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B.E.A.S.T. 5 results ft. Mango, Armada, Leffen, Ice, Professor Pro, Android, Amsah, Jeapie, D1 and more

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, Europe's biggest Super Smash Bros. major is taking place in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Among the attendees, you can find two-time EVO champion C9|Mango, but also several of Europe's best including Alliance|Armada, Leffen, Ice, VwS|Professor Pro, Android, Amsah and LLL|Jeapie. The commentary, of course, will also be top-notch, with seasoned Smash expert D1 picking up the mic.

The tournament will feature Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. For Wii U and Project M. Streaming duties are being handled by VGBootCamp, VGBootCamp2 and Salty Playground.

Find all of the action right below.

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75% off The King of Fighters 13 Steam Edition this weekend, offer good till tomorrow

SNK Playmore's The King of Fighters 13 Steam Edition is 75% off on the Valve gaming service this weekend.

The offer is good until tomorrow, January 12 at 10AM PST. And 75% off is the deepest discount Steam has ever offered for the fighting game, and half the price of what it was previously offered at during the Steam Exploration Sale, which gave the game a 50% discount.


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So if you've been thinking about picking up the Steam version of KOF13 for sometime, there's no better time than now. Even if you already own the game for the PS3 or X360, it might be a good idea to pick up the Steam edition just to make sure that you'll always have easy access to a digital copy of KOF13 that can be downloaded to your gaming PC or laptop anytime.

Hit the jump to see a netcode review of KOF13 Steam Edition by TS|Arturo Sanchez, and a link to the weekend deal.

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Mega Man's Crash Bomber can double-KO off of certain throws in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U

This is more of a cool glitch rather than actual Mega Man tech: apparently in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/Nintendo 3DS, Mega Man's Crash Bomber (forward+B) can actually send both the blue bomber and his opponent into the KO blast zone when it detonates during the animation of certain throw moves.

Obviously, this does not work with every single throw in the game. Two examples that this does work on, as you'll see in CoolBoyCorporate's video below, are Kirby and Charizard's up throws.

Because the bomb has to go off during the throw animation itself, you're unlikely to see this happen in the middle of a real match, which might explain why hardly anybody has noticed how crazy Crash Bomber can get when used in such a specific scenario -- it might even have slipped past the game's testers. You don't really see a lot of Kirby and Charizard players going for the up-throw option, too (usually down-throw is preferred).

Still, this is pretty funny to see.

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Tony the Tiger, Big Bird join Timothy Hawk in The Excellent [Omega] Adventures of Gootecks & Mike Ross Ep. 48: Extra Crispy

In this episode of Excellent [Omega] Adventures... Here comes some new characters!

If you've been following the show you'd no doubt be familiar with Timothy Hawk, the Excellent Adventures iteration of T. Hawk who comes packing with some heat, ever ready to pull out his gun on unsuspecting opponents on the mean streets of Xbox Live.

Timothy Hawk returns in this episode of Excellent Adventures, and he's joined on the show with two brand new characters: Tony the Tiger and Big Bird.

Other characters featured in The Excellent [Omega] Adventures of Gootecks & Mike Ross! Ep. 48: Extra Crispy include Omega Ryu and Omega Abel; watch it now via the video embed below.

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The 13th Cooperation Cup (2015) Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike 5-on-5 tournament stream ft. Nuki, MOV, Kyabetsu, Kokujin and more

The 13th Cooperation Cup Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike 5-on-5 team tournament is taking place over at the Leisure Land Palette Town arcade in Odaiba, Tokyo this weekend.

Over 400 SF3 players -- including Capcom's Street Fighter 25th anniversary SF3 champion MOV and top players like Nuki and Kokujin -- signed up for the tournament, which has been a fixture in Japan since 2002.

After several grueling qualifier rounds over two days, the Cooperation Cup organizers have finally sieved through the over 80 teams of up to five players each to nail the list down to the top 32. These teams are then sorted into eight single-elimination pools of four teams each, with the winner of each pool making it out to the top 8 playoffs, which will take place from 5:30PM to 10PM Japan time (12:30AM PST to 5AM PST).

Check out the stream below for some of the finest SF3 action from Japan.

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Greninja taunts his opponent to death: 2 flashy death combos in Super Smash Bros. Wii U

Remember that once upon a time Greninja was seen as a top-tier character?

The days in which Greninja could be considered a top 5 character are now gone -- but he's still sitting at a very respectable #10 over on the EventHubs community-voted Super Smash Bros. Wii U tier list.

While we no longer see Greninja dominate as much at tournaments, there's still a lot of potential in the character. And, more important, you can still have a lot of fun with the character.

This week, two Japanese Smash players have invented some really cool death combos for the Pokemon. Here's what the death combos look like:


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You can find out more about how to perform each death combo in two video tutorials put together by ZeRo, embedded below.

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Guilty Gear Xrd video roundup: Sin Kiske, Leo Whitefang, Potemkin and multi-character CMVs

In this Guilty Gear Xrd video roundup, we take a look at some practical combos for Sin Kiske, a 2-meter Potemkin combo that does exceptional damage, some examples of Leo Whitefang combo sequences and -- last but not least -- a multi-character CMV that's got most of the roster covered.

First up, OgreLive has a fairly comprehensive tutorial for Sin Kiske that covers a bunch of essential combos that you can use in various situations -- -- when you don't have much energy stored in your calorie meter.

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KOF98 in 3D: Iori Yagami and Athena Asamiya's special moves in Core Masters MOBA game

The next King of Fighters game that SNK Playmore is working on has been confirmed to utilize 3D character models as opposed to hi-res character sprites like in The King of Fighters 13.

Upon hearing about the news that the next KOF would utilize 3D models, a subset of the series' fans expressed their disappointment, perhaps owing to the fact that the KOF Maximum Impact games -- which also used 3D character models -- left much to be desired.

But it's been a really long time since the Maximum Impact games, and since then, and it's reasonable to expect that SNK Playmore has learned a thing or two about making 3D character models and animations. The tools to make these models and animations have also got better.

Case in point: we reported last August that three KOF characters were making appearances in the Japanese version of Korean-developed MOBA game Core Masters -- and the 3D models for these characters turned out looking quite alright.

To give us a closer look at the animations of the KOF characters in Core Masters are these two videos from KOF fan Gato ray, that demonstrates how far KOF character modelling and animations have come since the days of Maximum Impact.

Do note, however, that the character models and animations here do not necessarily portray what the next KOF would look like.

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Momochi's Ken tutorial: Master these techniques to take advantage of his strengths over Ryu and Akuma in Ultra Street Fighter 4

Outside of perhaps Evil Ryu, Ken is probably the best Shoto in Ultra Street Fighter 4 at the moment. He's gained quite a few buffs in this version, even if the latest update (Ver. 1.04) took away one minor aspect of his game.

Much like his Ansatsuken brother-in-arms Ryu, Ken is a beginner-friendly character. Perhaps owing to that trait, Ken users quite often play the character exactly as they would play Ryu -- that is, without a keen understanding of how Ken is different from Ryu or Akuma, and they can take advantage of those differences to the player's benefit.

For instance, Ken's EX Hurricane Kick greatly differs from Ryu and Akuma's, and by plinking the button input for the move, you can bust the move out to catch projectile-hurling characters from what should normally have been a safe difference.

Fresh off his Capcom Cup 2014 victory, EG|Momochi covers a few more EX Hurricane Kick tricks for Ken -- and a whole lot more -- in his latest USF4 tutorial, now available with full English subtitles.

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Pepeday vs. Luffy: Relive their match (and other great matches) from Dreamhack Winter - how will their Canada Cup Master Series ft-to-7 set go?

Day 2 of the Canada Cup Master Series is set to begin in a couple of hours' time.

In case you haven't heard, unlike at EVO 2014 or the recent Capcom Cup, we're finally going to see MCZ|Daigo play against MD|Luffy in Ultra Street Fighter 4 -- in a first-to-7 set, no less!

Other hype matches in the series include the salty runback between MCZ|Daigo and EG|PR Balrog, and MD|Luffy vs. R/Kappa|Pepeday.

All of that action is due to take place over today and tomorrow. In the meantime, if you need something to watch while you twiddle your thumbs waiting for the first major USF4 tournament after the Capcom Cup to begin, how about reliving all of the best matches from the final USF4 major before the Capcom Cup. The official Capcom Fighters channel has just posted some of the most exciting moments from that tournament on YouTube.

Do you remember how R/Kappa|Pepeday vs. MD|Luffy went down the last time they played?

Refresh your memory in the video below, along with other matches featuring RZR|Itabashi Zangief, AVM|GamerBee, RZR|Fuudo and RZR|Problem X.

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Omen has super-powered Rose orbs, a 100% potential damage command throw, and introduces meter lockouts - let's talk about KI's next character

Earlier today, we were given our first full look at Omen in Killer Instinct season 2. The folks over at Iron Galaxy held a live stream to demonstrate and explain what the character is all about... and boy, is there much to discuss.

For those who don't know, Omen is season 2's "bonus character". This means that he is not a part of the 8 scheduled characters set to be released this season, and will only be available for those who purchased either the Combo Breaker or Ultra Combo editions.

Now, on to the nitty-gritty. Omen is the herald of Gargos -- a spirit that possessed Shadow Jago only until it gained enough strength to physically manifest itself in the KI world. Omen's appearance definitely reflects this, as it looks much like shadow energy shaped into the form of a man with a similar stance and build to Jago.

Right out of the gate, I can safely say that this character throws an insane amount of projectiles. I mean, just look at the GIF below! And that's not even a variation of his fireball special move!


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When it comes to his actual fireball special, the strength of the button pressed dictates how many fireballs are tossed (HP = 3, MP = 2, and LP = 1). But where Omen's projectiles differ from any other character in Killer Instinct is their element of randomness.

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Survive Bowser's suicide grab? Ganondorf Wombo Combo? Check out this crazy in-game Smash 4 compilation by Lythero

It's one thing to do amazing combos, set ups and shenanigans in training mode. Doing them in ranked matches? That's impressive.

This video by Lythero documents some pretty insane moments from 'For Glory' mode in Smash 4.

There are some notable, useful tidbits to be on the lookout for here:
-Wall jumping characters can survive Bowser's suicide grab
-Link's bomb recovery
-How useful Ganondorf's UpAir is for edge guarding
-Double Ganon boots

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Kung Lao and new stage shown off in Mortal Kombat X - check out this glorious hi-res screenshot

NetherRealm Studios' own Ed Boon just tweeted out a brand new Mortal Kombat X screenshot.

While we all know that Kung Lao will be returning in the 10th installment in the MK franchise, we haven't gotten a clear look at him -- mostly somewhat blurry photos. Today, however, we get a crystal clear glimpse at the returning Mortal Kombat warrior as he puts a beating on Scorpion.

Additionally, a better look at what appears to be a newly revealed MKX stage is seen in this screenshot. We first spotted this backdrop in one of the initial Kung Lao photos, but it may have gone unnoticed by some.

Check out the screenshot below.


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Source: Ed Boon.

NuckleDu proves his CapCup win over Snake was no fluke, Ryan Hart fights Velociraptor and Brentt finally slays his demon in these hype Hadocon replays

Our friends over at IPlayWinner have compiled some of the top matches from Hadocon last month.

In the aftermath of the Capcom Cup finals, not everyone had the time or the energy for another mini-major the day after. Still, Hadocon 2014 ran at full force and featured some impressive bouts.

Liquid|NuckleDu took on Snake Eyez in a rematch from the previous day's tournament.

DIG|Ryan Hart and I, MoM|Velociraptor, fought it out in a nail-biter to get into top 8.

After countless attempts at Wednesday Night Fights, Brentt finally took a set against Snake Eyez.

You can see the matches by clicking the jump below.

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Killer Instinct live stream showcasing the brand new character Omen!

Updated: Stream archive has been added to this story.

Earlier:In just a few minutes IronGalaxy will go live with its stream featuring our first look at the newest Killer Instinct character!

Omen, the herald of Gargos, is the demon that had previously possessed Jago, thus creating Shadow Jago.

He's looking to new horizons now as he has departed from Jago's body and is out on his own. Thus far, we've only seen a winged arm and a leg but that's all about to change as the team is about to introduce the character in its entirety.

Find out how he looks and how he plays starting at 1pm Pacific time!

Hit the jump and check out the stream.

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