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Jax gameplay footage, Fujin makes an appearance, and classic fighters return as undead warriors: First 25 minutes of MKX's story mode

Mortal Kombat X is just shy of two weeks away from release, and footage of NetherRealm Studios' upcoming fighter continues to hit the internet.

Today, we have the first 25 minutes of the game's story mode, courtesy of IGN. We previously saw 7 minutes of story in action during one of the Kombat Kasts earlier this month, however, there is much more to witness in today's clip.

This video provides the first look at Jax's gameplay, shows some of Mortal Kombat's classic fighters return as undead warriors (in the story cinematics, not as playable characters), and we even see Fujin make an appearance alongside Raiden, although no footage of him being playable is shown.

Check out the first 25 minutes of Mortal Kombat X's story mode below, but be warned, there are spoilers.

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Mortal Kombat X ESL Pro League Tournament and Fatal 8 Exhibition Tournament announced; prize pool starts at $100,000

Updated: We've added the full list of 8 players set to compete in the Fatal 8 Exhibition. You can find the list after the jump.

Just this morning, Warner Bros. and NetherRealm Studios have unveiled their plans for the competitive Mortal Kombat X scene. With the help of The Electronic Sports League (ESL), this year we'll see a large tournament circuit called the "Who’s Next? Mortal Kombat X Worldwide Competitive Program."

The Worldwide Competitive Program consists of two major events: the Fatal 8 Exhibition Tournament and Mortal Kombat X ESL Pro League Tournament. According to the official press release, MKX players can "secure winnings from a prize pool that starts at $100,000" in this tournament series.

The Fatal 8 Exhibition will pit pro fighting game talent against one another, and the first player to be announced is MK champion Perfect Legend. Ryan Hart has confirmed on Twitter that he will be competing as well. The exhibition will take place on April 11, and those who wish to spectate can do so in person by heading over to the ESL studios in Burbank, California (tickets available here), or catching the action over on the official NetherRealm Twitch channel.

On April 19, the Mortal Kombat X ESL Pro League Tournament kicks off. Xbox One players from North America and Europe will be able to compete in weekly tournaments that offer cash prizes and allow players to secure their spot in the grand finals on July 11 in Los Angeles, California. There will be 16 grand finals spots up for grabs.

Those who wish to support the ESL Pro League can do so by purchasing Sub-Zero's Blue Steel alternate costume in Mortal Kombat X. A portion of the proceeds will go to the tournament series' prize pool.

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You can check out the official announcement trailer below.

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Video: Jin, Devil Jin, Josie Rizal (Eskrima practitioner and kickboxer from The Philippines) officially unveiled for Tekken 7

Update 2: We've also added official character art for the three fighters. Also updated Josie's description to say that her fighting style is a mix of Eskrima and kickboxing.

Update: We've added the official HD720p character trailers to this story. You can still check out the lower-quality 60fps videos, however, to see what Harada said as well as Yuriko Taiga's Josie cosplay.

Earlier: On a special Tekken 7 live stream broadcast from Bandai Namco Games's headquarters in Shinagawa, Tokyo today, Tekken project lead Katsuhiro Harada unveiled the next three characters to be added to the playable roster in the arcade fighting game.

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They are none other than Jin, Devil Jin, and new character Josie Rizal, who is an Eskrima practitioner slash kickboxer from The Philippines (her fighting style is a mix of both). Her character design was done by Mari Shimazaki, who served as a character designer on Platinum Games's Bayonetta. Shimazaki also came up with the designs for Tekken 7's Kazumi Mishima.

Another person who was instrumental in coming up with Josie Rizal's character design was Mad Catz's Mark "Markman" Julio, who has Filipino blood in him. Harada said that he was very glad that Markman could tell him a lot about Filipino culture, and offered advice that shaped many of the character's traits, including her name.

Jin will be made playable in Tekken 7 arcade from March 31 onwards. Devil Jin gets unlocked on April 7. As for Josie, Harada said that he originally intended for the character to be released during Japan's Golden Week holiday (first week of May), but at this moment they're not quite sure.

You've previously caught a glimpse of all three characters in our previous report here. Now see them in action in their respective unveil trailers below.

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Haitani Kumite in Street Fighter 3: Watch 1 of Japan's 5 fighting game gods unleash Makoto's destructive force in 3rd Strike

It's been a while since we've seen Haitani, one of Japan's five esteemed fighting game gods, make an appearance at a tournament -- not since the Tokaigi Game Party Japan exhibitions, I believe.

I suppose Haitani doesn't plan to make a bid for the $500,000 prize pool at Capcom Pro Tour this year. Maybe he'll change his mind sometime down the road this year, but if you were hoping to catch him in action and you don't mind if the game involved isn't Ultra Street Fighter 4, then you're in luck.

Recently Haitani made an appearance at a Kyoto A-Cho arcade special event on February 22, where one of the headlining activities was a Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike kumite session with him, in which you can not only see Haitani beasting, but a lot of other high-level players strutting their stuff.

The Haitani kumite session has finally made its way to YouTube; check it out below.

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GamerBee Kumite (Presented by AVerMedia) to take place right before Churning the Butter on April 2 in San Francisco

If you're planning on attending NorCal Regionals 2015 this coming weekend (April 3 to 5) in Sacramento, California, you may want to think about making a side trip down to San Francisco's Folsom Street Foundry on April 2, the eve of NCR.

As with the past couple of weeks, Showdowngg's weekly Ultra Street Fighter 4 series Churning The Butter will be happening at 8 p.m. Pacific Time at the Folsom Street Foundry this coming Thursday, April 2 -- but that's not all.

This week's edition of CTB will be prefaced by a GamerBee Kumite, presented by AVerMedia, where you can take on the Taiwanese pro gamer and win prizes just for participating. The GamerBee Kumite is scheduled to take place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pacific Time.

Even if you can't physically be there for the GamerBee Kumite, you can still participate by watching the stream and win prizes through contests on AVerMedia's social media channels.

Check out the full event specifics below:

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Daigo picks Yun against Poongko's El Fuerte, Ryu - Is The Beast secretly preparing a Yun for Capcom Pro Tour this year?

"Yun now?" a bewildered Poongko exclaims as his Xbox Live Endless Lobby match against MCZ|Daigo was about to start.

This was the second casual game in a long set between the Korean and Japanese top players, streamed live on PoongkoTV on March 26. In the first game, Poongko had handily beat MCZ|Daigo's Evil Ryu with his El Fuerte two rounds to zero.

And now MCZ|Daigo decides to bring out his Yun, which we don't really get to see The Beast play a lot of these days.

As the casual set goes on, Daigo continues to keep picking Yun against Poongko (who decides to play Ryu against Daigo's Yun) -- is he trying to get his Yun up to snuff for the Capcom Pro Tour this year?

With $500,000 on the line, it wouldn't be surprising if he did.

While it's noble of character specialists to stick with a single fighter, knowing that the top names in competitive Street Fighter are actively (or secretly) preparing sub characters to surprise us (and their opponents) with, can only lead to more hype.

It remains to be seen if MCZ|Daigo would indeed be bringing out his Yun at certain matches in a real tournament. But for now, you can enjoy watching Daigo's Yun at work on the PoongkoTV stream archive embedded below.

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Magic obviously works in Street Fighter; Let The Daigo (of Magic) show you on The Excellent Adventures of Gootecks & Mike Ross Ep. 58

There's a lot to look forward to in the latest episode of The Excellent Adventures of Gootecks & Mike Ross -- especially if you've come to like the antics of special guest Rob the Magician (also known as The Daigo of Magic... to his friends).

This time around, Rob has performed some very cool magic tricks on the show that will make you want to check the tapes.

Rob manages to astound Gootecks and Mike Ross. And he attempts to bring that success with him into the world of Street Fighter.

Mike Ross: Because magic obviously works in Street Fighter, right?

Rob: Yeah. *Awkward pause* On this side. So if I just pretend on this side, because I have control of what's on this side... then I should win.

Gootecks: Let the magic flow through you.

Will Rob the Magician manage to win? Or is he going to do a Phoenix ("I can't control it!") and run his magic run amok? Find out in The Excellent Adventures of Gootecks & Mike Ross ft. Rob the Magician! Ep. 58: No Tears, embedded below for your viewing pleasure.

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Nemo and Infiltration have some crazy reactions while Bonchan and Tokido battle for master of rushdown in these Red Bull Kumite highlights

Yesterday was the Red Bull Kumite in Paris, France. We saw 16 top-level fighters go at it, literally in a cage.

Everyone seemed to be in tip top shape as we were impressed time and time again throughout the tournament. There were more than a handful of especially noteworthy moments, and we have a few of them for you today.

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The first moment is brought to you by Infiltration's Decapre. He faces off against BE|Nemo in a very intense losers finals set.

In an incredible confirmation, Infiltration proves that he's in the zone with this ultra combo.

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Recall that Decapre's ultra is a charge move. Rolento was so low to the ground, he had to be just a few frames away from making the combo impossible.

Hit the jump to see Nemo's amazing presence of mind, as well as MCZ|Tokido's and Bonchan's relentless rush down.

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'I AM JUST TIRED OF ZELDA PLAYERS WINNING EVERYTHING!' - 25 things Smash players don't say

This "Things (insert fighting game here) players say" gag is starting to take off!

We recently posted a 30 things online players never say video by Ernesto Lopez Jr. His insight on the minds and hearts of online Street Fighters was spot on.

Today, we have some content from the same vein, this time, for Smash 4 players.

Smash player and YouTuber, The Dandy Keef has made a video compilation of 25 things you'll never hear Smash 4 players say.

From approval of broken tech to a fear of "For Glory" players, Dandy Keef covers just about every angle when it comes to Smash love and hate.

Hit the jump to see the video.

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EMP Hiro's patient, but explosive play takes out the likes of NuckleDu, John Choi and other online warriors in this impressive player spotlight

EMP|Hiro may be on the hottest streak of his Street Fighter career thus far.

We've seen him before at Next Level Battle Circuit in New York, but his latest tour de force at Final Round 18 saw him rise to a whole new level. He bested the likes of MCZ|Mago, RZR|Itabashi Zangief, and EG|Ricky Ortiz to reach top 8 in the exceptionally competitive tournament.

When he's not beasting at major tournaments, Hiro hones his skills online. We have the latest Olympic Gaming Spotlight wherein Hiro shows off both his Bison and his Chun-Li against some of the strongest online players.

We've heard it many times, "Bison isn't that good." Well, that just makes successful Bison players all the more impressive. Hit the jump and see Hiro's highlight reel.

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Bonchan called Tokido a 'weakling' (lit. 'weak bug), not a 'coward'; Find out what Bonchan and Tokido actually said at Red Bull Kumite

One of the most entertaining things that we got to watch on the Red Bull Kumite stream today was MCZ|Tokido and Bonchan's back-and-forth thrash-talking.

The two Japanese players are practically colleagues, since they're both hosts or presenters on Topanga's weekly Web-streamed shows, and good friends in real life. So really they're just putting on a show here to keep you entertained, to bring the hype at Red Bull Kumite over to the next level.

But since only one of them -- MCZ|Tokido -- could comfortably make his comments in English, it was a little hard to understand the full extent of their back-and-forth when Bonchan's remarks, in Japanese, were not interpreted into English over the stream.

That's where we come in here over at EventHubs. We thoroughly enjoyed the exchange between the two Japanese players, and we want you to enjoy the full flavor of that exchange.

We've looked through the stream archive, and translated those exchanges for your enjoyment. So go grab some popcorn, settle down in your cosy armchair throne, and read on for MCZ|Tokido and Bonchan's comments fully translated.

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ZeRo, Mew2King, FOW & MJG are going to Japan to attend a 2-on-2 JPN vs. USA Super Smash Bros. for Wii U World Grand Prix on April 25, 26

Which country has the better top talent in competitive Super Smash Bros. for Wii U -- USA or Japan?

It's time to find out once and for all in the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U 2-on-2 JPN vs. USA World Grand Prix, to be held on April 25 and 26 at the Nico Nico Chokaigi convention.

Organized by Niwango, the folks behind Japanese video sharing site Nico Video, the JPN vs. USA World Grand Prix will pit the top two 2-on-2 American teams at Apex 2015 -- champions Gonzalo “ZeRo” Barrios and Jason “Mew2King” Zimmerman, as well as the runner-ups Freddie “FOW” Williams, Averil “MJG” Morrisette II -- against the Japanese champions from two nationwide tournaments (one of which MOV participated in).

The Japanese teams are Deus Ex Machina Iron Bottom Sound Experience (Daiki and Fsaan) and Hikaru to Yami (Luminas and Shadow).

In spite of the naming convention, the grand prix will be held in both 1-on-1 and 2-on-2 formats. The 1-on-1 matches will be played on a 2-stock, 6-minute time limit setting, with standard For Glory rule, while the 2-on-2 games are 2-minute time battles with items turned on. Customs are off, although Mii Fighters with the default move sets are allowed.

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In South Korea, Guilty Gear Xrd gets the eSports treatment - high-level match footage, production values

We know that Tekken is a pretty big deal in South Korea. But that's not the only fighting game that gets played in South Korea. Apparently, Arc System Works's Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- is quite popular over there too.

Or at least, that's the vibe I'm getting from watching episode one of this new video series on eSports TV's YouTube channel, which features some of Korea's best Guilty Gear players (I think), duking it out for in a... some kind of competitive format.

Because the entire video is in Korean, I can't make any sense as to what's actually going on.

But there are Korean showgirls who walk up to the stage holding giant placards that conveniently tell you how many games have been played in the current set, what appears to be high-level Guilty Gear Xrd footage, and metal music. So you should watch this.

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Red Bull Kumite results ft. Daigo, Xian, Luffy, Infiltration, Fuudo, Bonchan, Snake Eyez, Dieminion, Nemo, Ryan Hart, Tokido, Valmaster and more

Update: This story has been updated with results, battle logs and a stream archive.

The much-anticipated Red Bull Kumite is upon us, and there are a load of high-level players gathered for this high stakes Ultra Street Fighter 4 event.

The 14 players who are invited to take part in the main event consist of MCZ|Daigo, RZR|Xian, MD|Luffy, Infiltration, RZR|Fuudo, Bonchan, Snake Eyez, Dieminion, BE|Nemo, Ryan Hart, MCZ|Tokido, GL|Valmaster, MCZ|Mago and CNB|ChuChu, but two more players will be joining these prestigious ranks through a qualifying tournament which will be taking place ahead of the main event, on the Red Bull stream.

In this tournament, the likes of CG|Problem X, BX3|Phenom, Gagapa, CDV|Cuongster, BX3|Veggey, LLL|Emersion, Renegad, Jehosan, LLL|MBR, RB|Kayane and Easyman are participating, so it's definitely not going to be a walk in the park. It's a 128-man bracket, and the 2 top placers will join the aforementioned 14 players to form the top 16 of the Red Bull Kumite.

What are you waiting for? Check out the stream after the jump.

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Why did Bonchan use Ryu to counter-pick against Daigo, who he admits can play Ryu 'perfectly'? The key to his victory at Red Bull Kumite revealed

Shortly after Bonchan managed to beat MCZ|Daigo's Evil Ryu with his surprise counter-pick -- as Ryu -- at Red Bull Kumite, the event's French hosts did a brief interview with the Japanese player.

Although the short interview was interpreted back into French for the live audience and viewers on the main Red Bull Kumite event stream, Bonchan's responses were not interpreted into English for the benefit of everyone watching on the official Capcom Fighters Twitch channel. So here at EventHubs we thought we definitely should get that translated for you.

Just moments ago you managed to defeat MCZ|Daigo by picking Ryu against his Evil Ryu. Did you prepare a Ryu for the sole expressed purpose of fighting Daigo with it?

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