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Tekken 7 tentatively set for release in Japanese arcades February 2015; new batch of customization screenshots

Bandai Namco Games held an amusement games machine business event for members of the trade and Japanese media at its Shinagawa, Tokyo headquarters earlier today.

At the event, Bandai Namco not only showed off a number of new titles -- such as Time Crisis 5 and Pocket Monster Battle Nine (which I am extremely relieved is not Pokken Tournament) -- but also revealed tentative pricing and release schedule details for Tekken 7 to arcade operators.

Check out the new Tekken 7 screenshots, along with arcade version release and pricing details below.

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Capcom Cup 2014 VIP tickets now on sale; grab yours now before all 300 of them are gone

Although the historic Warfield Theatre in downtown San Francisco -- the venue for this year's Capcom Cup -- can officially accommodate up to 2,300 attendees, not every single one of those seats is going to give you the best possible view of all the action on-stage.

But about 300 of them will.

Back when the venue and programme details for Capcom Cup 2014 was announced last week, Capcom also announced that there would be 300 VIP tickets for fans who'd like to be sitting as close to the players and special guests as possible. VIP tickets will also come with a swag bag, as well as guarantee entry to an official after party at the Folsom Street Foundry -- where you'll get to mingle with the pros, and maybe even Capcom's very own Yoshinori Ono or Peter "Combofiend" Rosas.

If you're planning on attending Capcom Cup 2014 in person, there's no mistaking it: having a VIP ticket is going to give you the best experience, so you might want to grab yours before all 300 of them are sold out.

And the clock starts ticking now: Capcom Cup 2014's ticketing page is now up!

When will we get to see more 'Omega Edition' Ultra Street Fighter 4 change log videos? Capcom's Tomoaki Ayano finally tells us

It's been a while since we've heard anything about the Omega Edition mode for Ultra Street Fighter 4, first announced back at the Tokyo Game Show last month.

Sure, the Capcom Cup 2014 trailer did give us an itsy bitsy peak at some of the awesome changes that will be made to Balrog -- but that's barely anything.

Besides, as some of you noted in the comments previously, Balrog is still one of the original eight Street Fighter 2 world warriors. Just when exactly are we going to see and hear about the changes made to, well, you know, the other 36 exciting playable characters? There's more to USF4 than SF2 characters, Capcom!

That's been the question on many of your minds (and on mine, too) since TGS. Today, Capcom's Assistant Producer for USF4 Tomoaki Ayano finally has some answers for us on that front.

Devilish Daigo: Umehara lands Raging Demons in devastating fashion on Xian and Gackt - Highlights from Capcom Pro Tour Asia

Evil Ryu is known as a character with massive firepower when he's stocked with meter, but MCZ|Daigo Umehara has been making him look even deadlier with some very crafty uses of the fighter's kara Raging Demon in competitive matches.

Facing Razer's Gackt and Xian last night in the Capcom Pro Tour Asia event, Umehara landed multiple Raging Demons on his unsuspecting opponents.

Gackt and Xian are two phenomenal Ultra Street Fighter 4 players, and the fact Daigo was able to set them up multiple times for kara demons is quite impressive.

We've put together a set of highlights Umehara had against both players in animated gif form.

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Photo of Daigo from BeingAScrub.

Don't get knocked down when Yang has Super; the shadows will get you - learn to stop reversals and optimize damage with Sei'ei Enbu in USF4

In Ultra Street Fighter 4, we've seen a handful of pro players using Yang in tournament play. Players such as MCZ|Mago have made the switch, and occasionally we'll see Dieminion and GG|NYChrisG bring out the pointy-haired twin.

Today, Kreymore brings us a brand new tech video that may increase Yang's usage stats. Although most Yang players use meter for FADC combos and resets, this video shows what can be achieved if the bar is saved for Sei'ei Enbu -- Yang's Super.

This underutilized Super opens up a world of possibilities that many of us, including myself, were not aware of. Knocking down the opponent and performing a Dragon Kick so that Yang's shadows linger and hit the rising character in the back? That's so bloody good.

You'll also learn how to optimize damage, land resets that avoid reversals and leave you advantageous, high/low mix-ups, and more.

Check out this awesome Yang tech video below, and be prepared to start using Super more often!

Daigo scores a double Perfect, Xian punishes fireball with kara U2 - highlights from the Capcom Pro Tour Asia finals

This past weekend, the Capcom Pro Tour Asia finals took place. The tournament consisted of an 8-man, Ultra Street Fighter 4 round-robin in which some of the best of the best competed against each other.

It may not come as a surprise to hear that RZR|Xian, the EVO 2013 champion, and MCZ|Daigo Umehara ended up in the event's grand finals. The two engaged in a very exciting first-to-7 match-up, so for those of you who aren't currently subscribed to Capcom Fighters and didn't catch the action live, we bring to you a highlight featuring some of the best moments from the set.

Daigo came right out of the gate looking great, convincingly securing the first game victory ending with an EX Dragon Punch to counter Xian's hail mary Ultra 2 attempt. The start of the second match was looking like more of the same as The Beast brutalized the EVO champ with a vicious series of combos, resulting in a stun and eventually, the "W".

Xian then showed he was there to play, and scored a quick stun of his own on Daigo's Evil Ryu. Using a kara Ultra 2 -- an incredibly high-level technique when used in this fashion -- Xian made Daigo think twice about throwing fireballs from mid-range.

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Although Daigo had the opportunity to steal the round, a sudden input drop prevented such an outcome. Xian was able to bring the hurt to Daigo in the third round, landing a Super xx Ultra combo and finishing off with a tricky high/low mix-up, bring the score to 1-1.

Is NuckleDu the world's best Decapre player right now? Tricky resets, solid frame traps, game-winning overheads - Ultra Street Fighter 4 highlights

EG|K-Brad and Uryo may have been the first Decapre masters to break down the Shadaloo assassin's game plan for the rest of us in their handy quick-start tutorials for learning the character.

But when it comes to the title of "best Decapre player in the world", at the moment NuckleDu -- who is no longer with Black Triangles as the sponsorship agreement was not a long-term deal -- may very well take the crown. Even over EG|K-Brad and Uryo.

Or at least, that's the vibe I got when I watched The Beast's NuckleDu Decapre highlights compilation video, in which the California-based player pulls off solid frame trap after another, tricky Scramble mix-ups, game-winning overheads, and even a perfect round on Smug.

Regardless if NuckleDu is indeed the best Decapre in the world or not, watching him play has made me want to pick up the character again, that's for sure.

While a lot of us may not have been initially happy to learn that the Cammy clone is the 5th new character in Ultra Street Fighter 4, after seeing all of NuckleDu's tricks with the character, I'm really glad that Capcom put her in now.

See if you agree.

Daigo vs. Poongko: The Beast gets his runback against The Machine 3 years later on the latest episode of AngryTV

On the most recent episode of Poongko's AngryTV live stream, Poongko The Machine runs into an old rival online on Xbox Live -- the man that he very famously defeated 3 years ago at EVO 2011. MCZ|Daigo "The Beast" Umehara.

It's been a while since the two have played one another, however, and things have changed quite a bit. For one, MCZ|Daigo is no longer playing Yun. He's not even playing Ryu anymore. He has awakened to the ways of the Dark Hadou.

Poongko plays a number of pocket characters. But in this match, he's chosen to reprise his main character during EVO 2011, Seth, possibly to see how things will differ now that the game being played is Ultra Street Fighter 4. It's certainly an interesting choice, considering that the character has been widely considered to be weaker in this version.

Who will prevail in this runback? Find out in the match video embedded below this spoiler-free description.

1 reason why Ibuki may be top-tier - setups for normal and Delayed Wakeup scenarios in Ultra Street Fighter 4

Since as far back as when Ultra Street Fighter 4 first went into service in Japanese arcades in April, players have noticed that although the new Delayed Wakeup (DWU) mechanic greatly reduces the impact of setups for most characters, Ibuki is one of those vortex characters who is not quite as affected. Due to her ability to throw a kunai in mid-air.

Ibuki has been garnering quite a bit of attention lately. Not only has RZR|Xian been beaten by two different Ibuki players in tournaments recently -- Huanlin at the 2nd Hong Kong Esports Tournament and Rockpon at the Capcom Pro Tour Asia Taiwan qualifiers -- but Japan's BE|Nemo has also commented twice now that he thinks Ibuki is an top-tier character in USF4.

That's as good as any a reason to start learning Ibuki; at the very least, you'll have a good idea of what you'll up against even if you don't intend to truly play the character.

And to help with your budding kunoichi studies is this Ibuki setups tutorial that breaks down some of the most useful okizeme (wake-up offense) options for the character.

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round dated for February 19, 2015 in Japan; PS4 & XB1 to receive free-to-play versions

Update: Regular and Collectors' Edition prices for the game have added to the story.

Koei Tecmo will be announcing later this week a February 19, 2015 release date for Dead or Alive 5 Last Round (PS3, PS4, X360, XB1) through the usual Japanese video game magazines, according to anonymous reports from those who've managed to obtain early copies (via Games Talk).

No pricing details for the standard edition of the game have been revealed through the early reports yet. The PS4 and XB1 versions will be sold for 7,344 yen (~US$69) at retailers, and 6,480 yen (~US$60) digitally on PSN and XBL. PS3 and X360 copies will go for 6,264 yen (~US$58) at retail, and 5,554 yen (~US$52) digitally. There will also be free-to-play editions of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Dead or Alive 5 Last Round.

There will also be a Collector's Edition, priced at 12,744 yen (~US$119) for the PS4 version, and 11,664 yen (~US$109) for PS3.

Additionally, in Japan Koei Tecmo is planning to release a "Strongest Edition" package of the PS3 and PS4 versions, priced at 26,784 yen (~US$251) and 27,864 yen (~US$261) respectively. No details were given as to what would be included in those special editions, or if they would be available outside of Japan.

Two of the game's new stages (returning from past entries in the series) will be detailed in the Japanese game magazines this week. In addition, sparse details on both of the new characters in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round were also dropped.

Adon gets in The Axe Murderer's face, Brock Lesnar and Zangief stare down: MMA vs. Street Fighter dream match-ups in this 'Rockwell' style artwork

Have you ever wanted to see former UFC Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar use his wrestling skills against Street Fighter's Russian grappler, Zangief? Or perhaps you've dreamt of Adon and Wanderlei "The Axe Murderer" Silva going toe-to-toe in a Muay Thai fight to the finish.

For a fighting game/MMA fan such as myself, these are battles that I wish could play out in some way, shape, or form. Luckily, an artist by the name of Bryan Lee has also envisioned these fantasy match-ups and created a set of striking art pieces to properly portray them.

As the added cherry on top, this artwork exudes a beautiful style that is quite clearly influenced by the work of 20th-century painter, Norman Rockwell.

Check out each art piece below, and any of you fight fans out there, please feel free to tell us which MMA vs. SF match-up you'd most like to see!

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You can find even more amazing artwork over on Bryan Lee's portfolio.

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Nintendo releases Super Smash Bros. Wii U's opening cinematic

With Super Smash Bros. Wii U hitting stores in a little under a month, Nintendo continues to share clips and information about the upcoming title.

Today, the company has released the opening cinematic for the Wii U version. This is the video that you can expect to see whenever you boot up the game.

You can check it out after the jump.

'Street Fighter: World Warrior' will feature the entire roster of characters, win signed photos from the SF:AF crew

EventHubs correspondent Jason24cf brings us more of his New York Comic Con coverage today. This time, we get an exclusive interview with the folks behind Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist.

Jason caught up with Joey Ansah, the creator of SF:AF, along with Gaku Space, Akira Koieyama, and Mike Moh -- the actors who played Gouki, Gouken, and Ryu, respectively, in the series. Towards the end of the interview, Ansah stated that their new Street Fighter project, Street Fighter: World Warrior, will not only feature characters from the classic fighting title of the same name, but will actually incorporate the entire roster.

"We're not planning to just do a series focusing just on Guile or Chun-Li; it's going to have the whole roster."

Additionally, Jason managed to score some awesome Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist photos from the event (shown below) that are signed by the guys themselves. We are giving these away to a handful of lucky readers, so if you'd like a chance at winning be sure to follow both Jason24cf and EventHubs on Twitter.

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Below you can check out the full interview.

Akuma hits 7 standing heavy kicks in one combo! Desk shows the power of meaty attacks and frame delay links in USF4

Desk is back with yet another Ultra Street Fighter 4 combo video today.

The combo extraordinaire resurrects Akuma's st. LP - meaty st. HK loop from Vanilla SF4, and puts it to amazing use against E. Honda in Ultra Street Fighter 4.

Using "Frame Delay Links" -- a technique that requires a player wait x amount of frames before inputting another button -- Desk has managed to land 7 of Akuma's standing heavy kicks in one combo.

Check it out below.

Dudley's MGB loop lasts too long on Hugo, Rose Throw KOs are amazing, and 'Dudstep' is the best music ever - this USF4 CMV packs a real punch

A new Ultra Street Fighter 4 combo video was sent our way earlier today, and this one sure is a doozy.

Tonight's CMV features the classiest pugilist in all of Street Fighter -- that's right, Balrog, get on his level! Dudley is the man of the hour, and this particular compilation of clips will have you thinking his previous occupation was "circus performer"...because of the juggles. Nevermind...

In this combo video, you'll be witness to a number of amazing juggle combos, a combo using the Machine Gun Blow loop on Hugo that goes on for much too long, and a Rose Throw KO that ends with the creation of an entirely new style of music -- 'Dudstep'. Believe me, it's exactly what it sounds like.

This montage is both impressive and creative in many ways, and it's not easy to impress this writer with Dudley combos as I've seen a fair share in my day. You'll find this classy combo compilation below.

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