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First in-game look at Decapre, Rolento, Elena, Hugo, and Poison's alternate costumes in Ultra Street Fighter 4, 2nd wave of costumes also shown

Famitsu, a Japanese gaming publication, posted in their magazine the first in-game look at Decapre, Rolento, Elena, Hugo, and Poison's alternate costumes in Ultra Street Fighter 4. Each of these outfits was designed by UDON, and just yesterday, we saw the Decapre's costume design for the first time.

If you look closely at the image below, you can see that there are in-game screenshots showing a 2nd wave of alternate costumes for Rolento, Poison, Elena, and Decapre. It appears as though Rolento is donning his plumber getup from Street Fighter X Tekken, and Poison is also getting one of her SFxT outfits.

Players will be able to use these costumes if they have save data from Street Fighter X Tekken on their hard-drives. Decapre's costume isn't actually a new design, but rather, Cammy's SFxT alternate outfit. These costumes will also be available in the arcade version of Ultra Street Fighter 4.

You can check out the scan below, courtesy of Kurushii.

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Source: Famitsu. Via SRK.

'Visit beautiful Brazil, where Blanka hangs out on rooftops!' - vintage travel style artwork featuring Street Fighter 2 stages

Fro Design Co created some awesome looking vintage travel posters that feature classic Street Fighter 2 stages. Included here are faux advertisements for Japan, Brazil, China. India, Las Vegas, and Thailand.

To add a bit more authenticity to this artwork, the designers even added the Trans World Airlines logo, which is an airline that was popular during the early 90's.

Prints of these posters are for sale, so be sure to click the link above for information.

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Which Street Fighter 2 stage would you most like to visit? Feel free to let us know in the comments below.

Source: Capcom Unity.

Updated: Quick battle logs added; Daigo, Mago, Tokido, and Bonchan's special Ultra Street Fighter 4 launch stream

Updated: We have added some quick battle logs for these exhibition matches. You will find which player beat which, along with the characters they used.

The arcade version of Ultra Street Fighter 4 will be officially released in Japan tomorrow, so in order to honor its launch, a handful of Japan's best Street Fighter players are running a live stream on which they'll be participating in exhibition matches.

MCZ|Daigo, MCZ|Tokido, MCZ|Mago, and Bonchan are joining forces to bring us some quality Ultra Street Fighter 4 footage, and Nuki is expected to provide commentary.

The stream can be found over on Nico Nico, and can be viewed by those who have an account. You can create a free Nico account to check out the stream.

Hit the jump for results of the stream's exhibition matches.

Decapre's alternative costume in Ultra Street Fighter 4 revealed

Decapre's alternative costume for Ultra Street Fighter 4 was revealed today, although it's just the artwork and not the actual in-game look.

Like the other new characters, this was designed by Udon and you can see Decapre is sporting locks, chains and belts.

If you missed them the first time around, we've included the artwork for the alternative outfits for Hugo, Rolento, Elena and Poison as well.

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Tip from Shinkuu_Kikoken.

You can win hundreds of dollars playing SSF4 AE v2012 online during the next PxG Championships

The next PxG Championship tournament is coming up in just a few weeks, on April 27, 2014. Another $500 in cash prizes will be up for grabs, along with some excellent goodies from AverMedia, like a custom joystick from FoeHammer and more.

You can find more details on their official website, like how you can sign up.

Even if you're not wanting to compete at this event, you should definitely tune in for the stream, as there will be a lot of great action for viewers at home to watch.

Last time EG|Justin Wong took top honors, defeating players like EMP|NuckleDu, MC|XsK Samurai, AG|Native Impact and MLSwear on his way to victory, so there was no shortage of excellent action to take in.

Hit the jump to view the official trailer for the event.

A thorn in the jaguar's paw? GamerBee faces one of his greatest challenges yet: A Zangief player named GOGO BABY CHAN

AVM|GamerBee recently uploaded a great set of Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012 matches between himself and an exceptional Zangief player by the name of GOGO BABY CHAN.

The two players battle it out for nearly 40 minutes, and GamerBee even commented about just how good this Zangief player is over on his personal Twitter account.

It's rare that we see either Adon or Zangief played on a high level, (sans the few tournament players who still use these characters competitively), so this is definitely a treat for anyone looking for some great SSF4 AE v2012 action, minus the top tiers.

You can find all of the footage after the jump.

USF4's Red Focus intended for casual players, delayed wake-up made for hardcore competitors; Ayano says Ryu users will enjoy playing Poison

Ultra Street Fighter 4's assistant producer, Tomoaki Ayano, spoke to Siliconera once again in order to discuss the upcoming SF4 series update. This particular interview focuses mainly on the subject of complexity, and if USF4 may become too complicated with all of the new game mechanics being added.

To better address this question, Ayano starts out by explaining the thought process behind creating both Ultra Street Fighter 4's Red Focus and delayed wake-up mechanics. He admits that Red Focus was created with casual players in mind.

"It [Red Focus] was conceived as a technique to deal with incoming multi-hit attacks via simple button input," the assistant producer says. "We see it as a way to bring more casual users into the fold and reignite interest among players who may have been sitting out of the Street Fighter IV series until now."

You can continue reading after the break.

Comebacks, perfects, and tricky orb mixups: Luffy shows that Rose is capable of great things in this SSF4 AE v2012 highlight reel

DeBeast continues to shine the spotlight on the great players competing in the Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012 tournament scene.

In today's highlight reel, we get to see none other than the best Rose player in Europe (and possibly the world), MD|Luffy.

Rose isn't really known for being an over-the-top flashy character, but Luffy shows off a ton of great set ups, combos, and even manages to pull off some clutch comebacks, despite Rose's damage output being fairly low.

Hit the jump to see arguably the best Rose around do his thing.

Super Smash Bros. Melee gets the acapella treatment as Smooth McGroove performs a hauntingly beautiful rendition of the Menu 1 theme

Smooth McGroove returns to the world of fighting game themes with his latest acapella video.

This time around, McGroove performs his rendition of the Super Smash Bros. Melee Menu 1 theme. If you've never seen Smooth McGroove before, don't be fooled by his appearance.

The man can definitely sing, and he uses numerous clips of himself, edited together, to create a hauntingly beautiful cover of classic game music.

Old school Smash Bros. fans, be prepared to get taken back to the good ol' days with this awesome version of the Melee Menu 1 theme. Hit the jump to check it out.

Daigo: 'Hugo's normals are quite strong in USF4, he possesses a fairly strong footsie game' - The Beast analyzes Hugo in this character breakdown

Taito has added a brand new Ultra Street Fighter 4 character breakdown to their YouTube channel.

This time around, MCZ|Daigo "The Beast" Umehara gives us an in-depth look at what Hugo can do in the SF4 series update. Earlier this month, Umehara expressed his interest in picking up a grappler character after EVO 2014 in July.

Much like the previous character breakdowns, the entire video is in Japanese. Luckily, EventHubs' own KarbyP has provided us with an English translation.

Hit the jump to view the video and our translation.

Capcom: There's no reason fighting games shouldn't be bigger than they are - Pro Tour born out of this thinking

Capcom's Peter "Combofiend" Rosas was recently asked by Lone Star Gamer about the Capcom Pro Tour and the methodology behind their approach of why they launched this new venture.

"We were sitting around thinking that 'there's no reason fighting games shouldn't be bigger than they are'," said Rosas.

He noted that fighting games are the closest people can get to MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) matches, and there's no reason that these titles shouldn't be broadcast to a greater amount of people.

"We feel that [Capcom] stepping in can definitely help bring everything together, help create this one cohesive league," said Rosas.

Asked about the future of the Capcom Pro tour, Rosas believes things will grow beyond what users currently see.

Peter also delves into other topics like if he misses competing at tournaments, and covers some of the balancing philosophy they're trying to use when working on Ultra Street Fighter 4.

To see the full interview, hit the jump.

Major League Baseball star Hunter Pence has a pretty sick Green Arrow in Injustice: Gods Among Us

IGN's Destin Legarie recently sat down to play a few games of Injustice: Gods Among Us, and with him he had a special guest opponent. Major League Baseball athlete, and outfielder for the San Francisco Giants, Hunter Pence stopped by to get in some matches.

Despite devoting his life to being an MLB star, it seems that Pence has clocked in a great amount of time playing Injustice. As you can see in the following footage, the Giants' outfielder not only has a solid understanding of the game mechanics, but also has a pretty sick Green Arrow.

Not only that, but Pence mentions in the video that he enjoys watching Injustice streams in his spare time. It's always a treat to see people in other specialties enjoying fighting games and taking the time to acquire the knowledge.

Hit the jump to see Hunter Pence square off against IGN's Destin Legarie in Injustice: Gods Among Us.

Red Focus builds twice as much Ultra meter as regular Focus Attack, T. Hawk is 'definitely a character to watch in USF4' - PAX East stream notes

At the Capcom Pro Tour PAX East 2014 tournament, that which took place this past weekend, an Ultra Street Fighter 4 exhibition was held on finals day (yesterday). During the Capcom Fighters broadcast, USF4's associate producer Mike Evans and Capcom marketing manager Dan Pantumsinchai provided commentary throughout the special event.

Naturally, the two Capcom representatives talked extensively about the upcoming Street Fighter 4 series update, dropping quite a few interesting bits of information.

According to Evans, Red Focus' utility isn't only limited to the number of hits it can absorb. The associate producer mentioned that when absorbing attacks, Red Focus actually builds twice as much Ultra meter than a regular Focus Attack does.

Additionally, Evans says that T. Hawk is "definitely a character to watch" in Ultra Street Fighter 4 because he is getting some nice improvements.

There is a lot to be read here, including facts about Elena, Poison, Rolento, Cammy, Sakura, Dee Jay and more. Hit the jump to check out the transcript.

Tiers for Injustice: Gods Among Us launched on EventHubs

We've just launched our tiers pages for Injustice: Gods Among Us, giving our users the ability to vote on the game's match ups, along with providing areas to discuss them with their fellow players.

If you're knowledgeable about Injustice, please get in there and vote on the match ups you're familiar with.

Keep in mind this section updates once an hour, so keep checking back to see how the tiers are taking shape.

When a tier section is first launched, just a few votes can have a drastic impact on how the list shakes out, but over time the picture gets much more defined and normalized.

As promised, we're going to be rolling out new tiers sections on a regular basis now, so we'll have yet another game available in about three or four days. Stay tuned.

K-Brad: I might not play Cammy anymore, I might play Decapre; That mask? I'm ready for it - SCR champ talks EG sponsorship, character choice, and more

Lone Star Gamer caught up with the SoCal Regionals 2014 champion, Kenneth "EG|K-Brad" Bradley, over at Texas Showdown last week. During their conversation, K-Brad discussed a wide array of topics including how he went about scoring his newly acquired sponsorship, character choice, his experience at ESGN TV's Fight Night, and more.

On the subject of his main character, K-Brad states that he actually liked Cammy much before she was considered top tier in Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012. Although he's since made a name for himself using the blonde rushdown fighter, he mentions that he may actually be dropping Cammy in exchange for Decapre once Ultra Street Fighter 4 hits. "I might not play Cammy anymore; I might play Decapre because, that mask? Decapre in that mask? Oh my god, I'm ready for that!"

He also discusses his time at ESGN TV's Fight Night in Berlin, Germany. The Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012 show featured numerous top-level competitors, and during his time there, K-Brad felt as though he wasn't quite on their level of skill. Upon returning home, K-Brad buckled down and practiced every day, which he feels led to his victory at SCR 2014.

There's much more included here, so be sure to hit the jump and check out the video interview.

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