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Psuedo-shotos unite! Tokido and Mago breaks down Sakura and Gouken in the latest round of USF4 character introduction videos

Posted by Cheng Kai 'KarbyP' Sim • April 25, 2014 at 9:11 a.m. PDT

Another week, another pair of Ultra Street Fighter 4 character breakdown videos.

I wonder if the Taitochannel YouTube account is going to keep this pace up and eventually release videos for all of USF4's 44 characters -- they've released 15 so far (all of which the EventHubs team has translated).

In any case, this week's videos have Mad Catz pro players Tokido and Mago run through the play styles for Sakura and Gouken respectively.

Hit the jump to watch the character videos, complete with a written transcript of what Tokido and Mago-san said, translated by EventHubs's own KarbyP.

It's MCZ|Tokido here.

Today I'll be showing off Sakura. She's a character with strong combo ability. So for instance, she could do:

Jump-in HP, close standing MK xx Light Hurricane Kick, close standing HP xx Light Hurricane Kick, crouching HP xx Light Hurricane Kick, stand LK xx Heavy Shoryuken.

If you manage to land that combo, I think you can already see it in the health bar, but basically you'd be able to do a lot of damage, with this one combo.

As for Sakura's changes, one of the major ones is with her EX Hurricane Kick. On hit, the move lets you do a follow-up attack for a set-up, and even on block it used to be pretty safe. In USF4, however, the advantage on block for this move has been reduced. In the past, what used to happen was, after an EX Hurricane Kick, if you threw out a crouching LK after that, you could use that as a true block string. But that's no longer the case here, now that the frame advantage has been reduced. This makes it slightly harder for Sakura to continue with her offense.

With that said, the change doesn't affect how EX Hurricane Kick is used in terms of the combo possibilities. And as long as you throw it out after a hit-confirm even, you'll still get the full benefit of this move, so even in USF4 it is still extremely useful.

Another change with Sakura is with her HP Shoryuken. When used from afar, even if you've managed to hit the opponent with it, not all the hits may connect. This has been altered in USF4 so that all hits will now connect fully.

Overall, Sakura is still an amazing combo-heavy character in USF4 -- that part about her hasn't changed from the previous installment. But now that the frame advantage on Sakura's EX Hurricane kick is reduced, you can no longer use that to recklessly approach an opponent to start your offense. In exchange, however, on the ground you can do crouching MK into HP Shoryuken for the approach. If you use that well, the part about Sakura being a one-chance character (who can deal a lot of damage with one opportunity) really hasn't changed.

Hi, it's MCZ|Mago.

Today I'd like to give you a brief overview of Gouken in USF4. As Gouken is Ryu's master in the Street Fighter storyline, a lot of the moves he possesses are similar to that of Ryu's.

So for instance, he has a Hadouken, a Tatsumaki Hurricane Kick... well, in Gouken's case, it's called Tatsumaki Gorasen. Gouken also has a Shoryuken, but in his case, this is a close-quarters "expansion" move that travels across the screen.

Gouken is a character whose defensive options aren't that strong. But in return, when Gouken gets the opportunity to land a combo, his damage potential is probably amongst the top five characters in this game. The damage potential is one of his main weapons in this game.

Gouken in USF4... well in the first place his movement speeds were already pretty fast. So you can use Gouken's fast movements to confuse and rattle up your opponent, mix it up with Hadoukens and his Tatsumaki Gorasen -- the latter has become much better now as a reversal option. That's the key to playing Gouken in this version, I believe.

Source: USF4 Nesica official website


fernandolkf said on April 25, 2014 at 9:19 a.m.


he didn't cover ANY of the changes! He can't f*cking play Gouken and talk SH*T!

Why didn't bring Infiltration or someone that have, at least READ THE F*CKING GAME CHANGES FOR GOUKEN?

Captainbuttocks said on April 25, 2014 at 9:22 a.m.

Please bust out a seth video soon. Im really curious.

technical_BOOM said on April 25, 2014 at 9:24 a.m.

@fernandolkf they couldnt bring infiltration because he isnt in japan, and thats the only place that has usf4 lol as for him not covering the changes im pretty sure he has to cover what they tell him to

star123us said on April 25, 2014 at 9:27 a.m.

Still Sakura can do DP FADC..... So scary to me:(

Yung said on April 25, 2014 at 9:27 a.m.

Tokido doesn't look so "murdery" in these pictures anymore, that kinda bothers me. Are we seeing a change of heart ?

Schwoi said on April 25, 2014 at 9:28 a.m.


Tactix555 said on April 25, 2014 at 9:31 a.m.


I was disappointed that Mago didn't go over the Gouken changes.

*sigh* no love for Gouken.

fernandolkf said on April 25, 2014 at 9:31 a.m.

in that case that is ever worse!

they didn't tell him to say what were the changes? Gouken got a good wake-up now with tatsu-ex, and finally a pseudo-combo with jab!

they needed to at least point some of the changes, not only says "yeah, we got this character. just ignore it and go ryu"


KarbyP said on April 25, 2014 at 9:32 a.m.

Yeah, when I was watching the video and translating, by the end of it I was like... that's it? He barely covered any changes.

Mago-san? Mago-san?

SlamJam said on April 25, 2014 at 9:32 a.m.

That was a pretty pathetic gouken breakdown

RunnersKnee said on April 25, 2014 at 9:33 a.m.

Is it too late for an update HUD for the console release? x)

fernandolkf said on April 25, 2014 at 9:34 a.m.

and i was really hopefull for this video... see how we can use jab to combo or seeing how tatsu-ex get c attacks was the big deal here

fernandolkf said on April 25, 2014 at 9:37 a.m.

I had watched the video before your translation (good job and thank you for that!) and i found pretty strange that he didn't show any of the changes.

But I thought that maybe he had cover it saying something. too bad i was wrong =\

diddysinatra said on April 25, 2014 at 9:39 a.m.

When this GK video first leaked, even without translation it looked like he wasn't really talking about anything or showing off anything form GKs changes. So disappointed.

Lordd_G said on April 25, 2014 at 9:40 a.m.


unseenpotential01 said on April 25, 2014 at 9:41 a.m.

I'm glad, now e honda can actually be punished without worrying if it's gonna miss or not. Was getting sick of that dumb problem since super. Troll me with honda again i dare you... *Looks at "that" guy*

It's dumb when a matchup is bad because u can't punish something easily punishable lol

TonyCorleone said on April 25, 2014 at 9:44 a.m.

Silence your filthy mouth you whingeing oaf!

Why don't you do a breakdown on him when the game arrives? On second thoughts, I don't think it would do very well. Every other word that you type is foul language.

djm0001 said on April 25, 2014 at 9:44 a.m.

I thought I had read somewhere that we'd be getting an updated HUD as well as a new Announcer, but it doesn't seem to be true ( at least for the Arcade release )

Fingers crossed we get more goodies with the console release :)

kac1010 said on April 25, 2014 at 9:45 a.m.

thanks for the completely useless video on Gouken :(

fernandolkf said on April 25, 2014 at 9:55 a.m.

I can say it nice and clean or with filthy and swears, but it do not change the fact that it was a pretty bad breakdown of the character.

Sorry if you got ofended but i'm really dissapointed with my favourite char beeing treat like that

RpDrizzy said on April 25, 2014 at 10:05 a.m.


CaptainPlanet said on April 25, 2014 at 10:20 a.m.

Tokido doing that combo like it's nothing. It really makes me feel like I'm terrible at the game ^_^

Tortoiseface said on April 25, 2014 at 10:23 a.m.

Well who are the other four hardest hitters? I would think Sakura, Evil and Dudley are up there

ViperGoomba said on April 25, 2014 at 10:38 a.m.

Wow. That Gouken video was absolutely USELESS. It can be summarized in two sentences:

1) "Gouken has "shi*" for defensive options."

---Great, thanks for reminding everybody. Turning his parry into a 3-level guessing game really helped. Having LP-palm be unsafe on block and have no invincibility also helped. Having his crouch-tech be 5 frames instead of the rest of the cast's 3 frames also helped. Giving him EX-Tatsu that hits crouchers is the first and possibly only thing that will help (in case the 3-frame crouching punch trades)... but don't mention it in the video, don't show it in the video... and don't bother mentioning that if it's blocked, it's freely punishable by a full focus attack. Awesome job.

2) "Gouken can deal a lot of damage when he gets a full combo."

----Yup.... Gouken has this "incredibly unique" ability, namely that if you get a jump-in fierce punch/kick, you can combo from it and get some nice damage. So I guess he's different than.... what, maybe Dhalsim? Really? The intro to Gouken is "If you combo an opponent, they take damage?" Wow, genius level analysis.

Ever think to maybe discuss how DIFFICULT it is to land a big damage combo because all those moves have shi* for priority because they're slow as hell? No.... instead, just play against a training dummy and show how to damage said training dummy when they stand still and can't block. Because that's what actually playing in a match as Gouken is like.

I'm really in awe. That was pathetic. Clearly they couldn't find anybody that knew shi* about Gouken.

Ultra is also supposed to let Gouken FINALLY join the rest of the ENTIRE cast in being able to combo into a special move after more than just 1 poke... but no, really, instead, please just show us MORE about how to get to EX-Palm from a neutral jump attack.. because I haven't quite figured out that how to do that since Vanilla yet.

fernandolkf said on April 25, 2014 at 10:41 a.m.


ShadowGeno said on April 25, 2014 at 10:42 a.m.

Gouken has fireballs and a sweep?


TrueQ86 said on April 25, 2014 at 10:43 a.m.

Gouken is the man

Zenfluence said on April 25, 2014 at 10:59 a.m.

Lol yeah that Gouken "breakdown" was terrible...worst by a MILE so far.

Pachendrix said on April 25, 2014 at 11 a.m.

Wow, Mago could very well be the worst Gouken ever. Every character breakdown shows new features, tech, and new combo possibilities. But for Gouken? Nah, llet's not show anything new, no new features like the new ex tatsu hit box, faster cr mp that combos to gohadouken, faster cr jab, special cancel for st lk, etc. Why show any of that? Let's better show a half assed combo that's been in the game for ages, and even use red focus as fadc, even though it's completely unnecessary. As usual let's just take a piss on Gouken like we always do. -_-

David_I said on April 25, 2014 at 11:06 a.m.

Judging by the comments here: Only 1 guy cares about Sakura. lol.

Teags said on April 25, 2014 at 11:17 a.m.

That picture always gets me. Looks like Tokido and Mago are riding a tandem bicycle together. #BFFs

Kurow said on April 25, 2014 at 11:27 a.m.

The videos are too short and useless xD

Riskbreakerz said on April 25, 2014 at 12:13 p.m.

So Gouken still useless?
Thanks for clearing that up mago-sensei :]

DunnDeal said on April 25, 2014 at 12:18 p.m.

Why are people hating on the first comment? He is 100% right. That was a terrible breakdown video. Absolutely nothing new

djm0001 said on April 25, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

Cody is up there too

metaf4 said on April 25, 2014 at 1:22 p.m.

This is a classic situation where in a Japanese player doesn't care to learn a character properly or doesn't care to spend the time and break down a character so guess what....down on the Tier list they go. Nobody uses Gouken because he has weak defence?!?!? like Akuma has more health?!?! what about Viper?!? BULLS#!T! Just say that we don't have any Gouken players that are here to test him out properly, and don't give your insignificant input on a character you obviously have no care or clue about. Don't bash a character or put that character in a box just because you don't understand how to maximize using the character. I like Mago, but honestly he should have just kept his comments to himself or just say "Listen, I don't use this character so I don't think I'm qualified to give a valid evaluation on this character."

Mago has the nerve to be quoted to say "Gouken is Ryu's master in the Street Fighter storyline, a lot of the moves he possesses are similar to that of Ryu's. So for instance, he has a Hadouken, a Tatsumaki Hurricane Kick... well, in Gouken's case, it's called Tatsumaki Gorasen. Gouken also has a Shoryuken, but in his case, this is a close-quarters "expansion" move that travels across the screen."

REALLY?!?! His fireball has better recovery and different directions, His Hurricane Kick travels up not forward. (unless executed in the air, that Ryu can't do by the way) He HAS NO DRAGON PUNCH unless you use super. He can parry and Ryu can't, He has demon flip that Ryu doesn't, He can do full Ultra of a back throw that Ryu can't.....BUT A LOT OF MOVES SIMILAR TO RYU!?!?! That's your evaluation?!? This review was a joke! MAGO, HOW ABOUT ACTUALLY TALKING ABOUT THE FREAKING CHANGES TO ULTRA OVER 2012?!? I expect this kind of review from a Capcom representative or some random magazine writer who has never picked up this game before...not a dude who has been playing this game since conception. Disappointing is an understatement.

nebbiez said on April 25, 2014 at 1:34 p.m.

Yeah they should get Kazunoko to do the USF4 Seth breakdown. He would just shake his head and tell you to pick a different character, which would be a perfect summary of his changes.

tritonator said on April 25, 2014 at 2:48 p.m.

and please stop with the "gouken has a reversal now." EX tatsu is 7 frames (and finally hits crouching opponents, but whatever) and he has no shoryu. the whole character design is based on "Gouken has a counter which comes out in 1 frame but is highly situational and read-based".
And, hell, that's why I still enjoy playing this game (badly). because of this character. because of the majesty of the low-kongo-on-your-crouch-tech (into super), because of the magnificence of the high-gohadouken-in-your-predicted-jump (into ultra 2). because he's an old bearded badass who lives well with his hair loss.µ

Existent said on April 25, 2014 at 4:09 p.m.

That is the most vague, watered down explanation of Gouken I've ever seen. I hope something was just lost in translation.

Darc_Requiem said on April 25, 2014 at 4:11 p.m.

That Gouken breakdown is beyond pathetic. Couldn't they, I don't know called up Proud Strawberry? You know someone that actually can use the character.

Gotomaster said on April 25, 2014 at 4:23 p.m.

Funny you would mention that "this is something I expect from a capcom representative" Well Mago, along with Tokido, and Daigo were offered certain things to say. It isn't them in charge of what they are allowed to say.

goubuki said on April 25, 2014 at 4:46 p.m.

I hope this comment get alot of attention. Couldnt agree more... Combofiend/Capcom, please explain why must the Master of Ansatsuken suck in the game please? :(

tritonator said on April 25, 2014 at 5:26 p.m.

To nitpick, gouken actually has a 4-frame crouch tech with cr mK, which is also a divekick killer (4 frames anti air crouch tech.) But I couldn't agree more with the rest of your post.

WarMachine85 said on April 25, 2014 at 5:56 p.m.

What about Desora (spelling?)isn't he Japanese? To everyone who thinks it stupid to complain try and main Gouken then see if this video ticks you off lol
Not to mention he is also one THE MOST CHANGED CHARACTERS IN ULTRA!!!! Letting him combo from cr mp to fireball and him being able to combo from jab are a big deal.

mechmaster90 said on April 26, 2014 at 3:43 a.m.

Even the Sakura demo was kinda lackluster. I was waiting to see the changes of trajectory from her air Tatsus stuff, or an example of the new hurtbox on j.Hp. Oh well...


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