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Force choke vs foot dive, watch Darth Vader take on Dr. Doom in the latest DEATH BATTLE!

Both known as tyrannical powerhouses in their respective universes, Victor Von Doom and Darth Vader meet up for a deadly clash in the most recent episode of DEATH BATTLE!

Dr. Doom, known in the fighting game world as one of the most popularly-used characters in Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, is a Marvel super villain known for his manipulation of both science and magic to pose major threats to the strongest characters in the Marvel multiverse.

Darth Vader, starring in Soul Caliber IV, is one of the most recognizable, and feared, names of the sci-fi genre. Today's DEATH BATTLE! pits these two suit-clad super baddies in a fight to the finish.

Here are a few specs for both Vader and Doom:

Darth Vs Doom image #1 Darth Vs Doom image #2
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Four custom moves for each special? - Sakurai reveals his original business proposal for Smash 4

The fine folks at Source Gaming have had their hands full recently, as Masahiro Sakurai (The director of the Smash Bros. series) has recently released two anthologies detailing the development process of Smash 4, and all the ins and outs of his work.

A lot of fascinating details about his methodology of game development, and things that were in the game but cut shortly after in the development process, are being uncovered constantly. Most recently, they have translated his original powerpoint presentation business proposal for the game, apparently made shortly after the release of Kid Icarus: Uprising in 2012.

Hit the jump to check out the actual slides, and some more details.

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'I'm here to body Xbox Live!' - Xian joins Gootecks and Mike Ross for episode 71 of Excellent Adventures

Yet another episode of Excellent Adventures comes to us, with Mike Ross and Gootecks being joined by RZR|Xian. They share a ton of friendly banter while playing their typical matches against opponents, with golden moments like Xian claiming he can be fancy, or "mash like Americans do".

This episode is full of fun, high level gameplay and fantastic conversation about competitive Street Fighter, and Street Fighter 4 in general. There's also another golden moment of Mike Ross trying to battle through heavy lag, while absolutely refusing to quit. This episode is certainly one you wouldn't want to miss, with a ton of moments that make you laugh out loud in true "Excellent Adventures" fashion. Also included is a teaser for their upcoming episodes, already available on their website, featuring EG|Ricki Ortiz, and EG|K-Brad.

Hit the jump to check out the episode in full.

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Double KO compilation ft. Justin Wong, Gootecks, Smug, Pepeday, and more shows one of the rarest moments in competition

Though it is incredibly rare, Youtube user The BEAST has made a compilation of Double KOs in high level Street Fighter 4 tournament play from all manner of events, making for an excellent piece of footage for anyone looking for some excitement.

Said footage showcases players such as Kazunoko, Liquid|NuckleDu, EG|Justin Wong, PIE|Smug, EG|PR Balrog, MCZ|Tokido, and many others landing themselves in double KO situations, making for some awe-inspiring plays and quick decisions. Double KOs have brought glory, disappointment, and endless excitement throughout the years, and they live up to that standard still in this montage.

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FC Return live stream ft. ZeRo, Armada, Leffen, Hungrybox, Westballz, Zhu, MacD, Nintendude and more

Main purpose of Street Fighter 5's beta is to test out online infrastructure; Sony key in assisting with cross platform play

This weekend, the Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. for Wii U tournament FC Return is taking place in South Bend, Indiana.

Among others, you can expect to see ZeRo, Alliance|Armada, TSM|Leffen, Liquid|Hungrybox, Tempo|Westballz, Zhu, MacD and Nintendude compete at this event.

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Yoshinori Ono teases preparations for San Diego Comic-Con - What will we hear about Street Fighter 5 next?

Though we already know about Capcom's general plan for San Diego Comic-Con, and that Ono will be there to talk about something Street Fighter 5 related, he has once more decided to hit Twitter to tease his inevitable showcase.

The preparations he's describing are undoubtedly related to Street Fighter 5, so the question remains, what exactly will we hear about? This Tweet is much less hinting than his usual fair, nor is it really misleading in any way. Here's the Tweet in question:

What do you make of it? What are you hoping to see for Street Fighter 5 this coming weekend? Sound off in the comments.

Tip submitted by SnakeX, Image credit goes to vsftv

Source: Yoshinori Ono's Twitter page

No balance patches currently planned for Ultra Street Fighter 4, blood and gore will likely prevent a crossover with Mortal Kombat

No balance patches currently planned for Ultra Street Fighter 4, blood and gore will likely prevent a crossover with Mortal Kombat

Rounding out our discussion with Capcom at E3 2015, we asked if there were any plans for additional Ultra Street Fighter 4 balance patches.

"At this moment in time, there isn't any," Peter 'Combofiend' Rosas told us.

"The possibility may exist after Capcom Cup, but right now we're fine with the balance," he continued.

Capcom added that this is the most balanced version of Street Fighter 4 that has ever existed.

"It's really hard to tweak a game that the community has told us is the most balanced," Rosas said.

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Do Ingrid and Bison share a trait that hints at the storyline of Street Fighter 5? BornFree hits the Udon Street Fighter Encyclopedia for answers

BornFree has grabbed hold of our attention in recent months having come out with some interesting speculations regarding the character roster in the upcoming Street Fighter 5. Whether these theories hold any truth remains to be seen, but the YouTuber is back with yet another speculation today.

This time around he's not predicting any future cast members, but rather putting Udon's Street Fighter Encyclopedia under the microscope to see if it has any information about SF5.

Long time Street Fighter fans were rather shocked at Birdie's new appearance in SF5 as the "headbut happy glutton," with emphasis on the glutton part. Birdie's profound physical change has been a popular subject for discussion in many circles.

Udon's Street Fighter Encyclopedia, which was published back in February, and no doubt written well before it hit shelves, notes one of Birdie's special abilities as "gluttony." This leads us to believe that perhaps the creators at Udon were privy to some foreknowledge about SF5.

If so, Born's observations about Ingrid and Bison may hold some truth as well. You can see just what we're talking about in the video after the jump.

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'They have the ambition of making sure that the PlayStation 4 is the home of fighting games' - Combofiend on Capcom's growing relationship with Sony

On Thursday's PlayStation Blogcast, Capcom's Peter "Combofiend" Rosas sat down and briefly discussed Capcom's recently strengthened union with Sony stating, "The relationship with Sony is fantastic, and it’s so much more than a co-marketing deal. They really share the same vision for where we would like to take the fighting game space over time...”

Listening to Combofiend, it seems as though Sony's goal here may be to envelope the fighting game genre. While there are other notable titles out there that don't have PlayStation exclusivity, Killer Instinct, Mortal Kombat X, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, claiming SF5 is a major step toward becoming the face of fighters.

Rosas continues, “Sony have been great partners, they have the ambition of making sure that the PlayStation 4 is the home of fighting games, and we’re there to support them, and it’s a wonderful collaboration between both our companies.”

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TOPANGA Charity Cup 5 results ft. Daigo, Momochi, NEMO, Mago, Bonchan, Kazunoko, Tokido and many more

With over 1,100 people in the tournament itself, the fifth TOPANAGA Charity Cup was held today in Japan. Notable players including MCZ|Daigo Umehara, MCZ|Mago, EG|Momochi, RZR|Xian, Bonchan, RZR|Fuudo, Poongko, FA|Ryan Hart, EG|Justin Wong, Kazunoko, BT|NEMO, MCZ|Tokido, HORI|Sako and quite a few others participated in the 5v5 team event.

This time around, players weren't fighting for Pro Tour points or even a prize pool. All entry fees and contributions were donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society. The tournament played out on Niconico Live, so it was not as readily available to viewers accustomed to using Twitch.

You can hit the jump below to see the tournament results.

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July 7th release roundup - Yatagarasu, Skullgirls 2nd Encore, and Battle Fantasia Revised Edition all coming on July 7th

July 7th is looking to be a big day for certain fighting game lovers, with the long awaited Yatagarasu: Attack on Cataclysm finally arriving on Steam. Skullgirls 2nd Encore, a complete collection of all the game has had to offer as a finalized edition, is also hitting the PS4 and Vita on that day.

Although Ark System Works had been teasing a Steam game of some kind, they recently revealed that said game would be a remade edition of Battle Fantasia, also hitting the Steam store on July 7th.

Hit the jump for details on all three of these titles, and what they offer.

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Limited edition Mortal Kombat X themed Xbox One available at San Diego Comic-Con

For anyone going to San Diego Comic Con, Ed Boon announced on Twitter yesterday morning that fans of Mortal Kombat should stop by the Xbox lounge.

At the Xbox lounge, a giveaway will be held for a limited edition Xbox One, featuring art of the Predator on the top and front of the case. It's an awesome looking console, and any fans should be sure to check it out. Here's the tweet in question, with a high quality picture of the console case itself.


Source: Ed Boon's Twitter page

Fully realize the Monado's power with Smash and Grab's latest Smash Bros. for Wii U character breakdown

Adding to the list of high quality explanatory videos that Smash and Grab produces, their latest video goes over a largely under-utilized character in Smash Bros. 4, Shulk.

The star of Xenoblade Chronicles has many tools and complicated mechanics at his disposal, and this breakdown video does a superb job of highlighting all of the things this character has to offer, how to go about using these tools, and what every Shulk player should keep in mind. It's a useful video for anyone who's either experienced with him already, or looking to learn more.

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r/Kappa Salty Suite footage from CEO 2015 - Watch EX Pugera, Alex Myers, Sabin, FourWude, and more show off their skills

The r/Kappa Salty Suite matches from CEO 2015 has finally been uploaded to Youtube, giving us even more fantastic gameplay footage to indulge in from the event.

This Ultra Street Fighter 4 footage contains heavy hitters such as Alex Myers, EX Pugera, TS|Sabin, FourWude, and more trading blows in some really entertaining exhibition matches.

Hit the jump to check out some of the footage.

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Capcom handling PC version of Street Fighter 5, parity with PS4 is crucial - Dahlgren shares thoughts on EventHubs community

Capcom handling PC version of Street Fighter 5, parity with PS4 is crucial - Dahlgren shares thoughts on EventHubs community

One of the questions that often surfaced from our readers is who would be handling the PC version of Street Fighter 5. As it turns out, Capcom is handling it themselves, as one of the things they're stressing is parity between the two platforms.

"The PC version of SF5 is being developed internally," said Capcom's Matt Dahlgren.

"We have to have parity between the PC and PlayStation 4 version, for cross platform play to work, so they will be coming out simultaneously and developed by the same dev team," he said.

Fans also wondered if they were plans for an arcade release of SF5, but Capcom's answer was a succinct "No."

I asked about the mature rating Street Fighter 5 received in a few places, but Capcom said it's going to be a teen rating when it is released, although the game hadn't been rated by the ESRB, yet.

"We're not going to have Street Fighter as a mature franchise, it's meant to be all encompassing and inviting to players of all types, so the mature rating was just an error," noted Dahlgren.

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