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Team Ninja announces Dead or Alive 5: Last Round release date, DLC and the return of an old fan favorite from DOA2

It's official, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round will launch early next year on February 17th in North America. Europe will have to wait a few days until the 20th to get their hands on the game.

In the midst of the birth of the new console generation, Team Ninja has decided to support both old and new and has included versions for Xbox One, Playstation 4, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. The next-gen versions will cost $39.99 while the other two will be $29.99.

Koei Tecmo also revealed that “The Crimson,” one of the most popular stages from DOA2, will make a return in Last Round.

Here we have a few screen shots.

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Click the jump to see more shots as well as some game play footage.

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Ryu's nifty new parry and Dhalsim's invincible chop attack: An intro to USF4 Omega mode changes ft. Ken, E. Honda, Chun-Li, Blanka, Zangief, and Guile

ComboFiend over on Capcom Unity has shared a glimpse at some of the changes set to appear in Ultra Street Fighter 4's Omega Mode.

Tonight we learn about some of the alterations being made to the original 8 world warriors. There are a number of wacky tweaks set to debut when Omega Mode drops, and this writer would be lying if he said he wasn't excited to test them all out.

Below are a couple of changes explained by ComboFiend himself.


Hanagashi: Forward + HP + HK to activate damage-nullifying armor.

Some of you will get it just by looking at the screenshot, but this is pretty close to the parry system from SFIII.

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While the move is active and after absorbing an attack, Ryu can use EX meter to deliver a follow-up strike. This gives him another form of defense in addition to the Focus Attack and is sure to completely change up his footsie approach!

Hit the jump to read about more of Ryu's changes, along with Dhalsim's invincible chop attack.

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Mewtwo revealed as playable for owners of both Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS, will be added as free DLC in Spring 2015

It has been officially announced that Mewtwo is set to appear as a playable character in Super Smash Bros. Wii U / 3DS.

He will be given out to those who own both copies of the game, and can be obtained by way of free download.

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Mewtwo will drop in Spring of 2015.

The Runback 4.1 live stream - special PushaTee edition ft. Killer Instinct

The Runback 4.1 live stream - special PushaTee edition ft. Killer Instinct The Level|Up Twitch stream has gone live, and tonight on The Runback, we're about to see some great fighting game action from Super Arcade.

Tonight the folks over at Super Dojo will be running a special edition of TRB in honor of PushaTee. According to their official Twitter page, the only game being played on stream tonight is Killer Instinct.

You can follow along with all of the action by checking out the brackets over on Level|Up's Challonge page. Last week's results can be found here.

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Super Smash Wii U will support 5, 6, and even 8 player battles; Ridley to appear in Metroid themed stage, participates in match

During the Nintendo Direct broadcast, it was announced that Super Smash Bros. on the Wii U will feature the option to play matches with more than four players, a series first.

The broadcast showed 5 and 6 characters battling on screen simultaneously.

Additionally, a new mode is set to appear in the console version that will allow up to 8 players competing at once. This will be a special mode, and can not be played online.

To compensate for the increased number of players, Nintendo has revealed that there will also be selectable stages that are much larger than the standard back-drops.

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Updated: Nintendo Direct - Super Smash Bros. for Wii U: 50-fact extravaganza archive

Updated: A YouTube upload of the stream archive has been added to this story.

Earlier:A special edition of the Nintendo Direct stream is taking place today that will focus mainly on Super Smash Bros. Wii U.

If you're looking to get new information on the upcoming Smash title, Nintendo promises that this broadcast will reveal 50 facts about the console version of the game.

You can catch the live stream below, and the show will begin shortly.

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Adon gets in The Axe Murderer's face, Brock Lesnar and Zangief stare down: MMA vs. Street Fighter dream match-ups in this 'Rockwell' style artwork

Have you ever wanted to see former UFC Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar use his wrestling skills against Street Fighter's Russian grappler, Zangief? Or perhaps you've dreamt of Adon and Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva going toe-to-toe in a Muay Thai fight to the finish.

For a fighting game/MMA fan such as myself, these are battles that I wish could play out in some way, shape, or form. Luckily, an artist by the name of Bryan Lee has also envisioned these fantasy match-ups and created a set of striking art pieces to properly portray them.

As the added cherry on top, this artwork exudes a beautiful style that is quite clearly influenced by the work of 20th-century painter, Norman Rockwell.

Check out each art piece below, and any of you fight fans out there, please feel free to tell us which MMA vs. SF match-up you'd most like to see!

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You can find even more amazing artwork over on Bryan Lee's portfolio.

Via Fightland. Submitted by Peter_Pain.

Next Level Battle Circuit #93 results ft. Dieminion, Sanford Kelly, Smug, Shine, and more

Next Level Battle Circuit #93 results ft. Dieminion, Sanford Kelly, Smug, Shine, and more Updated: Results and a stream archive have been added to this story.

Earlier: It's Wednesday night, 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 Under Night In-Birth EXE:Late, if there are enough entrants.

Brackets are available on The Next Level Challonge site, and results for last week's tournament are posted here.

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Desk is back with a new combo video showcasing El Fuerte landing 26 extremely difficult hits, includes trailer of new CMV for USF4

Desk, the mastermind behind some of the most difficult to perform combos in Street Fighter 4, has put his hands to the test with El Fuerte. This time, however, he has also included up to the second notation of every single attack and motion his hands make. This coincides with him recording his stick, so you are welcome to imitate everything he does if you can.

Check out the video below to see Desk work his magic.

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Yoga Tauntastrophe! Dhalsim's taunt works as a novel mixup tool in Ultra Street Fighter 4

It was always amazing in Third Strike how every taunt had some minor purpose. Sure, some were obviously more effective than others, but it felt oddly satisfying to have that extra, unique move. With Ultra Street Fighter 4, we've seen the return of a select few taunts being useful. For example, Dudley's rose is back as a corner pressure tool to help with mixups on knockdown. Dan's taunt builds meter and changes his air trajectory.

But in a surprising twist, Dhalsim can use his taunt as a mixup tool in Ultra Street Fighter 4. In the video, by activating his taunt in close range to Blanka, Dhalsim stretches into the air and leans over his opponent only to teleport to the other side before attacking. While it's certainly shocking to see, the usefulness of the trick will will likely decrease as more people see it done.

The question to its longevity is if it can be ambiguous with a slight change in Dhalsim's positioning making it difficult to tell which side he'll land on. Nonetheless, this could be the perfect way to clinch a close match with someone unfamiliar with the trick.

Check out the short video below to see it in action.

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Battle of the nontraditional grapplers! Pepeday's El Fuerte squares off against Shiro's Abel in this exciting FT10

FGC|Pepeday has been making quite the stir both in his home country of Japan and internationally. Being publicly funded by the fighting game community to fly out to the Fall Classic where he managed an admirable fifth place, the El Fuerte player has gained massive notoriety for his achievements with a relatively underplayed, nontraditional grappler.

However, this morning, FGC|Pepeday put his wrestler to the test against Shiro's Abel. Both characters are interesting variations or hybrids of Street Fighter's traditional grappler mold, so it'll be exciting to see who comes out on top when both get inside their optimal ranges or score a knockdown.

Also, this stream features dual commentary in both English and Japanese. Simply follow the instructions in the video to get the language of your choice.

Watch the archive below to get started on this exciting first to ten set in Ultra Street Fighter 4. The action begins around the 32 minutes mark.

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Daigo vs. Xian 'Omega Edition' Ultra Street Fighter 4 exhibition match, Capcom Pro Tour Asia Finals match schedule at GameStart 2014

Update 2: The Capcom Pro Tour Asia Finals match schedule (4th image) have been updated. As previously some players had as many as five matches in one day, a number of the matches have been shifted.

Update: We've added the full match schedules for the Capcom Pro Tour Asia Finals to this story. Find out what times your favorite players will be up on stream in the 4th image below.

MCZ|Daigo and RZR|Xian are amongst the eight finalists who will compete in the Capcom Pro Tour Asia finals at the GameStart 2014 convention in Singapore this coming Saturday and Sunday -- but that won't be the only occasion where we'll get to see the two former EVO Street Fighter champs play against one another.

Capcom, in conjunction with Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong (Singapore branch), will also be holding an "Ultra Street Fighter 4 Showcase & Challenge with Ono Yoshinori and MCZ|Daigo Umehara" on October 25 at 12AM PST (3AM EST, 3PM Singapore time) at the GameStart 2014 main stage, and EventHubs has learned through our sources that an MCZ|Daigo vs. RZR|Xian exhibition match on Ultra Street Fighter 4 Omega Edition will take place during the segment.

Apart from Capcom's USF4 stage program and the Capcom Pro Tour Asia finals, an entire slew of activities will be held at GameStart 2014, including a Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- 3on3 team tournament (the game will also be playable at the venue) and meet-the-producer stage segments with SCE Japan Studio's Masaaki Yamagiwa (Bloodborne) and Junichi Yoshizawa (Freedom Wars). Check out the full program schedule below.

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Wednesday Night Fights 4.1 results ft. K-Brad, Snake Eyez, Chris G, Viscant and Low... Tier.... GOD

Wednesday Night Fights 4.1 results ft. K-Brad, Snake Eyez, Chris G, Viscant and Low... Tier.... GOD Updated: Results and a stream archive have been added to this story.

Earlier: It's Wednesday night once again and Level|Up is bringing us more fighting game action. Tonight, the LU crew returns to Super Arcade in Walnut, California, to begin season 4 of WNF.

It's Wednesday night once again and Level|Up is bringing us more fighting game action. Tonight, the LU crew returns to Super Arcade in Walnut, California, and continues their 3rd season of the event.

This week is starting out a little bit different as Level Up is kicking things off with a grudge match between Low Tier God and BT|Viscant in a first to 10.

Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will be played tonight if there are enough entrants for each game.

Challonge brackets are posted here, and you can find last week's results here.

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801 Strider's tier rankings for Abel in Ultra Street Fighter 4

Tonight we add to our collection of Ultra Street Fighter 4 tier rankings a list for Abel. This isn't just Joe Shmoe's tier list, however; this one comes to us courtesy of 801 Strider.

Strider has been on the tournament scene for quite some time now, and you may have seen him most recently compete at The Fall Classic at which he placed in the top 8, and even made our highlight story for his sick whiff punishes against YBK|Jayce The Ace.

The Abel player feels that the character's good/bad match-ups fall fairly close in numbers: voting 16 favorable and 14 unfavorable. The remaining 13 characters fall under the 5-5 category. But which characters fall under what category? Click the image below to find out.

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You can find even more top-notch players' tier rankings after the jump.

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GamerBee, Ryan Hart, and HooDaMan share their greatest losses, victories, favorite games, and more in the Pro Tour's latest spotlights

Capcom Fighters returns with another great set of Pro Tour player spotlights for your viewing pleasure. This time around, AVM|GamerBee, DIG|Ryan Hart, and pH|Hoodaman sit down to talk about their greatest losses, favorite Capcom fighting games, and more.

In GamerBee's video he recalls his greatest loss -- his defeat at the hand of Infiltration during the EVO 2012 Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012 grand finals. "I didn't expect Infiltration to be so dominating," GamerBee said. "He did everything right."

On the other side of the coin, HooDaMan reveals that beating EG|Justin Wong in a FT5 online set was his greatest victory, and despite how great Ryan Hart is in the SF4 series, he still feel Street Fighter 3 Third Strike is his favorite game.

Catch all that and more in the videos below.

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