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$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.

El Fuerte has 19 bad match-ups - Pepeday's character tier, courtesy of Air

It's been a whirlwind storm of El Fuerte madness ever since R/Kappa|Pepeday (who's also a member of the Fuzuoka Gaming Club in Japan) took the championship title at Mad Catz's Tokyo Game Show 2014 Ultra Street Fighter 4 tournament in September.

Since then, the top El Fuerte player from Japan has been making waves, landing a respectable 5th place spot at The Fall Classic (which the good folks at R/Kappa very generously donated to fly him out for), and finally grabbing that 1st place win at the recently concluded Canada Cup 2014.

That's two majors Pepeday have won with El Fuerte, in the short span of a couple of months. And all of that was made possible due to the insane amount of training Pepeday has undergone with the character -- he's been playing Fuerte for almost six years now.

This man is arguably the foremost authority on all things El Fuerte. Find out what he thinks of Elf's character match-ups in Ultra Street Fighter 4 below, provided by CCG|Air.

Guilty Gear Xrd demo comes to PlayStation Plus in North America next week for PS4 owners

A free Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- demo will be made accessible to PlayStation Plus members in North America starting next Tuesday, November 25, ahead of the game's December 16 release date, this week's episode of the PlayStation Blogcast announced. The demo will be offered exclusively to PlayStation Plus members.

Although no specifics on the demo were given, this demo is likely to be similar to the one made available exclusively to Japanese PlayStation Plus members a short while back. That demo featured only two playable characters, Sol Badguy and Ky Kiste, and only two modes of play: Tutorial and Arcade.

If you can't wait to get your hands on the Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- demo next week, check out Vesper Arcade's playthrough of the Japanese demo in the video below for a good idea on what you can expect.

Absolute Battle 5 results ft. Snake Eyez, Ricky Ortiz, Filipino Champ, RayRay, Angelic, Jan, Ranmasama and more

Update: This story has been updated with final results, battle logs and a stream archive.

This weekend, Absolute Battle 5 is upon us, and will be streaming tournament action live from Dallas, Texas.

Games present at the event include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Killer Instinct, Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Injustice: Gods Among Us.

Players you can expect to see competing are Snake Eyez, EG|Ricky Ortiz, Filipino Champ, CTRL|RayRay, BT|Angelic, Boost|Jan, Ranmasama, Busby, CJ Showstopper, TFA|OMG Itz Andre and more.

The event will also include a series of exhibition matches called "Ultimate Fight Night", in both Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Streaming duties of the event are being handled by PandaXGaming, SaltyMayhem and VersusGameplay.

Hit the jump for the stream action.

Akuma's dragon-punch FADC red fireball combos into hurricane kick - the Ansatsuken master takes on Bleach's Kenpachi in One-Minute Melee

Okay, technically that's not a dragon-punch FADC red fireball -- Akuma launches his opponent into the sky with a mere crouching HP, and cancels that into red fireball.

But we're nitpicking here. This is a fantasy fight, and the version of Akuma used for it does appear to possess his SF4 moves, even if he looks like his Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike incarnation.

In any case, ScrewAttack's One Minute Melee between Street Fighter's Akuma and Bleach's Kenpachi Zaraki is action-packed and definitely worth checking out. So make a guess who'd win this battle, and watch the video below to see if you were right.

Just a quick note before you go: Unlike ScrewAttack's Death Battle series of videos, One Minute Melee does not entail any kind of reseach whatsoever. This is purely about which fighter is a bigger badass.

Full Raidou trailer released for Dead or Alive 5 Final Round! See the original DoA boss's devastating attacks in motion

It was just yesterday we reported the first screenshots for Raidou. Now a full length trailer has been released on the official Dead or Alive YouTube channel.

In it, you'll get to see him laying the smack down on a large chunk of Dead or Alive 5's cast. Now brought back to life as a cyborg, Raidou seems more menacing than ever before, possibly even giving flashbacks to Capcom's Cyber Akuma. And getting to see his powerful attacks in motion adds a significant amount of punch to them.

Check out the full trailer below to watch the return of Dead or Alive's original boss character.

Video: Guile's cr.LP beats Hugo's 'cross-up' in Ultra Street Fighter 4; Why does this work?'

"Hey EventHubs," leutor writes in.

"[I] Have a cellphone-recorded video of a Hugo KO, [which happens] while he jumps over Guile's head, as I was mashing jab."


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"He (Hugo) is not even close to Guile's fist. It's ridiculous. I don't think I have the match as a saved replay unfortunately, just the cell vid."

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend coming soon to PC via Steam

Those of you waiting for BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend to make it to PC, your wait is over on December 11th.

H2 Interactive announced today that BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend will be making its way to Steam.

The announcement states the game will feature standard local and online mutliplayer modes as well as be available in Korean, English, Japanese and Chinese.

Those of you that speak Japanese can keep your eyes on Direct Games' website directg.net for more detailed information.

Source: H2.

Thank you to Kawalorn and ConneX for the tip.

'Man, I am getting really salty right now...' Watch Snake Eyez try to topple the defensive wall of BrolyLegs in Ultra Street Fighter 4

It's no secret that Chun-Li is a rough match-up for Zangief. Her defensive capabilities and strong, long-reaching normals make her a nightmare for the Red Cyclone. The Eventhubs tier list puts the match-up as 6.3:3.7 in Chun-Li's favor, ranking it as second least favorable character for him to face.

So it's understandable that even Snake Eyez, considered one of the top Zangief players in the world, would become frustrated against a strong Chun-Li--especially when BrolyLegs is playing her. At one point in the video, Snake Eyez confesses, "Man, I'm getting really salty right now. I'm like extremely salty right now."

Can the colossal Zangief manage to break through Wall Chun-Li?

Watch the matches below to find out.

Sako, Uryo, Momochi and Michael-tan register sub-characters for Topanga A League; Daigo and Bonchan are the only contenders without a sub now

At the Topanga A League Second Stage play-offs, EG|Momochi raised some eyebrows when he listed a sub-character (each A League contender is allowed to register up to two playable characters) that few would have seen coming: Evil Ryu.

Has EG|Momochi fallen to the dark side now? Et tu, Brute? While Momochi has chosen to mostly stick with Ken in tournaments this year so far, bringing out his Juri or Decapre only when the situation calls for it, it looks like for the purposes of Topanga A League, rather than list Juri as a sub, Momochi thinks Evil Ryu is a smarter choice.

But he won't be the only player to list a sub in the next stage of the league; today Topanga has officially announced that Sako, Uryo and Michael-tan have also listed sub-characters.


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While there hasn't been a trailer for the next stage of Topanga A League yet, it appears that filming for that is currently underway; check out a behind-the-scenes video for Momochi's part of the new Topanga A League trailer below -- guest-starring ChocoBlanka and their pet dog Gonsuke.

Super Smash Bros. Wii U now available on eShop, tiers section and move lists launched here on EventHubs

Updated: Super Smash Bros. Wii U is now available for download on the Nintendo eShop.

Super Smash Bros. Wii U is only hours away from its official release, and we here at EventHubs have been diligently working to bring you updated site sections for launch.

First up, our Super Smash Bros. Wii U tiers have been reset for the upcoming version. Now, registered readers can go in and place votes based on the console version of the game. We didn't delete the 3DS tiers, however. You can still find the archived tiers index and match-up table here on the site.

Additionally, we have officially launched our Super Smash Bros. Wii U move listings. This is the second game to get the "new moves section" treatment (the first being Ultra Street Fighter 4), and these lists are more interactive than ever before! Now, players can vote on how effective each attack is, and write tips about each move to help others in the community gauge their usefulness.

Each character's page also includes useful information such as how popular they are (based on our stats pages), their weight (thanks to Smash Wiki), and more. Not to mention that we have completely overhauled the look of the entire moves section to make them easier to read and access.

Also, if you're looking to get some day 1 games in with opponents near you, be sure to use our Fight Tracker. This nifty feature allows you to search for players up to 1,000 miles away from you, and even find which games/characters they play.

We here at EventHubs got you covered on Super Smash Bros. Wii U launch day.

Daigo bashes Uryo with a Perfect, Sako gets locked down by 10 fireballs, and more: Topanga A League day 6 pro plays

The Topanga A League rages on, and much like we did for day 4 of the event, tonight we're shining the spotlight on a few pro plays that took place earlier today. Topanga's live stream is a pay-per-view broadcast, so these highlights are for those who may have been unable to catch the action.

Tonight's highlights include players such as MCZ|Daigo, BE|Nemo, HORI|Sako, Uryo, and more.

To start us off, we get to see The Beast doing what he does best: mauling his opponent. Matched up against Uryo's Chun-Li -- who is in no way a slouch -- Daigo made an exceptional read in the 2nd round of the 4th game. Uryo went for a Hazanshu (flip kick), but Umehara saw it coming a mile away, absorbed the hit with a Focus Attack, and then got to work.

The result was a lightning fast Perfect.


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Continue reading for amazing Topanga A League pro plays.

Team EG (Justin Wong, PR Balrog, Ricky Ortiz, Momochi) plus Nishikin - UltraChen TV's World Warriors of Capcom Cup

Assuming that all of the 16 world warriors going into the Capcom Cup 2014 tournament are equally qualified to win it all, there is a one-in-four chance that the winner will be from Team Evil Geniuses; of the 16 players, four of them are from Team EG.

That's simply remarkable, no matter how you look at it. The players are EG|Justin Wong, EG|PR Balrog, EG|Ricky Ortiz and EG|Momochi.

Rounding up today's World Warriors of Capcom Cup roundup is Nishikin, whose play style with Blanka was so out-of-left-field that he managed to beat Bonchan -- easily the most consistent Sagat player in Japan at the moment -- not once, but twice. He also beat the top Yun player in Japan, Kazunoko, even though the match-up is extremely unfavorable to Blanka.

Let two of the best fighting game commentators in the world, James Chen and UltraDavid, tell you what makes these players so great. Find out more about their fighting style in these episodes of UltraChen TV's World Warriors of Capcom Cup match analysis videos below.

Does Super Smash Bros. for Wii U's netcode hold up to fighting game expectations? Maximilian's online review answers

A couple of months ago, we shared Maximilian's thoughts of his online experience playing Super Smash Bros. for 3DS online. His thoughts were that the netcode was leaps and bounds above Brawl's functionality, especially considering all of this was coming from a handheld system.

Now Maximilian has reviewed the Wii U version of the newest Smash Bros. Is it significantly different? Was there an improvement? While Eventhubs will likely be going into detail of our own experiences with the title's netcode, you can start to get a good picture of the online by watching the Video Game Hype Man's impression. With that said, I'll confirm that my own time with Smash for Wii U has not differed too much from Max's.

To find out if Super Smash Bros. for Wii U's online lives up to expectations, watch Maximilian's review below.

Tired of metal melodies? Check out this brilliant jazz rendition of Ken's Street Fighter 2 theme

If you're not a metal fan, then you've probably been left uninterested by the thousands of electric guitars on YouTube wailing out Ryu or Ken's theme with the distortion cranked up.

Be let down no more. The Consouls have released a jazz quartet cover just as fitting of Ken's American spirit as any rock song. The group is incredibly well coordinated and in sync. Every member, whether it be the pianist, guitarist, bassist, or drummer, all have excellent moments where they shine. You'll find this to go well with your morning coffee or in the drooling hours after over consumption this Thanksgiving.

Watch the video below to enjoy some Street Fighter jazz.


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