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Smash Bros. creator speaks about Satoru Iwata's funeral

On July 16th and 17th, the wake and funeral of former Nintendo president Satoru Iwata took place. Among those in attendance was close friend / coworker Masahiro Sakurai -- the creator of the Super Smash Bros. franchise.

After his previous entry about Mr. Iwata, Sakurai returned to his column in Weekly Famitsu this week to share his experience. “Normally at a place like this, one’s eyes go to the photo [of the deceased]. The smiling face of Mr. Iwata surrounded by flowers was a very nice picture,” Sakurai said, according to Kotaku's translation.

One of the few seats at the funeral reserved specifically for close friends of Mr. Iwata was given to Sakurai. Despite the lovely picture of Iwata on display, Mr. Sakurai states that he couldn't bring himself to look away from the casket.

“Inside there was the still body of Mr. Iwata. He was probably dressed in traditional white funeral garb, his glasses removed, and his nose stuffed [with cotton]. And today, his body was going to be burned and reduced to nothing. Mr. Iwata would no longer exist in this world,” Sakurai wrote.

After the final ritual at the ceremony -- an offering of incense -- guests began heading home. Sakurai notes that he decided to stay, however, as this would be the last time he'd be able to spend with his friend. "I wanted to remain there as long as I could," he says.

You'll find Sakurai's closing words after the jump.

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Cosplay contest, free stuff and a top-level player tournament - Dead or Alive Festival kicks off in Tokyo, Japan tomorrow

This weekend, a very special event is being hosted in Tokyo, Japan.

The Dead or Alive Festival will be kicking off, and it features a multitude of special treats, including a cosplay contest, the presence of current Dead or Alive series producer and the head of Team Ninja Yosuke Hayashi, a tournament with 8 of the best Dead or Alive 5: Last Round players the world has to offer, including voted-in American champions MC Kwiggle and XCalibur Bladez, as well as a pre-tournament where people can qualify for the last 3 spots in the main event.

Also, there's a special announcement scheduled at the end of the event.

This is a one-day event, and it's going to be jam-packed with awesome stuff for any Dead or Alive fan, so make sure to tune in for it. You can catch all of the action on Team Ninja's YouTube stream.

After the jump, you can find an official trailer as well as a detailed schedule of happenings at the event.

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Mario throws fireballs, a pokèball, and the middle finger - a first-person, real-life take on Super Smash Bros.

Super Smash Bros. is a fighting game that is played on a 2D stage with 3D character models, but what if the game were played in virtually reality?

The folks over at SoKrispyMedia put together a video showing what it would be like to play Super Smash Bros. in VR. Instead of video game graphics, however, this take on Smash is played out in our world (in a first-person view) with real life actors.

We get to see Mario do battle against Link complete with fireballs and arrows flying everywhere. Additionally, Mario fires off a hand gesture that's a little uncharacteristic, but hey, there are no rules of real-life Smash.

Of the many fan-made short films we've seen, this is definitely an interesting one. The effects look awesome, and it's pretty funny to see the player flailing his arms around with a VR headset on while Mario actually performs some epic maneuvers.

Hit the jump to check out the video.

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'We want to tie [frame buffering] to just combos' - Combofiend mentions the possibility of in-game frame data, and more in Street Fighter 5

Just after EVO 2015's conclusion, The Daily Dot crew conducted an interview with none other than Peter "Combofiend" Rosas, discussing many details surrounding Street Fighter 5 and it's development. We've decided to revisit this interview for the wealth of information it holds.

One of the many interesting tidbits held within was the possibility of frame data being included in training mode as a learning tool for players to experiment with.

When asked, Combofiend responded, "we're looking into that. I know it's a request for [hardcore] fans, and they've wanted it for a while...I'll have to speak to the development team about that."

Hit the jump for more from the interview, including frame buffering, ease of use concerns, and more details surrounding the beta phases.

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Bracket Reset #29 results ft. Problem X, Andreas, Hurricane237, Isam, RMZ, Flawless Deku, Ninja Shakz, Packz, Afii, Jester Power and more

Bracket Reset #29 results ft. Problem X, Andreas, Hurricane237, Isam, RMZ, Flawless Deku, Ninja Shakz, Packz, Afii, Jester Power and more Update: This story has been updated with final results and a stream archive.

This week, Bracket Reset #29 is taking place in London, United Kingdom.

As usual, Ultra Street Fighter 4 is the game of choice, and you can expect to see players like KIG|Problem X, WSO|Deku Andreas, BTM|Hurricane237, UM|Isam, UM|RMZ, Flawless Deku, ECO|Ninja Shakz, Packz, Afii, IND|Jester Power and more.

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Doopliss shows off combos, Sergey finds a cross-under reset - Early Rising Thunder alpha footage gives new meaning to tech

Even though people just got alpha access to Rising Thunder, an upcoming PC fighting game headed by Seth Killian and taking a free to play, simple controls approach, it would seem that people are already getting to work figuring out the game's ins and outs.

Doopliss has created a great combo video showing off the game, and each character's potential. It would seem that despite the simplified control approach the game has a lot to offer in terms of tech and combo goodness.

Sergey also adds to this with a 60% reset as the character Edge, utilizing a dash under set up unique to him.

Hit the jump to check out the footage.

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'There are a lot of knee jerk reactions to high damage output...' - The Daily Dot interviews Alex Valle about Street Fighter 5

The Daily Dot, an online publication, has had quite the interesting discussion during an episode of The Loadout, their weekly show in which they review the week's news in Esports.

In this episode, they interviewed Alex Valle and questioned him in detail concerning Street Fighter 5, the beta, and his thoughts on where players are at in the transition between SF4 and SF5. Also interviewed is Arturo Sanchez concering the EVO salty suite, it's organization, the FGC's penchant for side projects at events, and more.

Both interviews are quite fascinating, with the Valle interview covering all manner of topics including damage differences, how Street Fighter 5 harkens back to older fighting games, Valle's fighting game mentality in matches, and more.

Hit the jump to check out the episode.

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Anti-air combos, huge damage, and a lot of links - Ryu, Birdie, and Nash show off in this Street Fighter 5 combo video roundup

With the last beta tapering off due to server complications, people have still spent this week pouring over their footage and uploading what they've found for the rest of us to see.

Today, we three combo videos all showcasing different things. GranTokodai shows us more examples of Birdie's monstrous potential, MasterLee gives us an extensive look at Ryu's possibilities, and SitverGold brings a unique take on Nash combos all performed from anti-airs.

With the beta coming back up at a later date, these videos help curb the appetite for more Street Fighter 5 goodness.

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Super Smash Bros. 4 update to hit on July 31st; will add tournament mode, replay uploading, new stages and more

Updated: Images added for more announced Mii costumes, being Flying Man, Lloyd Irving, and a bear.

The official Japanese Super Smash Bros. Twitter account released a series of tweets earlier this morning detailing a new update set to hit the fourth installment of the game in two days.

According to the translated tweets, Super Smash Bros. 4's next patch will add a tournament mode, replay uploading, and make available new DLC. This new content includes various costumes for Mii Fighters and two new stages: Peach's Castle 64 and Hyrule Castle 64. Both classic stages will be available for purchase on one console for 250 yen (about $2 USD) and 350 yen (about $3 USD) on both consoles.

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Great tech chases, awesome combos, and more - Plup puts on a show in this EVO 2015 Melee highlight reel

Though Super Smash Bros. Melee made waves this year at Evo, with the second highest total peak viewers, players within that very same community took the chance to make waves themselves, putting on quite a show.

One of these players has been on the rise for a while, PG|Plup, popular for utilizing a killer Samus and supplementing the character with a pocket Sheik.

In this highlight reel, watch his impeccable spacing, fantastic conversions, and some awesome tech chases in one of his most impressive showings to date at EVO 2015.

Hit the jump to check it out.

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WWE superstar Austin Creed claims his first Street Fighter 5 victory in episode two of 'The Beta Adventures'

Gootecks and Mike Ross are back with their second installment of The Beta Adventures featuring none other than WWE superstar Austin Creed.

In the previous episode, our heroes taught their guest the basics of footsies and spacing. This time around, the lesson is how to dole out the damage, something the WWE star is all too familiar with .

Gootecks and Mike quickly leave their mark, as Creed goes from timid and nervous to excitedly calling out scrubs for their poor connections and bad decisions.

Creed also makes his own cut of the adventures for his channel, UpUpDownDown. You can see both videos after the jump.

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Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax announced for North America, South America and Europe

Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax, the upcoming fighting game based on the popular Dengeki Bunko light novels, will officially drop on October 6th in North America, South America, and Europe.

This is a 2D crossover anime fighting game featuring popular characters from Japanese novels published under the Dengeki Bunko label. The game will be available on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, though Europen players will only have access to the digital version.

The North and South American versions will have a special launch edition that includes a bonus edition soundtrack CD from notable Sega composers. Below are a few beautiful screen shots:

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You can check out the announcement trailer after the jump.

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Next Level Battle Circuit #132 live stream ft. Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Mortal Kombat X

Next Level Battle Circuit #132 live stream ft. Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Mortal Kombat X Update: It seems that Spooky is under the weather, so there may not be a stream for this week's tournament. Should they begin streaming, we'll update via Twitter.

It's Wednesday once again, so it's time for some great fighting game action from The Next Level in Brooklyn, New York.

The games being played tonight include Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Mortal Kombat X.

Brackets are available on The Next Level Challonge site. Hit the jump below to see the live stream.

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ZeRo on his way to sponsorship with Team SoloMid?

While it hasn't been officially announced yet, rumors have been spreading about Gonzalo “ZeRo” Barrios, perhaps currently the best Smash 4 player on the planet, joining Team SoloMid.

According to Daily Dot, "sources close to the player and organization" say that ZeRo will be jumping on board with Team SoloMid some time in the coming weeks.

With first place victories in Smash 4 at both EVO and CEO this year, it's almost a wonder that ZeRo has spent any time at all without a sponsor's prefix before to his name.

Should these rumors turn out to be true, ZeRo will be joining Melee player TSM|Leffen as the second fighting game player to be sponsored by TSM. Team SoloMid is known for their strong representation in Counter Strike, League of Legends, Hearthstone and Smite.

Thank you to LordAkira for the submission.

'Necalli: Soul Consuming Darkness' - check out the trading card and Vine for Street Fighter 5's first brand new character

Update: The Necalli Vine has been added to this story after the jump.

The official Street Fighter Twitter account continues their "trading card" image releases with Necalli -- Street Fighter 5's first brand new fighter.

Part 1 of the trading cards typically shows the evolution of the character throughout the series, however, since Necalli is a newcomer we instead get a handful of screenshots this time around.

We also learn that his Street Fighter 5 nickname seems to be "Soul Consuming Darkness."

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If the Twitter continues their pattern, we'll be seeing a Vine video with some fresh gameplay footage and facts about Necalli in the coming days. We will update our story once that is released.

Source: Street Fighter on Twitter.

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