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'Since Japan is getting the same amount of time with Decapre as us, she is going to be very strong factor at EVO' - Justin Wong talks USF4

EventHubs correspondent Jason24cf was recently able to catch up with Evil Geniuses' Justin Wong over at PAX East 2014. In this interview, justin discusses Ultra Street Fighter 4, the addition of EG|K-Brad to the team, the Topanga World League, and more.

With Ultra Street Fighter 4 already playable in Japan, many players have been concerned with the head-start that their competitive scene has been given. Justin says that their advantage doesn't only lie in being given the game first, (as Street Fighter titles are always first released overseas), but also in the fact that Japan's competitive community is stronger, in general.

Wong added that, luckily, Decapre is not yet available in Japan. He states that since Japan will be getting the same amount of time with the 5th Ultra Street Fighter 4 character as the rest of the world, Justin feels that she will be a "very strong factor" at EVO this year.

Hit the jump to check out the video interview.

Mike Ross and GamerBee's Vanilla Sagat mirror match, Alex Valle fights Online Tony and more: USF4 Edition Select exhibitions from SCR 2014

We've had a lot of news hit this week due to Ultra Street Fighter 4's arcade release in Japan. But to end off our night, let's take a look back at the USF4 Edition Select exhibition matches from SoCal Regionals 2014.

Level|Up has uploaded the full set of bouts, and there are some great matches here.

Below is the breakdown of the exhibition matches.

• Mike Ross (SSF4 E. Honda, SF4 Sagat) vs. AVM|GamerBee (SSF4 Adon, SF4 Sagat)

• Veloc1raptor (USF4 Gouken) vs. LPN (SF4 M. Bison, SF4 Akuma)

• Online Tony (SF4 Seth, SSF4 Seth) vs. LU|Alex Valle (SF4 Ryu)

Hit the jump to check out the video.

Skullgirls Encore, Squigly, and Big Band now available on Xbox 360

Skullgirls fans who play primarily on Xbox, rejoice. It seems that Lab Zero and Microsoft have now officially released Skullgirls Encore, the update that adds a slew of game changes, on Xbox 360 in North America. Encore is free to anyone who already owns the original Skullgirls download, and for new buyers, the game will run you $14.99 USD.

Not only can 360 users download the update, but both DLC characters, Squigly and Big Band, are also live. You can download both fighters, free of charge, for the first 3 months of their release.

You'll have to download the compatibility update, (or re-download it), before you can begin playing Encore. The update comes in at a file size of 823MB, while the DLC characters are a little over 100KB each.

Some have reported that last week's title update may have to be deleted before downloading the new content, so if you're experiencing any trouble, be sure to zap that file.

Source: The official Skullgirls Facebook page. Tips sent in by Taizuku and Oroku_Saki.

Creator Toshimichi Mori wants to port BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma to the PS4, explores the (im)possibility of making Celica, Nine and Jubei playable

The date on this story may say April 23. But in Japan, it's already April 24 -- the day that BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma for the PS Vita hits store shelves over there.

In commemoration of the PS Vita version's release, Famitsu.com has published an interview with Toshimichi Mori, the creative mind behind Arc System Works's BlazBlue series.

Since it isn't ridiculously long, EventHubs's own KarbyP decided to simply translate the entire interview in full.

Although a lot of the interview is about why you might want to pick up the PlayStation Vita port of the game, towards the end Mori talks about the possibility of porting BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma over to the PS4.

Other topics covered in the Famitsu interview include: whether Celica, Nine and Jubei might end up being playable characters (take a guess which ones might before reading what Mori has to say); the next installment of the BlazBlue series being the final chapter; and... is Mori seriously considering letting someone do a live-action BlazBlue movie?

Hit the jump to read the interview in full.

Sadira's retro costume leaked in Killer Instinct

It seems yet another Killer Instinct alternate costume has been leaked in-game. A YouTube user named Gaming Skulls uploaded footage that shows Sadira's retro costume being used in an actual match.

Needless to say, this costume has not yet been released to the public.

You can check out a few screenshots of Sadira's retro outfit below, but be sure to hit the jump to see it in action.


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SRK FADC nerf (overall) helps Cammy; Hakan finally good -- Daigo and Shiro runs through the USF4 changes to these SSF4 top and bottom-tier fighters

Now that the arcade version of Ultra Street Fighter 4 is finally out in Japan, Taito has seen it fit to post even more character breakdown videos to encourage existing and past players to try out the (new and improved) returning characters.

Four videos were uploaded to the channel this time around -- Cammy (Daigo), Hakan (Shiro), Gouken (Mago), and Evil Ryu (Bonchan). The videos are all in Japanese, but stay tuned to EventHubs as we bring you written transcripts of everything the pro players have said, translated by one of our very own, KarbyP..

Today, we'll kick things off with transcripts for the Cammy and Hakan videos.

Hit the jump for the videos and full translations.

Jugs of death: Orchid shows No Mercy in live action Killer Instinct skit

Killer Instinct isn't a franchise that often gets the live action treatment, but the folks at ReallyCleverAndroids decided to take the plunge.

This primarily features Jago and Sabrewulf facing each other, but Orchid of course joins in on the action.

The costumes for the human characters are really solid, but Sabrewulf's outfit is so awesomely bad, it makes for a very entertaining clip.

Hit the jump to check it out, and beware of Orchid's jugs of death. Some people might consider the end of this video NSFW.

Comebacks, perfects, and tricky orb mixups: Luffy shows that Rose is capable of great things in this SSF4 AE v2012 highlight reel

DeBeast continues to shine the spotlight on the great players competing in the Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012 tournament scene.

In today's highlight reel, we get to see none other than the best Rose player in Europe (and possibly the world), MD|Luffy.

Rose isn't really known for being an over-the-top flashy character, but Luffy shows off a ton of great set ups, combos, and even manages to pull off some clutch comebacks, despite Rose's damage output being fairly low.

Hit the jump to see arguably the best Rose around do his thing.

Mike Ross' face on the line: LeftHandedMonkey issues challenge to Cross Counter host, FT10 set for tomorrow

Tomorrow night, a battle for Mike Ross' face will be going down.

The story goes that TheLeftHandedMonkey, an artist in the FGC, created a piece based on Mike Ross and E. Honda and placed it on eBay.

The auction went well — at first — then the person who bid over $200 on the auction decided to default, and the runner-up decided he didn't want the artwork anymore, and so the piece has been sitting around ever since.

TheLeftHandedMonkey decided to put the painting to use by slapping it with his motorcycle glove to issue a challenge to the real Mike Ross, who accepted and now a first to ten will be happening in SSF4 AE v2012 tomorrow night on the PandaxGaming stream at 9 p.m. EDT.

The winner will get Mike Ross' face, and if the LeftHandedMonkey loses, he'll also donate $50 each to Level|Up and Team Sp00ky. You can find the whole promo video after the jump which explains the situation and includes Mike Ross face slapping, albeit not from a maid.

Let Bonchan show you, how to Bonchan-Shoryu with Evil Ryu in this new Ultra Street Fighter 4 character breakdown video

What's Bonchan-Shoryu, you ask? Well, it's the art of... playing so well that you won't have to rely on Shoryukens as much.

And with Evil Ryu's uninterruptible crouching medium kick into Hadouken blockstring, and an improved forward+MK command normal that no longer whiffs on certain situations, you won't have to pull out an UmeShoryu (which translates to "Nice Shoryu") as often.

That's a good thing in Ultra Street Fighter 4, given that Shoryuken FADCs have been nerfed in general.

Hit the jump to watch Bonchan's breakdown of Evil Ryu's play style and changes in USF4, along with a written transcript of what he said, provided by EventHubs's very own KarbyP.

Free-to-play game Soul Calibur: Lost Swords available now for PS3 users

Bandai Namco released their free-to-play single player fighting game today for PlayStation 3 users in North America, Soul Calibur: Lost Swords.

Long-time series favorites like Sophitia and Taki return this time around, and more fighters will be unlocked with time.

Your character can be customized through competing quests, which unlock items and accessories that can be equipped.

Players can also use weapons and armor taken from defeated opponents, or build new ones from raw materials and imbue them with different elements.

Various weapon and element types are stronger or weaker against specific enemies. Hit the jump to view the release trailer.

Elena has 'juicy' combos -- Bonchan trades away Sagat's Tiger Knees for the Kenyan breakdancer's long legs in this USF4 character breakdown video

The official Ultra Street Fighter 4 Nesica official website has posted another new character breakdown video this week.

This time, we're getting an in-depth, analytical look at the Kenyan Capoeira fighter Elena from Bonchan, the suave hotness who has been dominating the ongoing Topanga World League tournament with a clean 3-0 sweep. Bonchan was also the one who gave us a concise summary of Sagat's key changes in USF4 last week.

Hit the jump to find out what Bonchan thinks of Elena, and what tools he'd used to approach an opponent with, translated by EventHubs's very own KarbyP.

Incredibly creative fireball reflect setups, awesome juggles, and tons of super into ultra: You won't want to miss this SSF4 AE v2012 Rose CMV

Cjbqulix has sent us a brand spankin' new Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012 combo video (CMV for short) featuring Rose.

There are some great grounded combos here, (including one that utilizes Rose's super and ultra 1 in one combo), but the star of the show is all of the fireball reflect setups. Cjbqulix came up with very creative uses for this move, and although Rose isn't really considered a "combo-heavy" character, this video turns that idea right on its head.

Hit the jump to check out Cjbqulix's latest Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012 Rose combo video.

Akuma and Juri in USF4 have changes that players have always wanted, Tokido and Mago say in these new character breakdown vids

Taito's Ultra Street Fighter 4 character breakdown videos this week has got Team Mad Catz's Japanese players out in full force.

Joining Daigo "The Beast" Umehara's in-depth breakdown of Hugo in USF4 are a pair of videos that have his teammates Tokido and Mago, respectively, going over the key changes to the returning characters Akuma and Juri.

Hit the jump to check out the videos -- which are in Japanese -- along with written transcripts of what Tokido and Mago said, translated by EventHubs's very own KarbyP.

Famitsu confirms Rise Kujikawa as playable in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

It had been rumored early last week that two new fighters may be entering the Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold (or Persona 4 Arena Ultimax for short) battle. This morning, a partial glimpse at a scan from Famtisu's upcoming issue confirms that one of those characters will indeed be playable in-game.

Rise Kujkawa from Persona 4 has been added to the roster, as seen on the scan below. Because this image is so heavily blacked out, it appears that more Persona 4 Arena Ultimax news may be coming very soon.

Perhaps we'll be seeing a confirmation of the other rumored character: Ken Amada from Persona 3, later this week. Until then, check out the scan below, and let us know what you think about the inclusion of Rise in the upcoming Persona 4 Arena sequel.


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Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is slated for a North America release in the Fall of this year.

Source: Famitsu. Via Siliconera. Tips sent in by Blackoshinomi, Quezacoatl, and an anonymous reader.


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