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One Piece Burning Blood

One Piece Burning Blood announced for PS4 and PS Vita

Yo-ho-ho he took a bite of gum-gum
Sep 15
// Joe Parlock
Bandai Namco has announced One Piece: Burning Blood at the Sony portion of the Tokyo Game Show for PS4 and PS Vita. It'll be developed by J-Stars Victory Vs. developer Chunsoft. The fighting game aims to make a recreation of ...
KoF XIV photo

King of Fighters XIV coming to Japan in January

Fight some darn kings
Sep 15
// Laura Kate Dale
Hey King of Fighters fans, King of Fighters XIV just got announced at Sony's Tokyo Game Show press conference with a reveal trailer and a Japanese release date of January 21 2016. So, who's excited to fight even more kings? That's what King of Fighters is about, right?
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Mario Maker Smash stage

Super Mario Maker stage coming to Smash Bros.

Battleground madness
Sep 14
// Nic Rowen
A brand new stage based on Super Mario Maker is heading to Super Smash Bros. on September 30th, and it looks exactly as crazy and whimsical as you'd want it to be. Embracing the creative chaos of Mario Maker, the stage will be constructed differently at the beginning of every match and constantly edited and fussed with throughout by a stylus gripping hand like so many Duck Amuck shenanigans.
Guilty Gear Xrd photo
Guilty Gear Xrd

Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator announced for PS4, PS3

Coming to Japan spring 2016
Sep 14
// Kyle MacGregor
Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator, an updated version of last year's Guilty Gear Xrd: Sign, is heading to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 early next year, developer Arc System Works revealed today. The fighting game, which debu...
Capcom photo

Capcom reveals Rashid for Street Fighter V

At a Dubai gaming convention
Sep 11
// Chris Carter
Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono is attending Dubai's GAMES 15 convention this week, but the tireless Capcom employee is also working on a marketing campaign of his own. Evidently he's been teasing a new Stree...
Guilty Gear Xrd photo
Guilty Gear Xrd

Check out Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator's Jam in action

Off-screen footage
Sep 10
// Chris Carter
Japan has been hosting location tests in arcades for months for Guilty Gear Xrd, which includes the newest Revelator updates. Recently, Arc System Works has added in fan favorite Jam Kuradoberi, and there's plenty of of...
Mortal Kombat X photo
Mortal Kombat X

It looks like four more characters are coming to Mortal Kombat X

'Who's Next?'
Sep 03
// Chris Carter
Mortal Kombat X might be canceled on PS3 and Xbox 360, but that isn't stopping NetherRealm from developing more DLC! Ed Boon sent out a tweet yesterday indicating that there will be four more characters coming, ominously prom...
PlayStation 3 game ending photo
PlayStation 3 game ending

Namco shutting down Soulcalibur: Lost Swords

'Gods, please forgive me'
Sep 02
// Steven Hansen
Roughly a year and a half after its launch, Namco is ending its free-to-play PlayStation 3 experiment Soulcalibur: Lost Swords. It was apparently not great and coupled with a bad microtransaction scheme.  Namco even mad...
Street Fighter V photo
Street Fighter V

Fan complaints seem to have changed Cammy's Street Fighter V look

More anime-looking
Sep 01
// Steven Hansen
While everyone was flush with wanting to fuck bearded "Hot Ryu"/"Dad Ryu" -- I wrote that as "breaded" originally, which made me also want to fuck him -- Cammy's retailer exclusive pre-order costume (above and still a bogus p...
Street Fighter V photo
Street Fighter V

Capcom details Street Fighter V pre-order bonuses, Collector's Edition

So many CEs today!
Aug 31
// Chris Carter
Today is just the day to unveil Collector's Editions, guys. Capcom is the latest to join the craze, with details for Street Fighter V. It'll come with the game, a 10-inch "fully painted" Ryu statue, a 48-page hardco...

Mortal Kombat X for PS3 and Xbox 360 has been canceled

All that DLC you'll miss out on
Aug 28
// Jed Whitaker
Warner Bros. has finally officially canceled Mortal Kombat X for PS3 and Xbox 360 after delays and months of silence. "After months of development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has come to the regrettable concl...
Pokken Tournament photo
Pokken Tournament

Pokken Tournament may not be coming to western arcades after all

Dave & Busters spoke too soon?
Aug 27
// Chris Carter
I haven't been to a Dave & Busters in years, but the rumor that Pokken Tournament may be heading west by way of arcade location tests would have been enough to get me out there. Sadly, it looks like that may not be happen...
Guilty Gear Xrd photo
Guilty Gear Xrd

Players can vote for the next potential Guilty Gear Xrd character

Japan-only at the moment though
Aug 27
// Chris Carter
Still miffed that there weren't enough characters in Guilty Gear Xrd? Well, the Revelator update is getting Johnny and Jack-O, but it looks like more might be in the pipeline. Arc System Works is opening up a vote in Septembe...
Street Fighter V beta photo
Street Fighter V beta

Street Fighter V beta schedule shifts amidst more server issues

Will be back tomorrow
Aug 27
// Chris Carter
Since the Street Fighter V beta is a stress-related test, it would make sense if Capcom let it lie, but they've actually been rather accommodating throughout all the issues. The beta will be extended again as of tomorrow...
Street Fighter V photo
Street Fighter V

R. Mika is headed to Street Fighter V

I can get behind this
Aug 27
// Chris Carter
The Street Fighter Alpha series doesn't get enough credit these days. Hell, Alpha 3 is one of my favorite games in the entire franchise. Thankfully Alpha is getting its due in Street Fighter V, as Capcom has j...
Street Fighter V photo
Street Fighter V

Street Fighter V launches beta tests in North and South America this week

Final batch of tests before global beta
Aug 24
// Ben Pack
Following a series of successful stress tests in Europe and Asia, Capcom announced today that Street Fighter V beta stress tests will begin for North and South America. The tests start Tuesday, August 24 from 4:00pm - midnigh...
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Officially official
Pokken Tournament is the talk of the town -- the only issue is that basically everyone outside of Japan can't play it. Until 2016 that is, as Nintendo has just announced that Pokken is coming to the Wii U worldwide next...

Street Fighter V beta photo
Street Fighter V beta

Street Fighter V beta re-launches with a series of stress tests

Capcom gathering data on each region
Aug 20
// Ben Pack
Capcom is taking its first steps toward launching a global beta test for Street Fighter V today after the failed tests last month. In a post on the Capcom Unity blog, the company announced it is going to start with a str...

Rash in Killer Instinct is a cameo done with love

Aug 17 // Patrick Hancock
What I love: Rash plays like he's ripped right out of Battletoads. He can grow ram horns and headbutt his opponent, turn into a wrecking ball, kick with a giant spiky boot, and even call in the infamous speeder bike. While these sounds completely ridiculous, it never feels out of place or strange. I mean, this is a game with robo-dinosaurs and flame cats. Rash has a ton of mobility around the stage. He can zip around the screen using his tongue, though it won't do any damage if it hits the opponent. An added benefit to the tongue is that it will eat projectiles, which in turn helps Rash build meter! The wrecking ball move can also be used to get around the stage, making Rash able to zip and zoop around the screen to keep the opponent on their toes.  My favorite moment so far has been against an Orchid. We were both very low on health, so she starts spamming her fire cats across the stage. Since Rash doesn't have a projectile, I just decided to keep eating hers. Eventually she ran out of Instinct and I was able to use the Shadow version of the Wrecking Ball to seal my victory! The animations and sound prove that this isn't just some ham-fisted nostalgia-fueled cameo done for the money. It's clear that a lot of care was taken when re-creating Rash for the modern era. Going back and forth between Rare Replay's Battletoads and Killer Instinct's Rash is way too seamless. Players can even button mash while fighting to perform a combo, though this isn't super useful. [embed]297480:60011:0[/embed] What needs to change before he's finished: The biggest thing that irks me about Rash is that he only has one linker move, Battering Ram. Every other character has more than that and I expect Rash to by March as well. Rash's trailer seems to have a second linker in the form of a traditional Russian dance, so perhaps we'll see that come March. Other pieces are missing as well, like an actual Ultra, but that's a given for his final version. His throw demonstrated in the reveal trailer has Rash picking up the enemy and moving with them, just like in the original Battletoads, but this is not implemented in the current version.  Rash feels like a great addition to the Killer Instinct cast. If this is how all future cameos are done, then I am all for adding in more. I have a feeling I'm going to go through some intense withdrawal between September and Match without having Rash on the roster.
Rash in Killer Instinct photo
Just give him like, one more linker?
Battletoads is an interesting entity. It's really hard, and everyone knows it. It garnered a big following long after its release and has become more and more infamous over time. Then, the characters appeared in Shovel K...

Guilty Gear Xrd photo
Guilty Gear Xrd

Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR- debuts in August with playable Jam Kuradoberi

Heaven or hell? Maybe we'll finally know
Aug 15
// Ben Pack
Right before the conclusion of the Arc Revolution Cup 2015, Arc System Works decided to drop a bomb on everyone watching the Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- tournament. The studio announced the follow-up to the current version of...
Kim Wu Killer Instinct photo
Kim Wu Killer Instinct

Kim Wu will be joining the cast of Killer Instinct in Season 3

Remember her?
Aug 14
// Chris Carter
Kim Wu entered the Killer Instinct arena in the second game in the series, and now she'll be returning for the Xbox One and PC editions for Season 3. Set to drop in March of 2016, Rash and Kim Wu are the only ones confirmed s...
Mortal Kombat X photo
Mortal Kombat X

Unmasked, these Mortal Kombat X characters are goofy as hell

Aug 12
// Chris Carter
Part of the magic of old school Mortal Kombat characters was hidden behind the mask. Although the maskless Sub-Zero rendition was one of my all-time favorites, I distinctly remember him being "uncool" after the mask came off ...
Dragon Ball Z Extreme photo
Dragon Ball Z Extreme

PSA: Arc System Works' Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden demo is out in US

It's on 3DS eShop now
Aug 12
// Chris Carter
Bandai Namco announced a Dragon Ball Z Extreme Butoden demo for Europe recently, but come to find out, it's actually available in North America too. All you have to do is search the 3DS eShop manually for "Dragon Ball Z,...
Guilty Gear Xrd photo
Guilty Gear Xrd

Guilty Gear Xrd glitch unlocks cool gold and shadow skins

No info on how to replicate though
Aug 11
// Chris Carter
Guilty Gear fans know about the shadow and gold variants in the X series, but now they've made their way into Xrd Sign by way of a weird glitch. The original poster of the video has no idea how it happened, bu...
Rising Thunder photo
Rising Thunder

You don't need a code to test out Rising Thunder

Open alpha
Aug 10
// Jordan Devore
Nic's silly tier list introduced me to Rising Thunder as something I might enjoy, but I'm only now following through. You should, too! The fighting game is holding an alpha test and there's no waiting around for access -- jus...
Rash photo

Rash kicks some major ass in these pro Killer Instinct videos

Go go Battletoads
Aug 10
// Chris Carter
Rash has only been out for roughly a week, and already some pro Killer Instinct players are kicking ass with him. Take a look at these combo videos to get an idea of what to expect, both in terms of his raw fighting pow...
Super Smash Con photo
Super Smash Con

Super Smash Con starts today, Brawl finals are tonight

Through August 9
Aug 07
// Chris Carter
Man I love the Super Smash Bros. community. They've heard the phrase "Smash isn't a fighting game" for years on end (I used to argue on Smash 64's behalf in my middle school cafeteria), but they've remained one of the mo...
SNK sold photo
SNK sold

SNK Playmore has been acquired by China's Leyou Millenium

For $63.5 million
Aug 06
// Chris Carter
SNK Playmore has reportedly been bought by Chinese company Leyou Millenium, paying out $63.5 million for 81.25% of their shares, granting them majority stake in the company. The core reason given by Oriential Securities (part...

My completely inaccurate Rising Thunder tier list

Aug 05 // Nic Rowen
Crow Crow is like a mini-Evangelion mech with a chakram, which I'd normally consider a strong look. But, when compared to the rest of the much goofier and lighthearted Rising Thunder cast, he just looks like he's trying too hard to be edgy -- like Hot Topic opened a mech garage. I can't wait for the DLC to give him a wallet chain and a checker pattern. Crow also looks like he'll be annoying as hell to fight against. Rising Thunder may be the first fighting game to actually do invisibility right (because it's online only, the Crow player will be able to see an outline of their character on their screen while the opponent will see nothing) and that will be sure to attract the trollish kind of player who likes to mess with people. I can already see the YouTube clip reels of time-out victories where a Crow player gets a life lead and dances around invisible for the rest of the match on the horizon. His spinning disk can be delayed to float in the air for a long time, which is the kind of thing that is always a pain to deal with. Any character that can force an opponent to defend while still being able to move and attack themselves seem to do well, so I wouldn't be surprised if Crow actually turned out to be one of the better characters in Rising Thunder. For the purposes of this list however, his high school-ish gothy design and my prediction that I'm going to hate fighting him will land Crow squarely at the bottom of this list. What, you thought this was going to be useful? Edge So, we can all agree that Edge is basically Zero with the serial numbers filed off, right? I mean, red armor, green energy sword, slim build. Heck, he's even got a freaking pony tail! It would be scandalous if Capcom hadn't already abandoned the maverick hunter. Someone might as well rescue him from the scrapyard and put him to work. The in-game description labels Edge as a rush-down character with a high skill difficulty. Given how Zero played in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that the resemblance isn't purely coincidental. Edge looks like the kind of character who is designed to reward dedication and practice by becoming a sheer nightmare in the right hands. The kind of character I can never quite seem to grok but can look forward to being bodied by, over and over. Joy. Oh well. Here's hoping he doesn't have any lightning loop nonsense at least.   Dauntless I want to like Dauntless more than I do. She has all the right pieces, a goofy expressive face, extra large hands for Rock'Em-Sock'Em style fisticuffs, and a pleasingly robot-ish squared off design. But something just doesn't click. There is nothing wrong with her, but she's just a little too bland to really crack the top half of the list. Sorry, Dauntless, it's the curse of being the mascot character. Too inoffensive to hate, too milquetoast to love. Speaking of Rock'Em-Sock'Em, that's a cross marketing opportunity if I've ever seen one. Someone should get on that Kickstarter fast. Talos Talos is the big dumb grappler character of Rising Thunder and he knows it. He's got a silly accent, a boisterous attitude, a dumb haircut, and incredibly overdone command grab specials; everything you need to make Zangief, the patron saint of grapplers, proud. Talos goes one step further by joining the ranks of some of my other favorite big dumb characters like Iron Tager and Lex Luthor by having an electromagnetic suction mechanic to pull opponents in close for that real soviet damage. Come here and give daddy a hug.  Also, his forward dash makes him pivot on his arms like a gorilla. Perfection. Vlad I can't tell if Vlad is going to be the Dan of Rising Thunder, or the Akuma. All I know is that he's going to be a fan favorite and I'm no exception. He's so damn cute and silly that I almost don't want to love him, but I do, I do. How could I not? He's like if the Iron Giant had a goofy Russian step-brother. While all the other fighters of Rising Thunder are cutting-edge robots ripped from futuristic anime series and discarded Jagger design documents, Vlad is like a tin robot stumbling out of the 1950s, with all the adorable goofiness and Cold War tension that implies. He's got a jetpack, a tiny flag antenna, and he windmills his arms and torso about like a madman. He even fires a tiny elbow rocket! Vlad has everything I'm looking for in a robot. But I suspect Vlad harbors a darker secret underneath all that silly charm. Inside that metal chest beats the heart of a real terror, the kind of character everyone writes off as a joke until he shows up in a tournament one day and cleans house. It's that jetpack, and all the fly-canceling shenanigans it could allow. I bet we'll see someone break the game with it sooner or later, and then no one will be laughing anymore. Chel Chel makes the top of my list by virtue of sheer adorability. She's a little ball of energy with a whole lot of personality for a robot. A big plume of pink hair, a charming accent, and cute little rocket boosters on her hands for when she does a forward dash. Robot girls just want to have fun! In a weird coincidence, Chel is the one place where my dumb personal tier list happens to overlap with reality. As it stands in the alpha, Chel is one of, if not the, strongest character. Her keep-away fireballs and one-button uppercut lead to a simple, but brutally effective game plan that is easy to implement and difficult to work around. That Shoto archetype set the standard for a reason. Given how upset people seem to be at Chel right now, I'd expect to see some balance changes that will make her a little less of a cruise-control character. So I guess now is the time to scumbag it up and establish that character loyalty cred while sneakily enjoying a top-tier character. Rising Thunder is still in the earliest of early days, so any talk of actual tier lists is super dumb and I'm sure everything will change twenty times before the game is launched for real. There are still characters to be revealed, mechanics to iron out, and decisions to be made. As it stands though, Rising Thunder is remarkably fun to play, even if it represents a dramatic shift from traditional fighting game models. Has anyone else been playing the alpha or watching some streams of it? Picked out a favorite already or have a particularly despised foe? I'd be interested to hear what other people think of the game so far!
Rising Thunder tier list photo
From rust bucket to top-bot
Rising Thunder is an experiment I'm not quite sure about yet. On one hand, it seems to be custom made for me: an aging fighting game fan with a well-documented obsession with robots and a pair of cinder-block mittens for hand...

Killer Instinct photo
Killer Instinct

Rash turns into a wrecking ball in Killer Instinct

Stick around for the character tease
Aug 05
// Jordan Devore
The screenshots were a treat, but seeing Rash in action is something else. Smash Hits are back. If you own Rare Replay (you should!) or Killer Instinct paid DLC, you can play as him until September 8, 2015 at 12:00am Pacific. This is just a trial run ahead of the character's final release. Go give 'em the boot!

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