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Is Bayonetta truly breaking Smash 4? Action John's Smash Symposium explains why you shouldn't be so afraid of the big, bad witch

Welcome to the Smash Symposium, a weekly series that aims at discussing events in the world of competitive Super Smash Brothers. In today's entry we will be exploring a character that has gotten a lot of negative attention, and even hatred, as of late: the one and only Bayonetta.

For those who are not familiar, Bayonetta is a character in Smash Bros. Wii U who can get quite a lot of momentum, damage, and even kills off of a well placed hit, causing enough frustration to lead to the decision to ban Bayonetta in Spain.

But is the umbra witch truly ban-worthy? To bring some light to the situation, we will address areas of controversy, her weaknesses as a character, record in competitive play, and more using available evidence to show why she may not be that scary after all.

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Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator console version trailer shows tutorial minigames, revamped lobby system and much more

While Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator has been available to play in Japanese arcades for a while (albeit not with all the characters being added), the console version has yet to be released.

As the game will be hitting stores in June, ArcSys have released a trailer for the console version, which shows footage of the new characters as well as a bunch of additions to the game's general functions, including even more in-depth tutorials and a further improved lobby system.

You can check the full video, which clocks in at 9 minutes long, below.

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Get your first look at Guile gameplay in Street Fighter 5 on today's Winner Stays On live stream at 1 p.m. PST

We just got the trailer for Street Fighter 5 all American badass: Guile.

In the past 24 hours, we've actually heard his theme music, seen his moves and gotten to know him on a personal level, but now we're finally going to see Guile in action.

Our friends from across the pond are showcasing Street Fighter original character on today's Winner Stays On broadcast. No where else have we seen actual Guile gameplay yet, and so we'll be intently watching the stream as well as listening to Capcom's Matt Edwards to learn all we can.

You'll catch the live broadcast, which is set to begin at 1 p.m. PST, embedded below.

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Gootecks: Why do you play Nash? Infiltration: I love cheap characters; the current Street Fighter 5 champion joins the newest Excellent Adventures

He's regarded as the strongest Street Fighter 5 player in the world right now, and for good reason. RZR|Infiltration graces the Cross Counter couch as we kick off a new season of Excellent Adventures.

After winning the first two Capcom Pro Tour Premier events, Infiltration and his Nash are looking rather untouchable. Gootecks quickly poses his first question to the current Pro Tour leader, "Why do you play Nash?"

Infiltration responds with a simple "I love cheap characters," and then proceeds to use his slippery and unpredictable play to line the figurative online streets with bodies .

Infil gives his thoughts on R. Mika, shows off some outstanding play and all the while has fun doing it. You can see episode 108 of Excellent Adventures in its entirety below.

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Combofiend and Mike Ross showcase Guile in Street Fighter 5 on tonight's episode of Capcom Pro Talk; live stream begins at 7 p.m. PST

Update: The show has been delayed as the production team is not currently present. We'll keep you updated should they start at a later time.

Tonight's Capcom Pro Talk with Mike Ross will be a special broadcast featuring the great Combofiend, and his character breakdown for Guile in Street Fighter 5.

The Capcom employee will be showing us the ins and outs of Guile's latest iteration. As part of the team that created him, Combofiend is more than qualified to direct us on how each of Guile's moves are intended to be used, what his strengths are and what his weaknesses are as well.

We look forward especially to see what kind of gimmicks Fiend pulls out against Mike, since the latter has had no experience playing Guile in SF5 at all yet.

The fun all starts at 7 p.m. PST, and you can watch it right here via the stream embed below.

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King of Fighters 14 playable in Japan on April 25th with 24 characters to use including newbies Sylvie, Luong, Nelson and Banderas, will be streamed

King of Fighters 14 is looking better and better each time we see it, and although it's mostly been in trailer form, that's about to change.

SNK are going to host a public demo featuring 24 playable characters in Tokyo, Japan on April 25th, and will be streaming it from their official channel.

Continue below for stream details and which characters will be playable.

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Sako switches main from Karin to Chun-Li, has a new 'Sako Special' - plans on attending more events in 2016 than he did previously

On the first episode of Daigo The Beast TV, Hori|Sako revealed that his main for Street Fighter 5 (at the time) was Karin.

He has since changed his main to Chun-Li, however. You may have caught some of Sako's Chun-Li in action on a separate episode of Daigo The Beast TV last month.

Although at the time Sako had only been experimenting with Chun-Li to better understand her strengths and weaknesses, it appears that the Hori-sponsored pro gamer enjoyed playing the character so much that he decided to switch mains altogether.

In this interview from Famitsu.com, translated by us over here at EventHubs, Hori|Sako goes into detail the reasons why he decided to make the switch.

He also talks about his latest "Sako Special" combo, advice for beginning and intermediate players, as well as his plans for Capcom Pro Tour.

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Matt Dahlgren: A DLC character must be out for one week before they're tournament eligible on the Capcom Pro Tour

We're on the verge of welcoming Guile into Street Fighter 5, and after this month we'll have four additional characters joining the roster through subsequent months.

With the Capcom Pro Tour now in full swing, the question of when DLC characters will be officially usable in Pro Tour events has been floating around probably more than it should be.

We've heard that the rule is that a character must be out for one full week before they're tournament eligible, but we've had a hard time tracking this down in writing anywhere. Furthermore, we've noticed that many members of the community have been unsure on the matter, so we decided to get a cut and dry answer once and for all.

We reached out to Capcom's Director of Brand Marketing & eSports, Matt Dahlgren, for an official statement on the matter. He graciously replied by stating, "[A] DLC character must be out for one week before they can be used in a CPT event."

There we have it, in writing, from Capcom. Hopefully this clears up any confusion on the matter. With Dreamhack kicking off May 6th, Guile will have to be out before the 29th if he is to be available at the tournament.

Players express distaste for way latter brackets were run at Texas Showdown 2016, tournament organizer and PR Balrog comment further

Texas Showdown 2016 was the most recent stop on the Capcom Pro Tour, and though the event was a success, some players expressed a bit of distaste in the way latter brackets were run.

The most common way tournaments transition from pools to latter brackets is to simply go down the list, pitting the winners and losers from pool 1 against pool 2, pool 3 against pool 4 and so on. This has become the unofficial standard, though nowhere have we found it to be in writing as law for Capcom Pro Tour events.

Texas Showdown has a different way of going about things, and this caused a bit of grief with some of the contenders. For the Street Fighter 5 top 32 bracket, the tournament organizers played pool 1 against pool 16, pool two against pool 15 and followed that pattern instead.

Players like EG|PR Balrog, who wanted to prepare for their matches by watching footage of their opponents, found it particularly hard to find the brackets, and many were surprised to discover the uncommon format for top 32.

We spoke with both PR Rog and Texas Showdown tournament organizer, Javier Moreno, to get a clearer picture of exactly what went down.

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If you have a projectile-invincible move, Necalli may have just become considerably less scary

I know what you're thinking, "Necalli doesn't even have a projectile!" and you're right, but hear me out.

You wouldn't think it, but Necalli's stomp actually has projectile properties. This means that projectile-invincible moves like Zangeif's lariat or Vega's EX roll will beat the stomp clean every time. Graham Wolfe recently shared a few examples of this on his Twitter.


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Doing a normal move into light stomp is a mainstay operation when it comes to Necalli's gameplay at the moment. This generates a good amount of chip damage and super meter, and is as easy confirm into Necalli's Critical Art if it hits.

Understanding that Necalli does not necessarily get to bully you with this for free may be the factor that swings this match in your favor.

Complete move listings for 24 characters in King of Fighters 14

King of Fighters 14 will officially drop this August, and as we see more and more of SNK's latest in the franchise, the more excited we become.

SNK has released the move listings for 24 of the game's 50 characters, and we've collected them to share with you today.

Despite a somewhat rough introduction, King of Fighters 14 has grown on much of its fan base as graphics have improved and more of the game has been revealed.

Hit the jump below to see the move listings for the select members of the roster.

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Premium costumes and high-level play: Filipino Champ taunts and perfects his opponent, GamerBee topples World_Combo, and more in Street Fighter 5

Street Fighter 5's premium costumes aren't yet available for purchase in the in-game store. However, that hasn't stopped PC modders from digging them up and posting footage of the alternate outfits in action.

It looks as though they've gone one step further, as Street Fighter Top has uploaded high-level ranked replays but with the added twist of putting each character in the their premium costumes.

Not only do we get to see more of the unreleased duds in action, but we also get the treat of seeing top-notch players use them (albeit indirectly).

Watch as players like PG|Filipino Champ, AVM|GamerBee, TS|Sabin, Innova|Keoma and more duke it out in ranked. And speaking of Filipino Champ, check out the GIF below to see him stun, taunt, then proceed to perfect his opponent in classic FChamp style.


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King of Fighters 14 to be released by the end of September in Japan, according to new PlayStation ad

The release date for King of Fighters 14 is closer than you think.

When SNK first announced that The King of Fighters 14 was under development for the PlayStation 4 at last year's Tokyo Game Show, we were told that the game would be launched sometime in 2016.

Given that the game's visuals did not exactly blow the socks off of fighting game fans' feet -- although it has to be said that the graphics look noticeably better in the newer teaser trailers -- I think it's safe to say that nobody expected KOF14 to come out in the first half of the year.

So, when is it coming out? We don't know the exact date yet, but a new PlayStation online video ad in Japan this week reveals that KOF14 is expected to be released before the end of September.

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Three crush counter lariats in a single round, huge power bomb setups and more – Snake Eyez Alex highlights from the Red Bull Kumite

16 of the best players that Street Fighter 5 has to offer came together to trade blows in the Red Bull Kumite. RB|Snake Eyez was among the competitors invited to participate, and as usual, he showed just how terrifying he can be in the ring.

Recently, Snake Eyes has started to move away from his usual Zangief, picking up Alex in his stead. He says that Alex fits his play-style much better, and looking at some of the plays he pulls off, it shows.

Snake Eyes managed to make quick work of RB|Luffy's R. Mika. Scoring corner pressure early in the round lead to a whopping three crush counter lariats, two of which were back to back.

In a match against Genius' Birdie, Snake Eyez wasn't shy about his use of power bombs. Spending the meter to throw Birdie early in the match switched the momentum heavily in his favor.

It's good to see that Snake Eyez isn't pigeonholed into only playing Zangief. No matter which grappler he chooses, he can still plant people (not trees).


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'I have the utmost confidence we can utilize him offensively and defensively, unlike in USF4' - NuckleDu on Guile in Street Fighter 5

With a top eight finish at EVO 2015, two Capcom Cup appearances and a long list of other major accomplishments, Liquid|NuckleDu is the world's most successful Ultra Street Fighter 4 Guile player.

With the character on his way to Street Fighter 5, we very much wanted to know Du's thoughts on what we've seen of Guile thus far.

He kindly obliged us with an exclusive interview, explaining what he's looking forward to about the latest rendition of the glasses-clad American hero, and how he thinks the character will be even more viable this time around.

Raptor: So I the first thing we'd want to confirm, are you planning on playing Guile? And if so, how excited are you about him given what we've seen thus far?

Du: Yes I du plan on using Guile. Very excited. Just another character I can add to my roster. Most exciting thing is probably the stationary Sonic Boom. Sounds very interesting.

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