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General news roundup: Persona 4 Arena Ultimax release date, Capcom XBL sale, Under Night In-Birth, Tekken, Arcana Hearts 3

It's been a while since we've done one of these news roundup posts. About time, huh?

In an effort to bring you the latest news on fighting games whose names do not start with "Street" and end with "Fighter Four", we've decided to finally do another general news roundup after such a long time.

Games covered in today's roundup news bulletin: Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late, Arcana Heart 3 Max Love, Tekken Revolution, and even some Capcom fighters.

Tiers sections for Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Darkstalkers, Soul Calibur, and more added here on EventHubs

It's that time of the year again, folks. We here at EventHubs have added a handful of new games to our tiers sections.

In the EventHubs tiers, site members can vote on specific character match-ups in over 25 games. Not only that, but you can share your completed character tier lists with friends, family, or even enemies via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and more.

Below are a list of the freshly added titles and links to their respective tiers sections.

If you feel you have solid match up knowledge for any or all of these titles, please jump in and cast your votes!

Also, be sure to leave Josh a.k.a. TheUncharted a thank you in the comments for all of his hard work cranking out our new tiers sections.

Nuki was disgusted by 15-year-old Daigo's lame Guile in SF2 at first: New manga series depicts The Beast's teenage years, appearances by Xian, Tokido

When Nuki first met MCZ|Daigo, the latter had been a new kid on the block in the arcade that Nuki frequented.

The year was 1996. Although both Nuki and Daigo were both 15 at the time, Nuki had already been a familiar face in his local arcade scene. He was known not only for his amazing ability to rack up humongous win streaks, but also for being a nice guy in general.

Despite his friendly disposition, however, when Nuki first saw Daigo in the arcades, he didn't even bother walking up to talk to him. He was too disgusted by the lame way that Daigo had been playing Guile in SF2 to want to, the first chapter of "Umehara Fighting Gamers", a new manga series based on The Beast's teenage years, reveals.

Although it's entirely in Japanese, you can read Umehara Fighting Gamers for free in a "Shuukan Georgia" smartphone app that's available on the iTunes and Google Play app stores.

The first two chapters, which came out today, not only features Daigo and Nuki in their teenage years; MCZ|Tokido and RZR|Xian also made cameo appearances in a brief introduction of the FGC to readers.

Check out their mugs in the images below, as well as a concise summary of what the first two chapters covered after the jump.



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Chun-Li, Juri, Cammy and gang head to the beach; Udon Entertainment's San Diego Comic-Con exclusive book covers

It's the first day of San Diego Comic-Con! And the folks over at Udon Entertainment are all stocked up on convention-exclusive items over at their booth (#4592) at SDCC.

Of particular interest are the special Comic-Con exclusive hard cover editions of three of Udon's Street Fighter comic books -- Street Fighter 4: Wages of Sin, Street Fighter Classic Vol.2, and Street Fighter Classic Vol.3.

Not only do these oversized hard cover format books come with brand new dust jacket illustrations by James Ghio, but each book contains hidden beach images from Arnold Tsang inside.

Take a look at the Street Fighter character beach images and SDCC covers below. And don't forget to check out Udon Entertainment's post on what other items you can expect to find at their SDCC booth.


[PSN/XBL sale] Get Marvel vs. Capcom Origins for $3.75; discounts on Injustice, Killer Instinct Ultra Edition, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe

The PlayStation Network and Xbox Live digital game stores are holding two completely disparate fire sales at the moment (the PSN one has a superhero theme, while the Xbox Live marketplace sale is a run-of-the-mill Deals with Gold sale), offering discounts of up to 75% on select titles.

Yet, coincidentally, when it comes to fighting games, the very same titles -- Marvel vs. Capcom Origins, Injustice, Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe -- are getting similar steep discounts whichever platform it is you are on. The sole exception being Killer Instinct: Ultra Edition, of course, which is an Xbox One exclusive.

That's certainly good news if you're a fighting game fan who owns only one of the two leading consoles in the market. Regardless of which side you pledge your allegiance to, you can pick up any of these fighting games you've missed for less than the price of dinner at a nice place.

For instance: US$3.75 for Marvel vs. Capcom Origins on the PS3? That's 25% of the original price! Grab it before Disney asks for the game to be taken off the store!

Street Fighter X Tekken becomes Servbot X Tron Bonne?! Amazing fan mod shows everybody's favourite robot pilot cross the line

If you thought that Tron Bonne was relegated to Marvel vs. Capcom titles for fighting game appearances, think again. Thanks to the ever-amazing Street Fighter X Tekken modding community, Tron Bonne and Servbot can now both be played in the PC version of Street Fighter X Tekken.

This also uses a character addition function to expand the roster in the game, letting you add more character slots onto the game. For more details, you can check the source for the new characters at the bbbSFXT DeviantArt page.

For the video showing the lady in action, look no further than right below.

IFC Yipes no longer a part of Empire Arcadia

In a tweet sent out mere minutes ago, IFC Yipes announced that he is no longer part of the New York-based fighting game team Empire Arcadia.

This comes very shortly after another former EMP player, Sanford Kelly, announced his departure, signing a sponsorship deal with Steam Co.

As of yet, there has been no word of IFC Yipes signing with a new team or sponsor.

Image source: IGN.com.

Tekken's Katsuhiro Harada making an announcement right before EVO 2014 USF4 Finals; Yoshinori Ono will be present

Yesterday on the SrkEVO2 stream, it was mentioned that Tekken Project development team leader Katsuhiro Harada would be making an announcement on EVO Sunday.

The impending announcement was confirmed later in the day, when Harada himself tweeted an image of the updated EVO Sunday schedule, along with a message reminding members of the Tekken community (specifically Tekken) to take note.


Niitsuma would like to be a part of a Capcom vs. Capcom game if it happens, says curtain is closing on UMvC3

It appears the curtain is about to officially close on the future development of anything related to Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

The game's producer, Ryota Niitsuma, spoke for awhile on Twitter recently talking about his hopes to be involved with a Capcom vs. Capcom title if it were to happen, and the fact that the "curtain is closing on UMvC3."

Someone wondered if the curtain had been closed awhile ago, but Niitsuma said that it wasn't completely closed, and these things take time.

Niitsuma also mentioned that they're not working on Capcom vs. SNK 3 at this moment, nor Rival Schools 3. You can find the complete rundown below.

Guy was 'Gay' in the early days of Final Fight development, replaced Cody as the star in 'Final Fight Guy', and more trivia from Did You Know Gaming

Capcom's Final Fight series takes the spotlight in the latest episode of VGFacts's weekly YouTube video series Did You Know Gaming.

The Final Fight DYKG starts off fairly mild, covering the fairly well-known story behind Final Fight's development as well as the reasons that led to Poison's gender differences in the Japanese and International versions of Final Fight and Street Fighter games. But at some point the episode ramps up and shifts gears, taking us into lesser-known-trivia territory.

Did you know, for instance, that Guy's name was spelled as "Gay" at one point? Or that there's actually a version of Final Fight entitled "Final Fight Guy" where everyone's favourite sneakers-wearing modern-day ninja actually replaces Cody as the protagonist of the game?

What about Sodom being renamed as "Katana" in certain versions of Final Fight and Street Fighter Alpha 2?

CEO 2014 results, stream archive, battle logs ft. Justin Wong, Ryan Hart, Infiltration, PR Balrog, Momochi, Dieminion, K-Brad, ChrisG, Armada and more

Update: This story has been updated with final results for CEO 2014.

The time is finally here for some more rumbling in the ring, with the massive Capcom Pro Tour premier event CEO 2014 taking place in Orlando, Florida.

Names expected to be present at the event include EG|Justin Wong, DIG|Ryan Hart, Infiltration, EG|PR Balrog, EG|Momochi, EMP|Dieminion, EG|K-Brad, EG|Ricky Ortiz, GG|NYChrisG, EMP|IFC Yipes, C9|Mango, EMP|Armada, Crs|Hungrybox, EG|ChocoBlanka and many more.

The event also features special guests Akimo, Nishikin and Dunhill from Japan, who have been flown out to the tournament by Twitch.tv.

Games to be played at the event include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Injustice: Gods Among Us, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, Killer Instinct, King of Fighters 13, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Soul Calibur 5, Project M, Persona 4: Arena, Capcom vs. SNK 2 and DiveKick.

Below, you'll find livestreams and a schedule for the event.

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.


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