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Equinox Gaming signs Joey Fury

Fighting game sponsor and apparel company Equinox has taken another step into the fighting game scene with its addition of Joseph "Joey Fury" Bennett to the team's roster.

Joey Fury has been a mainstay in the upper echelons of Tekken 7 in the U.S. since its release. Through his tournament success he was able to make it to the Tekken World Tour finals in 2017, and he is currently one of only two U.S. players to crack the top 20 in 2018's standings.

Joey is known for his Jack-7 and Paul play, and he joins fellow Tekken player Ji-myung "Dimeback" Jeon as part of EQNX.

In a video for the signing, Joey Fury said he's excited to represent his new team and that Equinox is changing his life because he wouldn't be travel to these different events without the organization's support. Joey had previously been part of Circa Esports, which ceased operations after Evo 2018.

Readers can check out the promo after the jump.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to receive special edition, Pro Controller

Nintendo has revealed the North American special edition for its upcoming brawler, and the game-themed controller that will come packaged with it.

Details are scarce at the moment, but Nintendo's website shows the game coming in a SteelBook case along with the Smash Bros. version of the Switch Pro Controller. According to Shoryuken, Best Buy currently has the package priced at $139.99, and the Pro Controller will be sold separately as well.

This is a decidedly different take from the European special edition of the game, which will be packaged with a GameCube controller and GameCube controller adapter.

It's odd that Nintendo would offer Smash fans a brand-new controller style when the community plays the game on GameCube controllers, but perhaps Nintendo is hoping to court new fans with Ultimate. 


Cult of personality: Azwel joins Soul Calibur VI

First shown off as part of the game's story mode, the "leader of humanity" Azwel joins the playable cast of characters in SC6.

Azwel fights with the weapon Palindrome, which allows him to create weapons to assault opponents. He also seems to have other mystical abilities which are shown in his move set.

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

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Thief Arthur of Million Arthur joins SNK Heroines as DLC

[Update Aug. 25, 12:07 p.m. CDT] NIS America has tweeted that Thief Arthur will be available on Sept. 13, 2018.

One of the character from Square Enix's Million Arthur franchise will be making her SNK fighting game debut when she joins the cast of the company's upcoming female brawler as DLC.

Thief Arthur looks to be a close-range fighter with a super very similar to Ibuki's Yami-Shigure in Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike.

Readers can check out Thief Arthur's trailer, courtesy of NIS America, after the jump (the trailer was first available thanks to Twitter user MechaGS).

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Million Arthur to feature Iori, other guests when it comes home Nov. 29

SNK's Iori Yagami will join the cast of Million Arthur: Arcana Blood when it launches for PlayStation 4 on Nov. 29, 2018, in Japan.

According to Anime FGC News, he will be joined by Lord of Vermillion 4's Koume Sakiyama, Yamaneko (Wildcat) Arthur from the phone MMO HanGyaku-Sei Million Arthur and assist character Akira Oono from High Score Girl. 

The game will come to console a year after its arcade release and cost players 6,980 yen (roughly $62). 

Readers can check out the Iori trailer, courtesy of Twitter user MechaGS, after the jump. There is currently no information as to a North American release for the game at this time.

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New SNK Heroines video shows off various customizations

A recent Japanese stream of the forthcoming all-women SNK fighter showed more of what players can expect from the game's customization mode upon release.

The stream for SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy featured the voice actresses of Love Heart, Mai Shiranui and Shermie as well as the game's Mysterious Benefactor. During the 25-minute clip uploaded by SNK, the guests showcase various pieces of clothing and dress their fighters, then battle it out in matches.

Readers can check out the footage after the jump. SNK Heroines comes to Switch and PlayStation 4 in North America on Sept. 7, 2018.

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The remaining arcade-exclusive customization items coming home for Tekken 7 Season Two

While players can expect six characters as well as a balance patch in Tekken 7 Season Two, players who get the upcoming season pass will also receive some added bonuses.

Those bonuses include additional customization items that were previously exclusive to T7's arcade counterpart: Tekken 7 Fated Retribution. The most notable addition is the inclusion of clothing, hair, player panels and other accessories from Bandai Namco Entertainment's PlayStation VR game Summer Lesson. New hit effects such as one featuring characters in a dot character format and another featuring various chicken sprites will also be added.

Exclusive to the season pass are promotional clothes for the Tekken World Tour. Most characters, sans Kuma and Panda, are able to equip t-shirts featuring the TWT logo. The bears will have some TWT-style accessories though. While not planned with this season pass, Noctis will get a TWT-branded version of his Fighting King's Rainment outfit in the coming future.

This is confirmed at least for owners of the home versions of Tekken 7 in Japan. Judging by the arcade items included for free during Tekken 7's one year anniversary on home platforms, it's very likely owners outside Japan will get the Season Two bonuses. For pictures on what to expect, check Avoiding the Puddle's post on it.

Tekken 7 Season Two will begin on Sept. 6, 2018, with Lei Wulong, Anna Williams and a balance patch immediately available.


Nacon announces Daija Arcade Stick for PS4 at Gamescom 2018, coming Fall 2018 in Europe

[Update Aug. 23 2:00am PDT]: The Daija stick does carry Sanwa Denshi parts according to Kayane.

European peripherals manufacturer Nacon is joining the arcade stick fray with its own design.

Called the Daija Arcade Stick, this product is a change for Nacon, who is more commonly associated for its third-party controllers for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One as well as PC accessories. This will work for PS4, PlayStation 3 and PC.

The stick has a box-like aesthetic with a noticeable hand rest just below the main panel as well as a grille pattern on the side. The main panel seems that it can be customizable to allow custom artwork. The right side, which includes special controls, also features a red button that likely allow players instant access to the Daija's internals. It also features headset support. As for the stick's parts, it's currently unknown what it will offer but the box does hint that the Daija will possibly be using those from Sanwa Denshi.

This was announced at Gamescom 2018 in Cologne, Germany. Along with promotion from Nacon themselves, French player Marie-Laure "Kayane" Norindr was also promoting the stick.

According to Kayane, the Daija Arcade Stick is planned for a Fall 2018 release in Europe for €199.99. She also mentioned that there are plans to release it outside the region.


Are you happy now? Tira joins the cast of Soul Calibur VI as DLC

[Update Aug. 22, 6:43 p.m. CDT]: According to Bandai Namco, "Tira will be included in the Season Pass as a bonus character whenever you purchase it, and she will also be available as a day-one standalone DLC." She will not be a preorder bonus.

The stance-changing master of the Ring Blade will yet again fight on the stage of history, but this time as downloadable content for Soul Calibur VI.

According to Avoiding the Puddle, Tira will be available both as a preorder bonus and as part of the game's season pass, so players will have multiple ways to get ahold of the character. First appearing in SCIII, Tira's swapping between "Jolly" and "Gloomy" stances made her a very interesting addition to the SC cast.

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

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New arcade location test footage of SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy from Aug. 18-19

With SNK's all-female tag team fighting game nearing its early September release date on home platforms, footage of the arcade version's second location test in Japan has appeared.

Fukuoka-based arcade G-Stage Nanakuma streamed hours worth of SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy. They were one of the four chosen places to be part of the Aug. 18-19 test. Despite the rough game capture, the stream archives did show how Japanese players were treating this game so far. You can find the videos after the jump.

Other locations from the test included Sapporo's MAXIM HERO, Tokyo's Taito Station Ikebukuro West and Kobe's Playground Magical. Location test participants received a special promotional card.

SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy will be available for Switch and PlayStation 4 on Sept. 7, 2018. The release date for the arcade version is to be determined but will be powered by Taito's NESiCAxLive 2 digital distribution arcade service.

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Leifang and Hitomi announced for Dead or Alive 6

The "T'ai Chi Ch'uan Prodigy" and "Fist of Innocence" will make their returns in DOA6 as the two were officially announced by Koei Tecmo on Aug. 20.

Hitomi returns for her fourth game, joining the cast in Dead or Alive 3, while Leifang has featured in every game in the DOA series. Both will be featured along with a new stage at Gamescom in Germany on Aug. 21- 25, 2018.

Readers can check out the trailer for both characters below. Their additions bring the total number of characters revealed for DOA6 to 10 at this time.

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Tekken 7's second season of content starts Sept. 6, pricing revealed

During Tokyo Tekken Masters, Tekken team revealed that the next wave of DLC will start for the game on Sept. 6, 2018.

Both Anna Williams and Lei Wulong will be available on that date, priced individually or as part of the season pass. Each character will cost 500 yen (roughly $4.50) while the season pass will cost 2800 yen (about $25). North American prices have not been announced for the content at this time.

The update that accompanies both characters will also include balance changes and the addition of wall bounce effects for many moves as well as a new autocombo feature and a ranking progress bar so players can see how far they are to the next level.

Tekken 7 is currently available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Steam.


Jump Force adds Hunter x Hunter, more One Piece characters

The newest issue of Jump magazine has revealed four new characters coming to Bandai Namco's new arena fighter, two of which are from a whole different world.

Hunter x Hunter joins Jump Force in the form of Gon Freecss and Hisoka Morrow, two of the main characters of the series. Hunter has been a part of Jump since 1998, with an anime adaptation that first began with a movie that year.

Meanwhile, One Piece is getting two more representatives in the form of Vinsmoke Sanji and Marshall D. Teach aka Blackbeard.

Readers can check out the scan from the magazine, courtesy of Twitter user YonkouProd, after the jump. Jump Force is scheduled for release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC sometime in 2019.

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Horror-themed Omen of Sorrow comes home on Nov. 6, 2018

Publisher SOEDESCO has revealed a new trailer along with the physical and digital release dates for its macabre fighter.

Omen of Sorrow is a four-button fighting game that includes 12 charcters based on "horror, myth and lore" including Quasimodo and the half-angel Gabriel. Sorrow will offer Arcade, Survival, Training and Tutorial modes as well as both offline and online Versus modes, the latter powered by GGPO netcode.

Readers can check out the new trailer after the jump. Omen of Sorrow will release for the PlayStation 4 and will be playable at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, on Aug. 21-25, 2018.

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Samducksa experimenting with Cherry MX switch-capable pushbuttons

Photo by Yo-o, SamducksaSouth Korea's major arcade parts manufacturer Samducksa (aka Crown) is joining the trend of others who have arcade pushbuttons capable of accepting Cherry MX mechanical switches.

Samducksa employee Yo-o posted on Korean community forum Ruliweb showing off buttons, similar to their SDB-201 line, utilizing Cherry MX switches. This is different from Samducka's usual use of Futaba MA Clicky switches for some of the company's popular buttons. Featured switches from Cherry include the popular linear-based red; tactile and clicky blue; and the recent silver models.

Along with the Cherry MX switches themselves, the button also uses adapters and other pieces for them to properly work. For those who like LEDs, one of the mounting pieces allows for easy clearance for LED controllers to connect to.

Yo-o stated that while Futaba switches found on the SDB-201 were designed to compete with the Cherry MX switches, this project's aim is to provide more options for players.

Other companies have provided many different ways to introduce Cherry MX switches to pushbuttons. Gamer Finger introduced the tech in its proprietary HBFS button family; Paradise Arcade Shop introduced drop in kits for Sanwa Denshi OBSF-30 buttons as part of the OBS-MX line; and Razer will be introducing its own mechanical switches, based on the Cherry MX switches, to buttons found on the upcoming Panthera Evo arcade stick.

While there is no date, it's planned to release in the coming future.


Soul Calibur VI producer talks about competitive balance, the future

Soul Calibur veteran Kayane interviewed SCVI producer Motohiro Okubo during Evo 2018 and came away with a lot of information that diehard players have been wanting to know about the game.

In the 15-minute interview, Okubo answers questions about the game's balance and how it could change after release, his Evo experience, the possibility of a demo or online beta for Soul Calibur VI, the possible esports future of the game and more.

Readers can check out the interview after the jump or head to Kayane's YouTube channel for more Soul Calibur VI content.

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Seventeenth edition of 3rd Strike's largest team tournament Cooperation Cup dated for early January 2019

The annual Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike 5v5 team tournament in Japan will return with a new edition next year. If you and your friends are looking to visit Japan for the weekend to participate, here are the dates.

Cooperation Cup Vol. 17 has been set for Jan. 5-6, 2019, and will take place in Hulic Hall Asakusabashi at Tokyo's Taito district, same as Vol. 16 earlier this year.

Expect Jan. 5 to be dedicated to Pre-Cooperation Cup, where five-player same-character teams will compete. The next day will be the actual Cooperation Cup tournament itself. While Coop Cup brings out a variety of players from Japan, it also gets foreign players from all over the world to participate as well.

Cooperation Cup 17 was announced during Game Newton's 3rd Maniax -Natsu no Jin- 2018 team tournament in Akihabara's e-Sports Square. Winners from 3rd Maniax -Natsu no Jin- 2018 will be presented with a special recommendation frame at Cooperation Cup Vol. 17.

As 2019 gets closer, more info will be available. Make sure to check out the official Cooperation Cup website for news as well as the opportunity to register for the longest running 3rd Strike tournament to date. For now, check out the archive to Cooperation Cup Vol. 16 in its entirety after the jump!

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Yatagarasu update still on the way, three new characters planned

It has been more than a year since players first heard about a new upgrade coming to the arcade version of Yatagarasu, but a recent story on 4Gamer confirms that the project is still very much alive and coming in the future.

Entitled "Enter the Eastward," the new version of the game will include three new characters as well as balance changes. The first new character, Wagui, was revealed previously but the other two additions are male and female characters still shrouded in mystery.

There is still currently no release date for the game's upcoming revision, but voices for the new characters were recorded in July 2018 so hopefully that means more information will be forthcoming sooner than later.


Vampires, Kongs beware: Belmonts, King K. Rool join Smash Ultimate

During the Nintendo Direct on Aug. 8, the company revealed four new characters coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

The rumors were, in fact, more than just rumors: Simon Belmont will make his Smash Bros. debut in the next version of the game, along with Richter Belmont as an Echo Fighter. He is joined by King K. Rool, the nemesis of the Kongs in the Donkey Kong Country series who will also make his debut in Smash Ultimate.

In addition to these two brand-new characters, Nintendo also revealed two more Echo Fighters in the form of Dark Samus and Crom (who is based on Roy).

Readers can check out the trailers for the Belmonts and King K. Rool after the jump. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launches for the Nintendo Switch on Dec. 7, 2018.

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Is Simon Belmont joining the cast of Smash Ultimate?

Nintendo has scheduled a special Nintendo Direct for Aug. 8, but it's possible the company may have let one piece of information slip before the big announcement.

On Nintendo's YouTube channel, many of the songs in the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Ultimate have been uploaded so that players can listen to the music using links from the game's official website.

One of those, a Galaga medley, temporarily had its name changed to "Bloody Tears/Monster Dance" before being reverted to its original name. Those two tracks are part of the soundtracks in Castlevania 1 and 2, respectively.

What this could mean is that Simon Belmont is finally joining Smash Bros. after years of fan request. However, at this point it's impossible to know for sure.

Fans will find out either way during the Nintendo Direct on Aug. 8 at 7 a.m. PDT (10 a.m. EDT) as the company reveals more about the upcoming entry in the Smash Bros. series. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will release for Nintendo Switch on Dec. 7, 2018.

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