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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.

Capcom's Yoshinori Ono likely working on new fighting game title

Capcom's Yoshinori Ono is a master of cryptic tweets.

Ono's English isn't outstanding, and as such, there are a number of ways you can read into the things he has to say on Twitter.

Whether the perplexing nature of his tweets comes from his imperfect English skills, or his playful nature is matter of some debate, but a message he sent out today could potentially be a hint to get the FGC excited.

"At Capcom Taiwan's office. I'd like to return to scene of research and development by now... I'd be making new [fighting game] title. ;D" wrote Ono, who also snapped a photo of the Capcom Taiwan office.

There are a number of things this "new fighting game title," could be, although with the Hadouken Cabs skit being fresh on people's minds, many have wondered if some kind of Capcom fighting game announcement is incoming for the PlayStation 4.

Yoshinori probably sent out this latest tweet to get people talking and speculating on what he's working on, so feel free to have at it in the comments. You can find the message in question embedded after the jump.

'Guile is a normal average set character put in for Americans to use' Street Fighter 2's design docs & more examined by Did You Know Gaming

The Street Fighter series is heavily influenced by martial artists from around the globe — some real and some fictional — and Did You Know Gaming's latest video walks you through some of the more infamous inspirations the franchise used.

They also take a look back at some of Street Fighter 2's design documents, showing a few of the alternative looks the fighters sported, before they became the people we all know so very well.

One of the more interesting factoids comes from Guile's design doc stating that he is a normal average set character "put in for Americans to use."

The whole 7 minute clip is narrated by Maximilian, and also examines some of the history of the games themselves.

Hit the jump to view the video.

Bringing an old concept into the modern age - Kickstarter project to revitialize Super Arcade

If you're anything like me, you love that good old arcade feel. Especially for fighting game enthusiasts, game centers like these are generally something to hold very dear.

Arcades have been closing left and right during the last few years, but one of them still stands strong. Super Arcade in Walnut, California is one of the very few such places that is still running, but it might not be viable to do so much longer unless some changes are put in place.

Mike Watson, the owner of Super Arcade, has started a new Kickstarter project, where you can help to build Super Arcade into the palace of fighting games that everyone would love for it to be.

Hit the jump to see the Kickstarter video, and more details on how to assist.

Nuki, the last of Japan's five fighting game gods, returning to the craft? Signs point towards yes, video featuring Nuki's Chun-Li vs. Uryo's Cody

To people who've been in the fighting game community for a long time, the concept of Japan's five gods is hardly forgotten. Back in the era before Street Fighter 4, there were five players in Japan whose skills were simply seen as so exceptional, they were a cut above the rest of the competition.

Four out of these five so-called gods, MCZ|Daigo Umehara, MCZ|Tokido, HORI|Sako and Haitani, went on to produce strong results in the Street Fighter 4 series, as well. But one of them never embraced the new game properly, and is relatively unknown to new audiences, compared to the other four. But that might all be about to change.

Recent activity suggests that Nuki may well be throwing his hat into the ring. After receiving large vocal support from his fans, Nuki has begun playing regular Street Fighter 4 sessions online and at arcades and made declarations that he's returning to fighting games and might possibly be aiming for EVO.

Perhaps the most telling tidbit, though, is that on the 3rd of March, Nuki's Player Points in online Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition v2012, were at 2800. A mere week later, his PP had risen to above 4000.

Hit the jump for some more information, as well as a highlight video featuring Nuki's signature Chun-Li going up against Uryo's... Cody?!

Tokido knows how to nail a slam dunk - Funny and Cool Moments Episode 83 shows crazy Sean shenanigans, unbelievable game bugs and more

As always, you can count of LiangHuBBB to bring content to the people.

Today, we have a new installment of his Funny and Cool Moments series, showcasing things such as MCZ|Tokido's masterful Sean play in 3rd Strike, game-breaking bugs all over the place and the reason why Guy wears Nike sneakers.

Hit the jump to check it out.


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