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Win joysticks or Smash Wii U GameCube controllers with adapters by writing about Ultra Street Fighter 4 or Smash Bros. Wii U

We're very pleased to announce our latest contest, to coincide with the launch of our moves databases for Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Super Smash Bros. Wii U.

To win, all you need to do is leave helpful advice on either section on how to use specific moves, or how to play the characters. Here's an example I wrote for Rose's Soul Spiral in USF4.

Again, the concept is very simple, just leave advice on how to play USF4 or Smash Bros. Wii U. We'll choose the people who submit the best advice — and the more you submit — the better your odds.

For people who leave advice on Ultra Street Fighter 4, we're giving away a Mad Catz (or possibly EightArc) joystick to two different individuals, either for the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360, and for Super Smash Bros. Wii U, we're giving away a Smash Wii U GameCube controller, plus the USB adapter to three different people. Here are links to each section where you can submit your tips.

Click either logo to access the Moves Database for that game

You can find the official rules after the break.

Mike Ross struck by over 99 hits of Abel infinite and caught by ridiculous whiff punish - these moments from his USF4 stream are unreal

Mike Ross has some of the worst luck in Ultra Street Fighter 4 we've ever seen...

If you haven't been watching his broadcasts as of late, you may want to start tuning in; some incredibly entertaining moments have taken place during his stream. Last time, fLoE used the lowest tier characters in the game to face off against Mike in a first-to-5 set.

Tonight's clips are even more insane.

During a recent broadcast, Mike ran into an online player named "toolassisted." Rumor has it that this player auto-programs combos in order to trigger them at will with flawless execution. After seeing these clips, I think that's a fair assumption.

Mike chose Zangief against toolassisted's Abel, and in the very first round, Ross got caught up in the Abel step kick infinite. He got tagged with so many hits, that it actually managed to score the KO before the time ran out.

The second round went much more in Mike's favor, as he scored a Perfect, but his luck ran out in the third round when toolassisted pulled off a ludicrous whiff punish using Abel's U1.

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Although you can catch the clips in the animated GIFs above, we highly recommend that you watch the actual match. Mike Ross' reaction to this situation is something you just have to see. You can find the archive below.

Grounded LK Tatsu into full U2, two cr. MPs into sweep, and more: Evil Ryu has interesting combo options using mid-combo meaty attacks

Evil Ryu is used quite often in competitive Ultra Street Fighter 4 tournament play. It's safe to say that as far as tech goes for this in-your-face character, we've pretty much seen it all. Or so we thought...

A new combo video was sent to us earlier this week that demonstrates a number of interesting maneuvers Evil Ryu can pull off using mid-combo meaty attacks. While there are setups such as U1 being landed after a grounded LP DP, which we have seen before, other sequences show E. Ryu landing two crouching medium punches into a sweep, much like his heroic counterpart is capable of doing. This particular combo is meterless and can't be performed unless the meaty medium punch is utilized.

There are some other useful setups demonstrated here, including big stun combos and a way to hit a full-animation U2 after a grounded LK Tatsu.

Check out this Evil Ryu combo video below, and be ready to add many of these setups to your arsenal.

Windows PC version of Dead or Alive 5 Last Round listed on ESRB website

Looks like the rumors of a PC version of Dead or Alive 5 Last Round that were floating around the Net could very likely be true.

On November 13 Dark Side of Gaming stumbled upon a Play-Asia listing for a PC version of Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, which they made a screencap of and reported the finding on their site. While such retailer listings are often based on information provided by the publisher, there was a chance that the listing was made in error.

But this information has now been seemingly corroborated by the ESRB Rating Search App, which lists Dead or Alive 5 Last Round as a "Windows, PC, PlayStation 4, [and] Xbox One" game.

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What are the chances that Play-Asia and the ESRB were both mistaken?

With that said, if the rumours are to be fully believed, it looks like Dead or Alive 5 Last Round for Windows will be released on PC CD-ROM -- refer to the Play-Asia image above. Have fun installing the game on a box set of 20 CDs, folks! (I'm just kidding; it's probably coming out on DVD-ROM.)

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round for the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and maybe Windows PC is slated to be released in North America on February 17, 2015. The Japanese and European release dates are February 19 and 20 respectively.

Hit the jump to see Raidou, one of two new characters in DOA5LR, take on Ayane, Hayate and Ryu Hayabusa.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at EventHubs

We here at EventHubs wanted to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving, so we created a quick post to let everyone know how thankful we are to have so many awesome readers.

Without the readers, commenters, tier voters, moves database contributors, people who send in news tips or ideas on how to improve the site, EventHubs would not be what it is today, and we would just like to thank you all.

If you're thankful for anything in particular pertaining to our community and would like to express your appreciation, feel free to leave a comment below.

Thanks once again for all of the support through the years.

Sakurai on why Ridley isn't playable in Super Smash Bros. Wii U and 3DS

Ever since it was revealed that Ridley from the Metroid series would not be a playable character in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS, but that he will instead be a boss character on one of the stages, one question has remained lingering in the heads of many Smash (and Metroid) fans:

"Why, Sakurai? Why? You made Lucina and Dark Pitt playable characters -- but not Ridley, who's one of Metroid's most recognizable and distinctive villains?"

It just didn't seem to make any sense. Fans were shown a teaser where you could clearly see shadows of what appears to be Ridley performing a grab on a Pikachu, and there was a lot of debate on whether or not Ridley was likely to be a playable character -- mostly because there were a lot of fans who'd like to see this happen.

But Masahiro Sakurai, the game's director and a man who worked tirelessly to make the game as delightful to fans as humanly possible, chose not to make Ridley playable. Why?

That's the question IGN got to ask Sakurai in an email interview. And surprisingly, the explanation Sakurai gave was very convincing.

Moves database beta test for Ultra Street Fighter 4 launched

We're very happy to officially launch the EventHubs move database for Ultra Street Fighter 4 today.

This is a beta launch, so you may notice a few things off, and if you do, please use our handy Report problem or error on this page link you'll find towards the bottom of most pages, or you can use the contact form and choose the tech support option.

Here's a quick rundown of what to expect.

EventHubs moves database

• Moves are sorted by their rating, so finding the most effective attacks for a character are easier than ever.

• Tips for how to use moves/characters can be upvoted and downvoted, so that the most useful information appears first.

• Button inputs can be changed to PS3 or Xbox 360, and directions can be mirrored so that they look correctly when performing them from the 2P side.

• Detail pages for moves show properties like invincibility, if the move is airborne, etc.

• We'll have a brand new and innovative way to look at frame data coming in the future, but for the time being, we're just linking to our old frame data pages.

• All data from the beta will be carried over to the production release.

More details are available below.

1st screenshots of Raidou in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, new hairstyles for Mila, Alpha-152, and Tina shown

The latest issue of Weekly Famitsu magazine is officially out on newsstands today, and (like we reported yesterday) this week it's giving fighting game fans their first look at Raidou in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, who's one of two new characters being added to this final revision to the title.

Apart from giving DOA fans their first look at Raidou, Famitsu magazine also featured screenshots of some of the new costumes in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round -- specifically, those for Mila, Alpha-152, Tina and Marie Rose.

Check out the images below, and hit the jump for some additional details on Raidou -- such as who revived him -- and the new costumes.

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Kan-Ra's official Killer Instinct season 2 trailer is here, first glimpse of Riptor shown

The time has finally arrived. Those anxiously waiting to see the third Killer Instinct season 2 character in action do not have to wait any longer.

Early this morning, the folks over at Iron Galaxy and Microsoft released the official reveal trailer for Kan-Ra -- KI season 2's third character to be released.

Not only do we get to see some of what this brand new character to the franchise has to offer, but at the very end of the trailer we get our first glimpse at Riptor.

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Hit the jump to check out the trailer.

Daigo loses to Alex Valle's Hugo 2-0, Velociraptor smashes his fightstick, moment #37 recreated - highlights from 37|Reloaded

37|Reloaded -- a tournament made to celebrate the 10th anniversary of EVO moment #37 -- took place this past weekend, and much like any stacked event, there were a slew of great moments that took place.

This particular tournament was literally packed with highlight-worthy moments, and it almost felt like every match had something worth sharing. But alas! We cannot give the spotlight to every moment (if you want to see that, you can check out the stream archives). So, tonight we bring to you some of our favorite occurrences from 37|Reloaded.

During the finals day, MCZ|Daigo ran a series of exhibition matches with a handful of players also in attendance. The Beast's final opponent in these 2-out-of-3 sets was none other than long time rival, LU|Alex Valle.

Daigo selected his trademark Evil Ryu, as expected, and instead of going with the heroic counterpart, Valle opted to choose Hugo. Considering that the giant grappler is among the worst characters in Ultra Street Fighter 4, many felt this wasn't too wise a decision. But Valle begged to differ...

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Alex Valle's Hugo trampled Umehara with a convincing 2-0 victory. His footsies and setups were on point, and just look at that corner control in the GIF above!

Super Smash Bros. is now the fastest selling Wii U game in North America

Super Smash Bros. 4 first launched on the Nintendo 3DS back in October. The console counterpart made its way to households just last Friday, and already it is the fastest selling title on the Wii U in North America.

According to Nintendo, Super Smash Bros. on Wii U sold a staggering 490,000 units in just three days. This number includes both digital and disc-based copies of the game sold from November 21st through November 23rd.

Previously, the Wii U's most popular seller was Mario Kart 8; now, it is but a backseat driver to Super Smash Bros.

With Black Friday and the holiday season quickly approaching, it doesn't seem like Smash's sales will be slowing down anytime soon. If you're already a proud owner of the game, be sure to check out our Super Smash Bros. Wii U tiers here on EventHubs. In it, you will find out where each character ranks from best to worst, and you can also cast your own votes on specific character match-ups.

Source: IGN. Mentioned by Paradonyx.

Raidou - Dead or Alive 5 Last Round's new male character is the boss from DOA1 with a cyborg twist

Raidou, the final boss from the very first Dead or Alive title, is returning as a playable character in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round with a twist, a Japanese video games magazine is revealing on Thursday.

Although Raidou was killed off by Kasumi after the very first Dead or Alive tournament, story-wise, the character is being resurrected in cyborg form for the final installment of the Dead or Alive 5 series. Voice actor Tetsu Inaba will reprise his role as Raidou in Dead or Alive 5: Last Round.

A master of the Modified Mugen Tenshin Ninjutsu (Tenjinmon) style, Raidou is said to specialize in powerful attacks made possible by his large body build.

According to the early report, the magazine is also revealing this week the game's first-print bonus in Japan: a set of 4 swimsuit costumes for four female characters in the game along with a gravure movie featuring those characters, and a Ninja 2015 DLC costume pack.

Check out Raidou's moves from his appearance in the original Dead or Alive in the video below.

Over-sexualization of women, character balancing and staying relevant: Venture Beat talks to Team Ninja about the challenges in DOA5: Last Round

How much work goes into creating a fighting game? Things have changed drastically since the scene emerged 20 years ago.

Nowadays you have to worry about the myriad of other games vying for gamers' attention, making your game stand out, balancing your characters and the list goes on.

Team Ninja sat down with Venture Beat to discuss all the obstacles they are currently facing as they create the final iteration of Dead or Alive 5.

Where will they go with Last Round? One of the biggest questions fans have: Will Ninja maintain their trademark hyper-sexual themes in their female characters? Click the jump to find out.

$10,000 first-to-5 money match with Gootecks & Mike Ross coaching: Steve Aoki takes on Kid Ink in Ultra Street Fighter 4 for charity

Previously, famed electronic dance musicians Steve Aoki and Borgore played each other in a first-to-5 Ultra Street Fighter 4 set to settle a score, after Aoki called out Borgore publicly on Twitter to face him in digital combat.

The fans wanted to see it happen and so Borgore very graciously accepted, only to fall into the hands of defeat as Aoki managed to triumph over his opponent in USF4 live on the Twitch stream.

Fast-forward to November 2014. There's a new challenger in town -- accomplished American rapper Kid Ink.

According to Kid Ink, Street Fighter is one of his favorite video games of all time, so when he heard that Steve Aoki was challenging artistes to Street Fighter, he knew that he had to be a part of it.

And that's how this Steve Aoki vs. Kid Ink first-to-5 USF4 set came to be. The two played each other for $10,000 (the loser had to donate that amount to the winner's charity) this past Monday live on Twitch, with Gootecks and Mike Ross taking on coaching duties.

Because, you know, since there's ten thousand dollars on the line, Aoki and Ink deserve to have the best in the biz by their side for advice. And, as you'll see in the video below, the Cross Counter duo's coaching turns out to actually be pretty effective.

Mewtwo may be the only DLC character; Sakurai says Nintendo is not working on any paid DLC for Super Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS at the moment

Longtime Smash fans cried tears of joy when Nintendo announced that Mewtwo would be joining the roster of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U as a special bonus for gamers who own both versions of the game. It was like a dream come true for many.

But at the same time, fans had hoped that Mewtwo wouldn't be the only such post-release DLC character for the game. This announcement had signaled a brand new possibility -- but it was unclear if Nintendo and the game's director Masahiro Sakurai actually had plans to introduce more characters into the new Smash game in this manner.

Until now, that is.

According to an interview Sakurai did with, at the moment Nintendo does not have any plans on making DLC characters for Super Smash Bros.s 3DS/Wii U. Do you have plans for any additional characters or stages as DLC?

Masahiro Sakurai, Game Designer, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and Nintendo 3DS: I understand that DLC could add a lot to the appeal of Smash Bros., and I appreciate that a major part of the excitement for these games come from which characters will appear in the roster, so I think fans could really enjoy DLC that could keep this excitement going.

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