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Curleh Mustache East Coast 5 UMvC3 live stream ft. RayRay, Coach Steve, K-Brad, Noel Brown, Flux and more

The Curleh Mustache East Coast 5 Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 tournament is happening today at the Next Level Arcade in 8th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.

Some of the biggest names in competitive UMvC3 from the East Coast and beyond are in attendance, including BIFU|Coach Steve, CTRL|RayRay, EG|K-Brad, UVG|Noel Brown, and CTRL|Flux.

A tournament is currently going on right now to determine who will earn the last spot for the Curleh Mustache invitationals, which will start later in the afternoon today.

There's also going to be an exhibition match between BIFU|Coach Steve and CTRL|RayRay later tonight.

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Pokken Tournament: all match-ups between Pikachu, Gardevoir, Lucario & Machamp covered in casual tourney matches from the Famitsu stream

During the Famitsu Pokken Tournament live stream earlier this week, Bandai Namco Games's Harada and the Famitsu show's hosts and guests played not one, not two, but a total of eight matches on the location build of the game.

Between those eight matches, they've pretty much covered every single match-up possible between the four playable characters announced so far: Lucario, Machamp, Gardevoir and Pikachu.

When we first ran our story on all of the new information on Pokken Tournament (details on controls and gameplay here), only two of those fights had been uploaded to YouTube -- and so that was all of the footage we could include in the story.

But now that some time has passed from the live stream, nearly the entire broadcast has been archived on YouTube.

You can find the entire broadcast archive below, along with time codes to get to the specific matches you'd like to see.

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Street Fighter 2's Car Crusher bonus stage replicated in real-life on Korean TV show

This is just nuts.

As everyone who's played Street Fighter 2 knows, after a world warrior has successfully defeated three opponents in the tournament he or she is sent to a Car Crusher bonus round where the objective is to wreck a car that's in perfect working condition, as some sort of crazy test of strength or skill.

Ever wondered how impressive or (more likely) ridiculous that would look like, if Street Fighter 2 were real and an actual Car Crusher bonus round took place in real-life?

Some TV executives in South Korea did, and they've arranged for the particular spectacle to be performed on a variety program, by a man decked out (poorly) in Ryu's outfit who may or may not be an actual martial artist.

Why am I questioning if the man performing the Car Crusher stunt is indeed an actual martial artist or otherwise? I think you'll see what I mean in the following clip from the Korean show, provided by Versus Fighting TV.

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King of Fighters 13: Unlikely comebacks, godlike reads & more - Dream Cancel's picks for the best competitive moments of 2014

Unfortunately, The King of Fighters 13 is no longer a main game at EVO 2015. It was only a matter of time before this would happen, what with the bevy of popular fighting games on consideration for the EVO lineup -- both the ones currently on the market, as well as unreleased titles on the horizon.

Nevertheless, just because KOF13 isn't an EVO main game this year doesn't mean that it won't continue to be a game played competitively at tournaments. It looks like there's still a good while to go before SNK Playmore would formally announce their next KOF title, and the game is still incredibly entertaining to watch, even if it's over four years old (three if you count from the 2011 release date for the console versions).

Don't believe me? Then check out this highlights compilation video put together by the good folks over at Dream Cancel, of the best moments in competitive KOF13 that they saw in 2014.

The highlight reel includes footage featuring a lot of familiar names on the tournament circuit, such as RZR|Xian, Qanba|XiaoHai, MCZ|Tokido, DIG|Ryan Hart, Reynald, Misterio and many more.

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'I only play two or three hours a week... getting more knowledge and watching videos is more important.' - Luffy discusses his gaming habits

King Jae, London-based YouTuber and gamer, was able to catch up with EVO 2014 champ MD|Luffy via voice chat.

In the interview, Luffy goes over his EVO victory, getting sponsored, how he approaches Street Fighter in general and the taxing traveling complications that plagued his Capcom Cup experience.

His advice to newer players: Don't be afraid to watch your losses. It's hard to watch those replays, but it's important to understand why you lost!

Hit the jump and hear what else the EVO champ has to say!

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100 vs 1; Daigo to take on a 100-man kumite at Shotenkaigi 6

Following the success of the last Shotenkaigi on January 18th, Niconico has announced that MCZ|Daigo will return for the sixth Shotenkaigi on January 25 at WonderGOO Moriya.

Here, he will face all comers in a 100-man kumite in Ultra Street Fighter 4. That's 100 people that will get in line and systematically be ripped apart by The Beast. We're guessing we'll see at least 75 Umedemons.

What's more, Bonchan will be making a special guest appearance to commentate, so things are bound to get interesting.

The event will be live-streamed from Niconico's website.

You can check out Beastnote for the original post and for all your up-to-date news on Daigo.

Photo credit: Karaface.

The #1 Reason Why You're Not Better At Street Fighter - Gootecks gives some tough-love advice for anyone who wants to get better at fighting games

When people ask me why they can do well online or at home, but then can't perform at the same level in tournaments, I take them through the "Velociraptor Stages of Fighting Game Development" lecture.

It goes as follows:

At first, you can't do your combos for squat. You can't make quick decisions and you don't know how to react to anything your opponent may do. So you practice, and pretty soon you get a handle on all of these things and you reach level one: Training Mode competency.

Now you're comfortable with your character, the space around you and doing your combos in training mode... but not when you play your friends. Eventually, you become familiar enough with the game that you no longer have to think about the small stuff as it becomes second nature. You've now reached level two: Casuals competency.

So now you beat up on your friends and you're hot stuff. Drunk with power, you go to a tournament and are quickly sobered up by the fact that you go 0-2. Why? Because the new pressure of tourney play made you forget all you'd learned. Fortunately, you go through a Rocky training montage and achieve level three: Tournament competency.

Now you're bodying fools left and right... that is until you get on stream. Suddenly, the nerves come right back with a newfound intensity you've never felt before. Thousands of eyes are on you, watching, analyzing, and you know it. It doesn't help that you're playing against a top player who is hitting every combo perfectly while you suddenly forgot how to make the guy on the screen do punchy moves.

The list continues on like this for every new setting with increased pressure until you hit Grand Finals EVO competency. Once you can play there as though you're at home in training mode, you've ascended.

How does one reach GFEC? Gootecks has written a blog on the matter. Hit the jump and see what wise words of wisdom the tournament veteran has to say.

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The European Kakutop League is right around the corner! Watch Luffy, Ryan Hart, Valmaster, Veggey and more duke it out to see who's top dog in Europe!

The fun all starts Saturday, January 24th as 8 of Europe's best come together to play in a Topanga-style round-robin tournament.

The line up is as follows:

- MD|Luffy
- GL|Valmaster
- DIG|Ryan Hart
- Gagapa
- LLL|Kenpachi
- LLL|MBR
- BX3|Veggey
- BX3|Phenom

The eight players will be divided up into two groups of four. All of group A will play each other in first to 5 sets. The same goes for group B. The top two players of each group will then face off on Sunday in first to 10 sets for title of Kakutop League Champion as well as a part of the 1,500 euro prize pool.

Hit the jump to see who's playing who!

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Dead or Alive 5: Last Round game play footage featuring new characters, new hairstyles and new costumes!

With the prospect of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round being at EVO this year, we look forward with even greater anticipation to the game's release next month.

Today, we have a preview video filled with 20 minutes of game play featuring the new playable characters Honoka and Raidou. While Honoka plays through part of the arcade ladder, Raidou gets a run through command training where you'll get to see the names of a few of his attacks and what they look like.

The video also shows off some of the new hairstyles and costumes for old favorite DOA 5 characters. Please let us know what you think of them! Which are interesting and which are just kinda meh?

Click the jump button below and check it out!

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Updated! Churning the Butter 19 streaming live from San Francisco! John Choi's Ryu still has it!

Updated! Churning the Butter 19 streaming live from San Francisco! John Choi's Ryu still has it! Updated: Results and a stream archive have been added to this story.

Earlier: NorCal's premier weekly, Churning the Butter, will host its 19th event tonight at 8:30pm PST.

With heavy hitters like EG|Ricky Ortiz and Twitch TV's Mike Ross, this should make for a very entertaining tournament.

Tune in to see some of NorCal's finest duke it out in Ultra Street Fighter 4!

The Challonge bracket is posted here.

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Safe jumps getting beaten by Delayed Wake Up? Never fear! AirBehr Dojo is here to teach you how to counter those who delay standing

CCG|Air and Behrudy are back again with a brand new season of AirBehr Dojo -- a Street Fighter 4 (now Ultra) tutorial series that covers a wide array of useful techniques and in-game situations.

Have you been struggling to defeat your opponents ever since the implementation of Ultra Street Fighter 4's Delayed Wake Up mechanic? Well, countering the delayed standing is Air and Behrudy's topic of choice this time, and the two players discuss the different ways a player can still impose their safe jump/option select game even when the mechanic is triggered.

Air also walks through different strategies players can use to beat Delayed Wake Up, such as utilizing meaty attacks after a jump in, and even demonstrates set ups with different characters.

Hit the jump to check out the first episode of AirBehr Dojo season 2.

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Next Level Battle Circuit #105 results feat. Dieminion, Sanford Kelly, Kreymore, DaFeetLee, and more

Next Level Battle Circuit #105 results feat. Dieminion, Sanford Kelly, Kreymore, DaFeetLee, and more Updated: Results and a stream archive have been added to this story.

Earlier: 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 Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, 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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Suicune, Pikachu, and Gardevoir confirmed playable in Pokkèn Tournament - arcade cabinet will use controller instead of fightstick

The Famitsu live stream showing off Bandai Namco's upcoming Pokèmon-based fighter "Pokkèn Tournament" aired eariler today, and with it came a sea of new information.

Firstly, Suicune, Pikachu, and Gardevoir have all been confirmed as playable characters. They'll be joining the likes of Machamp and Lucario in the fray.

Additionally, Pokkèn Tournament will have a support Pokèmon system in which players can select a monster to aid them in battle. Players will do battle with these assists on the game's battlefield, which is fully 3D, allowing fighters to move around as they see fit.

And if that isn't enough information on Bandai Namco's upcoming fighter, try this on for size. The Pokkèn Tournament arcade cabinets will feature a standard controller (D-pad + BAYX button scheme) instead of a traditional fightstick. You can check out the screenshots below to check out everything mentioned here.


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Hit the jump for more details on Pokkèn Tournament, the latest trailer, and match footage.

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Every last one of Daigo's raging demons at Canada Cup Master's Series

The Beast is back on top after last month's impressive, dominating victory at Canada Cup Master's Series.

MCZ|Daigo Umehara has been developing his Evil Ryu for some time now, but we've never seen it in the form we saw at Master's Series. Truly, he has ascended.

Perhaps the most memorable aspect of Daigo's game play was his incorporation of Evil Ryu's super combo.

This is a trick that has been around since Vanilla as Akuma has the exact same move. Still, the likes of RZR|Xian, Snake Eyez, EG|PR Balrog and more felt the pain of the raging demon multiple times over.

Hit the jump below to see all of Daigo's umedemons compiled into one convenient video.

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'I only have maybe another 20 years working here... how many more games do I have left in me?' - Harada talks future plans; TxSF is NOT cancelled!

Katsuhiro Harada is one of the most recognizable names in the fighting game community today.

Most known for his contributions to the Tekken franchise, Haruda has been hard at work for the past 20 years creating successful titles for Namco Bandai.

Matt Leone of Polygon was recently able to interview the game designer, discussing the forthcoming Tekken 7 along with Harada's potential plans for several other games.

In it, Harada discusses a few upcoming games, a few of which are of the fighting game genre.

First on the list is Tekken 7, the latest in the series that made him famous. He says he's been spending "less and less" time on Tekken recently, because the team working on the series has enough experience to handle it on its own. But he says the team is aiming to make the game more accessible to newcomers compared to previous Tekken titles, and they are tying up a lot of character story threads to bring some closure for the series' 20th anniversary.

Next is Pokken Tournament, an arcade fighting game using characters from the Pokemon universe...

Hit the jump to see more on Pokken as well as Harada's statements on Tekken X Street Fighter and his goals beyond the immediate future.

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