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Bizarre Fighting Game Finds #3 


This week (or month? Has it been a month? Really?) on "Bizarre Fighting Game Finds", we touch into the bizarre community aspects of fighting games along with the usual stuff that that makes you scratch your head. You can always email me your bizarre moments and I MIGHT think about posting them. :) 


Why are you sleeping on a table, Daigo?

Taken during EVO2K3 at Cal Poly, a few players notice Daigo sleeping on a table. Is Daigo hungover? Did he not sleep well the night before? Are you sad Daigo? Why a table? Some things we will never know. 


Korean Tekken players don't care about 2010

Taken during NYE of 2009, players at the "Green Arcade" don't exactly care too much about 2010. You can watch the clock turn and not much else because it really doesn't seem like anyone gives a damn about the new years. They get real serious about Tekken over in Korea!


Why are you hanging out with children, King?


Taken from King's ending movie in Tekken 2, it seems like the masked grappler has brought presents for all of the neighborhood children. I don't know about you, but if I was a parent I wouldn't let my children near this guy. Also, whats with copy and pasted real life children? Kinda strange to watch. 

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Famitsu Video of Frank's New Stage in Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars

Here's a video showing off one of the new stages in Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars.  It is the Willamette Mall from Dead Rising, which is Frank's stage of course! It looks pretty nice and it transitions between night and day as the match continues.

Source: Famitsu


Capcom's Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars Community Event Stream Archive

Here's the archive of Capcom's Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars Community Event which took place at their San Mateo HQ.  Justin Wong was also in attendance to play some games.  If you're wondering what went down or want to see more of this awesome game in action, hit these archives.

Source: Capcom UStream


Pre-Order Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars at Amazon and get $10 off Another Game

Here's a great deal for you! If you pre-order Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars at Amazon, you will also get $10 another game!

  Also, the list price of the game on Amazon is $46.99, which is a few dollars cheaper than retail. Sure that doesn't include shipping, but if you're patient like me you can just use Super Saver Shipping, which costs nothing. It just takes a few days to get here.

Hit this link for Amazon's listing for the game!

Source: Capcom Unity



So we all know Ricky Ortiz bodies fools in anything Street Fighter up in Northern California.  After NCR2009 he clearly showed he was the most dominating player in California winning CvS2, 3s, and SF4.  But did you know he scrapes fools in Rock, Paper, Scissors??

Obviously Ricky's mind games and setups go beyond just fighting games - they have every day applications as well. Lets think about it this way - Super Street Fighter IV will be nothing but one big RPS Fight.  Every time Dictator throws out scissors Cody is just gunna throw out rock.  However, if we really theorize the fight I believe Dictator still wins the matchup on paper.  

 Please check out RPSFighter's channel for more RPS matches with SF4 celebrities such as Filipino Champ, Keno, Gootecks, and Daigo!




DJ-B13 is at it again with an upcoming combo video featuring various characters from Street Fighter 4! The full release is slated for January 22nd so keep an eye out for it.

Source: UC1 via NeoGAF


CVG Previews Super Street Fighter 4: Juri too powerful, game feature complete, Confirmation of Selectable Ultras? More!

Too Powerful?

CVG posted a very interesting preview of Super Street Fighter 4. 

The article says the game is "feature complete", which means all of the game's features are in the game, leaving tweaking of characters and making changes to improve performance of various game aspects.

They also go on to state the final few hidden characters, Dudley, Makoto, Ibuki, and Arabic grappler Hakan (which to our current knowledge is only speculation and based on that rumor list that hit a while ago), are "are waiting to be played in the rating-ready build".  It's worded as though they know they will be in there, they just are not yet.

Also, they talk about selectable Ultras, which we here at IPW provided pretty solid evidence of the game having months ago (see below for our pics).

CVG: "Look to the Ultra meter and you'll see a 'I' or a 'II' - each representing a different Ultra. Like SFIII you'll pick between two combos before you enter the fight - Guile's Flash Explosion or Sonic Hurricane, for instance - and enter the fight with different tactics based around your choice."

They also state that Juri in her current form is overpowered and that Capcom knows it, and will be toning her down as part of the game's tweaking process. 

It was a far more interesting read than I thought would come from CVG.  The wording, as though they know what will be in the final game, is interesting. What do you think? Check it out and if you have an opinion, shout out in the comments.

Source: CVG

For those who don't remember, where are the two pics we put together showing the two different Ultra meters, one with Roman numeral I and the other with II, indicating selectable Ultras. One pic was a screenshot and the other is a screencapture of Juri in one of Capcom's preview videos. As you can see, Juri has 2 different Ultra meters. Click thumbs below for larger pic.



Jav1ts and other's TOP SECRET BALROG TRICKS 

Jav1ts and other contributors over at Shoryuken have put together an extremely impressive set of detailed tips for playing Balrog in Street Fighter 4.  The video above is meant to be a visual aid to the detailed explanations of the various tips, which are found in the Shoryuken thread here.  If you are a Rog player, it is definately worth your time to check this out.  Great job putting this together!

Source: Thanks to ShowTime for sending us the tip on this!


Happy 10th Anniversary, SRK!

Happy 10th Anniversary to Shoryuken (SRK).  That site has done so much for the fighting game community that it truly cannot be measured.  Here's looking forward to the next 10 years!

To commemorate the big event SRK went through a make-over.  I truly like that they have taken steps to address one of SRK's biggest problems this year: ridiculing a new guy who joined after Street Fighter 4.  I truly never thought that I'd see people calling someone an "09er" as a put-down because of their join date.

They've addressed all of that and have even added a new forum just for new people. There new players can ask any question no matter how basic.  They've also taken off the join dates so people can't tell how long someone has been a member and make fun of them just because they are new.  Great work, SRK!

Head to this thread if you want to read more about Shoryuken's past and plans. It's good stuff.


Madcatz Fight Stick Dual Mod Tutorial For All Levels of Modders 

Shoryuken has posted a series of tutorial videos made by Eternaldragon which explain the basic run down for dual modding a fight stick, so it can be used on either an XBox 360 or a PS3. It's made to help beginners understand how it is exactly done and why certain steps are taken.

Now, do not try any of this until you do plenty of research first! You could damage your equipment and/or void warranties. 

This is also not the only method from what I've heard (I'm not a joystick expert) so please check out all methods and then select the one that works best for you.

Source: Check out the series of vids here at Shoryuken


Quick Look: Known Upcoming Fighting Game Releases in 2010

It's now 2010 and we have a whole new year ahead.  Luckily, there are some new fighting games on the horizon this year to make things more interesting!


Release Date: 26 January

Tatsunoko vs Capcom was released in Japan many months ago.  There was a time when it was looking as though the game would never make it over here at all, due to the many licensing issues that would have to be resolved.  Luckily, Capcom rolled up its sleeves and got all the deals worked out and hit's coming out in late January!  Not only that, but Capcom has added new characters, new stages, an online mode, and more to the game! Check out our feature: Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars Confirmed Features for the full rundown! System: Nintendo Wii


Release Date: 10 February (Europe)

This one is strange.  It released in North America mid last year.  It still has not hit Europe, and won't do so yet for another couple of months.  At first there was a statement about European BlazBlue fans being rewarded with the Euro release having new characters, but after this time it appears that the new characters being referred to are Unlimited versions of each character, which don't mean anything because they aren't tourney legal usually.  However, that doesn't diminish the quality of this game! Trust us, Europe, it's worth the wait! System: Playstation 3 and Xbox 360


Release Date: Spring

So far this is the biggest fighting game release of the year! With between 8 and 10 new characters, new stages, rebalanced characters, new online modes, the return of bonus stages, and much, much more it is a Street Fighter fanboy's dream come true!  Check out our feature: Super Street Fighter 4 Confirmed Features for a rundown on this game's features! System: Playstation 3 and Xbox 360


Release Date: Spring

A total of 40 characters taken from SNK's most popular franchises, including Metal Slug, King of Fighters, Samurai Shodown, World Heroes, and more, collide in one fighting game! This one features 2-on-2 tag-team battles with the ability to switch team members during matches.  This is going to be released as a downloadable title on Playstation Network and Xbox Live. Hopefully SNK will actually put some good online code in this game.  System: Playstation 3 and Xbox 360


Release Date: Summer

SNK Playmore is bringing King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match to the Playstation Network and Xbox Live this Summer! This game is *still* one of the top arcade fighting games in Japan.  It features a cast of 66 characters!  Once again, let's hope SNK Playmore can do some adequate online code.  System: Playstation 3 and Xbox 360


Release Date: Unknown (in arcades now)

The follow-up to BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger will certainly hit consoles this year (well, maybe not in Europe. Sorry, it's not up to us!), it's just a matter of when.  The game features new stages, 2 new characters, a reworked game system, rebalanced characters, and beginner controls for those who want to let their kids play every now and again.  Check out our feature: BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Confirmed Features for more info.  System: Playstation 3 and Xbox 360

You can count on us to keep you informed about these and other games!


My Favorite Match of 2K9: Arturo beats Daigo in Room 1676

The match that we've all been waiting for has finally been released on!

Arturo Sanchez (the best Dhalsim in the USA) takes on Daigo in Room 1676 for $100 and wins! Very exciting. You can only get the download link if you sign up for the mailing list. It comes in two versions, 720p and iPhone. 

Enjoy! I certainly did.


2010 Don't Cross the Streams

IPW will be bringing you a ton of event coverage in 2010!What's up all?  2010 is just around the corner and I just wanted to give ya'll a heads up on what the New Year will bring.  The IPW crew will be in full effect delivering live broadcasts of fighting game tournaments (primarily Street Fighter IV) almost weekly.  Not only that but some weeks will have multiple broadcasts!  These broadcasts will range from small events (such as Nor Cal sessions) to Major Tournaments (such as NCR2009).  Too keep up to date on our live broadcasts please check here regularly and also please register at Ustream and follow/subscribe to our channel!


This weekend we will be delivering live broadcasts on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!  Wow 3 Streams in one?

iPlayWinner USTREAM Channel
01/02/10 Pakside 2v2 Exhibition

  1. Keystone 2 (Friday 9PM PST) - Ranbat - IPW's very own Haunts will be broadcasting you with the Keystone 2 Weakly Scambats!  Keystone 2 is a home arcade located in Nor Cal where many of the best players of Nor Cal duke it out in a single elimination tournament.  Check this out on Friday!
  2. Pakside (Saturday)- 2V2 Tournament - I (thxyoutoo) will be live streaming the Pakside 2v2 exhibition tournament.  Pakside is another home arcade located in Nor Cal where the best players in the Sacramento Area come to play.  This week they are doing a 2v2 exhibition tournament to celebrate the new year!  Join us there Saturday!
  3. Shadowbrooke (Sunday 12PM PST) - Singles Tournament - On the final day of the weekend the IPW Crew will be getting together to broadcast the Shadowbrooke weekly tournament in Concord, CA.  Last week Filipino Champ (The West Coast Dhalsim) won, while Hydro (The US Blanka) won the week before.  Who will win Shadowbrooke 3?  Tune in Sunday to find out!

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Capcom Invites You to Preview Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars


On Monday, January 4th (from 5-8PM), Capcom is inviting you to come down to the company's San Mateo HQ to play the final build of thier upcoming Tatsunoko vs Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars almost a month before it hits shelves! 

They have all characters unlocked, lots of joysticks, pads, Wii-motes, drinks, pizza, and all the rest of what is needed to make a great party!

Not only that, but none other than Justin Wong will be a special guest for the event!  You may not know this, but not only is he a god at Marvel vs Capcom 2 and Street Fighter 4, but he was also the US representative at Japan's Super Battle Opera (SBO) for Tatsunoko vs Capcom.  He will be there to offer tips and to play some matches!

All ages are welcome. Drop Seth Killian a message if you can make it. As with the Super Street Fighter 4 Fight Club, you will need an invite to get in.  Capcom will try to get as many in as possible, so message Seth and wait to get a reply with an invite if you are able to get in.

Source: Capcom Unity


Arcadia Magazine Top 10 Arcade Games in Japan

Versus City has posted a nice summary of the contents of the latest Japanese Arcadia magazine.  He posted the magazine's top 10 list of most popular arcade games in Japan. Here they are:

Video Games
1. Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion
2. Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam VS Gundam NEXT
3. Blazblue: Continuum Shift (NEW)
4. Guilty Gear XX Accent Core
5. Melty Blood: Actress Again (NEW)
6. King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match (+4)
7. Virtua Fighter 5R
8. Senko no Ronde DUO (+1)
9. Street Fighter IV (-2)
10. Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike

Source: Versus City


Sonic Hurricane Combo Vid: Rufus and C.Viper

It's that time again. Sonic Hurricane has put up another one of their bi-weekly combo videos, this time for C.Viper and Rufus.  If you are curious about how these combos were put together, hit the source link below for combo notes.

Source: Sonic Hurricane



2009 was an amazing year to be a fan of fighting games! As the new year approaches, let's take a moment to reflect on just how good this year was to us!  Now, before we get hate mail for forgetting something, we can't mention every person or event in this article. If we did, it would be the size of a novel.  If you want to give shout-outs to people or events you thing deserve recognition, feel free to do so in the comments!


Street Fighter 4


Nobody can deny the influence this game had on the fighting game genre.  The fighting game market was on life support before Street Fighter 4 came along, with only the largest franchises daring to take a shot at releasing a home version. Capcom itself, one of the kings of fighting game developers, even considered releasing a new Street Fighter a risk, and one which producer Yoshoniri Ono had to overcome before the game got the green light.  We are so glad they did.

This game is a model for how to bring back a classic franchise.  They did it not just for the hardcore fans who were still playing Third Strike, but to pull in a new generation of fans.  The game contains a truckload of nostalgia for gamers who love the series but at the same time designed the game so that anybody could play and have fun.  This game was a home run for Capcom and, despite what you personally think of the game, it was exactly what the fighting game genre needed.

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Street Fighter: The Complete History Coming in 2010

It's about time someone does this! IGN's Chris Carle is writing a book chronicling the history of Street Fighter called, appropriately, "Street Fighter: The Complete History".  It will be published by Chronicle Books in late March, 2010 and have 176 pages. 

You can pre-order the book from Amazon here.

Here's the Amazon description of the book:

Street Fighter took the video gaming world by storm in the mid-1980s; more than 127 million copies and hundreds of imitators later, the series continues to be one of the most beloved and successful video game franchises of all time.

In this official history, legendary game developer Capcom opens its vault to tell the complete story of Street Fighter. Original text and interviews with the developers and animators present the franchise’s impact on gaming culture, while more than 200 pieces of artwork reveal the care that went into designing the button-mashing classic. Featuring a slick flexi cover, this collection will be indispensable to the millions of ardent fans worldwide.

Thanks to Valkyrie for the tip!


Guilty Gear Director: "I Fully Intend to Create a Guilty Gear for the PS3 and 360". No Crossover Plans with BlazBlue

At a recent visit to NowGamer, Arc System Works' Business Development Director Tomo Ohno responded to a question about the possibility of a Capcom Vs series style crossover for the company's 2D fighting franchises BlazBlue and Guilty Gear.

“Personally I don’t like that idea,” Ohno replied. “What we can say about Guilty Gear is that it is not dead yet. It has not ended. The producer/creator of Guilty Gear, Daisuke Ishiwatari, his comment for this meeting [was] ‘I have the full intention to create Guilty Gear for PS3 and 360.’

Ohno didn't totally dismiss the chances of a crossover between Guilty Gear and BlazBlue in the future. “It’s a different world – it’s not BlazBlue taking over Guilty Gear, but Guilty Gear is an important thing for us and we want to make sure fans of Guilty Gear continue to have fun in that world."

"BlazBlue is a new thing, and there might be some crossover but at the moment we don’t have any plans.”

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger comes to Europe for the PS3 and Xbox 360 on 1 February, 2010

Source: NowGamer


IPW Forum Poll: Street Fighter III: Third Strike HD, Do Want?

I remember last year vividly.  Street Fighter 4's release was looming in March.  In a brilliant move ,intentional or coincidental, Capcom released Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix just a few months before.  The release of HD Remix at that time partially fulfilled my hunger for Street Fighter 4 and yet also helping to build my enthusiasm for it.

Fast forward to 2010.  Super Street Fighter 4 is on the horizon for Spring.  In my opinion, Capcom could do the same thing again only with far less effort and money/resources.  Street Fighter 3: Third Strike would be a perfect game to re-release to keep the Street Fighter franchise hot as a kettle until Super arrives. 

How to update Third Strike for HD

There will be people out there who will ask for Capcom to completely redraw the sprites in HD like they did with Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix.  That is not practical or necessary.  First of all, Third Strike has many times more frames of animation than SF2 Turbo.  It would take 2-3 times as much time and resources.

The practical solution is to do something similar to what they did with Marvel vs Capcom 2.  Third Strike is still a good looking game even after all these years.  If they just added the graphics filters from Marvel vs Capcom 2, reworked the onscreen lifebars and indicators as well as some of the select and summary screens, and added the GGPO-powered online components of Marvel vs Capcom 2 it would be a great title.

But Would You Buy It?

If Capcom gave Third Strike a re-release as stated above, for Marvel vs Capcom 2's price ($15), would you buy it?

Vote today in our IPW Forum Poll here.

Who knows, if enough people vote yes maybe Capcom will take notice (we know some Capcom staffers visit this site).  If the no's are loud and clear, the Third Strike fans will know that the game no longer has the support they think it does.

What Would It Look Like? See These Mock-ups!

If you want to get an idea of what the game would look like, check out these mock-ups done by Mr List at the Capcom Unity Forums.  These were done a few months ago and look amazing. If one person can do this, surely Capcom can do it!

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