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Friday
Jan022009

SUPER BATTLE OPERA '08 DVDS, Kakutou Shinseiki V

I have been waiting a while for all the DVDs for SBO '08 to be available and last time I checked the release date for the rest of them was mid to late December. Well, that time has passed obviously (Happy New Year!) and they are all up for preorder on Play-Asia.com. I'm personally going to check out the Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike and Virtua Fighter 5: R DVDs.

Also, speaking of major Japanese tournaments, I just read on VFDC that Kakutou Shinseiki V was announced a little over a month ago. This is the official national tournament for Virtua Fighter 5 R. Qualifiers are underway now through January and the tournament kicks off in March '09. You can check out the official site here.

Friday
Jan022009

STREET FIGHTER IV COMBO VIDEO BY GILLEY

Gilley, the same guy who bought a full SFIV arcade board for his house and hooked it up to a LCD TV, is making some good use of that same set up. He complied a guile combo video that is really something else, especially some of the combos near the end. Check it out!

 

 

Tuesday
Dec302008

SFII: HD REMIX COMBO BY DESK

Awesome HD Remix combo from Desk over at SRK. You can also check out another version with notes that will explain what's going on since, well, in some of these its pretty hard to tell exactly what just happened! 

 

Tuesday
Dec302008

STREET FIGHTER IV JAPANESE BATTLE POINT RANKING UPDATE

So this is an updated list of the Street Fighter IV Battle Point Ranking in Japan. There has been some shuffling around on the list but Daigo is still at the top with Ryu and the list still has more Sagats than any other character. With that being said, there is still an overall healthy mix of characters in the ranking which is good. 

Will Sagat dominate the rankings when the console version and inevitable arcade update comes out? Turns out they are making some tweaks to his gameplay like being able to reversal his Tiger Knee and rumor of not being able hit with his towards and roundhouse twice as a juggle. These are both very powerful assets to his gameplay but even with these readjustments he will still be a very strongl character so we will see.

Thanks to Azrael from SRK for the translation. Here is the list:

1. ウメハラ (Umehara)
Character: Ryu
Battle Points: 130,915
Match/Win Ratio: 5,204/4,488 86.24%

2. おじさんボーイ (Ojisan Boy)
Character: Sagat
Battle Points: 110,390
Match/Win Ratio: 4,352/3,516 80.79%

3. マゴ (Mago)
Character: Sagat
Battle Points: 100,431
Match/Win Ratio: 4,091/3,202 78.27% 

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Friday
Dec262008

CALIFORNIA REGIONALS, JAN. 17-18th AT DENJIN ARCADE

In the past, Northern California each year has held the NorCal Regionals Tournament to see who is the best in the Bay, but due to space and game restrictions it is not happening this year. The SoCal scene decided this would be a good opportunity to have an event where both NorCal and SoCal can battle it out to see who is the best in the state. So, come January 17th the top players in California will converge at Denjin Arcade in Simi Valley for the first annual California Regionals tournament.

The tournament will feature most major fighting games such as Street Fighter IV, Third Strike and even BlazBlue. There will be singles and team tournaments for all these games, but what will most likely be the highlight of the event is a special "5v5 Battle for California Tournament" where the top 5 players from each region for SF4, 3rd Strike, MvC2, CvS2, and ST will battle it out. I don't think any tournament until maybe  EVO2K9 can hope to be as hype as this!

Check out the official thread for the event on Shoryuken.com for more details, and after hearing about all this you're still not hype... well, I'll let Lil' Shoto take it from here:

 

Thursday
Dec252008

TOUGEKI SUPER BATTLE OPERA '09 GAME LINE UP

This was found on a Japanese blog so this isn't 100% confirmed but looks pretty realistic to me. It's nice to see TvC and VF5:R in the mix but I am curious why there is no 3v3 Street Fighter IV action.

Translation form SRK's HeartNana:

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Wednesday
Dec242008

STREET FIGHTER IV TOURNAMENT EDITION FIGHTSTICK UNBOXING

Warning! If you want to save the surprise of unboxing your Street Fighter IV stick come February do not watch this video! This video provided by SDTEKKEN's MarkMan shows what appears to be the final product and packaging of the Tournament Edition Street Fighter IV FightStick.

If you're not familiar with this stick yet, this is a stick that is being developed by MadCatz that contains authentic Japanese arcade parts to offer the highest level of response and build quality. The joystick and buttons are both manufactured by Sanwa, the build of the overall product is very sturdy and it includes some other nice features such as the option to wrap the cord and pack it inside the joystick after use. 

I've personally played on the stick and can say that the Tournament Edition is well worth the money and you wont have to buy another stick for a very long time if you go this route. If my endorsement isn't enough, Alex Valle has also recently had a chance to play on the sticks and also agrees they are the best retail stick you can buy.

MadCatz is also making a budget FightStick and an assortment of Street Fighter stylized pads which should have a more responsive D-Pad than say the standard Xbox360 controller. 

Wednesday
Dec242008

STREET FIGHTER IV: NEW IMAGES OF GEN, NEW ONLINE DETAILS

Some new images just surfaced on some Japanese gaming magazine sites of Gen and Rose. Nothing too new on Rose's end but it looks like Gen has two supers and two Ultras, a first for this game. This probably has to do with which stance he is in. How this will affect the over all game balance has yet to be seen.

Also, in a recent preview of the game in GamePro magazine, Yoshinori Ono details more of the online options included with the game:

"We don't put up hurdles...we want to make it as easy as if there was someone sitting next to you in an arcade," Ono hints. "We're going to engineer the home version of the game so you can actually play in arcade mode and you can turn on a function that would allow match-making in the background, so you could just have somebody jump in exactly as they would at the arcade," Ono says. "No one's really done this before, so it has potential to be really, really huge."

But it goes even deeper. "There's a ridiculous amount of options and filters you can turn on," he continues, "and if you prefer to not have a function on at all, you can turn it off, or choose only ranked matches or player matches." And if you want some truly strenuous practice, Ono says, "you can even set it so you only fight people that are significantly better than you based upon the battle point count." Once you set your options, you'll be able to hop into arcade mode for a few quick warm-up rounds while you wait for a challenger to join your game.

With Street Fighter IV's new online mode, Ono is aiming for something almost unheard of among shooters and fighters: creating a solid matchmaking experience that functions in the background. And it's an inventive way to seamlessly blend single-player and multiplayer modes into one cohesive experience. And don't worry about lag: The team is working hard to "cleverly hide" any lag, but the online modes are being testing across the Pacific and the game is running smoothly already.

So it looks like they are adapting the Japanese Battle Point system for the online mode to determine skill. This essentially means the more people you beat who have a better ranking than you, the more points you will acquire. On the other hand, if you end up losing to a higher ranked player, the more points will be deducted from your ranking.

I think the ability to sit in practice mode and only be linked into an online match if a player is better than you is pretty clever. I only hope you will be able to restrict matches by region so you aren't linked up with someone on the other side of the world and lose to some random lag. 

Speaking of lag, they also mention people have been playing "across the Pacific" without any lag present due to a technique to hide the lag (GGPO roll-back?). I assume this is CAPCOM USA playing against the offices in Japan. Lets hope out of all this news, this last portion of lagless online play ends up being true.

Tuesday
Dec232008

Triumvir X Capcom SFII: HD REMIX Tournament Aftermath

Big thanks to Virtua Fighter 5 training partner FIVETEN from SRK/VFDC for giving us the low down on the HD REMIX tournament that went down over the weekend! Have images and impressions from the event? Let us know!

The Fresh sneaker boutique in Berkeley, CA was lively with DJs spinning good music the entire day while I waited around for all 16 people to show up and play in the Super Street Fighter II Turbo: HD Remix tournament sponsored by TRIUMVIR . People came from a lot of places all over the Bay Area, different experience levels, and lots of new acquaintances were made. I was 9 years old when ST came out (23 now), and to finally participate in the action felt nostalgic. I'm definitely going to step my game up for the next opportunity.

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Tuesday
Dec232008

KOFXII & SFIV ARE MORE SIMILAR THAN YOU MAY THINK

Not really from a gameplay perspective, but from a graphical standpoint.  I read online quite a bit these days questions like "Why didn't CAPCOM go full 2D with Street Fighter IV like SNK-Playmore did with King of Fighter XII?". Both games use 3D models, believe it or not, for their visuals.

Fact of the matter is King of Fighters XII uses a technique called "rotoscoping" which essentially means they created 3D models and drew over the models to create a genuine 2D look. Street Fighter IV uses standard 3D models on 2D plane with a stylized look. So yes, King of Fighters XII is hand drawn, but 3D models play a big part in its look and feel. 

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Tuesday
Dec232008

CES09: SONY AND MICROSOFT SFIV ROYAL RUMBLE

CES this year looks like it will be a good one for Street Fighter fans. With the game coming out just a month after the show I am sure we will see plenty of footage from the game and get more hands on impressions of the new joysticks.

Now this is one thing I didn't expect to see from the show. According to 1up, community managers from Sony and Microsoft will battle it out in Street Fighter IV during the show. You would assume it could go either way since I take it most of these guys aren't hardcore fighting game fans, but it looks like Microsoft will take this one unless Sony has something up their sleeve. It turns out Capcom Community Manager Seth Killian is the team captain for the MS team so to they have a bit of an advantage is quite an understatement.

CES 09 begins January 8th and runs till the 11th.

 

Monday
Dec222008

TEKKEN 6: BLOODLINE REBELLION NOW PLAYABLE IN JAPANESE ARCADES

T6:BR dropped in Japanese arcades just a couple days ago and a lot of videos are popping up on YouTube already. The game obviously looks great, it's just too bad we have to wait till Fall 09 to play it!

Monday
Dec222008

KING OF FIGHTERS XII LOCATION TEST UPDATE

A lot of King of Fighters XII news pouring in over the past couple days since the location test went down. There are some impressions posted by Reno on NeoGAF and Cyberfantix has a report from sugar boy on the system changes and over all feel of the game thus far.

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Sunday
Dec212008

"WHAT? DAIGO LOST?"

Rare footage of Daigo actually losing...and not so rare footage of Daigo beasting!

A handful of videos popped up recently from the Arcadia Magazine Umehara Kumite among some others from Daigo's random visits to arcades in Japan. Most of the videos he is doing what he does best but Sagat player Mago shows how powerful Sagat can be and another Akuma Player, Momochi takes Daigo to the cleaners in the other matches. You can see the Arcadia matches on lordaborigine's YouTube Channel and the other assorted matches on AHOJagi's channel.

Be sure to check out JOE's C.Viper in the Arcadia matches. A true testament to the fact that every character is a viable choice to play in SFIV. Also, I'd be sure to check all of these out as soon as possible. I would not be surprised to see the Arcadia Matches taken down shortly due to copyright issues.

Friday
Dec192008

CAPCOM: STREET FIGHTER IV CE UPDATE

CAPCOM posted up photos of the redesigned Street Fighter IV Collectors Edition. The original art (which I think is still present for the standard versions) I feel does not capture the feel of the game like the Japanese box art, so I must say I am very happy about their decision. All the content is the same, so no news there!

With this, the 1up Show and new images of Cammy and Rose it's a good day to be a Street Fighter IV fan!

Friday
Dec192008

1UP SHOW: KEYSTONE II, STREET FIGHTER IV PREVIEW

1UP makes it down to KEYSTONE II and interviews Albert, Seth Killian, Tony Cannon among others. There is also a lot of great SFIV footage here showing a bit more in depth some of the game mechanics and combos that are present in Street Fighter IV. Oh yeah, there is some sweet footage of Cammy's Ultra in this one.. I wonder who pulled that one off? Hmmm...

 

 

Friday
Dec192008

FAMITSU: NEW IMAGES OF CAMMY IN STREET FIGHTER IV

Just a day or two ago a couple scans showed up from Famitsu magazine of Rose and Cammy in Street Fighter IV but they were so small it was virtually impossible to make out anything in the pictures. Well, today Famitsu updated their site today with new images of Cammy where you can actually see what's going on... but no sign of Rose yet! You have to check out Cammy's Ultra sequence where she snaps the opponents neck! Brutal!

Thursday
Dec182008

NEW TEKKEN 6: BLOODLINE REBELLION IMAGES

The official Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion site has been updated with some new images of the game. There are also PDF's for each character that lists all their moves.  The inputs are easy enough to understand but any notes and move names are in Japanese so you may have to wait it out a bit for a translation.

Thursday
Dec182008

SUPER STREET FIGHTER II: HD REMIX BREAKS SALES RECORDS

After being RickRoll'd by reading this article on the CAPCOM blog I was a little hesitant to post this, but since then I've calmed down a bit and feel this is something everyone should know about. SSF2T:HD Remix has sold 250,000 units so far breaking all kinds of records, and at this point could possibly become the best selling digital title of all time.

This is great news taking into account how many people said they would "pass on this title because it's taken too long to come out" or that "unless its $5 I wont buy it". Just goes to show that unlike most other games out there, people simply can't resist SFII gameplay even after all these years.

Wednesday
Dec172008

FAMITSU: NEW IMAGES OF ROSE IN STREET FIGHTER IV

So it appears the newest issue of Famitsu has some screen shots and character art of Rose. This scan was pulled off of the Shoryuken.com forums earlier today and it's pretty hard to make out much besides the character art. I'll post more once I find larger scans. Still, better than a profile shot on the character select screen right?

There is also another page that shows some new shots of Gen which I'll post when I find a high quality version as well.