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Safe blockstrings, teleport mix ups, and big damage: Maximilian teaches you how to play Jason in this Mortal Kombat X 'Assist Me!'

The Assist Me! series makes its return today, and the game featured this time around is none other than Mortal Kombat X.

Instead of a general tutorial that instructs how to play NetherRealm Studios' latest fighter, Maximilian and his crew focus on teaching viewers the ins and outs of Jason Voorhees, Mortal Kombat X's first DLC character.

This video covers all three of Jason's Variations: Slasher, Relentless, and Unstoppable, and provides useful set ups and attack tips for each.

Be sure to check out the latest Assist Me! video starring Jason Voorhees after the jump.

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After four years the Smash 64 tier list has been updated; Jigglypuff and Samus move up while Mario and Donkey Kong and others move down

It might have something to do with the release of Smash Bros. 4, but tournament attendance for the original Super Smash Bros. has seen a recent bloom as players have begun to revisit the game on a professional level.

As a result, the game's meta has continued to develop, and, after four years, some of the tier rankings have shifted about. In contrast to Melee, Brawl and the recent Smash 4, Smash 64 has a relatively small cast with only 12 characters to choose from.

Also in contrast to the other games, the tier gaps are not as extreme so as to make only a few characters truly viable in tournament. Though certain characters have the edge in 64, it's not unheard of to have a lower tier character in later brackets of a tournament.

Here is the full, old tier list for Smash 64:


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Hit the jump to see the revised tier list.

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Who's Sarah? What happened to Cammy and Ryu's kicks? Dhalsim's stage had a window? Street Fighter 2 mysteries from The Cutting Room Floor

"For every mystery, there is someone, somewhere, who knows the truth. Perhaps that someone is watching. Perhaps... it's you!"

Or perhaps not. Putting Robert Stack aside for a moment, all sorts of interesting things have surfaced when people have taken a closer look at the files from the Street Fighter 2 series.

While not all of these things are mysteries โ€” and some have clear explanations โ€” a number of others are pretty open to interpretation.

The Cutting Room Floor is a great website which examines the core files of games to see things that were either cut in the development process, or just didn't make it to the final release for some reason or another.

The Street Fighter 2 series is no exception to this rule, as there are likely a number of things you didn't know existed in the arcade releases' original ROM files. For a closer look, click the link below โ€” if you dare.

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Kane BlueRiver's Hulk has smashes, HoneyBee's D'Vorah has... bees and Team EG has it out for each other in these Toryuken 4 highlights

Toronto's 4th Toryuken has officially ended, but we're reliving some of the more intense moment's from this weekend's tournament in our highlight recap. We've grabbed a few moments from Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat X and, of course, Ultra Street Fighter 4.

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Our first highlight comes from the Winners Finals match between EG|Justin Wong and BE|Kane BlueRiver. Match one, round one, right out of the gate KBR's Hulk sets the pace by smacking Justin's Akuma assist with a KO in the first 4 seconds of the round.

Unfortunately for KBR, he would later find himself having to play in the losers bracket against CTRL|RayRay. In a dire situation with only Haggar left to try to take on RayRay's Magneto-led team, KBR makes an amazing play. Surrounded by the chaos of assist missiles, drones, lasers and Magneto, Kane BlueRiver spots an opportune time to simply go for a level 3 super. Situation dealt with.


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Hit the jump to see more from MKX, and USF4.

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New Mortal Kombat X bug; Kung Lao's teleport can build a bar of meter all at once, may keep him out of upcoming tournaments

Yet another meter building bug has been discovered in Mortal Kombat X. You may recall the recent Ermac meter drain glitch, which is to be hot fixed soon. This time around it's Kung Lao who's tapped into the fountain of meter with one of his special moves.

Watch Kung Lao's meter as he performs wake up teleport here:

A whole meter just for wake up teleport. What's more, Kung Lao can do this in any of his three variations so if tournament organizers want to keep it out of their events, they're going to have to ban the character entirely.

No official statements as to whether or not Kung Lao will be allowed in tournaments have been made as of yet, but bans have been placed on characters with similar glitches in the past, recall Ermac's Spectral bug.

Hit the jump to see the full video.

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St. LP into U2, counter-hit st. MK combos into U1 to close out a sick comeback, and more: ShoryuSengan spotlight from Olympic Gaming

Olympic Gaming brings to us another excellent Ultra Street Fighter 4 player spotlight. Today we get to see UM|ShoryuSengan -- a 23-year-old Ken player from London -- smash through the online competition.

This player spotlight features full-length matches (unlike traditional highlight reels), and there are a number of high-level techniques and strategies utilized here. Watch ShoryuSengan connect Ken's U2 after a standing light punch -- online, no less -- and also mount a huge comeback, closing it out with a crazy counter-hit standing medium kick into U1.

If you'd like to learn more about the Ken player, be sure to check out the video's description on YouTube for a full interview.

Check out ShoryuSengan's Ultra Street Fighter 4 spotlight below.

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A brilliant Kotal comeback, a suspended, spinning buzz saw of death and 5 Quan Chi resets in one run; top 5 highlights from ESL League week two

We've seen two exciting weeks of the Mortal Kombat X ESL Pro League play out thus far. As we await the conclusion of week three of the North American league, set to play out tomorrow evening, ESL has a highlight reel from week two to tie us over.

Top level kombatants such as REO, Shufflez and Shujinkydink show off their ever evolving skills and set ups in this young game. Take a look below as Shufflez makes a brilliant comeback read with Kotal Khan:

And that was only the second highlight from the bottom of the list! The rest of the countdown is comprised of clutch moments, strange set ups and ridiculous resets.

Hit the jump to see the Mortal Kombat X top five highlights from week 2 of the ESL Pro League.

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Jason Voorhees is slashing prices left and right; play as the horror icon for free in Mortal Kombat X from now until Monday

For those of you who are a tad on the unsure side of things when it comes to playing with Mortal Kombat X's newest downloadable character, this weekend is your chance at a free test run.

Tournament players have likely already purchased the $30 Kombat Pack, as they'll need to know the ins and outs of every character they may run into. Casual players on the other hand, may not be so easily convinced to fork over extra cash on top of what they payed for the game itself.

Never fear, for NetherRealm Studios has gone live with the Jason Challenge Tower. This tower allows users who haven't purchased Jason to play through six matches with him. You'll have a chance to test out all of Jason's variations and become well-acquainted with the undead murderer...

So if that sounds like a good time to you, and you've been on the fence about purchasing Jason, now's the time to dive into the waters of Camp Crystal Lake and check him out for yourself.

Source: Polygon.

Yun expert Julio Fuentes joins Mike Ross on tonight's Capcom Pro Talk

It's time for yet another weekly edition of Pro Talk with Mike Ross. This week's featured guest is NorCal's strongest Yun player, Mr. Julio Fuentes.

A force to be reckoned with for some time, Julio has recently leveled up his game quite a bit. As of late he's dominated NorCal's premier weekly tournament, Churning the Butter, with six consecutive victories over the past month and a half.

Tune in to hear Mike and Julio talk Street Fighter, and, arguably important above all else, if they are able to protect the Turbos. For those of you who don't know, each episode of Pro Talk features a segment wherein Mike and his guest play Street Fighter online. If the online challenger wins their match, they receive a month of free Twitch Turbo.

Hit the jump to see the live stream! #noturbos

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Take your Mortal Kombat X game 'From Casual to Competitive' with Ketchup and Mustard's training series

Pro Mortal Kombat gamers Ryan and Jake Neal, also known as Ketchup and Mustard respectively, have put together a series of tutorials to help newcomers bridge the gap between casual and pro level play. These tutorials are aimed to "teach a man to fish" as opposed to simply breaking down a specific character or strategy.

The very first episode launched today and is titled "Finding Your Character." In it, Ketchup and Mustard break down their method of approach in selecting a new character to play. They teach to you to choose a character you like, then teach you what to look for specifically to see if that character is right for you.

Beyond this, they help you decide which character variation will suit your style best. Whether your fighting game personality is rush down, defensive, zoning or otherwise, Ketchup and Mustard will equip you with the tools to start your climb on the MKX mountain.

It's content like this that will surely aid in growing a scene for a new game such as MKX. It's great to see top players take the time to help new players break the ice and find their stride.

Hit the jump to see the tutorial.

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See footage of Jack 7 in action straight from Japanese arcades

Jack 7 was officially released yesterday and we have some footage of players testing out the robotic, Tekken oldie.

Watching Jack wail on Jin, it feels like nearly every one of his attacks is a different variation of haymaker. As an alternate to his incredibly fierce attacks, Jack has a variety of different throws.

From wrestling style slams, gigantic tosses and robotic pop ups, Jack's throw game is on point. Check a few of them out below:


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Hit the jump to see the full video of Tekken 7's version of Jack!

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'Wanted for hoo-hahing, needle tossing, and firing shots' - there is a $500 Smash Bros. bounty on ZeRo's head at CEO 2015

ZeRo has made great success for himself since the release of Super Smash Bros. Wii U / 3DS. With a plethora or first place wins under his belt, his streak in the 4th Smash title has been incredibly strong.

The streak has been so strong, in fact, that a bounty has been placed upon his head at CEO 2015.

After contributions by Smash Boards, players can collect a total of $500 by eliminating ZeRo from CEO's Smash Wii U tournament. If you can actually defeat the top Smash player, you'll score $100 for sending him to losers and $400 for sending him home.


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CEO 2015 is taking place on June 26-28 in Orlando, Florida.

Do you have what it takes to dethrone ZeRo?

Source: CEO on Twitter. Via Destructoid. Sent in by sidney_E.

Goro relentlessly punches you across the screen and takes nearly half your life in the process; check out these devastating corner carry combos

Top players in the recent Mortal Kombat games have shown that some of the best strategies involve overwhelming your opponents with a barrage of unrelenting attacks until they are dead.

If that approach is indeed valid, Goro may be quickly become one of the most popular characters in Mortal Kombat X. Here we have a Goro combo video in which Bum1six3 shows off many different means to the same, brutal ends.

Started from overheads, lows, projectiles and more, Goro can bombard his opponents with combos that carry them huge distances to reach the corner where he continues to bombard them with hit after hit. In an offensive game like MKX, corner carry is key in locking down you opponent and setting them up for even more damage.

They're not all that flashy, but the repetitive "thwoks" of Goro's fists hitting upwards of 27 times in a single combo are definitely attention grabbers. See all the ways Goro gets his offense started by clicking the jump below.

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Another stage Brutality discovered in Mortal Kombat X, beware the dead body in The Kove

Just when you thought Blanche's revenge was the final stage Brutality in Mortal Kombat X, Black Koshinomi went and found another!

This finisher can be performed in The Kove stage and involves the dead body that occasionally rises up from the tide.

According to the video's description, this one is quite simple to pull off. All you have to do is hold forward when the near the body and the Brutality will activate. There are no other stipulations to meet here.

Check out the latest Mortal Kombat X stage Brutality after the jump.

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Smashified creates virtual Smash Bros. models for King K. Rool, Banjo & Kazooie, Rayman and more

You may recall the Rayman "leak" that popped up back in February. While it all turned out to be a hoax, the video was incredibly well done, and had just about everybody at least entertaining the idea that Rayman could be next to join the cast.

The hoax creator, Omni, is part of a team that have created Smashified, a page that creates characters that the community deems worthy Smash potentials. Smashified designs virtual models of potential characters in the artistic style of Smash 4.

So far, they've created models for Banjo & Kazooie, King K. Rool, Shovel Knight, Klonoa, Rayman, and most recently, Travis from Mother 4. For each character, there is a time lapse video depicting the creation process. They start from simple drawings and develop the characters into incredibly detailed, Smash-worthy models.

Hit the jump to see a few Smashified creations.

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