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Happy birthday to the Street Fighter poster child: Ryu turns 50 today

We have had a number of readers write in to inform us that today is a very special day in the Street Fighter universe.

The wandering warrior and Street Fighter poster child, Ryu, celebrates his 50th birthday today. Now I know that many of your are thinking, "but DreamKing, Street Fighter has only been around since 1987!"

Although you are correct in stating that fact, Ryu's bio from the Super Nintendo port of Street Fighter 2 indicates that he was actually born on July 21, 1964.


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Fun fact: T. Hawk also celebrates his birthday today.

Via Polygon. Submitted by GothLawyer, zUkUu, Mastr3, and a few anonymous readers.

Street Fighter 4 Producer Yoshinori Ono will be at San Diego Comic-Con – 'May be a surprise or two'

A recent tweet from Ultra Street Fighter 4 producer Yoshinori Ono has revealed he will be at San Diego Comic-Con. Furthermore, the link he provides to Capcom's event page shows both a Street Fighter focused panel along with a general Capcom panel and signing.

While Yoshinori Ono has a reputation for hints, the fact that an hour long Street Fighter panel guest-starring Ono-san has been slated for the convention is bound to draw some attention. Not only that, but Capcom-Unity's website has mentioned there may be a surprise or two in store.

Check below to find out more about Capcom at San Diego Comic-Con along with the schedule for relevant events.

Gritty short film 'Matador' explores Vega's backstory - live action segment about Street Fighter's Spanish ninja

Chubby Boy Films, the group who did the awesome Balrog: Behind the Glory short film a few years back, put together another project which debuted at this year's EVO.

It's a gritty drama focusing on Street Fighter's sociopathic Spanish ninja, Vega.

Titled 'Matador', it follows Claw's traumatic upbringing and the pivotal sequence of events that made him into the assassin he is today.

Celica A. Mercury and Lambda-11 playable characters coming in an Autumn update to BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma (arcade)

This week's issue of Famitsu Weekly magazine is announcing on Thursday that Celica A. Mercury and Lambda (No.11) will be added as playable characters in an update -- coming sometime in Autumn 2014 -- to the arcade version of BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma.

As Celica is a mage specialising in healing magic with no combat ability of her own (which had been the reason she was not playable, as series creator Mori Toshimichi explained in this interview), she will be fighting with the Minerva by her side, similar to the characters Carl and Relius Clover.

However, unlike Carl and Relius, Celica is said to be a character who possesses many moves that are "fundamental tools" in fighting games. As such, she is highly recommended to beginners who're playing BlazBlue for the first time.

First-time champions, roaring crowds, and tears of joy - a closer look at EVO 2014's two most emotional victories

EVO 2014 was undoubtedly one of the most emotional events of the year, and quite possibly, ever. We witnessed numerous public displays of emotion as players expressed their anger, exultation, and even sorrow due to the outcomes of their matches.

Two of the most memorable EVO moments were birthed from the conclusion of the Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma and Killer Instinct tournaments, as the grand champions of each game, Garireo and RM|CD Jr. respectively, openly expressed their elation with literal tears of joy.

Many of the viewers in attendance and watching from the comfort of home reacted to these incredible victories with applause. Others, those who may not have truly grasped the amount of dedication and time these players put in to achieve their goal, responded with mockery.

Vince Ingenito, IGN's resident fighting game expert, was in attendance that day and experienced the passion first-hand. He has since put together an excellent piece that analyzes the reasons behind these champions' initial reactions to victory.

Yoshinori Ono transforms into Hugono at the San Diego Comic-Con Street Fighter Panel - we've got photos!

Capcom producer Yoshinori Ono is known for being an eccentric fellow with a tendency to have fun. In the past we've seen him dress up as Chun-Li, the first lady of Street Fighter, at events, pose with his infamous Blanka toy, and even get the entire crowd to simultaneously Shoryuken.

Today at the San Diego Comic-Con Street Fighter panel, Ono came dressed as someone entirely new. That's right...he's Hugo. There really isn't much I can say here that the photos won't do a better job of saying.

Ono will forever be awesome.


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Photos via Michael McWhertor, Yoshinori Ono, Anthony Silva, and Gail Salamanca.

Boon: Mortal Kombat X will introduce more new characters than any entry since the first game - DLC fighters planned, one is a 'guest'

Mortal Kombat X is going to have a lot of new faces in it, NetherRealm Studios' Ed Boon relayed in an interview at EVO 2014, hosted by Mad Catz.

"We introduced a lot of new characters in [Mortal Kombat X]," said Boon, adding that he believes this game will introduce more new fighters into the MK franchise than any previous version — since the original release.

He added that if a fighter you're particularly fond of doesn't make the initial cut, there's still hope in the future.

"If you don't see your favorite character, there's always the DLC characters," said Boon.

As far as who the DLC characters could be, Boon felt that there's a novelty to having guest characters, like Freddy Krueger in MK9 and Scorpion and Injustice, so there's a very good chance you'll see another guest fighter this time around as well.

The DLC fighters won't be just guest characters though, said Boon, but there's a strong chance you'll see at least one.

Lucina has a 'mask on/off' taunt, Robin's down+B special can 'curse' his opponents to drain health in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS

Apart from the scoops on the new characters coming to BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma and Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu magazine has also furnished additional details on the move sets for the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS characters Nintendo announced on Monday.

Check out the images below, along with our translations of the new characters' move descriptions.


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Updated: Full-length cinematic trailer added, Lars confirmed for Tekken 7 - more details from Comic-Con

With the Tekken panel currently taking place at San Diego Comic-Con, Polygon has reported some of the first details about the upcoming Bandai Namco title.

According to series producer Katsuhiro Harada, Tekken 7 will have a "very detailed background story," and will conclude the Mishima clan saga.

Additionally, this installment will answer old Tekken mysteries such as why Heihachi is trying to kill his grandson, why Hiehachi threw Kazuya off of a cliff, who Devil Jin is and others.

Not only that, but Maximilian is also in attendance and has reported that Lars will be in the game. You can find the tweets below.

Hi-res artwork of Killer Instinct season 2 Maya and City of Dawn stage; full EVO 2014 panel video

Since the EVO 2014 reveal of the next Killer Instinct season 2 character, Maya, we've gotten a few new goodies for you all to enjoy.

First up, high resolution images featuring Maya's character and stage design have hit the internet. Below you will find the official concept art for her and the City of Dawn stage.


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Also, Microsoft and Iron Galaxy Studios' full EVO 2014 panel can now be viewed. Considering this conference was not originally streamed in any way, you may want to check out the panel yourself and get all the latest details on Killer Instinct season 2.

Street Fighter: World Warrior, the sequel to Assassin's Fist, announced at San Diego Comic-Con; Chun-Li, Sagat, Guile and more set to appear

The team behind the live-action Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist series has just announced that there is a sequel in the works.

Deemed "Street Fighter: World Warrior," the new series is currently in development and is set for late 2015/early 2016 launch time.

According to director Joey Ansah, the new series will introduce more characters from the Street Fighter universe, and will be larger-scale production than Assassin's Fist.

"The scale of World Warrior is much larger, picking up where Assassin's Fist left off as we follow Ryu and Ken on their 'Musha Shugyo' (warrior's pilgrimage)," said Ansah. "The Shadaloo criminal cartel will be introduced, led by the extremely dangerous M.Bison, which will naturally lead into the World Warrior tournament… and we all know what this means - fan favourites Guile, Chun-li, Sagat and Co. will be playing a big part!"

FG gods Daigo and Sako captain their own teams of 3 in a ft-to-5 Ultra Street Fighter 4 set, 42" Toshiba Regza TVs are on the line

Capcom Japan has posted today the third in a series of four promotional videos for Ultra Street Fighter 4 that feature some of Japan's finest players on as guests.

The first two instalments featured exhibition matches between MCZ|Daigo and Hori|Sako, but this time around, a total of six top players make their appearance -- MCZ|Daigo, Hori|Sako, Bonchan, Kazunoko, MCZ|Mago and RZR|Itabashi Zangief. The players are split into two teams of three each, competing against one another in a first-to-5 set with special rules.

And these guys are not just playing for fun, either. This is no exhibition match, ladies and gentlemen -- three sets of brand new 42" Toshiba Regza TVs are on the line here, which the members of the winning team will walk away with.

Which team will emerge victorious? MCZ|Daigo, Kazunoko and RZR|Itazan? Or Hori|Sako, Bonchan and MCZ|Mago?

Mastering this crazy combo came in handy: Jewelman shaves off over 50% of Yun's health with 57-hit Hundred Hand Slap combo in this USF4 match

We were recently sent a clip of an online Ultra Street Fighter 4 bout that featured a very impressive combo. Interestingly enough, the person who sent this video to us was actually the one who fell victim to this hard-hitting combo as opposed to the player dealing the damage.

In this match-up, Jewelman's E. Honda lands a devastating 57-hit combo using a combination of Hundred Hand Slaps and its EX counterpart. Depleting his entire Super meter, this combo uses a total of 8 Hundred Hand Slaps and shaves off over 50% health from his opponent.

Even with E. Honda's EX HHS buff that makes it easier to connect normals after the special move lands, this combo is still quite tough to pull off consistently, let alone in an actual match.

Snake Eyez: 'Rose is top 10, probably #7 or #6; Zangief is like #20, but can fight some of the top tiers' - the best 'Gief plays USF4 ranked matches

Yesterday, arguably the best Zangief player in the world, Snake Eyez, took to his personal stream in order to run some Ultra Street Fighter 4 ranked matches. During his broadcast, the exceptional 'Gief player talked a little bit about where he feels a couple of characters rank among the rest of the pack -- specifically Rose and his main, Zangief.

"What rank would I place Rose? Maybe somewhere in top 10," Snake Eyez says. He goes on to state that among the best characters in the game, she would probably place at around #7 or #6.

Continuing with the character ratings, Snake Eyez takes a shot at placing his own main, Zangief, on the ranking list. "'Gief is probably 20th, or something like that; he just happens to be able to fight some of the top tier characters pretty well."

The grappler player mentions that Rose also shares the ability to combat some of the top tier fighters, especially Fei Long.

Below you will find the archive which is packed with excellent footage of Snake's Zangief in action.

Daigo attending special tournament to honor 10th anniversary of EVO moment #37, event organized by Super Arcade

The official Super Arcade Twitter account has announced today that they will be holding a special event this November to celebrate the 10th anniversary of EVO moment #37. In order to properly pay homage, the tournament will be held where the legendary Daigo parry took place -- Cal Poly Pomona's Ursa Major Hall.

Not only that, but The Beast himself, MCZ|Daigo Umehara, along with his sponsor, Mad Catz, are confirmed to be in attendance.

The tournament is set to take place on November 21-23, and Super Arcade has stated that we can expect to learn more about this special event very soon.

If for some reason you have never seen the incredible Daigo parry against EG|Justin Wong in Street Fighter 3 Third Strike, you can check it out below.


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