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Central Fiction Special Edition comes to Switch on Feb. 7, 2019, in Japan

The most recent game in the mainline BlazBlue series will be coming to Nintendo Switch early in 2019 with some bonuses for late adopters.

According to Famitsu, many of the additions to the core of BBCF that were paid DLC in other versions will be included in BlazBlue Central Fiction Special Edition when it releases on Nintendo's console. No list of the content is available at this time, but it seems a good bet that at least all the DLC characters—Jubei, Es and Mai Natsume—will be included.

BlazBlue Central Fiction first released to arcades on Nov. 19, 2015, with a PlayStation 3 and 4 release coming in the fall of 2016. A Steam version of the game followed in the spring of 2017.


Gear up: Arc System Works teaming with SuperGroupies to bring Guilty Gear, Blazblue-inspired apparel to Japan 

Backpacks, cardigans and cell phone cases based on the designs of popular Arc System Works characters are coming as part of the company's new collaboration.

The items will be coming from SuperGroupies, a Japanese apparel company that seeks to merge anime and gaming style with that of normal clothing and accessories. 

On the Guilty Gear side, there will be a backpack, iPhone case and Cardigan with colors and designs referencing Sol Badguy, Ky Kiske, Ramlethal Valentine and Elphelt Valentine. For BlazBlue, Ragna the Bloodedge, Jin Kisaragi and Hazama will all get phone cases, while Ragna receives a backpack, Jin a smaller should bag and Hazama gets a messenger or laptop-style pack. 

All items are now available for preorder but they don't come cheap, with the cell phone cases costing 5,800 yen (roughly $50) while the cardigans are 12,800 (~$115) and the bags vary from 12,800 to 17,800 (~$115-160). Prospective buyers outside Japan will also need to jump through extra hoops as SuperGroupies does not ship internationally. Those still interested can check out the collection at SuperGroupies.


IGN Korea interviews Nin & owner of Green Arcade about history, custom parts & closure

IGNThe well-known Korean arcade dedicated to Tekken might be closed, but its legacy remains.

IGN Korea writer Lee Dong-hun recently interviewed Nin and then-owner Yoon Kyung-sik about the end of Green Game Land arcade. Both Nin and Yoon talked about how the arcade ran before its untimely closure, its 21-year existence, its hospitality to visiting players and the future for the owner.

One of the most popular things about Green Arcade was their highly coveted custom lever. Commonly referred to as the Green Lever, Yoon goes into detail about the development of what he felt was the ideal lever. This also expands to the notion of work on a custom pushbutton.

The four page piece, which includes pictures of the now-closed arcade, can be found here. There is currently no English translation of the article.


The zodiac awakens: Pegasus Seiya, Dragon Shiryū join Jump Force 

Another classic world has joined Jump Force as two of Saint Seiya's Knights of the Zodiac have been added to the ranks of playable characters.

The series protagonist, Pegasus Seiya, and "most composed" Dragon Shiryū fight with their normal cloths but can awaken their seventh sense and utilize the golden cloths for super attacks.

Readers can check out the trailer for both characters after the jump. Jump Force is scheduled for release on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC in February 2019.

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More Echo Fox cuts revealed as JDCR, Saint announce departure

The downsizing of Echo Fox is more broad than first thought, as the organization has also parted ways with its Tekken players Hyunjin "JDCR" Kim and Jinwoo "Saint" Choi.

In separate statements made on Twitter, JDCR and Saint both thanked Echo Fox for the almost two years they spent with the team.

In the time since Echo Fox signed the pair of players during early February 2017, JDCR and Saint have been a force in global competitive Tekken, winning or making a top-three placing at many events such as Evo and the Tekken World Tour finals.

In his statement, Saint said that he'll always remember being able to live his "pro-gamer dream" and that it has a been "a blessing I'll never forget."


South Korea's Green Arcade closes its doors

Core-A GamingOne of the top arcades for Tekken in South Korea is no more.

Green Game Land, known to many players simply as Green Arcade, has shuttered after several factors converged, causing the owner (known as "mom" to the patrons) to call it quits.

According to a post on the Tekken Reddit, the arcade's building was scheduled to be remodeled and thus the arcade would be closed for a time. Combined with the decreasing income due to the console and PC versions of Tekken 7 being more current than the arcade version, and the owner's advancing age, the decision was made to close the business for good.

Both Nin and Knee posted goodbyes to the arcade, with Knee saying that Korean arcades are ending.

For players outside South Korea, Green Arcade was a legendary location, where many of the best Tekken players regularly played and the level of competition was at its apex. The arcade even hosted the many trophies won by its players at events all around the world.

From this point on, however, the name Green Tekken will simply live on in Nin's social media handles.


Echo Fox announces realignment, releases teams, several FGC players

Citing a "strategic effort to best position our organization for the future," Echo Fox has dropped its Gears of War and Call of Duty teams as well as fighting game players Jivan "Theo" Karapetian, Victor "Punk" Woodley and Brad "Scar" Vaughn.

While the organization itself did not name the players, all three tweeted out their free agency, thanking Echo Fox for its support during their time with the team.

Scar had been a part of Echo Fox since the team's big-name aquisitions kicked off 2017, while Theo had spent almost a year and a half with the team and Punk just over six months.

Readers can check out the full statement about the situation from Echo Fox President Jared Jeffries on the organization's Twitter account.


New guide from YUYU teaches beginners the Tekken 7 basics

A new video from Core-A Gaming and UYU's YuYu has been released to help new players gain familiarity with Tekken 7, its systems and basic gameplay.

The tutorial, which runs roughly 17 and a half minutes, covers many basic concepts such the game's buttons and different heights of attack but also covers much deeper elements such as movement and punishment.

Readers can check out the video after the jump.

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Get on the mat: Bass, Tina and Mila join Dead or Alive 6

Three more returning fighters have been revealed as part of the cast of DOA6.

The pro wrestling father-daughter duo Bass and Tina Armstrong once again join the ranks of Dead or Alive, each bringing their unique wrestling styles to the character roster. They are joined by fellow combat sport participant Mila, who made her first appearance in DOA5 and uses mixed martial arts-inspired strikes and grappling.

Readers can check out the reveal trailer for all three characters after the jump. Dead or Alive 6 launches for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam on Feb. 15, 2019.

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Burning hatred: Inferno returns in Soul Calibur VI

The main villain of the Soul Calibur series returns as an unlockable boss in Soul Calibur VI.

Inferno fights with moves taken largely from Nightmare's arsenal in SCVI, but has some of his own unique attacks. According to Avoiding the Puddle,he is unlocked after beating the game's Chronicle of Souls mode. While usable in Versus Mode, Inferno is not playable in online matches.

Readers can check out Inferno's trailer after the jump. Soul Calibur VI releases for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on Oct. 19, 2018.

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Omen of Sorrow available for preorder on PS Store with discount 

Omen of Sorrow, the horror-themed fighting coming to PlayStation 4 on November 6, 2018, is now available for preorder on the PlayStation Store with savings for those who buy the game ahead of its release date.

Omen of Sorrow will feature 12 characters based on "horror, myth and lore" and will feature online multiplayer powered by GGPO. The game will cost players $49.99 at release, but buyers can currently receive a 10 percent discount on the game if they preorder. In addition, those who have PlayStation Plus will get an additional 5 percent off, putting the game's cost at $42.49.

Regardless of whether players have PS Plus or not, all preordering users will receive an Omen of Sorrow theme for PS4.


ARIKA gives details on Steam, arcade versions of FEXL, future updates

In a post to the company's official Facebook page on Oct. 1, ARIKA's vice president Mihara Ichirou announced that the company is working on two new versions of Fighting EX Layer as well as an update for the PlayStation 4 iteration of the game.

The new versions will be the Steam and arcade ports of the game, with development made easier by the fact that the Taito arcade board and Steam use the same operating system. As there may be some tweaks to the Gougi system in those versions, the team has also undetaken preparing an update for the PS4 version of the game.

Mihara also said that although the PS4 version of the game has so far succeeded in the company's expectations, it was not a "jack-pot" and that ARIKA wants more success with the new versions of the game. While he noted that the PS4 release allowed them to release two extra characters at no cost, any future "development of any potential updates or new content is based on the sales of these upcoming versions." He further stated that given the costs, it will be impossible for the company to provide cross-play options for players when the new versions do release.

No possible release dates for the new versions of the game were made available at this time. Readers can check out ARIKA's Facebook page for the full statement.


Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS 2 coming to Japanese arcades on Oct. 30, 2018

The direct follow-up to the popular arcade arena fighting game in Japan has been fully revealed.

Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS 2 now has a release date of Oct. 30, 2018. Developed by Bandai Namco's VSTG Project team and published under BN's Amusement division, this will be playable only in Japanese arcades.

EXVS2 will include over 160 mobile suits with four new suits announced: Gundam AGE-1 Full Glansa from Gundam AGE, Gundam Astray Blue Frame D from Gundam SEED, Montero from Reconguista in G and Zaku Amazing from Gundam Build Fighters. Mechanics-wise, EXVS2 adds two more burst options to the existing three found in Maxi Boost ON. Mobility Burst allows players faster boost speed when activating EX mode. Linkage Burst, when EX mode is on, refills a small amount of both boost and primary weapon ammo depending on how much EX meter is available.

There are a variety of modes to be added in EXVS2 such as training mode and a group play mode.

From 4Gamer's article, EXVS2's cabinets will sport a new look compared to the previous Namco Noir model. In addition, the cabinets will features a 3.5mm headphone jack with volume control for headphone support, a USB charging port and even a built-in pad based on a design by Hori.

There are currently no plans for a home version as of this time. Bandai Namco's Entertainment division released Gundam Versus exclusively for the PlayStation 4 in 2017.

You can check out the promotional video detailing the modes, as well as a CG trailer from Japanese alternative metal band Coldrain, after the jump!

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Dead or Alive 6 coming to Japanese arcades

The newest iteration of Koei Tecmo's fighting game franchise will be coming to arcades, the company announced.

Dead or Alive 6 will be coming to arcades in Japan using the latest version of SEGA's ALL.Net system, but no details about a release date were revealed at this time.

Dead or Alive 6 is scheduled for release on PlayStation 4, Steam and Xbox One on February 15, 2019.


Fighting EX Layer's Skullomainia coming as guest DLC for SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy

One of Arika's most popular fighting game characters will be playable in SNK's latest fighting game.

The latest SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy trailer, found after the jump, has Skullomania from Fighting EX Layer coming into the roster as a guest character. Gender-bent, Skullomania features a variety of her special moves from FEXL including the cheesy Skullo Dream super.

Skullomania is the second downloadable guest character to appear in SNK Heroines. Square-Enix worked with SNK to bring the Thief Arthur character from their Million Arthur property as DLC.

This isn't a first for SNK in collaborating with Arika. Terry Bogard was previously confirmed to be joining the FEXL cast as the first guest character in that game during Evo 2018.

Skullomania is planned for release around mid-October 2018. SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy is available now for PlayStation 4 and Switch!

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Arika teasing PC version of Fighting EX Layer for Steam platform

It looks like Fighting EX Layer will be getting a PC port!

Arika uploaded a new video showing off simple in-game footage of FEXL, only to zoom outwards revealing that it's being run on a window through a Windows 10 setup. The game is in front of a Steam library window from the account of Arika vice president Ichiro Mihara. Also of note is that there will be Steam achievements, totaling at 41.

The video is followed by simple text of "2019? 2018?" and "4K? 4K!" So far we can assume that FEXL can release sometime between the remainder of 2018 and in 2019 with 4K resolution support.

Back at Evo 2017, the then-untitled FEXL was demonstrated on a PC setup.

The teaser can be found after the jump! Fighting EX Layer is available now on PlayStation 4 through the PlayStation Store.

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Japanese mixed martial arts event to host Tekken 7 exhibition

Rizin Fighting Federation's fight card on Sept. 30, 2018, will feature three digital bouts between top Japanese and Korean Tekken players.

Rizin 13 will feature 12 normal MMA fights, but the seventh match (which doubles as the first intermission) will consist of three separate T7 matches: Chanel vs. Take, Qudans vs. Nobi and Knee vs. Noroma. 

This is not the first time Rizin has offered an event for Tekken players, holding a four-player tournament featuring Yuu, Nobi, Kari and Kagemaru as part of Rizin x Mastercup at the end of 2017.

In an Instagram post, Rizin president Nobuyuki Sakakibara wondered whether this collaboration will be considered "revolutionary, or reckless" but also stated, "I do believe that there is a future in our sport with a collaboration with esports. Come join us in the experience that nobody in the world has never experienced."

Rizin 13 takes place on Sept. 30, 2018, at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Readers interested in learning more about the event or watching Rizin 13 can head over to FITE.


Wrestling cruise to hold SFV tournament, winner battles Kenny Omega

An upcoming cruise event taking place at the end of October 2018 will offer attendees a chance to play against pro wrestling's Kenny Omega in Street Fighter V.

The Chris Jericho "Rock 'N' Wrestling Rager" will sail from Oct. 27-31 and feature pro wrestling, live music and comedy as it travels from Miami, Florida, to Nassau in the Bahamas. In addition, it will also be the site of the "Kenny Omega Invitational" Street Fighter V tournament, where players will compete for a chance to play New Japan Pro Wrestling's current IWGP champion in SFV.

Interested readers can check out the cruise's official website for more details on pricing, guests and entertainment.

Those hoping for an easier—and perhaps cheaper—shot at playing against Omega will have to hold out hope that his affiliation with Community Effort Orlando continues in 2019.


Back from the lab: NKI returns with a new video exploiting Super Turbo

One of the longtime U.S. combo and glitch video makers has returned from hiatus as NKI has released an eight-minute video detailing some of the weird hitboxes and other system pecularities of the game known in North America as Super Street Fighter II: Turbo.

NKI was one of a handful of players that helped resurrect ST in the early 2000s, compiling data from players all over the world and making videos breaking down theories about the different versions of the game.

NKI Volume XII never breaks the game's system, instead using macros, save states and an emulator to capture oddities that might only be found in a single frame of the game's action. As such, NKI has also compiled a transcipt of every situation in the video, explaining to viewers what exactly is happening and how those states were achieved.

Readers can check out the video below, and find all of NKI's previous videos on Preppy's website.

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Street Fighter V coming to Japanese arcades in 2019

Although the newest version of Street Fighter V is subtitled Arcade Edition, the game will only finally be making its debut in Japanese arcades next year.

Capcom released the information at the end of the Street Fighter V event at Tokyo Game Show 2018 with a short video, which not only showed off the game on a Taito Vewlix cabinet but also made sure to reveal that there will be USB ports for players to hook up their own pad or stick.

No more concrete information on the game's release is available at this time, but according to Eventhubs it will be based on the current console version and tests of the game will begin "the weekend of October 5th to October 7th in five locations — Taito Station Shinjuku South, Plaza Capcom Kichijouji, Nagoya Leisure Land, Sega Namba Avion Osaka and Round One Fukuoka."

With Japanese arcades getting the game, it would also stand to reason that the many Round One locations in the U.S. will be getting it as well, but for now nothing is assured.

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