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Panda Global adds MarlinPie, RayRay to its roster

Kyohei "MarlinPie" Lehr and Raynel "RayRay" Hidalgo are the newest members of Panda Global's fighting game team, the organization announced on April 27.

"When Panda Global chooses players we don't just look for tournament placings. We pick up players who are dynamic, entertaining, and have their own unique personality that we aim to grow and nurture as part of the team," said Panda eSports LLC CEO Dr. Alan "SamuraiPanda" Bunney in a comment to theScore eSports. "MarlinPie's skill as a Zato-1 player is second to none and his intelligent style is unique in the super aggressive Guilty Gear gameplay. While RayRay's Magneto in Marvel 3 is well known as the best in the world, with combos that last all day. We couldn't be happier with our choices in representatives for both titles on our roster!"

MarlinPie and RayRay will join Flilpino Champ and Coach Steve, along with players in Smash Bros., Splatoon and Heroes of the Storm as part of team PG.


Killer Instinct version 3.1 patch notes now online

Killer Instinct will be updating to version 3.1 on April 27, and the design team has made all of the upcoming changes available for players to view.

In addition to the release of Mira, 3.1 will bring changes and bug fixes to much of KI's cast. The new patch will also add the ability to turn the cinematic ender camera off and is widening the input window for Counter Breakers among other general changes.

Lastly, many of the changes in 3.1 are accompanied by explanations from the combat design team "to give more context as to why we make changes."

Players can check out the list of changes at Ultra Combo.


Pokkén Tournament beginner's punish guide translated

A guide created by Twitter user tonosama666 that teaches players how to deal with seemingly strong attacks in Pokkén Tournament has been translated and released for English-speaking players.

The Biter, in association with translator Dakanya, has uploaded the six-and-a-half-minute video to YouTube, and although it was created for the arcade version of the game tweaks have been made to reflect any changes in the console release.

The video goes through the characters one by one, giving strategies for countering or simply avoiding attacks. Check out the video after the jump.

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Super Desperation Radio episode 513 archive online

The latest episode of Super Desperation Radio is now available for watching on Team Spooky's YouTube channel.

SDR was dominated by the news coming out of Japan for KOF XIV. The full cast and many gameplay features have been revealed, and SDR talked about how the game has developed over time. They also talked about what it would take for the game to be successfull with more than the normal SNK audience.

SDR also talked about the Team YP controversy, and gave their different opinions on the ESL's ruling.

Super Desperation Radio is live every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PDT on Team Spooky, and will be archived at the TS YouTube channel. Classic episodes can still be found on the IPLAYWINNER YouTube.



North American version of KOFXIV dated for Aug. 23, 2016, new trailers available now

Following months of character teasers, the recent press conference for The King of Fighters XIV unveiled release dates with trailers.

Revealed in the official trailer for KOFXIV, the North American version will be released on Aug. 23, 2016, by Atlus. Hong Kong and Korea also recieved the same release date. The Japanese version will be available on Aug. 25.

To coincide with the press conference, three trailers were released. The main trailer shows off new mechanics such as MAX mode and the beginner-friendly Rush. Modes were also explored including online 6v6 player Party Battle and a story mode. The second trailer showcases the characters especially new fighter Shun'ei representing Team China and Samurai Shodown's Nakoruru who is part of Team Another World. To top it off, the third trailer is all about Kyo's classic outfit, available as preorder downloadable content.

You can find the trailers after the jump!

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King of Fighters XIV Japanese release date set for August 25, 2016

Dengeki Online is reporting that King of Fighters XIV will release for PlayStation 4 on Aug. 25, 2016, in Japan. The announcement was made during a press conference for the game that took place in Tokyo on April 25.

During that press conference, SNK Playmore also showed a picture of the cast for KOF XIV, and it looks a lot like the two leaks that have been covered by various websites. The company also announced a classic costume for Kyo as part of DLC, as well as an art book and upcoming Hori arcade stick with KOF art. Check out images from the press conference, courtesy of Twitter user Charlie0816, in the gallery.


Japanese arcade begins shirt sales to support player travel

Takadanobaba Mikado Game Center in Japan has started a Teespring to help raise money for Japanese Guilty Gear players trying to attend Evolution 2016.

The shirt, which costs $24.99 and will be printed in one of seven colors, will feature the arcade's name along with its location in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. The money raised by the shirts will be used to support Mikado in its efforts to "bring the best to Evolution 2016!" 

The shirts can be found at Teespring and interested buyers can send questions to Jonio or MajinObama on Twitter.


Killer Instinct's Mira to be shown on stream, at PAX East on April 22

Another of Season 3's new additions to Killer Instinct will be shown to the public for the first time on April 22 as Iron Galaxy debuts Mira on stream during PAX East in Boston, Massachusetts.

Mira was first revealed as a teaser during the end of Tusk's trailer back in March, but the stream during PAX will be the first time players get to see the character in action.

The first Mira action will begin at 10:45 a.m. EDT (7:45 a.m. PDT) on Twitch's own stream channel, with coverage continuing at 11 a.m. on Iron Galaxy's channel. For those who miss this first stream, a second event with exhibition matches will happen on Saturday, April 23, from 5-6 p.m. EDT on the IG channel.

Those attending PAX East can also check out Mira for themselves at the Iron Galaxy booth, where she will be playable all weekend.


Mikado Open Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- tournament to be held April 23

One of Japan's premier Guilty Gear arcades will be holding a double elimination tournament in the coming days.

The Mikado Open will take place on April 23 at roughly 2 p.m. Japan Standard Time (1 a.m. EDT and Friday, April 22, at 10 p.m. PDT in the U.S.) and will feature many of the players who have registered for Evolution 2016. The event will be streamed on Jonio's Twitch Channel.

MajinObama has suggested possibly creating a Challonge bracket so English-speaking viewers can follow along with the action, and those interested should follow him on Twitter for more information as the event gets closer. Those who speak Japanese can also follow Jonio for more updates.


Jasen's Customs' Hori VLX EZ Mod Kit available now, works with Brook UFB

Photo by Arcade Shock/Jasen's CustomsIf you are looking to get your Hori PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4 VLX arcade stick to work on most modern consoles, there is a mod kit available to get you started.

Jasen's Customs has a special board designed for the recent Real Arcade Pro Premium VLX arcade sticks from Hori to allow easy multiplatform compatibility. The EZ Mod Kit doesn't allow compatibility by itself but rather act as a bridge to route all signals to a Brook Universal Fighting Board. The stock printed circuit board from the VLX sticks will be replaced by the EZ Mod Kit's "dumb board" in a non-destructive process. This method allows the stock board to be reinstalled if needed.

When installing the mod, there are some things to note. While the VLX sticks normally know what part of the touch pad is being pressed, the mod combined with the Brook UFB will disable that feature until a future update from Brook. Due to signal conflicts, turbo will also be disabled and directional inputs are locked to d-pad.

If you are looking to see the installation process, two videos after the jump show Jasen's Customs founder Jasen Hicks and modder Vicko breaking down the process. VLX owners can order the kit directly from Jasen's Customs or check out Arcade Shock, which offers the kit packaged with the Brook Universal Fighting Board. For Mad Catz Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2 owners, there is also a TE2 EZ Mod Kit in the works!

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The Last Blade 2 coming to PS4, Vita on May 24 with online play

At the PlayStation Experience in December 2015, SNK Playmore announced that The Last Blade 2 would be coming out for PS4 and Vita with online play, and now they have revealed that release date: May 24, 2016.

Not only will LB2 release with online play, the game will also support "cross play and cross save functionality between PS4 and PS Vita."

The game will retain its original aspect ratio, with art from the series bordering the gameplay. It will also launch with PS4 and Vita themes for players who purchase the game. For more information, check out the PlayStation Blog.


Street Fighter V Guile trailer released

After details about Guile's appearance were released on April 18, Capcom has released a trailer that gives players a better idea of how he will work in SFV.

The one-minute trailer shows that Guile retains most of his normals from Street Fighter IV and it seems that chains like low forward to overhead still exist in SFV.

Players also see Guile's V-Skill, which buffs his fireballs much like Ky's grinders do in Guilty Gear Xrd, and his V-Trigger in action. The trailer mostly shows the trigger used in combos, but it will be interesting to see other possible application.

Lastly, Guile's new crouch walk, faultless move, makes an appearance. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Super Desperation Radio episode 512 archive online

The latest episode of Super Desperation Radio is now available for watching on Team Spooky's YouTube channel.

Capcom's release of information about Guile's return to Street Fighter was the big topic on SDR, and the cast also took time to look at West Coast Warzone 5 and muddle through the rules and details of the Capcom Pro Tour.

They also discussed the two most recent additions to King of Fighters XIV, Mai and Banderas, and what constitutes an actual ninja in fighting games.

Super Desperation Radio is live every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PDT on Team Spooky, and will be archived at the TS YouTube channel. Classic episodes can still be found on the IPLAYWINNER YouTube.



April Street Fighter V update brings Guile, rage quit system

Guile will be the second downloadable fighter in Street Fighter V, as he releases with the game's April update.

The biggest change to Guile in SFV seems to be the addition of faultless move, a crouch walk that allows him to maintain charge while moving forward. His V-Skill is Sonic Blade, a stationary projectile that has the added ability of increasing the durability of Sonic Booms. Guile's V-Trigger is Solid Puncher, where upon activation each of his buttons throws a different speed Sonic Boom.

In addition to Guile, Capcom will also be rolling out its rage quit system to punish disconnecting players. The system will target players who have a high disconnect rate and lock them out of matchmaking for a certain period of time.

There is no release date for the April update at this time. For the complete write-up on Guile, head over to Capcom-Unity.


Two more titles announced for AnimEvo 2016

During Evolution 2016 weekend, the people behind AnimEvo will now be hosting 13 side tournaments for various games.

When Daryl "DJCream" Bunao joined Super Desperation Radio on April 4, he announced tournaments for 11 titles: Persona 4 Ultimax, BlazBlue Chronophantasma Extend, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R, Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax Ignition, Under Night In-Birth:Exe Late, Koihime Enbu, Gundam Extreme Vs Full Boost, Vampire Savior, Nitroplus Blasterz, Melty Blood Actress Again and Blade Arcus.

Now, Aquapazza and Arcana Heart 3: Love Max!!!!! have been added to the AnimEvo roster as well. There is no set schedule for AnimEvo 2016 yet, but interested players can follow the AnimEvo Twitter account to get the latest information or ask questions of the organizers.


Japanese XrdR and BBCF exhibitions to feature English commentary

Upcoming exhibitions of Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- and BlazBlue Central Fiction in Japan will feature high-level play along with English commentary.

The first event will be a first-to-seven match in -Revelator- and feature 310's Venom against a mystery opponent. This will take place at roughly 5:00 p.m. Japan Standard Time (1 a.m. PDT, 4 a.m. EDT) on April 16 and be streamed on Jonio's Twitch channel with commentary by MajinObama.

Two BBCF exhibitions will follow the next day. Dora Bang will face of against Fumi's Nine and Ryo's Litchi will fight Shima's Izanami. These first-to-five sets will take place Sunday, April 17, at noon JST (Saturday, April 16, at 8 p.m. PDT, 11 p.m. EDT) with streaming on MajinObama's Twitch channel and commentary by Guymam.


Mai and new character Banderas Hattori join King of Fighters XIV

The 12th teaser trailer for King of Fighters XIV has revealed two more characters entering the fray.

Fan favorite Mai Shiranui is revealed at the beginning of the trailer, and new fighter Banderas is revealed shortly after.

Banderas looks to be a wannabe ninja who is looking for a master to teach him, and has several stereotypical ninja moves including an izuna drop and a log decoy.

Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Skullgirls 2nd Encore Features DLC released, on sale on Steam

Skullgirls has been updated with new gameplay modes and that DLC is 33 percent off on Steam for a limited time.

Priced at $10.04—the main Skullgirls game will cost players $9.99—until April 20, 2nd Encore now includes all DLC characters and colors along with the new 2nd Encore Features DLC. Features includes a fully voiced story mode, challenge mode, survival mode and a trial mode containing "actually-useful combos."

For more information on the new offerings, check out Mike Z's announcement on Steam.


BlazBlue Central Fiction coming to PS3, PS4, adds character Es

BlazBlue Central Fiction is coming to the PlayStation 3 and 4 consoles, and when it does Xblaze protagonist Es will be added to the roster.

Famitsu's website revealed that an upcoming issue of the magazine will feature a 10-page article about the console version of BBCF, including an interview with series producer Toshimichi Mori.

Es' addition to BBCF is interesting in that while Xblaze takes place in the same universe as BlazBlue, the two have not actively been connected in story until now. However, according to Dustloop "the main character from Lost: Memories resembles BlazBlue's Nine to such an extent that many believe they are the same person."

No release date has yet been given for the title.


Super Desperation Radio episode 511 archive online

The latest episode of Super Desperation Radio is now available for watching on Team Spooky's YouTube channel.

King of Fighters XIV and its ever-increasing roster dominated the conversation on SDR episode 511. The crew talked about the new characters, returning favorites and how the game has been shaping up every time it is shown at an event. SDR discussed how the new gameplay features may or may not be well received by KOF XIII players and what those gameplay options could mean for XIV.

Other SDR topics included the recently discovered Alex glitch in SFV as well as more discussion about the Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- demo.

Super Desperation Radio is live every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PDT on Team Spooky, and will be archived at the TS YouTube channel. Classic episodes can still be found on the IPLAYWINNER YouTube.


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