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Xiao Hai learns a lesson, Fuudo turns his Mika up to 11 and Momochi is unstoppable; final day Stunfest highlights

The highly anticipated Stunfest 2016 has concluded, and though the event was held in France, top eight of Street Fighter 5 featured only Asian fighters.

We've compiled some of our favorite moments from top eight for you to relive.

Our first highlight sees Qanba|Xiao Hai experience that all too familiar feeling you get when you don't spend the meter to win the round, and Tokido comes back to kill you.

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Birdie's lighter-skinned first appearance was a result of... illness? Let's look at his visual evolution over the years

Birdie's first appearance pales in comparison to his modern look.

Graphical improvements weren't the only changes made to the towering warrior throughout his fighting career; his overall design has been altered quite a bit, with the largest jump being the one from Street Fighter 1 to the Alpha series.

So, today we're going to take a closer look at the visual evolution of Birdie in Street Fighter.

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Justin Wong pulls off an incredibly clutch Raging Demon for the win: Tekken Talk ft. Anakin and a ton of Fated Retribution Akuma footage

On the latest episode of Tekken Talk, Mark "MarkMan" Julio brought on two very special guests. Famed Tekken player Circa|Anakin and Evil Geniuses' own Justin Wong joined the stream to discuss upcoming events and play a ton of Tekken 7 Fated Retribution.

JWong and Anakin give us nearly an hour of awesome T7FR gameplay, and the former gives us a glimpse of what Akuma is all about in the upcoming 3D fighter.

Below is just a quick clip of Justin's Akuma to get you started. You can find the entire stream replay after the jump.

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'We really, really didn't want the game to fail, so we asked for Sakura to be in the game' - Hideaki Itsuno details Rival Schools development

More intriguing words from Capcom's Hideaki Itsuno have surfaced on MMCafe today, this time focusing on his work on Rival Schools.

Itsuno took to work on the Rival Schools project after the development of Star Gladiatior. Since Star Gladiator was locked at 30fps, the team was striving to hit the 60fps benchmark this time around.

Originally, the idea behind Rival Schools was going to be another collection of martial artists gathering to compete in a world-class tournament. When elder employees expressed that they felt the idea was boring, Itsuno had to come up with something else to get players interested in the game.

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Capcom rep confirms that Street Fighter 5 matchmaking sometimes uses relay servers

Reddit user kennychiang recently reached out to Capcom for a little more clarity about matchmaking.

Some players may have noticed that there are a couple of different icons that appear on the versus screen at the start of an online match. These symbols note whether the match you are connected to is being played peer to peer, or on a relay server.

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Street Fighter 5 PC mod: Karin returns to her Alpha 3 glory with this awesome retro costume

PC Best Mods brings us footage of another epic Street Fighter 5 PC mod. Today, we get a look at Karin's Street Fighter Alpha 3 outfit.

Though Karin's new design isn't too far off from the original, it's still awesome to see her return to Alpha 3 glory.

You can check out a handful of screenshots below, and after the jump you'll find the footage. The video's description contains download info, if you'd like to use the mod yourself.

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'In the first year, it doesn't matter if a character is weak' - despite hardships, Xian is determined to stick with F.A.N.G in Street Fighter 5

EVO 2013 winner RZR|Xian has taken a road less traveled in Street Fighter 5 in choosing to use F.A.N.G as his main character, and things haven't been going his way as much as he and his fans would like.

In his interview on this week's Best of 3, Xian discussed his SF5 career thus far. Though it's only been three months, people are already saying that F.A.N.G is too weak to be a contender.

While Xian admits he's amongst the weaker fighters in the game, he states that it's much too early to count out weak characters. He alludes to the fact that F.A.N.G's lack of popularity adds to his strengths in that people are unfamiliar with how to fight him.

Xian explains that he plans to stick with the character come hell or high water, at least for this first year of SF5.

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Disgusting confirms, unrelenting offense and unblockable fireballs; Daigo fights his way into top eight at Stunfest

We've watched with much excitement as the competitors in Rennes, France whittled the Street Fighter 5 Stunfest bracket all the way down to top eight.

Amongst the myriad of top contenders, our focus has been especially on RB|Daigo, as we've seen very little SF5 tournament action from him up until this point. Not disappointing, Daigo has made it all the way to top eight, and we've collected a few highlights from his journey there.

Though we see them play week in and week out on Daigo's stream, Daigo and RZR|Fuudo were forced to duke it out at Stunfest as well. Fighting Fuudo's Mika in the neutral, Daigo kept things slow, simply fishing for pokes.

After a series of unsuccessful attempts, one of Daigo's standing medium punches makes contact, and he confirms it into a brilliant Critical Art to close out the round.

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Toryuken 5 results ft. Justin Wong, Julio, Filipino Champ, PR Balrog

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Canada doesn't just have Super Smash Bros. action this weekend, but there's also a bunch of other games being played at the very same venue for Toryuken 5.

At this event, you can expect to see Street Fighter 5 (with Capcom Pro Tour points on the line), Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Mortaal Kombat X, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Pokkén Tournament, King of Fighters 13, Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown, Super Street Fighter 2 and Tekken Tag Tournament 2.

Players attending include EG|Justin Wong, FOX|Julio, PG|Filipino Champ, EG|PR Balrog, cR|HoneyBee, PG|RayRay, EG|Ricki Ortiz, EG|K-Brad, PG|MarlinPie, Flux, cR|Biohazard, YOMI|Dieminion, D-Link|LordKnight, TS|Arturo Sanchez, UA|Noel Brown, PAG|CrazyJoe, Chi-Rithy, OCV|Riceata and more.

Streaming duties are being handled by Toronto Top Tiers and Toronto Top Tiers 2.

Hit the jump to check out the full action.

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Rumors circulating say Injustice 2 announcement expected around E3 next month

French website Gameblog released an interesting article yesterday claiming that Injustice 2 would be announced in June either at E3 or in the days before it.

Things don't stop at just an announcement date however, as Gameblog claims the title will be released in May of 2017. If true, that would give NetherRealm Studios a good chunk of time to further their development of Mortal Kombat XL with a possible Kombat Pack 3 should they choose to do so.

NetherRealm's Creative Director, Ed Boon, has teased fans of the series with the possibility of a sequel for some time, sending out fairly particular messages on his Twitter like the one below:

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In game footage of latest King of Fighters 14 build shows off Hein, Shun' ei, Mui Mui, Kukri, Yuri and more

No less than four game play videos of the latest King of Fighters 14 build have made their way up onto the FRZ_FGC YouTube page.

This latest build features 36 fighters, and in these videos we see glimpses of Hein, Kukri, Yuri, Maxima, Ralph, Mui Mui, Shun' ei and Chin in action. We have yet to see many of these fighters beyond trailers, Here's a quick sequence featuring Hein and Kukri and then another of Kukri's Ultimate:

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We just recently caught our first glimpse of Yuri in KOF 14, and though she's in one of the videos here, we don't see a whole lot of offense from her. Still we do get to observe a few attacks and some in-game movement.

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'The only character that doesn't have the tools to fight everybody might be Zangief' - Popi talks strong and weak characters, his return, and more

As always, we here at EventHubs do our best to bring you interviews with as many different players across the fighting game community as we can muster.

This time, we're checking back in with the Swedish champion F2K|Popi, who has returned to the scene with the release of Street Fighter 5. In this interview, he discusses what made him come back to the fighting game community, strong characters in Street Fightert 5, the upcoming Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator and more.

Check out a snippet below.

MajinTenshinhan: You made a pretty big name for yourself back in 2013 when you won DreamHack Summer 2013, beating huge names like FA|Ryan Hart and RZR|Infiltration on the way there, but not too long after you kind of took a step back from fighting games.

What was it that motivated you to step back into the ring with the release of Street Fighter 5?

F2K|Popi: Hi, thanks for having me! It's true that I took a step back. I had to work on my studies, and I couldn't just play the game casually after having competed so hard previously. I felt that I would have done like, an option select on my losses by saying I wasn't playing as much anymore, so instead I focused on helping out my community and sorting out my own life.

After that, funny enough, I was about to quit. I hadn't competed for almost two years when they announced Street Fighter 5. I played the beta, loved it, and I really missed the competition. Friends around Europe and the whole world, getting salty and having to hold that L, winning and everything that was fun about the community, so...

I decided to give it a serious chance again, and I have to say, I'm really happy so far. Meeting some of the old friends and hearing people say "welcome back", and having the hunger again, is amazing since technically, everybody is a killer in this game. You can watch your pool and be like, "Who is DarthVader54?" and suddenly he is a sick Ryu who is beating your ass. There are so many new players in Street Fighter 5, I'm very happy about that.

Hit the jump to read the rest of the interview.

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Smaller hitboxes, reduced damage, and more: The Super Smash Bros. 1.1.6 patch only adds nerfs to Bayonetta

A couple of days ago, we reported that another Super Smash Bros. 4 patch is on its way and is expected to make some balance changes to the game. Though the update hasn't officially gone live yet, data-miners have already looked into the game's files and found what the 1.1.6 patch consists of.

According to SmashBoards, the only tweaks made this time around affect Bayonetta. Widely considered too strong of a character in the game, it looks as though Nintendo has made an attempt to more properly balance her by way of nerfs.

Her dive kick has seen a fairly large hitbox reduction, as well as decreased range and damage. You can see the hitboxes for both the air and ground versions below.

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Additionally, the SDI multiplier on her up+B has been changed, making it so that opponents can more easily escape its clutches.

To look over the patch notes, be sure to visit SmashBoards.

Sent in by LordAkira.

Xavier Woods Hadoukens opponent in middle of WWE match

No, he didn't summon up a ball of energy from within and blast it across the ring at his foet, but WWE superstar Xavier Woods did pull off a pretty hype nod to Street Fighter's Hadouken in the middle of a match recently.

In a tag team match against The Vaudevillians, Woods wound up and delivered double palmed Hadouken motion straight to Aiden English's chest:

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The big time fighting game fan later tweeted "Down. Right. Fierce" and tagged Capcom Unity in the post. Naturally, we look forward to seeing Kenny Omega answer with an in-match Spinning Bird Kick soon.

Source: FoxSports.com

Mike Watson invested 80k into opening Super Arcade in Azusa; city continues to change requirements, backs bigger arcade across street

Super Arcade closed its doors in November of 2014, and despite a year and a half worth of efforts by owner Mike Watson, the plan to open a new location in Azusa, California still hasn't come to fruition.

A recent article in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune informs us that Watson has now spent $80,000 trying to get his building up to code.

The city's Planning Commission has denied Watson not once, but twice now, citing the attraction of questionable clientele as a central reason. Now that he's trying to move into a different local, Super's owner is continually faced with surprises that deny him progress.

"The city could have given me a list of corrections in one bunch, but instead, they are doing it in increments,” Watson told the Tribune.

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