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Ryu Hayabusa and Strider Hiryu figure out which is the better ninja in Screw Attack's latest Death Battle

Ryu Hayabusa and Strider Hiryu figure out which is the better ninja in Screw Attack's latest Death Battle Screw Attack has put together the latest installment in their epic Death Battle series, and this time we get to see a bout between two masterful ninjas. Ninja Gaiden / Dead or Alive's Ryu Hayabusa faces off against everyone's favorite Marvel vs. Capcom guest star, Strider Hiryu.

This video gives us an in-depth analysis of each warrior's abilities and skills. We then get to see how both apply these techniques in an animated battle to the death.

Hayabusa or Hiryu? Which ninja do you think will come out alive?

Check out the video after the jump and let us know if you agree with Screw Attack's results.

Street Fighter producer: Free-to-play model will be important to fighting games, has potential to bring in a great deal of new players

Street Fighter producer: Free-to-play model will be important to fighting games, has potential to bring in a great deal of new players Street Fighter series producer, Tomoaki Ayano, was asked last month about the future of the fighting game genre, and he said that the free-to-play model would be important going forward.

While Ayano didn't express any specific plans for Capcom, he felt that this approach has the potential to bring in a great deal of new players into the fold.

Both Namco Bandai and Team Ninja, two major fighting game developers, are currently experimenting with free-to-play models for Tekken Revolution and Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, respectively, although the implementation for both games is fairly different.

While Tekken Revolution relies on a coin system, which is similar to arcade machines, Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate will require users to purchase things like additional characters, the story mode and more, but gamers will be able to play against competitors who have the full retail release, just by downloading the free version.

The article with Ayano doesn't state which implementation Capcom would aim for if they were to do a free-to-play fighter, but he notes that the market has a lot of untapped potential that is yet to be discovered.

Beta launch: Stats for all major tournament fighting games - most popular characters, teams and much more

Beta launch: Stats for all major tournament fighting games - most popular characters, teams and much more We're very happy to take the veil off on our brand new stats page. In this completely overhauled section, you'll find stats for all of the major tournament fighting games in our scene, plus a few other titles.

These cover the most popular characters, teams, locations of players and much, much more.

This is a beta launch of the new section, so you may stumble across a few bugs (like lack of graphic headers for some titles).

This is a revolutionary and highly innovative site feature, containing information you can't find any where else, and will likely become a staple of many people's routines when searching for telemetry data. Here's a quick features rundown:

• Most popular characters for 23 different fighting games.
• Most common teams and positions for each character for 2v2 and 3v3 titles.
• Location breakdowns showing which regions players hail from.
• System information for all games and characters.
• All information updated every 12 hours.
• Quite a bit more.

70 hit combos, insane air dash pressure, tons of perfects and more - check out what Darkstalkers 3 Hsien-Ko can do in this tool-assisted arcade run

70 hit combos, insane air dash pressure, tons of perfects and more - check out what Darkstalkers 3 Hsien-Ko can do in this tool-assisted arcade run Many current-gen fighting gamers, (myself included), know Hsien-Ko best for being not great in the Marvel vs. Capcom 3 series. Believe it or not, back in the days of Darkstalkers 3, Lei Lei was actually an immensely frightening opponent with some very dirty tricks and high amounts pressure.

We've seen players like Sako show off what Hsien-Ko can do in DS3 and now we have another great example brought to us by izumojinX. This YouTube user created a tool-assisted arcade run using Hsien-Ko that displays some truly amazing combos, set ups and wickedness.

For those of you unfamiliar with what "tool-assisted" means, the video creator scripts out each of the actions being performed, using a program. This is done in order to push the limits of what can be executed in said game.

Using tool-assistance in a fighting game allows us to see some of the craziest combos and situations ever to be performed and izumojinX's video accomplishes exactly that. 70 hit combos, insane air dash pressure, perfects-perfects-perfects and more; you'll have to watch this video to really understand how amazing it is.

Check out what Hsien-Ko can do in Darkstalkers 3 by hitting the jump.

Street Fighter X All Capcom announced, will feature over 500 Capcom characters battling it out in a iOS/Android RPG setting

Over at the online games division of their website, Capcom has announced two new titles for iOS and Android devices, the first one being Street Fighter X All Capcom, a RPG which will pit Street Fighters against the rest of Capcom, with over 500 characters promised to appear in the game. It was also mentioned that over 20 Capcom series will be represented in the game.

Made for the 30th anniversary of Capcom, the game is meant to be a huge celebration of everything Capcom has accomplished over the years.

Beyond the huge number of characters in the game, they also promise a possibility of large-scale 40-man battles, with each side having 20 characters each at their disposal. Below, you'll find a few images.


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While not much is known about the game's gameplay system yet, it's clear that they're trying to make it gargantuan by cell phone game standards.

Hit the jump for a bit more info, as well as a second game announcement from Capcom.

CvS2 legend Ryo 'Bas' Yoshida: I don't like SF4 - I recognize the significance of the game, so I play it, but not like other Japanese players do

CvS2 legend Ryo 'Bas' Yoshida: I don't like SF4 - I recognize the significance of the game, so I play it, but not like other Japanese players do Antonio "CoolGrayAJ" Javier recently sat down with legend in the Capcom vs. SNK 2 world, Ryo “Bas” Yoshida, for an interview discussing a wide variety of subjects.

To catch you up on Bas' accomplishments, he took first place in CvS2 at EVO back in 2005 and again in 2007, won Street Fighter Alpha 3 at B5 and has placed in top 8 at eight different times, among numerous other things.

This interview is packed with great information but to start you off we have Bas' thoughts on the most popular Capcom fighter around right now, Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012. Yoshida has an undying love for CvS2 and never really cared for SF4, In this interview he expresses that his dislike for the game continues on today.

Check out the snip below to get you started.

Antonio “CoolGrayAJ” Javier: I’ve read before that you really disliked Street Fighter 4 (SF4). Most people consider Arcade Edition ver.2012 (AE2012) to be the best one yet. Have your thoughts on this changed at all?

Ryo “Bas” Yoshida: I still don’t like SF4. I actually started playing SF4 on this version, and can’t really speak on the previous versions, because AE2012 is pretty much where all of my experience is.

I do recognize the significance of the game on an international level, so I play it, but not in the same way as other Japanese players do. Instead of playing in the arcade, I do most (if not all) of my training at home, online. I don’t want to feel like I spent money to practice a game I don’t like.

Hit the jump to read on.

Ono: Activities to show the world a new Darkstalkers are still ongoing, discusses free-to-play fighter

Ono: Activities to show the world a new Darkstalkers are still ongoing, discusses free-to-play fighter Somewhat matching up with statements that Capcom's Matt Dahlgren made about the future of Darkstalkers, but sounding more optimistic, Yoshinori Ono requested that fans "just wait a little longer," in regards to a new entry in the series.

While the lower than expected sales of Darkstalkers Resurrection were a disappointment, Ono points out that they just updated the title the other day, and that "we're really feeling your passion."

He added that, "Our activities to finally show the world a new Darkstalkers are still going on, so it'd bring me great joy to have your continued support."

While we know there's nothing on the immediate horizon for Darkstalkers, it doesn't sound like Ono is willing to give up easily, and will keep pushing forward with utilizing that franchise in the future.

Darkstalkers Resurrection didn't perform as Capcom would have liked, nothing on the immediate horizon for franchise

Darkstalkers Resurrection didn't perform as Capcom would have liked, nothing on the immediate horizon for franchise Darkstalkers Resurrection was released in mid-March of this year, and while this was one of the most requested franchise revivals by the community, with a very strong fan based on Capcom Unity, the game failed to live up to sales expectations.

Capcom's Matt Dahlgren recently said that, "Darkstalkers Resurrection did not perform as well as we would have liked [it] to perform. You never know what the future may hold, but Street Fighter is definitely not dead."

When pressed further on the subject of if we'll see something new from the Darkstalkers franchise, Dahlgren commented, "There is nothing Darkstalkers on the immediate horizon for sure."

Capcom vs. SNK 2 out for North America PSN gamers, costs $9.99 - groove overview

Capcom vs. SNK 2 out for North America PSN gamers, costs $9.99 - groove overview You can pick up Capcom vs. SNK 2 on the PSN now for $9.99 USD, if you live in North America. This 235.5 MB download is a port of the PS2 version, as such it lacks features like online play.

Still, CvS2 is one the more popular cult games in the FGC, with a number of players being particularly fond of this title that was released in 2001.

Capcom's Combofiend did a really nice write up on the different grooves in the game, which you can check out by hitting the jump.

C-Groove: Allows dashing, alpha counters, air guard, rolls, level 1,2 or 3 supers and delayed get ups. This is the ideal groove for the more defensive player with a Street Fighter background. Instant air blocking is a skill worth learning as it reduces block recovery and allows punishes that would otherwise not be possible.

Ono: I don't have the R&D budget and staff to work on Street Fighter 5 for next generation consoles currently

Making a statement that could very well change by the time Ultra Street Fighter 4 is released in early 2014, Capcom's Yoshinori Ono said that he currently doesn't have the research and development budget and staff to work on Street Fighter 5 for the next generation consoles.

Scheduled for release in late 2013, the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will hit consumers hands, but it looks like they'll be doing so without a new Street Fighter entry from Capcom. Capcom's Rey Jimenez recently commented that, "We are still very early in development of the initial content," in regards to Ultra Street Fighter 4, so it appears that the Street Fighter team will be occupied for a bit of time, before they're free to work on another title.

The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 were launched in 2005 and 2006, respectively, but Street Fighter 4 wasn't actually released until early 2009, although it saw an arcade version in mid-2008. If Street Fighter 5 follows suit, we may have a bit of a wait in front of us before we see a direct sequel on the next generation consoles.

Rey Jimenez quote from Capcom Unity.

Capcom vs. SNK 2 hits North America PSN this Tuesday

Capcom vs. SNK 2 hits North America PSN this Tuesday In the latest episode of the Playstation Blogcast they revealed that Capcom vs. SNK 2 would be hitting North American PSN customers this Tuesday, July 16, 2013.

They didn't mention what the price would be, but this is the same re-release that was made available for Japanese gamers a little ways back, so it will lack net play.

Even then, this has been a highly requested title, so it'll be nice to pick it up if you have a PlayStation 3.

Submitted by SolxBaiken and an anonymous reader.

Darkstalkers Resurrection patch adds sound cues for online mode, AFK lobby kicking and various bug fixes

Darkstalkers Resurrection patch adds sound cues for online mode, AFK lobby kicking and various bug fixes A new patch for Darkstalkers Resurrection has been released. It's a 6 MB download on Xbox Live and adds some sound cues for online match making, auto-booting of people who go AFK in lobbies, defaults the stage selection to random and a few other odds and ends as well.

It also introduces some bug fixes so that you have a smoother experience overall. Hit the jump to read the notes.

Greetings fellow humans! Tomoaki Ayano here!

The annual rainy season in Japan is finally over! And two weeks earlier than usual, no less. But now it’s so hot and muggy, you could literally suffocate in this heat! Everyone please be sure to drink plenty of fluids and keep hydrated! I know it’s easy to lose track of yourself while playing fighting games, but heat stroke can affect you while indoors as well. Be careful!

Anyway, the long-awaited patch for Darkstalkers Resurrection will go online today, July 12th (Japan Standard Time)! I’d like to use today’s blog to talk about part of what will be fixed in the patch.

Curious what the FGC looked like back in 2001? Check out TechTV's coverage of B5, tournament footage

EVO 2013 will be taking place this coming weekend, but before it became known as "Evolution", there was an annual gathering of fighting game players in California titled Battle by the Bay.

These events attracted some of the best talent at the time from that region, and back in 2001, TechTV did a segment on the fighting game community, interviewing players like Viscant and Duc Do at B5.

If you keep a sharp eye, you should be able to spot Justin Wong, Ricky Ortiz and Alex Valle, among others, in their younger days.

If you want to go further, hit the jump to find some tournament footage for Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Street Fighter Alpha 3 and Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, featuring some well known players, who are still active in the FGC to this date.

Ono would like to build a fighting game on the same engine running The Division

Ono would like to build a fighting game on the same engine running The Division During E3 2013, Capcom's Yoshinori Ono made a tweet that went somewhat under the radar at the time. Ubisoft displayed the game The Division at the event, and Ono took quite a liking to it, noting that:

Personally feel that THE DIVISION is best of E3. It's very frustrating, I'd like to make a fighting game on this engine ;P

Making fighting games run in game engines that are typically used for shooters actually isn't completely unheard of, as both Mortal Kombat 9 and Injustice: Gods Among Us run on a heavily modified version of the Unreal Engine 3. Also, Arc System Works announced that their brand new title, Guily Gear Xrd -Sign-, would also be an Unreal Engine 3 game.

Capcom hasn't been opposed to using someone else's engine in one of their own titles, with the help of Ninja Theory, as they picked up the Unreal Engine 3 in their 2013 release DmC: Devil May Cry.

We've embedded a gameplay trailer for The Division after the jump, and it brings up the question, would you like to see a fighting game from Capcom running on their Snowdrop engine? If so, are there any specific things you'd like to see them take advantage of? Leave a comment below with your thoughts.

Capcom 25th Anniversary Music Box - 11 disc Street Fighter set and 6 disc Darkstalkers collection

It is no secret that Capcom games have some of the best soundtracks in the biz. The Street Fighter 2 series alone was littered with unforgettable tracks and themes that induced hype while giving us the urge to knock out any opponent that stood in our way.

Capcom is releasing an incredible 11 disc set of Street Fighter tunes that span from the original SF all the way through Street Fighter X Tekken. A 6 disc Darkstalkers collection will be released simultaneously that contains music from all games, including Darkstalkers Resurrection.

Both CD sets will be seeing a release in Japan on July 10 of this year. The Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Sound Box will run for 11,550 yen ($118 USD) and the Darkstalkers Sound Box costs 9,450 yen ($96 USD).

For a full track listing of each disc, check out Siliconera's article.


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