3 and 360 version. The game is still got edged out by Soul Calibur 4 that sold 92k copies first day, but the PS3 version of SFIV sold more first day then Soul Calibur 4 did. These sales numbers are more than double VF5's first day of sales at 42k.

I think Street Fighter IV will have a lot longer life cycle than either of the other games mentioned due to its iconic characters and over all accessibility.

From the article on PS3center.net:

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Thursday
Feb122009

SEGA OF JAPAN TO CLOSE 110 ARCADES

Wow, more bad news for arcade gaming as the economy countinues to ruin everyones fun all across the world. According to WIRED, Sega is closing 110 arcades, or about a quarter of all the arcades they own and operate in Japan. They are also laying off hundreds of employees and halting the development and research of a lot of their titles. Beyond that, SEGA laid off about 30 employees from their San Francisco office that is about a couple blocks from my house last month.

This could be both good and bad news for Virtua Fighter 5: R depending on how you look at it. Creating a port for the game could be cheaper than developing a whole new game, but then again they may not want to take the risk in the first place of trying to release the game since VF5 sold pretty bad over all.

Thursday
Feb122009

TOKYO GAME ACTION SHUTTING DOWN - LIQUIDATING ASSETS

Very very sad day in arcade gaming as I just found out yesterday that Tokyo Game Action will be shutting down after a series of unfortunate events including a flood that makes it impossible for them to stay in business.

I have never been to TGA and was planning to go later this year as I am planning a trip to MA, but if you are reading this please go to their site and check out the post from their arcade owner, Andy. They are in a lot of trouble right now due to bills and can use any support that is available.

Taken from the blog post on their website:

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Wednesday
Feb112009

HOW TO UNLOCK ALL CHARACTERS IN STREET FIGHTER 4

With people receiving early retail copies of Street Fighter IV and the official release less that a week away I figured it would be a good idea to post up this information. If you've been following Street Fighter IV, it is no surprise you have to unlock all the characters in the game, but it hasn't been entirely clear how to do that until now.

Here are the unlocking conditions along with some other details on how to fight Gouken and what-not:

CHARACTER UNLOCK CONDITIONS
[Can unlock with one-round matches on the lowest difficulty level]
Sakura: Clear with Ryu
Cammy: Clear with C. Viper
Dan: Clear with Sakura
Fei-Long: Clear with Abel
Gen: Clear with Chun-Li
Rose: Clear with Dictator

Gouki/Akuma: After unlocking the above six, defeat Gouki
[For one-round matches: At least one perfect, no continues]
Gouken: After finishing the game with Gouki, defeat Gouken with any character
[For one-round matches: at least two perfects, no continues, at least three Ultra finishes]
Seth: Clear with all other characters

NOTE: Gouki and Gouken only appear to show up on the second or later playthrough with a given character. Perhaps it depends on your performance in Arcade Mode.

Regarding the number of ultra combo finishes required to face Gouki or Gouken:
Gouken only appears after at least two ultra combo finishes

Thanks to doctorfedora on SRK for this information.

 

Tuesday
Feb102009

NEW SEGA 2D FIGHTER TO BE ANNOUNCED AT AOU2009

Looks like another fighter is on the horizon with SEGA planning to announce a new 2D Fighter at AOU2009 (Japanese Arcade expo). It's a SEGA/Arc Systems Works collaboration so don't expect a 2D Virtua Fighter game or anything out of left field  like that, it's most likely a new Guilty Gear or Hotuko no Ken game.

Keep in mind this an arcade announcement, so regardless of what they announce, it may not show up on consoles at all, and if it does there is a chance it wont make it out of Japan.

Thanks to Reno on SRK for the heads up.

Monday
Feb092009

NEW KING OF FIGHTERS XII SCANS

With Street Fighter 4 right around the corner, seems like all other games are being swept under the rug at this point! It's been a while since I've seen any new media for KOFXII but a couple scans showed up on CYBERFANATIX today with some assorted screenshots for the game.

Friday
Feb062009

1UP.COM MYCHEATS STREET FIGHTER 4 GUIDE PREVIEW

So between posting news and managing Lil' Shoto I've been working on another project in the background: a Street Fighter IV guide for 1up.com's MyCheats. Over the past day I've been given the go ahead to give a sneak preview of the guide for everyone to check out. I can't go into too many details as to the what the guide will contain but I will say this will be the most comprehensive Street Fighter IV guide available online for both the arcade and console exclusive characters.

You will be able to access the guide in its entirety the day the game drops on the 17th so be sure to bookmark the page and check it out soon as you load up the game.

MyCheats Street Fighter IV Super Guide

Friday
Feb062009

VIRTUA FIGHTER 5 RETURNS TO WORLD CYBER GAMES

Some more good news for Virtua Fighter 5 fans showed up yesterday with WCG announcing that VF5 will be one of the featured games in the international tournament this year. The interest for this game has waned over the past 6 months considering most people would rather be playing VF5:R (or any number of the new fighting games that are coming out) so hopefully this will revitalize the scene here in North America to some degree.

From WCG Website:

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Thursday
Feb052009

EL FUERTE RUN STOP FIERCE GUIDE BY LIL' SHOTO

After getting crossed-up and dizzied numerous times at California Reigonals last month I knew I had to up my game from the inside on Street Fighter IV's real wildcard character, El Fuerte. The best way to beat a character is to know what they are fully capable of so I consulted Lil' Shoto and had him break down El Fuertes game for me. Check it out!

 

 

If Lil' Shoto's new track has a bit too much Latin flavor for you, maybe you should stick to text and check out our super white, super tight Street Fighter IV Move List and Strategy section for more ways to go buckwild with El Fuerte!

 

Wednesday
Feb042009

NEW TEKKEN 6 TRAILER

I love NAMCO Tekken trailers! Always have, always will and this one is no exception. I just wish I wasnt so bad at this game!

Check it out:

Wednesday
Feb042009

FAMITSU: MORE INFO ON STREET FIGHTER 4 DLC

A Famitsu scan showed up on SRK today which revealed some more details on the game itself. It appears the costumes will be offered in packs rather than one at a time. Each pack will be for 5 characters and will cost 320 MS points, or about 4 dollars per pack.

I had hoped they would offer all the arcade alternate costumes for free and offer new costumes through DLC. I don't think anyone minds paying for extra content, but at this point most of the alternates are nothing new thanks to YouTube.

Famitsu also gave the game 9.8.8.9 as their score in the same issue.

From the SRK post:

Alt. Costumes are available only in 5-character 320-MS-point DLC packs, one new pack every week as follows:
Grapplers Pack - Zangief, E Honda, Rufus, Abel, El Fuerte (Feb 12)
Beauty Pack - Chun Li, C.Viper, Sakura, Rose, Cammy (Feb 19)
Shoryuken Pack - Ryu, Ken, Akuma, Gouken, Dan (Feb 26)
Shadoloo Pack - Dictator, Sagat, Claw, Boxer, Seth (March 5)
Classic Pack - Guile, Blanka, Dhalsim, Gen, Fei Long (March 12)
All-In Pack - Get everyone at a discount (1000 MS Points; available from April 30th)

Wednesday
Feb042009

LIL' SHOTO TAKING YOUTUBE BY STORM

It appears someone enjoyed Lil' Shoto's Chun-Li guide so much they uplaoded it to YouTube and of course it's getting a ton of positive feedback. With over 6k views at this point maybe I can convince Lil' Shoto to make another slapper for everyone to enjoy.

Also, if you haven't heard his Blanka guide, be sure to check it out!

Tuesday
Feb032009

MARCH '09 ARCADIA MAGAZINE RANKINGS

Tekken 6 has reigned supreme in Japan for months on end, but this month is a bit of surprise: Arc System Works' BlazBlue has taken the #1 spot. This should answer peoples questions on whether or not BlazBlue would ever be considered a "competitive game".

Tekken fans shouldn't be too upset though, both the vanilla version and Bloodline Rebellion are still in the top ten. The two rankings on my personal favorites, VF5: R and SFIV haven't changed much from previous months.

Thanks to MarkMan from SDTEKKEN for the updates. You can purchase a copy of the March issue from Play-Asia.com.

1. Blazblue
2. Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion
3. Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Gundam
4. Virtua Fighter 5R
5. Street Fighter IV
6. Melty Blood Actress Again
7. Sugoi! Arcana Heart 2
8. Tekken 6
9. Tatsunoko vs. Capcom (NEW)
10. Guilty Gear XX Accent Core

Tuesday
Feb032009

PRICE INCREASE FOR JAPANESE ARCADE GAMES

SIGN REFLECTING THE PRICE INCREASEOichi from NeoGAF posted some photos and information about Japanese arcade games receiving a price increase at certain arcades. He mentions most games are going from 100 yen to 120 yen per play, or about a buck-fifty in US dollars. Although bad news for those who play in Japan, this still doesn't make me feel any better about paying 75 cents to play Street Fighter IV here in San Francisco!

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Monday
Feb022009

EVO2K9: GAMES & LOCATION REVEALED

Evo2k.com updated their site with the full game list and location for the largest tournament in North America. Of course Street Fighter IV makes an appearance, but a couple surprises: Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike is a 2v2 tournament and Tatsunoko vs Capcom is an invitational exhibition tournament only! Beyond that, Marvel is still in the mix and Guilty Gear returns this year.

I had personally been pushing for a 3rd Strike team format since last year to make the game fresh again at tournaments, so I am very happy they are setting up a 2v2 format. Although I'm sure there will be a good mix of top tier characters, having a 2v2 format will surely make things much more interesting this year. On that note, anyone need a Makoto for their team?

 

Friday
Jan302009

GAMESTOP TOURNAMENT DETAILS REVEAL EVO2K9 DATE

Gamestop updated their site with the official rules and prizes for the Street Fighter IV tournament they are hosting where you have a chance to win a Street Fighter IV arcade unit (I thought this was only for the pre-orders) and be automatically entered into EVO2K9. Not bad right? Well, sure, except for one small detail: you are forced to use a Xbox 360 pad to play.

Not being able to use your own equipment in a tournament like this should make the results interesting. Either way, this is worth checking out considering what is on the line.

One other detail mentioned in the rules, EVO2K9 will be held in Las Vegas, NV on July 17th-19th.


Thursday
Jan292009

TEKKEN 6: BLOODLINE REBELLION PLAYABLE IN CA & TN

Most of us will have to wait till later this year to play this on console, but arcade operators in California and Tennessee have taken the initiative and upgraded their Tekken 6 units to Bloodline Rebellion just a month after the game has come out in Japan.

 

SUPER ARCADE
1211 N Grand Ave
Walnut, CA 91789
(909) 594-5954

Game Galaxy Arcade
5252 Hickory Hollow Parkway
Hickory Hollow Mall next to the Food Court
Antioch, TN 37013

Thanks to SDTEKKEN for the update on these locations. I'll be sure to post more if other arcades decide to go through with this upgrade (SF State Rack-N-Cue where you at!?).

Also, if you're curious about the install process, there is a video that shows what these arcade owners have to go through to perform the upgrade.