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Zeku springs into action for Street Fighter V on Oct. 24

Guy's former teacher will make his first playable appearance in a Street Fighter games as the last DLC fighter in season two.

Zeku fights with an array of special kicks and a bushin flip move similar to that of Guy. He can also transform into a younger version of himself, but at this time it is unknown how that affects the character outside of appearance.

Zeku will be available for players to purchase on Oct. 24, 2017. Readers can check out the character's trailer after the jump.

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Oct. 16 patch to bring changes to Spider-Man, others in MvCI

A new patch for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite will release one day before the game's first wave of DLC characters launches on Oct. 17, 2017, and it will change how characters like Spider-Man are played in the game.

The biggest news is that Spider-Man's web ball projectile is getting an overhaul as now after a third "grab" projectile—including Frank's hammer throw—hits an opponent, they will spin out of the combo. These combos can also now be escaped by using counter tag.

Other changes include a fix to a bug that "made it impossible to block during the last frame of crouching block recovery"; the ability to tech in eight directions after certain hits in the air including Dante's bee hive and Doctor Strange's bolts of Balthakk; and specific fixes for those characters along with Captain America and Dormammu.

Readers can check out the complete list of changes at Capcom Unity.


MvCI Spider-Man infinite soft-banned at Battle for the Stones events

The Spider-Man infinite that has been the subject of debate in the Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite community has been weakened in official Battle for the Stones tournaments.

The infinite, which uses the character's web ball attack in conjunction with the Reality Stone surge to create a looping combo, will only be allowed for three repetitions according to the official Battle for the Stones rules. A player who executes more than that number will be forced to forfeit the match.

According to the rules, the combo "is an unintended effect that circumvents the gameplay mechanics" of MvCI and that organizers feel this is the best answer to the current debate. It is also stated that future decisions like this will be decided "on a case by case basis."


Pokkén Tournament DX update to include record feature, online modes

An update coming to the Switch version of Pokkén Tournament will offer several improvements to the game's online and training mode experiences.

The update will offer both Team Battle and Group Battle as online modes, giving players new ways to compete with distant opponents. Team Battle offers a spin on the classic Pokémon experience as players pit their top three fighters against one another, and Group Battle will allow official groups from the game to compete. There will even be special Group Battle incentives like titles in the future.

Pokkén Tournament DX will also be getting a record feature in Free Training mode, which will allow players to more thoroughly test gameplay ideas and their applications outside of match play.

The update will also include balance changes and more, but currently has no release date.


Brawlhalla exits beta, releases on Oct. 17

The platforming brawler created by Blue Mammoth Games will step out of its beta phase in mid-October 2017.

Brawlhalla will see its official release on Oct. 17, one day before a new legend is added to the cast of fighters. This legend, the corsair, will offer "an entirely new playstyle" as she fights with her cannon.

Brawlhalla is a free to play on both Steam and PlayStation 4, but continues to offer the Founder's Pack which immediately unlocks all current and future legends in the game for $20. Blue Mammoth also promises that cross-play is still in the works.


NorCal StrongStyle returns Feb. 10-11, 2018

StrongStyle is back again for Tekken 7!

The dedicated Tekken tournament series in NorCal will return on Feb. 10-11, 2018, in San Jose, California. The venue will be at the city's DoubleTree by Hilton hotel. The 10/0 team, along with Team Spooky, will be handling production duties while Eightarc and Qanba USA are two of the confirmed sponsors for the event as of this time.

You can watch the teaser trailer, featuring laughing from organizer Bronson Tran, after the jump!

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BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle demo impressions by SKD

Panda Global's SuperKawaiiDesu attended New York Comic Con, and after playing the demo for Arc System Works' upcoming BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle has compiled his thoughts about it into several posts.

In those posts, SKD talks about the basic system of the game as he best understands it, from basic normals and gatlings to the new assist and Resonance Blaze systems.

His fourth post is an overview, in which he tries to clarify thoughts he had in earlier posts and also offers some preliminary evaluations of the depth of the game, discussing what may need to be fixed as development continues.

Readers can check the posts on Twitlonger (one, two, threefour).


Archive of Godsgarden 12, all about Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2

The long-running Japanese tournament series Godsgarden continues on with Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 being the focus in this latest iteration.

The twelfth edition of Godsgarden took place on Oct. 8, 2017, at Tokyo, Japan's Ikebukuro Storia. The stream archive, found after the jump, features part of the initial preliminary matches and all of top eight. Much like past editions of Godsgarden, this tournament is running on consoles setups instead of arcade cabinets.

Featuring the best players from Japan, including Samitto, FAB, Nage and more, the six-hour archive of Godsgarden 12 is something to watch if you play Guilty Gear!

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Arika’s Mysterious Fighting Game: Evo impressions, recent updates & the future by Josh "funkdoc" Ballard, part 2

(Part one of this article can be found here.)

After talking at length about the gameplay systems found in Arika EX, Funkdoc looks at the individual characters found in the playable build as well as the way the game has changed as Arika continues to work on it.

Character Notes

The Evo build had 3 playable characters: Kairi, Hokuto (whose name was changed to Shirase since then), and Garuda. They got this honor by being the first three characters Arika created for Street Fighter EX, and I enjoyed all of them.

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GamerFinger returns with new version of mechanical HBFS pushbuttons

Photo by GamerFingerTaiwan-based arcade parts company GamerFinger was at TW Fighting Major after some absence away to introduce the newest version of its marquee product. 

The mechanical HBFS—short for Harder Better Faster Stronger—arcade pushbutton series is now at its third generation. Named HBFS G3 Extreme Edition, aspects from previous versions of the HBFS-30 including support for various Cherry MX mechanical keyboard switches as well as built-in noise reduction pads return. A major trait found in the HBFS G3 is that it features both snap-in tabs as well as screw-in nuts for wide compatibility with different arcade stick bodies.

You can check out photos of the HBFS G3 buttons at the following links (1, 2, 3). GamerFinger will be selling both the 30mm and 24mm HBFS G3 buttons starting next week. Expect them to be available directly from GamerFinger's website.


Gameplay videos highlight newest Dragon Ball FighterZ characters

Game Informer's coverage of Dragon Ball FighterZ continues with video guides explaining the four most recent additions to the game.

The four videos cover the basic attacks and gameplay ideas behind Super Saiyan Blue (or Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan) Vegeta and Goku as well as Yamcha and Tien (Tenshinhan). While short they do give players an idea of how each character will fit in the world of DBFZ when the game is released in early 2018.

Readers can check out the videos at Game Informer.


Tekken World Tour finals coming Nov. 12, playable Geese at event

The Tekken World Tour 2017 will conclude in San Francisco, California, in early November.

City View at Metreon will be the location where 16 of the top competitors in Tekken 7 battle for $50,000 in prize money. This 16-player bracket will be comprised of the top five players from the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific TWT leaderboards as well as this year's Evolution champion, JDCR. 

There will also be added bonuses for those who attend the event as spectators. Demo stations featuring Tekken 7's next DLC character, Geese Howard, will be set up for play before he is available to the general public, and Tekken merchandise booths and a meet-and-greet with Katsuhiro Harada and Michael Murray of the Tekken Team will also be available.

Readers interested in the Tekken World Tour finals can get more information and buy tickets at Eventbrite.


Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition announced, coming Jan. 16, 2018

The reveal trailer to not only new content for Street Fighter V but also a new retail edition can be found after the jump.


Aptly named Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, the brief video announces that current Street Fighter V owners, through update, as well as those looking to buy AE will get free access to the long-awaited Arcade mode. The patch will also bring in another mode called Extra Battle and a second V-Trigger for every character. Aspects of the user interface found not only in the menu but also in-game have been redesigned. You can check out screenshots of the UI changes and some of the new V-Triggers at the link above!

To those looking to buy AE will get access to both Season One and Two downloadable characters. AE will be available on Jan. 16, 2018, for $39.99 for both PlayStation 4 and PC through Steam. Current SFV owners should expect the patch to be available sometime around AE's release.

Prior to announcement, Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition was listed on various online stores including ShopTo and Amazon.

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PlayStation 4 version of Hori's Fighting Edge arcade stick coming to Japan in February 2018

One of Hori's popular arcade sticks from the last console generation will be returning next year.

The newest edition of the Fighting Edge series, now exclusive to the PlayStation 4, has been dated for a February 2018 release in Japan. The stick was teased back at Evolution 2016 at the Arcade Shock booth, featuring Sako's elaborate button layout. It was later featured, in a form similar to what's featured now, at Hori's booth the following year.

Instead of a pure black or white color scheme on the main panel, the new model uses a brushed metal aesthetic combined with black surrounding it. Despite the FE being a PS4 stick, there is no dedicated PlayStation 3 switch. It does, however, have PC support through XInput. Hori is still using their proprietary Hayabusa parts with this Fighting Edge.

The core body design of the Fighting Edge still remains, but there have been some changes done to the features. One of the most notable aspects at first glance is the lack of a LED touch pad for the special controls. This has been effectively replaced by a normal Options button on the top right of the main panel with the rest of the special controls located just under the right side handle. Touch Pad can be found on the front end at the same spot the secondary compartment was originally located. The original FE's special modes such as button assignment and Tournament are still available in this model.

If you live in Japan, you can pre-order now on Amazon Japan. As for a North American release, stay tuned for updates.


Monster Hunter, Sigma, Black Panther coming to MvCI on Oct. 17

The first three of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite's six announced DLC characters will be available to players in mid-October 2017.

Although Monster Hunter's gameplay was revealed at Tokyo Game Show 2017, a new trailer from Capcom shows how Black Panther and Sigma will handle. Black Panther uses speed and superior air movement—including the ability to cling to walls and attack from them—to neutralize his foes while Sigma fights with his classic beam saber, a command throw and a counter teleport.

All three characters will be available as part of the game's character pass or will cost players $7.99 each. This will include a premium costume for each character, which can be seen at Capcom Unity.

Readers can check out the trailer for Sigma and Black Panther after the jump.

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Atom to cut Injustice 2 opponents down to size

While the third character of Fighter Pack 2, Hellboy, has yet to be released, NetherRealm Studios and Warner Bros. Games have announced another new character for Injustice 2: The Atom.

According to the teaser for the character, Atom's powers of altering his size will allow him to quickly manuever around opponents, sometimes in ways almost like a teleport.

There is no other information on Atom at this time, but according to NRS's Paulo Garcia he is a "tiny peak" at Fighter Pack 3. Readers can check out the trailer after the jump.

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First match footage of BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle released

Days before a playable demo of the title will be available at New York Comic Con, the first video of a match of BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle has been released to the public.

The footage shows many features that players have seen in Capcom's team games over the years: assists, being able to cancel one character's super move with another and the possibility of mixing up the opponent once you kill one of their characters.

What is new, however, is the Resonance Blaze, a mode that seems to unlock only once a player loses one of the two characters. It's not clear exactly what Resonance Blaze does, but upon activation the player begins to automatically gain meter at a fast rate and may gain other bonuses as well.

Players in the U.S. will have the chance to check out BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle at New York Comic Con on Oct. 5-8, 2017. Readers can check out the footage, originally courtesy of Rooster Teeth's Gray Haddock, after the jump.

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Review: Qanba Aegis arcade fight stick bag

There are arcade sticks of many sizes. Most of them can probably fit in a normal school backpack. But what if your stick is out of the ordinary? It probably won't fit in those bags and even if it can, there is the possibility the bag can damage your stick in some way. When it comes to protection, there are dedicated arcade stick bags that can do that, but size is another story since the bags were were made for specific, mostly normal-sized sticks. Big arcade sticks have been relatively uncommon for years.

With the release of the Dragon stick, Qanba realized that something needed to be done to have people easily carry it to tournaments. The Guardian bag, while good, simply doesn't work with the Dragon. The answer to this beast of a stick is the recently released Aegis bag. If you have a Dragon stick or another large stick, then you might might want to seriously consider this bag.

Instead of taking a similar route found with the Guardian, which was just a newer version of the Defender, the Aegis is a new design. Aside from the hard rubber feet from the bottom end and side drink holder, this bag contains very few aspects of the Defender design.

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Gundam Versus' 1.06 update adjusts variety of mobile suits and strikers

The recently released Gundam Versus has a new patch that's all about buffs and nerfs.

One of the major aspects of version 1.06 is that some strikers have been dealt nothing but nerfs. Guntank for example, known for having reliable tracking in its shots when called, now has reduced tracking and can only be called twice. Another popular striker was Gold Sumo, where its attack can easily be avoided by falling down normally.

The update also brings changes to a variety of controllable mobile suits. Gundam X1 Full Cloth, Hot Scramble Gundam, Zeong and Gyan have been dealt with nerfs at different degrees. Fortunately there have been more buffs done to 12 suits.

You can check out the full patch notes here with more detailed explanations of the changes here.


Alvaaron, Buster Gundam coming to Gundam Versus in Japan on Oct. 17

Two new mobile suits have been announced as DLC for the Japanese version of Gundamn Versus.

Alvaaron and pilot Alejandro Corner appear from Mobile Suit Gundam 00, while the Buster Gundam and Dearka Elsman come from Mobile Suit Gundam SEED.

The Alvaaron will have a striker in the form of the GNX-603T GN-X "Jinx" Gundam, while Buster Gundam will have the GAT-X207 Blitz Gundam and GAT-X102 Duel Gundam.

No trailers are available at this time. Both mobile suits will cost players 650 yen (about $6).

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