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R. Mika announced for Street Fighter 5

Update: A trailer, images, information about R. Mika and her V-Skill and V-Trigger have been added to this story.

The latest character for Street Fighter 5 has been officially unveiled, and it's the enthusiastic wrestlerette of Street Fighter Alpha 3 fame, R. Mika.

This falls in line with statements made by Ono earlier this week, saying that he finally got his wish.

R. Mika joins fellow Alpha series alumni Charlie Nash and Birdie in being revitialized for Street Fighter.

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Hit the jump to view her official trailer.

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Street Fighter 5 pre-order costumes and collector's edition revealed for North America

Just this morning, Capcom unveiled the first set of alternate costumes for Street Fighter 5. These outfits will become available to those who pre-order the game at select retailers.

Check out the costumes below.

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Which costume you get will be dependent upon where you pre-order. The breakdown is as follows:

Gamestop - Battle Costume Ryu
Best Buy - Battle Costume Cammy
Amazon - Battle Costume M. Bison
PlayStation Store/PC Digital: Battle Costume Chun-Li

Hit the jump for details on the collector's edition.

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Necalli gets buffed, Nash gets nerfed and every character gets another V-Reversal; check out the updates for the latest Street Fighter 5 build

Editor's Note: At this point, we are unable to fully confirm these changes are 100% accurate, as we don't have access to the current build.

We've gotten wind, from VersusFightingTV, of the latest changes to the Street Fighter 5 build. As far as we know, these are not changes to the current beta, so don't expect to necessarily see this build at home quite yet. This is what you'd find if you get your hands on an SF5 cabinet at an event.

Also, as this is not straight from Capcom, this list may not be exhaustive of all the current changes. Such alterations as nixing Kara throws and adding new Crush Counters and V-Reversals may make for some interesting developments.

After the jump, you'll find the full change list along with two videos featuring game play of the current build.

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Yoshinori Ono says he's 'finally got his wish' in regards to the upcoming Street Fighter 5 announcement at PAX Prime this weekend

In a string of tweets today, Yoshinori Ono drew quite a bit of attention towards upcoming Street Fighter 5 events. He first disclosed that he's preparing to depart for Dubai to prep for an upcoming SF5 event, but that this will make it impossible for him to attend PAX Prime this weekend.

Though he won't be there, Ono took special care to remind us that there's going to be a special announcement at PAX. Just a few minutes later, an excited Ono followed up with this: Knowing Ono's eccentric nature, "my wish" could mean almost anything. There are a few speculations to be had here. The character of whose figurine Ono totes around virtually everywhere, Blanka, could be on the horizon.

Ono has gone on record saying that he's a big R. Mika fan, and that higher ups have stopped him from including her in Street Fighter 4. Perhaps the time is now?

What are your speculations about Ono's tweets today? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Twitter.

First grounded wall bounce that allows for follow up attacks, V-Trigger that summons an assist, and more: Let's talk about R. Mika in SF5

Early this morning, R. Mika was announced in Street Fighter 5, and her reveal trailer was released unto the masses. We have since analyzed the footage and noticed a number of interesting tidbits about the high-flying wrestler.

Firstly, her appearance has no blatant changes from her Alpha 3 counterpart, aside from the removal of the hearts on her chest. Visually, she may be the least changed character of all the returning cast so far.

Mika's play-style seems to have changed drastically, though. In the trailer, we see a bevy of new attacks, throws, and an all new super (Critical Art). Her biggest play-style change is seen in her V-Trigger, which now makes her essentially play with an assist.

The first grounded wall bounce in SF5

One of the first things we see in the trailer is an Irish Whip throw that tosses the opponent into the wall. While we've seen wall bounce properties in Street Fighter 5 already, this is the first time we see one that keeps the opponent grounded and susceptible to a follow up attack.

In the GIF below, you can see that Mika follows up with what appears to be a crouching heavy kick. The aforementioned normal looks identical to her Street Fighter Alpha 3 cr. HK, and what leads us to believe that this is indeed a follow up and not just the ending animation of the throw is the small delay before the attack. If you look closely, it seems as though the Mika player manually hits down before executing the kick.

If this attack works as we suspect, this might mean Mika can throw the opponent into the wall, then continue with a full combo.

Click images for animated versions

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The Street Fighter 5 online beta is officially live; features both Cammy and Birdie

Update: PlayStation 4 users who've pre-ordered Street Fighter 5 should have access to the beta today from 4 p.m. until 12 a.m. PST.

Earlier: With the stress tests for Europe and Asia being successful, Peter "Combofiend" Rosas has announced on Capcom Unity that the Street Fighter 5 stress tests for the Americas will be taking place next, with official dates.

These tests will be taking place Tuesday and Wednesday, August 25th and 26th, from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. PST for North and South America.

After these tests are conducted, they will then announce the promised first phase five day global beta test for Street Fighter 5, which was cut short originally by netcode issues. A wired connection and no background items being downloaded, are recommended for as good an experience as possible in this stress test.

Tips submitted by Shinkuu_Kikoken, Justincredible47, and JFord78.

Source: Capcom Unity

The world wide Street Fighter 5 beta is now live

Update: The Street Fighter 5 beta is now accessible on a global level. We should have access continuously for the next five days.

Earlier: Capcom's Community Manager, Peter "Combofiend" Rosas announced today that the Street Fighter 5 team is planning a world wide beta test.

For the first time ever, the entire world will have access to the beta at the same time, mimicking the atmosphere we'll see once the game is actually released.

This test will last continuously for five days, starting on August 28th at 4 p.m. PST ending on September 2nd at 7 a.m. PST. In his blog post, Combofiend states:

"Although we want you all to experience the awesomeness that is Street Fighter V during this time, please note that this is a beta and users may run into connectivity issues. This data is extremely helpful to us, as it will ensure that the final product will have the most optimal net code. In case there are issues, be sure to follow @SFVServer on Twitter for the latest updates on the status of the server."

Head over to Capcom Unity to view the full blog post. Thank you to Tactix555 and Rwolf for the submissions.

Nadia Oxford at USGamer writes on why Street Fighter 5's R. Mika might be 'a force for women in games'

After R. Mika's announcement, it wouldn't have come as a shock to see a negative storm from critics marching under the banner of social justice as defined by Western geek culture.

And while there were certainly negative reactions and snarky remarks from certain blogs which will remain unnamed, the reaction from the female gamer I know best–my wife–contained nothing but enthusiasm (though it certainly helped that her love for R. Mika was already topped only by her obsession with Zangief).

Still, it came as a pleasant surprise when she sent me an article from USGamer by Nadia Oxford titled, "Street Fighter V's Rainbow Mika: A Force for Women in Games?"

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Street Fighter 5 beta plans updated, regional stress tests begin today with Europe, Japan/Asia tests going live this weekend

Updated again: Information about Japan and Asia's beta test has been released over on the Saikyo blog. Participants will be able to access the beta in Japan and Asia on August 22nd and 23rd from 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. JST on both days.

Earlier: Capcom has recently announced the new plan for the Street Fighter 5 beta, with regional stress tests taking place today, starting with Europe. They will take place from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. BST today and tomorrow for Europe only.

Once Capcom is confident with those test results, they will then announce dates and times for regional tests for North America and Asia. After those tests are finished, they will then announce the global beta test, which will still take place over the promised five days of time.

Though they feel the tests will be a smoother experience this time, it's worth noting that these are still tests, and as such issues can occur throughout.

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Source: Capcom Unity

Alex Valle reveals his biggest concern about Street Fighter 5

As far as the competitive fighting game scene is concerned, they don't get much more veteran and knowledgeable than LU|Alex Valle.

With a nickname like "Mr. Street Fighter," you can bet your bottom dollar that most of what Valle has to say is worth its weight when it comes to fighting games, and he's got a big concern for newcomers in Street Fighter 5.

Just yesterday, Valle tweeted out the following: This is a pretty broad statement at first glance, and could be alluding to multiple meanings. Luckily, the head of Level Up continues on to specify exactly what he means. Hit the jump for more.

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Fans want Balrog and Akuma in Street Fighter 5, game getting much praise so far - the Street Writer hits Gamescom 2015's show floor

Gamescom 2015 took place last week in Cologne, Germany, and at the event fans were given the very first opportunity to try out Street Fighter 5's newest characters: Necalli and Vega.

Though we've shared as much game footage from Gamescom as we could find, we haven't yet gotten the chance to see how attendees felt about the game overall. That's where Capcom UK's Matt Edwards -- also known as the Street Writer -- comes in.

Matt took to the Gamescom show floor to chat with several of the attendees at the event. So far, the game has been getting a ton of praise. Additionally, a handful of fans were quick to request that Balrog (Boxer) and Akuma make their return in Street Fighter 5.

Hit the jump to check it out.

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Street Fighter 5 won't have a stage for each fighter because there'd be too many; Matt Dahlgren talks stages, roster and single player modes for SF5

A few months back during E3, we were able to sit down and talk to Matt Dahlgren, the Director of Brand Marketing & eSports at Capcom, about all things Street Fighter 5. After we asked if each character would have their own stage, Dahlgren replied:

"If we had to do a stage for every single character, our character roster is going to be a lot smaller," said Dahlgren. If we recall that Ultra Street Fighter 4 had 28 stages, we can deduce something of an idea for the size of SF5's roster.

If Capcom granted us 28 stages again, and there are going to be more characters than stages, then we'd be seeing at least 13 DLC characters after the initial 16 at launch. This may or may not be the case, but it's deductive reasoning based on the few facts we have.

Dahlgren goes on to touch on single player modes for SF5, which you can read about after the jump.

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Another Street Fighter 5 reveal coming in two weeks, Ono has news for the Games 15 convention in Dubai

Just when you thought that the R. Mika announcement was the only Street Fighter 5 news we'd have today, the Twitter-sphere goes ahead and unveils the time and date for the next reveal.

According to Capcom's Executive Producer for Street Fighter, Yoshinori Ono, another Street Fighter 5 announcement will be made at the Games 15 convention in Dubai. Ono will be present on the PlayStation Middle East stage to make the live reveal.

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How would Evil Ryu fit into Street Fighter 5? Perhaps we already have some answers

We had recent speculation that perhaps both Juri and Evil Ryu may make their way into Street Fighter 5.

Many players have theorized that Ultra Street Fighter 4's Omega Mode was actually some kind of preparation and/or test for Street Fighter 5. Ryu gained a parry as well as a target combo in Omega Mode, both of which ended up in S5. Furthermore, Omega featured a more lenient combo window, similar to that of SF5 as well.

At this point, we have no leads beyond the speculations discussed in the story posted above, but if Omega was indeed a testing ground for SF5 tech, we can get something of an idea of how Evil Ryu would transition into the world of Street Fighter 5.

Hit the jump below to see our speculation of Evil Ryu's play style in SF5.

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Gootecks' favorite thing about Street Fighter 5 is what Capcom didn't bring over from Street Fighter 4; Gootecks, Ultradavid, Xian and others talk SF5

A series of recent interviews by Red Bull eSports have captured inputs on Street Fighter 5 from a couple notable fighting game community members.

Amongst these members are RZR|Xian, a top player, Ultradavid, a household name in fighting game commentary, and Ryan "Gootecks" Gutierrez, currently best known for his video content, though he also plays and commentates.

Each of these figures offer up their own inputs about different facets of the game in progress. Gootecks focuses on the fresh start and departure from Street Fighter 4. Xian notes the type of character(s) he's hoping to see, and Ultradavid discusses the game's flow.

The drastically different, yet all very valid, approaches in these short interviews offer multiple lenses from through which we can examine the highly anticipated upcoming title. Hit the jump to see exactly what they had to say.

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