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(Quarter 1 - 2020)

February 20th, 2020
Samurai Shodown Mina Majikina Reveal Trailer, Release Date

Today, SNK revealed the full gameplay trailer for the first new DLC character coming in Season 2 of Samurai Shodown (2019), Mina Majikina! A skilled archer, Mina uses sharp arrows and expert aim to penetrate her opponents from a variety of angles. Veteran SamSho players might remember Mina was a ridiculously over-powered character in SSV, later toned down in SSV: Special. In her only "new" version since her 2003 debut, Mina brings her original look & fighting style into the new 3D engine.  

February 18th, 2020
Artist Spotlight: LDAWB / Rival Schools Tribute & More!

This year, The Fighters Generation is proud to introduce an all new "Artist Spotlight" series featuring some incredibly talented and passionate independent artists! The first artist up is LDAWB - a 2D/3D character illustrator from Texas, USA, with over 34k Instagram followers. Inside, learn about some of LDAWB's inspirations, past projects, and take a look at his amazing 2018 tribute to Rival Schools, along with his stunning illustrations of Final Fantasy characters, original designs, and more! 

February 17th, 2020
Primal Rage Stop Motion Animation Development Footage

In 1994, Primal Rage wowed arcade fighting game fans with its unique visuals created by utilizing 3D clay figures and "hand-crafted" stop motion animation. (This old school animation technique was also used for the creation of Goro in the original Mortal Kombat.) On Twitter, a user named PixelCount Matt posted a rare behind-the-scenes video of Primal Rage's early development, showing the process behind animating the game's giant prehistoric characters. 

February 16th, 2020
Rare Video of Norimaro's Hilarious MSH Vs. Street Fighter Motion Capture by Japanese Comedian Noritake Kinashi

Norimaro is a beloved fighting game guest character appearing only in the Japan versions of Marvel Super Heroes Vs. Street Fighter. The character was the hilarious result of a collaboration between Japanese comedian, Noritake Kinashi, and Capcom's design team for 1997's Marvel Super Heroes Vs. Street Fighter. In a rare video posted on Twitter by @felineki, the Japanese comic is seen doing the actual motion capture used in the making of Norimaro's 2D sprite in the game. 

February 16th, 2020
SFV: Champion Edition Seth Concept Art / Dev Blog

On Valentine's Day, PlayStation.Blog posted a feature all about Street Fighter V: Champion Edition's Seth. The blog reveals some interesting fun facts & notes from Capcom's development team, along with never-before-seen official concept artwork of the all new "female" version of Seth. Chief Director of Street Fighter V, Takayuki Nakayama, also offers some interesting trivia about Seth's updated design. 

February 15th, 2020
SFV: Champion Edition Now Available, Patch Notes

Capcom has posted the full notes for Street Fighter V: Champion Edition's day one release patch (version 5.012), showing overall battle adjustments and character specific changes. Here's a convenient link to the full patch notes from Capcom. Alongside the launch of the game, new character and returning SFIV boss, Seth, is now playable in the "definitive version" of SFV

February 13th, 2020
Granblue Fantasy Versus was the Top Selling Video Game in Japan Last Week

Just over 1 week ago, Granblue Fantasy Versus launched in Japan on Monday, February 3rd, 2020. Famitsu reported that GBVS on PS4 was the top-selling video game in Japan last week, during the time period of February 3rd - February 9th, 2020. With an estimated 86,248 copies sold since launch, Granblue Fantasy Versus had one of the strongest opening weeks for a modern fighting game in recent memory. GBVS even outsold Dragon Ball FighterZ (68,000) at launch... 

February 12th, 2020
TEKKEN 7 Balance Update 3.21 Full Patch Notes, Leroy Nerfs

Bandai Namco kept their promise and released the second part of Leroy balance patch ahead of schedule! TEKKEN 7 Version 3.21 will release on Steam, PS4 and XB1 today, and "Round 2" of Leroy nerfs are HERE: Full Patch Notes. While many TEKKEN 7 players have been enjoying learning Leroy's awesome Wing Chun and ultra-damaging combos, it's safe to say a handful of players also have been discouraged from playing the game recently due to Leroy's broken-ness

February 10th, 2020
Kefla Announced for Dragon Ball FighterZ Season 3, Ultra Instinct Goku Gameplay Reveal

Following the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour grand finals, the game's producer Tomoko Hiroki went onstage to announce Kefla for Season 3, and debuted the first gameplay footage of Ultra Instinct Goku. The Season 3 Reveal Trailer also confirms 3 additional (unannounced) DLC characters will be released alongside Kefla and Ultra Instinct Goku in Season 3. Ultra Instinct Goku will become playable in Spring 2020. Watch the full Season 3 Reveal Trailer inside!

February 9th, 2020
Guilty Gear STRIVE JAEPO 2020 Gameplay Exhibition

During this weekend's 2020 Japan Amusement Expo, Arc System Works hosted Guilty Gear -STRIVE- gameplay exhibition featuring some pro-level players. Series creator Daisuke Ishiwatari and battle director Akira Katano were in attendance alongside GGXrd pros FAB, Samitto, Roy, and Ain. While GGStrive looks stunning and players who've tried the early build are enjoying it, many have reacted negatively towards the game's plain UI. The devs have confirmed this is just a placeholder... 

February 9th, 2020
Dragon Ball FighterZ Adds Z-Assist Select in Season 3, Enabling 3 Assist Attacks Per Character

A major update is on the way to Dragon Ball Fighter Z for Season 3. Very similar to Marvel Vs. Capcom 2's assist system, DBFZ Season 3's upcoming "Z-Assist Select" features 3 different assist attacks per character. In an official Season 3 Battle Update trailer, Dragon Ball FighterZ  producer Tomoko Hiroki talks about the upcoming gameplay update. The reveal trailer shows footage of the Z-Assist Select System on the character select screen and includes a gameplay demonstration as well. 

February 6th, 2020
Granblue Fantasy Versus Teaches Fighting Game Slang

Granblue Fantasy Versus launched today on PS4 in Japan, as fans with Japanese PSN accounts are currently enjoying and learning more about Arc System Works' shiny new 2.5D fighter. One of the new interesting features discovered in GBVS is a "fighting game slang" Glossary section, explaining well-known terminology for high-level gameplay tech... terms made popular by typical FGC conversations. "Okizeme?", "Buffering?", "Meaty?" Rushdown that shit and let ASW teach you the ropes! 

February 5th, 2020
EVO 2020 Official Games Lineup Revealed

Veteran EVO tournament organizer, Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar, revealed the official games lineup headlining EVO 2020: TEKKEN 7, SFV: CE, Granblue Fantasy Versus, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Soul Calibur VI, Samurai Shodown, UNICLR, and Smash Ultimate. In addition, to celebrate the game's 20th anniversary, EVO 2020 will host a special Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 tournament. Former EVO champs Justin Wong, Duc Do, Sanford Kelly and IFC|Yipes will be invited to compete in a 8-man tournament. 

February 3rd, 2020
SFV: Champion Edition Free Trial with 39 Characters Now Available on PlayStation 4 and Steam, Ends Sunday

Starting today, Capcom is giving fans a chance to try out Street Fighter V: Champion Edition with all 39 characters available for a full week! The SFV: Champion Edition free trial is currently free to download on PlayStation 4 and Steam and will be available from Monday, February 3rd all the way until Sunday, February 9th, 2020. Once again, the full game will be available for purchase for $30 and includes 40 characters, 34 stages, and 200+ costumes. 

February 3rd, 2020
Update Your FIGHTERS GENERATION Bookmarks / Favorites!

TFG Webmaster here... if you have The Fighters Generation bookmarked or favorited on your favorite browsers and/or mobile devices (first of all, thanks very much)... it's time for some updating! To ensure that you have the fastest and safest browsing experience here on The Fighters Generation, simply update your bookmarks and be sure all pages you save begin with "https". This ensures your security while visiting TFG and will provide the best browsing experience 24/7. 

February 2nd, 2020
Granblue Fantasy Versus Comes to North America March 3rd

With a new English version trailer, XSEED Games announced Arc System Works' Granblue Fantasy Versus is releasing in North America on March 3rd, 2020. There will be both a Standard ($59.99) and Premium ($79.99) Edition of the game available at launch. Like the international versions, the physical North America Premium Edition includes an art book, soundtrack, color pack DLC, avatar set, exclusive PS4 theme, special content for the mobile game, and premium box with exclusive art. 

January 31st, 2020
SFV: Champion Edition Seth Moveset Official Preview, Tanden Engine Showcase Videos 4 & 5

Capcom released a full 15-minute video preview of Street Fighter V: Champion Edition's Seth, showing off much more of the returning SFIV boss's moveset. Capcom's Matthew Edwards (The Street Writer) and Kim1234 provide their commentary throughout the video, explaining more about Seth's all new incarnation in SFV. In addition, check out Seth's Tanden Engine Showcase videos 4 & 5, where Seth installs the moves of Birdie, Karin, Zangief, Balrog, Blanka, F.A.N.G, Cody & Poison. 

January 28th, 2020
Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge Trailer

Warner Bros and IGN released the official trailer for the upcoming animated film, Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge. The R-rated feature-length straight-to-home-video movie takes storyline inspiration from the 2011 reboot (Mortal Kombat 9) and will be releasing on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital in Spring 2020. Several voice actors from previous movies and games will reprise their roles in Scorpion's Revenge, including Kevin Michael Richardson as Goro. 

January 27th, 2020
TEKKEN 7 Leroy Smith & Fahkumram Developer Interview

A few days back, Bandai Namco uploaded a Japanese developer interview with producer Michael Murray and director Kouhei Ikeda talking about TEKKEN 7's newest combatants, Leroy Smith & Fahkumram. Bandai Namco America uploaded the English subtitled version of the video interview today, which also shows some early concept art for Leroy and Fahkumram and some brief (new) gameplay footage of the upcoming Muay Thai fighter. Watch the full 13-minute video inside! 

January 27th, 2020
TEKKEN 7 Version 3.20 Full Patch Notes

Bandai Namco released the full character balance patch notes for TEKKEN 7's Version 3.20 update (releasing tomorrow). As expected, newly released DLC character Leroy Smith received a healthy dose of nerfs, toning down certain OP moves of his. Once again, the all new My Replay & Tips mode will also arrive with TEKKEN 7's 3.20 patch. Today, Michael Murray also stated on Twitter that there will be a "more thorough" balance patch releasing in mid February. 

January 26th, 2020
TEKKEN 7 My Replay & Tips, Balance Patch Coming January 28th

After the conclusion of TEKKEN 7's grand finals at EVO Japan, Bandai Namco's Michael Murray announced the release date for TEKKEN 7 Season 3's new feature: My Replay & Tips, in addition to the next character balance update (Leroy nerfs incoming). My Replay & Tips mode allows players to save their replays and includes new features (possibly camera angle editing). Tips will also appear onscreen during replays when punish opportunities are missed to help players learn. 

January 25th, 2020
Samurai Shodown (2019) Reveals Iroha for Season 2, Mina Majikina Joins Roster This February

At EVO Japan 2020, SNK revealed the third DLC character coming in Season 2 of Samurai Shodown (2019), returning Samurai Shodown 6 / Tenka heroine, Iroha! A new teaser trailer shows the first gameplay footage of Season 2's Mina Majikina (who will join the game this February) along with Sogetsu Kazama. A mysterious fourth character "silhouette" for Samurai Shodown Season 2 was also revealed in the latest trailer. 

January 25th, 2020
Soul Calibur VI EVO Japan Haohmaru Gameplay Reveal Trailer

On Day 2 of EVO Japan 2020, Bandai Namco unveiled Haohmaru's Soul Calibur VI gameplay reveal trailer. The long-awaited Soul Calibur x Samurai Shodown crossover is finally at hand! As expected, Haohmaru looks absolutely awesome in SCVI's graphics engine. The trailer also previews Haohmaru's stage, Gairyu Isle - a beautiful environment straight out of the Samurai Shodown series. Haohmaru is the second (out of four) DLC characters planned for SCVI Season 2.

January 24th, 2020
Mortal Kombat 11 All Joker Intros, References & Easter Eggs

Mortal Kombat 11 features some of the most impressive pre-fight character interactions to date. NetherRealm's recent Kombat Kast livestream showed a bunch of The Joker's interactions with other characters, which contain witty references to other NRS games like Injustice and even Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe. Some pre-fight Easter Eggs even pay homage to Batman / DC movies, referencing Joaquin Phoenix, Heath Ledger, and Jack Nicholson's iconic Joker portrayals. 

January 24th, 2020
Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[cl-r] New Trailer, DLC Upgrade Details

The update to Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[st] is releasing on Feb. 20th in North America and Japan (Feb. 21st in Europe). Arc System Works released a new trailer for the ridiculously named Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late[c-lr] on YouTube. The Japanese trailer runs through the updates & new modes for the console version, including Tutorial and Gallery. Check out footage of the new playable character Londrekia in the trailer along with new details on the digital DLC upgrade. 

January 24th, 2020
Granblue Fantasy Versus Opening Movie, Western Release Date

In just two weeks, Granblue Fantasy Versus launches on PS4 in Japan on February 6th, 2020. Those of us in the west only have to wait a little longer to get our hands on the game. [UPDATE] XSEED Games announced that Granblue Fantasy Versus will be releasing in North America on March 3rd, 2020. There will be both a Standard ($59.99) and Premium ($79.99) Edition of the game available at launch. Finally, check out the full opening movie inside! 

January 23rd, 2020
Code Mystics Updates Garou: Mark of The Wolves with Rollback Netcode on Steam, PlayStation 4 and Vita

The developers of the most recent Garou: Mark of the Wolves console ports, Code Mystics, announced that the PlayStation 4, PS Vita, Steam, and GOG versions of the game have been updated with improved rollback netcode. This is great news for competitive players looking to play some smooth Garou: MOTW online matches in 2020! The rollback netcode patch is completely free and is available for download now! 

January 22nd, 2020
EVO Japan 2020 is This Weekend! Full Schedule / Hi Score Girl Collaboration Merchandise Preview

EVO Japan 2020 kicks off this weekend, live from the Makuhari Messe convention center outside Tokyo in the Mihama-ku ward of Chiba city! EVO Japan '20 begins on Friday, Jan. 24 leading up to the Sunday finals on Jan. 26. The main tournament games include TEKKEN 7, Soul Calibur 6, SFV: Champion Edition, Samurai Shodown, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, and Smash Ultimate. Inside, take a look at the official schedule and the official EVO Japan x Hi Score Girl collaboration merch. 

January 22nd, 2020
Mortal Kombat 11 Version 1.14 Official Patch Notes

NetherRealm Studios and WBGames posted the full patch notes for Mortal Kombat 11's January 21st update (Version 1.14). Movelist corrections, online stability improvements, bug fixes, character balance changes, and new Brutalities have been added in Version 1.14. Additionally, new Nether Forge Recipes were added to The Krypt along with support for upcoming Holiday Towers. For your convenience, check out the full 1.14 patch notes on one EASY-TO-READ page inside! 

January 21st, 2020
Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge Animated Film Coming in 2020

Mortal Kombat series creator Ed Boon recently announced on Twitter that an animated movie based on the lore of Scorpion will be releasing in the first half of 2020. Titled Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge, the animated film will feature voice talent from Mortal Kombat X and Injustice: Gods Among Us, including Patrick Seitz (MKX Scorpion) and Steve Blum (Sub-Zero). Take a look at the official logo and voice actor list inside, which confirms a variety of other MK characters. 

January 19th, 2020
Ultra Instinct Goku Revealed for Dragon Ball FighterZ

A scan from V-Jump magazine confirms "Ultra Instinct Goku" is the next DLC character coming to Dragon Ball FighterZ. While a "Season 3" of DBFZ hasn't been officially announced by Arc System Works (yet), Ultra Instinct Goku might be leading the way as the first new character of an upcoming roster / game update via DLC. The DBFZ World Tour Finals is less than one month away - taking place in Paris, France on February 8th-9th, so we'll find out more soon enough. 

January 18th, 2020
Guilty Gear -STRIVE- Faust Gameplay Reveal Trailer

Tonight at Frosty Faustings, Arc System Works did a play on the Illinois tournament's own name by revealing Faust for Guilty Gear -STRIVE-. Redesigned to be creepier than ever, the head-turning series veteran shows insane new attacks along with some old ones in his gameplay reveal trailer. As with past Guilty Gear -STRIVE- trailers, Arc System Works debuted yet another hype hard rock tune from the official soundtrack. Guilty Gear -STRIVE- is planned for a Late 2020 release. 

January 16th, 2020
Mortal Kombat 11 The Joker Gameplay Reveal Trailer

Today, NetherRealm Studios debuted the Mortal Kombat 11 gameplay trailer for the game's upcoming DLC character, The Joker. As you might expect, Joker's MK11 incarnation might be his most violent ever. Joker's blood-spattering gameplay trailer previews some of the sinister tricks up his sleeve, and concludes with a Fatality sure to be appreciated by old school Mortal Kombat fans. Joker joins MK11's roster on Jan. 28th for Kombat Pack owners and on Feb. 4th for everyone else. 

January 15th, 2020
Pro TaeKwonDo Competition in South Korea Now Uses TEKKEN Style Life Bars to Keep Score

Point-based martial arts competitions can be difficult to follow for casual spectators. The official Korea TaeKwondo Association recently debuted an impressive new piece of technology which implements "fighting game style" life bars (most closely resembling TEKKEN's) into a live martial arts tournament. Wearable sensors on each competitor's chest and head gear deduct points from their life bar on the big screen - all in real time! 

January 15th, 2020
SFV: Champion Edition Seth Tanden Engine Showcase 2 & 3

Capcom is back with two new videos showing SFV: Champion Edition's Seth using his/her Tanden Engine "Install" technique. In the second Showcase video, Seth uses the Tanden Engine to install the moves of Ryu, Cammy, Necalli & Vega. In the third video, Seth absorbs the moves of Sakura, Ed, Gill, and Kolin. Check out both new Tanden Engine Showcase videos inside! Seth joins the SFV: Champion Edition roster on February 14th, 2020. 

January 10th, 2020
Arc System Works Announces Code Shifter, a 2D Action Platformer w/ Playable Guilty Gear & BlazBlue Characters

Arc System Works announced Code Shifter, a 2D action platformer coming to PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Steam in Q1 2020. The game features 8-bit style pixel art and a huge "crossover" roster of playable characters (and remixed soundtracks) from a variety of franchises, including: Guilty Gear, BlazBlue, River City, and Double Dragon. In addition to a single player story mode, Code Shifter features a free-for-all 4-player battle mode. 

January 9th, 2020
Granblue Fantasy Versus Video Reveals RPG Mode Shop

2020's upcoming Arc System Works 2.5D fighter Granblue Fantasy Versus will contain a full-fledged RPG mode with huge boss battles, co-op gameplay, weapon unlocking, and more! Cygames revealed a first look at the RPG mode shop, where you can buy new weapons, character colors, and more from Sierokarte's shop. You can unlock weapons by completing " quests" in RPG mode, but you can also purchase directly from Sierokarte. 

January 9th, 2020
SFV: Champion Edition Female Seth Tanden Engine Showcase 1

On Twitter, Capcom released a new video series for SFV: Champion Edition's Seth using his/her Tanden Engine "Install" technique. This move allows Seth to use one of the opponent's special moves, which ends up creating interesting combo opportunities for the returning SFIV boss. In the first Tanden Engine Showcase, Seth absorbs the moves of Alex, Kage, Falke & Menat. Check out the full video clip inside! Seth joins the SFV: Champion Edition roster on February 14th, 2020. 

January 6th, 2020
Martial Masters Added to TFG's Games Library

The 1999 Taiwanese-developed 2D fighter, Martial Masters, finally has a home here on Fighters GenerationMartial Masters is known for its fluid animation, sharp 2D graphics, and intriguing character designs that take inspiration from famous Hong Kong martial arts films, such as: Once Upon a Time in China, Drunken Master and Operation Scorpio. Not only is TFG's profile for Martial Masters now online, but ALL character profiles are LIVE as well! 

January 4th, 2020
Guilty Gear -STRIVE- Official Character Artwork for Sol-Badguy, Ky Kiske, May, Axl Low, Chipp Zanuff, and Potemkin

Official HD character artwork for all six confirmed characters in Guilty Gear -STRIVE- has arrived! Take a look at the awesome -STRIVE- redesigns of Sol-Badguy, Ky Kiske, May, Axl Low, Chipp Zanuff, and Potemkin. Of course, this clean artwork was also added to TFG's Guilty Gear -STRIVE- game profile and respective character profiles, as well. In related news, the next character reveal trailer for Guilty Gear -STRIVE- will debut two weeks from now at Frosty Faustings, Jan. 17-18, 2020. 

January 2nd, 2020
Qanba Opens Pre-Orders for "Qanba Shield" Fightstick Backpack

Got a favorite fightstick that you frequently travel with? Qanba recently announced their protective fightstick carrying bag / backpack called the Qanba Shield - uniquely designed for total protection for an arcade stick and related gear, with comfort in mind for the wearer. Qanba has opened up pre-orders for the Qanba Shield, slated to ship in early February 2020. The Qanba Shield will retail for $79.99 but early adopters can get it for $69.99 with a pre-order. 

January 2nd, 2020
Arc System Works Wishes Fans a Happy New Year 2020 with Guilty Gear -STRIVE- Illustration by Konomi Higuchi

It's officially 2020... first off, Happy New Year! This year, we will be getting several new (and potentially great) fighting games - one of those being an all new Guilty Gear title. To say Happy New Year to fans on Twitter, Arc System Works shared a Guilty Gear -STRIVE- Sol Badguy illustration drawn by female artist, Konomi Higuchi. One of Arc System Works' premiere artists, Konomi is well known for her charismatic BlazBlue character designs and vibrant illustrations. 

December 27th, 2019
SNK Opens Mai Shiranui Pop-Up Shop in Tokyo

In Tokyo, SNK recently opened up a Mai Shiranui-themed pop-up shop at the Akihabara Container to celebrate the SNK heroine's birthday (which is officially listed as January 1st, 1974). The SNK pop-up shop has a wide variety of interesting Mai Shiranui merchandise available for sale, including: t-shirts, artwork, fans, tote bags, buttons, and more. The Mai Shiranui store will be open from December 26th, 2019 until January 6th, 2020. See photos of the shop / items inside! 
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