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Updated: Omega Mode is meant to be fun, not balanced; update v1.04 inbound, fixes unintentional nerfs and PC online issues

Updated: Combofiend posted his latest blog entry over on Capcom Unity which divulges more information on the upcoming Omega Mode in Ultra Street Fighter 4. According to the Capcom representative, this new mode has a much heavier emphasis on fun than it does balance. The development team mainly focused on making all 44 characters feel new.

The upcoming game mode will be playable online, but only in an non-ranked setting. We can expect more information on Omega Mode as it surfaces.

This blog entry also states that a new patch is heading our way in October. The v1.04 update will fix the unintentional nerfs made to Decapre, Rolento, and Cody in the previous update, and will also add a Delayed Wake Up option to training mode. Additionally, a number of PC online connectivity issue fixes are being made, such as players receiving pings mid-match, causing slowdown.

A full breakdown for the v1.04 patch will be unveiled closer to the update's release.

Earlier: Over at Tokyo Game Show 2014 tonight, Capcom announced a new game mode set to be added to Ultra Street Fighter 4. This fresh content is called "Omega Mode."

In Omega Mode, characters gain access to a wide array of new, crazy special moves and changes. Ken can shoot fireballs from a kick special move, Guile throws three Sonic Booms in succession for 7 hits, and much more.

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Below we have added a video breakdown of this new mode.

Updated: Super Smash Bros. 3DS demo code contest winner announced

Updated: The winner of the Super Smash Bros. 3DS demo code contest is Stone. We will be sending out the code via DM shortly.

Below is the winning Haiku.

We were spoiled by leaks.
Codes now turning the strong, weak.
If I win, I'll freak.

Honorable mentions include BlightedAgent (DreamKing's personal favorite), C-Bass, and ArkticDark. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Below you will find the original story containing details on the contest.

Updated: Mike Ross vs. Mago, Tokido vs. Jayce the Ace, Daigo vs. Justin Wong at TGS - cast your votes on who will be victorious!

Updated: Just yesterday, MarkMan confirmed the line up of Ultra Street Fighter 4 exhibition matches set to take place at TGS this weekend. We have now added polls for the following match ups: MCZ|Mago vs. Mike Ross and YBK|Jayce the Ace vs. MCZ|Tokido.

Please feel free to jump into the story and cast your votes on who you think will win these matches, along with the long awaited rematch between EG|Justin Wong and MCZ|Daigo.

Earlier: Mad Catz and Twitch are teaming up to host a rematch between longtime rivals MCZ|Daigo Umehara and EG|Justin Wong.

The Ultra Street Fighter 4 exhibition will take place at the Tokyo Game Show, which runs Sept. 18th through the 21st, so fans should expect a full announcement with the start time and date soon.

Other players are currently being invited to participate in their own exhibitions, and the USF4 TGS tournament itself is said to be stacked with top notch competitors, so this should be a very exciting weekend.

We're curious who you think will win the exhibition between these two ferocious competitors. You can find a poll below.

All secret characters unlocked - Duckhunt, Bowser Jr., Ganondorf, R.O.B., Jigglypuff, and more confirmed for Super Smash Bros. 3DS

Super Smash Bros. 3DS is set to be released in Japan this Friday, but a select few have already gotten their hands on a retail copy. With live streams running throughout the night and more this morning, all secret characters in the handheld title have been revealed.

R.O.B., Bowser Jr., Wario, Dr. Mario, Ganondorf, Mr. Game and Watch, Duckhunt (the dog from the NES zapper game), Dark Pit, Falco, and Ness have been confirmed playable in Super Smash Bros. 3DS. While Lucina was revealed previously, she has to be unlocked before she can be played.

With the unveiling of R.O.B., it appears that the aforementioned characters now concludes the list of unlockable fighters in Super Smash Bros. 3DS. When R.O.B. was unlocked over on gema_yue's stream, a message popped up saying that all secret characters have been unlocked.

You can check out the screenshots below, and more images after the jump.

Be sure to keep your eye on our Stream Directory as broadcasts streaming Super Smash Bros. 3DS will automatically show up on our list.

'My greatest loss was when I lost to Daigo Umehara; oh wait, I haven't' - meet Filipino Champ, K-Brad and BAS in Capcom's latest player spotlights

Capcom continues to upload their Pro Tour player spotlights, adding three more to their YouTube channel. In these videos, the company sits down with notable competitors in the fighting game community for a quick interview.

Today we have Filipino Champ, EG|K-Brad, and D44|BAS addressing questions about their favorite Capcom fighting game, their greatest achievement, and more.

One of the best answers provided in this batch of interviews comes from none other than the Filipino Champ. When asked which loss he feels is his greatest, FChamp was quick to fire shots.

"My greatest loss was when I lost to MCZ|Daigo Umehara; oh wait, I haven't -- ever," Champ says. Back in July of this year, Filipino Champ was responsible for knocking Umehara into the losers bracket at EVO 2014, where he was ultimately eliminated by John Choi.

There are other great clips here, including K-Brad's history with Street Fighter 4 and BAS' recalling his EVO victories. You can check out all three Capcom interviews below.

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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Tip sent in by sarif2soon.

Updated: BJ Unchained's Cody tier list, Kelvin Jeon's rankings for Hugo in Ultra Street Fighter 4

Updated: We have added an Ultra Street Fighter 4 tier ranking from BJ Unchained into this story. He is one of the most active Cody players on the tournament scene today, and in recent times competed frequently at Wednesday Night Fights.

Earlier: Today we bring to you another Ultra Street Fighter 4 tier ranking. Using our tiers section here on the site, Kelvin Jeon has cast his votes for Hugo in the latest SF4 installment.

Kelvin, most known for his excellent Makoto in USF4 and being the master of EWGF in Street Fighter X Tekken, has been playing Hugo since around the game's release back in June. He is currently one of the few active Hugo players on the scene today, and is absolutely no slouch with the giant grappler. (Click here to check out a recent match between Kevlin and Dirty Paws here that does a great job of showcasing his skills.)

Hit the image below to see where Kelvin feels Hugo stacks up against the rest of the Ultra Street Fighter 4 cast. Feel free to let us know in the comments if you agree with this list or not, and why.

Click images to see both players' tier rankings

You can also check out some of our past tier lists from other prominent players below.

Veloc1raptor's Gouken tier ranking
Mike Ross' E Honda tier ranking

Be sure to follow Kelvin Jeon and BJ Unchained on Twitter. Photos via Arcade Dreams.

Super Smash Bros. 3DS demo hits North America on September 19th, select Club Nintendo Platinum members receiving it today

Earlier this week, the Super Smash Bros. 3DS demo hit the Nintendo eShop over in Japan, and North American fans were left wondering when they'd also be able to get their hands on it.

To kick off the 8-hour Nintendo Treehouse live stream, (which we will be posting here once their Smash Bros. coverage begins), the Nintendo representatives announced that the Super Smash Bros. 3DS demo will become available to everyone stateside on September 19th.

If you're a Club Nintendo Platinum member, however, the company has a very special treat for you. Codes for the demo will be sent out to select Platinum members later today via email.

Not only will you get a code for yourself, but if chosen, Nintendo will be sending you a total of 4 codes for you to share with anyone you see fit. Be sure to check your email later today to see if you were selected as one of the lucky few.

Source: Nintendo on Twitch.

Thaiger Uppercut 2014 results, battle logs and stream archive ft. Xian, Gackt, Bonchan, Mago, Gamerbee, Humanbomb and more

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Previously: Thaiger Uppercut is taking place this weekend in Bangkok, Thailand, and a number of notable players from all over Asia, as well as CCG|Lap Chi, have made their way to Sagat's home turf for the Ultra Street Fighter 4 tournament.

From Singapore, we have RZR|Xian and RZR|Gackt representing. Taiwan and Hong Kong are represented by AVM|Gamerbee and CCG|Humanbomb respectively.

There's also an entire contingent of players hailing from Japan in attendance: Bonchan, MCZ|Mago, RZR|Itabashi Zangief, Eita and KSK.

Other than USF4, the other two main games at the event are King of Fighters 13 and Tekken Tag Tournament 2. Check out the live stream and schedule embedded below.

Blanka has a teleport that deals damage, Sagat's EX Tiger Raid does 9 hits - Daigo and Mago test out Ultra Street Fighter 4's Omega Mode

Yesterday at Tokyo Game Show 2014, Capcom unveiled their brand new, upcoming Ultra Street Fighter 4 DLC, Omega Mode. We have since seen images and even video footage of the free content in action, but now we get to see a bit more.

During their presentation at the expo, Capcom brought in MCZ|Daigo and MCZ|Mago to give Omega Mode a whirl on stage. The two pro players tested out Ryu and Sagat against the Capcom devs, and we get to see some new tricks from a handful of characters.

For example, Blanka is used in one of the matches, and we see that in Omega Mode, the king of the jungle has a teleport move that actually hits on it's way up. This move acts much like Spinal's Shadow Skeleport in Killer Instinct.

Additionally, Sagat's Tiger Raid from Street Fighter Alpha 3 makes a return, and the EX version deals 9 hits.

You can check out the full presentation below, and the video embed will jump you straight to the Daigo and Mago footage.

New character Catalina announced for Tekken 7, location tests start on October 3rd, netplay implemented, one more new character in loc test build

Update: It was mentioned on-stream that one more brand new character will be featured in the location tests, and was described as "very different" and "more along the lines of something you'd find in a 2D fighter".

It was just announced that a new character will be joining the Tekken 7 franchise, who is a latin american woman called Catalina. It was noted that she will be speaking a lot, and taunting the opponent while fighting, which is unusual in Tekken. She was also noted as being a good character for beginners to use.

It was also said that she would have a new style we've never seen before in Tekken. She will be available, playable, for the location tests that begin on October 3rd.

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Tokyo Game Show exhibition results ft. Daigo, Bonchan, Justin Wong, Mike Ross, Tokido, and more in USF4

Updated again: You can find all of the exhibition results after the jump.

Earlier: Tonight at Tokyo Game Show 2014, a handful of truly amazing Ultra Street Fighter 4 players will be participating in various exhibition matches. Three different organizations will be running exhibitions: Mad Catz, Alienware, and AverMedia.

First up, Alienware will hold a special match-up between MCZ|Daigo and Bonchan. You can find the live Twitch embed after the jump, and an alternate stream will be run on Nico.

Once that's over, the Mad Catz broadcast is set to air their matches: Daigo vs. EG|Justin Wong, MCZ|Mago vs. Mike Ross, and MCZ|Tokido vs. YBK|Jayce the Ace. We ran a poll to gauge which players our readers felt would win, and you can find the full results here.

Lastly, AverMedia will be holding their own stream on which GamerBee, Bonchan, Kazunoko, and Karipaku take on challengers from the audience.

A slew of excellent Ultra Street Fighter 4 action is lined up for tonight, so stick around here at EventHubs as we'll be following each of the streams and providing results.

Sakurai says Ice Climbers were cut from Super Smash Bros. 4 due to 3DS limitations

The entire roster for Super Smash Bros. 3DS / Wii U has been unveiled since the handheld title's release in Japan last week, and with it, fans of past iterations in the franchise were left wondering: where are the Ice Climbers?

In his latest bi-weekly Famitsu column, Smash Bros. series creator Masahiro Sakurai divulged the true reason behind the frosty duo's absence in Smash 4. As many feared, the 3DS' limitations were the deciding factor in the unexpected character omission.

According to Sakurai, the Ice Climbers functioned properly in the Wii U version of the game, but the two hammer-wielding warriors brought forth some issues when on Nintendo's handheld console. Because the Ice Climbers haven't had a new game in their franchise for quite some time now, Sakurai felt they weren't of the highest priority and decided to cut them once the 3DS troubles emerged.

The Ice Climbers weren't the only Super Smash Bros. veterans to be given the boot in the latest installment, as both Wolf and Lucas did not make a return either. We can only hope Sakurai reveals the reason behind their exclusion as well.

Source: Nintendo Enthusiast. Submitted by TheGuardian07, Paradonyx, and an anonymous reader.

Mew2King: 'Bowser, Zero Suit Samus, Duck Hunt Dog seem to be top tier in Super Smash Bros. 3DS at this moment'

Empire Arcadia's Jason "Mew2King" Zimmerman, one of the top players in the competitive Smash scene, has managed to get his hands on a Japanese copy of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS.

Although he hasn't played it too much (about 5 hours), he's tried out most if not all of the characters on the roster, and has been sharing his thoughts on them in the chat for CT|Zero's stream.

Mew2king: I think Bowser is possibly the best character.
Mew2king: I think C.Falcon is good too.
Mew2king: It's not balanced. Bowser is way better than most characters

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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