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AnimEvo adds Hokuto no Ken to its 2017 lineup

AnimEvo has added legendary Arc System Works fighter Hokuto no Ken to its 2017 roster.

The game, which has become known for Toki instant kills and basketball combos, will be played using the arcade version of the game

HnK is the 16th game that will be run at AnimEvo at Evolution 2017 on July 14-16, 2017. It will be joining Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R, Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax Ignition, Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late, Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code, Gundam Extreme Vs Full Boost, Vampire Savior, Nitroplus Blasterz, Chaos Code: New Sign of Catastrophe, Aquapazza, Puyo Puyo Tetris, Arcana Heart 3: Love Max!!!!!, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Koihime Enbu, Yatagarasu and Catherine.

For a recent look at Hokuto no Ken, readers can check out MajinObama's journal from Japan's 2017 HnK national championships.


Stance YRC lets Leo reflect projectiles, attack in Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2

A newly uncovered trick gives Leo a way to attack while still using the properties of stance counter.

According to videos, whenever Leo YRCs or PRCs his counter out of backturn stance the effect stays with him for a short amount of time. This counters any projectile that comes into contact with him, but neither triggers the counter animation nor seems to have any effect on strikes.

Players can check out a couple more example videos after the jump.

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Alex Myers parts ways with Ronin Esports

Alex Myers is longer a part of the Ronin Esports team due the expiration of his contract and his decision to not make a new deal.

Ronin and Myers both confirmed the news early on May 12, with Myers saying, "I want to thank [Ronin] for the opportunities they've given me this year. I wish you the best."

Myers' departure was at first seen as the competitor being released, but Myers himself later clarified the situation saying, "Hey guys, thanks for all the concern, but I'm ok, my contract just expired and I decided not to renew."

Ronin first added Myers to its roster in May 2016, and he was the team's only fighting game player. 


Mr. Freeze, Vixen, Jay Garrick, Grid join Injustice 2 as premier skins

Four more DC characters have been unearthed as part of the Injustice 2 roster thanks to premier skins.

Mr. Freeze, Vixen, Jay Garrick and Grid have all been discovered in the game's assets by players who already have a copy in their hands. While players knew about Reverse Flash, John Stewart and Power Girl because of the game's Ultimate Edition, these skins leave fans wondering how many more characters will be added to the game strictly in the form of skins.

Some images of the characters have been taken down on sites including Twitter and Test Your Might, but Shoryuken still has pictures up at this time.


A quick look at the HDMI digital AV interface mod for CPS2 arcade boards

If you are looking to play Super Street Fighter II Turbo on real arcade hardware and have it on HD displays instead of a CRT, then you might want to look into this new technology.

Finnish developer Markus "marqs" Hiienkari is currently working on a board that's designed to provide digital audio and video output from Capcom's popular CPS2 arcade board through HDMI. Aside from inherent lag in a monitor, this interface only introduces microseconds of latency.

Currently it's in prototype phase so availability might be some time from now. Marqs intends to have this interface support 480p, 720p, 1080p and 1200p resolutions with audio upsampled to 48khz when finalized. Extra features such as scanline support and an on-screen display are being considered.

You can watch the prototype wired to the CPS2 as well as in action by UD-CPS2 and USB Decoder developer undamned after the jump! For those wanting to play fighting games on older consoles with very low latency in HD monitors, you might want to check marqs' popular Open Source Scan Converter.

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Tekken 7 will offer legacy controller support

The upcoming edition of Tekken will allow players to use controllers from the previous PlayStation generation.

Tekken Project leader Katsuhiro Harada confirmed on Twitter that Tekken 7 will offer support for PlayStation 3 sticks, although he has not stated whether it is through the Lab Zero driver or Bandai Namco has created its own method.

Tekken 7 is the latest fighting game—alongside Skullgirls, Street Fighter V, Guilty Gear Xrd and more—to offer support for older controllers, which allows players the ability to play PS4 titles without having to purchase a brand new stick.

Tekken 7 comes home to PlayStation 4 on June 2, 2017. 


Injustice 2's Ultimate content appears in pictures

Injustice 2's Ultimate Edition of the game includes three premium skins and two gear shader packs, and images of this content have arrived online.


NeoGaf has the pictures, including a demon shader that makes Batman look very much like his Beyond counterpart.

Injustice 2's Ultimate Edition will cost players roughly $100 and goes on sale with the other editions of the game on May 16, 2017. While it is assumed that much of this content will be available separately, nothing has been confirmed at this time.


Fable eSports signs Kizzie Kay, Suicune Master

Fable eSports has added two more members to its roster with the signings of Keenan "Kizzie Kay" Kizzie and Christian "Suicune Master" Patierno.

The acquisitions come with Kizzie on a streak of tournament victories, winning both BlazBlue Central Fiction and Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- at Northwest Majors, NorCal Regionals and Texas Showdown in 2017. He has also made high placings at other majors in 2016 and 2017, along with many top three finishes at Wednesday Night Fights in Southern California.

In a statement to IPLAYWINNER, Kizzie said that signing to Fable ended "the first chapter of my journey" in competitive fighting games but that now he wants to work "10 times harder than I did in chapter one" to represent the Fable brand.

Patierno, for his part, is a storied player in the Pokkén scene. He is the 2016 Pokkén Tournament national champion in the Masters Division, won CEO 2016, placed fifth at Evolution 2016 and took fourth at Final Round XX in March 2017. He comes off a second place finish in Pokkén at the recent Dreamhack Austin.

Kizzie and Patierno join Jason "KidViper" Srouji as recent additions to the Fable team.


King of Fighters XIV coming to Steam

During a press event in China, SNK announced that The King of Fighters XIV will be coming to the Steam platform.

Twitter user Gatoray translated the information, saying that closed beta and pre-purchase information are currently being prepared.

There is no other information about the title, including release date or pricing, available at this time. The King of Fighters XIV was originally released on PlayStation 4 on August 23, 2016.


Super Desperation Radio episode 617 archive online

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

Rick "TheHadou" Thiher joined SDR to talk about the upcoming Combo Breaker 2017. Thiher talked about event registration, the different tournaments making up CB, the recent decision to switch Guilty Gear to Rev 2 and commentary applications. He also took questions from the audience. 

The cast also talked about Ed in Street Fighter V, the Injustice 2 Championship Series and the release of Tekken x New Japan Pro Wrestling shirts in the U.S.

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.


Combo Breaker 2017 will feature Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2

Combo Breaker has decided that it will feature Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 as its official tournament on the day of the game's full release.

At the end of April, organizers from Combo Breaker sent an email to players registered for the Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- tournament at the event asking them if they would prefer to play on the new version of the game, even though it is currently only available as a PlayStation Plus demo for PS4 users and will not release until the first day of the tournament.

The players apparently responded with an affirmative, and the official Combo Breaker website says organizers found "many [local promoters] were immediately switching to the latest version of the game."

For those players who are not satisfied with this change, they can contact the Combo Breaker staff by emailing Combo Breaker 2017 takes place May 26-28 in St. Charles, Illinois.


Injustice 2 Championship Series announced, $600,000 in prize money

Warner Bros. Entertainment is teaming up with ESL, Twitch, GameStop, Gamelta and PlayStation 4 to present a multifaceted event series for Injustice 2 that will offer $600,000 in prizes across its programs.

The Injustice 2 Championship Series will consist of one overarching global competition, the Pro Series, while the U.S., Europe and Latin America will each have their own individual leagues of play.

The different leagues will consist of online and sometimes offline play culminating in the global grand finals of the championship series in October, where it seems like players from all four leagues will compete. No information on which players will qualify for the global finals is available at this time.

For more information, including registration for the individual leagues, head over to the Injustice website.


New trailer officially reveals Ed for Street Fighter V

Ed has officially been revealed for Street Fighter V, as Capcom released the character's offcial trailer and information about his V abilities.

Ed's V-Skill is Psycho Snatcher, which almost functions as a grappling hook and either pulls himself to opponents or pulls him to them depending on how long it is charged. His V-Trigger is Psycho Cannon, which shoots a slow-moving, multihit fireball out in front of him.

Ed's special moves include a dashing uppercut that almost resembles Balrog's and move that seems to function like a dragon punch. His moves also "have simple inputs; they only require simultaneous button presses, repeatedly pressing a button, or holding down a button." Readers can check out the trailer after the jump.

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Ed's Street Fighter V appearance unveiled in leaked images

The PlayStation Store had already revealed Ed as Season 2 DLC in Street Fighter V, and now thanks to Capcom players know how he will look as a playable character.

Posters on NeoGaf discovered working links—now disabled—on the Capcom website leading to images of the character dressed in Shadowloo regalia. While this does not fully confirm that Ed will be revealed on May 8 as the next Season 2 character, it would now be surprising if it is not Ed.

Readers can expect a reveal post and small character breakdown of the next fighter from Capcom on Monday.



Sub-Zero, Starfire, Red Hood are Injustice 2's first three DLC fighters

A new trailer has revealed the identities of the first three additional fighters in Injustice 2, and also offers hints at characters who may be joining the title in the future.

Sub-Zero, Starfire and Red Hood will all be part of Fighter Pack 1, which will come included with the Ultimate Edition of Injustice 2. There is currently no release date or pricing for player who want to buy the characters separately. 

While there is not much to the trailer itself outside the official announcement, the very ending shows silhouettes that seem to be other upcoming fighters for the game including two that look very much like Mortal Kombat's Raiden and Aquaman villain Black Manta.

Readers can check out the trailer and decide for themselves after the jump.

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New Vega compilation shows the pain that rains from Spain

YogaFlame24 has released a new video showcasing the claw-wielding Shadowloo fighter in both Street Fighter IV and V.

The video, which runs roughly three and a half minutes, collects many different highlights for the character in the two most recent versions of Street Fighter. Meaties, ground cross-ups, flashy combos and even simple reads are all part of the compilation taken from online play.

Readers can check out the video after the jump.

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Angel tech guide lets players earn their wings in King of Fighters XIV

A new guide has been released to help spread more knowledge about Angel to the KOF XIV scene across the world.

Compiled and with many videos by Wauhti, the Twitter Moments page is a list of resources designed to improve Angel play. It includes links to Angel-specific Discord chat, safe jumps, combo routes and small tricks to help players develop a better overall game plan in KOF XIV.

Readers can check out the document on Twitter.


KidViper signs with Fable eSports, talks about recent win and more

Following his win at Dreamhack Austin 2017, Jason "KidViper" Srouji has been picked up by Fable eSports.

The announcement was made May 1, only days after Srouji defeated Ryo "Dogura" Nozaki to win the Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- tournament at the event. Since joining the competitive Guilty Gear scene, KV has won or placed highly at numerous events across the U.S.

KV's signing is part of a greater awareness of airdash or "anime" games by the larger esports world, as players such as SuperKawaiiDesuMarlinPie and Bears have been acquired by teams in the last 12 months.

Additionally, KV recently joined Angelo "TheC0r" DeGrandis on "PNW Power Hour" to talk about his win, switching from Elphelt to Johnny, the current Guilty Gear scene and more. Readers can check out the Twitch archive of that conversation after the jump.

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New Japan Pro Wrestling x Tekken shirts to be available outside Japan

In a surprise announcement, wrestling T-shirt website ProWrestlingTees will begin selling the shirts representing Tekken's collaboration with Japan's premier pro wrestling company.

Beginning on May 3, 2017, the website will begin taking orders for shirts as part of its ongoing partnership with NJPW. The deal as announced will include two shirts: the Bullet Club Tekken shirt and the Rainmaker King shirt. The latter features IWGP heavyweight champion Kazuchika Okada dressed as King from Tekken.

Readers can check out the design for the Rainmaker King shirt after the jump.

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Injustice 2 DLC news 'coming soon,' Ed Boon dropping hints?

Players will soon get info on Injustice 2's upcoming downloadable content, and it's possible Ed Boon is already alluding to details about it.

Boon, creator of Mortal Kombat and a creative director at NetherRealm Studios, loves to make hints about upcoming content or surprises in his tweets and has created anticipation for news about the Injustice DLC with a tweet on May 2:

For those wondering or asking... Injustice 2 DLC info coming soon. We suspect you will like what you hear!

The tweet is accompanied by a image of late night talk show host Conan O'Brien and his co-host Andy Richter. Is Boon hinting at an addition of Conan the Barbarian, or possibly fellow redhead Starfire? Is he just messing with his fanbase? For now, it's too hard to tell.

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