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Wednesday
Apr062016

Killer Instinct World Cup 2017 season announced

The path to the Killer Instinct World Cup in 2017 has been unveiled, along with the rules that will govern its qualifying events.

In a post by KIWC head Brandon Alexander on Ultra Combo, the details of automatic qualification events were laid out as well as the ranking points that will accompany both online and offline events.

There are currently 12 offline events that will grant the winning player a spot at the KI World Cup, but more may be added in the future. The KI Pro League and 8 Bit Beatdown tournaments will cover the online portion of qualifying.

Alexander also addressed some rules for this year's event, saying that both Combo Assist Mode and Shadow Jago will be legal at qualifiers. 

For more information and a points breakdown, check out Ultra Combo.

 

Tuesday
Apr052016

Shadow Jago now permanently available in Killer Instinct

The former limited time only downloadable character Shadow Jago can now always be purchased in Killer Instinct.

In a post on Ultra Combo, Iron Galaxy announced that fan response to KI Season 3 and "popular demand" were such that the character will now always be a part of the regular roster.

Shadow Jago was originally a reskin of Jago, but after the KI Community Fund reached $100,000 he was developed into his own character. Previously only offered from Dec. 18, 2015 through Jan. 15, 2016 and again when KI Season 3 released, he will now always be available for purchase through the online store for $9.99.

Tuesday
Apr052016

Aksys Academy introduces throw breaks in Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator-

Aksys Games has created a new video series to teach the basics of games like Guilty Gear and BlazBlue. Named Aksys Academy, the short videos are narrated by James Xie as he walks players through concepts in the games with mostly untechnical terms.

The first Aksys Academy focuses on the addition of throw breaks in Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator-. A feature that many felt was sorely missed in -Sign-, breaking returns in -Revelator- and Aksys Academy explains how characters react to the situation of a throw break and when players can and cannot break a throw.

Check out the video after the jump.

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Monday
Apr042016

Super Desperation Radio Episode 510 archive online

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

After a week off, Super Desperation Radio recapped NorCal Regionals and briefly discussed the Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- demo before Daryl "DJcream" Bunao joined the show to discuss the early plans for AnimEvo 2016.

There will be 11 titles that form AnimEvo in 2016: 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.

Later in the show, Sanchez talked about a few more of his problems with Street Fighter V along with giving a quick breakdown of Alex's release in the game.

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

 

Friday
Apr012016

King of Fighters titles added to US Round 1 NESiCAxLive library

Round 1 has announced that three more games are now available to play on their NESiCAxLive system all throughout the United States.

The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match, King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match Final Edition and King of Fighters XIII Climax are now playable. All three titles have all been previously released on Steam, but before that had received no release outside of Japanese arcades.

The addition of these three games is another step forward in Round 1's U.S. expansion of the NESiCA system, and brings hope to people who would like to see some of the service's more niche titles at U.S. Round 1 locations.

Thursday
Mar312016

Geese Howard returns in King of Fighters XIV

The 10th teaser trailer for King of Fighters XIV has been released, and it shows three more additions to the cast: Geese Howard, Ryo Sakazaki and Joe Higashi.

The teaser stars Geese and Ryo, showcasing Geese's counters before showing off the different moves that he and Ryo will have in the new game. Players can blink and miss Joe, who only shows up to get swatted away by Howard.

Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Thursday
Mar312016

Killer Instinct Season 3 character breakdowns by Sajam

Southern California's Stephen "Sajam" Lyon has created new videos that explore the four new characters in Killer Instinct Season 3: Rash, Arbiter, Kim Wu and Tusk.

Each of the videos discusses normal moves, specials, enders, Instinct Mode and character-specific nuances for each newcomer. The videos serve as great primers for people wanting to know more about each character without doing all the legwork themselves.

Players can check out the videos at Sajam's YouTube channel.

Wednesday
Mar302016

Steam version of Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code coming April 19

The Type-Moon and French Bread collaborative fighting game will be on Valve's popular PC gaming delivery service next month.

Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code is coming to Steam on April 19 handled by Arc System Works. This wide release version will feature English localization, unlike the original limited Japanese release back in 2011.

Based on the screenshots featured on the game's Steam page, its widescreen mode will have the game maintaining the 4:3 aspect ratio while the rest of the screen will be filled by character art. The Steam version will also include a proper online mode with both ranked and casual matching.

The trailer can be found after the jump!

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Wednesday
Mar302016

Brook releasing 360/XB1 & PS3/PS4 to Wii U Super Converters soon

Players with controllers or sticks from either Microsoft's or Sony's consoles can soon use them on the Nintendo Wii U with two new converters from Brook.

The Taiwan company's Super Converter line will expand to the Wii U with two models. One model will require an Xbox 360 or Xbox One controller while the other will need one for PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4. Being a USB device, the converter doesn't require a Wiimote to connect but rather fits directly onto the Wii U console. The PS3/PS4 version of the Super Converter will feature instant wireless support with the Dual Shock 3 and Dual Shock 4 controllers while the 360/XB1 build will need an Xbox 360 Wireless Receiver for the original 360 controller.

While details are still light, the box art more or less shows that they can work with both Pokkén Tournament or Super Smash Bros. for Wii U. The release date for these Super Converters has yet to be announced but make sure to stay tuned to your favorite arcade parts supplier to see if they will carry them.

Wednesday
Mar302016

ESL announces Mortal Kombat X Pro League Season 3

Mortal Kombat's ESL Pro League will be returning for a third season, with more money in prizes than ever before.

During the third season, Pro League players will compete for a total of $500,000 in cash prizes including a $200,000 award for winning the ESL finals in Burbank, California. ESL also promises more ways to win, including the introduction of the Challenger Cup set of weekly tournaments.

The regular season of the ESL Pro League begins April 3, 2016, while the Challenger Cup begins for North America, Europe, the CIS and newly added Latin America on April 2. For more information, check out the MKX Pro League website.

Tuesday
Mar292016

'Big news' coming for Mortal Kombat XL

Ed Boon has promised big upcoming news for Mortal Kombat fans as soon as March 30, according to his Twitter.

Coming so soon after an unexpected March 29 patch to MKXL, it's unclear what the news could entail. Boon has often enjoyed playing on the hopes and fears of MK fans on Twitter, as he has spoiled some future characters well in advance of their release while teasing others that have yet to become a reality.

And that's not to say the Boon's announcement is necessarily about in-game content. It could also have something to do with the Krimson Ermac skin fund, other tournament-related proceedings or even be related to sales of 500,000 copies of the PC version of Mortal Kombat X. In other words, everyone will find out when Boon wants to tell them.

Monday
Mar282016

Gargos returns in Killer Instinct Season 3

A new trailer for Killer Instinct Season 3 has been released, and it has confirmed the return of Killer Instinct 2's Gargos.

In addition to Gargos, the trailer also officially revealed Mira, who will be available sometime in April, and again introduced the characters who will be available when Season 3 drops: Kim Wu, Rash, Arbiter and Tusk.

The trailer also showed the updated stage visuals, teased the upcoming Shadow Lords mode and set the stage for two more unannounced characters who will be making their debut in June and July, respectively.

Check out the trailer after the jump.

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Monday
Mar282016

Tekken 7 beginner guides by Nobi

The 2015 Tekken 7 Global Championship winner, Nobi, has recorded a set of videos to help out new players getting into the game. 

Starting with a short video that goes over the basics of Tekken 7, Nobi also created a video for each character in the original release showing off basic combo routes. While the videos are in Japanese, AvoidingthePuddle's Flying Wonky has briefly transcribed Nobi's comments.

The tutorials are short but can still be a great place for new players to start learning a character. Check out the guides on OpenRec.tv.

Thursday
Mar242016

Avyd announces $100,000 fighting game championship

Fledgling eSports company Avyd has announced a Winter Championships tournament that will pay out $100,000 across six fighting games: Street Fighter V, Mortal Kombat X, Guilty Gear Xrd, Killer Instinct, Super Smash Bros. Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Melee.

The Orlando, Florida, based company has also designated a group of tournaments—both offline and online events—that will serve as qualifiers for this championship, with the winners of each being put into the closed eight-person bracket at the final event. Six of the spots will be filled this way, with two remaining spots filled at the Winter Championships itself.

Avyd qualifiers begin with NorCal Regionals on March 25-27, 2016, and will end with an online event sometime in November. Winners will receive free lodging at the Winter Championships and a VIP weekend pass for the event. Check out the full list of Avyd events after the jump.

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Thursday
Mar242016

Revised Tusk trailer from Killer Instinct Season 3 teases new character Mira

A previously released trailer for Killer Instinct's Tusk gets a slight change showing off one of the new characters coming to Season 3.

The majority of the Tusk trailer plays very similarly to its original version but adds a female vampire character towards the end as a teaser. While not named in any of the trailer announcements, the recent leak regarding S3 referred to her as Mira, the twin sister of Maya.

Since there isn't any other footage of Mira available at this time, you can find her in action in the Tusk trailer after the jump! Killer Instinct Season 3 will launch on March 29, 2016, for both Xbox One and Windows 10!

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Thursday
Mar242016

Street Fighter V March 2016 update coming last week of month, Zenny not implemented

The next major update for Street Fighter V, filled with features and a character everyone has been waiting for, is set for the end of the month.

Delivered in two parts, the update will first drop on March 28 with a more robust online system, Challenge Mode, bug fixes and backend improvements. Ranked and Casual matches will allows players to do a best of three matches if both accept the rematch option. Battle Lounge can now host up to eight players to both spectate and play. The Challenge Mode can help new players understand the game through multiple tutorials as well as combo trials.

The second part, on March 30, will feature both the debut of the in-game store and Street Fighter III character Alex as the first post-release character. While Fight Money can be used when the store launches, the Zenny system, funds derived from real money, will be implemented at a later date. For now, all players can briefly try Alex for free until Zenny gets activated. You can also get and keep Ryu and Chun-Li's story outfits for free.

You can find the full breakdown here.

Thursday
Mar242016

Athena with two new characters Nelson & Luong in latest KOFXIV teaser trailer

The March 24, 2016, trailer of The King of Fighters XIV includes a popular Psycho Soldier and two premiering fighters. It can be found after the jump!

The ninth teaser trailer was a short but revealing video featuring not only Athena returning but two new characters, Luong and Nelson. While not officially categorized, but judging by the most recent leaked list, the kicks-heavy Luong will likely be representing Kim's team while Nelson, a boxer, will probably be part of team referred to as South America. Along with the character reveals, a waterfall stage was shown off.

In addition to the trailer, the Japanese-based KVO x Team St1ckbug 2016 event on April 30 will feature an exhibition tournament with 20 playable characters in the build.

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Wednesday
Mar232016

Pricing info on Killer Instinct Season 3 bundle packs revealed

With the next Killer Instinct season coming very soon, the major bundles have been revealed. If you are looking for a specific pack, make sure to read below.

Players on March 29, 2016, can pay for one of three major packs either on the Xbox One or the Microsoft Store on Windows 10. For those who already own KI, the $19.99 Combo Breaker edition will include Tusk, Kim Wu, Halo's the Arbiter and Battletoads' Rash instantly as well as four more additional characters to be announced. The Ultra Edition, priced at $39.99, will also feature XP boosters, 18,000 KI Gold, Retro outfits for the new characters and an extra color for those outfits.

For those who haven't jumped into Killer Instinct just yet, the Supreme Edition will have every Ultra Edition from every season as well as both Killer Instinct Classic and Killer Instinct 2 Classic on Xbox One only. The Supreme Edition will cost Xbox One users $59.99 while Windows 10 will have it for $49.99, due to the lack of KI Classic and KI2 Classic. If you don't care for the extra content, the alternative is to get the Double Combo edition for $29.99 along with the S3 Combo Breaker package.

Even if you don't pay for any of the packs, the Arbiter, Kim Wu, Tusk, Rash and the rest from S3 can be paid for individually. You can find the full breakdown here.

Wednesday
Mar232016

Being Free podcast follows event production as it happens

Ten/o LLC Executive Producer and IPLAYWINNER head Chris Ceglia has begun a new podcast series that follows him as he works events.

Titled Being Free, the shows hopes to offer a behind-the-scenes look at the highs and lows of event production in and around the fighting game community.

The first two episodes of Being Free were recorded during Final Round 19 and feature "impromptu co-host" Josh "R. S. BlackRose" Hathaway, community organizer Rick "The Hadou" Thiher and Ultra Arcade founder Brandon "XboxViking" Alexander.

Check the episodes out at SoundCloud.

Tuesday
Mar222016

Etokki Omni Arcade Stick revision six, featuring PS4 support, now available for pre-order

One of my favorite arcade sticks has been upgraded to the next generation.

The Omni Arcade Stick from Etokki, now at its sixth revision, replaces dual Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 support for that of both the PS3 and the PlayStation 4. For those who play Street Fighter V on PC, X-Input is also supported in the Omni. Like previous versions of the Omni, Etokki is selling models with Japanese or Korean parts built in that can be interchangeable.

With the big change of having PS4 support, revision six includes a USB B connection for easy cable replacement and improved internal wiring.

Supplies are limited so if you are interested in either model, pre-order soon as they will ship on April 5, 2016!

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