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Smug lands one of the most impressive Dudley combos we've ever seen, ends the round in 13 seconds

If you've been following the competitive Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012 scene lately, or have caught a few broadcasts of Next Level Battle Circuit, chances are you may have heard of an up-and-coming Dudley player named PIE|Smug.

This guy plays Dudley the way he was meant to be played, and consistently lands classy, huge-damage combos in his bouts. In a recent online match, PIE|Smug was able to pull of an incredibly impressive combo that utilizes some tricky juggle techniques.

The combo not only looks awesome, but it sets the Dudley player up for a very quick round win, clocking in at 13 seconds.

Overall, this is just an awesome Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012 clip. Hit the jump to view the match.

Clockw0rk lists the top 5 Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 players, discusses why they have become the Marvel gods

Daniel "BT|Clockw0rk" Maniago is definitely a household name when it comes to competitive Marvel vs. Capcom play. The Strider/Doom specialist posted a blog over on BrokenTier earlier today that takes a look at the top 5 Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 players around right now.

Having a heavy background in Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Clockw0rk begins his article with a quick discussion about the MvC2 gods: EMP|IFCYipes, EMP|Sanford Kelly, and EG|Jusitn Wong. He points out what traits made each of them stand out, and drops some very interesting bits of history along the way.

Maniago goes on to list the top 5 Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 players on the scene today, and gives a breakdown of why he feels they've reached their respective level of divinity.

Hit the jump for a snippet of Clockw0rk's blog post that discusses the first of the Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 gods.

Daigo: 'Hugo's normals are quite strong in USF4, he possesses a fairly strong footsie game' - The Beast analyzes Hugo in this character breakdown

Taito has added a brand new Ultra Street Fighter 4 character breakdown to their YouTube channel.

This time around, MCZ|Daigo "The Beast" Umehara gives us an in-depth look at what Hugo can do in the SF4 series update. Earlier this month, Umehara expressed his interest in picking up a grappler character after EVO 2014 in July.

Much like the previous character breakdowns, the entire video is in Japanese. Luckily, EventHubs' own KarbyP has provided us with an English translation.

Hit the jump to view the video and our translation.

Ultra Street Fighter 4 Edition Select still offline-only, has save/reload state and Network Simulation; hits retailers August 7 in Japan

Updated: Upon closer scrutiny, it appears that Ultra Street Fighter 4's Edition Select is still an offline-only mode. We previously had a small error in translation that has since been fixed.

Japanese magazine Weekly Famitsu has more than just a look at Decapre, Rolento, Elena, Hugo and Poison's alternate costumes in its latest issue.

The gaming publication also revealed that the packaged retail version of Ultra Street Fighter 4 will come out in Japan on August 7 at the price of 3,990 yen (4,309 yen with tax included) -- as well as the scoop on some very spiffy new features: a save/reload feature and a Network Simulation option in Training mode.

Check out the Famitsu scans below, and hit the jump to read more about the new Training mode tools.


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Red Focus builds twice as much Ultra meter as regular Focus Attack, T. Hawk is 'definitely a character to watch in USF4' - PAX East stream notes

At the Capcom Pro Tour PAX East 2014 tournament, that which took place this past weekend, an Ultra Street Fighter 4 exhibition was held on finals day (yesterday). During the Capcom Fighters broadcast, USF4's associate producer Mike Evans and Capcom marketing manager Dan Pantumsinchai provided commentary throughout the special event.

Naturally, the two Capcom representatives talked extensively about the upcoming Street Fighter 4 series update, dropping quite a few interesting bits of information.

According to Evans, Red Focus' utility isn't only limited to the number of hits it can absorb. The associate producer mentioned that when absorbing attacks, Red Focus actually builds twice as much Ultra meter than a regular Focus Attack does.

Additionally, Evans says that T. Hawk is "definitely a character to watch" in Ultra Street Fighter 4 because he is getting some nice improvements.

There is a lot to be read here, including facts about Elena, Poison, Rolento, Cammy, Sakura, Dee Jay and more. Hit the jump to check out the transcript.

Updated: Quick battle logs added; Daigo, Mago, Tokido, and Bonchan's special Ultra Street Fighter 4 launch stream

Updated: We have added some quick battle logs for these exhibition matches. You will find which player beat which, along with the characters they used.

The arcade version of Ultra Street Fighter 4 will be officially released in Japan tomorrow, so in order to honor its launch, a handful of Japan's best Street Fighter players are running a live stream on which they'll be participating in exhibition matches.

MCZ|Daigo, MCZ|Tokido, MCZ|Mago, and Bonchan are joining forces to bring us some quality Ultra Street Fighter 4 footage, and Nuki is expected to provide commentary.

The stream can be found over on Nico Nico, and can be viewed by those who have an account. You can create a free Nico account to check out the stream.

Hit the jump for results of the stream's exhibition matches.

Day 1 Ultra Street Fighter 4 footage from Japanese arcade release feat. Momochi and Kindevu

Ultra Street Fighter 4 was released in Japanese arcades today, and as luck would have it, two top players went head to head with a number of cast members and had the footage uploaded.

EG|ChocoBlanka and EG|Momochi posted matches of the latter individual going up against Kindevu. Characters used include Ryu, Cammy, Cody, Ken, C. Viper and Yang.

There are currently 5 videos available, but more might be on the way in the near future. Hit the jump to check them out.

Updated: Charizard and Greninja revealed as playable, Zero Suit Samus, Sheik and Yoshi return; Super Smash Bros. 3DS releases this Summer

Updated again: The final portion of the Nintendo Direct feed revealed that Charizard and Greninja will be the two newest playable characters.

Sakurai revealed that Zero Suit Samus and Sheik will return as separate playable characters on the roster. He noted that no characters will be able to change form in this iteration of Smash Bros. (i.e. Samus/Zero Suit Samus and Zelda/Sheik). Yoshi is also returning as a playable character.

Earlier: Series creator Masahiro Sakurai stated during the Nintendo Direct stream that Super Smash Bros. 3DS will be released this Summer. The Wii U version will be released at a later date, some time during the Winter of this year.

According to Sakurai, the 3DS version will run at 60 FPS. He notes that some of the Pokemon will move at 30 FPS, but the characters will always run at 60.

Additionally, the 3DS version stages will each have two themes. The Wii U version will differ in that it will let you choose between a ton of past Smash themes.


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Hit the jump for more details from the Nintendo Direct feed, and the stream archive.

Dieminion: 'Guile is looking really good for USF4; the mix of character balance and system changes gives him a brand new play-style'

Earlier this morning, EG|PR Balrog hit the Twitter-verse to explain some of the faults his main Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012 character bears, and expressed his dislike for the changes Balrog will receive in Ultra Street Fighter 4. On the other end of the spectrum, Empire Arcadia's own Kevin "Dieminion" Landon also took to Twitter, but instead, he discussed the numerous benefits Guile will receive once USF4 drops.

It is clear as day that the Guile specialist is quite pleased with the Ultra Street Fighter 4 changes that Capcom has implemented upon his character. "Guile is looking really good for USF4! The mix of character balance and system changes gives him a brand new play-style," Landon explained.

Kevin went on to give examples of why he feels Guile will be that much stronger in Ultra. With Shoryukens (Dragon Punches) being -5 after an FADC - dash forward, Dieminion points out that Guile can score a full Flash Explosion (Ultra 1) punish for 450 damage, making his U1 much more viable than it's ever been.

This is only one of the juicy bits of information Dieminion dropped regarding Guile in Ultra Street Fighter 4. To save you the trouble of rummaging through Twitter, however, we here at EventHubs have compiled the rest of Dieminion's notes, and you can find everything after the jump.

Mago 95% likely to drop Fei Long in Ultra Street Fighter 4, lists his potential mains

Hot off his win at IGT 2014, MCZ|Mago discussed who he's considering maining in Ultra Street Fighter 4.

Many may be surprised to know that he most likely plans on dropping Fei Long, a character he helped popularize back in 2010, and even taught RZR|Fuudo to use.

Mago listed four other characters he's considering picking up in the new game, including a very familiar face from his past.

He offers percentages on the odds he'll pick up these fighters as well. Hit the break to see his rundown.

USF4's Red Focus intended for casual players, delayed wake-up made for hardcore competitors; Ayano says Ryu users will enjoy playing Poison

Ultra Street Fighter 4's assistant producer, Tomoaki Ayano, spoke to Siliconera once again in order to discuss the upcoming SF4 series update. This particular interview focuses mainly on the subject of complexity, and if USF4 may become too complicated with all of the new game mechanics being added.

To better address this question, Ayano starts out by explaining the thought process behind creating both Ultra Street Fighter 4's Red Focus and delayed wake-up mechanics. He admits that Red Focus was created with casual players in mind.

"It [Red Focus] was conceived as a technique to deal with incoming multi-hit attacks via simple button input," the assistant producer says. "We see it as a way to bring more casual users into the fold and reignite interest among players who may have been sitting out of the Street Fighter IV series until now."

You can continue reading after the break.

Capcom: There's no reason fighting games shouldn't be bigger than they are - Pro Tour born out of this thinking

Capcom's Peter "Combofiend" Rosas was recently asked by Lone Star Gamer about the Capcom Pro Tour and the methodology behind their approach of why they launched this new venture.

"We were sitting around thinking that 'there's no reason fighting games shouldn't be bigger than they are'," said Rosas.

He noted that fighting games are the closest people can get to MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) matches, and there's no reason that these titles shouldn't be broadcast to a greater amount of people.

"We feel that [Capcom] stepping in can definitely help bring everything together, help create this one cohesive league," said Rosas.

Asked about the future of the Capcom Pro tour, Rosas believes things will grow beyond what users currently see.

Peter also delves into other topics like if he misses competing at tournaments, and covers some of the balancing philosophy they're trying to use when working on Ultra Street Fighter 4.

To see the full interview, hit the jump.

First in-game look at Decapre, Rolento, Elena, Hugo, and Poison's alternate costumes in Ultra Street Fighter 4, 2nd wave of costumes also shown

Famitsu, a Japanese gaming publication, posted in their magazine the first in-game look at Decapre, Rolento, Elena, Hugo, and Poison's alternate costumes in Ultra Street Fighter 4. Each of these outfits was designed by UDON, and just yesterday, we saw the Decapre's costume design for the first time.

If you look closely at the image below, you can see that there are in-game screenshots showing a 2nd wave of alternate costumes for Rolento, Poison, Elena, and Decapre. It appears as though Rolento is donning his plumber getup from Street Fighter X Tekken, and Poison is also getting one of her SFxT outfits.

Players will be able to use these costumes if they have save data from Street Fighter X Tekken on their hard-drives. Decapre's costume isn't actually a new design, but rather, Cammy's SFxT alternate outfit. These costumes will also be available in the arcade version of Ultra Street Fighter 4.

You can check out the scan below, courtesy of Kurushii.


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Source: Famitsu. Via SRK.

Ultra Street Fighter 4 trailer showcases save state mode, YouTube upload and more

Capcom has just released a brand new trailer for Ultra Street Fighter 4, and it showcases the new save state option in training mode, along with the YouTube upload feature.

It also has some Decapre combos for users to check out, along with offering a rundown of new gameplay mechanics and modes.

Hit the jump to view it.

Want to win a free fightstick? EventHubs is giving away a Qanba Q2 Glow to one lucky reader (no site subscription needed)

We here at EventHubs are feeling generous this week. In an attempt to show our readers some love, we're going to give away a free EightArc fightstick to one lucky player.

The plan is to award the contest winner with a Qanba Q2 Glow for the system of their choosing. If the Q2 Glow happens to be unavailable by the time this contest ends, we'll get you a stick of equal or lesser value, (your choice).

This contest differs from our bi-monthly subscriber giveaways in that you don't need to be a subscriber on the site in order to win. Anyone is eligible, so be sure to enter!

Hit the jump to find out how you can win.


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