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Dead or Alive 6 coming to Japanese arcades

The newest iteration of Koei Tecmo's fighting game franchise will be coming to arcades, the company announced.

Dead or Alive 6 will be coming to arcades in Japan using the latest version of SEGA's ALL.Net system, but no details about a release date were revealed at this time.

Dead or Alive 6 is scheduled for release on PlayStation 4, Steam and Xbox One on February 15, 2019.


Fighting EX Layer's Skullomainia coming as guest DLC for SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy

One of Arika's most popular fighting game characters will be playable in SNK's latest fighting game.

The latest SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy trailer, found after the jump, has Skullomania from Fighting EX Layer coming into the roster as a guest character. Gender-bent, Skullomania features a variety of her special moves from FEXL including the cheesy Skullo Dream super.

Skullomania is the second downloadable guest character to appear in SNK Heroines. Square-Enix worked with SNK to bring the Thief Arthur character from their Million Arthur property as DLC.

This isn't a first for SNK in collaborating with Arika. Terry Bogard was previously confirmed to be joining the FEXL cast as the first guest character in that game during Evo 2018.

Skullomania is planned for release around mid-October 2018. SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy is available now for PlayStation 4 and Switch!

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Arika teasing PC version of Fighting EX Layer for Steam platform

It looks like Fighting EX Layer will be getting a PC port!

Arika uploaded a new video showing off simple in-game footage of FEXL, only to zoom outwards revealing that it's being run on a window through a Windows 10 setup. The game is in front of a Steam library window from the account of Arika vice president Ichiro Mihara. Also of note is that there will be Steam achievements, totaling at 41.

The video is followed by simple text of "2019? 2018?" and "4K? 4K!" So far we can assume that FEXL can release sometime between the remainder of 2018 and in 2019 with 4K resolution support.

Back at Evo 2017, the then-untitled FEXL was demonstrated on a PC setup.

The teaser can be found after the jump! Fighting EX Layer is available now on PlayStation 4 through the PlayStation Store.

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Japanese mixed martial arts event to host Tekken 7 exhibition

Rizin Fighting Federation's fight card on Sept. 30, 2018, will feature three digital bouts between top Japanese and Korean Tekken players.

Rizin 13 will feature 12 normal MMA fights, but the seventh match (which doubles as the first intermission) will consist of three separate T7 matches: Chanel vs. Take, Qudans vs. Nobi and Knee vs. Noroma. 

This is not the first time Rizin has offered an event for Tekken players, holding a four-player tournament featuring Yuu, Nobi, Kari and Kagemaru as part of Rizin x Mastercup at the end of 2017.

In an Instagram post, Rizin president Nobuyuki Sakakibara wondered whether this collaboration will be considered "revolutionary, or reckless" but also stated, "I do believe that there is a future in our sport with a collaboration with esports. Come join us in the experience that nobody in the world has never experienced."

Rizin 13 takes place on Sept. 30, 2018, at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. Readers interested in learning more about the event or watching Rizin 13 can head over to FITE.


Wrestling cruise to hold SFV tournament, winner battles Kenny Omega

An upcoming cruise event taking place at the end of October 2018 will offer attendees a chance to play against pro wrestling's Kenny Omega in Street Fighter V.

The Chris Jericho "Rock 'N' Wrestling Rager" will sail from Oct. 27-31 and feature pro wrestling, live music and comedy as it travels from Miami, Florida, to Nassau in the Bahamas. In addition, it will also be the site of the "Kenny Omega Invitational" Street Fighter V tournament, where players will compete for a chance to play New Japan Pro Wrestling's current IWGP champion in SFV.

Interested readers can check out the cruise's official website for more details on pricing, guests and entertainment.

Those hoping for an easier—and perhaps cheaper—shot at playing against Omega will have to hold out hope that his affiliation with Community Effort Orlando continues in 2019.


Back from the lab: NKI returns with a new video exploiting Super Turbo

One of the longtime U.S. combo and glitch video makers has returned from hiatus as NKI has released an eight-minute video detailing some of the weird hitboxes and other system pecularities of the game known in North America as Super Street Fighter II: Turbo.

NKI was one of a handful of players that helped resurrect ST in the early 2000s, compiling data from players all over the world and making videos breaking down theories about the different versions of the game.

NKI Volume XII never breaks the game's system, instead using macros, save states and an emulator to capture oddities that might only be found in a single frame of the game's action. As such, NKI has also compiled a transcipt of every situation in the video, explaining to viewers what exactly is happening and how those states were achieved.

Readers can check out the video below, and find all of NKI's previous videos on Preppy's website.

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Street Fighter V coming to Japanese arcades in 2019

Although the newest version of Street Fighter V is subtitled Arcade Edition, the game will only finally be making its debut in Japanese arcades next year.

Capcom released the information at the end of the Street Fighter V event at Tokyo Game Show 2018 with a short video, which not only showed off the game on a Taito Vewlix cabinet but also made sure to reveal that there will be USB ports for players to hook up their own pad or stick.

No more concrete information on the game's release is available at this time, but according to Eventhubs it will be based on the current console version and tests of the game will begin "the weekend of October 5th to October 7th in five locations — Taito Station Shinjuku South, Plaza Capcom Kichijouji, Nagoya Leisure Land, Sega Namba Avion Osaka and Round One Fukuoka."

With Japanese arcades getting the game, it would also stand to reason that the many Round One locations in the U.S. will be getting it as well, but for now nothing is assured.


Jump Force coming in February 2019, Yu Yu Hakusho joins the fight

More news about Bandai Namco's upcoming arena fighter has emerged during Tokyo Game Show 2018, including more characters coming to the battle and the game's release window.

Yu Yu Hakusho's protagonist Yusuke Urameshi and notable villain Toguro have been added to the roster, bringing the eighth Shonen Jump world into the game. In addition, four originals story characters—Director Glover, Navigator, Galena and Kane—, designed by Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama have also been unveiled.

Jump Force will be coming home sometime in February 2019, and Bandai Namco detailed the North American special edition of the game, which will include a character diorama (featuring Luffy, Naruto and Goku) along with 3 art boards, a steelbook case and game. It will retail for $259.

Readers can check out the trailers for both the Yu YU Hakusho and recently revealed Hunter x Hunter characters below, as well as an additional vidoe for the original characters. Jump Force is schedule for release on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.

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Killua, Kurapika from Hunter x Hunter, Yugi Mutou join Jump Force

The roster of Jump Force is rapidly expanding as more characters and worlds join the fray.

Announced first on Sept. 14, Yugi Mutou of Yu-Gi-Oh! brings a whole new catalog of character possibilities as he fights with his Dark Magicians and Sky Dragon.

Meanwhile, the roster of Hunter x Hunter characters has expanded as Killua Zoldyck and Kurapika join the title.

Combined, Jump Force currently contains 18 playable characters and there is little doubt there will be many more to add to that list.

Jump Force is scheduled for release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC sometime in 2019.


Android 17 is the final season one Dragon Ball FighterZ character

The last DLC character in Dragon Ball FighterZ's first season of content has been revealed, and he was no surprise to most people following the game.

Android 17 was the last character that had been unearthed by datamining soon after the game's release but who had not been announced as DLC. He joins the cast in his Dragon Ball Super attire and brings his Barrier Explosion, End Game and Super Electric Strike attacks with him.

According to Ryokuta, Android 17 will be released at the end of September 2018 (presumably with Cooler) along with an update that will bring a new stage, Space Stadium, along with Halloween-themed lobby characters and stamps. Switch players will apparently have to wait until a later date to receive the new stage.

Dragon Ball FighterZ is currently available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC and releases for Nintendo Switch on Sept. 28, 2018, in North America.


En garde: Raphael joins Soul Calibur VI

The other character that accidentally debuted in late August, Raphael has been officially announced as part of the SCVI cast.

Raphael returns to Soul Calibur with his signature fencing style and much of his classic move set. His trailer shows off some new Brave Edge twists on classic moves as well as his Critical Edge.

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

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New Darkstalkers, Halloween costumes come to SFV on Sept. 25

Seven new costumes for Street Fighter V characters will be available to purchase at the end of September 2018.


First up are three new Darkstalkers skins that will join the group released in March 2018. This time around, Chun-Li becomes Morrigan, Ed becomes Dimitri and Menat gets her second outfit from the series in the form of Felicia. Each costume will cost players $3.99 separately, but Capcom is also offering all six Darkstalkers costumes together for the price of $14.99.

Additionally, the company is rolling out some of its annual Halloween costumes for SFV characters. This year, Abigail becomes a cyclops, Falke dresses as a shinigami, Guile gets zombified and Kolin dons the black apparel of a witch. As with the Darkstalkers costumes, each of these new costumes will cost players $3.99.


Her work is never done: Isabelle joins Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The never-resting secretary of Animal Crossing is finally taking some much-deserved time off and entering the fray in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Announced during the Nintendo Direct on Sept. 13, Isabelle brings her cheery disposition and a host of unique attacks with her to Ultimate. Party poppers, a fishing rod, broom and even a bucket of water will help her clean up the competition.

Readers can check out Isabelle's trailer below. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate launches for Nintendo Switch on Dec. 7, 2018.

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Arc System Works reveals more details about ArcRevo World Tour

Arc System Works has announced the guidelines of the ArcRevo World Tour, showing players how they can earn a spot at the ArcRevo World Finals in the U.S. in 2019.

These methods will affect all three games played during the world tour, including BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Guilty Gear Xrd: Rev2 and BlazBlue: Central Fiction.

The first way is straight forward: win one of the ArcRevo qualifiers. So far, 10 events—Evo, Frosty Faustings, CEO and Texas Showdown in the U.S.; Revolution, Brussels Challenge and Headstomper in Europe; ArcRevo Japan and Evo Japan; and South East Asia Major—have been named with Revolution on Sept. 28-30, 2018, being the first event on the tour.

The other ways is to earn points by placing in the top eight at ArcRevo qualifiers. At the end of the tour, the top point-earning player in each region—North and Latin America, Europe, Japan and Asia—will be invited to ArcRevo finals.

Between these two methods, 14 players will be invited, which leaves two spots undecided. It is currently unknown whether those last two spots are simply events that have not yet been announced, or if they will be determined in some other fashion.

For complete details of the tour's format, including the breakdown of points earned at each event, readers can check out the official Arc System Works website.


Dead men tell tales: Cervantes officially joins Soul Calibur VI

Although he was accidentally revealed in late August, Cervantes de León has been announced as part of the SC6 cast and Bandai Namco has released a gameplay trailer for the immortal pirate.

Cervantes returns to Soul Calibur with much of his classic move set in tact, including Geo Da Ray. A new twist for him is that many of his moves now have Brave Edge extensions which utilize Cervantes' pistol.

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

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Ira Gamagori, Uzu Sanageyama join Kill la Kill the Game: IF

Two of Kill la Kill's Elite Four have been officially added to the upcoming Arc System Works 3-D battle action game.

Famitsu announced the pair online as a lead-in to its forthcoming magazine article on the game. Ira Gamagori and Uzu Sanageyama are two members of Kill la Kill's student council and join their boss, Satsuki Kiryūin, and series protagonist Ryuko Matoi as members of the game's cast.

Kill la Kill: IF is scheduled for release on PlayStation 4 and PC sometime in 2019. 



Final Fantasy XI's Kam'lanaut coming to Dissidia: Final Fantasy AC & NT

A character from the first Final Fantasy MMORPG will be coming to all versions of the current edition of Dissidia: Final Fantasy.

Zilart prince Kam'lanaut from Final Fantasy XI was announced in the Sept. 11, 2018, stream by Square-Enix. He will be playable on Sept. 19, 2018, for those who have access to the arcade version. For Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT players, he is set for October through the season pass and as a separate download.

You can check out Kam’lanaut's gameplay trailer, plus the stream archive showing off more of him, after the jump!

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Tekken 7 receives version 2.01 patch to fix various move bugs

Bandai Namco Entertainment shipped out a patch to the recently updated Tekken 7 alleviating some issues that were of concern.

For PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, patch version 2.01 fixed move bugs from a variety of characters since the release of version 2.00 and the Season 2 content update last week. Users on PS4 and PC can update their game now while XB1 users will have to wait until Sept. 12, 2018.

One of the adjustments include fixing Bryan's taunt tracking, previously unable to hit those who quick roll left of him. Another change is Lars' f+2,1 to Silent Entry, 1 string losing its natural combo property, which originally gave him extremely high combo damage potential especially at walls.

Some of these fixes were from player reports using the Twitter hashtag #tekken7_season2_report with those from the Tekken Project team monitoring the feedback.

You can check out the patch notes officially provided by Tekken Project lead Katsuhiro Harada here.


New Dead or Alive 6 trailer reveals Feb. 15, 2019 release, free to play version announced, various editions and pre-order rewards offered

The new iteration of Team Ninja's staple fighting game series has a release date.

Dead or Alive 6 now has a worldwide release date of Feb. 15, 2019, for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC through Steam. A trailer, found after the jump, has been made as part of the release date announcement to show off various gameplay and story beats.

DOA6 was revealed back in early June 2018 in preparation for E3 2018. This release date trailer was made prior to its coming showing at this year's Tokyo Game Show.

According to 4Gamer,there are plans to release DOA6 as a free-to-play variant, similar to Dead or Alive 5 Core Fighters, in the future.

In North America, there are multiple preorder rewards. Players can get Nyotengu for those who preorder on either PS4 or XB1. Steam users who get DOA6 before the March 14, 2019, deadline can also get Nyotengu. A digital deluxe edition will provide 25 extra outfits for the cast of characters, extra music tracks and access to character Phase 4.

For Japanese users, they get a physical collectors edition which features the soundtrack and booklet. There is also the "Strongest Package" which features contents from the Collectors Edition plus some very suggestive pillow sheets of Kasume and Ayane and mouse pads of Marie Rose, Honoka and a new unannounced character.

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SNK reveals new Samurai Spirits game, coming in 2019

SNK has chosen to revive another of its classic franchises with a new entry in the weapon-based fighting game set in early modern Japan.

Samurai Spirits, the series known as Samurai Shodown in the U.S., will see a new entry released sometime in 2019. A teaser trailer for the game shows off gameplay for Haohmaru, Jubei Yagyu, Galford, Earthquake and Nakoruru while Cory Bell on Twitter has pointed out that art shown in the trailer seems to reveal Tam Tam, Genjuro, Kyoshiro, Hanzo, Uyko Tachibana and possibly Charlotte.

Readers can check out the brief teaser trailer for the title after the jump. Samurai Spirits is set to be released on PlayStation 4 sometime in 2019.

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