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Tuesday
Jan102017

Leak of Hori's Nintendo Switch peripherals reveals Real Arcade Pro stick

The Switch, Nintendo's newest console, will be getting peripheral and acessory support from Hori as revealed in a leak. The information also revealed an arcade stick from the Japanese manufacturer.

Documentation of Hori's upcoming Switch products showed a Real Arcade Pro stick. Judging by the lone concept picture, it looks like the Real Arcade Pro Hayabusa SW will be based on the modern RAP design found on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 models. The stick can be expected to also feature both the Hayabusa lever and pushbuttons. While we can see the eight button layout with a start button on the side, it's unknown on what special controls this stick has.

The document also reveals a price of €149.99 but offers no release date. There are currently no fighting games coming to the Switch as of this post. With the upcoming Nintendo Switch presentation on Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. PST, there is the possibility that we might see some fighters come to the platform.

Monday
Jan092017

Super Desperation Radio episode 601 archive online

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

It was the first SDR show of 2017 and a return after two weeks off for the group as they returned from the winter holidays.

SDR covered the new Echo Fox signings, the upcoming Evo games announcement, Cooperation Cup 15, the KOF 14 patch and more, even ending on a cliffhanger as Hellpockets' computer decided it didn't want to work anymore. 

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.

Monday
Jan092017

FGC Story Time: James Chen talks about the US coastal rivalry

In what may become a continuing series from UltraChenTV, James Chen sat down to talk about the historic East Coast vs West Coast feud that started in the earliest days of competitive Street Fighter and how it has evolved over the years.

Starting with some of the first meetings between the coasts at events such as Battle by the Bay 4, Chen talked about notable players like Eddie Lee and discussed how the competition moved from Alpha to Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and all the way into Street Fighter IV.

Chen interspersed his narration with match footage whenever possible, and was glad to have both Alex Valle and Justin Wong in the chat to correct some of his information. Readers can check out the Twitch archive below.

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Friday
Jan062017

Injustice 2 coming May 16, 2017

After some speculation, including a possible release date from Xbox, Injustice 2 has formally been announced to release on May 16, 2017.

Both Ed Boon and NetherRealm Studios tweeted the information, which fans of the first game have been awaiting since the sequel's reveal in June 2016.

So far very little information has been made available about the Injustice sequel, with much of the cast remaining a mystery. The game will arrive four years and a month after its predecessor Injustice: Gods Among Us, which released on April 16, 2013, in North America.

Thursday
Jan052017

Review: Razer Panthera arcade stick (PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PC)

Commonly known more for its gaming-focused PC peripherals and the communities that use them, Razer's attention to the fighting game community has been intriguing. Along with sponsoring players such as Infiltration, Fuudo and Xian, the company made arcade sticks to compete with Mad Catz, Qanba and Hori. With models for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One, the Atrox series had features ahead of its time all housed in a slick body design.

RAZER PANTHERA ARCADE STICK SCREENSHOTS

Even with cool features, Razer faced a situation where it had to deal with criticism. Events such as EVO 2015, where Momochi's Atrox stick was suddenly disabled on the eve of his Ultra Street Fighter IV victory, became a controversial topic in the community. Technical issues would also surface in future events giving more people reason to heckle Razer.

The company also had to adapt to the current FGC competitive climate. With a majority of fighting games being commonly available on the PlayStation 4, the manufacturer began work on a stick for that platform. Given another chance, Razer's new model—Panthera—doesn't deviate too much from its prdecessors while still making sure the stick is ready for a new generation. While the consistency is nice, the continuations—as well the smaller changes and additions—aren't always for the best.

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Thursday
Jan052017

Cooperation Cup 15 coming Jan. 7-8, 2017, English stream offered

The 2017 entry in the long-running Street Fighter III: Third Strike team event is here.

For those unfamiliar with Coop Cup, the event pits five-player teams against one another in a single-elimination tournament that brings in teams from all over Japan and the rest of the world. Like past entries, the main event will be preceded by the Pre-Cooperation Cup tournament where single-character five-player teams battle it out the day before.

The action will all be streamed on Game Newton's Twitch channel starting on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. JST (Friday, Jan. 6 at 5 p.m. PST, 8 p.m. EST) and continued with the main event the next day at the same time. For those wanting to watch the tournament with English commentary, Game Newton will be offering an alternative channel with commentary from Arlieth, Duralath, Zhi and rKf

French player jYaZu has created infographics breaking down character usage and other basic facts about this year's Coop Cup. They can be found on Imgur.

Wednesday
Jan042017

A guide to Mikado's upcoming Tenkaichi Budokai by MajinObama

Mikado arcade's upcoming Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- league is fast approaching, and MajinObama has created a guide to help explain the event and why it's important to the GG scene.

Tenkaichi Budokai is an offline, eight-player league hosted by Mikado that will split competitors into two groups. Players in these groups will compete in round-robin, first-to-10 sets with the winner of each group moving on to the final round. The second and third placers in each group will then compete for a third spot in that final round.

The players for the event have already been decided, and events are currently scheduled to begin on Jan. 8, 2017, as Karinchu's Johnny fights Kazuki's Dizzy. Interested readers can use MajinObama's guide to discover stream information, player profiles and a tentative schedule for the event that will run into February 2017.

Wednesday
Jan042017

Echo Fox starts 2017 with high-profile signings

Team EchoFox has surprised the fighting game community with the announcement of seven signings to its team in the early new year: Tokido, Justin Wong, Momochi, ChocoBlanka, SonicFox, Scar and MKLeo.

These players will join returning EchoFox players Mew2King and Julio Fuentes, whose contracts have been renewed in 2017, under the leadership of new team coach—and former Evil Geniuses team manager—Antonio "CoolGrayAJ" Javier.

Yahoo Esports broke the news early on Jan. 4, quoting team founder Rick Fox in saying the team's goal "has always been to build the premier esports organization in the world."

For more insight into Echo Fox's decision and the team's philosophy going forward, check out Bizarro Mike's interview with Echo Fox CEO Jace Hall via Yahoo Esports after the jump.

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Tuesday
Jan032017

Kilgore release to help KI Community Fund, Ultimates returning

The newest combatant in Killer Instinct is now available for $10, and half of his sales will go to help fund cash prizes for the KI community in 2017.

During a stream on the official Killer Instinct Twitch channel, Adam "Keits" Hart and Isaac "Delriach" Torres of Iron Galaxy noted that half the sales of Kilgore will go toward the Killer Instinct Community Fund, which will help fund bonuses for upcoming tournaments. They also debuted the character with a walkthrough and discussed the remaining dates for KI's Ultra Tour in 2017.

At the end of the stream, IG also teased the reintroduction of Ultimates to characters outside of Shadow Jago in Killer Instinct as Jago performed one on Kilgore. Players can check out the stream archive after the jump, with the Ultimate tease beginning at roughly two hours and five minutes.

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Tuesday
Jan032017

More details on New Japan Pro Wrestling x Tekken 7 content revealed

New Japan Pro Wrestling's biggest card of the year, Wrestle Kingdom 11, takes place on Jan. 4, 2017, and during a press event leading up to the show Bandai Namco gave more information on its upcoming collaboration with the wrestling company.

Starting on Jan. 22 and continuing until Feb. 23, players of Tekken 7: Fated Retribution will be able to unlock new customizations: New Japan Pro Wrestling and Bullet Club shirts for the cast, along with the pieces of King's previously revealed Rainmaker costume. The company will later offer shirts representing the Chaos stable as well as icons and banners that can be used to spruce up player profiles.

Wearing his Rainmaker costume—based on current IGWP World Heavyweight Champion "The Rainmaker" Kazuchika Okada—King will gain access to a new "Rainmaker" rage art. In it, King mimics the pro wrestler's iconic pose before delivering a single short-arm lariat.

There are no details at this time as to whether this content will make it to any console version of Tekken 7. Readers can check out the trailer for the content after the jump.

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Monday
Jan022017

Injustice 2 coming in late March 2017?

While the public does not yet have all the details on the upcoming Injustice: Gods Among Us sequel, a tentative release date may be available.

The Xbox Live Games on Demand preorder site lists the game's release as March 28, 2017. This would line up with previous NetherRealm Studios titles in terms of launch window.

What is confusing about this possible date is the relative lack of news about the NRS game since its announcement in June 2016. Even the game's website is sparse, only offering links to several of the game's trailers.

Injustice 2 has been announced for Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

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Monday
Jan022017

Evolution 2017 game list to be announced on Jan. 24

Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar has tweeted that the lineup for Evo 2017 will be revealed on Jan. 24 of the new year.

In his statement, Cuellar asked players what seven games they think should be played at the event, indicating that as the magic number of titles for the tournament. This, however, is not necessarily the final number of titles as Evo has expanded its roster beyond the stated limit in the past.

MarkMan has also noted that more information about Evo will be coming soon. Evo 2017 will be taking place on July 14-16, 2017, at the Mandalay Bay hotel and casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Sunday
Jan012017

Evil Geniuses announces roster shake-up for 2017

Evil Geniuses CEO Peter "PPD" Dager has released a new video highlighting how the Evil Geniuses roster will change in the coming year.

There are big changes coming in the fighting game division, as Justin Wong, Momochi and ChocoBlanka will not longer be part of EG going forward, along with PR Balrog who previously announced his departure. In their place will step Chris G, who Dager said the team is "super excited to have ... on board." Dager also noted that Smash Bros. legend PPMD will be coming back in 2017.

Evil Geniuses will also be dropping its Starcraft 2 team, and focusing on its new Call of Duty team in 2017. Readers can check out the short video after the jump.

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Thursday
Dec292016

Classic Marvel combo exhibition by Izumojin and Magnetro

A new video has revealed more bizarre exploits and interesting system abuses in classic Capcom games.

The 10-minute combo video contains footage from every Marvel fighter Capcom created before MvC3—Marvel Super Heroes, X-Men: Children of the Atom, X-Men vs. Street Fighter, Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter, Marvel vs. Capcom and Marvel vs. Capcom 2—and finds ways to get the most damage out of weird situations.

From 100 percent juggles to upside-down combos, assist abuse and even mini-Spiral, the exhibition is an interesting and sometimes humorous look at the ingenuity of imaginative players. Readers can check out the video below.

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Thursday
Dec292016

Learning Guilty Gear fundamentals by Machaboo

Guilty Gear Sweden has posted a guide by Machaboo on basics he believes players need to know to become stronger at the airdasher series.

The guide, translated to English by Zake, breaks the game into four parts: Basics, Decision-making based on risk/reward, Defense and Mind games.

The guide includes situational examples and tries to simplify the concepts for those who may feel overwhelmed by all the information. It's both a great primer for players looking to advance their GG gameplan and as a look into the mind of one of the game's strongest players.

Tuesday
Dec272016

Original Tekken 7 releasing to US Round 1 locations

After speculation that Tekken 7 would be arriving to U.S. shores without its balance and roster updates, it appears that is indeed the case.

Tekken 7.0 is currently up and running at the Round 1 in Puente Hills Mall in Southern California, the first R1 store in the U.S.

There is no other information available at this time, including when other stores will receive the title as promised. It should be noted that of all the locations where Tekken 7 has been released, only Korea and Japan have received Fated Retribution.

IPLAYWINNER has reached out to Bandai Namco for a statement explaining its decision.

Tuesday
Dec272016

Details released for Killer Instinct World Cup 2016 and KI Con

The 2016 KI World Cup will be part of a weekend-long KI Con, full of events for players and spectators alike.

The three-day event will take place on March 10-12, 2017, and include concerts, panels and side events for other games. KI Con will also play host to the last-chance qualifier for KIWC, where five players will win spots in Sunday's top 32 bracket to compete for $30,000 in prizes. 

Tickets for the event go on sale on January 3, 2017. For more information, including links to the hotel, head over to Ultra Combo.

Thursday
Dec222016

Winter Steam Sale brings discounts to many fighters

The annual Winter Steam Sale has arrived, bringing big discounts to many fighting games offered through the platform.

Arc System Works has cut prices on many titles including Arcana Heart 3 LOVE MAX!!!!!, Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code, Battle Fantasia and older versions of the Under Night, Guilty Gear and BlazBlue series.

SNK is once again offering low prices for King of Fighters XIII, 2002 Unlimited Match and '98 Ultimate Match Final Edition, as well as The Last Blade 2.

Lastly, there are also sizable discounts for Street Fighter V, Mortal Kombat XL, Skullgirls, Blade Arcus, Koihime Enbu and many other titles. Sadly, it seems recently released titles such as Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- and Garou: Mark of the Wolves are not included in this year's sale. For a list containing most of the titles, head over to Steam.

Thursday
Dec222016

KOF XIV 1.10 update coming Jan. 11, 2017, '98 Athena DLC free now

The King of Fighters XIV Producer Yasuki Oda has announced the release date for the upcoming visual upgrade for KOF XIV, along with a little extra for fans.

First, KOF XIV 1.10 will be delivered to players on Jan. 11, 2017. In the update "aspects such as the shaders and lighting have been upgraded to improve the overall visuals." Color choices for each character have also been increased from four to six.

Second, the recently announced '98 Athena Asamiya skin will be a free download for the first month of its release, until Jan. 22, 2017.

Players can check out a preview of the new visuals and Athena's skin after the jump.

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Thursday
Dec222016

Round 1 locations in North America to possibly carry original Tekken 7, not Fated Retribution

According to Round 1's website, Tekken 7 will be hitting all R1 locations in North America in December 2016. With this information, players were left wondering if it would be the latest revision, Fated Retributon. Now, a new clue reveals that these stores may be receiving the original version of the game.

The once primarily Asian version of Tekken-Net, used for both rankings as well as customization, added United States to the multitude of nations in their Available Arcades page. Countries featured on the list such as the Philippines, Taiwan and Australia are still on the original arcade version of T7.

Both Japan and South Korea are the only places currently playing Fated Retribution. Both countries feature their own dedicated Tekken-Net sites and have indicators that show they are on FR.

This should be treated as speculation until Round 1 locations set up the units still planned for December of this year.

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