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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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How Street Fighter EX looked in its early stages - check out Arika's early development footage

Developer Arika has given us a glimpse at how Street Fighter EX looked in its early stages.

The early parts of the video feature featureless characters that have yet to receive their names. The lack of hitboxes makes it seem as though at that point they were still playing with the animations.

Later on, you get a fun look into a bit of the combo system. A lot of what was showcased at least visually is telling of how they tried to make Street Fighter work in a three dimensional setting.

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The music choices were interesting at this point too, featuring remixed versions of classic tunes rather than the original music that ended up in the final game.

You can check out the footage in the video below:

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'When's Mahvel 4?' - Fans have created a petition to request a new Marvel vs. Capcom title

Earlier this week, we reported on the recent discontinuation of Disney's action-adventure sandbox video game, Disney Infinity. It was stated in the article by James Brightman of Gameindustry that the company will begin looking at the video game business as a licensing opportunity for their IPs instead of publishing titles themselves.

Knowing that Marvel Comics is owned by Disney caused a pretty large uproar in the fighting game community. This new business venture from Disney potentially opens up the possibility of a new Marvel vs. Capcom title.

With that in mind, the /r/MvC3 community wasted no time. They have since put together a petition asking Disney, Capcom, Marvel Comics, Sony, and Microsoft for Marvel vs. Capcom 4.

The petition has already acquired 3,355 signatures, and aims to reach a total of 5,000. Signing can help bring awareness to the companies involved and show just how much the fans want a new title in the series.

Do you want to see a new title in the Marvel vs. Capcom series? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: /r/MvC3. Sent in by reyray0709.

'Some aspects of SF5 could have used more polish' says Capcom CEO Kenzo Tsujimoto, vows to increase development time of key titles

In a recent inverstors' briefing, Capcom's CEO Kenzo Tsujimoto spoke and gave some insight into Capcom's plans for the coming year, as well as the future beyond.

Speaking on Street Fighter 5's release, Kenzo Tsujimoto noted that there were areas that could have used more polish before the title's release. You can find the full quote on this below.

Kenzo Tsujimoto: For example, some aspects of Street Fighter 5 needed more polish, such as the lack of content and server issues at launch.

Tsujimoto went on to talk about their plans for future projects.

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'[Tekken X Street Fighter] is on hold at the moment' - Katsuhiro Harada notes difficulties in timing for project delays

GameSpot posted a video interview today with Katsuhiro Harada where he responds to questions regarding Tekken 7's development, how they're planning on addressing rage quitting, if he's ever been mistaken for Ono and more.

However, one question in particular stood up - the very first question brought up was regarding the development of Tekken X Street Fighter, the counterpart to 2012's Street Fighter X Tekken from Capcom. On the subject, Harada notes difficulty in releasing it due not wanting to split up the fanbases. You can find a snippet below.

When we develop fighting games, we try to keep the core community in mind as well as the wider audience that wants to play these games.

But currently the situation is with fighting games, you have Street Fighter V that just released--a lot of people are playing that fervently--and there's a large crowd out there waiting or Tekken 7.

You'll find more from Harada after the jump.

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Former Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 battle director, Neo_G, no longer working for Capcom; now employed by SNK Playmore

Hidetoshi Ishizawa -- more commonly known as Neo_G -- is no longer working at Capcom. According to social media, the veteran fighting game developer is now employed by SNK Playmore.

For those unfamiliar with Neo_G, he's got quite the fighting game resume. Having worked at Capcom since 1995, Ishizawa has had a hand in a laundry list of classic Capcom fighters including Darkstalkers, Street Fighter 3, the Street Fighter Alpha series, and even Capcom vs. SNK.

Yesterday, a tweet was posted by the former Capcom dev announcing his new venture. The tweet reads, "So with that, I'm now with SNK. I actually became a NEO G like my namesake! haha"

Ishizawa also altered the employment history on his personal Facebook page to reflect the change.

The Facebook listing also mentions that Ishizawa has been working at SNK since January 2016, leading many to believe that he is currently involved with the company's next major fighting game release -- King of Fighters 14.

For a better understanding of how truly amazing Neo_G's fighting game resume is, be sure to hit the jump.

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NorCal Regionals 2016 results ft. Infiltration, Tokido, Mago, Haitani

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, NorCal Regionals 2016 is taking place in Sacramento, California. This is the second premier event of this year's Capcom Pro Tour season for Street Fighter 5, and will also feature tournaments in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Guily Gear Xrd SIGN, Mortal Kombat X, Killer Instinct, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late and Marvel vs. Capcom 2.

As for players attending, you can expect to see RZR|Infiltration, MCZ|Tokido, MCZ|Mago, MJS|Haitani, GGP|Kazunoko, EG|Momochi, RZR|Xian, RB|Snake Eyez, NYChrisG, RZR|Fuudo, EG|PR Balrog, /r/Kappa|Poongko, PG|Filipino Champ, RB|Bonchan, Liquid|NuckleDu, EG|Justin Wong, EG|K-Brad, Qanba|Xiao Hai, EG|Ricki Ortiz, Chris Tatarian, YP|Filipinoman, MOV, PHO|ApologyMan, Julio, pH|Nando Tovar, BT|Clockw0rk, PandaTV|Dakou, WFX|801 Strider, Brenttiscool, pH|HooDaMan, Reiketsu, BJ Unchained, DM|El Cubano Loco, LU|Alex Valle, MC|XSK Samurai, pH|LPN, EG|ChocoBlanka, Gootecks, TheBeautifulDude, NWM|KyleP, HnH|KizzieKay, Foo, pH|Crackfiend, TS|NerdJosh, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, pH|Nacer, DL|FourWude, ROG|Kelvin Jeon, Alex Myers, Jeopardy, GG|Sherryjenix and many more.

Streaming of the event will be handled by Capcom Fighters, Team Spooky, IPlayWinner and IEBattlegrounds.

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'In Street Fighter 5, [Japan's] advantage is entirely gone' - Kindevu talks SF5, favorite fighting games, DLC hopes and more in exclusive EH interview

Note: This interview was conducted in Japanese and subsequently translated by the interviewer.

With myself at the scene during Cannes Winter Clash this year, I decided it was high time to grab some interviews with a few of the high-profile players present at the event.

The fourth interview in this group is with Yosuke "Kindevu" Ito, in an interview where he discusses his thoughts on Street Fighter 5 as a fighting game, his absolute favorite fighting game, hopes for future SF5 DLC and more.

You can find a snippet of the interview below.

MajinTenshinhan: How long have you been playing fighting games?

Kindevu: I suppose I started playing seriously in 2001, with Capcom vs. SNK 2. That's 15 years ago, now.

Hit the jump to check out the rest of the interview.

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Darkstalkers really aren't dead? Ono is still 'striving to attain' a new title in the series

Fans want Capcom to make a new entry in the Darkstalkers franchise. This has been true for a long time now.

Though the company released Darkstalkers Resurrection -- a compilation of the series' two classic 2d fighters -- back in 2013, it wasn't quite enough to satisfy fans in the long run.

A couple of weeks ago, one Twitter user decided to revive the request by asking Capcom producer Yoshinori Ono if there are any plans for a new Darkstalkers game.

Despite the fact that Ono has probably been asked this question hundreds of times, the Capcom representative actually replied.

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Winter Brawl 2016 results feat. Filipino Champ, SonicFox, K-Brad, Coach Steve

Story updated with final results: We've added the final results from Winter Brawl 2016 into this story.

Winter Brawl 10 has kicked off from Essington, Pennsylvania headed by one of the main tournament organizers in the fighting game community, Eric "Big E" Small.

Big E events are well regarded for hosting a ton of games and getting that terrific east coast hype going. This will also be the debut of Street Fighter 5 at a major tournament in the U.S.

Notable players in attendance include PG|Filipino Champ, cR|SonicFox, EG|K-Brad, TSC|Sanford Kelly, PG|Coach Steve, BJ Unchained, TA|Moons, RPD|Alex Smith, TSC|IFC Yipes, Julio, BE|KaneBlueRiver, r/SF|Brenttiscool, L.I. Joe, BIFU|Spab Rog, among many, many others.

There are initial brackets posted on Big E's Challonge page. You can find live streams and the schedule below.

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How come the absence of Darkstalkers games didn't make us say 'Bye, Felicia'? Nostalgic Gamer detail the history and longevity of Felicia's character

While Darkstalkers isn't a particularly mainstream series and never was, to most fighting game fans it's known for its colorful cast of characters, and their many appearances in Capcom crossover titles.

Although Morrigan is the series' poster girl, it's difficult to deny that Felicia also has a big fanbase amongst the people that know her.

In this video, Nostalgic Gamer looks through the history behind the FGC's favorite catgirl, and everything that went into making and further developing her as a character, finally making her into the cat's meow that she is today. Hit the jump to check out the video.

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Frosty Faustings 8 results ft. Westballz, ElvenShadow, Ally, Flux

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, the annual event Frosty Faustings is taking place in Chicago, Illinois, and there's a lot of action going on, though Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- is the main game being played.

Even besides that, though, you can enjoy gameplay of Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Killer Instinct, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Project M, Mortal Kombat X, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, King of Fighters 13, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, DiveKick: Addition Edition, Darkstalkers: Resurrection, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom as well as a mystery game tournament.

As for people attending, you can expect to see Tempo|Westballz, FF|ElvenShadow, Boreal|Ally, Flux, WT|Hamad, ChosenNinja, BlackSnake, F3|Alucard, Paradigm, JustKensou, KidViper, Hotashi, NB|DualKevin, GGA|N1kolasss, TheBeautifulDude, Lich, Duck, ChosenNinja, IPG|Colpevole, SBM|LeonUltimate, Argenrost, See Me In +R, MC|GCYoshi, MC|KBeast and many more.

Streaming duties are being handled by BG Callisto, TS|Arturo Sanchez, Event Horizon as well as EXP Gaming IL on bothTwitch as well as HitBox.

Hit the jump to check it out.

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Ono on Capcom vs. SNK 3: We would do the exact same thing we did with Darkstalkers to gauge interest in a new game

Back in 2013, Capcom released Darkstalkers Resurrection to gauge interest from the community about how likely they would be to buy a new entry in the franchise.

At the time, there was a bit of a demand created on various websites and at conventions.

"Secretly, we believed that a silent majority wanted a Darkstalkers sequel," Ono told Playboy magazine recently.

Unfortunately, sales for Darkstalkers Resurrection didn't live up to expectations, and things have gone very quiet in regards to a fourth entry in the franchise since that time.

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Cammy, Morrigan and Chun-Li vacation over to the beaches of Dead or Alive in these beautiful skin mods

The Dead or Alive series is known both for being intricately competitive, and quite soft on the eyes. The modding experts over at PC Best Mods have done us the service of bringing a few beautiful women from other fighters into the DoA atmosphere.

Cammy and Chun-Li from Street Fighter, and then Morrigan and Lilith from Darkstalkers take a break from their respective arenas to duke it out with the ladies of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round.

Both Street Fighter and Darkstalkers tend to use a more cartoonish art style than DoA, so this transition to a more realistic look for these characters is interesting to say the least. Take a quick peek at a few stills in this gallery.

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You'll see each fighter in action in the videos below.

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Kumite in Tennessee 2016 results ft. SonicFox, NuckleDu, A Foxy Grampa, ChrisG

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, we have Kumite in Tennessee taking place in Memphis, Tennessee, and a whole bunch of games and top players are attending.

Games being played include Mortal Kombat X, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Guilty Gear Xrd: SIGN, Killer Instinct, Tekken 7, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Project M, Soul Calibur 5, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Injustice: Gods Among Us, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend and Marvel vs. Capcom 2.

As for players attending, you can expect to see cR|SonicFox, Liquid|NuckleDu, PXP|A Foxy Grampa, Tempo|NYChrisG, TSC|CD Jr., cR|HoneyBee, YOMI|DJT, YOMI|MIT, YOMI|ForeverKing, YOMI|REO, YOMI|Michaelangelo, RayRay, YOMI|Slayer, PND|Madzin, KIT|Cloud805, YOMI|Zyphox, EG|K-Brad, cR|WoundCowboy, TS|Arturo Sanchez, RIG|Kwiggle, RZR|Perfect Legend, TSC|IFC Yipes, TSB|Flux, BIFU|Coach Steve, IG|FullSchedule, UA|Tom Brady, UA|Terry Bogard, F3|Alucard, UA|NoelBHungry, EVB|KitanaPrime and many more.

Streaming duties are being handled by PandaxGaming, PandaxGaming 2, NYCFurby, FunkyP, 6:45, Mute City Smash and Team DRX.

Hit the jump to check out the event.

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