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So between the joysticks, ERSB rating and all the other leaks over the past couple months I think it's pretty safe to say to say CAPCOM wanted to create a little buzz about Marvel vs. Capcom 2 coming to XBLA/PSN even before the official announcement.

Now a new teaser site has popped up with a countdown clock, TU4AR.COM - which if you think hard enough I'm sure you can figure out what it stands for. Anyway, it looks like next Monday we should receive some official news!



Before the tournament, Anthony, Richard and myself were able to spend about 5 minutes with Daigo and his translator Shino to ask him a couple questions about the game. Although none of us can speak Japanese of course, he seemed like a really down to earth mellow guy.

I found a couple things interesting about the interview, the first being that he loved the energy and hype surrounding the event with all the fans and people just so into it. I guess he doesn't see a lot of that outside of maybe SBO and major events or perhaps Japanese players and fans are a bit more reserved than here in the US in general.

Also, when I asked him what is the number one thing someone can do to get better in Street Fighter he mentioned throwing. Coming from Daigo that means a lot and made me think about ways I can improve my throwing game. As you'll read below, it seems he is talking about all aspects of throwing including set ups and escaping.

It was very loud in the venue so we apologize about the sound quality, but we do have a transcript of the translation below. We have another interview with Dhalsim player Iyo in which we will upload sometime this week along with all the other footage we have from the event as well. Enjoy!

1st Question from Anthony: How does the competition in Japan compare to the United States?

[Shino Translation:
“The venue is definitely bigger in the states, but in number, though I don’t know the size of this event, I think you see more people at events like this one in Japan. What I really like about in the US is though the fans know how to create an exciting atmosphere for the players. “]

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Gamestop National Tourney Swag

What makes a memorable event even more memorable you ask? Free stuff of course!

There were shirts that were given for those who donated a can a food or made a cash donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank charity organization. You had a choice of 2 shirts for your contribution.

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We have a ton of great footage from the event including matches of the iPlayWinner crew vs. Poongko, interviews with Daigo and Iyo among some other great clips. Expect those gems with a full write up on the event sometime soon- but before all that we figured we would upload a teaser clip, and a good one at that: Korean National Champion Poongko vs. Daigo "THE BEAST" Umehara.



CAPCOM announced today that April 24th is the official release date is set for the free Street Fighter 4 Championship Mode DLC. Despite some quirks with XBOX LIVE displaying Championship Mode as a request feature on some users profiles about a week ago, this is coming a bit sooner than most people expected. This patch was originally slated to drop around the same time the PC version should which is in June 30th.

Seth Killian also details on his blog about how the tournament ranking systems works, enabling you to enter exclusive tournaments composed of higher skilled players as you progress. This rank also ties into the ability to save replays - essentially the top 5000 ranked tournament players will have the ability to save and upload replays of their matches which are generated straight from the tournament matches themselves. For the PS3 version other users can add comments to the videos themselves.

Good news all around of course, but best of all, people who pull the plug will be penalized with a big fat display of their percentage of disconnects. With ranked matches still in play, rage quitting isn't a compete thing of the past but this will obviously now give those of us who can handle a loss a place to play without the worry of someone quitting mid match on us.



Not 100% sure about the validity of this but a poster on NeoGAF found this link on a UK gaming shop website where they seem to have information on a new MadCatz Tournament Edition stick coming out in early to mid July. According to the description it sounds like it's the same as the Street Fighter 4 TE stick with different artwork.

More than the fact that there may be a new batch of sticks coming our way, this is also a pretty strong indicator that Marvel vs. Capcom 2 is coming back in some shape or form around summer time. With the game being rated by the ERSB and and now this I wouldn't be surprised to hear an official announcement from CAPCOM sometime soon. We'll keep you posted.




Versus City has updated their list of the current top 20 Street Fighter 4 players in Japan according to BP rank. Two players, Mago and Ojisanboy have broken to 200k mark while Daigo still trails by quite a bit. Even with 7 Sagats in the full top 20 it's still a pretty good mix of characters with an Abel, 'Gief and two Chun's in the top 10 alone.

Check out Versus City for the full top 20, here is the top 10:

1. Mago (Sagat) - 208,847
2. Ojisanboi (Sagat) - 204,221
3. Umehara (Ryu) - 184,268
4. RF (Sagat) - 172,157
5. Nemo (Chun) - 126,193 (+1)
6. Tokidokinukinkusu (Chun) - 123,428 (-1)
7. Shiro (Abel) - 117,515
8. Radiowave (Sagat) - 112,953
9. Bouya (Zangief) - 102,598
10. Maakun (Sagat) - 101,612

Also keep in mind VersusCity is also displaying the top 5 players for certain characters and this week they have the top 5 Zangief, Guile and Bison players!



The battles in the Bay continue with a tournament every weekend in the month of April!

This past weekend San Francisco State University's Rack-N-Cue arcade held a tournament for Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter III: 3s, Capcom vs. SNK 2, Tekken 6: BR and Marvel VS Capcom 2. Players all the way from Davis to San Jose California showed up for Street Fighter 4, making it the main attraction with 40 total entrants - almost double what the other games saw.

Although the tournament started a bit slow with very little hype and many people getting used to the stiff P360 joysticks and unfamiliar set up, by the time it got to top 8 we saw some very intense matches with people yelling and screaming as rounds came down to the last hit. With so many of the players becoming so serious about the game, this tournament was a true testament to the fact that right now anyone can beat anyone in Street Fighter 4. Almost each and every match could have gone either way.

As you'll see the crew had a very solid showing taking 4 out of the top 8 spots with our very own Crackfiend taking 1st place!

Street Fighter 4:

1.Crackfiend - Boxer - (sent to losers bracket by Ricky)
2. Ricky Ortiz - Chun Li - (Lost to Crackfiend 2x)
3. Young Legend - Ryu - (Lost to Crackfiend and Ricky Ortiz)
4. Jack - Ryu - (Lost to Crackfiend and ???)
5. Jeff - Rufus - (Lost to ???)
5. A-Rival - Chun Li - (Lost to Crackfiend 2x)
7. Haunts (Lost to Nick and Jack)
7.Coopa (Lost to A-Rival and ???)

Both Jack who plays a solid Ryu and Coopa who plays a very entertaining Zangief (for real this guy is awesome to watch play - very animated and friendly dude. Thanks for recording the vids!) who came all the way from Davis, CA placed in the top 8. To my knowledge this is Jack's 2nd or 3rd top 8 placement in the past month alone so watch out for this guy.

Some hard fought battles from A_Rival who used Chun-Li through out the entire tournament to take people out; Jeff who is mainly a Tekken player who made his way to top 8 with a mix of Zangief and Rufus; and of course you'll see I placed somewhere there in too, sticking with Sagat through out the entire tournament.

Young Legend placing top 3 as usual with his extremely solid Ryu, only peaced out by Ricky Ortiz and Crackfiend. For those of you who don't know, Young Legend is only 15 years old and is already one of the best Street Fighter players around. This was a reminder that although he has the skills he still has a ways to go to take out the guys who have been around for a while! Can't teach that experience!

The Grand Finals between Ricky Ortiz (who got either 1st or 2nd in every other game at the tournament!) and Crackfiend had to be the best display of skill throughout the entire tournament - both players feeling each other out through out the entire two sets, playing very solid footsie and zoning games. With Crackfiend losing earlier in the tournament to Ricky sending him to the losers bracket, he had to beat Ricky twice to take the number one spot. A lot of hard work but he did it due to his solid execution and mind games with Balrog!

All in all it was a great event with a ton of new faces reminding us that there is an entire new group of players who are hungry to get better in this game!

Here is top 8 for all the other games:

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A new batch of HORI sticks are right around the corner and are up for pre-order - just in time for BlazBlue this summer! Like the official Street Fighter 4 Japanese sticks, they are essentially a HORI Real Arcade Pro 3 for PS3 and a HORI Fighting Stick EX2 for XBOX 360 both with BlazBlue artwork on the front.

What that means for those of you looking for a new stick is that the PS3 version has a higher quality joystick (Sanwa JLF) built in while the 360 version comes with a stock HORI stick. Both versions have stock HORI buttons so no matter which one you choose, you may want to prepare yourself to do a bit of modding down the line. As you will see the PS3 version is a bit bigger than the XBOX 360 version as well. Keep in mind that PS3 has a bigger customer base than 360 in Japan so this is probably the reasoning behind the different versions for each system.

According to NCSX, they mention that the PS3 version is actually an updated version of the HRAP3 so there may be more to it than we know but no details have been released yet.






I've been talking to some of the new SF4 crowd in Norcal and giving them my personal insight on their gameplay. Many of them needed to work on their fundamentals. But many of them didn't know what I meant by "fundamentals". Let me define "fundamentals" real quick:

  •  Serving as a basis supporting existence; determining essential structure or function.

Now take a quick moment and think. Basics for your structure or function. I underlined those specifically because fundamentals refers to your basics for your essential style of play. I'm going to use basketball as an example: Dribbling.

Dribbling a basketball is a basic move which requires you to bounce the basketball while you are walking or running. A more refined version of that basic move is the "Crossover Dribble", in which you change the pace of your dribble to confuse or freeze the defender. Beyond that, are different versions of the crossover dribble that requires a different type of execution to perform it correctly (Between the leg, behind the back, etc.).

Going back to Street Fighter, your choice of character and play style is the determining factor that constitutes what type of basics you would want to build on. For instance, let's assume that you want to learn how to play Dhalsim utilizing his orthodox style: You would want to build your basics on zoning/spacing, understand how to pressure from a distance, how to distant yourself from your opponent if they're able to get near and apply pressure, etc. 

There are so many different things that I can go into and talk about all day, but the situation is different for each individual. The goal for this article is to help players become consciously aware of their own strengths and weaknesses in order to know what it takes to build their individual game. Of course, the iPlayWinner team can assist you utilizing our training program via XBOX live. If any of you fellow readers are interested in that: Click Here

Keep your eyes open fellow readers, I have a few other articles I'm working on right now in regards to player development as well as cultural relations! Hope you guys enjoyed this piece I wrote today! 



In what is currently known as Northern California's largest monthly tournament draw (the last event had 130 people in attendance), the Fuddruckers Revenge Tournament will feature several well known players from the area such as Magus1234, Haunts, Richard Li (Mr. 1UP), and A-Rival. Of course, I will also be attending the event with LPN, the man who placed 1st out of 73 people! 

This event has received sponsorship from Redbull, so come out to the event and watch some intense competition, have a good time, great food and drinks (w/ free Red Bull), and get hype! 

Tournament Date: April 26th, 2009
Tournament Location: 1975 Diamond Blvd, E-260, Concord, CA 94520

  • $5 Dollar entry fee per game
  • Street Fighter 4 - PS3/Xbox360
  • Tatsunoko Vs Capcom - Wii
  • Street Fighter 3: Third Strike - PS2
  • Marvel Vs Capcom 2 - DC
  • Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix- PS3/XBOX360

Tournament Rules:

  • Prizes 70/20/10% of entry fees of the respective tournament
  • Each tournament will be double elimination (you must lose 2 *matches* to be eliminated)
  • Standard matches will be 2 out of 3 games
  • Winners/Losers/Grand Finals 3 out 5 games
  • Button mapping is ok, programmable pads are banned
  • During a match, winner of a game, keeps character/team, loser may switch characters
  • You are responsible for your own controller when your match comes up
  • Game freezing glitches are banned
  • Game pausing will be dealt with on a per-instance basis. generally, person who pauses loses, but it's up to the proctor/judge

To view original info/thread on the event: Click here




For all you badasses out there, this is the stick for you - show up with one of these bad boys at a tournament to strike fear into the heart of your opponents!

This is the Sugoi! Arcana Heart 2 joystick by Hori (Sanwa JLF stick and Hori buttons) and it's now up for pre-order on

This is a PS2 stick but you can find converters out there to make it work on PS3, so if you are still in need of a stick you should pick this one up. Replacing the art, buttons and joystick ball isn't too difficult if the color scheme doesn't suit your tastes!

Check out Andria Sang for more details!



So this is interesting, World Cyber Games is throwing an event just for fighting games in New York City on April 25-26th. The games featured are Soul Calibur IV, Virtua Fighter 5, Dead or Alive and of course.. Street Fighter 4! The only thing is for Street Fighter 4 both Seth and Gouken are banned!

If you're not aware, yes both Seth and Gouken are boss characters in Street Fighter 4 but neither of them are completely overpowered. Beyond that, we have yet to see a Seth or Gouken win any major tournaments at this point! I am not sure what the line of thinking is behind banning these two characters but this isn't the first time this has come up. So far we've seen that many tournaments being thrown by organizers not heavily into the scene will end up banning both characters and even El Fuertes Run Stop Fierce Loop.

Either way it should be an awesome event with so many fighting games on display and  $500 on the line for each game. So if you're in NYC you should go check it out if you're even somewhat competitive in any of those games.



If you all already didn't know, Daigo is making an appearance at the the National Tournament in San Francisco next week!

For those of you who don't know, Daigo "The Beast" Umehara is a legendary 2D fighting gamer who's history in the scene dates all the way back to 1994, starting with Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, and has also consistently placed high in some of the largest tournaments in the world such as EVO and SBO.

If you're from around NorCal, you need to make an appearance because the event will be full of festivities. If you're not from NorCal, FIND A WAY to make it to San Francisco because of all the festivities! Supreme Soul (finalist from MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew") will also be performing live on-stage throughout the night! Trust me, any of you guys who make it out here will not regret the trip.

For more details regarding the entire event: Click here

Daigo's appearance is confirmed through Seth Killian's blog




This is just a rumor for now, much like that MVC2 coming to XBLA being a "rumor" but really neither are all that far fetched given the hype surrounding fighting games at the moment.

This bit of news comes from GAMERBYTES where they dug up a screenshot detailing that MOTW has been rated by Microsoft Korea. Really the only explanation is that it would be coming to XBLA in that I can't imagine them putting this on an actual game disk.

Hopefully other SNK and CAPCOM games end up on XBLA with online play included! Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike anyone?



Those of you who have had a hard time finding GG:AC in Gamestop, now is your chance to grab an updated version of the game. According to Amazon, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus ships on the 9th of April with a a brand new story mode and the return of Kliff and Justice.

I had a chance to play this just last week and it's a nice change from Street Fighter 4's more defensive style of play. After FADCing for months now the Roman Canceling bit made a lot more sense to me as well this time around. A great game over all, it's just too bad it's not also on XBLA or PSN for online play!



Who needs to watch top level play when Rose Ball is obviously the true measure of skill? This clip was taken from the Gootecks Bar Fights that went down over the weekend. To set this up on your own, go to VS mode, set it to best of 7 rounds and set the handicap to the lowest setting. Oh yeah, pick Rose as well, that's important too.

Although I can't find the links currently, there are some clips online of people playing "Sudden Death" with these same settings. Playing that mode will make you think about how to finish off your opponent much differently since you only need one hit to do so. Try it out sometime! (PS: Akuma and Viper are top tier in Sudden Death Mode)



The term "Street Fighter Vacation" originated from Fuson (SoCal player) which I learned of from Dann (Prophetical). Some of you may have heard this term, some of you haven't. For those of you unfamiliar with it, it means learning how to take mental breaks. 

Now some of you might be pondering... mental breaks from playing video games? But that's just crazy, it's only a video game! In the realm of high level competition, you want to treat your mind as you would your body - very similar to physical fitness. Have any of you ever come across a mental roadblock, suddenly got bored of Street Fighter 4, or you're unable to execute your combo/strategy? You may have had an overindulgence of Street Fighter 4 information, strategy, and/or technical data without allowing your mind to digest it progressively.

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EVO Registration is Up

It's that time again.

The Evolution Championship Series is held annually in Las Vegas and is the biggest and most reputable tournament in the US.  Every year of EVO manages to outdo the last year. And 2009 will be no different with everyone awaiting to see just who will come out on top in Street Fighter IV and make it in the Street Fighter history books.

Tournaments for the following games will be held this year

Street Fighter IV
Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix
Soul Calibur 4
Marvel vs. Capcom 2
Guilty Gear XX, Accent Core
SF3, Third Strike, 2v2 team tournament

Some must-see special features included in this mammoth series of tournaments are the regional SFIV 5 on 5 team tournament, the Tatsunoko vs. Capcom Invitational Tournament, the possible appearance of the old school legend Tomo Ohira, and probably a screening of the ever-elusive documentary about the American competitive Street Fighter scene in its arcade days, Bang the Machine.

For registration, there will be usual entry fee of $10 per game and a $30 cover charge. Last day to register is July 12th, so don't delay. Additionally, please note that there is no on-site registration, so you must register online!

Come to Las Vegas and experience the greatest series of fighting game tournaments the US has to offer on July 17-19, 2009 at the Rio Hotel & Casino. Train hard for your shot at fame, glory, recognition, prize money, or anything you're fighting for. Also expect to see the iplaywinner crew there as well.

Register for the event

Book your hotel room

and lastly

Get hype!

No excuses!

For more details about EVO, you can check out the official EVO site and the EVO forum at



Have absolutley nothing to do all weekend and tired of playing jerks on XBOX Live? Well, now you can take a break and watch California players go at it locally, in that there is a Street Fighter stream going on pretty much at all hours over the weekend - Keystone Light and Cannery Dojo today and the Gootecks Street Fighter Bar Fights tomorrow!

I embedded all the streams below, but be sure to go to their actual pages and get involved with the chat room.