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(Quarter 1 - 2014)

March 27th, 2013
Killer Instinct (2013) Fulgore Reveal Trailer, Iron Galaxy Studios To Work on Season 2

Double Helix released the official reveal trailer for Fulgore, the next character set to appear in the Xbox One exclusive, Killer Instinct. Also confirmed is the release date for Fulgore, which is April 9th. The title update that debuts Fulgore will also add Arcade Mode and 8-player online lobbies to the game, complete with spectating options. Lastly, Microsoft is bringing in Iron Galaxy Studios to work on Season 2...

March 27th, 2014
Three Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- Characters Are Headed to A Square Enix Game

Back in December, it was reported that several Guilty Gear X characters would appear in Sega's MOBA title, Chaos Heroes Online. Looks like some of the Guilty Gear crew will venture out of their series yet again... this time into a game by Square Enix, Lord of Vermillion III. Check out some character cards and screenshots of Sol Baduy, Ky Kiske & Millia Rage as they appear in Lord of Vermillion III.

March 26th, 2014
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle "Exquisite" Special Edition Coming to Europe

Bandai Namco just announced a new special edition of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle for Europe. This "ultra limited" edition will include the game, special packaging, and an extremely rare Swarovski figurine of Jotaro made out of 6,000 Swarovski crystals (check out some official images of the Exquisite Edition). Currently, no special edition has been announced for North America.

March 25th, 2014
Killer Instinct (2013) New Alternate & "Classic" Costumes For Spinal & Chief thunder

Double Helix officially revealed some new images of Chief Thunder's alternate costumes & customizations items. In addition, some leaked footage for Spinal's classic costume has also been revealed. Check out some screenshots & video of both Thunder's & Spinal's new costumes. In related news, it appears the Fulgore DLC will be delayed from its original March release (possibly into April).

March 25th, 2014
DOA5: Ultimate Marie Rose DLC Now Available, Team Ninja Planning Even More DLC Fighters

Patch 1.05 for DOA5U is now available for download, and for $5.99 you can also pick up new character Marie Rose. "Phase 4" will be the next DLC character added the game (console & arcade). Team Ninja also announced that even more new fighters will be coming to the game in the future (TBA soon)! They also mentioned there will be a DLC bundle containing all of the new characters (set for release about 6 months from now).

March 24th, 2014
Blazblue: ChronoPhantasma Released on PS3, Discount With Digital Pre-Order on PSN

Blazblue: ChronoPhantasma's long awaited console (PS3) release has finally arrived. If you're not in a rush to pick up the game in stores this Tuesday, consider waiting for the digital PSN release on April 1st (one week from today). With a pre-order, the game will be sold for $44.99 on PSN ($5.00 off). PS+ members get an even bigger discount at $40.49. Aksys also said on Twitter that pre-orders will come with Kokonoe DLC and a PS3 theme.

March 20th, 2014
Hwoarang & Character Customization Coming to Tekken Card Tournament 2.0 Next Month

Bandai Namco is planning a major update to their popular mobile card game, Tekken Card Tournament, in celebration of recently hitting 6 million downloads. Version 2.0 (releasing in a few weeks) will add new playable character Hwoarang, character customization, new team features, and special tournaments. Visit the official TCT Facebook page for more. Also, a quick shout-out to "Team FightersGen" on TCT!

March 20th, 2014
Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax First Gameplay Footage of Virtua Fighter's Akira & Pai

Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax was released in Japan arcades 2 days ago. Naturally, many new gameplay videos have popped up on Youtube recently. Even if you're not into "anime" fighting games, I'm sure most old school players will want to see the first gameplay footage Virtua Fighter's Akira & Pai in DBFC. Outside of the cheap Genesis port of VF2, this is the first time Akira or Pai have appeared as 2D fighting game characters.

March 19th, 2014
Gouken Pop Culture Shock 1:4 Statue Preview

Pop Culture Shock Toys recently unveiled their latest 1:4 scale Street Fighter statue, Master Gouken! This massive statue stands 16 & 1/2" inches tall and comes in 3 limited editions: Normal, Strong Fist, and Pilgrim (SF4 alt. costume). The standard edition will set you back $350 and is limited to 350 pieces. The statues will be released Q4 of 2014. Check out high quality preview images of the statue along with more details.

March 18th, 2014
Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- Ramlethal Valentine Artwork, Screenshots & Tons of New Details

Arc System Works has unveiled the official character artwork for the boss of GGXrd and confirmed playable character, Ramlethal Valentine. Ramlethal will become playable in the arcade version sometime in mid-April. Also check out over 10 new screenshots featuring Ramlethal, along with a plethora of new details regarding the character. We also take a look at Sin Kiske & Valentine from GG2: Overture.

March 17th, 2014
DOA5: Ultimate First Phase-4 Gameplay Video

Capcom isn't the only company to recently unveil a new "clone" character. Earlier this month, Tecmo revealed yet another Kasumi clone called Phase-4 who is set to appear in the arcade version of Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate. Just released tonight, this 1-minute gameplay video shows the first in-game footage of Phase-4.

March 16th, 2014
Ultra Street Fighter IV Decapre Combo / Commentary Videos, Official Artwork & Screenshots

Now that the initial shock (good or bad) from tonight's Ultra SF4 character reveal has passed, let's settle down a bit and take a look at the first in-game screenshots featuring the Shadaloo Doll, along with Decapre's official artwork. Also included in the new screenshots set is the "complete" Ultra SF4 character selection screen. Finally, Combofiend released a Decapre combo video and a 10-minute walkthrough with commentary.

March 16th, 2014
Decapre is Ultra SF4's 5th New Character

Here at TFG, we actually have a long running track record of correctly predicting "mystery" modes and characters that were hyped up months before their reveal. As promised, Capcom unveiled the 5th new character for Ultra SF4 tonight at Final Round... and as we speculated, it's a Shadaloo Doll. More specifically, the doll with the iron mask that most resembles Cammy. Without further ado, here's the reveal trailer!

March 16th, 2014
Kotaku Details The Blazblue Live-Action Play

Back in January, we reported that Blazblue would be getting a live stage adaptation in Japan. Over the weekend, Richard Eisenbeis of Kotaku gave his impressions of the show, first stating that it is far better than the Blazblue anime. In the article, Richard talks about the cast, stage, special effects, stage fighting, and more. The article also features images of the actors in costume and a video showing a rehearsal of stage fighting.

March 14th, 2014
Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist Teaser Trailer

Machinima has released the very first teaser trailer for the highly anticipated live-action fan film, Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist. The short (but sweet) trailer offers a quick glimpse at a young Akuma fighting against Gouken, Goutetsu, and Ryu & Ken. It was also confirmed that the full SF: Assassin's Fist series will premiere on Machinima (no date has been confirmed yet).

March 13th, 2014
Hilde Joining Soul Calibur: Lost Swords

Bandai Namco has revealed the latest playable character to join the PS3 single-player fighting game, Soul Calibur: Lost Swords. Hilde, the daughter of the king of Wolfkrone, will make her return! Check out Hilde's Lost Swords reveal trailer along with 6 HD screenshots. Soul Calibur: Lost Swords was released in Japan on February 6th. The English version of the game is on schedule to be released this Spring.

March 12th, 2014
Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax's Opening Movie Has A Sega Dreamcast Cameo

The Sega / Dengeki Bunko collaboration 2D fighting game, Dengeki Bunko Fighting Clima, is only 6 days away from its official release in Japanese arcades. To celebrate, Sega has released the game's opening movie on Youtube. Sega fans might also find it interesting that one of the female characters in the intro is wearing a Sega Dreamcast-inspired outfit.

March 11th, 2014
Capcom & Twitch Teaming Up to Bring You Street Fighter IV "Pro Tour"

If you're a follower of the competitive SF4 scene, you'll be excited to hear that Capcom and Twitch have joined forces to put together a league that will run throughout 2014. Events on the Capcom Pro Tour will be split into premier events, independent ranking events, and online tournaments. Most major tournaments this year will be part of the Pro Tour, including: Final Round, NCR, CEO, EVO, Fall Classic & Dreamhack.

March 8th, 2014
Soul Calibur 2 HD Online Patch Improves Online Matchmaking, Adds "Rematch" Option

Bandai Namco just released an update to remedy some of the shortcomings of Soul Calibur 2 HD Online's matchmaking. For starters, a much appreciated "rematch" option can now be chosen during Online Free Match Mode, and new "region select" options are now available for online matching. Historical bugs from the PAL version have also been fixed. Bandai Namco released the full patch notes on Facebook. 

March 8th, 2014
SF3: 3rd Strike Online & MVC: Origins Patches Now Live on Xbox 360

The latest patches for Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online and Marvel VS Capcom: Origins were released last month on Playstation 3, improving netcode, online matchmaking, and fixing various problems. Capcom announced that the patches are now live on Xbox 360 versions as well. Capcom Unity also posted the patch notes for both games.

March 7th, 2014
Ultra Street Fighter IV Rolento Trailer

This week's Ultra Street Fighter IV trailer revolves around Rolento, one of the original bosses from Capcom's classic beat-em-up, Final Fight (1989). Like the past 3 character trailers, this one runs through some of the new character's basic strategies, special moves, and Ultras. A "remixed" version of Rolento's classic stage theme from Final Fight can also be heard in the trailer... a fan service for old school Capcom fans!

March 6th, 2014
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle Comes to North America on April 29th

JoJo fans in North American who have been waiting patiently to try out the spiritual successor to the original JoJo's Bizarre Adventure fighting game won't have to wait much longer. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle comes to North America on April 29th, only a few days after the European / Australasia release. Be sure to check out TFG's full review of the Japanese version of the game, if you haven't already.

March 4th, 2014
Guilty Gear Accent Core Plus R Now Available on Playstation Network in North America

GGXX AC+R has been out on Xbox 360 and PS Vita for a while now, but Guilty Gear players on PS3 have been patiently waiting all this time for their free upgrade to the "R" arcade specifications. Today, owners of GGXX Accent Core Plus on PS3 can finally upgrade their version of the game. The download of the "R" patch should start automatically the next time the game is loaded. And here "R" the patch notes direct from Arc System Works. :)

March 4th, 2014
Xuan Dou Zhi Wang's Newest Combatant is a Boxer Named Andrei

Currently, Tencent's "KOF style" 2D fighting game Xuan Dou Zhi Wang features 29 unique fighters... but the none of them use boxing as their primary fighting style, until now! The 30th fighter to join the roster is Andrei, a through and through pugilist. Check out this nearly 8-minute long reveal video which demonstrates Andrei's awesome boxing abilities. Clearly, he takes inspiration from some of our favorite...

March 3rd, 2014
New Character Coming to DOA5: Ultimate Arcade, Marie Rose Hits Consoles March 25th/26th

Today, Famitsu revealed some new DOA5U images confirming a new character called "Phase 4" for the arcade version. Phase 4 is yet another "Kasumi clone" created by the M.I.S.T. organization. Her fighting style is based on Kasumi's and is heavy on stealth attacks. Secondly, the upcoming console patch (1.05) will bring Marie Rose to the roster for free along with the new Lorelei stage. Update 1.05 hits PS3 March 25th...

March 3rd, 2014
Blazblue: CP Producer Explains Why There's No 360 Version, Wants to Bring Blazblue to PS4

Siliconera sat down with Blazblue producer Toshimichi Mori to discuss the upcoming console ports of Blazblue: ChronoPhantasma. In the short interview, Mori clarifies there is no Xbox 360 version being made because there isn't enough storage space on the disc. Mori also gives a few words on the PS Vita version, the beach / island storyline, and mentions that he'd like to bring Blazblue to PS4. Read the full interview here.

March 2nd, 2014
Ultra Street Fighter IV Edition Select Trailer

In the latest Ultra Street Fighter IV trailer, Capcom reveals a new option that allows players to select previous versions of characters from the SF4 series (offline only). Similar to Hyper Street Fighter II: Anniversary Edition, players can use their favorite version of any character, complete with their original balance. This will certainly be a fun option for hardcore players who have followed SF4's competitive scene since the beginning.

March 2nd, 2014
More Ultra Street Fighter IV Chibi Artwork

Combofiend over at Capcom Unity uploaded a plethora of new chibi style character art for Ultra Street Fighter IV. In addition to the "Bosses" set from last week, we now have the new "Femme Fatales" & "Challengers" sets, and more are coming soon (which will likely complete the entire roster)! For your convenience, TFG's new artwork gallery contains all the Ultra SF4 chibi character art so far and will be updated when new pieces arrive!

February 28th, 2014
Ultra Street Fighter IV Elena Trailer

Right on time... this Friday's Ultra Street Fighter IV character trailer highlights the African princess, Elena. Like the other returning SFXT characters, Elena retains most of her previous special moves and animations. Her "Healing" Ultra also makes its return from the SF3 series. The video also features a new remix of Elena's 3rd Strike theme, "Beats in My Head". Next week we'll get to see Rolento's trailer, and...

February 28th, 2014
First Screenshots of Virtua Fighter's Akira & Pai in Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax

It was announced a while back that Akira Yuki of Virtua Fighter fame will make a guest "boss" appearance in Sega's upcoming anime style collaboration fighting game with Dengeki Bunko. Today we have the first screenshots of Akira in Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax, along with Pai Chan as his assist. It's currently unknown if Akira & Pai will become regular playable characters on the roster.

February 27th, 2014
Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- Overdrives & Instant Kills Compilation Video

A Nico Nico user named Charlie put together a sick 23-minute compilation video showing off Overdrives and Instant Kill moves (as well as pre-fight intros) for the entire cast of Guilty Gear Xrd: SIGN. Since this is off-screen footage taken from the arcade version, the video quality isn't great. However, you can still get a clear look at the clever ways Arc System Works is using their awesome new 3D graphics engine. A MUST WATCH!

February 27th, 2014
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle Coming to Europe & Australasia April 25th

Bandai Namco announced today that the English version of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle will be arriving April 25th in Europe and Australasia. They also stated that the North American release date will be announced in the next few days (so stay tuned). In Europe, both Yoshikage Kira and Shigekiyo Yangu will be available as free DLC. Lastly, here's a first look at the all new European box art.

February 27th, 2014
Ultra Street Fighter IV Chibi Style Artwork

Combofiend recently posted up some interesting chibi style artwork for Ultra SF4's boss characters on Capcom Unity. Characters featured in this artwork set, include: M. Bison, Vega, Balrog, Sagat, Seth and Akuma. For some reason, Combofiend didn't mention the artist who created these... I wonder if we'll see more SF4 characters drawn in this style. All of this artwork was also added to respective TFG character profiles.

February 26th, 2014
Persona 4 Arena: Ultimax Headed to Playstation 3 & Xbox 360 This Fall

Atlus USA has announced that their latest fighting game collaboration with Arc System Works is headed to PS3 and Xbox 360 in North America this Fall. In North America, the title will be known simply as Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (rather than the humorously long name of the Japanese version - Persona 4 The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold). Atlus also released a brand new English trailer for the game.

February 24th, 2014
New Killer Cuts Album for KI3 Confirmed

In case you didn't know, the original run of Killer Instinct SNES cartridges came packaged with a remix soundtrack entitled Killer Cuts. On Maximilian's twitch stream, composer Mick Gordon dropped a hint that a new Killer Cuts album for the Xbox One reboot is in the works. He later reaffirmed this via Twitter, confirming a March release for the new album. Mick is also asking fans on Twitter for suggestions regarding the album.

February 24th, 2014
Blazblue: ChronoPhantasma Screenshots & Character Art From PS Vita's "Island Storyline"

As previously reported, the Playstation Vita version of Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma will include some sort of exclusive beach events. Today, Siliconera shines a bit more light on the matter, revealing screenshots and character artwork pertaining to a new beach-themed storyline that takes place on an island. New details on the Vita versions story mode and multiplayer modes have also been confirmed.

February 22nd, 2014
Ultra SF4's Mysterious 5th Character Will Debut at Final Round 17, Between March 14-16

Capcom's Tomoaki Ayano confirmed on the Saikyo blog that the 5th new character to appear in Ultra Street Fighter IV will make her debut at Final Round 17 (March 14th-16th). Considering that the USF4 Poison & Hugo trailers were released the last two Fridays, we can expect Elena & Rolento to make an appearance in the two weeks, leading up to the final reveal in the weekend of Final Round. 

February 22nd, 2014
New Mortal Kombat Title in The Works?

According to IGN, actor Keifer Sutherland stated in an interview that he is part of a new Mortal Kombat project. While discussing his role as Big Boss in Metal Gear Solid 5, Sutherland stated "I did Mortal Kombat, and that's such a huge game, but it's so not like (MGS5)." Although he didn't specify his role, he claimed that he wrapped up his work with MK "pretty quickly". Neither WB or NetherRealm have made any statement thus far.

February 21st, 2014
Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- 2 Hours of Footage From A-Cho, Recent Gameplay Videos Roundup

Uploaded on Youtube this morning by A-Cho, here's nearly 2 hours of previously streamed Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- gameplay footage straight from Japan's arcades. Note that a few of the players aren't "tournament level" and the video quality isn't the best. Some other recent GGXrd -SIGN- gameplay videos you might find interesting have also been rounded up.

February 21st, 2014
Ultra Street Fighter IV Hugo Trailer

Following Poison's trailer from last week, Capcom uploaded a new Ultra Street Fighter IV character trailer... this time for the German powerhouse, Hugo. The 3-minute Hugo trailer runs through some of Hugo's general strategy, special moves & Ultras.

February 19th, 2014
Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition Money Matches Now Available on Virgin Gaming

I knew the day would come where online gambling and fighting games would officially cross paths. Capcom and Virgin just announced a new online "money match" service compatible with the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition. Classic 1-VS-1 money matches and 32-player league battles are available, and users can pay to play with Visa or Paypal. For more details, head over to Virgin Gaming.

February 18th, 2014
Street Fighter X Tekken Free on PS Vita For Playstation Plus Subscribers Today

If you own a PS Vita and haven't tried out the Street Fighter X Tekken port, today you can download the game completely FREE if you're a PS+ subscriber. The Playstation Vita version features all 55 characters unlocked from the start, touch-screen customization mode, online play, and impressive graphics for a handheld fighter. 

February 15th, 2014
Sega Reveals Blade Arcus, A New 2D Fighting Game Based on The Shining Series

Sega just announced a new "anime style" fighting game at this weekend's Japan Amusement Expo 2014 based on their Shining RPG series. The upcoming title is called Blade Arcus, featuring artwork by Shining series veteran, Tony Taka. Early reports say Blade Arcus will include at least 10 characters, including some other "guest fighters" from early Shining titles. Check out the first trailer, plus some screenshots & character art.

February 14th, 2014
Ultra Street Fighter IV Poison Trailer

Just like in the past, it seems as though Capcom will be releasing individual character trailers for the newcomers in Ultra Street Fighter IV, leading up to the game's release this coming April (early June for PS3/360). The first new character trailer stars the original bad girl of Final Fight, Poison. The 2-minute trailer demonstrates all of Poison's special moves & Ultras.

February 13th, 2014
Tekken Revolution Valentine Campaign Starts Today, Jaycee & Bob Added To Roster

Bandai Namco just released a new update for Tekken Revolution. Today begins the "Valentine Campaign" which runs until the 24th of this month. Updates & upcoming events include: Jaycee & Bob added to roster, 50% discount on Premium Effects (18th-24th), Level cap raised to 70, Rank cap raised to Raijin, Blood Seal bonuses event (13th-19th) and Mokujin Festival (20th-23rd).  (Source: Tekken Official)

February 13th, 2014
New Photo of Upcoming Street Fighter Action Figures By CapoToys Fully Painted & Clothed

Last month we reported on a new Street Fighter action figure line in the works from Capotoys. We can now get a better look at these figures in their more "complete" form, as the toy makers just revealed an image of their Ryu, Sagat & Guile figures fully painted & clothed on Twitter. The first line of Street Fighter figures by Capotoys will be revealed to the public next week at Toy Fair.

February 13th, 2014
SF3: 3rd Strike Online & MVC: Origins Title Updates Now Available on PSN, Coming Soon To 360

Way back in May 2013, Iron Galaxy detailed their next title update for SF3: 3rd Strike Online Edition. After a long wait, the third title update for SF3: 3SO has finally arrived on PSN! Xbox 360 users will receive the update in the next week or two. Iron Galaxy also stated on Twitter that their new patch for Marvel VS Capcom: Origins is also now live on PSN. [UPDATE] Iron Galaxy released the MVC: Origins patch notes on Facebook.

February 11th, 2014
Blazblue: Chronophantasma Hits Vita This Summer, PS3 Special Edition Details, Screens & Trailer

PS.Blog posted up a new preview of the upcoming PS3 / PS Vita 2D fighter, Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma, detailing many of the games new features, modes, and even listing the contents of the "special edition". Sony also confirmed the special editions & first-run copies will come with a DLC code for Yuuki Terumi, and posted some new HD screenshots. Gematsu also reported that the Vita version will release in Summer...

February 11th, 2014
GGXrd Sol Badguy & Millia Statue Prototypes

Along with the artwork of Juri & Nina (from yesterday's news post), two Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- statue prototypes were also shown at Japan's Wonder Festival 2014. Check out the first preview photos showing off amazingly detailed sculpts of GGXrd's Sol Badguy (from Embrace Japan) and Millia Rage (from Wing).

February 10th, 2014
New Shunya Yamashita Art For Kotobukiya's Upcoming Juri Han & Nina Williams Statues

Kotobukiya revealed 2 new illustrations by Shunya Yamashita, which lay the groundwork for their upcoming Juri Han & Nina Williams Bishoujo statues. Originally teased at NYCC 2013, this new Juri Han artwork was just revealed at Japan's 2014 Wonder Festival. Yamashita's new TTT2 Nina Williams art was revealed on Kotobukiya's Facebook over the weekend.

February 8th, 2014
Skullgirls Encore Hits PSN Feb. 11th, Xbox Version Delayed, Patch Notes & Launch Trailers

Skullgirls is all set to return to Playstation Network & Xbox Live after being removed temporarily at the start of the new year. Re-launching as Skullgirls Encore, this updated version will feature new content, including the debut of the first DLC character, Squigly. Check out the official patch notes from Lab Zero Games for all of the changes. In addition, Playstation uploaded 2 new launch trailers for Skullgirls Encore.

February 6th, 2014
Evolution 2014 Official Games Lineup Announced 

Tonight, Mr. Wizard of SRK officially revealed the lineup for this year's EVO 2014 tournament (July 11th-13th at the Las Vegas Hilton). The big games this year will be: Ultra SF4, UMVC3, Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma, KOF XIII, Killer Instinct and Injustice. Seeing as some other popular games are missing from the official lineup, Mr. Wizard also posted his reasons for this year's choices. Furthermore, he didn't rule out...

February 6th, 2014
Amazon Acquires Double Helix, Microsoft Will Continue KI Series With New Dev. Partner

Double Helix Games, the developers of the new Killer Instinct (and the new Strider game) have been acquired by Amazon. Amazon stated that they will be supporting the studio's current lineup of games, as well as future projects. To address any concerns from fans, Microsoft's Phil Spencer reaffirmed that they will continue to develop Killer Instinct on Xbox One with a new development partner.  (Source: TechCrunch)

February 6th, 2014
Today's English Trailer For Soul Calibur: Lost Swords Confirms Spring Release

The English version of Tuesday's Japanese launch trailer was uploaded on Youtube by Namco Bandai Europe. The English trailer is basically the same exact trailer we saw on Tuesday (but with English subtitles), and sets a Spring 2014 release for the game. Soul Calibur: Lost Swords was released today on the Japanese Playstation Network.

February 5th, 2014
New SF:AF Photo Shows Young Gouken, Ryu & Ken

In celebration of hitting 50,000 likes on Facebook, the official Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist Facebook page uploaded a new photo from the set of the upcoming fan-film. Normally, I wouldn't post an entire news update for just one photo... but this image of young Gouken, Ryu and Ken Masters is just too promising. In under 13 hours, this photo has already received over 8,100 likes on Facebook. Can you say hype?

February 5th, 2014
GGXrd -SIGN- Loketest Footage, New Character Ramletherl Valentine, Main Visual Artwork

Some fresh GGXrd -SIGN- location test gameplay footage has popped up online, showing off a brand new character in the game, Ramletherl Valentine (previously seen in the opening movie). In addition to early impressions of the new character, check out GGXrd's main visual artwork, and the first details on 2 newly confirmed modes: Sparring Mode & M.O.M. Mode.

February 4th, 2014
Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate Patch 1.04 Hits PS3/360, New "Tropical Sexy" Costumes 

The latest update for Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate (Ver. 1.04) has hit PS3 and Xbox 360 this week. Team Ninja released the full patch notes of this update, which includes a variety of balance changes, bug fixes, and some new basic functionality. In addition, the new "tropical sexy" costumes pack has been made available. Check out a video preview of these costumes below (NSFW) as well as the official patch notes from Team Ninja!

February 4th, 2014
Soul Calibur: Lost Swords Japan Launch Trailer

As Soul Calibur: Lost Swords nears its release in Japan, Bandai Namco has released a new trailer for the 1-player fighting game. The trailer recaps what we've seen in the last few trailers & screens, including: huge skeleton opponents, elemental-based combat system, costume customizations, looting, and player-to-player connectivity. The end of the trailer also hints at connectivity between SC2: HD Online and Lost Swords.

February 4th, 2014
Polygon Posts "SF2: An Oral History" Editorial

Polygon put together a very interesting editorial on the history of Street Fighter 2. The article provides quotes from over 20 former Capcom developers, artists and business partners, in a "first-hand" retelling of the SF2 success story. An entire 5 chapters long, Polygon's piece reveals information about the creation of SF2, early concept stages, inspirations behind characters, the accidental creation of combos, and much more.

February 3rd, 2014
New 1/6 Street Fighter IV Akuma Action Figure By Kids Logic Coming This March

HobbyLink Japan posted some photos of an upcoming 1/6 scale Akuma figure made by Kids Logic. The Shun Goku Satsu is strong with this figure... standing an impressive 30cm tall and featuring an ultra realistic fabric Gi, incredible muscle detail from head to toe, and even light-up eyes! Since this figure is no joke, neither is the price... The Kids Logic Akuma will launch in March 2014 for 16,200 yen ($158.89 USD).

February 2nd, 2014
Piano X Tekken: Player Creates Piano Controller

A Tekken player who calls himself "Mc Cool" put together a very unique (and rather complex) controller to play his favorite fighting game. Using a Arduino that reads MIDI signals from his keyboard, Mc Cool was able to map the keys to an Xbox 360. The result? Tekken Tag 2 controlled 100% with a piano! This isn't some sort of cheap trick either... in his video demonstration, Mc Cool pulls off some combos and even a win online.

February 2nd, 2014
Blazblue: Chronophantasma Patches Incoming

Arc System Works first announced an update to the current arcade version of Blazblue: Chronophantasma coming in March, which will add Kagura, Terumi, and Kokonoe (the 3 console characters) and some balance changes. The recently announced Vita version will also include these updates. Additionally, the PS3 version (releasing March 25th in North America) will receive the character balance update in May.  (Source: Aksys)

February 1st, 2014
Ultra Street Fighter IV Beta Build Change List

Capcom has released the entire change list for the current beta build of Ultra Street Fighter IV. This includes changes to the core system as well as individual tweaks for all 39 characters. If you're a hardcore SF4 player, you're probably going to read all of this... aren't you? :)

January 31st, 2014
New Guilty Gear Xrd Gameplay Footage Shows Bedman, 3D Camera Perspective, And More

Here's a brand new Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- gameplay clip taken from the Japanese BuruRaji show. This 3-minute video debuts the first in-game footage of new character, Bedman, and demos an interesting 3D camera angle. The gameplay clip also shows off some awesome pre-fight and victory sequences featuring some of the returning characters, as well as a few super moves.

January 31ST, 2014
Killer Instinct (2013) Patch Notes, New "Jail" System Added For Rage Quitters, Classic Costumes

Double Helix detailed the latest update for Killer Instinct on Xbox One. Along with making Spinal playable, the patch includes general fixes, online fixes, and implements a new "JAIL" system for online rage quitters. Check out the full patch notes for all the details. [UPDATE] This patch also adds "classic costumes" for Glacius and Sabrewulf. Check out some preview videos showing off the costumes and other new customizations.

January 30th, 2014
JJBA: All-Star Battle New Arcade Mode, Limited Physical Release For The West

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle is set to be released "throughout the Americas" sometime in 2014. In addition, Namco announced today that the Western version will include a brand new arcade mode. The new arcade mode pits players against 8 CPU opponents. 10 screenshots of the English version were also released today. Lastly, Namco stated that there will be a limited release of physical copies in the West...

January 30th, 2014
Killer Instinct (2013) Spinal Reveal Trailer, Ultra Combo Video, Developer Q&A, And More

Double Helix Games just released the reveal trailer for the upcoming DLC character and series veteran, Spinal! Along with the reveal, there are 4 other videos to watch, including: A Developer Q&A, 84-Hit Ultra Combo, and preview videos of Spinal's customizations & alternate colors! Fulgore, the next DLC character, is also teased at the end of Spinal's reveal trailer. Spinal will be available to download tomorrow, Jan. 31st.

January 30th, 2014
Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- Arcade Opening Movie

This morning, Arc System Works uploaded Guilty Gear Xrd: SIGN's arcade opening movie on Youtube. GGXrd's intro presents some brand new anime cinematics and gives us a look at several characters' in-game pre-fight sequences (which look damn awesome). GGXrd: SIGN will be released in Japanese arcades very soon and is currently in development for PS3 and PS4.

January 30th, 2014
New Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist Set Photos

In case you're not following Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist on Facebook, the team behind the highly-anticipated Street Fighter fan film has released some new preview photos over this past week. Street Fighter veterans will immediately appreciate these photos of the actors portraying Street Fighter Alpha era Ryu & Ken. In addition, check out Gouki VS Gouken from a time period long before SFA.

January 28th, 2014
The Best And Worst Fighting Games For "Newbs"

Today, IGN posted an article about fighting games... (that's news in itself). The article is pretty straight-forward, grouping together several of this gen's fighting games into "easy" or "difficult" for beginners, and listing off a few reasons why. While this list could be more comprehensive, it's fairly accurate overall. It's also interesting to see the current "mainstream opinion" of fighting games, which has seemingly improved over the years.

January 28th, 2014
Blazblue: Chronophantasma Being Ported to PS Vita, Will Share DLC With PS3 Version

According to this week's Dengeki Playstation magazine, the latest iteration of Blazblue will be arriving on PS Vita this year (along with PS3). The Vita version will be able to "share" DLC with the PS3 version and will contain all of the arcade version updates. Lastly, some kind of "beach events" are being added to the Vita port as well. Seeing as Blazblue: CS Extend made an excellent title on Vita, Chronophantasma should follow suit.  (Source: Siliconera)

January 28th, 2014
New Street Fighter Action Figure Line Coming This Fall From CapoToys, Prototype Photos & Interview

CapoToys recently announced a brand new line of poseable Street Fighter action figures, set to debut at Toy Fair this February. Figures.com just released the first photos of the initial prototypes for the first line of this new series, which will include: Ryu, Chun-Li, Guile, Sagat and Blanka. Jeff Saylor of Figures.com also interviewed CapoToys founder Rocco Tartamella, the sculptor of these figures.

January 27th, 2014
SNK Playmore Releases Promotional Trailer For New 3D Samurai Shodown Pachislot Title

SNK Playmore uploaded a 2-minute promotional trailer for a new 3D Samurai Shodown.... (wait for it).... Pachislot game. Back in May 2013, we reported that SNK posted job openings to work on new 3D Fatal Fury & Samurai Shodown titles. While this isn't news about a new fighting game, this is at least a glimmer of hope that something else might be in the works. At the least, it's cool to see something "new" with... 

January 26th, 2014
Skullgirls Encore Under The Bridge (Big Band Stage) Music Preview

Lab Zero Games just released an early preview of the BGM that will accompany the upcoming new stage "Under the Bridge" (which happens to be future DLC character Big Band's environment) in Skullgirls: Encore. The track is composed by gaming industry veteran Michiru Yamane (of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night fame).

January 26th, 2014
Blazblue: Continuum Shift Live-Action Stage Show Hits Japan This March

Blazblue is the next game series to have a live stage adaptation in Japan (other in recent times include Persona 4 & Ace Attorney). Set to hit the Galaxy Theater in Tokyo, Japan this March (6th-9th), "Live Act Blazblue: Continuum Shift" will mix static CG with live action performances by using projection-mapping to bring the game's characters to life on stage. Check out an official trailer for the live-action show.

January 24th, 2014
Ultra Street Fighter IV Will Feature Direct Replay Uploading to Youtube

Capcom UK's community manager David Hinds just announced a new feature of Ultra Street Fighter IV (via Capcom Unity). If you don't have a capture device for recording your future matches in Ultra SF4, Capcom's got you covered! Ultra SF4's in-game "direct upload to Youtube" feature will allow players to select any match from their battle log and upload it in either low or high quality (no specifics on quality settings were given).

January 24th, 2014
Tekken Revolution Hits 2.5 Million Downloads, In-Game Events & Bonuses From Jan. 28th - Feb. 4th

Namco Bandai just announced that Tekken Revolution has hit 2.5 million downloads since the game's launch on June 11th, 2013. In celebration, there will be some in-game events & bonuses between Jan. 28th - Feb. 4th. Players that login between Jan. 28th - Jan 31st will receive one Premium Ticket per day. 50,000 Fight Money will also be given for each daily login between Jan. 30th - Feb. 4th. Also, a special Mokujin Rush...

January 22nd, 2014
Ultra SF4 5th New Character Reveal "Teased"

In an interview with VG247, Capcom's Peter "Combofiend" Rosas talked up the reveal of USF4's mysterious 5th new character. When asked if he could give any new information, Combofiend stated "If I divulge the play style of the character, I feel that all the mystery will be taken away... wait till you see how we unveil her." So a female, from the comics, with a play style that would tip off her identity? ... (My guess is one of the Shadaloo Dolls.)

January 21st, 2014
Soul Calibur: Lost Swords Releasing Feb. 6th in Japan, Ivy Valentine Confirmed in New Trailer

Namco Bandai just confirmed the Japanese release date for Soul Calibur: Lost Swords. The single-player PS3 exclusive title hits PSN on February 6th in Japan. In addition, Namco released a new character trailer for one of the most well known heroines of the series, Ivy Valentine. Finally, a handful of new screenshots were also unveiled, showing Ivy, Tutorial Mode, and some of the cast squaring off against some skeleton enemies.

January 18th, 2014
Tsume-Arts Ultra SF IV Chun-Li & Vega Statues Now Available For Pre-Order

Tsume-Arts recently opened up pre-orders for their upcoming Ultra Street Fighter IV HQF Chun-Li and Vega PVC statues. These insanely detailed statues will retail for 119.90 euros (about $163 USD) and become available in Q2 2014. Head over to the official Tsume-Arts website to check out some preview pictures of these badass Chun-Li and Vega statues!

January 16th, 2014
First Screens of Spinal in Killer Instinct (2013)

Late in 2013, Spinal was teased at the end of Orchid's KI (2013) reveal trailer, offering the first in-game glimpse of the returning skeleton warrior. Today, PlayXBLA released the first "official" screenshots of Spinal in Xbox One's Killer Instinct. In the screens, you can check out Spinal's final KI3 appearance and also get a first look at his stage! Spinal will be released as a DLC character this month. Fulgore is next in line, arriving this March.

January 15th, 2014
Classic 1995 Double Dragon Fighter Now On PSN

The Playstation port of the classic 1995 Neo Geo fighting game, Double Dragon, is now available on Playstation Network for $5.99 as a PSOne Classic. Both PS3 and PS Vita versions are available as part of MonkeyPaw Game's "Retro Rush". Keep in mind, as a PSOne Classic, the title is a straight-forward PS1 port without online or trophy support.

January 15th, 2014
Hori Releasing RAP/WRAP V3 Arcade Sticks For Playstation 3 on January 30th

One of the first new arcade sticks to debut in 2014 is Hori's RAP V3 Hayabusa. There are 2 versions of this PS3-exclusive stick, the standard RAP V and the WRAP V (upgraded to wireless Bluetooth + USB). The stick features the durable Hayabusa joystick and Kuro buttons (from the popular Fighting Edge peripheral). Both sticks go on sale Jan. 30th and are now available for pre-order on Amazon. For images and details:

January 14th, 2013
Director of Ong-Bak & The Protector is Making A New Live-Action Tekken Movie?

Yesterday, actor Kane Kosugi announced that he's starring in a new movie titled, Tekken - A Man Called X, a prequel to 2009's Tekken film. [UPDATE] Kane Kosugi's official website issued a correction and an apology, stating that it mistakenly stated the actor was starring in the new Tekken film. Instead, Kosugi is starring in a movie called Agent X, which is being produced by Crystal Sky... READ MORE>>

January 13th, 2014
DOA5: Ultimate - Marie Rose Coming to Consoles in Spring 2014, Update 1.04 Coming Soon 

Over the weekend, at an official DOA5U tournament in Japan, Producer Yosuke Hayashi of Team Ninja made a few announcements. First off, the current arcade exclusive character, Marie Rose, will be coming to consoles "this Spring" as a DLC character (whether she's free or paid DLC is still unknown). In addition, update 1.04 will add new costumes to the game. Update 1.04 hits arcades in late January and PS3/360 early February.

January 12th, 2014
Tommo Continues to Sell Neo Geo X Consoles, Plans to Take Action Against SNK Playmore

Back in October, SNK posted a termination of license agreement calling for the immediate cease and desist of all NGX products. It appears certain retailers (ex. Amazon) have not honored SNK's statement, as NGX products are still being sold. Tommo believes they haven't strayed from the license agreement and is planning legal actions to maintain their license, accusing SNK of trying to scare retailers with "bully tactics."  (Source: ScrewAttack)

January 11th, 2014
Tekken Pachinko Game Now on Android,
iOS

A new Tekken game recently hit smartphones in Japan, and it's not a fighting game or card game. Tekken CR is a remade version of the hit arcade pachinko title, which features exclusive CG movies & artwork. Namco Bandai recently released these promotional images of the mobile pachinko game. To replicate the Japanese pachinko parlor gambling experience on your smartphone costs 1,500 yen (about $15) on Android & iOS.  (Link: App Store)

January 11th, 2014
Fatal Fury Live Action Fan Film (Part 2)

El Gamer Cosplayer and company recently released "part 2" of their live action fan film series based on the original Fatal Fury. Episode 2 features a pretty cool fight between Terry Bogard and Duck King, and continues the storyline. Without question, the team is putting a lot of heart and work into this project... and any fan of 1991's Fatal Fury might just experience a nostalgia trip. I for one am looking forward to future episodes! 

January 9th, 2014
Museum Quality Street Fighter Prints For Sale at Cook & Becker, Signed by Yoshinori Ono

Capcom and Cook & Becker have teamed up to offer a variety of museum quality prints of classic Street Fighter artwork. These iconic artworks span from 1992 to 2008, featuring works from Akiman, CRMK, Kinu Nishimura, Ikeno, Dai-Chan, Edayan and Shoei. Each print comes with a certificate of authenticity signed by series producer Yoshinori Ono. Keep in mind these prints come in very limited numbers, so they aren't cheap.

January 7th, 2014
Producer Katsuhiro Harada Wants to Develop "New" Tekken Title on Playstation 4

When asked if TTT2 would make an appearance on PS4, Katsuhiro Harada stated on Twitter that he wants to develop a "new" Tekken game for PS4. This should come as no surprise, since at least 3 Tekken installments have appeared on all 3 Playstation systems to date. It's pretty safe to assume Tekken X SF will appear on next-gen systems, but maybe Tekken 7 is in the works as well? Harada also didn't rule out a release on Xbox One and PC.

January 5th, 2014
Guile's SF2 Theme Played During NHL Game

It's been kind of a slow news week, so here's a fun one for ya! During Thursday night's NHL game between the Montreal Canadiens and Dallas Stars, a fight broke out between two players (a common occurrence in hockey). What made this particular fight stand out was the BGM... Indeed, it was none other than Guile's SF2 theme played over the arena's PA system! Here's the video clip. Naturally, Guile's theme goes with it rather well.

January 4th, 2014
New Hint on Ultra SF4's Fifth Character

The latest hint has been dropped on the fifth and final new character who will debut in Ultra Street Fighter IV. According to Siliconera, the new "female" character appears in the comics (we assume they're referring to UDON's SF series, or possibly the SFII manga). So who could it be? Some possibilities include any of the Shadaloo Dolls, Ibuki's friend Sarai Kurosawa, Gouken's Daughter, or maybe even Ken Master's wife, Eliza? Stay tuned!

January 4th, 2014
Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist Promo Poster

Earlier this week, the creators of Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist released the first official promo poster for the highly-anticipated live action film project on their official Facebook page. Cleverly, the poster pays homage to a classic Street Fighter Alpha artwork featuring Ryu & Ken (which old school Street Fighter fans will immediately recognize). No doubt the hype behind SF: Assassin's Fist continues to build!

January 3rd, 2014
Killer Instinct Ver 1.1 Patch Notes, Sabrewulf Now Free, Classic Costumes For Orchid & Jago

The 1.1 patch for Xbox One's Killer Instinct is out, and Double Helix has released the full patch notes. To name a few updates: Sabrewulf has replaced Jago as the free character, new in-game options have been added along with other fixes. In addition, Orchid & Jago's "classic" costumes have also been added to the game. Check out a gameplay video along with some screenshots showing Jago's classic KI2 attire.

January 3rd, 2014
UDON Releasing Softcover MVC: Complete Works Artbook With 2D Sprite Art Dust Jacket

UDON Comics has announced a new softcover edition of their Marvel VS Capcom: Complete Works artbook, which includes this special edition MVC "sprite" dust jacket featuring 2D sprite art by Arnold Tsang. The softcover edition of the MVC: Complete Works artbook is currently on sale at UDON's online shop for $44.99. If you already own the artbook (like me), the dust jacket alone will be sold separately in April 2014. 

January 3rd, 2014
DOA5: Ultimate Arcade Gameplay Video Roundup

The arcade version of Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate hit Japanese arcades last month. If you're itching to see what's new in DOA5: Ultimate Arcade, here's a video roundup of the latest and best quality gameplay footage straight from Japan. Also worth mentioning, several of these videos show the first raw gameplay footage of new character, Marie Rose!

January 1st, 2014
Tekken Creator Katsuhiro Harada Wants to Announce At Least Two New Games in 2014

Along with Kuzanori Sugiura (see yesterday's news update) and several other developers, 4Gamer also interviewed the Tekken creator himself, Katsuhiro Harada on what 2014 may bring. In the interview, Harada-san reaffirmed his dedication to Tekken, but also stated that he's been working on "several other titles simultaneously with Tekken," and plans to announce "at least two" in 2014... interesting. Siliconera has more from the interview.
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