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R.O.B. goes chrome while the evil Gannondorf... helps children across the street... New screenshots for unlockable characters in Super Smash Wii U

As November 21st draws closer and closer we grow more and more hype for Super Smash Bros. for WiiU.

Nintendo recently released some screen shots of two more of their secret characters. Look out for R.O.B. and the Great King of Evil, Gannondorf.

Visually speaking, this game looks fantastic and if it's anything like its predecessors it'll be just as much fun to play. Here are a few images, click the jump to see the rest.

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DarkSydeGeoff's brand new Killer Instinct breakdown video will teach you TJ Combo and have you laughing at the same time

DarkSydeGeoff is at it again, this time with a very informative and very entertaining TJ Combo tutorial.

Geoff goes over the basics, unique notable moves, special moves, and combos or 'the juice' as he calls it.

As is traditional with Geoff, this video is a little NSFW so please put your kids to bed before you click the jump.

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Hey Nemo, which are the worst characters in USF4? Dee Jay, Dan, Hugo and... ARE YOU KIDDING? Nemo's full tier list for Ultra Street Fighter 4

BE|Nemo is well known for being one of the best Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom players in Japan. We are still reeling from the incredibly hype exhibition match between him and RG|Filipino Champ at West Coast Warzone 4.

Nemo seems to be a jack of all trades as he wowed us at by winning the USF4 competition at that same tournament with none other than the newly-added Rolento.

We say all this to say, it looks like Nemo knows what he's doing when it comes to fighting games. Why then does the bottom of his tier list surprise us so much?

Click the jump to see Nemo's USF4 tier list.

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Do it like the pros do it: Shuma Gorath combo video by Evo 2013 top 8 UMVC player Angelic

BT|Angelic broke out into the public eye with his top 8 performance at Evo 2013.

Since then Angelic has been known in the Marvel community as one of the Shuma Gorath pioneers. His top-level play with a rarely-seen character inspired many more to pick up the Lord of Chaos.

Below is a combo video just released by Angelic featuring some interesting DHC's and extensions that any and all Shuma players would do well to have in their repertoire.

Hit the jump and start watching some green demon combos!

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Tiers archived and reset for Killer Instinct, vote for Maya, TJ Combo and all of the cast members from season 1 now

We've archived and reset the tier listings for Killer Instinct today, as the game has recently undergone heavy system changes. They also added two new fighters, Maya and TJ Combo.

You can find the archived rankings down at the bottom of the KI tiers page, where they'll be preserved for eternity.

Whenever new tiers are launched for a game, you can expect that they will vary wildly initially, but with time they will solidify.

Keep in mind trolling our tiers will result in a ban, and our system will detect and zap your account if you attempt to abuse your votes.

The tiers section updates once per hour with all of the latest data that has been submitted, so keep checking back to see how things are evolving.

Dodge Cancelling: Super Smash Bros. 3DS tech reduces landing lag for air dodge, making it safer and easier to approach your opponent

In Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS, as a general rule of thumb if you perform an air dodge close to the ground (such as during a short hop), you can expect to suffer from a pretty hefty landing lag recovery sequence. That's the trade-off to being able to dodge an incoming attack on your approach from the air -- it's designed such that if your opponent correctly reads your air dodge, he or she can go for the punish when you land.

That is, unless you take advantage of the Dodge Cancelling.

The landing lag (or recovery frames on landing) after a short hop air dodge is pretty significant. But the landing lag for an aerial move is significantly less. With Dodge Cancelling, what you're essentially doing -- if I'm understanding the tech correctly -- is to cancel an air dodge into an air aerial right during a short hop, right before you land. This makes the game give you the landing lag for the aerial move instead of the one for air dodging, significantly shortening the recovery phase and, in some cases, may even allow you to attack or dodge right away.

There are some very interesting uses for this tech. For me, in the tiny amount of time I've spent on practicing applying the tech, I've found that it's incredibly easy to approach an opponent with Bowser by performing a short hop air dodge, and cancelling the recovery into his forward+B special. This, however, is not as broken as you might think, as you would still need to predict if your opponent is going to roll away, and react accordingly.

Check out R/SmashBros user's reslived tutorial on Dodge Cancelling before to learn how you can take advantage of this tech.

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Vega's Rolling Izuna Drop, when traded, can freeze his opponent for about 5 minutes in Ultra Street Fighter 4 v1.03

In order to make Vega's Rolling Izuna Drop super connect with opponents when performed against the corner, Capcom had to make some modifications to the way the move worked -- and it appears that those modifications have resulted in this pretty neat (but probably impractical) bug in Ultra Street Fighter 4 v1.03.

When the second hit of Rolling Izuna Drop trades with Vega's opponent, it will freeze him or her in place. According to Momi_777, the Japanese player who found this bug, the freeze will last for about five minutes -- he found that out by waiting for Yun (the character he discovered this bug) to unpause in Training mode. After the character has unpaused, certain moves (like Yun's Dash Punch and Ultra Combo) will no longer be able to hit Vega.

You can see for yourself how this bug works in the first two animated GIFs from the left below. The third GIF shows what happens when you wait five minutes for the opponent to unpause, and the final one shows Yun's Dash Punch and Ultra Combo completely whiffing on Vega at point blank range, after he has recovered from the freeze.

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Below, we've also embedded an HD video of the bug in action, in case you'd like to take a closer look.

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Daigo gets outzoned by El Fuerte, Infiltration (Rolento) vs. Dunhill (Gen), JaycetheAce and Arturo Sanchez jump on the Decapre train - USF4 replays

We've got a great line-up of Ultra Street Fighter 4 Xbox Live replays for your viewing pleasure this morning.

First up, MCZ|Daigo goes up against a Japanese El Fuerte player, Zeny53 on Xbox Live, who manages to out-zone one of the original masters of zoning in Street Fighter. This guy may not be Pepeday, but watching him play has certainly made Alioune Sensei's day.

Next, watch two of the world's greatest multi-character specialists -- South Korea's Infiltration and Japan's Dunhill -- slug it out in a high-level match using characters they wouldn't really consider their mains: Rolento and Gen, respectively.

And finally, it looks like two more top players in the FGC -- YBK|JaycetheAce and TS|Arturo Sanchez -- are beginning to realize the hidden potential embedded deep within Decapre. Watch them take on a Yun and another Decapre player, respectively, in two separate matches.

All that and more, in this latest episode round-up of Ultra Street Fighter 4 Xbox Live ranked match replays.

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'If you want to evolve into a pro player... you gotta pick T. Hawk' - Ultra Excellent Adventures of Gootecks & Mike Ross Ep. 36

This week's episode of Ultra Excellent Adventures of Gootecks & Mike Ross begins innocuously with a fan question addressed to the Cross Counter duo.

"Hey Gootecks [and Mike Ross], what do you recommend for players like me to evolve into a pro player?" LABBEdpj asks.

Gooteck's answer to this hard question? "Pick T. Hawk," he says as he selects the Indian warrior from Mexico on the character-selection screen, to walk the talk.

Other tough questions being answered in this latest episode of Ultra Excellent Adventures include the following exchange between Gootecks and Mike Ross.

Gootecks: Haolipino... Haoli means "White", like a White person, in Hawaiian.
Mike Ross: Oh, so you think he's half-White, half-Hawaiian.
Gootecks: No no no, he's Hawaiian. He's half-white, he's a Filipino -- but he's Hawaiian.
Mike Ross: Wait, what if he's, like, a quarter-Hawaiian, and a quarter-White and... or...

Find out Gootecks's response to that in the new episode, embedded below.

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Topanga B League - Day 10 results, current standings, battle logs and more, Ultra Street Fighter 4 tournament

Update: This story has been updated with final results for Topanga B League.

Today, we see the beginning of this year's Topanga B League, which will be a round robin battle between 16 top Japanese players, continuing throughout the whole month, with the goal being to get a position in the prestigious Topanga A League this year.

Participating in this year's B League, we have 16 entirely different characters being played by MCZ|Mago, MCZ|Tokido, YHC-Mochi, NISHIKIN, RZR|Itabashi Zangief, BE|Nemo, FGC|EX Pugera, YBK|Santarouman, HORI|Sako, FGC|Ooitajin, KojiKOG, Katakana de Aoki, Akutagawa, Ninomae, Sasaki and Yossan, respectively.

The top 4 places in Topanga B League will advance directly to the A League, while places #5 and #6 will square off against last year's 7th and 8th places in A League, RZR|Fuudo and Dashio, in a second round robin event for the final two A League spots, meaning that both RZR|Fuudo and Dashio are in danger of being removed from this year's A League.

Hit the jump to follow along with current standings of the Topanga B League in its 4th year running.

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'I think I can beat everyone at the Capcom Cup' - Snake Eyez on winning majors, the Capcom Pro Tour, and arguing with Marq Teddy

Hello avid EventHubs users! Velociraptor here with a one on one interview with The Fall Classic 2014 USF4 victor, Snake Eyez.

Snake was kind enough to give us about 10 minutes of his time to answer a few questions about his approach to the game, facing off against some of the best competitors in the world at TFC and about qualifying for the Capcom Cup in December.

Oh... and I snuck a question in there about why exactly he feels that Guy vs Zangief is 5-5... you're welcome.

Click the jump to see the video.

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Resistance 3 streaming live from Stratford, Connecticut - K-Brad, Dieminion, Smug, Sanford Kelly, RayRay, DaFeetLee, Flux, and more

Resistance 3 is currently streaming live from Stratford, Connecticut. Team Spooky's own Arturo "Sabin" Sanchez is handling the broadcast this weekend, and we can expect to see some great fighting game action.

Games being played here include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Killer Instinct, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Project M, and more. You can expect to see players such as K-Brad, SteamCo|Sanford Kelly, Dieminion, PIE|Smug, CTRL|RayRay, CTRL|Flux, DaFeetLee, and more in attendance.

This tournament is the final Capcom Pro Tour ranking event to take place in the US, so be sure to tune in to catch all of the action.

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Become a Lucina master: Smash and Grab covers tactics, kill moves, set ups and more in this Smash Bros 3DS tutorial

Smash and Grab has just released a detailed character breakdown video for Lucina. There are three segments that they specifically focus on including her combos, kill moves and neutral game.

We were especially impressed with the level of detail the video goes into. For example, it offers a chart depicting locations on the stage vs. health percentage needed for a forward smash kill on Robin.

Specifics like this accompanied by real-time game play footage makes for a very informative and easy-to-learn-from tutorial.

Hit the jump and start learning Lucina now!

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'Exploding heads, skin flaying, body horror... it's gonna be great' - writer Shawn Kittlesen discusses his upcoming Mortal Kombat X comic

Die hard Mortal Kombat fans are getting riled up as news about the upcoming MKX comic continues to develop.

In an interview with Comic Vine MKX writer Shawn Kittlesen discusses some of the ins and outs of the upcoming series. In the video, Kittlesen notes that there is a full 25 years worth of storyline from the original Mortal Kombat game to where things currently stand in the MK universe.

Combine this with the facts that there are multiple realms and dozens of characters and you have a very, very deep well of potential. Kittlesen also seems very adamant about the fact that this will be the "Comic that Mortal Kombat fans deserve" in regards to the attention to detail he is taking while writing.

Hit the jump for the video.

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Ken's lethal U2 option select leaves a cornered El Fuerte nearly defenseless - learn how to stop the luchador in this USF4 tutorial

El Fuerte received a number of buffs in Ultra Street Fighter 4, and with FGC|Pepeday showing just how lethal the character can be in the latest update, players may be looking for some new tech to defeat the masked, Mexican wrestler.

Luckily, ShoryuSengan has created a video that does exactly that -- demonstrates how to stop El Fuerte in his tracks.

This video focuses on Ken's options in this particular match-up, and showcases a number of high-level techniques that'll surely come in handy when up against Fuerte. Included here, you'll find low-profile evades, triple option selects, punishes for blocked Quesadilla Bombs, and even a corner setup that leaves the luchador nearly defenseless (if he doesn't have Ultra).

Although these techniques are being performed by Mr. Masters, some of this is applicable to other characters on the roster.

Check out the ways to stop El Fuerte below.

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