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May 17th, 2022
IGN Looks Back at Daigo Umehara's 25-Year Career

IGN recently published a short video documentary all about Daigo "The Beast" Umehara. As most fighting game fans know from watching "EVO Moment #37" at least 1,000 times by now, Daigo Umehara has been a legendary Street Fighter competitor with many exciting wins under his belt over the past two decades including back to back EVO championships.

May 16th, 2022 
KOF 15 Team Southtown Story, New Screenshots

SNK shared the official King of Fighters XV storyline for Team Southtown's Geese Howard, Billy Kane, and Ryuji Yamazaki. Additionally, we've got some brand new official HD screenshots showing both the default and extra costumes for the veteran villains of Southtown.

May 12th, 2022
KOF 15 Team Southtown Trailer, Available May 17th

Today, SNK unvieled the official King of Fighters XV gameplay trailer for Team Southtown's Geese Howard, Billy Kane, and Ryuji Yamazaki. To coincide with the new trailer, SNK finally announced the release date for Team Southtown May 17th, 2022. SNK also shared several new screenshots for each Southtown team member.

May 12th, 2022
Guilty Gear -STRIVE- First Anniversary Stream Revealing Season 2 News May 25th

Arc System Works announced an upcoming Guilty Gear -STRIVE- 1-year anniversary stream on May 25th. The stream will feature discussions with the development team, exhibition matches, and will reveal new information about Guilty Gear -STRIVE- Season 2 content. In March, the company announced four new characters along with crossplay between the PC and PlayStation versions. 

May 12th, 2022
Skullgirls: 2nd Encore Black Dahlia to be Playable at Combo Breaker 2022

During CEO '21 this past December, Autumn Games revealed Black Dahlia as the third DLC character coming to Skullgirls: 2nd Encore's Season Pass 1. On Twitter, Autumn Games announced that attendees of Combo Breaker 2022 (May 27th-29th) will be getting "world exclusive" early access to the first playable version of Black Dahlia.

May 11th, 2022
Maximilian Hosting KOF 15 Team Southtown Preview

Team Southtown is the second Team DLC coming to The King of Fighters XV. Later this month, Geese Howard, Billy Kane, and Ryuji Yamazaki will join KOF XV's roster, bringing the total number of playable characters up to 44. Tonight, SNK confirmed that YouTuber Maximilian Dood will be hosting a special preview of KOF XV's Team Southdown on Thursday, May 12th.

May 11th, 2022
Combo Breaker 2022 Registration Closes with 1000+ Guilty Gear -STRIVE- Competitors

Coming up on May 27th-29th (Memorial Day Weekend), Combo Breaker '22 will host thousands of fighting game players at one of the largest live events of the year. Rick "TheHadou" Thiher announced the player registration for the event has closed and revealed the final count for each tournament game. Guilty Gear -STRIVE-, The King of Fighters XV, and TEKKEN 7 take the lead as the TOP 3...

May 10th, 2022
Side-by-Side Graphics Comparison of TEKKEN Tag Tournament 2 and TEKKEN 7 Character Models

Originally released in arcades in 2011, and in 2012 on consoles, TEKKEN Tag Tournament 2 was one of the most impressive, diverse, and open-ended 3D fighting games of the era. From the 100's of team possibilities, to the multitude of creative combos, to the highly-polished visuals and character models, TTT2 still holds up today as one of the best and most interesting installments of the franchise. In a new video comparison...

May 10th, 2022
Rare Street Fighter Alpha 2 Combos by Desk

Regarded by fans as one of the most polished, fun, and competitive 2D fighters of all time, Street Fighter Alpha 2 is a beloved and influential installment in the series' 35+ year history. Even though SFA2 remains a widely-respected competitive classic, known for its unique mechanics (such as the Custom Combo system), there are still some very "broken" combo possibilities that exist. In Desk's latest combo video...

May 9th, 2022
The King of Fighters: The Ultimate History by Bitmap Books Now Available to Pre-order

Bitmap Books is an award-winning independent publisher of retro gaming books, celebrating the rich history of software, hardware, developers, and influential series of gaming over the decades. Now available to pre-order, Bitmap's latest tome features 544 beautiful pages and tons of history all about SNK's icoic King of Fighters series.

May 8th, 2022 
Brawlhalla Street Fighter "Part 2" Announced

Released in October 2017, Brawlhalla is a free-to-play platform fighting game developed by Blue Mammoth Games and published by Ubisoft. Back in 2021, Ryu, Chun-Li, and Akuma joined the playable cast of Brawlhalla as guest characters. Today, Blue Mammoth announced a "Part 2" of their crossover with Street Fighter, which adds several new fighters to the roster.

May 7th, 2022
DNF Duel May 2022 Teaser Trailer, New Artwork

News on the DNF Duel front has been quiet as of late. Back in April, pre-orders for the PS5 and PS4 physical editions of DNF Duel went live at various retailers ahead of the game's upcoming release on June 28th. DNF Duel publisher Nexon released a (painfully) short DNF Duel trailer for May 2022 which shows off some character illustrations and previously-seen cinematics from the upcoming 2.5D fighter.

May 5th, 2022
Canadian Rapper INFINITE on Creating Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Theme Song and Voiceovers

Prior to its release in May 1999, Capcom held an audition in Canada to find a rapper for several (now legendary) tracks in Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike including the game's intro theme and character selection screen. Capcom ended up choosing Canadian rapper "INFINITE" for the role. In a video podcast from 2020, hear the Canadian rap legend reminisce on his experience working on the SFIII: 3rd Strike soundtrack.

May 2nd, 2022
TEKKEN: Real Life Martial Arts Compilation by VIEL

Martial artist and stuntman Vladislav Litvinenko (VIEL) is back with another TEKKEN choreography video that's worth a watch. If you're a fan of TEKKEN's martial arts-based characters and animation, it's easy to appreciate the effort and skill behind Vlad's live action choreography videos. In his latest 8-minute compilation, check out VIEL recreating the movesets and win-poses of many iconic fighters from TEKKEN.

May 1st, 2022
TFG Banner Contest 2022 Ends June 30th

This is a friendly reminder that the 20th Anniversary TFG Banner Contest will be ending on June 30th, 2022. Once again, is officially celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year! All are welcome to join the fun and enter the contest, but get your entries in because there are only 2 months remaining! Full details inside:

April 28th, 2022
New Triple K.O. Podcast feat. Justin Wong, Maximilian Dood, and Matt McMuscles

Three of the most popular and influential fighting game content creators out there recently collaborated to launch a a new podcast series called "Triple K.O." Of course, we're talking about multi-time world champion Justin Wong, YouTube and Twitch sensation Maximilian Dood, and fighting game historian Matt McMuscles.

April 28th, 2022
SFV: Champion Edition Free Trial on Steam / PS4

Over the years, Capcom has offered numerous free trials for Street Fighter V since its launch back in 2016 to promote new updates to the game. The latest free trial for SFV: Champion Edition runs from April 27th through May 11th and is available on both Steam and PlayStation 4. The demo features all Season 1- 5 characters unlocked for a total of 45 playable characters.

April 26th, 2022 
Darkstalkers Lilith Aensland Kotobukiya Statue Pre-order

Kotobukiya announced today that pre-orders for their upcoming 2022 Darkstalkers Lilith Aensland Bishoujo statue go live on April 28th (11am JST). If you're a fan of Shunya Yamashita art, you'll immediately love the artist's take on Lilith Aensland in her latest statue design. Kotobukiya shared a preview photo of the final build of the Lilith Aensland statue.

April 26th, 2022
Blanka and Sakura Join Fortnite April 28th

Epic Games announced two new Street Fighter characters will be joining the Fortnite Street Fighter collaboration, Blanka and Sakura Kasugano! Inside, check out Blanka and Sakura's Fortnite costumes, character renders, artwork, and videos. Fornite players can begin using Blanka and Sakura starting this Thursday, April 28th, 2022.

April 25th, 2022
Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Super Meter Voice Sampled from 1966 Live Action Batman Series 

Throughout the decades, fighting game fans and historians have discovered the original source material for iconic character designs, illustrations, and even audio. The latest discovery, pointed out by Fairly Frequent FG Facts on Twitter, reveals the Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike sound clip (voice), used when one meter of the super gauge filled, is in fact sampled from the 1966 Batman series starring Adam West.

April 21st, 2022
Guilty Gear -STRIVE- Another Story Arrives April 29th

Arc System Works announced today that Guilty Gear STRIVE's second story mode, dubbed Another Story, will become available on Friday, April 29th for Season Pass 1 holders. Accompanying the announcement is a new batch of screenshots showing Baiken, May, and Ramlethal all of whom will be starring in the new story experience (as they did not appear in the original story mode).

April 18th, 2022
Umbrella Now Available in Skullgirls: 2nd Encore

Hidden Variable Games announced Umbrella, the latest DLC character of Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, is now playable in the PlayStation 4 and Steam versions of the game. Umbrella can be purchased individually for $10 or as part of the $35 Season 1 Pass. Hidden Variable also shared a trailer for Umbrella's Season 1 color palettes and voice pack.

April 15th, 2022
DNF Duel Now Available to Pre-order on PS5 and PS4, New Playable Characters Teased

Today, Arc System Works America announced the physical version of Dungeon Fighter Duel is now available for pre-order on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 at various retailers. In addition to the announcement, Nexon and Arc System Works shared a new poster artwork for DNF Duel which happens to reveal several unannounced playable characters!

April 12th, 2022
Capcom Fighting Collection Promo Art by Chisato Mita

Earlier this year, Capcom announced Capcom Fighting Collection (coming June 24th) a compilation of 10 iconic 2D classics complete with Rollback Netcode, Training modes, and other new features. Capcom said the compilation's Gallery mode will contain "over 500" items, including rare concept artwork and design documents never seen before. Check out a new promo illustration by Chisato Mita, inside:

April 12th, 2022
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Rollback Netcode Arrives April 14

Arc System Works America recently announced BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle will be receiving Rollback Netcode support on April 14th, 2022 for both Steam and PlayStation 4. Since February of this year, players on Steam have already gotten the chance to try out the new rollback implementation during the official beta test (which comes to a close April 13th).

April 7th, 2022
Boss Challenge & Omega Rugal Coming to KOF XV April 14, How to Unlock Rugal's "Omega Armor" Skin

Last month, SNK announced iconic KOF series boss Rugal Bernstein, in his "Omega" form, will be joining The King of Fighters XV as free DLC. Alongside new playable character Omega Rugal, SNK confirmed new mode "Boss Challenge" will be added to the game on Thursday April 14th, 2022. On Twitter today, SNK revealed how players can unlock Omega Rugal's "Omega Armor" skin and shared a new screenshot.

April 1st, 2022 
HORI PlayStation 5 Fighting Commander OCTA and Alpha Fightstick Now Available for Pre-order

Back in January of this year, HORI unveiled their latest PlayStation 5 fighting game peripherals The HORI Fighting Commander OCTA (pad) and Fighting Stick Alpha. Both controllers are now available to pre-order from Amazon. The Fighting Commander costs $60 while the Fightstick will set you back $200. Pre-order links and details about each peripheral inside:

April 1st, 2022
Arc System Works Announces Guilty Bear, Official Art

It's April 1st and you know what that means... Arc System Works Japan dropped a bombshell announcement about an upcoming all-bear 2.5D fighting game. You've heard of all-girl fighting games? Just bears in this one. According to ASW Japan, Guilty Bear is a next-generation fighting game featuring a battle system that is thoroughly concerned with cuteness. A total of 20 bears will be playable!

April 1st, 2022
Capcom Director Reveals Pokemon-style Final Fight Game and KOF15 on Gameboy

On Twitter, Capcom director and designer Takayuki Nakayama (Street Fighter V) has frequently shared incredible and historical fighting game artwork from the depths of the darkest Capcom archives. It's not the Final Fight 4 / HD Remake we've all been clamoring for, but Nakayama claimed that he wants to develop a Pokemon-stlye Final Fight game for Gameboy. He even shared some awesome screenshots!
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