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Dead or Alive 5: Last Round game play footage featuring new characters, new hairstyles and new costumes!

With the prospect of Dead or Alive 5: Last Round being at EVO this year, we look forward with even greater anticipation to the game's release next month.

Today, we have a preview video filled with 20 minutes of game play featuring the new playable characters Honoka and Raidou. While Honoka plays through part of the arcade ladder, Raidou gets a run through command training where you'll get to see the names of a few of his attacks and what they look like.

The video also shows off some of the new hairstyles and costumes for old favorite DOA 5 characters. Please let us know what you think of them! Which are interesting and which are just kinda meh?

Click the jump button below and check it out!

Suicune, Pikachu, and Gardevoir confirmed playable in Pokkèn Tournament - arcade cabinet will use controller instead of fightstick

The Famitsu live stream showing off Bandai Namco's upcoming Pokèmon-based fighter "Pokkèn Tournament" aired eariler today, and with it came a sea of new information.

Firstly, Suicune, Pikachu, and Gardevoir have all been confirmed as playable characters. They'll be joining the likes of Machamp and Lucario in the fray.

Additionally, Pokkèn Tournament will have a support Pokèmon system in which players can select a monster to aid them in battle. Players will do battle with these assists on the game's battlefield, which is fully 3D, allowing fighters to move around as they see fit.

And if that isn't enough information on Bandai Namco's upcoming fighter, try this on for size. The Pokkèn Tournament arcade cabinets will feature a standard controller (D-pad + BAYX button scheme) instead of a traditional fightstick. You can check out the screenshots below to check out everything mentioned here.

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Hit the jump for more details on Pokkèn Tournament, the latest trailer, and match footage.

'I only have maybe another 20 years working here... how many more games do I have left in me?' - Harada talks future plans; TxSF is NOT cancelled!

Katsuhiro Harada is one of the most recognizable names in the fighting game community today.

Most known for his contributions to the Tekken franchise, Haruda has been hard at work for the past 20 years creating successful titles for Namco Bandai.

Matt Leone of Polygon was recently able to interview the game designer, discussing the forthcoming Tekken 7 along with Harada's potential plans for several other games.

In it, Harada discusses a few upcoming games, a few of which are of the fighting game genre.

First on the list is Tekken 7, the latest in the series that made him famous. He says he's been spending "less and less" time on Tekken recently, because the team working on the series has enough experience to handle it on its own. But he says the team is aiming to make the game more accessible to newcomers compared to previous Tekken titles, and they are tying up a lot of character story threads to bring some closure for the series' 20th anniversary.

Next is Pokken Tournament, an arcade fighting game using characters from the Pokemon universe...

Hit the jump to see more on Pokken as well as Harada's statements on Tekken X Street Fighter and his goals beyond the immediate future.

Big E plans to bring Dead or Alive 5: Last Round to EVO 2015 despite it not being on the main line up

The line up for EVO 2015 was announced just a few days ago.

Unfortunately for Dead or Alive players, DOA 5: Last Round was absent from the roster.

Tournament organizer Eric 'Big E' Small, known for such events as Winterbrawl, NEC and Summer Jam, would not let DOA go completely unrepresented.

He has called for players to come out to EVO 2015 despite their game not being a part of the line up. Hit the jump to see exactly what he had to say.

New Pokkén Tournament information coming January 23

Have you been anxiously awaiting new details on Bandai Namco's upcoming fighter Pokkén Tournament? Well, don't fret, true-believers! We've got good news for you.

Fresh information on the Pokèmon-themed title are expected to drop on January 23rd. Famitsu will be running their monthly live stream, and this particular broadcast is set to feature Pokkèn Tournament.

The stream can be found over on NicoNico, and will begin at 7 p.m. Japan time (2 a.m PST / 5 a.m. EST).

Pokkèn Tournament will see an arcade release later this year.

Source: Famitsu. Via Siliconera. Submitted by Shinkuu_Kikoken and sarif2soon.

More screenshots & gameplay footage of Honoka (Japanese voiceover) in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round

Can't get enough of Dead or Alive 5 Last Round's new female character, Honoka? Then consider yourself in luck -- has published some additional screenshots of the character, as well as a shakycam video of her in action.

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For some reason the Japanese version of the Honoka character reveal trailer has not yet hit the Interwebs. So if you're been wondering about how Honoka sounds like in Japanese, the shakycam gameplay video from Famitsu, embedded below, should give you a good idea.

In Japan, Honoka is voiced by Ai Nonaka (Kyoko Sakura in Puella Magi Madoka Magica).

Honoka the "Super Secret Fighter Chick (Age 18)" Dead or Alive 5 Last Round character reveal trailer

Koei Tecmo Europe has released the official reveal trailer for Honoka, the new "Super Secret Fighter Chick (Age 18)" character in the upcoming Dead or Alive 5 Last Round fighting game.

According to her character profile, Honoka has a "strange knack for instantly learning any fighting move she sees" -- which is apparently the secret she keeps telling us, in the trailer, to keep for her; she's a sweet, easygoing schoolgirl... who loves to fight.

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Honoka practices the "Honoka Fu" fighting style, which is essentially a potpourri of various fighting moves she picked up, combined together. She does, however, possess a number of techniques not learnt from other fighters, that she can go into from her Hissatsu-no-Kamae stance.

Her preferred tag-team partner appears to be Marie-Rose.

See her in action in the character reveal trailer below.

New character leaked in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round - introducing 'Honoka'

A fresh Dead or Alive 5 Last Round character was set to be officially revealed this week, but it appears she has decided to show her face a bit earlier than scheduled.

The latest Famitsu scan unveils "Honoka" as the game's newest combatant. Honoka is a schoolgirl who holds a secret power within, as indicated in the brief description from the scan below.

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The schoolgirl who imbued herself with a secret power has joined the battle! The Honoka-ryuu fighting style. Are her hidden abilities completely unpredictable?

This character may even have the ability to shoot projectiles, although this is still to be confirmed.

What do you think of Honoka in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Famitsu. Contributions to this story made by Virtua Kazama and ZombieBrian over on the EventHubs forum. Sent in by MotherBrain, chemicalBirdkick, and CubaNectie.

Kumite in Tennessee 15 results ft. Justin Wong, Ricky Ortiz, Yipes, Sanford Kelly, K-Brad, Mew2King, CD Jr. LordKnight and more

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, we hope you're all set to enjoy Kumite in Tennessee 15. The tournament features a wide variety of players competing in many different games at a high level.

Among many others, players you can expect to see at the event include EG|Justin Wong, EG|Ricky Ortiz, EG|K-Brad, SteamCo|Sanford Kelly, SteamCo|Yipes, Perfect Legend, TS|Arturo Sanchez, Boost|Jan, EMP|Mew2King, TS|LordKnight; AK|Pig of the Hut, KIT|Forever King, SteamCo|CD Jr., GGA|16-Bit and more.

Games set to be played at the event are Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. For Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Project M, Guilty Gear Xrd, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Killer Instinct, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Soul Calibur 5 and Mortal Kombat 9.

Tonight we'll be seeing a 16-man invitational tournament with such players as Justin Wong, K-Brad, Arturo Sanchez, Ricky Ortiz, GG|SherryJenix, and more competing.

Hit the jump to partake in all of the excitement.

'Real Talk: Fighting Games Are Not Easy' – Why Max tells us something most of us already know in his latest video

Fighting games are not easy. There's a sentence most of us that have felt the wrath of a professional player can answer with an exaggerated "no duh". So why has Max released a video to a mostly initiated crowd with a statement almost everyone would roll their eyes at?

When we want to bring our friends into a fighting game, we're often asked broad questions that don't have simple answers. Our cousin Jimmy comes up to us with his Xbox 360 controller and asks, "How do I get good?" Moments later, another friend who's been playing for a year is in a character crises. He wonders aloud, "How do I get better?" These two questions require totally different answers.

Considering even the average '09er (someone that started fighting games with the release of Street Fighter 4) has had almost six years of experience with the game, Street Fighter and other fighting games can be extremely intimidating to the beginning player.

With that said, I don't agree with every solution Max offers here (telling a new E. Honda player to pick up Ken so he can get some fiery dragon punches without at least touching on the idea that you're left wide open after the attack); however, this will still be some of the best advice for helping new players. While Max takes a lot of flak for some possible over-the-top acting, he is often a loud reminder that, more important than their being hard, fighting games are fun.

To remind yourself and others of this, watch his "Real Talk" video below.

10 piece acapella perfectly replicates Marvel vs Capcom 2's unique soundtrack, including its opening, character select screen, and the clown stage

Step aside, Smooth McGroove. Singer and songwriter Mr. Dooves has decided to tackle the beloved soundtrack of Marvel vs Capcom 2.

From the very start of the Capcom logo all the way through a fight, this acapella doesn't miss a beat. Even the announcer and "whooshing" effects are there as the game zooms into the character select screen. These are not easy songs to recreate acoustically, so it's rather entertaining what Mr. Dooves has managed to do using his own voice.

Watch the video below to let his this cover take you for a ride.

New 60fps Dead or Alive 5 Last Round videos: Sparks fly, Phase 4, Bayman, Gen Fu and Elliot's new costumes shown

Now that we're just about a week or so away from Dead or Alive 5 Last Round's final new character reveal, Koei Tecmo Games America has saw it fit to release two new 60fps videos from the game to whet our appetite.

One of the two new videos feature a fight between Phase 4 and Bayman, which is kind of funny because they're both clones of two older characters, Kasumi and Leon, respectively one is a clone of Kasumi, while the other has a clone (Leon).

The other video pits DOA4 newcomer Elliot against his master Gen Fu. And they're all sporting new costumes privy to to this next-gen installment to the DOA franchise.

The videos also show off some of the new stage particle effects not seen in DOA5 Ultimate. Just look at those sparks fly between Elliot and Gen Fu... no, wait, I didn't mean to say that the two have a Batman-and-Robin relationship going on, but... never mind.

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.

This is how assists in anime fighter Nitroplus Blasters: Heroines Infinite Duel work - direct-feed videos from location test

Over the weekend, the first location tests for Examu's Nitroplus Blasters: Heroines Infinite Duel arcade fighting game was held over in Japan. Like we previously reported, the new anime fighter has players picking a single point character and two assists.

While they were at the location tests, Dengeki Online was able to capture some direct-feed footage of the game in action, giving us a good look at the way battles play out in this new title from the makers behind the Arcana Hearts series.

Unlike the assists in Marvel vs. Capcom or The King of Fighters 99, it looks like when assist characters are summoned into play, depending on the character, they could perform either a simple special move, or a more devastating super attack.

One such super shown in the videos involve an assist character (the one you see in the banner image) conjuring a healing circle that lasts for a good number of seconds while she releases a pack of killer bees into the skies -- the bees subsequently start attacking in a swarm, serving as an anti-air move.

The assists vary in terms of start-up speed, duration and damage potential. And it appears that to balance things out, each has a different charge or cooldown time, so players will have to pick between powerful assist characters, or ones whom they can summon more frequently.

Sarah Bryant and Christie's new Dead or Alive 5 Last Round costumes shown off in new trailer; list of free DOA5/DOA5U DLC included on disc

Over the Christmas break, Koei Tecmo America released a new 1080p 60fps gameplay trailer for Dead or Alive 5 Last Round that shows off new costumes for Sarah Bryant and Christie, as well as some very nice fire sparks stage effects.

On top of the trailer, they've also announced a list of DOA5 and DOA5U DLC packs that will come included on the disc for the PS4, XB1 and PC versions of Dead or Alive 5 Last Round:

(Note: the PS3 and X360 versions of DOA5LR are being rolled out as a free update to existing owners of DOA5U; although we suspect that if you were to purchase a digital copy of DOA5LR on the PS3 or X360, it will also come with all of the DLC packs listed).

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Check out the Sarah vs. Christie trailer below.

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