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Can FlashMetroid land Dudley's UC1 as Juri charges a fireball? Find out in Ultra Excellent Adventures of Gootecks & Mike Ross Ep. 29

Thie new episode of Ultra Excellent Adventures starts things off on a high note, right off the bat.

Weary of putting out a lackluster performance in his matches, FlashMetroid decides to step it up, and bravely goes where no Ultra Excellent Adventures warrior has trekked before: he proclaims that he land Dudley's UC1 (Rolling Thunder) on his opponent, Juri Han, as she is charging up her Fuhajin fireball this game.

That prompts Gootecks and Mike Ross to bring out the big guns: fresh, crispy green, American dollar bills. Will FlashMetroid be able to pull it off?

It's the most high-octane episode yet; Ultra Excellent Adventures like you've never seen it before. Watch the new episode via the video embed below.

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Shadowloo Showdown 2014 results, stream archive, battle logs ft. GamerBee, Ryan Hart, Filipino Champ, Rico Suave, Armada, Shungoku Neurosis and more

Updated: This story has been updated with results and battle logs for day 2 of Shadowloo Showdown.

Once more, it's time for the biggest tournament of the year down under -- Shadowloo Showdown is taking place in Melbourne, Australia for the fifth year running, and a lot of notable people are set to show up.

Among the registered entrants, we have AvM|Gamerbee, DIG|Ryan Hart, Filipino Champ, MOR|Rico Suave, EMP|Armada, Shungoku Neurosis, Latif, BE|Abegen, RF, KOK, Shiro, Lucky and many more.

Games set to be played at the event include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, King of Fighters 13, Killer Instinct, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Project M, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown and Dive Kick.

You can find the live stream below.

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Street Fighter turns 27 today; Would anyone like some video game cakes? [Image Gallery]

The first Street Fighter game was released in arcades on August 30, 1987, making today the 27th anniversary for the beloved Capcom fighting game franchise.

To celebrate the occasion, we thought we'd do a roundup of all the cool Street Fighter-themed video game cakes we could find on the Web.

Since this is a fighting game, a lot of the cakes turned out to be themed around joysticks as well -- what's better than a Mad Catz joystick? How about a Mad Catz fightstick that's also edible and tastes like vanilla and chocolate?

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Who is top tier? Persona 4 Arena Ultimax character tiers according to Souji, Arc Revolution Cup 2014 finalist

Although there is still about a month to go before Persona 4 Arena Ultimax gets released in North America, the game was launched this week in Japan and Asia.

Over here at EventHubs we launched the tiers for P4AU on the day of the game's Japanese release. But like we thought, not a lot of folks in the FGC are quite familiar with the game's match-up knowledge yet. Heck, I've been playing quite a bit of the game myself, and I still don't know which match-ups are favorable and which are unfavorable for my character.

So we thought we'd take a look at what the Japanese FGC have to say when it comes to tiers for P4AU. Specifically, last month's Arcadia magazine published a tier list put together by Souji, who mains Teddie and came in 2nd at both the Arc Revolution Cup 2013 and 2014 tournaments (the 2014 grand finals were held today).

Keep in mind that the tier list you see in the images below only cover the characters who're available in the arcade version; console-exclusive characters like Rise, Ken, and Adachi are still unknowns at this point.


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Dieminion vs. 5000PP Evil Ryu, PR Balrog lands an unlikely Red Focus Attack - USF4 replays also ft. Tampa Bison, VRyu Sensei, Vivi and Reiketsu

Today we've got a fresh batch of Ultra Street Fighter 4 replays straight from Xbox Live (as well as Steam, for that one EG|PR Balrog video), all of which provided courtesy of i Shoryuken.

In this batch of replays, we see one of the finest Guile players in the world, Dieminion, take on the #2 Evil Ryu and #6 overall player on Xbox Live, SUS OTC Punk. It's an incredible match with excellent footsies on display from both players, so be sure not to miss that.

There's also a great moment where PR Balrog lands an unlikely Red Focus Attack, a match where VRyu Sensei lands Makoto's command grab three times in a row, as well as replays featuring Tampa Bison, Vivi and Reiketsu.

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Kuroda plays Ibuki, Alex in 1st-to-10 Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike sets against Kaeru (Dudley), Macchi (Akuma)

It's been a while since we caught up with Weekly Playboy News's "Kuroda Throws Down the Gauntlet" series of columns.

In the latest two installments of the column, Kuroda plays some Alex and Ibuki in first-to-ten sets against his pals Kaeru (Dudley) and Macchi (Akuma), respectively, in Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike.

As always, the videos in each installment are accompanied by a lengthy chat between a WPB News editor and Kuroda on the latter's good old days -- let us know if that's something you'd be interested in; we just might circle back to this in the near future to bring you some summarized excerpts from the interviews.

In the meantime, enjoy these great SF3:3S sets, and a bonus set in Ultra Street Fighter 4 where Kuroda Ryu) takes on Jyobin (Ryu).

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2nd Hong Kong Esports Tournament USF4 archive, results ft. Xian, Humanbomb, Gameouttt and more

Earlier today, while most of you were still asleep, the 2nd Hong Kong Esports Tournament was taking place, and its Ultra Street Fighter 4 division saw many of the country's finest players (Humanbomb, Huanlin, Gameouttt, Kawing) as well as Singapore's RZR|Xian, fight it out for the top spot -- plus a wad of Capcom Pro Tour ranking points.

Although RZR|Xian did not bring out his Poison at the Capcom Pro Tour Asia (Korea qualifier) last weekend, you'll get to see the former EVO champ pull out his new side character right from the very first match of the top 8 playoffs here.

We've embedded the stream archive for the playoffs below, along with the results; Ultra Street Fighter 4 starts at 09:25:30.

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USF4 2014 Japan National Tournament Isshuu Sengeki Cup Osaka qualifier archive, results ft. Fuudo, Bonchan, Kazunoko, MOV, Shimauta, Pugera and more

Update: Stream archives and results have been added to the story. Let us know in the comments if there are any matches in the archives that we should highlight (tell us the timecode for the match, and whether it's from the first, second or third embedded archive).

Earlier: Last week we saw the best Ultra Street Fighter 4 players from within and outside of Tokyo battle it out for the chance to qualify into the grand finals of Capcom and Taito's official USF4 "Isshuu Sengeki Cup" Japan national tournament in October.

This week, it's time for the best of Japan's Kansai region to strut their stuff in the Osaka qualifier, held today at the Umeda Sky Building in downtown Osaka.

Although this is the Osaka qualifier, players do not actually have to be residing in or around the area to participate. And that's why on top of Kansai's best, you'll also see other notable names like Fuudo, Bonchan, Kazunoko and others in today's tournament.

Other notable names attending the qualifier today include: MOV, Darui, Shimauta, Pugera, Amiyu, KOG, and Dashio.

The 3-on-3 tournament will go on stream first, followed by singles at 9PM PT today. Watch the stream with us via the stream embedded below.

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ChocoBlanka the Pro Fighting Gamer Rock Idol to the stage, please! Videos of her live performances as lead vocalist

Outside of her activities as a pro gamer in Japan, EG|ChocoBlanka is also the lead vocalist of a band.

Or rather, she was the lead vocalist of a band; she had to take a hiatus from the band in order to move from Nagoya to Tokyo with EG|Momochi. Such is the life of a pro gamer. Sometimes, sacrifices have to be made somewhere.

Although ChocoBlanka is no longer performing, she still holds on to many of her precious memories from her previous live acts -- and this week she's decided to share some with us on the Momochi & ChocoBlanka TV YouTube channel.

Check out EG|ChocoBlanka's covers of anime singer LiSA's 'Best Day Best Way', 'Confidence Driver', and 'Say My Name no Kataomoi' below.

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5 Pokémon that should be playable in Pokkén Tournament

Earlier this week Bandai Namco announced a new Pokemon-themed fighting game called Pokkén Tournament. So far, the 3D title's confirmed characters consist of Lucario, Machamp, and Blaziken.

Although the aforementioned pocket monsters are all fighting types, Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada -- who is overseeing the new project -- confirmed that we can expect to see Pokemon of varying types in the upcoming fighter. He also stated that with the current capabilities of the development team, theoretically, they could create any Pokémon from the franchise, even those that are not bipedal.

With that in mind, we have taken it upon ourselves to create a top 5 list of characters we'd like to see playable in Pokkén Tournament. Based on what Mr. Harada said, all Pokémon are fair game. We definitely have some interesting choices for you here today.

You'll find our choices below.

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The Runback 3.2 results, archive ft. Infrit, Miniboss, Wentinel, Tyrant, James Chen, and more

The Runback 3.2 results, archive ft. Infrit, Miniboss, Wentinel, Tyrant, James Chen, and more Updated: Results and a stream archive have been added to this story.

Earlier: Level|Up is back again and is keeping the fighting game action coming with The Runback season 3. The weekly event has returned to Super Arcade in Walnut, California.

The games being played tonight include Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Killer Instinct, and Yatagarasu: Attack on Cataclysm.

You can follow along with the action on Level|Up's Challonge website.

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Updated: Mortal Kombat X streaming live from PAX Prime; Mango, Mew2King and more - Super Smash Bros. invitational tournament

Updated: Mortal Kombat X is now streaming at PAX.

The first day of PAX Prime in Seattle, Washington has begun, and Twitch's official livestream from the venue has got plenty of video games coverage for you -- including spotlights on Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U and Mortal Kombat X.

At 1PM PT today, Nintendo is hosting an "iron man tournament" for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS/Wii U, and that will run on the Twitch official livestream all the way till 3PM.

Following that, Mortal Kombat X is slated to take center stage on the stream at 3.30PM PST; will NetherRealm Studios have any surprises in store for us?

Join us as we watch the livestream over here together, via the embed below.

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Short documentary on Daigo: TV channel blurs out Capcom's Yoshinori Ono (but not Mad Catz's Mark Julio) in photo from EVO 2010

Mirai Theatre, a documentary program on Japanese terrestrial broadcaster Nippon TV, aired a brief segment on the life of MCZ|Daigo -- Japan's first ever pro gamer -- earlier today.

For the most part, the short documentary focused on introducing who Daigo Umehara is to a mainstream audience who knew nothing about fighting games, and did not include anything we did not already know about The Beast.

Clips from EVO 2014 were shown, including man-on-the-street interviews where EVO attendees called Daigo a "superstar" and "the Michael Jordan of fighting games", among other praises. Part of the match where Daigo lost to Filipino Champ was also shown.

But what got members in the Japanese FGC talking was not the moments from EVO 2014, or even the hook at the beginning of the program where viewers were led into thinking Daigo's annual income is over $1 million a year (in the actual interview, he said that was what top pro gamers in the world could make, and that he made way, way less than that).

It was a picture of Daigo with his hand held up by Capcom's Yoshinori Ono at EVO 2010. For some reason, Ono's face had been mosaiced out by the TV station -- but not that of Mad Catz's Mark "Markman" Julio.


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Ganondorf sneakily shows up in 5-minute-long Super Smash Bros. for 3DS game introduction trailer

We're now exactly two weeks away from the launch of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS in Japan.

In an attempt to better introduce the game's features and modes to more gamers, and remind the rest of us just exactly how much good stuff is packed into the tiny game cartridge, the official Nintendo Japan YouTube channel has released a 5-minute-long preview trailer today -- in which Ganondorf from The Legend of Zelda, who is at this point still an unannounced character, sneakily shows up.

Check out the trailer below.

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NetherRealm Studios launches 'Kollective', an outlet for your Mortal Kombat kreativity

Perhaps inspired by all of the Mortal Kombat fan-art and cosplay images that fans tweet to series creator Ed Boon on a regular basis. NetherRealm Studios has launched 'Kollective' today -- a crowd-sourced site where talented series devotees can submit their Mortal Kombat images, videos, and music.

All of the fan works submitted will be looked over by the NetherRealm Studios community team, as well as three key members of the studio: Creative Director Ed Boon, Art Director Steve Beran and Director of Audio Rich Cable.


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