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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."

Should Street Fighter X Tekken receive an update? Is it even worth it at this point? EventHubs Round Table discusses Ono's Famitsu interview

Earlier this week, Capcom's own Yoshinori Ono spoke to Famitsu, saying that an update to Street Fighter X Tekken may actually be possible.

With that in mind, the EventHubs team banded together in order to discuss the Capcom/Bandai Namco crossover fighter. What alterations should be made if an update came to fruition? Is patching the game even worth it at this point? We address all of this and more in our latest Round Table.

Not only that, but in his interview Ono stated that the chances of us seeing a new Darkstalkers title any time soon are extremely slim. But it doesn't hurt to dream! As an added bonus, each of this discussion's participants divulged what they'd most like to see if a fresh game in the series were ever created.

Check out what we have to say below, and as always, please feel free to provide your own answers to these questions in our comments section.

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.

Hey Nemo, which are the worst characters in USF4? Dee Jay, Dan, Hugo and... ARE YOU KIDDING? Nemo's full tier list for Ultra Street Fighter 4

BE|Nemo is well known for being one of the best Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom players in Japan. We are still reeling from the incredibly hype exhibition match between him and RG|Filipino Champ at West Coast Warzone 4.

Nemo seems to be a jack of all trades as he wowed us at by winning the USF4 competition at that same tournament with none other than the newly-added Rolento.

We say all this to say, it looks like Nemo knows what he's doing when it comes to fighting games. Why then does the bottom of his tier list surprise us so much?

Click the jump to see Nemo's USF4 tier list.

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.

'I think I can beat everyone at the Capcom Cup' - Snake Eyez on winning majors, the Capcom Pro Tour, and arguing with Marq Teddy

Hello avid EventHubs users! Velociraptor here with a one on one interview with The Fall Classic 2014 USF4 victor, Snake Eyez.

Snake was kind enough to give us about 10 minutes of his time to answer a few questions about his approach to the game, facing off against some of the best competitors in the world at TFC and about qualifying for the Capcom Cup in December.

Oh... and I snuck a question in there about why exactly he feels that Guy vs Zangief is 5-5... you're welcome.

Click the jump to see the video.

Terrance 'PushaTee' Moore from the Killer Instinct community has passed away today; SuperArcade, R/Kappa, Grimmmz organizing donation drives

Eight hours ago, Terrance 'PushaTee' Moore, an active player in SoCal's Killer Instinct scene, tweeted that he would be going up to play on stream next at Level Up's The Runback weekly tournament series. He was very excited to be playing at the tournament, and had rushed down from work to attend it.

Later that night, however, PushaTee collapsed at the event, prompting the organizers to call for an ambulance immediately. Paramedics soon arrived on the scene to take him to the emergency ward.

We're hearing reports from multiple accounts (Markman23, Jebailey, Dieminion) this morning that the paramedics did their best, and that PushaTee has passed on.

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All of the staffers here at EventHubs would like to express our condolences to PushaTee's friends and family. Please leave some kind words for the dearly departed in the comments below, in memory of him, if you can.

Grimmmz, a close friend of PushaTee, has made a tribute video in memory of the KI player, which you can check out below.

Mike Ross shares who he feels are the best/worst characters in Ultra Street Fighter 4

Earlier in the week, the people's champ spoke with us about his TFC performance and his days as a competitive player. Tonight, however, we have a special treat: Mike Ross tells us who he feels are the best/worst characters in Ultra Street Fighter 4.

Although there are a few characters on this list that may not surprise you, Ross does have a number of interesting picks sitting among his selection.

We've already heard from Ross on Twitter that Dee Jay is the worst character in the game, and this wouldn't be a "best characters" list if Evil Ryu didn't make the cut. Still, Mike chose quite a few fighters that he thinks are solid in USF4, and some that he feels aren't so hot.

We don't want to give too much away, so go ahead and hit that jump to find out the rest!

'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.

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.

Japan Ultra Street Fighter 4 Nationals results feat. Daigo, Momochi, Bonchan, Mago, Kyabetsu, Nishikin and more

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Capcom and Taito's Ultra Street Fighter 4 "Isshuu Sengeki Cup" Japan national tournament grand finals is taking place today at the Shinjuku FACE event hall in Tokyo. After two grueling qualifiers in Tokyo and Osaka held back in August, the process has whittled down the scores of top players in Japan to the best 16 for the singles tournament, and the best 8 teams for 3-on-3.

Today we'll find out which of those 16 players will emerge victorious and walk away with a cool 1 million yen (~US$10,000) in cash prizes, as well as an invite to the Capcom Cup in December, since this is a Capcom Pro Tour Premier Event. The winning team in the 3-on-3 tournament will also walk away with 1 million yen.

Meanwhile, the 2nd place winners for both tournaments will receive 100 thousand yen (~US$1,000), and the remainder of top 8 for singles as well as the 3rd and 4th placing teams will all receive 10 thousand yen (~US$100) for their hard work getting this far. So you could say that the stakes are definitely high -- you don't want to be the guy walking away with a hundred bucks or, worse, nothing.

Today's tournament is scheduled to run all the way until about 3AM PST. The 3-on-3 teams tournament will begin first, followed by the singles tournament at around 12 midnight PST.

Catch all of the action in the Isshuu Sengeki Cup Taito Japan national finals right now in the stream embedded below, along with a full tournament schedule and full list of players.

Omega Mode update for Ultra Street Fighter 4 drops Winter 2014, will be playable online in unranked lobbies

A release window for Ultra Street Fighter 4's Omega Mode DLC patch has been unveiled for the first time. The Omega Mode patch will be headed your way sometime in Winter 2014, Capcom announced today at their "The World of Capcom" panel at the New York Comic-Con.

As with last year, EventHubs correspondent Jason24cf is at the New York Comic-Con covering it for us, and he brings us this image from Capcom's panel today:

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Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- (PS3, PS4) launches in North America on December 16 - Download the demo, check out this English trailer

The wait for Arc System Works and Aksys Games's next-gen fighting game Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- is almost over. Today on the official PlayStation blog, Director of Production at Aksys Games Frank “Bo” deWindt II announced that GGXrd -Sign- will be released on North American shores on December 16, 2014.

That's a mere 12 days away from the Japanese and Asian release date on December 4. That is, I believe, the closest, any Arc System Works fighting game has ever gotten to a simultaneous release, up from the one month wait period between the Japanese/Asian and North American release dates for Persona 4 Arena Ultimax.

Edit: If you're looking to pick up a new PS3/PS4 fight stick alongside your purchase of the game, Mad Catz's Mark "Markman" Julio has said that you can expect the Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- themed TE2 stick (pictured in image 6 of the gallery below) to launch at around the same time as well. The stick is compatible for both the PS3 and PS4 consoles.

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If you can't wait to get your hands on the game, a demo for Guilty Gear Xrd where you can play as either Sol Badguy or Ky Kiske is currently available on the Japanese PS4 PlayStation Store. You will, however, need to be a Japanese PlayStation Plus member to access it (it is possible to apply for a free trial), and the demo is playable only until October 29.

Before you go on your PS4 though, first check out the official North American launch trailer for Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- below.

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.

Bonchan takes on the world: Justin Wong, Lap Chi, Mago, Gackt, Nekojita, Kazunoko, Itazan and more - Ultra Street Fighter 4 highlights

He's not the EVO 2014 champ. He may not have been the winner at Mad Catz's Tokyo Game Show tournament. Neither is he the champ at the "Isshuu Sengeki Cup" Taito Arcade Japan National Finals, nor Taito Arcade's "B-est Cup" Japan Grand Finals.

But Bonchan was the runner-up at all of those tournaments. Plus he's the champion at Thaiger Uppercut 2014.

That puts him at just 44 points shy of 900 ranking points in the Capcom Pro Tour -- but I'm quite confident that Bonchan is a Super Saiyan 3 (SSJ3) class Sagat player, whose power level is over 9,000.

This man deserves a Tiger (Beer -- it's a leading premium brew from Singapore). Also: he deserves a spotlight reel highlighting some of his greatest moments in recent tournament history.

And that's exactly what vid maker The Beast has brought us this morning. Check it out below.

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