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Riptor and Cinder silhouettes shown in Killer Instinct Season 2 launch trailer, a glimpse at all upcoming characters

Killer Instinct Season 2 continues to expand its roster. While previous trailers announced classic favorites TJ Combo and Maya, it had been teased that two more original KI characters would also be returning combatants.

This latest showing keeps the character reveals enigmatic, only showing silhouettes of the newest additions. However, two very recognizable shapes make it clear that Riptor and Cinder are returning to join the tournament. All of this coincides with the upgraded graphics and new moves.

Check out a handful of screen-caps showing the silhouettes for each of the upcoming season 2 characters.


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Watch the trailer below for all of the big reveals.

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Who needs physical attacks? Ultra Street Fighter 4 video exclusively uses projectiles for combos

Ultra Street Fighter 4 combo videos are getting more and more creative. This time Bafael has decided to throw his hat into the creative combo arena with a video that constructs its attack sequences using only projectiles.

It's particularly interesting to see what characters like Guile or Chun-Li can do with some creative FADCs and careful charging. And, of course, there's the plasma Gouken can fire off in the corner when he gets a full set of meter. While the video starts off a bit slow by utilizing some ideas that most veteran players are familiar with, it quickly escalates into some impressive territory.

Hit the jump to watch Bafael's take on the Ultra Street Fighter 4's projectile system.

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Patch for Ultra Street Fighter 4 drops Wednesday, list of bug fixes incoming - PC netplay fix included

The latest patch for Ultra Street Fighter 4, v1.03, will drop onto the masses this Wednesday, October 15, 2014.

This update adds the long awaited delayed standing option for the training mode dummy, along with a number of bug fixes/balance adjustments, plus PC netcode improvements. Capcom noted that there's an issue with delayed standing, though.

The delayed standing setting in training mode has a minor issue in it where certain CPU opponents will delay stand when they shouldn’t be able to. These characters will definitely be fixed in the next patch. Please note that this DOES NOT HAPPEN OUTSIDE OF TRAINING MODE, only against the CPU when the delayed stand option is selected against certain characters in training mode.

You can find more details after the break.

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'I think my days of competing to win are behind me, unless I get a life changing epiphany' - Mike Ross talks TFC, dropping Honda, and more

Shortly after being eliminated at The Fall Classic, Twitch's own Mike Ross took to Twitter in order to express his disappointment in his performance at the event.

After defeating Nice1, Ross suffered a 2-0 loss against CoinUp|Ludovic's Chun-Li, sending him into the loser's bracket. He then faced Nice1 again, switching from E. Honda to Hugo. With the score at 1-1, Ross decided to switch characters, running with Dee Jay for the final game of his TFC tournament life.

Unfortunately, things did not go as well for the people's champ as he had hoped. We have since reached out to Mike to pick his brain and see what he's thinking now that the tournament has passed. In this interview we discuss his potential main switch, what his plans playing as Hugo are, and more.

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Snake Eyez vs. Pepeday FT10 at TFC and the Salty Suite runback! Watch the El Fuerte player also take on Smug, Sabin, Strider, and more

During the weekend of The Fall Classic, /r/Kappa|Pepeday faced off against Snake Eyez in an exhilarating first-to-10 Ultra Street Fighter 4 set. If you happened to miss the action, you're in luck because the full set replay has since been uploaded on to YouTube, courtesy of Team Spooky.

What's even better is that the two players actually ran it back in a FT5 set at the Salty Suite after the tournament concluded. But Pepeday didn't stop there, as the fearsome Fuerte took on a number of other competitors at the suite.

The matches you'll find here are as follows:

• Pepeday (El Fuerte) vs. Snake Eyez (Zangief) FT10
• Pepeday (El Fuerte) vs. Snake Eyez (Zangief) FT5 Salty Suite runback
• Pepeday (El Fuerte) vs. Smug (Dudley) FT5
• Pepeday (El Fuerte) vs. Sabin (Dhalsim) FT5
• Pepeday (El Fuerte) vs. 801 Strider (Yang) FT5

So sit back, relax, and get ready to enjoy some quality Ultra Street Fighter 4 action from The Fall Classic.

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Sakurai says clone characters in Super Smash Bros. 4 are 'like a free dessert after a luxurious meal'

The Super Smash Bros. 4 roster is currently set in stone, and though rumors about 4 additional characters have been floating around the internet, Nintendo has shared no plans for DLC fighters just yet.

Some fans feel that precious character slots may have been wasted on clones in the latest installment, when they could have been used for even more fresh faces. The Smash Bros. series creator, Masahiro Sakurai, has heard these complaints time and time again, and has since addressed the inclusion of duplicate characters in his most recent column for Famitsu magazine.

Sakurai begins by explaining how the three clone characters -- Dark Pit, Lucina, and Dr. Mario -- were decided upon for the fourth game in the series. Each of these fighters started out as a simple color palette for the characters that they're modeled after, but during the development process the team incorporated unique characteristics for each. Even though fans believe that adding these "similar, but different" characters into the game took away development time that could have been spent elsewhere, Sakurai clarifies that this simply isn't the case.

"Since their functionality had differences, forms were separated from each other," Sakurai explained. "However, it was vital that this didn't increase the required man-hours. Some relative tuning was sufficient as it wasn't necessary to create balancing from scratch."

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Balrog combos Super into Ultra, Ultra into Super, and juggles U1 after EX Dashing Low Uppercut mid-screen - a Boxer USF4 CMV

Cjbqulix cannot be stopped, and frankly, we wouldn't want to do so if we could. Today we have another superb Ultra Street Fighter 4 combo video from the content creator, and this time the star of the show is none other than the Crazy Buffalo himself, Balrog.

This compilation shows off a bevy of great set-ups, and focuses on landing the most impressive and difficult combos possible as the boxer. Here you will see a number of flashy sequences, including juggles that hit Ultra 1 followed by Super, Super followed by Ultra 1, and even a combo that clobbers another Balrog with Ultra 1, mid-screen, after an EX Dashing Low Uppercut.

If you're looking for new ways to spice up your Balrog combos, or just need your fix of quality Ultra Street Fighter 4 footage, be sure to check out the video below.

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Cinder's infinite forced Nintendo to manually update 17,000 arcade cabinets: Did You Know Gaming? Killer Instinct ft. Maximilian

This video is fascinating!

Did You Know Gaming takes a look back at the history of the original Killer Instinct and offers some pretty interesting facts about the game's release and development.

The initial arcade release saw great success with some machines raking in over $1,000 weekly. People quickly discovered an infinite combo with Cinder and in order to retain relevance, Nintendo released a team to travel out and patch every last one of the 17,000 cabinets.

It's always fun to learn about character inspiration, difficulties in game development and the embarrassing mistakes that all sit behind the scenes of our favorite games.

Click the jump and learn a thing or two!

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Get nerfed! Meta Knight's hitboxes severely toned down in Super Smash Bros. 3DS

Hey, remember Meta Knight from Super Smash Bros. Brawl?

You know, that small character that did massive damage, was extremely agile, had top-priority moves, could essentially fly horizontally, had extremely long range and had an anti-edge guard move? For time's sake we won't open volume two of the 'Why Meta Knight was Broken' encyclopedia.

Well the good guys at Nintendo seem to have heard your universal cries for nerfs. Here we have a video depicting just how much worse some of Meta Knight's hit boxes have become in the new Smash Bros. 3DS.

Hit the jump to see the video.

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Chris Tatarian's tier rankings for Ken in Ultra Street Fighter 4

Wednesday Night Fight's Chris Tatarian tells us his opinion on Ken in Ultra Street Fighter 4.

Chris is one of the top competitors each and every week at WNF and has been in grand finals nearly every tournament this season.

How does 'the hardest working man at Super Arcade' think his character stacks up against the rest? You can click the pic of Ken below to jump to the tier list.


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Snake Eyez' clutch, no-health victory against K-Brad, Pepeday perfects Rico Suave: hype moments from TFC's USF4 top 16

The Fall Classic has officially wrapped up tonight after a weekend packed with incredible fighting game action. The Ultra Street Fighter 4 top 16 was particularly exciting, so we bring to you some of our favorite moments, in case you missed the action.

Our first hype moment comes from MOR|Rico Suave's match against /r/Kappa|Pepeday. The crowd was behind Pepeday for much of this tournament. Even against traditional fan favorites like Dieminion, the cheers for the Fuerte player could be heard loud and clear.

At one point, commentator James Chen referenced Pepeday as the best El Fuerte player in the world right now and he certainly made it look that way during this match. One minute he could choose to be impossible to catch and then the next he could be stuck on his opponent like fly paper.

Pepeday downloads Rico and finishes out the set with a demoralizing flurry of attack resulting in a perfect. The whole venue erupted as Rico tried helplessly to peel Pepeday off of him.


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The Fall Classic results ft. Pepeday, Xian, Snake Eyez, Smug, PR Balrog, Mike Ross, and more

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The Fall Classic is currently underway over at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown hotel in North Carolina.

Lots of notable players have made their way to the event this weekend, including Japan's /r/Kappa|Pepeday, RZR|Xian, Snake Eyez, PIE|Smug, EG|Balrog, EG|K-Brad, EG|Ricky Ortiz, Twitch|Mike Ross, SteamCo|Sanford Kelly, FNATIC|Perfect Legend, PIE|Poem, eSportsMax|Tampa Bison, bTri|NuckleDu, and many more.

Games set to be played at the event include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Killer Instinct, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, King of Fighters 13, Soul Calibur 5, Guilty Gear XX#Accent Core Plus, Under Night in Birth: EXE Late and more.

Catch all of the action at TFC this weekend with us right now; check out all of the streams (and schedule) embedded below.

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DC announces Mortal Kombat X digital comic

Today at New York Comic Con DC announced that they are going to produce a digital comic for the upcoming Mortal Kombat X.

The storyline for the comic will be based on the storyline established in Mortal Kombat 2011, commonly referred to as Mortal Kombat 9, and will expand based on the story of the upcoming Mortal Kombat X.

Shawn Kittleson and Dexter Soy, writer and illustrator respectively, will be teaming up on the project. Kittleson has stated that he will have every character in the entirety of the Mortal Kombat gaming canon.

This likely means we will be seeing a variety of characters jumping in and out of the storyline to interact with the new cast of characters set to appear in MKX.

We have one image from the upcoming 'komic', along with more details. Click the jump to check them out.

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Video: Rosalina has an infinite combo that works on Sheik (and possibly other characters) in Super Smash Bros. 3DS

As if the ability to perform multiple air dodges during her jump, a god-tier air recovery move, and a semi-controllable buddy that can cover her weakspots isn't enough, it looks the developers of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS also accidentally gave Rosalina an infinite combo.

A Japanese Super Smash Bros. 3DS player has discovered (and documented on video) that it is possible for Rosalina to perform an infinite combo on Sheik, by simply having Luma land the first two hits of her regular A attack over and over on her opponent.

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Dieminion: I think Europe right now is better than USA; due to 8-2 match-ups in Ultra Street Fighter 4, it's important to play more than 1 main

At The Fall Classic yesterday, Esports Max's Managing Editor Dustin 'Deitis' Steiner caught up with Kevin 'Dieminion' for a brief chat.

As Dieminion had just lost to fellow Guile player bTri|NuckleDu on the same day, putting him in the losers' bracket side of the tournament in the top 16 playoffs, the interview began with Dieminion's thoughts on the Guile mirror-match.

Mid-way through the interview, however, Dustin also asked Dieminion about his thoughts on playing at the VS Fighting 4 tournament in Birmingham, England and his thoughts on European players in general. On the latter, Dieminion had nothing but the highest praise for his European counterparts.

Dieminion: I think right now Europe is better than USA [at Street Fighter].

EsportsMax's Dustin Steiner: Europe won an EVO title before the US did, so, of course.

Dieminion: Europe is no slouch. They've got a lot of hidden talent. They have a lot of players that don't really get the spotlight, who are really good that people don't know about.

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