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The most powerful Street Fighter can only be matched by Ingrid from Fighting Evolution - Capcom UK shares top 5 strongest characters in the franchise

The Street Fighter franchise is known for having some truly powerful fighters among its ranks. Characters can shoot plasma from their palms, deliver bone-shattering attacks, soar into the sky with spinning kicks, and much more. It's safe to say that the average human isn't capable of such feats and Street Fighter's world warriors are incredibly strong beings. But which characters are the strongest?

Capcom UK has released a video that lists the top 5 candidates in order of strength, based on their backstories and their attributes.

We all know that Akuma is one of the strongest characters in the franchise, but the other four characters listed here are quite interesting. Capcom Europe's Matt Edwards, the company rep presenting this video, mentions that the only character who may have a chance at challenging the strongest on this list is Ingrid from Capcom Fighting Evolution.

Below you will find out which characters Capcom feels are the absolute most powerful in the franchise. Check out the video list below and let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Fuudo's 'Ai' tech: a way to activate Red Focus only if your opponent actually throws out a move in Ultra Street Fighter 4

On Tuesday, Keita "RZR|Fuudo" Ai shared in the latest episode of Kachitagari TV his recent discovery of a piece of Red Focus Attack tech in Ultra Street Fighter 4 that may have potential applications in a real match.

He's calling this discovery the "Ai" tech or "Ai-shiki", taken from his last name, and it is essentially an option-select that activates the Red Focus Attack only if your opponent throws out a meaty attack. A regular Focus Attack comes out instead, if your opponent does not throw out a move.

If performed correctly, the image on the left below is what you should be seeing in the input display in Training mode (command is MP+MK, then HP+HK~LP+MP+MK). Meanwhile, the animated GIF on the right demonstrates what this maneuver accomplishes.


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Do you see what is happening here? In this case I've set the training dummy to perform a jump and throw out the Ai-shiki on landing. In doing so, the training dummy will perform a regular Focus Attack when left unprovoked, but will activate the Red Focus when you attempt a meaty attack.

For a fuller explanation on why this tech works, check out the video below.

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Mewtwo may be the only DLC character; Sakurai says Nintendo is not working on any paid DLC for Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS at the moment

Longtime Smash fans cried tears of joy when Nintendo announced that Mewtwo would be joining the roster of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U as a special bonus for gamers who own both versions of the game. It was like a dream come true for many.

But at the same time, fans had hoped that Mewtwo wouldn't be the only such post-release DLC character for the game. This announcement had signaled a brand new possibility -- but it was unclear if Nintendo and the game's director Masahiro Sakurai actually had plans to introduce more characters into the new Smash game in this manner.

Until now, that is.

According to an interview Sakurai did with VideoGamer.com, at the moment Nintendo does not have any plans on making DLC characters for Super Smash Bros.s 3DS/Wii U.

VideoGamer.com: Do you have plans for any additional characters or stages as DLC?

Masahiro Sakurai, Game Designer, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS: I understand that DLC could add a lot to the appeal of Smash Bros., and I appreciate that a major part of the excitement for these games come from which characters will appear in the roster, so I think fans could really enjoy DLC that could keep this excitement going.

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Bonchan's victory over Fuudo at EVO 2014 - in-depth match analysis on UltraChen TV's 'World Warriors of Capcom Cup'

With just 24 days left to go before Capcom Cup 2014 is set to take place at the historic Warfield Theater in San Francisco (hotel and schedule details here), the Capcom Fighters YouTube channel has now posted the second installment of UltraChen TV's "World Warriors of Capcom Cup" series of player spotlights.

Bonchan is the subject of this latest episode. The Japanese player is well-known especially for his unique playing style with Sagat that's characterized by fast strikes and fluid movements -- which is incredible given that Sagat is normally perceived as a sluggish character with low mobility.

To help them break down why Bonchan's play style is so interesting, James Chen and UltraDavid have chosen to do an in-depth analysis of Bonchan's match against RZR|Fuudo at EVO 2014 earlier this year.

This is the match that got Bonchan into Grand Finals. There are a lot of great moments here, including some that you may not have fully understood the significance of when you were watching it during EVO.

So go grab some popcorn (or, well, a take-out lunch), get comfy, and let James Chen and UltraDavid expose all the top-tier thinking that was going on within Bonchan's head during the match in the new episode below.

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1st screenshots of Raidou in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, new hairstyles for Mila, Alpha-152, and Tina shown

The latest issue of Weekly Famitsu magazine is officially out on newsstands today, and (like we reported yesterday) this week it's giving fighting game fans their first look at Raidou in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, who's one of two new characters being added to this final revision to the title.

Apart from giving DOA fans their first look at Raidou, Famitsu magazine also featured screenshots of some of the new costumes in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round -- specifically, those for Mila, Alpha-152, Tina and Marie Rose.

Check out the images below, and hit the jump for some additional details on Raidou -- such as who revived him -- and the new costumes.


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Chuvy gets a second chance, Chaotix rushes down Filipino Champ, and Ricky Ortiz shows why she's so clutch in some hype moments from Absolute Battle 5

Absolute Battle 5 made for a very exciting weekend as some of Texas' best went toe to toe with 'invaders' from around the country.

We've put together some GIFs from hype moments during the Ultra Street Fighter 4 top 16 playoffs.

The first moment saw TFA|German Luger's Vega face off against fellow Texan TSFM|Chuvy's Rufus in loser's bracket.

Luger had a rough time adapting to Chuvy's offense throughout the match. At one point, it looked as though he had turned things around.

With a substantial life lead and the need only for chip damage to win, Luger went for an ill-advised wake up Ultra. Both players seemed to enter into a into a frantic panic and what followed was a crazy series drops and missed inputs.


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Hit the jump to see more hype moments from this year's Absolute Battle!

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Meaty Tatsu loops lead to big damage, Otoshi combos into Ultra 2: Learn this and more in the ultimate USF4 Sakura combo guide

Sakura is one of the most combo-heavy characters in Ultra Street Fighter 4. Players looking to learn the street fightin' school girl may be easily overwhelmed by the ocean of combo options she has at her disposal.

Luckily, shano sent us the perfect jumping off point: the ultimate Sakura combo guide. In this video, you'll find every combo you could ever hope to use in the heat of a real match.

This guide is divided up into chapters, and you'll find useful setups such as meaty Tatsu loops, counter-hit combos, BnBs, and much more.

To view this incredibly helpful resource, be sure to continue on after the jump.

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Killer Instinct Online Warrior Championship ep. 2 results ft. CD Jr., Rico Suave, Tyrant, and more

Updated: Results and a stream archive have been added to this story.

Earlier: The second installment of Level|Up's Online Warrior Championship featuring Killer Instinct season 2 kicks off tonight. Much like last time, we can expect to see some excellent KI action from players all around the US.

Players expected to compete tonight include the EVO 2014 champion, SteamCo|CD Jr., MOR|Rico Suave, Hitbox|Tyrant, PaulB, and more. You can follow along with all of the action by checking out Level|Up's Challonge page.

Also, if you want to catch up on the results from episode one, you can find them here.

The tournament's pre-show is currently underway (at the time of writing this), and the main event will begin shortly.

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$10,000 first-to-5 money match with Gootecks & Mike Ross coaching: Steve Aoki takes on Kid Ink in Ultra Street Fighter 4 for charity

Previously, famed electronic dance musicians Steve Aoki and Borgore played each other in a first-to-5 Ultra Street Fighter 4 set to settle a score, after Aoki called out Borgore publicly on Twitter to face him in digital combat.

The fans wanted to see it happen and so Borgore very graciously accepted, only to fall into the hands of defeat as Aoki managed to triumph over his opponent in USF4 live on the Twitch stream.

Fast-forward to November 2014. There's a new challenger in town -- accomplished American rapper Kid Ink.

According to Kid Ink, Street Fighter is one of his favorite video games of all time, so when he heard that Steve Aoki was challenging artistes to Street Fighter, he knew that he had to be a part of it.

And that's how this Steve Aoki vs. Kid Ink first-to-5 USF4 set came to be. The two played each other for $10,000 (the loser had to donate that amount to the winner's charity) this past Monday live on Twitch, with Gootecks and Mike Ross taking on coaching duties.

Because, you know, since there's ten thousand dollars on the line, Aoki and Ink deserve to have the best in the biz by their side for advice. And, as you'll see in the video below, the Cross Counter duo's coaching turns out to actually be pretty effective.

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Raidou - Dead or Alive 5 Last Round's new male character is the boss from DOA1 with a cyborg twist

Raidou, the final boss from the very first Dead or Alive title, is returning as a playable character in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round with a twist, a Japanese video games magazine is revealing on Thursday.

Although Raidou was killed off by Kasumi after the very first Dead or Alive tournament, story-wise, the character is being resurrected in cyborg form for the final installment of the Dead or Alive 5 series. Voice actor Tetsu Inaba will reprise his role as Raidou in Dead or Alive 5: Last Round.

A master of the Modified Mugen Tenshin Ninjutsu (Tenjinmon) style, Raidou is said to specialize in powerful attacks made possible by his large body build.

According to the early report, the magazine is also revealing this week the game's first-print bonus in Japan: a set of 4 swimsuit costumes for four female characters in the game along with a gravure movie featuring those characters, and a Ninja 2015 DLC costume pack.

Check out Raidou's moves from his appearance in the original Dead or Alive in the video below.

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El Fuerte has 19 bad match-ups - Pepeday's character tier, courtesy of Air

It's been a whirlwind storm of El Fuerte madness ever since R/Kappa|Pepeday (who's also a member of the Fuzuoka Gaming Club in Japan) took the championship title at Mad Catz's Tokyo Game Show 2014 Ultra Street Fighter 4 tournament in September.

Since then, the top El Fuerte player from Japan has been making waves, landing a respectable 5th place spot at The Fall Classic (which the good folks at R/Kappa very generously donated to fly him out for), and finally grabbing that 1st place win at the recently concluded Canada Cup 2014.

That's two majors Pepeday have won with El Fuerte, in the short span of a couple of months. And all of that was made possible due to the insane amount of training Pepeday has undergone with the character -- he's been playing Fuerte for almost six years now.

This man is arguably the foremost authority on all things El Fuerte. Find out what he thinks of Elf's character match-ups in Ultra Street Fighter 4 below, provided by CCG|Air.

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Super Smash Bros. 3DS Ver. 1.0.4 patch is out; Little Mac's KO Punch buffed, Bowsercide kills Bowser first - list of changes found thus far

Now that we're mere days away from the release of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, the Ver. 1.0.4 update patch for Super Smash Bros. 3DS is now available to download from the Nintendo e-Shop! You will need 859 blocks of system memory on your 3DS to download the patch.

Ver 1.0.4 brings with it a ton of balance changes to the 3DS version of the game in order to bring it up to speed with the tweaks made in the forthcoming Wii U version.

Although Nintendo did not put out a full change log to detail these tweaks made in Ver. 1.0.4, the incredible Smash community has been hard at work testing the updated version for changes made to their favorite characters.

Over here we'll present some of the most comprehensive change lists we've seen so far -- from Smash Boards's SamuraiPanda, R/SmashBros's Tainic and NeoGAF's Metal B. We've also included a note about Little Mac's KO Punch from Smash Boards user Venks, as that also stood out to us.

Do note that some of the changes listed here have not necessarily been verified for accuracy.


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Daigo bashes Uryo with a Perfect, Sako gets locked down by 10 fireballs, and more: Topanga A League day 6 pro plays

The Topanga A League rages on, and much like we did for day 4 of the event, tonight we're shining the spotlight on a few pro plays that took place earlier today. Topanga's live stream is a pay-per-view broadcast, so these highlights are for those who may have been unable to catch the action.

Tonight's highlights include players such as MCZ|Daigo, BE|Nemo, HORI|Sako, Uryo, and more.

To start us off, we get to see The Beast doing what he does best: mauling his opponent. Matched up against Uryo's Chun-Li -- who is in no way a slouch -- Daigo made an exceptional read in the 2nd round of the 4th game. Uryo went for a Hazanshu (flip kick), but Umehara saw it coming a mile away, absorbed the hit with a Focus Attack, and then got to work.

The result was a lightning fast Perfect.


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Yun travels straight through Elena with Lunge Punch; Balrog, Cody, and more cross over a downed Seth: Interesting USF4 pass-through glitches

A couple of videos have recently surfaced that showcase a number of interesting cross over properties in Ultra Street Fighter 4. More commonly known as "pass-through glitches," the following footage features certain characters literally going through the opponent -- by way of specific setups -- when they normally wouldn't be able to.

The first example includes Yun and Elena. Apparently, when a player activates Yun's Genei-Jin Super and uses his Lunge Punch from close range, he'll pass right through the Capoeira fighter. This doesn't just apply to raw Lunch Punch, however, as we see that Yun still activates the pass-through property when mid-combo.

Additionally, Seth suffers a similar fate as Elena, only his occurs when he is downed. If Seth is knocked down and doesn't use quick rise, certain characters will be able to pass over to the other side of him using certain attacks. Characters such as Rose, El Fuerte, Balrog, Cody, and more can take advantage of this tricky little mix-up.

Editor's note: While the Yun glitch could potentially pose a problem in that match-up, these set-ups aren't game breaking in any way. Makoto can also pass over opponents with her forward + heavy kick, and this has been in the game since she was first introduced in Super Street Fighter 4.

Hit the jump to check out pass-through clips.

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Bowser Jr's Mechakoopa setups, combos that lead into Up+B kill moves - Smash and Grab's Bowser Jr. Breakdown

For most characters in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (and Wii U), their up+B special moves aren't something you'd normally use as a finishing move to send your opponent flying off-screen. Sure, there are exceptions to this generalization, but those are few and far apart.

That makes Bowser Jr.'s up+B special a fairly unique maneuver, as it can be used in two different ways to KO your opponeot: when Bowser Jr.'s self-destructing ship explodes, or via the mid-air attack that Bowser Jr. can perform after he's abandoned his ship.

In the latter scenario, you can even combo into the killing blow. Find out how in Smash and Grab's latest Super Smash Bros. 3DS tutorial, the Bowser Jr. Breakdown.

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