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47.41% of Capcom's board approved the renewal of takeover defense counter-measures; Capcom expected to re-propose the plan next year

Japanese news portal Business Journal has published a report that sheds a little more light on the Capcom board's rejection of Takeover Defense Plan at the company's general shareholders' meeting recently.

According to the report, 47.41% of the board were in favour of renewing the plan, down from 58.92% at the general meeting held on June 2012.

Business Journal considers this an anomaly, especially since 45.08% of Capcom's stock is currently held by foreign investors outside of Japan. This figure has increased by more than 10% since 2012.

So what caused the Capcom board to reject the renewal of takeover defense counter-measures?

Darkstalkers are not dead! They, along with Megaman X and Breath of Fire, are here to grace your iPhone cover

Settle down, boys and girls! Capcom's Tomoaki Ayano has some great news about the Darkstalkers series to tell you about.

"It's been about a year since Darkstalkers Resurrection was released," Capcom's Tomoaki Ayano writes in his latest post on the Saikyo X Kobusi blog.

"So I'm truly pleased, as a Darkstalkers fan myself, to be able to tell you about some new information on the Darkstalkers franchise today.

"And that is: The All-Capcom Titles Original Smartphone Cover Fan-vote Project," Ayano enthuses.

Morrigan strikes a pose with new statue from Capcom - vote for which color you'd like to see in limited edition release

Capcom has a new statue in the works for one of their most popular fighting game characters, Morrigan Aensland.

Below you'll find images of the new figurine, along with some alternative color schemes you can vote on here. The alternative color of choice will be used as the limited edition model, the winner will be announced on July 4th.

If you want to pre-order the original color scheme, it'll set you back 9,936 yen, or about $97 USD. Check out all of the images below, along with the artwork this statue was based on.

Mr. Street Fighter himself discusses matches vs. Daigo, John Choi & more - Alex Valle Spring Fighter sit down covers his FGC history

If you played Street Fighter back in the Alpha days and followed the competitive scene at all, you knew Alex Valle.

One of the most successful and storied Street Fighter players ever, Level|Up's Alex Valle sat down with Seth Killian at Spring Fighter 2014 to discuss some of his most high profile match ups through the years, including the rivalry with John Choi, and his Alpha 3 championship set against Daigo Umehara.

Valle is one of the most influential people in the FGC's entire history, and on a personal level, he's one of the individuals who helped inspire me to start EventHubs.

Uncle Valle demonstrated how incredibly competitive and deep these games could be, and to this very day he's ushering in a new generation of players, teaching and providing them with a place to improve at Wednesday Night Fights.

When you can spare the time, I'd highly recommend watching this discussion. It's a long one, clocking in at one hour and 43 minutes, but it covers many of the origins of this scene we all have so much passion for.

So sit back and grab some popcorn and beverage of choice, and enjoy the show. There are some really terrific stories told here.

Capcom press statement on Street Fighter 5: pay-to-win comments were never made, title not yet officially announced

Following the clarifications made by Capcom's Yoshinori Ono on Twitter yesterday, Capcom president and COO Haruhiro Tsujimoto has released today an official statement on the company's investor relations site refuting the claims made in Sponichi Annex's report.

According to the press release, during the press interview Tsujimoto did not make "any comments on adjusting [the] strength of characters in the game" by means of a pay system.

The statement also says that Capcom has not officially announced any details regarding a "Street Fighter 5", including the title of the game itself -- although Yoshinori Ono's tweets yesterday have revealed that a sequel to the hit fighting game is currently in "early planning stages".

Lilith from DarkStalkers, at one point, was going to either be male or an hermaphrodite - Capcom Densetsu article talks about the close shave

There used to be a Capcom Unity in Japan. It was called, simply, "Capcom Unity Japan".

But that's no longer the case. Capcom Unity Japan has since been converted from a web page to a Facebook fan page.

At some point, the Facebook fan page was renamed "My Capcom", and shared articles from a "My Capcom" official blog -- which served as the new Capcom Unity Japan.

Over on the My Capcom official blog, the site has been running a series of articles entitled "Capcom Densetsu" (Capcom Legends", that delves into the backstories on all your favourite Capcom franchises.

The latest entry is about the DarkStalkers storyline (actually so far, all of the columns have been about Darkstalkers) -- specifically, about Demitri's fight with Belial Aensland 100 years before the start of the first DarkStalkers game.

That's fairly compelling stuff, if you're a DarkStalkers fan.

But ultimately what caught our eye -- and the reason why you've bothered reading this far -- is the tiny bit of trivia that was mentioned near the end of this latest Capcom Densetsu article.

"(In DarkStalkers 3) ...At one point, the development staff was thinking to make Lilith a 'male daughter' (男の娘, which in Japanese is used to describe guys who dressed as if they were gals) as Lilith was designed as a character who would complement Morrigan."

Hit the jump to see proof of this.

Capcom wants sequels to major franchises every 1.5 years, goal is to make the cycle even shorter

If you're thinking it might be awhile before you see some sequels to major Capcom franchises announced — you might want to think again.

Back in December 2010, Capcom USA's former senior VP of planning and business development, Christian Svensson, talked about how games require a lot of time to develop.

"It takes years to make a game (that's multiple years)," Svensson said at the time, concerning why Capcom didn't have more titles in the pipe, but it appears the company is trying to shorten the gap between products now.

In a recent statement to investors, Capcom queried themselves on what the development framework is like for creating sequels to major franchises.

"We have about 30 key developers and are able to deploy the required personnel at the required times as needed," they wrote. Continues after the break.

Tiers for Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Skullgirls and Tatsunoko vs. Capcom launched

We've launched the final set of tiers for assist-based fighting games today. Here are links to each of the new sections.

Marvel vs. Capcom 2
Skullgirls
Tatsunoko vs. Capcom

With this addition, Skullgirl's Fukua now has a stats page and is selectable in people's profiles. You can also use our Fight Tracker to find other players using this character to schedule match ups.

Our Fight Tracker of course works with all of the games/characters we've just launched as well, along with many other titles.

Instead of these new tier listings using match-up-based scores, this uses a unique rating system to more accurately reflect how tiers for assist games work, and it's explained in detail here.

We'll be launching the remaining sections for match-up based fighting games going forward now, because all of the assist-based games are now live.

Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist now available on Machinima, watch all 12 episodes at your leisure

It's been a long wait, but it's finally here. Who would've thought, a few years ago when it first appeared, that one really cool YouTube video would spawn a whole miniseries chronicling the journey of Ryu and Ken? Not this writer, at least.

But the time is here, and all episodes are now available. Hit the jump to check out the official livestream showing all of the episodes in a row, as well as a link to where you can watch them in your own time, as you please.

Darkstalkers official complete works features plenty of Morrigan, Felicia and Lilith artwork

Udon has released a new artbook for the Darkstalkers franchise. Titled Darkstalkers Official Complete Works, you'll see plenty of images of Morrigan, Felicia and Lilith, along with many other fighters from the roster.

It's priced at $39.99 USD and contains 224 pages. Check out some of the preview images below, there are more after the break.

Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist official trailer released, series set to begin May 23rd on Machinima

Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist has had some very dedicated people working on it for quite some time, and it seems like we're finally due to see the results of their hard work.

A official trailer for the series was released today, and announced that the series will premiere on May 23rd on Machinima.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.

Northwest Majors VI results, stream archive and battle logs ft. Tokido, K-Brad, PR Balrog, FChamp, NuckleDu, Nemo, Abegen & more

Updated: This story has been updated with final results for multiple games.

Northwest Majors VI kicks off today from Des Moines, Washington, and the event will run all the way through the weekend. This major tournament is the next stop on the Capcom Pro Tour, and a plethora of different games will be competed in, including Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, King of Fighters 13, Injustice: Gods Among Us, and more.

As with any major, many top-level players are expected to compete. MCZ|Tokido, EG|K-Brad, EG|PR Balrog, RG|Filipino Champ, EMP|NuckleDu, BT|Clockw0rk, AS|Reynald, BE|Nemo, BE|Abegen, BE|KaneBlueRiver, MMG|Apologyman, EMP|Mew2King, Bokkin, Bronson Tran, Mr. Naps, JustFramesJames, and many more are set to take part in this event.

Northwest Majors VI marks the first stateside event where the public can try out Ultra Street Fighter 4's Decapre. A USF4 location test will be running throughout the weekend, so anyone in attendance can get their hands on the upcoming update.

A first-to-10 King of Fighters 13 exhibition is set to take place between Tokido and Reynald, along with other side events.

Hit the jump to check out the live streams.

New 'Super Arts' series takes a look back at classic fighting game artwork and design: An X-Men vs. Street Fighter retrospective

Steering away from his play-through/commentary videos for a bit, Maximilian has created a brand new series that takes a closer look at the art and design of classic fighting games.

The first fighter to get the retrospective treatment is none other than the classic "vs." title, X-Men vs. Street Fighter.

Max gives a quick history lesson on how the game came into existence, and discusses character designs, overall art-style, and more.

This video is very informative and brings that beautiful nostalgic feeling up to the surface. Max plans on taking a look back at other classic fighting games, so feel free to make a request in the comments section of his video.

Hit the jump to view this awesome X-Men vs. Street Fighter art retrospective.

Insane combos, glitches, and total mayhem: This tool-assisted Street Fighter Alpha 2 montage truly pushes the limits of the combo system

Keiko ZERO and izumojinX have joined forces to bring us the final installment of an epic Street Fighter Alpha 2 combo video series.

This compilation is absolutely jam-packed with amazing combos, setups, glitches, and more. Each of the sequences performed here were done so with the aid of tool-assistance, and it really helps push the combo system to its limits.

There are a number of different characters represented in this combo video, but just watch out for the final clip where Ryu and Ken really put a beating on M. Bison. (Poor guy...)

You'll find this Street Fighter Alpha 2 combo video after the jump, along with links to each of the previous installments in the series.

Texas Showdown 2014 results, battle logs and stream archives ft. Justin Wong, PR Balrog, ChrisG, K-Brad, Noel Brown, and more

Updated: This story has been updated with final results for Texas Showdown 2014.

Texas Showdown 2014 kicks off today in Houston, Texas, and will run from April 4 - 6. A myriad of games will be played this weekend, and this tournament marks the next stop of the Capcom Pro Tour 2014.

EG|Justin Wong, EG|PR Balrog, EG|K-Brad, GG|NYChrisG, UVG|Noel Brown, MLSwear, AB|Joe Love, AB|Nashfan. AB|Chaotix, WTHamad, and more are expected to compete this weekend.

Additionally, Ultra Street Fighter 4 will be available at the event for public testing. A special USF4 exhibition will also be taking place on Sunday, before the Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012 finals.

If you'd like to follow along with the matches, you can find the brackets over on the Texas Showdown Challonge page.

Hit the jump to check out the live streams.


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