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Footage of Gootecks playing R. Mika in Street Fighter 5 at PAX 2015

Any amount of footage of R. Mika is currently in high demand, and Gootecks has fortunately delivered. Cross Counter TV has released two videos of the Excellent Adventures co-star playing the newest addition to Street Fighter 5.

In the first video, you'll get to enjoy an R. Mika mirror match. This should provide plenty of information to study before she is hopefully put into one of the future beta tests. In the second, you can watch Gootecks's R. Mika face off against Vega among others, providing footage of another character many fans have wanted to see more of.

Check out both videos below.

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Summer Jam 9 live stream ft. NuckleDu, SonicFox, Snake Eyez, Smug, ChrisG, MC Kwiggle, XCaliburBladez, Dieminion, Problem X, HoneyBee, DaBuz and more

Update: This story is being updated with results as they occur.

This weekend's biggest multi-game event is Summer Jam 9, which features a whopping 16 fighting games that we'll be covering for you this weekend.

The games featured at the event include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat X, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, Under Night In-Birth: EXE Late, Killer Instinct, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, SoulCalibur 5, Skullgirls, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike and King of Fighters 13.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event, so Ultra Street Fighter 4 points are up for grabs, but it's also a qualifier for the Dead or Alive 5: Last Round Battle Royale, the finals of which are taking place at NEC in December of this year, so there's a lot at stake.

Also, a lot of high-level competitors are attending. You can expect to see Liquid|NuckleDu, cR|SonicFox, RB|Snake Eyez, PIE|Smug, Tempo|NYChrisG, MC Kwiggle, XCaliburBladez, YOMI|Dieminion, KIG|Problem X, EG|Ricki Ortiz, cR|HoneyBee, IQHQ|DaBuz, TS|LordKnight, YOMI|MIT, WFX|801 Strider, YOMI|ForeverKing, EG|K-Brad, MC Static, RZR|Perfect Legend, SweetRevenge, BX3|Phenom, TSC|IFC Yipes, DJ Nintendo, YOMI|Slayer, FF|ElvenShadow, The Moon, YOMI|REO, Master, Zhu, YOMI|DJT, CTRL|FLux, YOMI|Michaelangelo, KIT|Cloud805, EH|Velociraptor, CTRL|Unkn0wn, 6WX, Brentt, Julio, TS|NerdJosh, IQHQ|DKWill, UM|RMZ, Cactuar, PAG|Glitch, OG|Shine and more.

Streaming duties are being handled by Team Spooky, TS|Arturo Sanchez, KombatNetwork, KPB Live, Smash Studios and Nica_KO.

Hit the jump for the live streams and stream schedule.

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SCR Prelude 2 live stream ft. Jayce the Ace, Filipin0man, Alex Myers, Chris King, Tyrant, Miniboss, GutterMagic, and more

SCR Prelude 2 is taking place today in Anaheim, California. This one-day event is the second of two tournaments leading up to SoCal Regionals 2015.

Games being played today include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat X, Killer Instinct, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma, and Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax.

Jayce the Ace, Filipin0man, Alex Myers, WL|Chris King, HB|Tyrant, Miniboss, GutterMagic, and more will be competing, so be sure to tune in! You can find the brackets over on Level|Up's Challonge page.

You can find the live streams and schedule after the jump.

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Nadia Oxford at USGamer writes on why Street Fighter 5's R. Mika might be 'a force for women in games'

After R. Mika's announcement, it wouldn't have come as a shock to see a negative storm from critics marching under the banner of social justice as defined by Western geek culture.

And while there were certainly negative reactions and snarky remarks from certain blogs which will remain unnamed, the reaction from the female gamer I know best–my wife–contained nothing but enthusiasm (though it certainly helped that her love for R. Mika was already topped only by her obsession with Zangief).

Still, it came as a pleasant surprise when she sent me an article from USGamer by Nadia Oxford titled, "Street Fighter V's Rainbow Mika: A Force for Women in Games?"

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Alberta Beatdown 5 live stream ft. Nairo, Mr. R, Denti, BigD, Alphicans and more

There's a lot of action going on elsewhere this weekend, but Canada sure isn't sleeping, either. This weekend, we've got Alberta Beatdown 5 going on, with a heavy Super Smash Bros. Wii U presence, including top players such as Liquid|Nairo, LLL|Mr. R, TLOC|Denti, TEG|BigD, TEG|Alphicans and many more.

It's not all about Super Smash Bros. Wii U, though. The tournament's main lineup of games includes Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, Mortal Kombat X, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Project M as well. The event will also feature sid tournaments for Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-.

Streaming duties are being handled by Edmonton Gamers, SSB University and DasHype.

Hit the jump to check out the live streams and schedule for the event.

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VesperArcade releases detailed SFV tutorials with text annotations of almost every BnB, antiair, or punish you need for Chun-Li and Ryu

Throughout Street Fighter 5's development, VesperArcade has continued to be one of the most valuable resources on the web. He quickly discovered there would be no proximity normals in the game and made other early observations that would later be confirmed.

Now VesperArcade has decided to release some extremely well made tutorials for Ryu and Chun-Li. The other characters can be expected in the near future. Much like Bafael's excellent Ultra Street Fighter 4 tutorials, VesperArcade has even provided text annotations, so don't worry about having to jump through the video trying to remember a combo or option you saw but couldn't remember.

While other videos coming out claim to be tutorials but are really just edited match footage, VesperArcade's is exactly what the beta player ordered.

You can check out both videos below.

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Capcom Pro Tour Asia Hong Kong Qualifier results ft. Infiltration, Xiao Hai, Misse, Dakou, MOV, HumanBomb, Tonpy, Shirou, RB, Dark Jiewa and more

Updated: This story has been updated with final results.

Another week, another Capcom Pro Tour Asia qualifier.

This week, it's taking place in Hong Kong, and expected participants include Infiltration, Qanba|Xiao Hai, Misse, Qanba|Dakou, MOV, CCG|HumanBomb, Tonpy, YBK|Shirou, RZR|RB, Akimo, Dark Jiewa, Gonzales, Chuan, GL|Saunic and more.

This is a one-day event and features only Ultra Street Fighter 4, with streaming duties being handled by GameStartAsia. You can find everything you need for your viewing experience after the jump.

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'We’d like to make the transition as seamless as possible' - Capcom providing tournament organizers with PlayStation 4 consoles for Pro Tour

At EVO 2015 last month, Capcom announced that the remainder of the Capcom Pro Tour will be played on PlayStation 4. This means that all events on the tour would need to make the hardware switch, beginning with the US.

Summer Jam 9 is the first event on the Pro Tour to take place after the switch to PS4. Considering the fact that purchasing enough consoles / Ultra Street Fighter 4 software for a large-scale event such as SJ9 probably isn't cheap, we decided to reach out to Capcom to see if the company had plans to assist the tournament organizers with said switch.

Capcom's Director of Brand Marketing and eSports, Matt Dahlgren, and Associate Producer Peter "Combofiend" Rosas assured us that the company is indeed providing tournament organizers (TOs) with PlayStation 4 consoles that are pre-loaded with Ultra Street Fighter 4.

Additionally, Capcom is equipping events with fightsticks whenever possible.

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The world wide Street Fighter 5 beta is now live

Update: The Street Fighter 5 beta is now accessible on a global level. We should have access continuously for the next five days.

Earlier: Capcom's Community Manager, Peter "Combofiend" Rosas announced today that the Street Fighter 5 team is planning a world wide beta test.

For the first time ever, the entire world will have access to the beta at the same time, mimicking the atmosphere we'll see once the game is actually released.

This test will last continuously for five days, starting on August 28th at 4 p.m. PST ending on September 2nd at 7 a.m. PST. In his blog post, Combofiend states:

"Although we want you all to experience the awesomeness that is Street Fighter V during this time, please note that this is a beta and users may run into connectivity issues. This data is extremely helpful to us, as it will ensure that the final product will have the most optimal net code. In case there are issues, be sure to follow @SFVServer on Twitter for the latest updates on the status of the server."

Head over to Capcom Unity to view the full blog post. Thank you to Tactix555 and Rwolf for the submissions.

Mad Catz, Capcom, GAEMS team up to bring you Street Fighter 5... in a clothing store?

On August 29th, Capcom, Mad Catz, GAEMS and BAIT are putting on a special event of "fun, fashion and Street Fighter 5."

Street Fighter fans who find themselves in Seattle, and many will be as PAX will still be going on, are invited to come to the appropriately named BAIT clothing store on Pike street for a chance to participate in a collection of SF5 tournaments.

While there, attendees will be able to check out a collection of Street Fighter-inspired fashions from BAIT. Seeing as Capcom has the R. Mika build available this weekend at PAX, we assume she will also be available at this event. See the flyer below:

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Source: Capcom Unity.

R. Mika's Street Fighter 5 move list revealed

R. Mika's move list has been discovered floating around the PAX Prime floor, and we've managed to grab an image of it

Below you'll see the grappler's full move set. In step with Combofiend's claim at E3, none of her command grabs are 360 motions, but half circles instead.

Also, her V-Reversal is called "Peach Gator," but you can, and we all will, still call it "The Stunner."


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Image source: badatgames.

Mortal Kombat X on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 has been cancelled

Those hoping for an "old-gen" version of Mortal Kombat X will not be happy with today's news.

A community admin over on the WB Games forums made an official announcement earlier today, stating that the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game have been cancelled.

Below is the official statement.

After months of development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has come to the regrettable conclusion that we cannot release Mortal Kombat X for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Please know our teams worked diligently to meet the quality standards set by the current-gen versions of the game.

We were not able to get the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions to the quality expected of a Mortal Kombat game and are very sorry for not being able to deliver the products as originally planned.

The WB representative encourages those who pre-ordered the last-gen ports to visit their local retailer as they will be given a full refund for the product.

Source: WB Games. Sent in by nightmaresteam.

'She has all the tools to beat all the characters in the game' - Combofiend and Mike Ross show off SF5's R. Mika at PAX Prime

PAX Prime is underway, and for Street Fighter 5 fans, it's all about the game's newest addition, Rainbow Mika.

Capcom's Combofiend and Twitch's Mike Ross sit down for a session of play with what Combo deems as "Street Fighter 5's first full grappler."

Combofiend shows off some of Mika's moves in a real set, giving us something of a feel for the character. Below are a few sequences from their bout, showing off a special move, V-Skill and Critical Art:

Hit the jump below for their full session.

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'The Seven Colored Bomber' - Brush up on R.Mika's history with her all new Street Fighter 5 trading card

It's been 17 years since Street Fighter Alpha 3, and R. Mika's last appearance, but we're finally getting the big-bootied bomber back as a playable character.

Street Fighter's official Twitter has wasted no time in releasing Mika's Street Fighter 5 trading card. No doubt you've checked out Mika's most recent screen shots, but her trading card recalls her Alpha 3 days.


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Check back often as we'll be keeping an eye out for the animated version, which will undoubtedly be out soon.

First grounded wall bounce that allows for follow up attacks, V-Trigger that summons an assist, and more: Let's talk about R. Mika in SF5

Early this morning, R. Mika was announced in Street Fighter 5, and her reveal trailer was released unto the masses. We have since analyzed the footage and noticed a number of interesting tidbits about the high-flying wrestler.

Firstly, her appearance has no blatant changes from her Alpha 3 counterpart, aside from the removal of the hearts on her chest. Visually, she may be the least changed character of all the returning cast so far.

Mika's play-style seems to have changed drastically, though. In the trailer, we see a bevy of new attacks, throws, and an all new super (Critical Art). Her biggest play-style change is seen in her V-Trigger, which now makes her essentially play with an assist.

The first grounded wall bounce in SF5

One of the first things we see in the trailer is an Irish Whip throw that tosses the opponent into the wall. While we've seen wall bounce properties in Street Fighter 5 already, this is the first time we see one that keeps the opponent grounded and susceptible to a follow up attack.

In the GIF below, you can see that Mika follows up with what appears to be a crouching heavy kick. The aforementioned normal looks identical to her Street Fighter Alpha 3 cr. HK, and what leads us to believe that this is indeed a follow up and not just the ending animation of the throw is the small delay before the attack. If you look closely, it seems as though the Mika player manually hits down before executing the kick.

If this attack works as we suspect, this might mean Mika can throw the opponent into the wall, then continue with a full combo.


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