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(Quarter 2 - 2019)

May 13th, 2019
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Version 1.5 Update Adds Heart, Teddie, Seth & Naoto on May 21st

Arc System Works announced BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle will be getting its "Version 1.5" update next Tuesday, May 21st. The update will add Teddie, Heart Aino, Seth, and Naoto Kurogane to the roster and bring the game up to speed with the current arcade version's balance update. The "Character Pack 7" DLC containing the 4 new characters costs $9.99. Players who bought earlier character passes will receive the new DLC fighters automatically. 

May 12th, 2019
"Ladiva" Joins Granblue Fantasy Versus Roster in Latest Gameplay Trailer, Screenshots, Character Artwork

This morning, Arc System Works revealed the latest character to join Granblue Fantasy Versus, Ladiva... a heavy-armed, bearded (female?) pro-wrestler of sorts. "This Draph duelist is the star of the Jewel Resort Casino Liner. In the arena and out, she’s purehearted, compassionate, and loving in every sense of the word. Her devotion to fans and formidable strength make for powerhouse performances sure to captivate any audience." Check out Ladiva's gameplay reveal in the latest GBVS trailer

May 11th, 2019
Street Fighter Sakura Kasugano ROUND 2 Kotobukiya Statue 2019 Preview

Statue maker Kotobukiya has released 100's of beautifully crafted statues of characters from fighting games and pop culture, including those from Street Fighter, TEKKEN, Marvel, and DC. They previously released a lovely statue of Sakura from Street Fighter, and now they're back with a "ROUND 2" statue of the SFA original. Designed with Shunya Yamashita's amazing art style, the 1/7 scale ROUND 2 Sakura Bishoujo series statue releases in October 2019. Full preview inside the article! 

May 10th, 2019
NEOGEO Mini "Samurai Spirits Limited Edition" Announced

SNK has announced yet another special edition for the NEOGEO Mini retro console. The NEOGEO Mini "Samurai Spirits Limited Edition" comes in a Haohmaru, Ukyo, or Nakoruru theme and features 40 games including 6 from the Samurai Shodown series. The package also includes 2 Gamepads, 4 character cards and 2 character stickers. The limited edition releases in Japan on June 27th, 2019 for 15,000 Yen (about $137 USD). Check out some official images inside the article! 

May 9th, 2019
100's of New Animated GIFs Added to Fighters Generation, Characters Page Updates!

TFG Webmaster here. If you're a frequent browser of TFG's Character section profiles, you might've already noticed some major refinements and new content abound. Over the past month, I've added over 300 animated GIFS and lots of new artwork (as usual). In particular, I added GIFS for many 3D fighting game characters who previously didn't have Animations pages! You can expect tons of entertaining GIFs for characters from the likes of TEKKEN, Soul Calibur, Virtua Fighter, etc. 

May 9th, 2019
Samurai Shodown Charlotte Introduction Trailer

So far, we've seen introduction trailers for Darli Dagger, Nakoruru, Ukyo Tachibana, and Shiki in the new Samurai Shodown. Today, it's time to see female Knight of the Versaiilles and rapier-expert, Charlotte Colde, in action! SNK's latest trailer for Samurai Shodown (2019) highlights some of Charlotte's moveset, which includes many of her classic attacks and special moves. The trailer also provides a closer look at Charlotte's stage! 

May 8th, 2019
Granblue Fantasy Versus PS4 Closed Beta Announced, Signups Live

The upcoming vibrant 2.5D fighting game by Arc System Works, Granblue Fantasy Versus, will have a closed beta version playable exclusively on PlayStation 4 that takes place May 31st - June 1st, 2019. The online application form to sign up for the beta test is now live on the official Granblue website. Anyone can participate in the beta, but you must have a PS4 Plus subscription to be eligible! Selected applicants will receive their voucher code for the beta on May 21st-22nd. 

May 8th, 2019
Katsuhiro Harada: "TEKKEN X Street Fighter is Becoming Harder to Justify" with TEKKEN 7's Ongoing Success

TEKKEN series producer Katsuhiro Harada recently talked with VGC about the mysterious crossover project that's still current "on hold"... TEKKEN X Street Fighter. Harada stated, "Traditionally, the life cycle of a fighting game is very short - maybe one or two years and then you make a sequel. But TEKKEN 7 is very successful as a service game with its DLC. That makes it much harder to justify releasing another game, while TEKKEN 7 is still doing so well".

May 6th, 2019
NetherRealm Studios Former Developers Report "Toxic Work Environment" and Sexism, NRS Responds

Multiple sources reported that former NetherRealm Studios employees have recently come forward, claiming working at the company was "toxic". Former devs cited 100-hour work weeks (extreme overtime), discrimination, low pay, and inappropriate behavior as reoccurring problems during the development of Mortal Kombat 11 and Injustice 2. One current (anonymous) employee claimed that he and others at NRS have been working 60-70 hours per week, 7 days a week. 

May 2nd, 2019
Samurai Shodown (2019) Shiki Character Trailer

SNK unveiled the latest character trailer for Samurai Shodown (2019). It's time to take a look at Shiki, who retains many of her moves and abilities from her prior appearances in SNK Vs. Capcom Chaos and NeoGeo Battle Coliseum, but also demonstrates some brand new techniques. Shiki's use of teleporting, powerful throws, and a variety of spinning slashes with her dual-blades will make her a fearsome opponent in the new Samurai Shodown coming this June. 

April 30th, 2019
What You Should Know About MK11's Microtransactions

In the recent past, NetherRealm fighting games have been known for including Gear / Customize systems built heavily around grinding... and microtransactions. In MK11's case, details about the game's microtransactions were well-hidden up until launch, with many players not happy with this system now that they know more about it. Ed Boon and NRS have mentioned they're working on a fix to the game's current microtransactions, and today released a new patch. Here's the rundown: 

April 26th, 2019
Mortal Kombat 11 Frost Official Character Trailer

Originally debuting in 2002's Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, Frost makes her return in Mortal Kombat 11 as an unlockable character. To unlock her, simply complete the fourth story chapter "Fire & Ice". Gamespot recently posted Frost's official Mortal Kombat 11 character trailer. Now cybernetic, Frost demonstrates a variety of inhuman attacks in her reveal trailer. Frost can even remove her head and use it as a weapon in several ways (much like Alisa Boskonovitch from TEKKEN). 

April 24th, 2019
Samurai Shodown (2019) Ukyo Tachibana Character Trailer

Athlon Games and SNK dropped the third character trailer for the new Samurai Shodown. So far, we've seen Nakoruru and Darli Dagger... now check out the official gameplay trailer for the expert Iai swordsman who suffers from Tuberculosis, Ukyo Tachibana. Like past character trailers released for Samurai Shodown (2019), the gameplay shown in the trailer is less than 30 seconds long... so it'll be over before you know it (much like a match in Samurai Shodown, potentially). 

April 22nd, 2019
Apparent Mortal Kombat 11 Leak List Includes Joker, Terminator, Spawn, Ash Williams, Sindel, Nightwolf, etc.

It's best to take character leaks with a grain of salt (unless there's visual proof). However, in recent times, early data-mined leaks have proven to be the real deal. SegmentNext and other gaming news sites are reporting that an MK11 " leak" was extracted from the Nintendo Switch version of the game, confirming: The Joker (DC), Ash Williams (Evil Dead), Terminator, Nightwolf, Fujin, Sindel, and Sheeva. Considering MK11's popularity, this "blockbuster" lineup seems more than believable. 

April 22nd, 2019
Breath of Fire II Crossover Costume for Falke Coming to SFV: AE

Capcom announced a Breath of Fire II crossover costume for Falke in Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition. Pouncing from 1994 to 2019, Falke's nostalgic "Katt" costume will be available from May 10th to June 7th in SFV: Arcade Edition's Extra Battle Mode. Check out three screenshots of Falke's BOF2 Katt costume. 

April 20th, 2019
Samurai Shodown Trial Version Super Moves Showcase

Famitsu posted an 8-minute Samurai Shodown (2019) gameplay video that runs through each character's Super Special Moves, Rage Explosion, and Lightning Blade attack. Rendered in full 1080p / 60fps, this gameplay video offers a high quality look at each of the characters from the early "Trial Version" build, including: Haohmaru, Nakoruru, Genjuro, Galford, Jubei, Earthquake, and Charlotte. 

April 20th, 2019
Samurai Shodown X Nissin Noodles Collaboration

SNK is collaborating with Nissin Noodles (famous for their CUP NOODLES brand instant ramen), to bring you collector's instant ramen noodle cups featuring Samurai Shodown's Haohmaru, Ukyo Tachibana, and Nakoruru. The collaboration was announced with a slick animated video ad featuring Haohmaru and Ukyo battling it out over a bowl of ramen. Also check out some promotional artwork for the collaboration and take a look at the collector's cups inside the article! 

April 18th, 2019
Mortal Kombat 11 Official Launch Trailer

With the worldwide launch of Mortal Kombat 11 right around the corner, NetherRealm Studios dropped the official MK11 launch trailer early this morning. Rocking a recognizable tune from the live action MK film (in all its cheesy 90's techno glory), the launch trailer shows off new story mode cinematics, gameplay, and even some character cameos such as Cyrax and Sheeva (who will likely end up as playable DLC add-ons at a later date). 

April 17th, 2019
Samurai Shodown Darli Dagger Gameplay Trailer

Gamespot posted an exclusive gameplay trailer for Samurai Shodown's Darli Dagger today, giving us a closer look at the new character. In addition to her cool-looking "saw blade", Darli is equipped with a drill-like weapon she can utilize during some of her special moves. Unfortunately, the trailer shows less than 30 seconds of gameplay, leaving us craving for more... but hopefully we'll see more Darli Dagger gameplay very soon. 

April 17th, 2019
Mortal Kombat 11 Shao Kahn Official Gameplay Trailer

Today, Gamespot posted an exclusive gameplay trailer for Shao Kahn in Mortal Kombat 11. This is the first time seeing the evil emperor in gameplay, wielding his iconic giant hammer. The new trailer shows a wide variety of Shao Kahn's barbaric attacks, special moves and his Fatality. He even has his classic taunts! Once again, Shao Kahn is a pre-order bonus character for MK11 and will also have a role in the game's story mode. 

April 13th, 2019
Mortal Kombat 11 Kitana Official Gameplay Trailer

NetherRealm Studios has uploaded the full gameplay trailer for the Edenian princess, Kitana. In the new trailer, Kitana faces off against returning MKX veteran, D'Vorah. Both characters demonstrate their new and improved movesets, each showing off a variety of brutal new attacks. While Kitana utilizes her bladed fans in new ways, D'Vorah can transform into an insect and enter "fly mode". Of course, the trailer concludes with one of Kitana's Fatalities. 

April 12th, 2019
New HD Screenshots of Samurai Shodown (2019)

Let's take a look at the latest Samurai Shodown (2019) screens! In the new batch of HD screenshots, we get a closer look at veterans Ukyo Tachibana, Hattori Hanzo, Genjuro Kibagami, Charlotte, and Yoshitora Tokugawa, as well as some of the newcomers. The game's visuals appear to have improved very significantly since the game's original announcement. The beautiful stage designs and special move effects are looking as vibrant as ever and pay homage to the original art style of the iconic 2D series.  

April 10th, 2019
Nakoruru Samurai Shodown Introduction Trailer

Today, SNK uploaded the first individual character introduction trailer for Samurai Shodown (2019). First up is everyone's favorite Ainu girl, Nakoruru, accompanied as always by her faithful pet hawk, Mamahaha! Nakoruru's trailer shows a good amount of new gameplay footage and highlights a variety of her attacks & special moves. Veteran players will notice Nakoruru's projectile reflection move has returned, along with a variety of maneuvers with Mamahaha. 

April 9th, 2019
Zeku Becomes Kenji in SFV: Arcade Edition Crossover Costume

Capcom confirmed that Red Earth's Kenji will be available in Extra Battle starting this Friday, April 12th through May 10th. The legendary Bushinryu Ninjutsu master Zeku will equip Kenji's original attire in Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition's latest crossover costume. The official Street Fighter Twitter page posted a short preview video of the upcoming Kenji costume, which also features Alex as Leo from Red Earth / Warzard

April 8th, 2019
Kitana Confirmed for Mortal Kombat 11 in New TV Spot

A brand new cinematic TV spot to hype up Mortal Kombat 11 debuted today. In the 1-minute trailer, some live action actors are used - who appear to take on the powers of various Mortal Kombat veterans. Near the end of the trailer, Earthrealm's iconic Edenian princess, Kitana, faces off against Scorpion in a cinematic teaser fight of sorts. Ed Book himself said Kitana is "konfirmed"... and we'll likely see some actual Kitana gameplay very soon. 

April 5th, 2019
Mortal Kombat 11 Reveals Another Newcomer, The Kollector

NetherRealm Studios has revealed the fourth original character to appear in Mortal Kombat 11, the Kollector. "A proud servant of the Outworld Empire, the Kollector cares only for his wealth and status and will kill anyone to keep it." A loyal henchman to Shao Kahn, the Kollector uses a variety of tools and dangerous trinkets against his enemies. He also has four arms... and knows how to use them in battle. Check out The Kollector's official reveal trailer

April 5th, 2019
Samurai Shodown (2019) Details, Stage Concepts, Official Art

Following yesterday's release date announcement and new trailer, a variety of new details about Samurai Shodown (2019) have surfaced. Read up on details about the Season Pass, Deluxe Edition, Arcade version, Official Storyline, SNK's renewed eSports program, and more! New visual content include Stage Concepts and Official Artwork for all 16 character so far! This article will continue to be updated with the latest information. 

April 5th, 2019
Samurai Shodown (2019) New Characters Trailer

During a special livestream event from Japan, SNK debuted a new trailer for Samurai Shodown (2019). All three of the game's newcomers are introduced in the latest trailer, and their names are: Darli Dagger, Yashamaru Kurama and Wu-Ruixian! The trailer briefly highlights some cinematic story mode scenes and previews some awesome new gameplay footage! Last but not least, the game's official release date was unveiled at the end of the trailer - June 27th, 2019! 

April 2nd, 2019
Mortal Kombat 11 Newcomer Cetrion Revealed in Latest Trailer

Today, NetherRealm Studios unveiled the latest newcomer to join Mortal Kombat 11's roster, the elder goddess known as Cetrion. Utilizing a wide variety of elemental magic (earth, wind, fire, water, etc.), teleports, and long-range attacks, Cetrion definitely looks to be a force to be reckoned with in Mortal Kombat 11 - as demonstrated in her gameplay reveal trailer
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