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Harada to reveal new Tekken 7 information on September 14 during 'Sugamo Cup' TTT2 arcade tournament in Japan

This weekend the Sugamo branch of Namco amusement arcades is holding a series of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 tournies over a three-day period (September 13, 14 and 15) -- collectively christened the "Sugamo Cup".

The Sugamo Cup weekend will kick off at 5PM Japan time on September 13 with a first-to-ten set between top players nobi and Take. The set will be streamed on Nico Video here.

This is followed by a 32-team 3-on-3 tournament on Sunday, and a beginners tournament on Monday.

But that's not all; on Sunday's tournament, Bandai Namco Games's Tekken series director Katsuhiro Harada will also be present to share some new information on Tekken 7 -- and it will be streamed live.


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Video: 'No chain grabs' mechanic in Super Smash Bros. 3DS shown off in new Japanese e-Shop demo

On Monday we reported that chain grabs have apparently been removed from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U due to a one second throw-invulnerability window that kicks in after you get thrown.

The mechanic was explained in a loading screen tip from the Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS Japan preview event (September 6 and 7) demo, and spotted by a sharp-eyed Smash player from the region -- but as he later told EventHubs, there was a chance that he might have misread it as the loading screen only appears for a couple of seconds.

Well, as it turns out, the Japanese Smash fan was right on the money. A new Super Smash Bros. 3DS demo containing five playable characters (Mario, Link, Pikachu, Villager and Mega Man) was released on the Japanese e-Shop today, and numerous Smash fans with access to a Japanese 3DS have been able to test out the mechanic for themselves.

One of them, fpsanth, has even made a video to demonstrate it.

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Two Backstreet Boys hits as performed by Justin Wong, PR Balrog, MarkMan, and more - meet the FGC's newest boy-band

Yes, folks. You read that headline correctly. I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried...

In some lighthearted news to end our day here at EventHubs, we bring to you a couple of videos that recently surfaced on the interwebz and made the rounds through social media.

What we have here is two karaoke performances featuring a handful of very familiar faces in the fighting game community as they sing two -- that's right, two -- different Backstreet Boys classics: "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely" and "I Want it That Way."

Among the pack you'll easily spot Justin Wong, PR Balrog, and CoolGrayAJ of Evil Geniuses. Also, look closely at the fellow standing in the back of the line-up and you'll see that it is none other than the arcade stick guru himself, Mad Catz's MarkMan.

I really can't say much else about these videos that the headline doesn't already say for itself. Hit the jump to witness the might of the FGC's newest boy-band: The Backdash Boys!

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Xbox One lacks voice command function and Killer Instinct 'Ultra Combo' content in Sweden, Japan, and 24 other regions

Microsoft's next-gen console, the Xbox One, just made its way to store shelves in 26 different regions this month. These locations did not receive the console when the first wave was released back in November of 2013, so overseas gamers had to sit and wait patiently for the hardware to become available at their local game store.

Unfortunately, recent reports indicate that their long wait may have been in vain. According to Simon Lundmark over at the DarkZero gaming website, several digital Xbox One titles, along with certain downloadable content, are currently unavailable in Sweden and many of the other countries that just saw an official Xbox One release.

One of the most discussed game omissions currently is Killer Instinct's Ultra Combo Edition. Lundmark, along with numerous users from different regions over on the Xbox forums, have stated that the option to purchase the Ultra pack -- that which includes all of the retro costumes, accessory packs, and Killer Instinct Classic 1 -- is simply not available for purchase at this time.

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Official SF2 'Dhalsim curry' released in Japan - reports say it's extremely spicy, and the box art is pretty hot too!

Japan often gets awesome Street Fighter (and other fighting game) themed merchandise that is only ever available in the land of the rising sun. Just last month we saw a batch of Street Fighter wallets, underwear, and tablet cases that we wish we could get our hands on here in the states.

Well, it looks like the cool products keep rolling out as an official Street Fighter 2 themed curry featuring Dhalsim was recently released in Japan. Simply deemed "Dhalsim curry," this spicy side-dish was being offered by online retailer Geek Store Life, but has since sold out.

A five-pack runs for 2,700 yen ($26 USD). Although this is quite the asking price for curry, as Japanese curry typically runs you about a buck, it's may be worth the money solely based on the wicked box art.

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Juri can parry too?! Armor cancelling Ultra 1 leaves her opponents open for big punishes in Ultra Street Fighter 4

A YouTube user by the name of boitacarton recently uploaded footage of a technique that goes heavily underutilized by Juri players in Ultra Street Fighter 4, and may not be known to the average player.

By armor canceling her EX Counter -- a maneuver that allows certain characters to cancel an EX special move into another move and absorb one hit at the expense of spending no meter -- Juri can cancel straight into her Ultra 1. This parry-like tech allows her to absorb an oncoming attack, then follow up with a big punish using the custom combo Ultra.

It should be noted that Juri's counter loses to armor breaking attacks, so this cannot be used against any attack that does so. Having said that, this can be great for stopping cross ups, certain special moves, and more, as seen in the video.

You can check out Juri's armor cancel Ultra in action below.

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Give your opponents nightmarish flashbacks of Arcade Edition with these extensive Ultra Street Fighter 4 Yun tutorials

DaFeetLee has just uploaded an extensive Yun tutorial for Ultra Street Fighter 4. This is no quick class. Split into two parts, the first video clocks in at just over two hours.

The tutorial includes which normals and specials to abuse, combos, cross-ups, what to do post Ultra 1, and so much more.

And just when you think you're finished with learning Yun because you've made it through the video, DaFeetLee also has a massive, written guide that further details everything you need to know about this terror from above.

Alone either tutorial is well above standard fair. Together, though, they are absolutely comprehensive.

Watch the video below to begin your journey into the realm of red focus combos and tricky resets.

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Ono tweets cryptic picture about new fighting game, states that staff has gathered to start work

Ono-san has tweeted an update on the newest Capcom fighting game. In it he states, "Staff has begun to gather for making new title!! Let's keep going!! ;D"

This comes shortly after a recent recruitment post revealing Capcom has once again paired up with Street Fighter 4 creator Dimps.

What makes the tweet more interesting, however, is the picture attached to it. In it, a litter of Kidrobot figures stand around Ono-san's signature Blanka.

While it's easy to jump to conclusions, since characters like Charlie are in the image, it's important to take a hint like this with a grain of salt.

However, if you want to throw caution to the wind and wildly speculate like me, check out the picture below.


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'This guy's doing combo videos and it's a tournament!' – Compilation of Smug shows what happens when Dudley takes you to the corner in USF4

If Third Strike's Kokujin were to ever have a spiritual successor, it'd be tough to argue against PIE|Smug while watching this latest compilation video by The BEAST.

Combos, mix-ups, and stun after stun have even the commentators laughing and shouting in disbelief.

From wild comebacks to giving his opponents some air time, it's hard not to get caught up in the sheer power of Dudley when he corners his opponents.

Check below for almost ten minutes of Ultra Street Fighter 4 juggling action.

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Snake Eyez scores 16 second perfect with 3 lightning fast SPDs, FilipinoMan's clutch play is a must see - WCW4 match highlight

The battle to determine who would be sent losers at West Coast Warzone 4, and who would continue to fight on in winners during the Ultra Street Fighter 4 tournament was set. Consistent Wednesday Night Fights rivals FRQ|FilipinoMan and Snake Eyez sat down, exchanged a quick handshake, and prepared to engage in yet another Rose vs. Zangief showdown.

Although the current talk of the town is BE|Nemo's Rolento, (which we will be discussing soon), we here at EventHubs wanted to shine some light on a match that many may have missed during this past tournament weekend -- Snake Eyez vs. FilipinoMan in the USF4 winners semi-finals at WCW4.

The match started out with a bang as Snake Eyez made quick work of the exceptional Rose player, taking the first round with a 16 second perfect. After chipping away at FilipinoMan's health with a couple of minor attacks, the hard-hitting Zangief landed three Spinning Pile Drivers in succession, taking the majority of Rose's health bar.


Three SPDs from Zangief deal about 75% damage on Rose...ouch!

Editor's note: Click the images in this story to see animated GIF versions of these hype moments.

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These were the most popular games at Summer Jam 8 - Soul Calibur 5 beat nine other titles for entrants

Summer Jam 8 took place at the end of last month, and this particular major tournament was host to a hefty number of competitors spanning across 10+ different fighting games. With games like Under Night In-Birth Exe: Late, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, and even Ultra Street Fighter 4 making their first Summer Jam appearance, many may be wondering how many players competed in each title.

By using the brackets over on Big E Gaming's Challonge page, we were able to determine which of the games provided were the most popular based on the number of entrants each one had.

Below you will find the entrance numbers for all fighting games, (except for Super Smash Bros. Melee and Project M, as they were not available on Challonge at this time.)

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Sako and Mago demoted to Topanga B League, will join the 16-player fight for the chance to return to A League

The full line-up for Topanga League 4 (B League) is now out, and among the 16 players slugging it out for a chance to enter the A League is Hori|Sako, who was the champion of the first Topanga League.

Hori|Sako was previously in the A League for Topanga League 3, but has now been demoted to B League status along with MCZ|Mago. The two pro gamers appear to be confident of re-entering the A League, however, now that Sako has "awakened his inner Capoeira" and Mago calling himself the "new and improved" 2D God.

Other hot favorites included in the 16-man league include MCZ|Tokido, "Mr. Condor Spire" Kouji KOG, and BE|Nemo. They are joined by several relatively fresh faces, including Ninomae, who says in the Topanga League 4 (B) trailer that he's ready to show the world what Japan's Rose players are made of.

Check out the trailer below, along with a full line-up of players. We've also included Yossan (Juri) and Sasaki's (Cody) qualifying matches for the league.

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Daigo's AMA (Part 2): Bonchan is a weak character in Real Street Fighter - PS4 or XB1, Game of Thrones, and other questions

In this second part of the transcript for MCZ|Daigo's "Ask Me Anything" livestream. The Beast answers questions such as: who he'd love to challenge next after defeating RZR|Xian and Infiltration in long sets, what's the secret behind the Umeshoryu, why he's more eager to qualify into the Capcom Cup this year, and who would win in a real street fight between MCZ|Tokido, MCZ|Mago, Bonchan and himself.

MCZ|Daigo also answers quite a number of personal trivia questions, such as what his favorite ramen flavor is, and if he prefers the PS4 or the XB1 when it comes to next-generation consoles.

Check out the translation below, as well as part one of the transcript if you have yet to see it.

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No chain grabs in Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U confirmed in Japanese demo's loading screen

Although they can sometimes lead to infinites, chain grabs are considered a legitimate tactic in all three prior Super Smash Bros. games, useable (abusable?) by a good portion of each game's cast.

But for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U, director Masahiro Sakurai and his team are attempting to root out chain grabs altogether, by implementing some preventive measures.

According to a Smash player who participated in the recent Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS preview event in Japan, a loading screen tip in the demo mentioned that you will not be able to grab the same opponent again for one second after grabbing him the first time.

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Daigo's AMA (Part 1): 'Nemo is a stronger player than I am; I would like to release an English version of my book but...'

Last night, while West Coast Warzone 4 was still taking place, Mad Catz's Zhi and Daigo held a livestream where Daigo "The Beast" Umehara answered a bunch of fan questions garnered through a Ask Me Anything thread on the "I Am A" subreddit.

The AMA live stream was fairly long, coming in at just over one and a half hours. Throughout the AMA session, MCZ|Daigo answered questions such as if he has plans to release an English version of his book, who he thinks are the next-generation fighting game gods, and if he feels he might have beaten John Choi if he had pulled out Ryu as a sub-character for the match.

Some of Daigo's responses are on the Reddit AMA thread, but as it turns out, The Beast actually answered a lot more questions -- but forgot to hit save on his written responses a whole bunch of times.

In an attempt to bring you all of the questions, we're currently sifting through the entire stream archive to transcribe for you all of the questions that MCZ|Daigo answered -- but we're not even halfway through the stream at this point, and the transcript is already quite long.

So here is part one of MCZ|Daigo's "Ask Me Anything" interview, hosted by Mad Catz's very own Zhi.

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