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The Rhythm of Fighters app is all free now! But what happens to the loyal fans who paid good money for this?

Why, they get rewarded for being an early adopter, of course!

SNK Playmore announced via a press release today that The Rhythm of Fighters iOS and Android game app will have its price changed from $0.99 to free-of-charge.

The change is effective as of today for Android smartphone users. If you head over to the Google Play Store now, you'll notice that the app is already listed as a free download. iOS device owners will have to wait a little longer, however, as a firm date for the price drop has yet to be determined.

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Nintendo may be shifting focus toward hardcore fans once again; Miyamoto says they no longer have to make products relevant to general players

Over the years, Nintendo has built a massive empire by creating some of the most memorable franchises ever to exist in video game history. From the original Nintendo Entertainment System, all the way up to the Nintendo Gamecube, fans swore their allegiance to the company console after console due to the complexity, depth, and overall amazing quality found in many of their titles.

However, once the Nintendo DS and Wii dropped, during the 2004-2006 time frame, the target market shifted from hardcore NES-heads to the more casual, everyday gamer. Since then, the legendary organization has kept with this business model, but it looks like things may be starting to revert back to the good ol' days.

In an interview posted in this week's edition of Edge Magazine, Shigeru Miyamoto -- the mind behind Super Mario, the Legend of Zelda, and much more -- made reference to a possible change in approach for Nintendo going forward. Addressing casual players quite candidly, the game designer feels it's time for them to step up and delve a bit deeper into their video games.

"[These are] the sort of people who, for example, might want to watch a movie. They might want to go to Disneyland," Miyamoto said. "Their attitude is, 'okay, I am the customer. You are supposed to entertain me.' It's kind of a passive attitude they're taking, and to me it's kind of a pathetic thing. They do not know how interesting it is if you move one step further and try to challenge yourself [with more advanced games]."

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Reaction U2 hits Oni's forward heavy punch, kara demons, and more: IFC Yipes and Sanford Kelly trade high-damage combos in this USF4 set

IFC Yipes has been on the Ultra Street Fighter 4 grind lately, putting in work as Evil Ryu. Just last month we saw him go up against BT|MarlinPie in a number of matches to get as much training in as possible.

It seems as though Yipes has enlisted a new sparring partner: none other than SteamCo|Sanford Kelly, quite possibly the best Oni player in the US.

During a recent live stream, the two east coast players sat down to play roughly an hour of Ultra Street Fighter 4 matches. There is some great action here, as the two trade off hitting huge-damage combos. Keep an eye out for Yipes' reaction Ultra 2 on Sanford's forward heavy punch, as you'll surely not want to miss it.

You'll find the stream archive below.

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Harley Quinn, Sub-Zero, Ms. Fortune, Orchid, Zasalamel, Link, and more - check out this fighting game cosplay gallery

It's the middle of the work week, and in attempt to make the struggle a bit less real today we have for you a sweet cosplay gallery to click through.

In this assortment of photos we have a variety of different characters from fighting games such as Injustice: Gods Among Us, Mortal Kombat, Skullgirls, Soul Calibur, and more.

Below are just some of the images to get you started, but be sure to hit the jump for more.

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ChrisG reveals nearly everything he knows about Morrigan, Dr. Doom, Vergil in this massive Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 combo/tech video

GG|NYChrisG is by far one of, if not, the best Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 players around today. Known for pioneering the Morrigan, Dr. Doom, Vergil team, his and nasty mix-ups keep the wins rolling in.

If you ever sat around wishing that one day you could use this particular team as effectively as Mr. Gonzales, well, you're in luck. Today we have a massive combo/tech video from ChrisG himself that shows off nearly everything he knows about the team.

In this compilation you will find a number of combos that deal optimal damage, resets involving Vergil's Rapid Slash attack, TAC infinites, and so much more. Chris even mentions in the description that this video runs through nearly everything he knows about the Morrigan, Dr. Doom, Vergil squad.

So tell your little brother to stop hogging the internet, because you're going to need an uninterrupted connection to download all of this tech!

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Pokken Tournament will not feature only Fighting-type Pokémon, Katsuhiro Harada confirms

With the announcement of Pokken Tournament yesterday, and the only three Pokémon being officially confirmed (Lucario, Machamp and Blaziken) all being of the Fighting typing, voices of concern were raised that non-Fighting Pokémon might not make it into the roster.

Those fears have been quelled by the ever-reassuring Katsuhiro Harada himself, however, today on Twitter. To see exactly what one of our favourite fighting game producers wrote, look below.

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Top-level Bowser vs. Yoshi, Axe's EVO 4-stock with Pikachu, HungryBox doing clutch Rests - All this and more in Super Smash Bros. Halls of Hype

Being a game that's stayed alive in the competitive scene for 13 years, there's no shortage of hype moments for Super Smash Bros. Melee, even today. This video shows some of the best moments we've had to enjoy recently, including the Pikachu 4-stock that turned so many heads at this year's EVO.

While the video focuses predominately on Melee, there's some other Smash stuff within it as well. Look below to find the video in its entirety.

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'Tier placing ain't nothing but a number, baby' - Amazing grand finals set between Julio's Yun and Hoodaman's E. Honda at Churning the Butter #2

It's fairly agreed upon that in Ultra Street Fighter 4, if Yun isn't the best character, he is at least among the very best. In a similar sense, many have said that E. Honda has fallen to the very bottom of the tiers, and isn't really viable to use anymore.

Despite this, and dabbling in Decapre for a while, pH|Hoodaman has decided to stick with his guns and bring the classic sumo wrestler into the spotlight once more against MMG|Julio, one of the USA's top Yun players. This match occured as the Grand Finals of Churning the Butter #2, a newly-established NorCal weekly tournament, with pH|Hoodaman coming from the Loser's Bracket.

You can find the matches below.

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Crazy throw combos using Sudden Death bombs, double KOs, and more: These amazing Smash Bros. TAS matches may be the best thing you see all day

Just this morning we here at EventHubs were sent a handful of videos that we felt the need to share with you, the reader.

While I'm a huge fan of the Super Smash Bros. series, and have watched quite a bit of footage over the years, I have never seen something quite like this. What he have for you tonight are two Smash Bros. tool-assisted matches that feature both Brawl and Project M, the community-made SSBB mod.

The first bout is between Falco and Fox in Brawl, and this video focuses on pushing the limits of what can be achieved during Sudden Death. With percentages running high and bombs dropping everywhere, this fight is a choreographed dance all around the screen with insane throw combos that incorporate the explosives, fast-paced up+B antics, and more. This really is a video you have to see to believe.

What follows is another TAS match, this time in Project M, between Lucas and Game and Watch. The fighters' attacks collide as they try to prove who deserves the win more.

Be sure to check out both matches below, and let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Can Chun-Li topple the EVO champ? Luffy and Valmaster square off in the VS Fighting 4 grand finals; more USF4 bouts ft. Ryan Hart, Problem X

The Capcom Fighters YouTube channel has already started uploading hype Ultra Street Fighter 4 replays from the VS Fighting 4 tournament that took place in Birmingham, England, this past weekend.

In this batch of matches you'll find quite a few of Europe's top competitors. Players such as DIG|Ryan Hart, CG|Problem X, Im Still Da Daddy, and more are featured here.

Additionally, we get to see the Ultra Street Fighter 4 set between EVO 2014 champion, MD|Luffy, and one of the best Chun-Li players around right now, GL|Valmaster.

You can catch all of the action below, and be sure to check out the VS Fighting 4 results here.

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Armada: 'Peach's entire plan against Marth is to get a turnip,' this in-depth SSBM analysis will teach you how to defeat the top tier

Over on Melee It On Me, one of the best Super Smash Bros. Melee players of all time, EMP|Armada, recently posted an in-depth analysis of the Peach vs. Marth match-up. The write up covers a ton of bases including neutral game, edge guarding, offense, and much more.

Armada starts out by divulging the key needed to win this match: Peach's turnip. He emphasizes, "the main goal for Peach in this match-up is to have a turnip."

He explains that Marth players should do everything in their power to stop her from pulling the vegetable from the ground, because when Peach is holding a turnip, throwing it at the opponent from the ground gives her numerous options that even the playing field a bit (which he elaborates on in the write up).

According to the exceptional Peach player, the neutral game in this particular match-up is more important than most other bouts in Melee. The simple act of not carrying a turnip can make things much trickier in this fight, but don't fret, as Armada covers what to do in these situations as well!

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Dash forward passes over Dee Jay for nasty mix up, lethal fake cross up, and more; V-Ryu shows the power of Makoto's EX Fukiage resets in USF4

Earlier today we stumbled upon a new video from Makoto extraordinaire V-Ryu that shows off what she can do using her EX Fukiage buff in Ultra Street Fighter 4.

There are a bevy of useful set-ups included here involving the beefed up special move used in conjunction with a jumping normal attack. Fuzzy guard on the taller characters in the game, ambiguous cross under mix-ups, and fake corner cross ups are what you'll find here, and most of these sequences lead to a quick stun.

Another great set-up to keep an eye out for is that which is performed on Dee Jay. After a back throw, Makoto can step over the downed fighter using her forward heavy kick. If she dashes forward after that, well, just be sure to see for yourself.

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Kano's aesthetic comparison, new in-game screenshot, and Raiden's Mortal Kombat X Variations detailed

The official Mortal Kombat Facebook page continues to upload Mortal Kombat X related images on to their wall. In today's assortment we have breakdowns of Variations, visual comparisons, and a fresh in-game screenshot.

First up, we have three images detailing each of Raiden's Variations: Thunder God, Displacer, and Master of Storms. What follows is an aesthetic comparison of Kano's different looks based on which Variation is selected.

Lastly, NetherRealm Studios has uploaded a new in-game screenshot that shows Kano slicing into Raiden's chest with a giant hunting knife. If you're hankering for a quick Mortal Kombat X fix today, we've got you covered.


Click images for larger versions

Source: Mortal Kombat on Facebook.

Harada: Pokken Tournament won't feature high/low mix-ups or Tekken guest characters as it's a completely different game

Shortly after his appearance on the Pokken Tournament announcement livestream earlier today, Bandai Namco Games's Katsuhiro Harada took to Twitter to respond to fans' questions and messages.

In his responses to these questions, Harada addressed a number of notable things that I'm sure a good many of us were left wondering about ever since news of the game's announcement broke earlier this morning.

Things such as whether or not there would be Tekken guest characters appearing in Pokken Tournament, or if non-humanoid or non-fighting-type Pokemon would enter the roster as playable characters.

Find out the answer to those questions, and more in our translation of the prompt Q&A on Twitter.

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Capcom suing Koei Tecmo for $9.43 million, claims patent infringement in 50 titles

Just on the back of SNK filing a criminal lawsuit against Square Enix, Capcom has now thrown its legal hat in the ring against Tecmo for patent infringement.

According to a report by Sankei, Capcom is suing Tecmo for patent infringement found in Samurai Warriors: Xtreme Legends and 49 other titles. The company is looking to acquire a total of about 980 million yen (roughly $9.43 million USD) from the lawsuit.

The exact nature of the patent is a bit vague. It seems as though Capcom is actually referring to the concept of expansion packs. Apparently, the suit was filed in 2002 for a function that allows you to add new content by combining an existing game with another piece of software.

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