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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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Ono: 'Virtua Fighter is the game by which all fighting games are measured' - the Capcom producer shares his experiences with the 3D fighting series

Last year, Virtua Fighter celebrated its 20 year anniversary. A website was created to honor the milestone, and featured various articles of VF news, video clips, and even interviews from 15 different fighting gaming producers and developers, sharing their thoughts on the 3D series.

These interviews were posted exclusively in Japanese, and luckily, a member of the Virtua Fighter forum by the name of Modelah has been hard at work presenting translated versions of each. There are 6 translated interviews so far, and sitting among the bunch is none other than Capcom's own Yoshinori Ono.

When Ono first got his hands on Virtua Fighter, the Capcom representative was awestruck not only by the giant leap in technology being utilized by the title, but also by the "gimmick-free, bare knuckle" gameplay style. To Ono, Virtua Fighter was fresh and beautifully complex.

"The way the game requires players to build on their attacks to create an offensive flow really shows how deep VF is," Ono explained. "It’s no exaggeration to say that VF is the game by which all fighting games are measured."

He elaborates by saying that in a game such as Street Fighter, players have the ability to cancel attacks into other moves and/or combos. This creates a certain flow to a battle, and although Virtua Fighter doesn't quite operate the same way, it matches this flow with its "attacks into movement and vice versa" style.

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PS3 fight sticks compatible on the PS4!? Next-gen Skullgirls release will have joystick backwards compatibility via custom USB driver

If you are looking at purchasing Skullgirls on PlayStation 4, but didn't want to shell out another $200+ for a console exclusive fight stick, then you're in luck. The next-gen release of Skullgirls will be compatible with PS3 fight sticks by way of a custom USB driver.

Not only is Lab Zero making this cross-compatibility possible, but the company has stated that they will allow other developers to use their PS4 driver in their titles for free. This means we could potentially see PS3 fight sticks used on Sony's next-gen console for more competitive fighting games in the future.

Although Sony is not directly supporting this new software, it was developed by someone who knows a thing or two about the platform. A Naughty Dog programmer named John "Cowboy" Bellomy stepped in to create the driver in his free time because the project "sounded neat," according to Lab Zero.

The following is a statement from Lab Zero's CEO Peter Bartholow, courtesy of Polygon.

Any stick that reads as a Generic USB GamePad or Joystick will work. This covers MadCatz TEs, which are the majority of what the fighting game community uses right now, as well as many other smaller brands and custom options such as the GodLike Controls' Cthulhu boards.

With all the different custom sticks out there, we won't be able to test everything ourselves. So we'll be building out the compatibility list through public testing and listing it online, so people know what will work beforehand.

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New live-action Mortal Kombat series in the works; will tie into MKX and feature fresh faces/classic characters

Warner Bros. announced today that a new Mortal Kombat live-action series is currently in the works. The project is being handled by Blue Ribbon -- a team owned by Warner Bros. that focuses on animated and live-action content.

The new series will tie into NetherRealm Studios' upcoming fighting title, Mortal Kombat X, and will feature classic MK characters along with some from the new generation of fighters.

When more details about this project are released, we will be sure to post an update.

Mortal Kombat X is due out on April 15, 2015 on PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC.

Souce: Gameinformer. Mentioned by alexlexus.

A single use of Jigglypuff's Rollout, alone, can cause shield break in Super Smash Bros. 3DS; seeing is believing [Video]

We've known ever since the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS demo came out that attacks in this game do a lot of shield degradation when blocked. In a lot of situations two attacks may even be enough to cause a shield break.

But can a single attack actually do enough shield degradation to cause shield break? As it turns out, yes -- Jigglypuff's Rollout can.

Although normally Rollout stops Jigglypuff in his tracks after the move lands a hit on the opponent, if blocked, it may be possible to cause multiple hits to happen in quick succession -- leading to a shield break -- as you'll see in this video below.

We're not entirely sure what's happening, or how it's performed; the Japanese Smash player who posted this video did not share his tech.

Can you figure it out?

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Zero breaks down his own match vs. Diddy Kong - tips on how to deal with banana/side+B mix-ups in Super Smash Bros. 3DS

Diddy Kong has been winning quite a few Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS lately. Most recently, Gonzalo 'CT|ZeRo' Barrios found himself having to square off against Firehouse's Diddy Kong in the winners' finals of a Chile Super Smash Bros. 3DS tournament that he entered, which had over 100 entrants including some of the top players in Smash.

After the tournament, CT|ZeRo has very kindly put together a match analysis video of the set between himself and Firehouse Diddy Kong. If you've been wondering about how to deal with Diddy Kong's traps -- like his banana or side+B mix-up -- then you definitely want to check out this match analysis to gleam some tips on the match-up.

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