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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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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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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..


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


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


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





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.


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



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.


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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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



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 so check the links below to see where to sign up.



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.




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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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. 


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


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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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



The iPlayWinner / 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.


1.) Sai-Kun - Abel/Ryu/Bison (8pts) 

2.) MadMaxx - El Fuerte (6pts) 

3.) Yah-Yass - Dudley (3pts) 

4.) xXUltimaCloudXx - ??? (1pts)  




1.) Envi - Balrog/Ryu (8pts)  

2.) Stoic - Rose (6pts) 

3.) Gutabo - E. Honda (3pts) 

4.) Weezmatic - ??? (1pst)  

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Basic Tips for Dealing with the Blanka Menace

With the release of Super Street Fighter 4, there are a lot of new players out there.  There are also many players who are trying out new characters.  This is Blanka's time to shine, as he is really his most effective when the opponent doesn't know how to deal with his tricks.  Of course, this makes him one of the most annoying matchups when you are fighting against him.

In this article you'll find tips for dealing with some of the more common situations you'll find yourself in during a Blanka matchup.

The tips are also pretty much universal as well and should work regardless of character.  The only things that will be character specific would be your ability to punish Blanka after you've dealt with his attack. 

These tips also work for both Street Fighter 4 and Super Street Fighter 4.

This guide is meant for players who are of beginner to intermediate level of skill.

If you have anything that you feel should be added to this article or a correction needs to be made, (regarding the situations in this article, further articles are planned for other situations), feel free to hit the comments. If we incorporate it into the article we will add your name to the article as a contributor.

Avoid the match-opening whiffed Blanka Ball into Bite Trick: 

The match begins. Blanka immediately uses a Rolling Attack. You block on instinct. Instead of hitting, he lands right in front of you and bites you in the face. Sucker!

This is an old trick which still works on a lot of people.  When the match first begins, Blanka players will sometimes use a Light Punch Blanka Ball right as the action gets underway.  Assuming that the opponent doesn’t move, the Blanka Ball will whiff and Blanka will land right in front of you.  Before you can react, Blanka will then grab you and bite your face, which results in hurt pride, good damage, and a knockdown (which any good Blanka thrives on).  The reason it still works is that the first instinct of players not actively anticipating the trick is to block. Blocking holds you in place, which is exactly what Blanka wants. 

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The good folks over at gamespot have began making videos detailing the history of popular video game franchises through May, which they have dubbed as Video Game History Month. They kicked the mini-documentaries with a title we all know and (most) love: Street Fighter. Here is the video, featuring a simple run down of the history including dates and fan reception, a bit of insight into the market at the time, and a few interviews of fans.




 Source: Gamespot


Second Set of Super Street Fighter 4 Alternate Costumes Available Today



The second set of alternate costumes will be made available today.  The Super Shoryuken Pack includes costumes for Ryu, Ken, Akuma, Gouken, and Dan.  It costs 320 Microsoft Points on Xbox Live Marketplace for 360 owners and costs $3.99 on Playstation Network for PS3 owners.

The remaining costume pack release schedule is as follows:

May 25: Super Beauty Pack (Chun-Li, C.Viper, Sakura, Rose and Cammy)

June 8: Super Challengers Pack 2 (Juri, Ibuki, Cody, Adon and T.Hawk)

June 15: Super Brawlers Pack (Zangief, E.Honda, Rufus, Abel and El Fuerte)

June 22: Super Shadaloo Pack (Vega, Sagat, Balrog, Bison and Seth)

June 29: Super Classic Pack (Guile, Blanka, Dhalsim, Gen and Fei-Long)

July 27: Super Complete Pack (All 35 costumes in one package)

Click here to see screenshots of all alternate costumes for all characters.


Super Street Fighter 4 Guy Instant Kaiten Izuna Otoshi

This video shows how you can punish a lot of moves with Guy's Instant Kaiten Izuna Otoshi. This attack does a nice chunk of damage and it looks like if you get the technique down you can do it on reaction to a ton of moves. Thanks to ShipWatt for sending this in.

YouTube Description:

The instant air Kaiten Izuna Otoshi is very useful but you will need to learn the spacing as well as the right time to use it. Don't overuse it. Use it a few times to let your opponent know that they can be punished.

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