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Rolento has a setup that lets him link cr.LK into Ultra Combo - RyuApprentice's latest Ultra Street Fighter 4 tutorial shows you how

Rolento's cr.LK is normally +5 on hit. In other words, even if you manage to land the cr.LK as a counter-hit -- which gives you an additional +1 on hit (light attacks only gain a +1 whereas medium and heavy attacks gain +3 bonus frame advantage on counter-hit) -- you would not normally be able to link Rolento's cr.LK into either of his Ultra Combo moves.

But there is a way to do it, and RyuApprentice has put together this video tutorial that shows a particular okizeme (wake-up offense) setup that can let you pull it off consistently.

The way this works is that by using this specific setup and timing it correctly, you'll be able to land cr.LK as a meaty attack. The move itself has four active frames, so if it hits during the 3rd or 4th active frame, the advantage on hit is +7 or +8, making it very possible to link into either of Rolento's Ultra Combo right away.

Of course, you don't have to link into Rolento's UC after the cr.LK. There are a few other options that can lead to big damage too, as demonstrated in this video tutorial below.

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Poongko 2014 highlights: a comeback against Daigo from the brink of death, perfects on Itabashi Zangief, Gamerbee in Ultra Street Fighter 4

Many great Ultra Street Fighter 4 moments were had during the Capcom Pro Tour Asia 2014 round-robin tournament at GameStart Asia in Singapore this past weekend.

But one of the best parts of the tournament that I'm truly very thankful for is Poongko's appearance in it; seems like it's been forever since the last time we got to see the Korean Street Fighter warrior play on an international stage.

And while Poongko didn't manage to make it into the grand finals of the tournament, he certainly impressed -- The Machine was the only player to have beaten MCZ|Daigo during the play-offs, preventing the Mad Catz sponsored player from dominating with an untarnished 7-0 record.

To commemorate Poongko The Machine's remarkable performance at Capcom Pro Tour Asia, vid maker The Beast (not to be confused with MCZ|Daigo himself) has made a 2014 Angry Poongko highlights compilation that picks out a few of The Machine's most epic moments at the tournament, plus a few more from earlier in the year.

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Nintendo issues v1.0.3 patch for Super Smash Bros. 3DS, contains balance changes 'for a more pleasant gaming experience'

Nintendo has released a new Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS update patch today, downloadable for free on the 3DS's e-Shop.

The new patch, which upgrades the game to Ver. 1.0.3, hides the percentage chart in Conquest Mode for a Conquest that's currently on-going, and also makes some adjustments to the game to balance it and make for a more pleasant gaming experience.

The details of those adjustments were not officially announced. But since the patch hit earlier today, the Smash Bros. community have been hard at work trying to unearth what those balance changes might be, if any, and here are some of the minute changes they have found thus far.

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Target Acquired: Hard tag combos into Chris Redfield for the majority of the UMvC3 cast

Ever wanted to play Chris Redfield in UMvC3 but thought to yourself, 'Oh boy, Chris sure looks like fun but there just simply aren't enough hard tag combos to tag him in with. Why aren't there some videos featuring some cool jazzy music that teach me how to hard tag Chris in?'

Well now you have no excuse because GcYoshi has developed three videos in which he shows us a myriad of different combos from a huge portion of the cast.

Chris is a character that builds meter well and does some good damage. Mixing these combos into your Chris game play is sure to grab you a few more victories than usual.

Hit the jump and learn some hard tags.

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Bowser Jr. and Mr. Game and Watch show us their moves for the upcoming Super Smash Bros. Wii U in these newly released action stills

Only a little over three weeks until we can finally get our hands on Super Smash Bros. Wii U.

The graphics in this new game continue to impress... unless you're Mr. Game and Watch... but he's a man of many talents and impresses us in other ways like with his cooking skills, deep sea diving abilities or his power to morph into a giant octopus and kill you.

Bravo Game and Watch, we eagerly await your arrival. In the meantime we'll have to settle for these stills. There are more, like the giant octopus one, after the jump.

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Mike Ross' Capcom Pro Talk episode 2 live stream - discussing Omega mode, CPT Asia Finals, and playing USF4 online

Capcom Pro Talk is returning for its second episode this week, and Twitch's own Mike Ross is back to give us all a serious talkin' to!

Topics for this week's live stream include Ultra Street Fighter 4's upcoming Omega mode and the recently concluded Capcom Pro Tour Asia Finals.

Not only that, but Mike will also be jumping online to play against the masses in USF4.

You won't want to miss this one, folks! So hit that jump and check out the live stream below.

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Topanga players at WNF for grudge matches? Alex Valle discusses the past, present and potential future of Level|Up and he wants YOUR input

Here we feature the second half of my interview with Mr. Street Fighter, Alex Valle.

Wednesday Night Fights started as a small, humble event in a garage that morphed into one of the biggest Street Fighter weeklies in the world. Alex Valle has grown and molded his tournament with the times keeping it relevant and enjoyable.

The introduction of grudge matches has seen a new element added to the event which has brought about much hype and excitement thus far. The question is, is that where the buck stops or are grudge matches we've seen just a prototype for something bigger?

'Who knows? What if we get Smug to battle Snake Eyez... or getting somebody from Topanga vs somebody from the Western Hemisphere to fight?" Valle asks the community to chime in and tell him what they want to see.

Valle also mentions how he wants to drive the lesser-known players in the community rise up and start being known and heard. Whatever he has in store for us we're pretty sure it's not going to disappoint.

Click the jump and see the interview.

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Yoshinori Ono to video games press: 'come down to San Francisco for my special announcement at Capcom Cup 2014, it will be worth your while'

At GameStart Asia this past weekend, Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong (Singapore branch) arranged for a small handful of video games media outlets to attend a special group interview session with Capcom's Yoshinori Ono and Tomoaki Ayano, where we were allowed to ask about pretty much anything, except for maybe questions about competing platforms.

As you might expect, a varied bunch of questions were fielded from the various media representatives.

We're still in the middle of transcribing and sorting out all of that juicy information for you. In the meantime, however, we'd like to share with you one of the more interesting responses to have come out of Ono's mouth at the session. This is from a question we fielded, with regards to Ono's forthcoming announcement at Capcom Cup 2014.

KarbyP: So, Yoshinori Ono is slated to make a special announcement at the Capcom Cup venue in San Francisco on December 13. Can Ono tell us if this will be a major announcement, or a minor one? At the very least it won't be something lame like the release date of Omega Edition, right?

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Gootecks gives Mike Ross the PogChamp in Ultra Excellent Adventures Ep. 37: Uncalled For

This latest episode of The Ultra Excellent Adventures of Gootecks & Mike Ross starts out innocuously enough. Mike Ross gets his game on with Makoto, and a match with a random online warrior, MoOnBoOts, gets underway.

Mike Ross almost loses the match, but manages to steal the game at the very last moment, prompting a very upset MoOnBoOts to respond with an XBL message.

From that point on, what started as a relatively casual online match then quickly evolves into a fierce rivalry as... well, you'll find out.

Emotions run high. Taunts thrown all around. And upsets were made. It's the most dramatic episode of Ultra Excellent Adventures yet. Check out the all-new episode below.

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Mega Man's Leaf Shield is one of the cheapest moves in Super Smash Bros. 3DS; these videos show you why

This is something that I'm sure anyone who's spent even a modicum amount of time learning to play Mega Man in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS would have thought: his Leaf Shield special move has got to be one of the most useless moves in the game.

Leaf Shield not only does a ridiculously low amount of damage (although to be fair, most of Mega Man's moves do not do a whole lot of damage, unless you manage to land one of these combos), but when you have it activated, you actually lose access to most of Mega Man's move set. How is that helpful?

When the game was out, some Mega Man players have found that activating Leaf Shield before going for a grab gives you a tad bit more damage when you've successfully landed the grapple -- about 22% damage on average. But that was about as much use as anyone could muster for the longest time.

Until now, that is. As it turns out, we've got it all wrong. When used for edge-guarding, Leaf Shield can easily be one of the cheapest attacks in the entire game, as the two videos below show. In the second video, witness as a Mega Man player beats his opponent with a clean 2-0 score by mostly using only Leaf Shield and grab -- that's how godlike the move is.

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DeadMaker's Hakan makes a miraculous comeback against Wolfkrone, lands LK FADC UC1 on PR Balrog, fights Dieminion and more - USF4 spotlight

You've watched eight of Asia's best Ultra Street Fighter 4 players duel it out for a much-coveted spot at this year's Capcom Cup over the past two days.

Now it's time to watch something a little different: high-level Hakan play.

Olympic Gaming has put out their latest USF4 spotlight video, this time centering on DeadMaker.

In this highlights compilation video, DeadMaker goes up against numerous notable players: Wolfkrone, Strider 801, EG|PR Balrog, Dieminion, and more. Check it out below.

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Capcom Pro Tour Asia Finals results feat. Daigo, Xian, GamerBee, Gackt, Poongko, Humanbomb, Leslie and Dark Jiewa

Update: This story has been updated with final results and battle logs.

It's finally time to wrap up the Capcom Pro Tour Asia tournaments, and see yet another skilled player qualify for the 2014 Capcom Cup. 8 players have fought, tooth and nail, in the qualifiers all around Asia, and they will now square off in first-to-3 round-robin matches, with the top two players then facing eachother in a first-to-7 set in the finals.

The players who have managed to qualify for this prestigious gathering are MCZ|Daigo, RZR|Xian, AvM|GamerBee, RZR|Gackt, Poongko, CCG|Humanbomb, Leslie and Dark Jiewa.

You can find the livestream and everything else you might need right below.

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Exclusive interview! Alex Valle shares his incredibly valuable two cents on USF4's versions of Hugo and Ryu

When one discusses the founding fathers of America's Fighting Game Community there are a few names that are undoubtedly sure to come up. Amongst those names you'll almost always find Mr. Alex Valle.

Valle has paved the way and helped grow the FGC to what it is today. He is known for his contributions to both in-game strategy as well as to developing and growing the community.

He is a go-to source for sage advice for any and all up and comers. He was kind enough to give us some one on one time and discuss a few topics.

In this part one of our interview, Valle tells us why he is devoted to learning Hugo despite the fact that many are saying he is amongst the worst characters in the game. He also tells us what he thinks about the changes to Ryu and where he ranks in the tier lists.

Click the jump and check it out!

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'He’s a zoner… with a ranged grapple… and great (situational) mobility… and traps… oh, and curses too.' Developer's details on KI's newest character

Whatever happened to the good ol' days where you bought a game and you got all the characters? Honestly, this new approach may be better because it seems to get us back on the edge of our seats every time we start getting comfortable.

In the recent Maya Trailer. We got a sneak peak at the newest Killer Instinct character.

All we knew about him was that he was #notamummy. It's been over a month and we finally have more info on the newcomer.

It sounds as though he is going to be very unique in that he is primarily a zoner but also has the ability for ranged grapple. This seems to shy away from traditional fighting game character templates and create something of a hybrid zone-grappler.

Indeed the developers have nicknamed not-mummy new guy the 'Trap Grappler' which sounds pretty intimidating when you think about it. In any case our guess is that he'll be pretty fun to use and frustrating to play against. Zoning, mix ups AND curses? Come on now...

While they didn't give us his name they did post a piece of concept art which you can view by clicking the jump.

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Devilish Daigo: Umehara lands Raging Demons in devastating fashion on Xian and Gackt - Highlights from Capcom Pro Tour Asia

Evil Ryu is known as a character with massive firepower when he's stocked with meter, but MCZ|Daigo Umehara has been making him look even deadlier with some very crafty uses of the fighter's kara Raging Demon in competitive matches.

Facing Razer's Gackt and Xian last night in the Capcom Pro Tour Asia event, Umehara landed multiple Raging Demons on his unsuspecting opponents.

Gackt and Xian are two phenomenal Ultra Street Fighter 4 players, and the fact Daigo was able to set them up multiple times for kara demons is quite impressive.

We've put together a set of highlights Umehara had against both players in animated gif form.


Click images for animated versions

Photo of Daigo from BeingAScrub.


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