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1st screenshots of Raidou in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, new hairstyles for Mila, Alpha-152, and Tina shown

The latest issue of Weekly Famitsu magazine is officially out on newsstands today, and (like we reported yesterday) this week it's giving fighting game fans their first look at Raidou in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, who's one of two new characters being added to this final revision to the title.

Apart from giving DOA fans their first look at Raidou, Famitsu magazine also featured screenshots of some of the new costumes in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round -- specifically, those for Mila, Alpha-152, Tina and Marie Rose.

Check out the images below, and hit the jump for some additional details on Raidou -- such as who revived him -- and the new costumes.

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Raidou - Dead or Alive 5 Last Round's new male character is the boss from DOA1 with a cyborg twist

Raidou, the final boss from the very first Dead or Alive title, is returning as a playable character in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round with a twist, a Japanese video games magazine is revealing on Thursday.

Although Raidou was killed off by Kasumi after the very first Dead or Alive tournament, story-wise, the character is being resurrected in cyborg form for the final installment of the Dead or Alive 5 series. Voice actor Tetsu Inaba will reprise his role as Raidou in Dead or Alive 5: Last Round.

A master of the Modified Mugen Tenshin Ninjutsu (Tenjinmon) style, Raidou is said to specialize in powerful attacks made possible by his large body build.

According to the early report, the magazine is also revealing this week the game's first-print bonus in Japan: a set of 4 swimsuit costumes for four female characters in the game along with a gravure movie featuring those characters, and a Ninja 2015 DLC costume pack.

Check out Raidou's moves from his appearance in the original Dead or Alive in the video below.

Absolute Battle 5 results ft. Snake Eyez, Ricky Ortiz, Filipino Champ, RayRay, Angelic, Jan, Ranmasama and more

Update: This story has been updated with final results, battle logs and a stream archive.

This weekend, Absolute Battle 5 is upon us, and will be streaming tournament action live from Dallas, Texas.

Games present at the event include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Killer Instinct, Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Injustice: Gods Among Us.

Players you can expect to see competing are Snake Eyez, EG|Ricky Ortiz, Filipino Champ, CTRL|RayRay, BT|Angelic, Boost|Jan, Ranmasama, Busby, CJ Showstopper, TFA|OMG Itz Andre and more.

The event will also include a series of exhibition matches called "Ultimate Fight Night", in both Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Streaming duties of the event are being handled by PandaXGaming, SaltyMayhem and VersusGameplay.

Hit the jump for the stream action.

Over-sexualization of women, character balancing and staying relevant: Venture Beat talks to Team Ninja about the challenges in DOA5: Last Round

How much work goes into creating a fighting game? Things have changed drastically since the scene emerged 20 years ago.

Nowadays you have to worry about the myriad of other games vying for gamers' attention, making your game stand out, balancing your characters and the list goes on.

Team Ninja sat down with Venture Beat to discuss all the obstacles they are currently facing as they create the final iteration of Dead or Alive 5.

Where will they go with Last Round? One of the biggest questions fans have: Will Ninja maintain their trademark hyper-sexual themes in their female characters? Click the jump to find out.

Under Night In-Birth EXE:Late gets North American release on February 24

Under Night In-Birth EXE:Late rose to popularity back in July when it saw a PlayStation 3 release in Japan. Although the game is only available overseas, stateside players managed to get their hands on the 2D fighting title by creating foreign PSN accounts.

Now it seems that those who aren't interested in generating alternate accounts, yet still want to play UNIEL, won't have to wait too long for an official North American release. Aksys Games announced today that Under Night In-Birth EXE:Late will become available in this region on February 24th, 2015.

According to the post on their website, the NA version of UNIEL will not be region locked, so players will have the opportunity to play against others across the world.

If you're new to the game and would like to find out where each character stacks up against the rest, be sure to visit out Under Night In-Birth EXE:Late tiers section here on EventHubs. As always, we encourage those experienced with UNIEL to jump in and cast votes on character match-ups.

Source: Aksys Games. Submitted by sylintasassyn.

Street Fighter-style gameplay, GGPO netcode, and a 'frame data bar' underneath the health bar - Pocket Rumble Kickstarter project

The folks over at Cardboard Robot Games are working on a project that should be interesting to anyone who's a fan of Capcom fighting games, and they need your help to make this game a reality.

They're working on an indie fighting game called Pocket Rumble, which essentially combines Street Fighter-style gameplay, SNK Neo Geo Pocket Color-inspired graphics, GGPO netcode, and a whole slew of innovative features that aim to deliver the depth and strategy of fighting games without the complex execution required: there won't even be quarter-circle motions in this game.

Is this even possible? While watching the Pocket Rumble's Kickstarter video, at first I was skeptical, too. But the solution that Cardboard Robot Games have arrived at in lieu of the commonplace QCF motions sounds pretty legit.

Other key features in Pocket Rumble include a "frame data bar" underneath the health bar that makes it easy for players to learn the game, hurtbox data in training mode, and the ability to perform moves on the very first frame after you come out of hit-stun or get up from a knockdown by holding down the attack button of your input to make those pesky 1F link combos easier.

Check out the introduction video below.

The Runback 4.3 results feat. ChrisG, Clockw0rk, Alex Valle, Infrit, Tyrant, and more

The Runback 4.3 results feat. ChrisG, Clockw0rk, Alex Valle, Infrit, Tyrant, and more Updated: Results and a stream archive have been added to this story.

Earlier: The Level|Up Twitch stream has gone live, and tonight on The Runback, we're about to see some great fighting game action from Super Arcade.

Tonight, the games being played include Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Killer Instinct, Yatagarasu: Attack on Cataclysm, and Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, if there are enough entrants for each.

You can follow along with all of the action by checking out the brackets over on Level|Up's Challonge page.

You can catch the live stream below.

Feel the sting: Can heavy underdog Bee overcome Filipino Champ this weekend at Canada Cup?

Canada Cup 2014 kicks off tomorrow, and runs through the weekend, and players like Poongko, FGC|Pepeday, CCG|Air, CCG|Chi-Rithy, Mike Ross and PIE|Smug are all scheduled to attend.

This weekend's marquee event will be a first to 15 between CCG|Bee and Filipino Champ in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and we want to know who you think will walk away with the victory — and how close it will be.

CCG|Bee is a very strong Canadian UMvC3 player, but Filipino Champ has proven he's one of the best players in the entire world countless times, so Bee is coming in as the heavy underdog in many people's eyes.

We've setup a poll you can find below, along with a a schedule for this weekend, and more details.

Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Version B announced for March 2015; contains 1 major (albeit sad) change, maybe more

Sega stealthily announced Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Version B for Japanese arcades earlier today on the game's official website. The new version is slated to hit Japanese arcades sometime in March 2015, and contains at least one major change to the previous version that, depending on how you look at it, may or may not be a good thing.

Before we reveal what that major change in Version B is and analyze what it could mean, we'll let you take a look at the original text from Sega's announcement (loosely translated by us in English). If you're familiar with Sega's arcade amusement services in Japan, you may be able to catch on quickly as to why we think this announcement could actually be bad news for VF fans.

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The Runback 4.2 live stream featuring Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Killer Instinct, and more

The Runback 4.2 live stream featuring Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Killer Instinct, and more The Level|Up Twitch stream has gone live, and tonight on The Runback, we're about to see some great fighting game action from Super Arcade.

Tonight the folks over at Super Dojo will be running a special edition of TRB in honor of PushaTee. According to their official Twitter page, the only game being played on stream tonight is Killer Instinct.

You can follow along with all of the action by checking out the brackets over on Level|Up's Challonge page. Last week's results can be found here.

Top-secret military technology was used to make Virtua Fighter 2? Yep, that happened according to developer

Being a developer of new and innovative products can lead you down many unexpected pathways, and one such case was brought up by Yu Suzuki, who worked on many of Sega's big arcade hits, like the Virtua Fighter series.

Motion capture is widely used in gaming and movies in this day and age, but back in the early 1990s, it hadn't been used yet for gaming, according to Suzuki.

"At that time, motion capture technology was used only in health care, and we were the first to apply that technology in a game, which was Virtua Fighter 2," said Suzuki.

The U.S. military had previously used magnetic motion capture to track head movements of pilots.

Team Ninja announces Dead or Alive 5: Last Round release date, DLC and the return of an old fan favorite from DOA2

It's official, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round will launch early next year on February 17th in North America. Europe will have to wait a few days until the 20th to get their hands on the game.

In the midst of the birth of the new console generation, Team Ninja has decided to support both old and new and has included versions for Xbox One, Playstation 4, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. The next-gen versions will cost $39.99 while the other two will be $29.99.

Koei Tecmo also revealed that “The Crimson,” one of the most popular stages from DOA2, will make a return in Last Round.

Here we have a few screen shots.

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Click the jump to see more shots as well as some game play footage.

Next Level Battle Circuit #93 results ft. Dieminion, Sanford Kelly, Smug, Shine, and more

Next Level Battle Circuit #93 results ft. Dieminion, Sanford Kelly, Smug, Shine, and more Updated: Results and a stream archive have been added to this story.

Earlier: It's Wednesday night, so it's time for some great fighting game action from The Next Level in Brooklyn, New York.

The games being played tonight include Ultra Street Fighter 4 and Under Night In-Birth EXE:Late, if there are enough entrants.

Brackets are available on The Next Level Challonge site, and results for last week's tournament are posted here.

Ono: 'Virtua Fighter is the game by which all fighting games are measured' - the Capcom producer shares his experiences with the 3D fighting series

Last year, Virtua Fighter celebrated its 20 year anniversary. A website was created to honor the milestone, and featured various articles of VF news, video clips, and even interviews from 15 different fighting gaming producers and developers, sharing their thoughts on the 3D series.

These interviews were posted exclusively in Japanese, and luckily, a member of the Virtua Fighter forum by the name of Modelah has been hard at work presenting translated versions of each. There are 6 translated interviews so far, and sitting among the bunch is none other than Capcom's own Yoshinori Ono.

When Ono first got his hands on Virtua Fighter, the Capcom representative was awestruck not only by the giant leap in technology being utilized by the title, but also by the "gimmick-free, bare knuckle" gameplay style. To Ono, Virtua Fighter was fresh and beautifully complex.

"The way the game requires players to build on their attacks to create an offensive flow really shows how deep VF is," Ono explained. "It’s no exaggeration to say that VF is the game by which all fighting games are measured."

He elaborates by saying that in a game such as Street Fighter, players have the ability to cancel attacks into other moves and/or combos. This creates a certain flow to a battle, and although Virtua Fighter doesn't quite operate the same way, it matches this flow with its "attacks into movement and vice versa" style.

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round dated for February 19, 2015 in Japan; PS4 & XB1 to receive free-to-play versions

Update: Regular and Collectors' Edition prices for the game have added to the story.

Koei Tecmo will be announcing later this week a February 19, 2015 release date for Dead or Alive 5 Last Round (PS3, PS4, X360, XB1) through the usual Japanese video game magazines, according to anonymous reports from those who've managed to obtain early copies (via Games Talk).

No pricing details for the standard edition of the game have been revealed through the early reports yet. The PS4 and XB1 versions will be sold for 7,344 yen (~US$69) at retailers, and 6,480 yen (~US$60) digitally on PSN and XBL. PS3 and X360 copies will go for 6,264 yen (~US$58) at retail, and 5,554 yen (~US$52) digitally. There will also be free-to-play editions of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Dead or Alive 5 Last Round.

There will also be a Collector's Edition, priced at 12,744 yen (~US$119) for the PS4 version, and 11,664 yen (~US$109) for PS3.

Additionally, in Japan Koei Tecmo is planning to release a "Strongest Edition" package of the PS3 and PS4 versions, priced at 26,784 yen (~US$251) and 27,864 yen (~US$261) respectively. No details were given as to what would be included in those special editions, or if they would be available outside of Japan.

Two of the game's new stages (returning from past entries in the series) will be detailed in the Japanese game magazines this week. In addition, sparse details on both of the new characters in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round were also dropped.

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