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Rising Thunder Enters Open Alpha

The fighting game created by Seth Killian and Radiant Entertainment, the studio led by Evolution cofounders Tom and Tony Cannon, is now being offered to the general public. The game, which had been in an invite-only closed Alpha test to ensure that its online network was stable, has apparently passed and can now be downloaded and played by anyone who signs up at

However, as this game is still in a technical alpha build, it's important to note that players may encounter errors in matchmaking or even with the game itself. The game is continuously being patched by the developers to reduce this number of possible complications.


Guilty Gear Xrd Color Glitch by Kensou

Kensou has recorded an interesting glitch in Guilty Gear Xrd for PlayStation 4. While playing on his friend Mattix's system, the game gave the players access to gold and shadow colors for the entire cast, and also showed different character art for Leo Whitefang.

The gold and shadow palettes replace colors seven and eight for each character, but both Ramlethal and Elphelt's seem unfinished. In previous Guilty Gear games, gold and shadow colors were unlockable and gave special benefits to their character. It seems that they were originally going to be part of Xrd but were not finished.

Kensou says he is unsure as to how they managed to glitch the game, but that it also immediately crashed when they tried to pick Leo's stage. Check out the video after the jump.

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Arc System Works to Publish Skullgirls 2nd Encore in Japan

Famitsu and Arc System Works have announced that the developer will be publishing Lab Zero's Skullgirls 2nd Encore in Japan. The game, which has no release date at this point, will be coming to PlayStation 4 and Vita consoles.

Skullgirls 2nd Encore is the newest version of the game and includes all of the DLC characters. It will receive a full translation, complete with Japanese audio for all of the cast, and will include the modes found in the U.S. release of 2nd Encore.

Skullgirls has previously been available in Japan on PlayStation Network and on the NESiCAxLive arcade platform.


Rash from Battletoads Joins Killer Instinct, Season 3 Announced

Killer Instinct will be getting a third season of content, and Rash will be part of it when the season starts rolling out in March 2016. In an announcement during Gamescom, it was revealed that the Battletoad will be joining the playable cast in Killer Instinct and that starting on Aug. 4 players will get to test the character during a public trial period.

For one month, from Aug. 4 to Sept. 8, players who have purchased any Killer Instinct content or who own Rare Replay will have access to the toad and his array of attacks based on the classic action franchise. From his ram-headed attack to the wrecking ball and even a speed bike from the Turbo Tunnel, Rash will bring 2-D hurt into the 3-D fighter.

The KI team is quick to point out that Rash's look and moveset is not yet complete, however, and may be subject to change after the test's completion and before he rolls out in Season 3.


Super Desperation Radio Episode 422 Archive Online

The latest episode of Super Desperation Radio is now available for watching on IPLAYWINNER'S YouTube channel.

Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] released in Japan on July 23 and SDR talked about some of the balance changes as well as the ridiculous damage combos that are now options for almost every character.

In other news, Vega is returning to Street Fighter V and the cast took some time to poke fun at his new look while also talking about his new abilities and questioning what changes might be in store for the Spaniard.

Lastly, talk of tournament organization and prodution again crept into the show as Hellpockets lead a conversation about pre- and postgame shows for events and the crew talked about upcoming events in Southern California. 

Super Desperation Radio is live every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PST on Twitch and YouTube.


Vega Returns in Street Fighter V

The Spanish master of the claw is joining the cast of Street Fighter V. Known in the West as Vega—but in Japan as Balrog—, the handsome fighter returns with a different look and some new tricks in SFV.

Eschewing his normal appearance from older Street Fighter titles, Vega is wearing a puffy shirt and high-water pants that evoke thoughts of early modern Europe in SFV. He also now has the ability to purposely put the claw away, allowing him access to a new range of attack properties and moves including a command grab.

His V-Skill is the Matador Turn, a dodge with a optional counterattack function, and his V-Trigger is Bloody Kiss, in which Vega throws a fast rose projectile that if it hits guarantees an immediate follow-up attack.

Vega will be first playable at Gamescom 2015 in Cologne, Germany. Hit the jump for preview trailer of Vega.

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ZeRo Joins Team SoloMid

Gonzalo ‘ZeRo’ Barrios is now the second Smash Bros. player on TSM. In a statement, the team welcomed the dominant Super Smash Bros. 4 player and Evolution 2015 champion, lauding his efforts including his "current 44 tournament win streak."

Barrios said that he is excited to play for TSM and that he cannot wait "to make TSM proud with what I know how to do best: SMASH."

As stated above, Barrios is not TSM's first foray into Smash. He joins Melee's William "Leffen" Hjelte on Team SoloMid.


Super Desperation Radio Episode 421 Archive Online

The latest episode of Super Desperation Radio is finally available for watching on IPLAYWINNER'S YouTube channel!

Coming back from their yearly Evolution vacation, the SDR cast talked about the event from both their pespectives as attendees and as people who worked at the show. Talk focused mostly on the Guilty Gear Xrd tournaments and the poor floorplan that lead many Gear players to watch quarter and semifinals in their rooms or outside the ballroom, but finals day and the USF4 grand final in particular were also mentioned.

The crew then switched gears to talk about the upcoming Arc Revo tournaments and how the U.S. teams would perform in Japan, as well the new updates to both Guilty Gear and BlazBlue.

Lastly, SDR discussed the recent problems with the Street Fighter V beta and what that means—if anything—for Capcom going forward.

Super Desperation Radio is live every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PST on Twitch and YouTube.


Mortal Kombat X Sorceror Quan Chi Tutorial by Ketchup

Evolution 2015 Mortal Kombat X top 8 finalist PND Ketchup has created a 23-minute guide on the character that got him there, Sorceror Quan Chi.

Ketchup takes time to break down all of Quan Chi's spells in MKX, talking about the best ways to use each one. He also points out different situations where Quan Chi should and should not try to activate them, as well as giving different routes to maximize their effectiveness.

Check out the video after the jump.

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Japanese Xrd Player Memories of Evo 2015 Translated by Tenma

In the aftermath of Evolution 2015, Japanese Guilty Gear Xrd players Nage, Woshige and Rion posted their experiences and thoughts about coming to the U.S. and competing in Las Vegas.

Tenma translated these posts—sometimes consisting of multiple tweets—and combined them into small blogs so that English speakers can see how Japanese players prepared for their trips and the tournament itself. 

The translations can be found here.


BBCPE Bullet Serpentine Assault Setups by Sanchez

Super Desperation Radio's Sanchez has come up with a short video showcasing the many ways in which Bullet can utilize her command throw super, Serpentine Assault, in BlazBlue Chronophantasma Extend.

The video is only a minute and a half, but demonstrates various different ways a player can tick into the grab or even reset an opponent into the damaging super. The video is joined by one from the New York's SuperKawaiiDesu, who weighed in with his own previously recorded video after Sanchez posted his to YouTube.

Check out the videos after the jump.

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Capcom Apologizes for SFV Beta Problems, Postpones Activity

A new post by Capcom's Peter "ComboFiend" Rosas has addressed the problems players were having during what was supposed to be the first of three public beta tests for Street Fighter V. In his post, ComboFiend says that the company was caught off guard by the weight of the problems and thus could not provide the level of quality it had hoped to give players in North America.

With the problems still lingering, Capcom has decided to take the beta offline until a rescheduled test can take place at the level of the company's expectations. The company will also not count this first attempt as part of the three public betas for the game.

ComboFiend also said Capcom is working on a way to reward players who participated in this first test, but did not have any details to offer players at this time.


"Continue?" Figures Immortalize Street Fighters in Defeat

For arcade gamers, the continue screen was the final insult before returning home, a glaring reminder that the player had run out of quarters.

In many titles, the continue screen was nothing more than a simple countdown, but Capcom games like Final Fight and Street Fighter II took it to the next level, showing the player's character battered and beaten or—in the case of Final Fight—about to be blown up.

Now Embrace Japan is recreating those memories with the "Continue? Portrait" line of PVC figures. Consisting of the first 12 world warriors, the line shows the defeated characters waiting for players to put another quarter in and restart the fight. Each portrait sits on a small black platform with the iconic "Continue?" written on it.

The figures look to be a nice throwback to Street Fighter's roots, but no details about pricing or release are available at this time.



Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax Ignition Releases July 28 in Japan

The follow-up to Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax will soon be released in Japanese arcades.

Named Climax, the game will feature a balance update, new gameplay systems and new characters Quenser Barbotage from Heavy Object and Emi Yusa from The Devil is a Part-Timer.

The Climax update was location tested in Japan during June 2015. Hit the jump for some gameplay footage of the new release.

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Woshige's Error gets SportsCenter Coverage

Evolution 2015 is over but the moments from the weekend are still fresh in the mind of attendants and viewers. However, one moment from Evo is now fresh in the minds of all sports fans as ESPN's SportsCenter carried news of Woshige's early celebration in Guilty Gear Xrd top 8.

Woshige and Ogawa, two of the top Japanese players in the tournament, were playing to get into winners' finals when Woshige celebrated a round victory thinking it was the end of the match and set.

The SportsCenter anchors compared it premature celebration in other competitions throughout history. Check out the video after the jump.

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Super Desperation Radio Episode 420 Archive Online

The latest episode of Super Desperation Radio is now available for watching on IPLAYWINNER'S YouTube channel.

It was a complex group of emotions for SDR on the last cast before Evo 2015. On one hand, the crew talked about the excitement for Evolution as they were briefly joined by Chris Ceglia to talk about the production of the event.

However, the death of Satoru Iwata cast a long shadow over the gaming community and SDR took some time to talk about his philsophy as Nintendo president and his contributions to history.

Lastly, the announcement of the forthcoming BlazBlue: Central Fiction has renewed talk about the Arc System Works publishing cycle and the different viewpoints on it from the airdash community.

Super Desperation Radio is live every Monday at 6:30 p.m. PST on Twitch and YouTube.


Ken Returns in Street Fighter V with a New Style

During a panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2015, Capcom has announced the return of Ken Masters to Street Fighter V. While this revelation is definitely not surprising to many fighting game players, what is different is how Ken will be playing in SFV. 

According to the panel, Ken will for the first time play nothing like Ryu, instead focusing on kick attacks. His V-Skill is a command run that ends in step kick or a special move, and his V-Trigger is called Heat Rush and seems to add fire to his attacks.

Ken will be playable on the floor at Comic-Con so expect more information to become available as the weekend progresses.

Hit the jump for the reveal trailer, which was captured by the Mission Start Podcast.

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Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] Coming to Japanese Arcades on July 23

Arc System Works released the intro video for the next version of Under Night In-Birth, and it's found after the jump!

Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] will be officially playable in Japanese arcades on July 23. It will feature all characters from previous iterations including PlayStation 3 characters Byakuya and Nanase. New character Phonon will make her debut in this latest version.

System changes found in this iteration includes Vorpal being rewarded to the player who hits first. A variant of Veil Off called Cross Veil Off will allow players to perform the mechanic during combos and will reset bounce restriction in a combo.

Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st] will be featured as a side tournament at this year's Arc Revolution Cup. There is no news of a console port. Make sure to check out the character changes here.

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Siliconera Reports Four Characters Return in Street Fighter V

As Street Fighter V information has slowly been released by Capcom, multiple different character roster "spoilers" have been making their rounds across social media and gaming forums. None of these supposed lists have been backed up with more than hearsay, but they have gotten many players excited for the possibility their favorite Street Fighter characters from the past could end up in SFV.

Siliconera, however, is stepping forward to say it has inside information that Alex, Urien, R. Mika and Karin will all be returning in Street Fighter V. This anonymously sourced revelation comes with no other information at the moment, but the website is not treating this as rumor but as fact.

While it seems hard to believe that this report could be true, in June 2015 Siliconera used similarly anonymous sources to reveal the remake of Final Fantasy VII before E3 made it public.


Breakdown of Street Fighter V's PlayStation 4 Beta Revealed, No Local Play Available

When getting your hands on the Street Fighter V beta on July 23, here is what you need to know going into it.

Capcom's Peter Rosas revealed what will be in store for the PlayStation 4 beta. Intended to test the online netcode, this beta will not feature any local versus. You will need a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online. The beta will include the first four characters announced, Ryu, Chun-Li, Nash and M. Bison, with Cammy and Birdie coming on July 25.

When picking your character, you will be placed in a training stage called The Grid where you can practice while waiting for an online opponent. As you fight, both England's and China's stages will be available along with a stage from New Zealand to be featured in the beta.

If you haven't yet receieved access to the beta, make sure to check the full post on PlayStation Blog for info. Details behind the PC beta haven't been revealed.

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