Q2 - 2021

April 27th, 2021
Guilty Gear STRIVE Open Beta #2 Dates Announced

Arc System Works confirmed the dates for the second Guilty Gear -STRIVE- open beta test which will take place once again on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. The next open beta will be available for download starting May 7th (8am PST) and will go live on May 13th (8am PST) through May 16th. Anji Mito and I-NO will now be playable alongside the rest of the initial roster and will feature the English voice cast! 

April 27th, 2021
Ryu "Class of '93" Angel Grove Costume Revealed for Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid

Earlier this month, Ryu and Chun-Li were announced as upcoming guest characters in Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid. In addition to appearing in ranger form as the "Crimson Hawk" Ranger, Ryu will also be getting a "Class of '93" Angel Grove costume with the Street Fighter hero donning his iconic red headband, as well as a snazzy leather jacket and civilian clothing. New trailer and screenshots, inside: 

April 26th, 2021
Samurai Shodown Hibiki Takane Moveset Demo

SNK shared a bit more footage of Last Blade 2 guest character, Hibiki Takane, representing her Muso Shinden-Ryu (Iaido) sword style in Samurai Shodown Season 3. Hibiki's "special attacks" trailer is a quick 1-minute watch and shows how her distinctive special moves have translated into SNK's latest 2.5D weapon-based fighting game. Additionally, the trailer previews Hibiki's "Determination in the Dawn" theme song which Last Blade fans will surely recognize. 

April 22nd, 2021
Street Fighter x Fist of the North Star: Legends ReVIVE Collaboration Event, Character Artwork

Fist of the North Star: Legends ReVIVE (2019) is a mobile action RPG described as a retelling of the manga's original story. The iOS / Android title has seen a variety of crossovers since its launch (including Virtua Fighter and Baki The Grappler), and has now crossed paths with Capcom's Street Fighter series. The crossover event begins on April 30th and will feature Ryu, Chun-Li, Sakura Kasugano, and M. Bison. More details and official character artwork inside: 

April 22nd, 2021
Street Fighter II: Champion Edition Mini Retro Arcade Cabinet

There are now a wide variety of mini (and full-size) home arcade cabinets on the market. Nostalgic collectors can now play their favorite classic fighting games from the comfort of their own homes, just the way they remember from 80's and 90's arcades. Originally announced at CES 2020, My Arcade announced a new collection of "mini" Micro Player cabs. Their Street Fighter II: Champion Edition mini arcade is a tiny working replica of Capcom's original cabinet. 

April 21st, 2021
Samurai Shodown Hibiki Reveal Trailer, Screenshots

Tonight, SNK unveiled the Samurai Shodown Season 3 gameplay reveal trailer for The Last Blade 2 veteran, Hibiki Takane! The new trailer runs through her Iaido-based fighting style, with Hibiki retaining many of her classic attacks and special moves from her original series. Hibiki joins Samurai Shodown's roster next Wednesday, April 28th, 2021. Watch Hibiki's official trailer and check out some new HD screenshots from SNK, inside:

April 21st, 2021
First Artwork for Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown

Earlier this month, the Korean Game Rating and Administration Committee published a rating for Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown on PS4. Today, the first artwork for VF5: Ultimate Showdown was published on PSN in Japan and Asia. The extent of the "Virtua Fighter X eSports" project is still a mystery. What we know so far: CEO of Sega, Haruki Satomi, stated the project will "start first in Japan" and commemorate Sega's 60th anniversary. 

April 21st, 2021
Guilty Gear STRIVE Alternate Colors Preview / Reveal Trailer

Arc System Works revealed new Guilty Gear -STRIVE- images and a trailer showing new alternate colors for the cast. These include "Special" colors for Sol-Badguy and Ky Kiske (with swapped color schemes) along with exclusive "Ultimate Edition" colors for all 15 characters in the game. Enjoy a preview of all newly revealed GGST colors, inside:

April 20th, 2021
Samurai Shodown Hibiki Takane Trailer Debuts Tomorrow, Next KOF XV Character Reveal Pushed to April 28th

SNK announced the Samurai Shodown Season 3 gameplay reveal trailer for upcoming Last Blade 2 guest character, Hibiki Takane, will debut tomorrow on April 21st, 2021. Additionally, SNK confirmed the next King of Fighters XV character reveal trailer will be pushed back one week to Wednesday, April 28th, 2021. 

April 20th, 2021
Street Fighter V Art Director Takayuki Nakayama Takes Guesses on Next KOF XV Characters with Original Artwork

To continue the KOF15 hype, SNK has been posting a teaser character silhouette on Tuesday evenings ahead of the usual Wednesday night reveals. For three weeks, Street Fighter V Art Director Takayuki Nakayama has tweeted his own "guesses" for each upcoming KOF XV character in an impressively unique way. Nakayama actually takes the time to draw his own artwork into each silhouette! 

April 17th, 2021
NEOGEO Pocket Selection Vol .1 Physical Collector's Edition by Limited Run Games

Limited Run Games announced the pre-order date for their upcoming Physical Collector's Edition of NEOGEO Pocket Color Selection Vol. 1 for Nintendo Switch. The physical edition includes: a NEOGEO Pocket style box / packaging, steelbook, 18" by 24" two-sided poster, and the Nintendo Switch game with 10 NGPC classics. 

April 16th, 2021
TEKKEN 7 Celebrates 7 Million Copies Sold Worldwide

Less than 1 year ago in September 2020, TEKKEN 7 achieved 6 million worldwide sales. Today, series producer Katsuhiro Harada announced TEKKEN 7 has hit 7 million sales worldwide. To celebrate the occasion, iconic TEKKEN and SoulCalibur artist Takuji Kawano has updated his commemorative illustration which now includes Season 4 characters Kunimitsu and Lidia Sobieska. 

April 14th, 2021
Shermie Announced for The King of Fighters XV

It's another Wednesday night and another new character revealed for The King of Fighters XV! SNK announced classic "New Face Team" member Shermie for KOF XV with a new trailer and an updated look for the KOF '97 veteran. Scroll down to watch Shermie's official gameplay reveal trailer in 4K quality and check out brand new HD screenshots from SNK, inside! 

April 14th, 2021
Mortal Kombat (2021) Releases April 23 on HBO Max

15 days before its original release date, April 14th, 2021, Warner Bros pushed back the Mortal Kombat (2021) movie to April 23rd. The postponement was announced only a day before the release of "Godzilla vs. Kong" on HBO Max, as Warner Bros decided to space out the potential blockbusters and avoid cannibalizing ticket sales. Inside, also check out a bunch of MK movie posters that now have the wrong date written on them. 

April 13th, 2021
Ryu & Chun-Li Announced as Guest Fighters in Power Rangers: Battle For The Grid

Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid is a 3-on-3 fighting game developed by nWay and currently available for PS4, Switch, Windows, XB1, and Stadia. The game is getting a Street Fighter crossover featuring Ryu as the Crimson Hawk Ranger and Chun-Li as the Blue Phoenix Ranger. Ryu and Chun-Li previously appeared in the 2017 beat-em-up mobile title, Power Rangers: Legacy Wars, and will now be making their way to Battle for the Grid. 

April 12th, 2021
Sakura Kasugano Street Fighter: Duel Artwork / New Costume

Street Fighter: Duel is an upcoming JRPG mobile title by Tencent, TOPJOY, and Capcom. An early beta version of the game was released November 2020 (in China only) but the game will become available worldwide sometime in the near future. The redesigned Street Fighter cast (with artwork by Xin Wang) have made waves on social media this year, with many fans hoping these costumes will make it to SFV. Without further ado, check out Sakura's Street Fighter: Duel artwork

April 12th, 2021
Every Street Fighter Cat from Neco Drop 2... and Possibly a Hint at the Next SFV: Champion Edition Character?

On April 1st, 2021, Capcom released the free-to-play puzzle game Neco Drop 2 - a sequel to last year's cat-themed Street Fighter game. An official image from Capcom shows artwork for every cat in the game one representing each member of SFV: Champion Edition's roster (in addition to some non-playable support characters). These clever feline designs are awesome fan service in many ways. One cat in particular might be a hint at the next SFV:CE character... 

April 7th, 2021
Mai Shiranui Revealed for KOF XV, Trailer + Screens

Following SNK's Tuesday Night teaser silhouette (which was an obvious one this time), SNK posted their King of Fighters XV gameplay reveal trailer for Mai Shiranui. The iconic Fatal Fury / KOF heroine briefly appeared in the original KOF XV world premiere trailer, so we already knew she was confirmed. However, tonight's new gameplay trailer shows the first actual gameplay of Mai in action. Watch Mai's trailer and see the new HD screenshots inside: 

April 6th, 2021
SFV: Champion Edition Spring Update Reveals Oro, Akira Kazama & Rose Gameplay

During today's Street Fighter V: Champion Edition Spring Update livestream, Capcom's Takayuki Nakayama and Shuhei Matsumoto brought fans up to date with the latest Season 5 details. Returning SFIII series veteran, Oro, was shown in SFV gameplay for the first time ever. Oro retains his iconic attributes like his SFIII Super Art and double jump, while acquiring new elements like his pet turtle and new moves. Additionally, Capcom showed more gameplay of Rose and... 

April 6th, 2021
Guilty Gear STRIVE Developer's Backyard #5, 2nd Open Beta

Arc System Works has published their fifth installment of the Guilty Gear -STRIVE- Developer's Backyard blog. In this edition, Akira Katano from the development team analyzes the data collected from the first open beta test from February 2021.  Among the data presented was worldwide character usage and player feedback of GGST's various modes. Online and Tutorial were the lowest-rated, while Versus and Training modes were the highest. 

April 4th, 2021
TEKKEN 7 Season 4 Lidia Care Package GIVEAWAY!

Happy Easter! TFG Webmaster here... I hope you're having a fun and safe holiday. Last month, Bandai Namco sent me a TEKKEN 7 Season 4 care package of ultra rare TEKKEN swag, including a high-quality hoodie, Bryan Fury facemask, and limited edition Lidia Sobieska box containing her blackbelt and a letter from Heihachi Mishima. Bandai Namco provided me with another extra copy, so I'll be doing a giveaway to one lucky follower on Twitter! 

April 2nd, 2021
Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown Rated for PS4 in Korea

Back in September 2020, Sega revealed a teaser trailer titled "Virtua Fighter x eSports" which seemed to hint at a new direction for the series... and possibly a new game. It looks like we may finally have some more light shed on the project by the Korean Game Rating and Administration Committee which recently published a rating for "Virtua Fighter 5: Ultimate Showdown" for PlayStation 4. 

April 1st, 2021
Capcom Releases SFV: CE-themed Neco Drop 2 for April Fools

Today, Capcom continued their tradition of releasing a free-to-play mini-game compatible on PCs and smartphones. The sequel to last year's Neco Drop, Neco Drop 2 is a puzzle game once again featuring the SFV: Champion Edition cast as... adorable cats. Feline versions of the SFV:CE's newest newcomers such as Dan Hibiki, Rose, Oro, and Akira Kazama even make an appearance in Neco Drop 2

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