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Think you know who will win Capcom Cup? Participate in UltraChen's fantasy bracket contest for your chance at some cool prizes

We're just two days away from Capcom Cup 2015, and it feels like that in every other FGC conversation you'll be sure to hear predictions for Capcom Cup matches. UltraDavid and James Chen have partnered with Mad Catz and Maxoplata to create a fantasy bracket contest.

With 32 of the the year's strongest competitors all under one roof, predicting won't be easy, but the ones with the closest predictions will win themselves some nice prizes.

There's a Chun-Li Street Fighter V TE2 Arcade Fight stick for first place, a Tritton Pro+ headset for second place, and a Tritton Kunai headset for third place. The contest is free to enter, and you can see all the details over at UltraChenTV.

You can do some recon on the players in the tournament by checking out UltraChen's individual player break downs on Capcom Fighters. Image source: SRK.

Capcom vs. SNK celebrates its 15th anniversary in North America

Though we've only been makin' true love for a little over 14 years, Capcom vs. SNK dropped for North American Dreamcast consoles on this date back in 2000.

The CVS series will forever be a mile marker in the history of fighting games, bringing with it a plethora of bold and innovative mechanics that would influence many later titles.

One of the best all around fighting gamers in America, EG|Ricki Ortiz, notes the series as her "all-time favorite:" Hit the jump to see a classic CVS2 match between MCZ|Daigo and Peter "Combofiend" Rosas at EVO 2006.

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Updated: 'There are no plans for Arika characters to appear in Street Fighter' - Ichiro Mihara clarifies

Updated at 11:17 a.m.: It looks like the previous tweets used in this story were mistranslated. Arika vice president Ichiro Mihara has since deleted the original tweets and posted more to clear up the misunderstanding. "Since people overseas are freely translating my tweet, I removed it."

He went on to say that Arika characters will not be appearing in Street Fighter. "There are no plans for Arika characters to appear in Street Fighter," Mihara clarified. "If I don't write it this clearly, people are going to keep asking Capcom, it seems."

New translations were made in-house here at EventHubs. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Earlier: Capcom is no stranger to character requests; from Alex to Geki, fans have asked for everyone under the sun to make a return in the latest Street Fighter games.

Though the Street Fighter EX series wasn't as popular as mainstream titles such as Street Fighter 3 Third Strike and Street Fighter 4, the game's original characters are asked for by fans more than you'd think. Unfortunately, Capcom hasn't been able to make their return a reality due to the rights actually belonging to a company called Arika -- the company that led the development of the 3D Street Fighter titles.

Arika vice president Ichiro Mihara took to Twitter recently to give fans a bit of insight on where things currently stand.

“Regarding Street Fighter EX, as long as we are not discussing Capcom characters (e.g. Ryu), we have the rights to our characters,” Mihara explained. “Specially interesting is that we arranged to have the priority in 3D fighting game development with Capcom after Street Fighter EX […] but it seems [the contract] wasn’t valid at the time of Street Fighter IV’s development.”

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Defend the North 2015 results ft. SonicFox, Dieminion, Snake Eyez, NuckleDu

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The deadline for gathering Capcom Pro Tour points is almost up, with Defend the North being one of the two last ranking tournaments for the season.

This event will feature a wide array of games, including Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat X, Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Killer Instinct, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, Under Night In-Birth: EXE Late, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, King of Fighters 13, SoulCalibur 5, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Capcom vs. SNK 2 and Vampire Savior.

As for players attending, you can expect to see cR|SonicFox, YOMI|Dieminion, RB|Snake Eyez, Liquid|NuckleDu, PIE|Smug, KIG|Problem X, EG|Justin Wong, TSC|CD Jr., D-Link|LordKnight, EG|Ricki Ortiz, cR|HoneyBee, RayRay, EMP|DarthArma, cR|Biohazard, TS|Arturo Sanchez, TSC|Sanford Kelly, EMP|Hiro, TSB|Mynus, Zeus, STVG|Flocker, UM|Tyrant, YOMI|Joel, IGT Unknown, PIE|Poem, Kreymore, BIFU|SpabRog, L1|Zaferino, GG|SherryJenix and more.

Streaming duties will be handled by Team Spooky, TS|Arturo Sanchez, Bifuteki and Nica_KO.

Hit the jump to check it out.

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How did Morrigan become arguably more popular than the franchise she's from? Nostalgic Gamer's enticing recount of her history is an eye opener

Darkstalkers is not usually amongst the first titles we think of when we think of fighting games, and that might be something of a tragedy.

The incredibly rich, incredibly interesting character backgrounds that have stemmed from this franchise are widely and unfortunately unheard by many simply because more commercially successful titles elbow out Darkstalkers' time in the spotlight.

One character from the series has broken free, in a sense, and made appearances in a number of other titles. Morrigan Aensland is a sexy succubus that has arguably become more popular than the franchise she hails from.

The Nostalgic Gamer takes a quick trip through Morrigan's history, both within canon and legacy, to help us better know this fascinating character. Hit the jump below to meet Morrigan in a way you probably never have before.

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TCEG Con 2015 tournament live stream ft. Justin Wong, Ricki Ortiz, NYChrisG, Mew2King, and more

TCEG Con 2015 is currently being held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and over the course of this event we will be seeing a handful of fighting game tournaments take place.

Games being played at this convention include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Mortal Kombat X, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Wii U, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Capcom vs. SNK 2, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, and Project M.

Players set to compete include EG|Justin Wong, Tempo|NYChrisG, EG|Ricky Ortiz, Mew2King, Ally, and more.

Hit the jump to check out the live streams and schedule.

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The time I played 'Vanilla Street Fighter 4 2012'

Now, I know you might be thinking, "But, DreamKing... There is no such thing as Vanilla Street Fighter 4 2012!" Well, gather 'round, my friends, for I will tell you the tale of me not only laying eyes on the mysterious game, but actually playing it!

I recently took a trip down to a local indoor swap meet in search of exotic video game treasures and, truth be told, a new phone case. Though I did eventually acquire said case, what I stumbled upon when on my way out of the establishment was far more incredible.

To my surprise, this run-of-the-mill swap meet had a functioning Street Fighter 4 arcade cabinet sitting by the exit. Naturally, I raced over to it so I could get in a few games before heading home, however, this machine was extraordinary for a number of reasons.

Right off the bat, I noticed that this version wasn't one of the official installments of the Street Fighter 4 series. As many know, the series goes as follows: Street Fighter 4 (referred to as Vanilla), Super Street Fighter 4, Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition, Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012, and Ultra Street Fighter 4.

No, this was a seemingly bootleg version of Arcade Edition called Vanilla Street Fighter 4 2012! (A title I made up based on the game's logo.)

Vanilla Street Fighter 4 2012 images image #1 Vanilla Street Fighter 4 2012 images image #2

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Have you ever seen the inside of a Japanese arcade? Join Destructoid on a trip through a couple of these video game 'museums'

Why call them "museums?" Unlike many of the remaining video game establishments in North America, a la Dave & Buster's, Japanese arcades still retain a classic feel with the types of games they feature, and the purposes they serve.

Destructoid's Chris Carter notes that "Japanese arcades do their part in preserving the past, whether it's by way of taking care of the original cabinets or keeping games alive with other methods like the Nintendo VS. System."

So apparently it's not just about bringing in the newest, flashiest, cash guzzling version of Pac-Man. Arcade roots are important to the Japanese, and one of the most integral genres to their history is the fighting game genre.

"Of particular note is that the popularity of fighting games has seemingly never dropped. From the old school Street Fighter II Turbo machines all the way up to recent iterations, plenty of fans are lining up to get a chance to play them against a worthy foe."

There's more to the story here, as Carter continues on to note which two fighting games were the most popular. Hit the jump to see which, plus a collection of photos from inside Japanese arcades.

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Udon's Director of Publishing wants to know which Capcom fighting game you'd like to see in the next Udon comic; see BornFree's Q&A with Matt Moylan

Udon's Director of Publishing, Matt Moylan, one of the few privy to the Street Fighter 5 initial roster, takes some time to answer fan questions during an online interview with BornFree.

Moylan actually kicks off the interview with a question of his own, asking fans to leave their opinions as to which Capcom fighting game should be featured in the next Udon comic. From Dark Stalkers to Final Fight, there are plenty of titles that'd translate nicely into comic form.

Moylan then answers a handful of interesting fan questions, ranging from hypothetical showdowns to explanations of seemingly contradictory Street Fighter story lines.

He also touches on a bit of theory on Charlie's story in Street Fighter 5, and how he's made it into the game alive. Hit the jump below to see the video.

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Learn about R. Mika's roots as Capcom UK goes over her story and style from Alpha 3 in episode eight of The World Warriors: 'Over the Rainbow'

What exactly is all the hype about? To many an 09er, Rainbow Mika is fairly uncharted territory on the Street Fighter map. She was first seen in the Alpha series, which was way back in 1998, and hasn't seen daylight in a Street Fighter title since.

In their World Warrior series, Capcom UK has devoted their eighth episode to Mika, going over her story line from Street Fighter Alpha 3, and showing off game play from years past.

Mika's flamboyant personality lends itself perfectly to her loud and boisterous professional wrestling fight style. She actually idolizes fellow wrestler Zangief, and is in turn idolized by the luchador chef, El Fuerte. Her bright and bubbly personality is actually meant to contrast fellow Alpha 3 character Karin.

Hit the jump to see the video.

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Alberta Beatdown 5 live stream ft. Nairo, Mr. R, Denti, BigD, Alphicans and more

There's a lot of action going on elsewhere this weekend, but Canada sure isn't sleeping, either. This weekend, we've got Alberta Beatdown 5 going on, with a heavy Super Smash Bros. Wii U presence, including top players such as Liquid|Nairo, LLL|Mr. R, TLOC|Denti, TEG|BigD, TEG|Alphicans and many more.

It's not all about Super Smash Bros. Wii U, though. The tournament's main lineup of games includes Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Extend, Mortal Kombat X, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Project M as well. The event will also feature sid tournaments for Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-.

Streaming duties are being handled by Edmonton Gamers, SSB University and DasHype.

Hit the jump to check out the live streams and schedule for the event.

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Yoshinori Ono will be featured as a character in Capcom's upcoming Dragon's Dogma Online

If there's one thing everyone in the FGC can agree on, it's that we've all fantasized about fighting dragons with Ono. Apparently Capcom was happy to oblige, as the executive producer for both Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Street Fighter 5 will be getting his own Pawn in Dragon Dogma Online.

Alongside Sony Computer Entertainment President, Atsushi Morita, Yoshinori Ono will be represented in role playing/hack and slash action game. The Pawns will be non playable characters that will aid the player in their various quests throughout the course of their adventure.

You can see images of the in-game Ono figure below:

Ono: Dragon Hunter image #1 Ono: Dragon Hunter image #2
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So... what do you think? Dragon's Dogma Online comes out in Japan on August 31 for PC, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3.

Source: Siliconera.

Ai-Eye's art is so inspiring that it made its way into Udon's Capcom Fighting Tribute

Ai-eye is a Japanese artist with a love for fighting games. Looking through her galleries, we've nabbed a few samples of her work that we found particularly interesting.

Street Fighter, Darkstalkers, Marvel vs. Capcom and other titles are represented in her work. She actually created two images, which you can see after the jump, that have successfully won spots in Udon's upcoming Capcom Fighting Tribute book.

Ai-Eye image #1 Ai-Eye image #2 Ai-Eye image #3 Ai-Eye image #4 Ai-Eye image #5
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Hit the jump to see more of ai-eye's art.

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Haitani becomes newest member of BrawL eSports

Tatsuya Haitani -- more commonly known as simply "Haitani" -- has joined the BrawL eSports team.

BrawL eSports, much like other competitive teams, focuses on League of Legends, but has also expanded its roster by delving into Hearthstone and Call of Duty, among other games. The team expands further with the addition of Haitani.

This explosive player is mostly known for his Makoto in the Street Fighter 4 series, and is regarded as one of the five Japanese gods of fighting games. Some recent accomplishments include 4th place at the first Capcom Cup in 2013, going undefeated in Vampire Savior at EVO 2012 - 2015 and more.

Though we haven't seen much of Haitani in Ultra Street Fighter 4, hopefully that will change with his new sponsorship.

You can check out the official announcement trailer below.

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NESiCAxLive now in the United States at Round 1 in California, more locations potentially receiving it

Though it's been quite a long time since we talked about NESiCAxLive, an arcade board that allows the legitimate downloading of countless games and updates onto a single unit digitally, we can finally report that a unit has come to the United States.

The first unit is at Round 1, an arcade in Los Angeles, California (Puente Hills). This could have an enormous impact on the arcade scene in the United States, mixing cost effective convenience for business owners with a huge library of titles for players.

In the announcement tweet by Round 1, they ask that people come by and show interest, with NESiCAxLive units only being able to grow in distribution if they're amply supported by the community. Here's the tweet in question:

If this is something you are interested in, tweet our to Round 1 and let them know, or go to the venue yourself and support it! Perhaps we'll be seeing a lot more of NESiCAxLive in the US soon.

Tip submitted by Shinebox.

Source: Round 1 USA

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