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KSB 2016 Interview with Machaboo

In the aftermath of KVO x TSB 2016, Biscuits—with the help of Jiyuna—sat down and interviewed the winner of Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator-, Machaboo.

In the short interview, Machaboo answered questions about his recent switch to Sin from Ky, his thoughts on the strongest characters in -Revelator- and who he is most worried about when he comes to the U.S. to compete in Evolution 2016.

Check out the conversation after the jump.

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-Revelator- Raven overview by Manchester Battle Arena

During the recent PLAY Expo Blackpool from April 30 to May 1, 2016, Manchester Battle Arena recorded a 30-minute video showing off Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator-'s upcoming console character, Raven.

The video not only offers a brief rundown of the character's normals, specials and supers—much like Arc System Works' own introductory video—but also shows off match play against another new character, Kum Haehyun, and seeks to answer more questions about the character.

Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- releases on PlayStation 3 and 4 consoles on May 26 in Japan, June 7 in North America and June 10 in Europe. Check out the video after the jump.

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Tekken 7 Tour archives now include Northwest Majors 8 

The official Bandai Namco Entertainment fighting game channel is uploading match footage from all stops on the Tekken 7 Tour, and that now includes the recent Northwest Majors 8 in Des Moines, Washington.

With commentary by Tasty Steve, Aris, MarkMan and Rip, footage from the first three stops includes an amazing list of players. Competitors such as Inkognito, Jimmy J Tran, Spiero Gin, Renikon, Anakin and even South Korea's Saint and Sodam all guarantee there are plenty of high-level matches for either new or returning viewers to enjoy.

The Tekken 7 Tour will continue throughout the summer all the way to the end of October, with 13 events left for players to attend. Those interested in checking out the stop nearest to them can find the list of dates here.


Upcoming South Korean tournament by Spiritzero will provide hotel and flight to Evo 2016

Spiritzero, the people behind the Street Fighter V MagicStick Cup will have another tournament on May 15, 2016, in South Korea to bring the winner to this year's Evolution.

The Road to Evo 2016 tournament will accommodate both flight to and hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. Like MagicStick Cup, this tournament will be at the Anyang Creative Economic Convergence Center at Seoul's Gyeonggi province. According to the announcement trailer found after the jump, Razer's Infiltration will be at the event as a commentator.

For those living in Korea, you can sign up now at the Challonge page. Take note that there is a 128-player cap so don't wait. More information, including rules, can be found on Spiritzero's event site.

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Upcoming -Revelator- exhibition will feature Karinchu vs. Nakamura

Another chapter in the recent string of Japanese exhibitions with English commentary has been announced. These events are normally contested between high-ranked players in either Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- or Blazblue Central Fiction in an effort to share long-set Japanese play with viewers outside the country.

The next first-to-seven exhibition happens on May 7 as Karinchu utilizes one of the characters returning in -Revelator-, Johnny, as he faces off with Nakamura's Millia.

This will take place at 6:00 p.m. Japan Standard Time (2 a.m. PDT, 5 a.m. EDT) and be streamed on Jonio's Twitch channel with commentary by MajinObama.


Preorder packages for Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR- in Europe detailed

The European release of the newest Guilty Gear Xrd entry on June 10 has some neat preorder bonuses depending on where you get the game.

Rice Digital will be selling a special "Let's Rock!" edition which features an art book; a CD and limited vinyl press of Guilty Gear songs played at Soundlive 2014; and a downloadable code for upcoming character Raven.

If you just want an official shirt, British retailer chain GAME will have it available for those who preorder the game either on PlayStation 3 or PlayStation 4. GAME and other European retailers will also carry the art book and a code for Raven.


Super Desperation Radio episode 514 archive online

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

SDR tackled three major topics this week, starting with Northwest Majors 8. The cast covered the Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator-, Street Fighter V and mystery tournaments, and SuperFX talked about his experiences in Washington over the weekend.

Hellpockets then talked about the first tournament for the still-in-development King of Fighters XIV that took place in Japan, and how he felt seeing the game in action.

Lastly, the new coaching rules for Evolution 2016 have generated conversation in fighting games about the role (or lack thereof) of coaching in tournament play and the members of SDR weighed in with their opinions.

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.



Anime Weekend Sale on Steam discounts various fighting games including Koihime Enbu preorder

Steam's latest weekend promotion for April 28-May 2 is all about anime-centric games with some fighting games joining the batch.

As the name suggests, the Anime Weekend Sale allows people to buy various themed games, including fighters, for a lower price. On SNK Playmore's side, The King of Fighters XIII, The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match Final Edition and The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match are discounted. Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- and Battle Fantasia are some of the featured from Arc System Works. The recently released Melty Blood Actress Again Current Code is not part of the sale. Other fighters include Dead or Alive 5 Last Round and Yatagarasu: Attack on Cataclysm.

While planned for release on May 19, 2016, Unknown Games' Koihime Enbu joined the sale with a limited preorder price of $31.99. It includes both the game and the soundtrack in the package.

Using Steam's tag system, make sure to check out the list featuring fighting games now on sale. The sale ends on May 2 at 10 p.m. PDT.


Panda Global adds MarlinPie, RayRay to its roster

Kyohei "MarlinPie" Lehr and Raynel "RayRay" Hidalgo are the newest members of Panda Global's fighting game team, the organization announced on April 27.

"When Panda Global chooses players we don't just look for tournament placings. We pick up players who are dynamic, entertaining, and have their own unique personality that we aim to grow and nurture as part of the team," said Panda eSports LLC CEO Dr. Alan "SamuraiPanda" Bunney in a comment to theScore eSports. "MarlinPie's skill as a Zato-1 player is second to none and his intelligent style is unique in the super aggressive Guilty Gear gameplay. While RayRay's Magneto in Marvel 3 is well known as the best in the world, with combos that last all day. We couldn't be happier with our choices in representatives for both titles on our roster!"

MarlinPie and RayRay will join Flilpino Champ and Coach Steve, along with players in Smash Bros., Splatoon and Heroes of the Storm as part of team PG.


Killer Instinct version 3.1 patch notes now online

Killer Instinct will be updating to version 3.1 on April 27, and the design team has made all of the upcoming changes available for players to view.

In addition to the release of Mira, 3.1 will bring changes and bug fixes to much of KI's cast. The new patch will also add the ability to turn the cinematic ender camera off and is widening the input window for Counter Breakers among other general changes.

Lastly, many of the changes in 3.1 are accompanied by explanations from the combat design team "to give more context as to why we make changes."

Players can check out the list of changes at Ultra Combo.


Pokkén Tournament beginner's punish guide translated

A guide created by Twitter user tonosama666 that teaches players how to deal with seemingly strong attacks in Pokkén Tournament has been translated and released for English-speaking players.

The Biter, in association with translator Dakanya, has uploaded the six-and-a-half-minute video to YouTube, and although it was created for the arcade version of the game tweaks have been made to reflect any changes in the console release.

The video goes through the characters one by one, giving strategies for countering or simply avoiding attacks. Check out the video after the jump.

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Super Desperation Radio episode 513 archive online

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

SDR was dominated by the news coming out of Japan for KOF XIV. The full cast and many gameplay features have been revealed, and SDR talked about how the game has developed over time. They also talked about what it would take for the game to be successfull with more than the normal SNK audience.

SDR also talked about the Team YP controversy, and gave their different opinions on the ESL's ruling.

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.



North American version of KOFXIV dated for Aug. 23, 2016, new trailers available now

Following months of character teasers, the recent press conference for The King of Fighters XIV unveiled release dates with trailers.

Revealed in the official trailer for KOFXIV, the North American version will be released on Aug. 23, 2016, by Atlus. Hong Kong and Korea also recieved the same release date. The Japanese version will be available on Aug. 25.

To coincide with the press conference, three trailers were released. The main trailer shows off new mechanics such as MAX mode and the beginner-friendly Rush. Modes were also explored including online 6v6 player Party Battle and a story mode. The second trailer showcases the characters especially new fighter Shun'ei representing Team China and Samurai Shodown's Nakoruru who is part of Team Another World. To top it off, the third trailer is all about Kyo's classic outfit, available as preorder downloadable content.

You can find the trailers after the jump!

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King of Fighters XIV Japanese release date set for August 25, 2016

Dengeki Online is reporting that King of Fighters XIV will release for PlayStation 4 on Aug. 25, 2016, in Japan. The announcement was made during a press conference for the game that took place in Tokyo on April 25.

During that press conference, SNK Playmore also showed a picture of the cast for KOF XIV, and it looks a lot like the two leaks that have been covered by various websites. The company also announced a classic costume for Kyo as part of DLC, as well as an art book and upcoming Hori arcade stick with KOF art. Check out images from the press conference, courtesy of Twitter user Charlie0816, in the gallery.


Japanese arcade begins shirt sales to support player travel

Takadanobaba Mikado Game Center in Japan has started a Teespring to help raise money for Japanese Guilty Gear players trying to attend Evolution 2016.

The shirt, which costs $24.99 and will be printed in one of seven colors, will feature the arcade's name along with its location in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan. The money raised by the shirts will be used to support Mikado in its efforts to "bring the best to Evolution 2016!" 

The shirts can be found at Teespring and interested buyers can send questions to Jonio or MajinObama on Twitter.


Killer Instinct's Mira to be shown on stream, at PAX East on April 22

Another of Season 3's new additions to Killer Instinct will be shown to the public for the first time on April 22 as Iron Galaxy debuts Mira on stream during PAX East in Boston, Massachusetts.

Mira was first revealed as a teaser during the end of Tusk's trailer back in March, but the stream during PAX will be the first time players get to see the character in action.

The first Mira action will begin at 10:45 a.m. EDT (7:45 a.m. PDT) on Twitch's own stream channel, with coverage continuing at 11 a.m. on Iron Galaxy's channel. For those who miss this first stream, a second event with exhibition matches will happen on Saturday, April 23, from 5-6 p.m. EDT on the IG channel.

Those attending PAX East can also check out Mira for themselves at the Iron Galaxy booth, where she will be playable all weekend.


Mikado Open Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator- tournament to be held April 23

One of Japan's premier Guilty Gear arcades will be holding a double elimination tournament in the coming days.

The Mikado Open will take place on April 23 at roughly 2 p.m. Japan Standard Time (1 a.m. EDT and Friday, April 22, at 10 p.m. PDT in the U.S.) and will feature many of the players who have registered for Evolution 2016. The event will be streamed on Jonio's Twitch Channel.

MajinObama has suggested possibly creating a Challonge bracket so English-speaking viewers can follow along with the action, and those interested should follow him on Twitter for more information as the event gets closer. Those who speak Japanese can also follow Jonio for more updates.


Jasen's Customs' Hori VLX EZ Mod Kit available now, works with Brook UFB

Photo by Arcade Shock/Jasen's CustomsIf you are looking to get your Hori PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4 VLX arcade stick to work on most modern consoles, there is a mod kit available to get you started.

Jasen's Customs has a special board designed for the recent Real Arcade Pro Premium VLX arcade sticks from Hori to allow easy multiplatform compatibility. The EZ Mod Kit doesn't allow compatibility by itself but rather act as a bridge to route all signals to a Brook Universal Fighting Board. The stock printed circuit board from the VLX sticks will be replaced by the EZ Mod Kit's "dumb board" in a non-destructive process. This method allows the stock board to be reinstalled if needed.

When installing the mod, there are some things to note. While the VLX sticks normally know what part of the touch pad is being pressed, the mod combined with the Brook UFB will disable that feature until a future update from Brook. Due to signal conflicts, turbo will also be disabled and directional inputs are locked to d-pad.

If you are looking to see the installation process, two videos after the jump show Jasen's Customs founder Jasen Hicks and modder Vicko breaking down the process. VLX owners can order the kit directly from Jasen's Customs or check out Arcade Shock, which offers the kit packaged with the Brook Universal Fighting Board. For Mad Catz Arcade FightStick Tournament Edition 2 owners, there is also a TE2 EZ Mod Kit in the works!

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The Last Blade 2 coming to PS4, Vita on May 24 with online play

At the PlayStation Experience in December 2015, SNK Playmore announced that The Last Blade 2 would be coming out for PS4 and Vita with online play, and now they have revealed that release date: May 24, 2016.

Not only will LB2 release with online play, the game will also support "cross play and cross save functionality between PS4 and PS Vita."

The game will retain its original aspect ratio, with art from the series bordering the gameplay. It will also launch with PS4 and Vita themes for players who purchase the game. For more information, check out the PlayStation Blog.


Street Fighter V Guile trailer released

After details about Guile's appearance were released on April 18, Capcom has released a trailer that gives players a better idea of how he will work in SFV.

The one-minute trailer shows that Guile retains most of his normals from Street Fighter IV and it seems that chains like low forward to overhead still exist in SFV.

Players also see Guile's V-Skill, which buffs his fireballs much like Ky's grinders do in Guilty Gear Xrd, and his V-Trigger in action. The trailer mostly shows the trigger used in combos, but it will be interesting to see other possible application.

Lastly, Guile's new crouch walk, faultless move, makes an appearance. Check out the trailer after the jump.

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