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NorCal Regionals 2015 results feat. Daigo, Momochi, Bonchan, Infiltration, Kazunoko, Fuudo, Justin Wong, GamerBee and more

Updated: This story has been updated with final results..

NorCal Regionals 2015 is upon us, and as a premiere Capcom Pro Tour event, you can bet there's a lot of competition present.

It's not all about Capcom though, as the event features tournaments in tons of games. This weekend, you'll be able to enjoy high-level matches of Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Killer Instinct, King of Fighters 13, Project M, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike.

There's also Tekken 7 being streamed from the event, so if you're excited to see what this new game has in store for you, make sure to check it out.

As for names expected to show up, the list is beyond impressive - you can expect to see MCZ|Daigo, EG|Momochi, Bonchan, /r/Kappa|Infiltration, Kazunoko, RZR|Fuudo, EG|Justin Wong, Tempo|NYChrisG, AvM|GamerBee, Snake Eyez, EG|PR Balrog, EG|Ricky Ortiz, Filipino Champ, EG|K-Brad, /r/Kappa|Poongko, Liquid|NuckleDu, /r/Kappa|EX Pugera, Chris Tatarian, Filipinoman, Brentt, EH|Velociraptor, CCG|Air, CCG|Chi-Rithy, pH|Hoodaman, pH|LPN, Hsien Chang, MMD|Alex Myers and more.

Streaming duties are being handled by Capcom Fighters, Team Spooky, iPlayWinner and Showdown Smash.

Hit the jump to check out the full action.

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Check out these Street Fighter stages you can visit in real life for cheap

How big of a Street Fighter fan are you? It's a question we often ask ourselves in the mirror between brushing our teeth and trimming off the beard we wish Ryu would have in Street Fighter 5. Are you enough of a fan to put off actual work or chores for Street Fighter? Oh yeah. Big enough to claim you could take on Justin Wong if you had more time to practice? Easy. How about travel the world to visit the actual locations of Street Fighter stages?

Almost everyone initiated in the world of Street Fighter knows that it takes many of its characters from actual fighters in history (with great exaggeration, mind you). It should also come as little surprise that many of the iconic stages from the franchise closely resemble actual locations.

This wouldn't be such exciting news, but GameSpot has taken the time to actually calculate how much it would cost you to tour or stay at many of these backdrops (15 of them to be exact). As it turns out, many of them are pretty cheap. We've picked out a few from the list that seem to hold the best bang for their buck.

To get started on your world tour, continue reading below.

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Amazing LP fights Ryu in real-life, imagines what pay-to-win Street Fighter would be like

You've already seen the Amazing LP take on numerous The King of Fighters characters in a fight in real-life.

Now watch him go up against Ryu from Street Fighter. The previous time he was able to take on about a dozen different KOF characters. Since he's that formidable, surely he'd have no problem knocking Ryu out, right?

There's just one problem here: this isn't regular Street Fighter that the Amazing LP is playing. It's a version of Street Fighter from a parallel universe -- a universe in which Capcom has made the series pay-to-win.

How will the fight go? Find out in the special effects video below.

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Capcom UK delves into Rose's backstory: 60fps Street Fighter Alpha series footage of her soul power in action

The Street Fighter series has got some 27 years -- and a whole lot of fighting game releases -- under its belt.

With so many titles in the franchise, it can be a little hard to keep track of the characters' backstories from the video games. Especially since players only get a glimpse into their backstories mostly through the endings for each character in the single-player arcade mode -- which a lot of players don't really bother completing anyway as the whole point of the game is to fight against other players.

That's where Capcom UK's latest video series comes in.

Today, Capcom UK community manager Matthew Edwards has kicked off the first episode in a bi-weekly "The World Warrior" video series that delves into the backstories of various Street Fighter characters' across the numerous games.

This first episode puts the spotlight on Rose, revealing quite a bit of trivia on the character (can you guess which other Street Fighter character rescued her, damsel-in-distress style, not once but twice during the Alpha series?).

It also features some silky smooth 60fps gameplay footage of Rose in action during her Alpha days, in case you don't quite remember what she looks like back when Street Fighter games were still rendered in anime pixelated sprites.

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Guile's theme goes within Skullgirls - Big Band belts out the Street Fighter BGM, Sakura Wars theme on trumpet

As the saying goes: "Guile's theme goes with anything."

So why not within Skullgirls? The fighting game even lets you pull out a trumpet and actually play the tune mid-match. And, as you'll witness in the video below from Japanese Skullgirls fan KST (who previously performed Bugler's Holiday and the Super Mario Bros. theme with Big Band), the trumpet is the perfect instrument to perform Guile's theme with.

The real question we should be asking here is why it's taken someone this long to attempt it. This is just genius at work.

To top it off, KST also performs a part of the theme song for the hit anime show Sakurai Wars (Geki! Teikoku Kagekidan) with Big Band -- and this time, he's doing it in the middle of an actual combo that ends up killing his opponent.

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Mortal Kombat for $8, $16 Ultra Street Fighter 4 & BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma deals - PlayStation 20th Anniversary Sale

Today's January 13 -- the day that Sony officially launches their PlayStation Now game streaming service. If you have a PS4, you can head on over to the PSN store later today to claim a 7-day trial that will allow you to play the PS3 version of Ultra Street Fighter 4 on your PS4 through the service.

But that's not all Sony's got prepared for today. As it turns out, today is also the start of a week-long PlayStation 20th Anniversary Sale, that will see over 60 games on multiple PS platforms go on discounts as deep as 60% (75% if you're a PS Plus subscriber) -- including some fighting games -- from now till January 19.

Most notably, Mortal Kombat for the PS3 or PS Vita is only $10 during the sale period ($8 if you're a PS Plus subscriber), while Ultra Street Fighter 4 (PS3) and both the PS3 and PS Vita versions of BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma can be yours to own for $20 ($16 for PS Plus members). Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max (PSP/PS Vita) is also on discount, priced at $5.99 ($4.99 for PS Plus members).

Here's the full list of titles on sale for the respective PlayStation platforms:

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What are you looking to pick up?

Source: PlayStation Blog via Markman

Tom and Jerry animations were used as reference when designing Darkstalkers - this retrospective is packed with interesting info

The Nostalgic Gamer returns with an amazing retrospective detailing the origins and lifespan of one of our favorite fighting franchises -- Darkstalkers.

In this hour-long spectacle, we learn about how the series came to fruition, how it evolved into the different iterations we've grown to love over the years, and much more.

There are a slew of interesting bits of information here, so if you're looking to up your Darkstalkers knowledge, or just want to impress your friends at the next FGC party, you won't want to miss this one.

Did you know that the designers used animations from Tom and Jerry, Hanna Barbera, and even the color schemes found in Disney cartoons as references for the Darkstalkers sprites? I sure didn't! Also, keep an eye out for the early concept artwork depicting designs for Demitri, Victor, and other characters shown at around 4 minutes in. It's truly awesome to see what they creators had in mind in the early stages of development.

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'Can't beat Daigo Umehara' - ChocoBlanka and 4Gamer's Hameko sing this song about The Beast

It hasn't been that long since we last heard EG|ChocoBlanka's musical talents at play, but already she's back with more.

And this time she's roped in her band Saisoku Fuujinken ("The Fastest Possible Wind Godfist") and even 4Gamer's Hameko (he writes many of the Japanese gaming site's fighting game-related articles) to perform this song about one of the FGC's longstanding legends.

I'm talking, of course, about MCZ|Daigo "The Beast" Umehara.

The song is entitled "Can't Beat Daigo", and although it's a parody of another song called "Can't Beat Airman", nearly all of the lyrics have been replaced here to describe some of MCZ|Daigo's most memorable moments in fighting games history.

Even though the song is entirely in Japanese and there are no subtitles, the music video is worth watching simply for the visual accompaniments alone -- but that's not all. There's also a wicked guitar arrangement of Daigo's Ryu's theme introduced mid-way.

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Invisible Orchid causes a petrified firecat to rise from the ground, Valle gets caught in the Gen infinite, and more: Funny and Cool Moments #88

LiangHuBBB returns on the first day of the new year with a brand new installment of the Funny and Cool Moments series.

This episode marks the 88th in the series, and much like the previous 87 videos we have many more interesting clips here to enjoy.

Now, I know what you're thinking... "DreamKing! What the Hell are you talking about in that headline?!" Well, one of the clips in this compilation shows a glitched out Killer Instinct match in which an invisible Orchid battles against another in a mirror match. Every time the vanished fighter goes for an Uppercat, you can see a stiff model of her fire cat rise up from beneath the floor.

I can't really explain it any better than that, so be sure to check out the GIF below to see what I mean.

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There are clips from a number of other games featured in this episode, including some interesting Omega Edition glitches, some Capcom vs. SNK 2 goodness, and much more. You can check out Funny and Cool Moments #88 after the jump.

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Street Fighter: Puzzle Spirits released today for Android devices in Japan

Street Fighter: Puzzle Spirits, a Puzzle & Dragons-esque smartphone mobile game spin-off of Capcom's fighting game franchise, has launched today for Android users in Japan.

If you're interested in checking out the free-to-play game on your Android device, head over to the Japanese regional Google Play store to see if you might be able to install this on an eligible smartphone or tablet. The app is most likely region-locked, and only compatible with Android devices connected to the Japanese store.

The game is also slated to come out for iOS devices, to be released at some point this year on the Apple iTunes app store. Due to Apple's certification process, which can take up to several weeks, it is usually quite difficult to pinpoint an exact release date for iOS apps.

For more information on Street Fighter: Puzzle Spirits, check out the debut trailer and tutorial videos for the game app below.

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Justin Wong vs. Sanford Kelly first-to-10: Two Marvel gods clash in this exhilarating Marvel vs. Capcom 2 set from NEC 15

EG|Justin Wong and SteamCo|Sanford Kelly are well known for their incredible skill in such modern fighting titles as Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. But what some more recent FGC members may not be aware of is that both of these warriors actually solidified their place in competitive fighting game history by being two of the greatest Marvel vs. Capcom 2 players to ever walk the Earth.

At NEC 15 this past weekend, these two Marvel gods went toe-to-toe in an action-packed, high-octane first-to-10 MvC2 set. This series of matches featured an exceptionally high level of play, and to add to the already monstrous level of hype, another of the MvC2 gods, IFC Yipes, stepped in to provide his legendary commentary.

For some good, old-fashioned fighting game action, be sure to hit the jump. You definitely won't want to miss this one, folks!

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NEC 15 results feat. Justin Wong, ChrisG, Pepeday, Snake Eyez, Ricky Ortiz, Smug, PR Balrog, Sanford Kelly, K-Brad and more

Updated: This story has been updated with final results.

Earlier: This weekend, Big E Gaming will be hosting the 15th Northeast Championships, with tons of action lined up for the entire weekend.

Games being played at the event include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, Injustice: Gods Among Us, King of Fighters 13, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus, Skullgirls, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, Killer Instinct, Soul Calibur 5, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U, Project M and more.

As for players who will be attending, you can expect to see EG|Justin Wong, NYChrisG, /r/Kappa|Pepeday, Snake Eyez, PIE|Smug, EG|PR Balrog, SteamCo|CD Jr., EG|K-Brad, SteamCo|Sanford Kelly, MOR|Rico Suave, CTRL|RayRay, FNATIC|Perfect Legend, BE|Abegen, REO, AS|Reynald, LDA|Romance, LDA|Misterio, LDA|Luis Cha and many more.

That's not all, though. This event will also feature the Curleh Mustache Battle Royale, a team tournament featuring some of the finest Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 players around - which you definitely don't want to miss.

Hit the jump for the full action.

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Beowulf's new moves, changes to Filia and Squigly, and... a 101 on MvC2 mechanics? MikeZ covers all that on the latest Rebel Up stream

On the latest Rebel Up livestream, MikeZ shared some of the Beowulf's newly-implemented moves, as well as a few changes he and his team over at Lab Zero Games are making to Skullgirls Encore in the next update.

Interestingly, one of these changes was a fix for a bug that previously allowed you to summon an assist while push-blocking a super. After doing some research with how Marvel vs. Capcom 2 was able to prevent this bug from ever happening, MikeZ has now adopted a similar solution.

To give us a better understanding of how push-blocking and a few other less-understood tech in MvC2 worked, he's also taken a bit of time in this latest episode to demonstrate his findings.

Did you know, for instance, that it was possible to push-block something like Chun-Li's Lightning Legs Super and punish it midway with a throw or an invincible move?

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Moment 37|Reloaded results feat. Daigo, Justin Wong, BAS, Sanford Kelly, Alex Valle, Mike Watson & more

Updated: This story has been updated with final results.

Moment 37|Reloaded is kicking off today from Pomona, California and the over the course of this weekend we can expect some top-quality fighting game action.

This tournament celebrates the 10th anniversary of the legendary EVO moment #37, and the players that took part in that infamous Daigo parry are going to be in attendance to create some new incredible moments.

MCZ|Daigo, EG|Justin Wong, D44|BAS, SteamCo|Sanford Kelly, LU|Alex Valle, Watson, and many others will be competing this weekend in games such as Ultra Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter 3 Third Strike, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Capcom vs. SNK 2, and Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo. We'll also see an exhibition between the same two players that made EVO moment #37 possible, so you'll definitely want to tune in.

The live stream is underway, so check it out below.

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Older Capcom fighting games less prone to glitches? Street Fighter Alpha 2 video proves otherwise - bugs more severe than in Ultra Street Fighter 4

Ultra Street Fighter 4 has its share of glitches, sure. But one of the great things about the game is that once Capcom is aware of the problem, they can investigate the causes for it and put together a fix.

These things take time to fix, and it isn't always possible to fix these issues without making a few compromises (like ultimately making Dhalsim a tad bit weaker). But at least such post-release support is within the realm of possibility, thanks to update patches served through the Internet.

Some of you have argued in the past, however, that precisely because it is now possible to update games post-release, that fighting game makers such as Capcom are making less of an effort to properly test their titles for bugs. And that as a result, fighting games these days are more prone to bugs and glitches than they used to be, in the 90's.

That's simply not true. Older fighting games have some really severe bugs too -- they were just not very well-documented because the Internet was still in its infancy, and YouTube hadn't even been born yet. So not a lot of people knew about the bugs in older fighting games.

Take, for instance, this Street Fighter Alpha 2 glitches compilation video that izumojinX put together. How many of these bugs did you know about back in the day, when you were still playing Alpha 2?

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