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A Perfect on Infiltration's Akuma, armor-cancel EX fireball, and incredible corner control: Lutuna's Juri is a beast in USF4

We here at EventHubs were recently pointed in the direction of another great Ultra Street Fighter 4 highlight reel featuring a player that some folks may not be too familiar with.

It's rare that we get to see high-level Juri play anywhere, but a player by the name of Lutuna over in Japan has one of the best Hans we've seen yet.

This compilation of clips showcases a number of top-level techniques, including an armor-cancel EX fireball on wake-up, devastating corner pressure using a combination of jumping normals, kara throws, and fireballs, and much more. Additionally, Lutuna shows that he is not only capable of beating Infiltration's best character -- Akuma -- but has the ability to completely shut the EVO 2012 champion down and score a Perfect, which he does.

You'll find some great Ultra Street Fighter 4 Juri action after the jump, so get in there and check it out!

Bonchan's victory over Fuudo at EVO 2014 - in-depth match analysis on UltraChen TV's 'World Warriors of Capcom Cup'

With just 24 days left to go before Capcom Cup 2014 is set to take place at the historic Warfield Theater in San Francisco (hotel and schedule details here), the Capcom Fighters YouTube channel has now posted the second installment of UltraChen TV's "World Warriors of Capcom Cup" series of player spotlights.

Bonchan is the subject of this latest episode. The Japanese player is well-known especially for his unique playing style with Sagat that's characterized by fast strikes and fluid movements -- which is incredible given that Sagat is normally perceived as a sluggish character with low mobility.

To help them break down why Bonchan's play style is so interesting, James Chen and UltraDavid have chosen to do an in-depth analysis of Bonchan's match against RZR|Fuudo at EVO 2014 earlier this year.

This is the match that got Bonchan into Grand Finals. There are a lot of great moments here, including some that you may not have fully understood the significance of when you were watching it during EVO.

So go grab some popcorn (or, well, a take-out lunch), get comfy, and let James Chen and UltraDavid expose all the top-tier thinking that was going on within Bonchan's head during the match in the new episode below.

Two of the best Street Fighter players in the world 'teach' Floe how to play the game - Ultra Excellent Adventures Ep. 39

It's the moment you've been waiting for -- the first episode of the all-new Ultra Excellent Adventures of Gootecks & Mike Ross ft. Floe is finally available to watch on the official Cross Counter TV YouTube channel!

Watch on as "two of the best Street Fighter players in the world" teach Floe how to play the game -- by demonstrating to him what not to do in online matches.

You don't want to miss especially the part where Mike Ross demonstrates, as Makoto, what not to do against Cody (you'll know which moment I'm talking about when you see a juggle into Cody's Ultra Combo).

Chuvy gets a second chance, Chaotix rushes down Filipino Champ, and Ricky Ortiz shows why she's so clutch in some hype moments from Absolute Battle 5

Absolute Battle 5 made for a very exciting weekend as some of Texas' best went toe to toe with 'invaders' from around the country.

We've put together some GIFs from hype moments during the Ultra Street Fighter 4 top 16 playoffs.

The first moment saw TFA|German Luger's Vega face off against fellow Texan TSFM|Chuvy's Rufus in loser's bracket.

Luger had a rough time adapting to Chuvy's offense throughout the match. At one point, it looked as though he had turned things around.

With a substantial life lead and the need only for chip damage to win, Luger went for an ill-advised wake up Ultra. Both players seemed to enter into a into a frantic panic and what followed was a crazy series drops and missed inputs.


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Hit the jump to see more hype moments from this year's Absolute Battle!

Early Super Smash Bros. Wii U gameplay footage surfaces, check out the game in glorious 60 FPS

Even though Super Smash Bros. for Wii U is still over a week away from being officially released, it seems some players have already gotten their hands on early copies.

A YouTube content creator named runJDrun uploaded over 15 minutes of Smash Wii U gameplay footage earlier today, and in this video we see a number of different characters in action, 8-player Smash, and more.

Although the level of play isn't something you'd expect to find at Apex, we are given the opportunity to check out the game running at the silky smooth 60 FPS, thanks to YouTube's recent support implementation. There is also quite a bit of commentary throughout the video, but if that's not really your thing you can always mute the footage.

Check out this awesome Super Smash Bros. Wii U footage after the jump.

Desk's latest: Chun-Li 86-hit combo on Rufus, El Fuerte's Run-Stop-Fierce done on pad, Akuma and Rolento loops and more - USF4 CMV

You'd think that between his Ultra Combos Red and Ultra Combos Blue CMVs, master combo maestro Desk would have run out of ideas by now as to what else to show. But nope, you'd think wrong.

Desk is truly a gift to the FGC -- and a gift that keeps on giving. And this time he's back with the video he was teasing earlier last month: Playing Street Fighter No.2, which is a series of CMVs that has Desk's jazz hands displayed in a corner of the video.

In this latest video, Desk performs a spiffy 86-hit Chun-Li combo on Rufus utilizing both Kikouken and Lightning Kicks loops, a high-level Ryu FADC combo with just one hand on the fight stick, El Fuerte's Run-Stop-Fierce loops on a PlayStation Dual Shock pad, and other crazy combo feats in Ultra Street Fighter 4 that are incredibly flashy both on-screen and in the flesh.

Check out Desk's magical jazz hands in the video below.

Daigo makes Bonchan pay for a whiffed DP, Kazunoko Perfects Nemo, Michael-tan's fearless DPs lead to stun: Topanga A League day 4 pro plays

Day 4 of the Topanga A League took place earlier this morning (morning here in the states, anyway), and with such a strong line-up of players competing, one can surmise that there were a number of high-level techniques to behold.

During today's broadcast, there were so many great moments that we decided to highlight various pro plays from different matches, rather than discuss one bout. Featured here, you'll find fan favorites such as MCZ|Daigo, Bonchan, BE|Nemo, Kazunoko, and more.

We start this highlight story out with a bang. Early on in the event, Nemo and Kazunoko crossed paths, and in the second round of their second match, Kazunoko flipped the switch and played Yun exactly how he should be played.

After an absolute mauling that took Nemo from corner to corner, Nemo attempted to break Kaz's momentum with a Red Focus Attack, but the Yun player evaded it perfectly and responded with a big combo.


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Hit the jump for more Topanga A League pro plays.

Daigo's favorite Evil Ryu move, the far-standing MK, can convert into big damage - new Ultra Street Fighter 4 CMV shows how

Evil Ryu's far-standing MK has got to be one of MCZ|Daigo's favorite moves.

You've seen him bust it out plenty of times in his matches, often as a poke after backing away from his opponent, or used as a footsies tool from maximum distance.

But did you know that the far-standing MK can actually lead to ridiculous damage when it's landed as a counter-hit, and you have the reactions to capitalize on it?

It's a 1F link off of a single-hit hit confirm, so this will be pretty difficult to work into your Evil Ryu game.

But check out what kinds of crazy damage are possible off of a single far-standing MK on counter-hit in this Evil Ryu CMV, made by EventHubs reader TheFlyingGrayson.

The character that wins the least in Smash Bros. 3DS is... Little Mac!? 'People...all rush to use him only to get pummeled in return,' says Sakurai

When Super Smash Bros. for 3DS released earlier this year, one name rose to the top in the thousands of voices complaining about various characters: Little Mac. Though most professional players wouldn't put the boxer in a Top 5 list, his straight forward and powerful move set made him an extremely popular choice in online play, so much so that gaming outlets like Kotaku have written a multitude of articles about him.

But now new light has come to shine onto the boxing ring of Little Mac, and what it shows is not good. Apparently, he has the lowest win ratio of all the characters. Sakurai elaborated in the latest Weekly Famitsu by stating, "For Super Smash Bros. Brawl, the individual character win ratios lined up in a staircase format, but [for Super Smash Bros. for 3DS] one fighter has a significantly low ratio. It's Little Mac."

Why does a character that not too long ago had many crying out for nerfs sit at the bottom of the win ratio list?

Read below to find out Sakurai's theory.

Chris G shows off some cool UMVC3 tech for Akuma in this tatsu-super 363 hit loop

Chris G has been in the lab apparently developing his Akuma combos and the results are pretty terrifying.

One jump-in scores you nearly 1.3 million damage from this tatsu-super loop.

The best part about this tech is that it's practical. Now a hit from Akuma near the corner means you're eating a super for ever bar of meter he has.

Hit the jump to see Akuma super, then tatsu, then super, then tatsu... then super...

International E-Sports Federation World Championships results ft. Infiltration, veggey, Yagami and more

Update: This story has been updated with final results and battle logs.

Today, the International E-Sports Federation are holding an Ultra Street Fighter 4 tournament, with qualifiers having been held across the world, to seleect 10 competitors (though only 9 could make it), all from different countries. The battle itself takes place in Baku, Azerbajian.

With the prize pool as high as $10,000, there's a lot on the line for the competitors. The countries participating are South Korea, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Australia, Russia, India, Romania and the host country, Azerbajian. You can follow the stream action below.

Fuudo's 'Ai' tech: a way to activate Red Focus only if your opponent actually throws out a move in Ultra Street Fighter 4

On Tuesday, Keita "RZR|Fuudo" Ai shared in the latest episode of Kachitagari TV his recent discovery of a piece of Red Focus Attack tech in Ultra Street Fighter 4 that may have potential applications in a real match.

He's calling this discovery the "Ai" tech or "Ai-shiki", taken from his last name, and it is essentially an option-select that activates the Red Focus Attack only if your opponent throws out a meaty attack. A regular Focus Attack comes out instead, if your opponent does not throw out a move.

If performed correctly, the image on the left below is what you should be seeing in the input display in Training mode (command is MP+MK, then HP+HK~LP+MP+MK). Meanwhile, the animated GIF on the right demonstrates what this maneuver accomplishes.


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Do you see what is happening here? In this case I've set the training dummy to perform a jump and throw out the Ai-shiki on landing. In doing so, the training dummy will perform a regular Focus Attack when left unprovoked, but will activate the Red Focus when you attempt a meaty attack.

For a fuller explanation on why this tech works, check out the video below.

Mewtwo to be paid Super Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U DLC in the future

Last month, Nintendo announced that Mewtwo would make his return to the Super Smash Bros. universe in the 3DS and Wii U versions of the game. The powerful Pokemon would become available as free DLC only to those who purchase and register both ports. Fans who prefer to own only one version were left wondering if they too would be able to snatch up Mewtwo somehow.

Nintendo revealed just this morning that Mewtwo will actually become paid DLC sometime in the future. As it stands right now, it seems this offer is only available to players in Europe, and we are anxiously awaiting word from the company on whether or not the add-on option will make its way to other regions.

However, those who do happen to purchase and register both the 3DS and Wii U versions of Smash will receive a special treat. Not only will you be rewarded with download codes for Mewtwo on both consoles, but those who register will be sent a copy of the exclusive Super Smash Bros. soundtrack that includes 72 tracks from both versions of the game.


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Japan's best Hugo shares his tier list

CCG|Air continues his Japanese USF4 tier list today with another top player's input.

You may not have heard of him but StormKubo is, at least according to air, currently the best Hugo in the world.

Check out StormKubo's opinion on Hugo's best match ups below.

Hit the jump to get started.

Makoto only needs one chance to win; Master Bloothy's magnificent comebacks, reset into stun combos showcased in new USF4 spotlight

If there is one lesson we can all take away from Olympic Gaming's latest Ultra Street Fighter 4 spotlight, it's that against a good Makoto player, such as Master Bloothy, we must never let a humongous health lead on our end to lull us into a false sense of security. Never let your guard down.

Because if you're not careful, a single lapse in your defenses could mean the difference between winning or losing a round -- even if you're closing in on a Perfect round victory. Makoto is just the sort of character who can quickly obliterate her opponent once she gets that one opening to get up close.

Don't believe me? Take a look at these highlights:


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In one scenario, Master Bloothy had literally been sitting on one pixel of health remaining, while his opponent had nearly full life. And still he manages to steal the round.

You can see more of Master Bloothy's amazing Makoto player in the USF4 player spotlight below put together by Olympic Gaming.


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