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Tuesday
Sep122017

BlazBlue Central Fiction 2.0 coming to Steam on Sept. 14

The recent update to BlazBlue Central Fiction will be coming to Steam in the second week of September 2017.

The official BlazBlue Twitter account has confirmed that BBCF 2.0 will be coming to the platform on Sept. 14. Jubei will release along with the patch and will be sold separately for $7.99 in the United States.

BlazBlue Central Fiction 2.0 contains many balance changes for the cast of BBCF as well as new character Jubei. Translations of the various character alterations can be found at Google Docs.

Monday
Sep112017

Injustice 2 coming to PC?

NetherRealm Studios' newest fighter may not be a console-exclusive title for much longer.

According to VG24/7, listings for a PC version of the game have appeared on both Game Mania and Amazon France. While no news of a possible port has been publicly released, these European listings could be an indicator that the game is on the way. 

Players have wanted a PC version of Injustice 2 despite NRS' checkered past with the platform. The first Injustice game and both Mortal Kombat 9 and X suffered from issues on PC, with MKX receiving especially harsh criticism. However, after several corrections and a netplay update fixed MKX, perhaps players are willing to give NRS the benefit of the doubt for Injustice 2.

Sunday
Sep102017

NuckleDu to donate Dreamhack prize to hurricane relief

Team Liquid's Du "NuckleDu" Dang has committed to helping fund efforts aiding those who have been affected by Hurricane Irma.

Dang tweeted that his entire winnings from Dreamhack Montreal—$4,700, according to Kotaku—will be given to relief efforts for the environmental disaster currently affecting the Carribbean and southeastern United States.

Dang's home state of Florida has already been hard hit by the storm, with evacuations and flooding across the southern part of the state. The state of Georgia has also ordered evacuations along its Atlantic coast.

Saturday
Sep092017

Ultron Omega is the final boss of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

Capcom has given Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite a fitting final boss for its arcade mode.

Ultron Omega is the final enemy in MvCI, joining Apocalypse, Onslaught, Abyss, Galactus and Yami as the final adversaries for games in the Vs. series. He is a continuation of a Vs. series tradition in that he is a hulking figure so big that only his head and arms are visible when the fight takes place. He is also a clever callback to the final form of Sigma from Mega Man X5.

Like the other bosses of the Vs. Series, Ultron Omega delivers ridiculous damage in his attacks. He also alternates between infinity stones throughout the fight.

Readers can check out footage of the battle, courtesy of the Resero Network, after the jump.

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Saturday
Sep092017

Bandai Namco reveals new Kamen Rider: Climax Fighters trailer, info

Bandai Namco has released its first trailer for Kamen Rider: Climax Fighters along with details of the game that will be released in December 2017.

Climax Fighters will indeed be an arena-based fighter, supporting up to four players in either one-versus-one or two-versus-two gameplay formats. These players will compete either offline or in online play, a first for the Kamen Rider series of games. The stages will have terrain and obstacles like those seen in Gundam Vs.

Kamen Rider: Climax Fighters will be released both in Japan and Asia, and there will be a special Premium Sound R edition of the game featuring 38 songs from the various shows in the series.

For more details on the included songs and Riders, readers can check out the lists at Gematsu. Kamen Rider: Climax Fighters releases on Dec. 7, 2017. Footage of the game's new trailer can be seen after the jump.

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Friday
Sep082017

Injustice Watchtower reveals legendary gear, Black Manta details

The Injustice Watchtower broadcast on Sept. 8 showed off both new gear coming to the game and also revealed the gameplay details of Black Manta.

First up, NetherRealm revealed legendary gear, which will grant special abilities to characters that equip it. Bane's legendary gear, for example, will allow him to never deal with venom debuff but instead venom will drain his health. This gear will be obtained completing different multiverse events that have steep requirements for players.

Next, NRS clarified gameplay details on Black Manta. Manta has several long-range normal attacks and plenty of special tools to deal with his opponents. He has a short-range projectile in his manta beams, but can deal with full-screen pressure using a harpoon gun. Manta also uses shoulder rockets to help him juggle opponents and has a teleport uppercut like the cyborg ninjas in Mortal Kombat to surprise opponents.

Black Manta's character power is his jetpack, which uses fuel by holding down the trait button. It can also be used in bursts to try and hover above the stage.

Manta will be the first character available as part of Fighter Pack 2 on Sept. 12.

The full Black Manta breakdown, along with announcements from NRS and questions from fans, can be found on the NetherRealm Twitch archives.

Thursday
Sep072017

ARMS version 3.0 to allow control customization

When the newest update for ARMS launches to the public, it will allow players to further personalize their playing experience.

Nintendo has announced that 3.0 will allow players to change the game's controls, remapping buttons and even adjusting motion control sensitivity. This is a welcome change for people who find the game's controls difficult or who opted out of purchasing ARMS because it lacked that adaptability.

The new option will roll out along with Lola Pop, a new stage and three new weapons sometime between Sept. 11-20, 2017.

Wednesday
Sep062017

SNK titles discounted on Steam until Sept. 10

Steam is currently running a big sale on its collection of SNK titles through the beginning of September 2017.

The company's most recent offering, King of Fighters XIV, is marked down to $34.95 and its collection of DLC characters now only costs players $9.99. SNK's other offerings, meanwhile, have all seen much bigger markdowns as players can purchase the KOF Triple Pack—KOF XIII Steam Edition, KOF '98 UMFE and KOF 2002 UM—for $10.49 and both Last Blade 2 and Garou: Mark of the Wolves are half off at $4.99.

There are also big deals on SNK's other titles, including the Metal Slug series, Twinkle Star Sprites and more. For the complete list of sales head over to the Steam website.

Tuesday
Sep052017

Nintendo rolls out details on Lola Pop

The Nintendo Treehouse Log has been updated explaining how Lola Pop's unique abilities will work when she is added to the ARMS roster.

Lola's inflated state is the character's blocking animation, and it grants her special abilities during a battle. While blocking the character can move forward or backward, execute a very fast dodge left or right and she jumps higher than normal.

Once in the air Lola has the ability to use what Treehouse calls a "bouncy block," where she inflates, fast-falls and bounces off the floor of the arena, making her the only character that can block while jumping. She can then continue to bounce until she tries to punch.

The Treehouse Log also explains the new weapons coming in the update with Lola Pop. The Funchuck acts like the Slapamander but with more startup and a stun; the Biffler is a three-shot weapon that blinds on hit; and the Clapback is a shield that reflects ARMS back at the opponent.

There is still no release date for the Lola Pop update to ARMS. For more details, readers can check out the Treehouse Log.

Tuesday
Sep052017

Time will not wait: Ultimecia joins Dissidia Final Fantasy arcade

The main antagonist of Final Fantasy VIII is coming to the arcade version of Dissidia Final Fantasy.

A powerful sorceress, Ultimecia possesses many ranged attacks and looks to be a character who prefers to fight from a distance instead of up close. She is the second new character being added to the arcade version of Dissidia in as many months, as Jecht joined the game's cast in August.

Ultimecia has also been confirmed for the upcoming PlayStation 4 game, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT.

Readers can check out Ultimecia's trailer after the jump.

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Monday
Sep042017

Bandai Namco teases Kamen Rider arena fighter?

A new Kamen Rider game is coming from Bandai Namco, and its perspective seems eerily similar to another popular combat franchise.

Kamen Rider: Climax Fighters is coming to PlayStation 4 in Japan on Dec. 7, 2017, and looks to feature arena combat in the vein of Bandai Namco's Gundam Vs. series of titles. This is not a sure bet, however, as previous games based on the popular super hero series have used similar gameplay for more Dynasty Warriors-esque action. 

Little in-game footage is shown in the game's teaser but multiple outlets are reporting that more information will be revealed in an upcoming stream of the game on Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. JST (4 a.m. PDT, 7 a.m. EDT). No stream links are available at this time, but they will be added to the game's website.

For now, readers can check out the game's teaser after the jump.

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Monday
Sep042017

Deity-based brawler Fight of Gods enters Early Access

A new game released on Steam pits religious pantheons against one another in familiar combat.

Fight of Gods is a 2-D fighting game that contains "gods, holy spirits and mythological characters from around the globe." Players will be able to play as Moses, Anubis, Jesus Christ, Odin, Buddha and more  to see whose power reigns supreme.

Fight of Gods is currently in Early Access, and the team at Digital Crafter is looking for suggestions on which gods to add in future updates.

Fight of Gods is on sale for $4.79 until Sept. 11, 2017. Readers can check out the trailer after the jump.

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Friday
Sep012017

Arcade Stick Indonesia announces retail version of Golden Fanta mod kit for Korean levers

Korean arcade stick users who want modding flexibility for their levers might want to look into trying this kit out.

The Golden Fanta is a mod kit made by Arcade Stick Indonesia designed to provide users the ability to swap various parts of the Myoungshin Fanta or Taeyoung Fanta levers. The kit features different sizes of brass shafts and actuators. There are also silicone grommets of various tension levels. Those who want steady microswitchs can make use of the two-piece switch support unit. Owners will have to look into using a Sanwa Denshi LB-35 bat top if using one of the Golden Fanta's shafts, however.

I have personally been trying out an earlier version the Golden Fanta kit for a while. I'm glad to see it evolve to the point where it's not only easier to tinker with but also easier to obtain.

If you are looking into getting the Golden Fanta, check it out here! For those who have Crown/Samducksa levers, a Golden Crown kit is currently in the works so check out the dedicated Korean arcade parts thread on Shoryuken for more info.

Friday
Sep012017

Japanese Tekken team gains additional sponsors

The Japanese team Yamasa has added four more sponsors to its list of supporters.

The team, consisting of Daichi "Nobi" Nakayama, Kato "Yuu" Yuji and Takehiko "Take" Aoki, was originally sponsored solely by Yamasa, the company involved with creating pachislot games based on Tekken.

However, according to Avoiding the Puddle, the team has now added Japanese specialty PC company Level ∞; capture and streaming device maker AVerMedia; BenQ monitor brand Zowie; and gaming chair provider AKRacing as additional backers.

It's interesting to note this shows a continued growing interest by otherwise PC-focused companies into the traditionally console-focused fighting game community. Team Yamasa will be competing in Tokyo Tekken Masters, taking place on Sept. 3, 2017, in Tokyo, Japan.

Thursday
Aug312017

BeautifulDude joins InTheSkies

One of the Tekken scene's biggest teams is making a foray into the world of airdashers by signing Julian "BeautifulDude" Franco.

Known most for his Zato-1 play in the Guilty Gear Xrd series, Franco has become a constant in the Southern California airdash scene with many top three placements in his history. Since 2016 he has also become a multigame performer, showing off strong performances in BlazBlue with Relius and picking up Tekken 7 with its release in June 2017.

"[Joining ITS is] an extremely exciting oppotunity, to say the least," Franco said in a statement to IPLAYWINNER. "I'm a bit nervous, but I'm eager to show what I can do with Zato and Relius! There'll be Dead Man's Hands for everyone!"

BeautifulDude will be representing ITS for the first time at SoCal Regionals 2017 on Sept. 22-24 in Anaheim, California.

Thursday
Aug312017

More online improvements come to Tekken 7 in new update

A new patch has rolled out for Tekken 7, bringing with it more fixes for netplay and the support for upcoming DLC.

According to Tekken Project Leader Katsuhiro Harada, console version 1.05 seeks to further improve Tekken's online experience with "enhancement of Netcode & Enhanced packet loss measures." The game will also now migrate host when a tournament creator leaves so that the event does not immediately end. There are also bug fixes and changes to information shown on the leaderboard, as well as the groundwork for the Ultimate Tekken Bowl downloadable content. 

Harada said the team plans to update the game again in September, and that game balance may be addressed, but nothing is set at this time.

Wednesday
Aug302017

Changes detailed for upcoming Killer Instinct version 3.9

A new patch is coming to Killer Instinct and it is bringing changes to many of the game's 29 characters.

Eighteen characters will receieve alterations in 3.9, although the degree of those tweaks varies wildy. Some characters like Thunder, Aganos and TJ Combo got only one change, while others like Kan Ra and Mira were given several. 

Changes to characters are accompanied by notes explaining the reasoning and intent of the alterations. The patch also contains numerous bug fixes for Eagle and other characters.

The patch is currently not ready for delivery, but the KI team hopes to have it in players' hands before Sept. 5, 2017. Readers can check out the patch notes at Ultra Combo, or check out the video from the developers after the jump.

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Tuesday
Aug292017

New character coming to Dissidia Final Fantasy arcade on Sept. 5

A new character will be announced for the arcade version of Dissidia Final Fantasy early in September.

This will be second character since August, as Square Enix announced in June that a new character would join the arcade version of Dissidia for every month from August through November. So far, Jecht from Final Fantasy X has joined the game.

While there is currently no guarantee that the forthcoming characters will all make it into Dissidia Final Fantasy NT when it arrives on PlayStation 4 in early 2018, Jecht has already been confirmed for that game. With that in mind, it seems reasonable to believe that new additions to the arcade game will be part of the console game when it is released.

Tuesday
Aug292017

Nightingale swooping in to Gundam Versus

A free update for Gundam Versus will launch in late September 2017 in Japan and bring with it new DLC mobile suits.

Nightingale, piloted by Char Aznable, will join the already revealed Phantom Gundam as optional DLC. Nightingale makes its appearance from the Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack - Beltorchika's Children novel.

Additionally, the update to Gundam Versus (ver. 1.05) will add one-on-one player matches and a new Extra Battle mode, where one player controls a boss mobile suit and five players have to work against them.

There is currently no release date for version 1.05 and the upcoming DLC mobile suits, but they will likely each cost players players 650 yen (about $6).

Monday
Aug282017

Capcom releases gameplay details on Street Fighter V's Menat

Additional light has been shed on how SFV's apprentice fortune teller will play right before her release on Aug. 29.

Menat's V-Skill is named Soul Reflect - Kamal and is an ability that normally deflects normal fireballs but once her crystal ball has been set it will simply absorb the projectile, giving Menat more V meter. Kamal can also be used to "launch the opponent into the air to help extend combos."

Menat's V-Trigger, Wisdom of Thoth, offers some interesting possibilities. The orbs that surround her are each controlled by a normal attack, and "pressing and releasing of [a button] sends the sphere linked to that attack flying at the opponent." From the wording it's tough to tell whether players will be able to use an attack but continue holding down the button until they choose to release and let the orb fly. If so, Menat will have some interesting combo and pressure setups that seem reminiscent of Zato-1 from the Guilty Gear franchise.

As with all other characters, Menat will release with both a Story and Battle costume. For more information, including pictures and gifs of Menat's abilities in action, readers can head over to Capcom Unity.

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