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Bandai Namco is making a new Marvel licensed video game - full-length trailer for Disk Wars Avengers: Ultimate Heroes

Looks like mobile games company Kabam's forthcoming Marvel Contest of Champions won't be the only fighting game this year to feature characters and licenses from the superhero comics giant.

Bandai Namco Games has recently announced in Japan a new action-slash-fighting game for the 3DS entitled Disk Wars Avengers: Ultimate Heroes, slated to be released later this year in November.

Judging from the game's simple mechanics and its target audience (kids), this is likely a quick cash-in on the popularity of the Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers anime that's currently airing in Japan, rather than a bona fide fighting game and one of the titles that Katsuhiro Harada and the Tekken Project development team are concurrently working on.

Zero Suit Samus shows some skin in her new Super Smash Bros. alternate costume, Assist Trophy makes players fight in the dark

New images of Super Smash Bros. have been released by Nintendo, including an alternate costume for Zero Suit Samus. While certain websites have already cried controversy with her Zero Suit, this latest outfit shows her battling it out in more casual wear.

Before people start making any calls, it should be noted that these costumes are not a new design for Samus. Both blue and red alternates are based on Metroid Fusion and Metroid Zero Mission respectively.

In other news, an Assist Trophy was also revealed to make combatants duke it out in the dark.

Below are the screenshots recently shared by Nintendo.


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Bonchan is now 85% confident about beating Luffy in the Sagat vs. Rose match-up, says far standing MK is key

Over the weekend, we reported that Bonchan, the runner-up for Ultra Street Fighter 4 at EVO this year, had been playing quite a bit of Rose in an attempt to better familiarize himself with the character that sent him packing from the world's biggest fighting games tournament.

But already it appears that the top Japanese Sagat player has already learned all the ins and outs of this match-up, according to himself.

On this week's episode of Kachigatari TV, in which Bonchan, RZR|Fuudo and Kazunoko are co-hosts, the trio run into a Rose player online just as it was Bonchan's turn to play.

And that's when the EVO runner-up proclaims confidently that he's more or less mastered the match-up.

"I'm done with my research on the vs. Rose match-up," Bonchan says as he's about to play against the Rose online warrior, right around 01:33:30 in the stream archive embedded below.

Harada: Pokken Tournament won't feature high/low mix-ups or Tekken guest characters as it's a completely different game

Shortly after his appearance on the Pokken Tournament announcement livestream earlier today, Bandai Namco Games's Katsuhiro Harada took to Twitter to respond to fans' questions and messages.

In his responses to these questions, Harada addressed a number of notable things that I'm sure a good many of us were left wondering about ever since news of the game's announcement broke earlier this morning.

Things such as whether or not there would be Tekken guest characters appearing in Pokken Tournament, or if non-humanoid or non-fighting-type Pokemon would enter the roster as playable characters.

Find out the answer to those questions, and more in our translation of the prompt Q&A on Twitter.

Veloc1raptor's tier rankings for Gouken in Ultra Street Fighter 4

Today we have a special treat for all you Ultra Street Fighter 4 fans out there. After casting his votes in our tiers section, Veloc1raptor has provided us with his tier rankings for Gouken in Ultra Street Fighter 4.

By clicking the image below, you can check out how the frequent Wednesday Night Fights competitor feels his main character stacks up against the rest. Additionally, Veloc1raptor has jumped into the comments sections of many of the match-ups, and wrote a few tips on how to fight each specific character.


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Below you will find notes from Veloc1raptor on one of Gouken's best match-ups, and one of his worst.

Wario, Krystal from Star Fox Adventures, Rival Smash mode - Giant gallery of leaked Super Smash Bros. for 3DS off-screen images

Earlier this morning we posted some videos that lend a lot of credence to the leaked roster list and info for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS rumors -- but that's not all.

This rabbit hole just keeps getting deeper. The leakers have now also posted a giant gallery of off-screen images showing numerous different aspects of the game: menus, modes of play, stills of characters and even trophies.

At this point it's hard to believe that someone would go through all this trouble to doctor up a bunch of images and videos for the purpose of perpetuating a fake list.

But until they've been 100% confirmed, we're marking these leaked images and info as rumors for now.


Shulk from Xenoblade Chronicles officially announced for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS, Xenoblade stage shown as well [Updated]

Update: Official art and screenshots, along with an English trailer for Shulk's appearance in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS have been added to this story.

Previously: Earlier this week, we received some leaked footage of Shulk and Bowser Jr. being playable in the new Smash Bros. game.

While convincing footage, some remained unconvinced, but no longer. Today, during a Japan-exclusive Nintendo Direct, Nintendo unveiled Shulk as the latest newcomer to grace the Smash Bros. battlefield, along with a Xenoblade Chronicles stage, seemingly featuring Metal Face from the game as a stage boss.

Capcom fighting games revival project announced, widescreen ports of Street Fighter Alpha 3 and 3 other games coming to NESiCAxLive

Earlier today at the conclusion of the Tokyo qualifier for Capcom and Taito's Ultra Street Fighter 4 "Isshuu Sengeki Cup" Japan national tournament, Capcom's Tomoaki Ayano made an announcement for a "Capcom Fighting Games Revival Project", that will see four classic Capcom CPS2 fighters receive widescreen 16:9 ports for Taito's NESiCAxLive arcade platform.

The four titles are Hyper Street Fighter 2, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Street Fighter Alpha 3, and Vampire Savior. As the four games all originally appeared in the arcades in standard definition 4:3 format, these 16:9 ports will feature command lists for characters on the sides of the screen.

On top of the new widescreen format, all four titles will support player name display and allow arcade-goers to grind for player points (PP). Players' win-loss history for all four titles will also be available through the NESiCAxLive mobile portal.


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Mortal Kombat X to receive console-exclusive guest characters, Boon says roster will have more new characters than any MK game

With Gamescom having taken place this past week, quite a few new details about NetherRealm Studios' upcoming fighter, Mortal Kombat X, have surfaced.

In an interview with IGN, Boon discussed the thought process behind designing the the title's roster. The Mortal Kombat creator stated that the previous installment in the franchise, Mortal Kombat 9, was a "complete fan service title" because it had so many returning faces that players have known and loved for years.

Boon says that many classic characters will not return in Mortal Kombat X, however, and the company feels that it's time for some fresh fighters to enter the arena -- more new combatants than ever before.

"It was more important we did introduce new characters," Boon explained. "We're probably introducing more in this game than in any other MK title ever."

ChocoBlanka the Pro Fighting Gamer Rock Idol to the stage, please! Videos of her live performances as lead vocalist

Outside of her activities as a pro gamer in Japan, EG|ChocoBlanka is also the lead vocalist of a band.

Or rather, she was the lead vocalist of a band; she had to take a hiatus from the band in order to move from Nagoya to Tokyo with EG|Momochi. Such is the life of a pro gamer. Sometimes, sacrifices have to be made somewhere.

Although ChocoBlanka is no longer performing, she still holds on to many of her precious memories from her previous live acts -- and this week she's decided to share some with us on the Momochi & ChocoBlanka TV YouTube channel.

Check out EG|ChocoBlanka's covers of anime singer LiSA's 'Best Day Best Way', 'Confidence Driver', and 'Say My Name no Kataomoi' below.

Ready to buy the best fightstick? Guide gives detailed descriptions and evaluations of almost every stick on the market

When I first made the transition from pad to stick, I bought an X-Arcade stick with the release of the original Street Fighter 4. I found myself unable to adjust and dissatisfied with my purchase. Finally I wizened up to how particular sticks were with fighting games and got a Mad Catz Tournament Edition.

What a difference it made to my game. Of course, back then, there weren't the plethora of options there were now either. In their own way, all the sticks available presents a confusing array for the fledgling online warrior.

Fortunately, Steam user Hosslogic has compiled an amazing tier list of joysticks for the new fighter or player looking for an upgrade.

Read below to get started.

Ono says we'll see a Street Fighter game on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 at some point, no plans for Wii U

Ultra Street Fighter 4 is currently alive and actively played in the fighting game community, but for those of you out there awaiting a next-gen Street Fighter, it seems like we'll be seeing one some time in the future.

Just yesterday, Capcom producer Yoshinori Ono addressed a couple of questions from Twitter users regarding what's next for the Street Fighter franchise.

When prompted with the question that is on many fighting gamers' minds right now -- are we getting a Street Fighter game on Xbox One and PlayStation 4? -- Ono simply replied, "some time or other," confirming that there are at least plans for an upcoming SF game.

In a completely separate tweet, Ono also stated that there are no plans for any next-gen Street Fighter titles on the Wii U.

You can check out both of Ono's tweets below.

Will Brutalities return in Mortal Kombat X? 'Mmhmm, it's definitely a possibility *big grin*' - Boon hints at Sonya, says netcode has been optimized

In a recent interview with The Kombat Tether at Gamescom, NetherRealm Studios' Ed Boon discussed the upcoming next-gen fighter, Mortal Kombat X. The MK creator touched on a variety of different subjects such as the game's netcode, the MKX roster, and even dropped a couple of cryptic hints at past features/characters we may see make a return.

We have heard previously that a certain "-ality" -- other than the Fatality, of course -- would make an appearance in Mortal Kombat X. Since Brutalities were originally intended to return in MK9, but did not make the cut due to time constraints, Boon was asked if we could expect to see them featured in the 10th installment of the Mortal Kombat series. His response leads us to believe that Brutalities may be back.

"Mmhmm. It's definitely a possibility. Yeah. *big grin*"

Vivi (Japan's best Chun-Li) fights tooth and nail with Daigo, finishes Evil Ryu with a 63-hit combo - Ultra Street Fighter 4 online match footage

If you're a Chun-Li player, chances are you've dreamed about pulling off an insanely long lightning kicks FADC combo -- the sort that combo maestro Desk is known for -- on a live human opponent in Super or Ultra Street Fighter 4 at least once in your life.

That's, of course, assuming you're not a top Chun player on the level of Japan's Vivi, who was previously ranked no.9 on the Japanese national leaderboards for Ultra Street Fighter 4 in the arcades, and is probably still the strongest Chun-Li player in the land of the rising sun.

Vivi doesn't have to dream about pulling off such a feat; he goes for it whenever the opportunity presents itself. One such opportunity came knocking on his doorstep last week, when the Japanese player was streaming his online matches on Nico Video -- as you'll see in the video below.

Apart from pulling off a 63-hit Chun-Li combo in an actual (online) match, on the same day Vivi also played a number of serious matches with MCZ|Daigo online. You'll find video of that embedded below as well.

It's official: Amazon, not Google, has bought Twitch for $970 million - Read the CEO's thank you note

Update: Twitch has just made the official announcement that they've been purchased by Amazon.

Twitch CEO Emmett Shear said in his thank you note that in spite of the buy-out, Twitch will keep its independence and continue to operate from their current offices, with the same employees.


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Full press release below:

SEATTLE—August 25, 2014—Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Twitch Interactive, Inc., the leading live video platform for gamers.


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