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$10,000 up for grabs in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round Battle Royal 2015 - new Capcom Cup-esque tournament circuit

Team Ninja has just announced a brand new tournament circuit for their upcoming DoA title. The Dead or Alive 5 Last Round Battle Royal will operate in a similar style to the Capcom Cup, featuring a number of qualifying and ranked events that bring players one step closer to participating in the tour's grand final.

The grand finale will take place at the end of the year at NEC XVI in December, and the winner is guaranteed a sponsorship to the Battle Royal 2016 finals.

You can check out a list of the events on this year's tour.


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Players will be competing for a total of $10,000 over the span of the entire Battle Royal.

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round will be released next Tuesday, February 17.

Source: The official Dead or Alive 5 Last Round website. Submitted by SqueakyBloom.

Pikachu, Gardevoir & Lucario's Blast Attack super moves - Pokken Tournament location test footage

Two weekends ago, the first public location tests for Bandai Namco Games and The Pokemon Company's Pokken Tournament was held in Tokyo and Kawasaki over in Japan.

YouTube user seadraDS was able to make it to the Kawasaki location test, and while he was there, he filmed about 20 minutes' worth of the game running on a giant LCD TV display at the venue.

The off-screen footage shows off the entire tutorial sequence players go through upon starting up their play session, and covers several player vs. CPU matches.

During these matches, we also got a glimpse of Pikachu, Gardevoir and Lucario's Blast Attack super moves -- these work somewhat like the Rage Arts in Tekken 7 or Ultra Combos in Street Fighter 4.


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From the extended gameplay footage, we were also able to garner a few additional gameplay details not quite covered in our initial reports of the game. For instance, whenever the game switches from the 3D free-roaming mode to a locked 2D plane for close-quarter encounters, the action will briefly freeze for about half-a-second to implement the "Phase Shift".

More details and the full 20-minute long video below.

Honoka & Raidou's BnB combos: Start playing Dead or Alive 5 Last Round now (in your head) by learning those inputs

Dead or Alive 5 Last Round (DOA5LR) hits retail stores worldwide next week. Any of you getting ready to get back on the DOA hype train? I'm already starting to see some of my friends on PSN booting up their copies of DOA5 Ultimate to get their engines all warmed up for the updated installment.

Regardless if you're a seasoned veteran to the series, a casual participant who appreciates the games for its raw entertainment value, or a complete newcomer to the franchise planning on making DOA5LR your first foray into the 3D fighter now that it's all snazzed-up for new-gen consoles, now might be a good time to get yourself familiarized with the game's two new characters -- Honoka and Raidou.

And to better facilitate that, today the game's developer Team Ninja has put out two bread-and-butter combos introduction trailers for the characters.

This isn't just a way for the developer to help you ease up on that dreadful week-long wait between now and the game's release; the combo videos also serve a practical purpose. You can start memorizing the inputs now, and the timing with which you have to hit the buttons, for an early Day 1 advantage in the online fray.

Shadowloo Showdown 2015 results, stream archive feat. Sako, Momochi, Kazunoko, Gackt, Poongko, K-Brad, ChocoBlanka, Dogura, Eita, KSK and more

Updated with final results: We've updated this story with the final results from Shadowloo Showdown 6 (2015), along with a stream archive from the last day.

It's time, once more, for Australia's premiere major event, Shadowloo Showdown. While this one comes a bit closer after the last one, the management have assured everyone that this is because they'll be opting to have the event during the first few months every year from now on, and they wanted to cement this time in 2015.

The event will feature Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Guilty Gear Xrd, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, King of Fighters 13 and Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike.

There are many killers featured at this tournament. Among others, you can expect to see HORI|Sako, EG|Momochi, Kazunoko, RZR|Gackt, Poongko, EG|K-Brad, EG|ChocoBlanka, Dogura, Eita, KSK and more.

What are you waiting for? Catch the live stream right below.

Square Enix and Dimps, the team that worked on SF4 and SFxT, are collaborating on the brand new fighting game, 'School of Ragnarok'

We recently posted a story concerning the interesting inclusion of a "copyright 2013 Square Enix" text below the SF5 logo in a spot at the Tapei Gameshow.

Perhaps this was just a typo, but it still has a lot of people asking questions as to whether Square Enix is at all involved in the development for the next Street Fighter game. Square Enix is currently working on a brand new fighting game called 'School of Ragnarok' which will be an arcade-focused, 1v1, arena fighter.

Why is this interesting? Along with Squre Enix, Dimps is also involved in the development of School of Ragnarok. Dimps is the group Capcom worked with on both Street Fighter 4 and Street Fighter X Tekken.

So, the plot thickens... Square Enix pops up in an SF5 spot, and is now involved with a team that had a big hand in Capcom's recent projects. It still may be nothing, but we're certainly stroking our beards and raising our brows at the potential collaborative possibilities for the highly-anticipated SFV.

You can hit the jump to check out the latest trailer for School of Ragnarok.

New Pokkèn Tournament photos reveal alternate colors and underwater stage feat. Lugia

With Pokkèn Tournament location tests recently taking place in Japan, it look as though new photos of the game have revealed new content.

Firstly, we can see alternate colors for Lucario, Gardvoir, Machamp, and Suicune.

Additionally, a new stage has been unveiled. The screens show an underwater battlefield with Pokèmon such as Lugia swimming around outside of the dome. It has also been reported that Wailord and other monsters can be seen in the water.



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There have been talks of an alternate Pikachu outfit in which he sports blue shorts, but we have yet to see that in action.

What do you think about Pokkèn Tournament's new content? Are you looking forward to playing the Pocket Monster brawler? Let us know in the comments below!

Souce: SmashBoards. Submitted by FGLover90.

New costumes showcased in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round launch trailer; Mila vs. Jacky Bryant, Pai Chan vs. Jann Lee demo fights

Just two more weeks to go before Dead or Alive 5 Last Round (DOA5LR) -- the definitive edition of DOA5 that contains over 400 character costumes right from the beginning -- hits retail stores in North America, Europe, Japan and the rest of the world.

The official Team Ninja Studio YouTube account has been steadily releasing demo fight reels of various characters in the new game, each time brand new outfits created specifically for Last Round so fans get a tease of what's in store for them.

But today they've decided to do something a little different. Today, they've published a three-and-a-half-minute long launch trailer showcasing not one or two of the new costumes and hairstyles exclusive to DOA5 Last Round, but a truckload of them covering (but not exactly covering up) all of the characters in the game.

Apart from the DOA5LR launch trailer, the Team Ninja studio has also recently uploaded two demo fight reels: Mila vs. Jacky Bryant and Pai Chan vs. Jann Lee.

Veteran Guilty Gear players teach you Sin and Zato in these detailed character overviews, Bananaken takes on Spooky and Marlinpie in a FT5 set

These are just the first in a whole playlist worth of character tutorials by notable players from the Guilty Gear community.

These videos run a little over 20 minutes as Zidane and Biscuits walk you through Sin Kiske and Zato/Eddie.

They go over each characters' normals and specials and discuss which are practical, which are great and which are just plain bad. The very nature of these tutorials puts them on an elevated level of helpful as they are paced appropriately to allow information to sink into newcomers' heads.

Once you're done with that, check out a first to five set as Bananaken takes on Spooky and BT|Marlinpie so you can see his Zato in the heat of an actual match.

Hit the jump to learn some Sin Kiske and Zato!

'Dead or Alive is now a total mess. It's disgusting.' says original series creator Tomonobu Itagaki in extensive interview from Orochinagi

Tomonobu Itagaki is known for many things. To some, he's known as the creator of Ninja Gaiden and Dead or Alive, and as the man who helmed Team Ninja until he left the company in 2008. To some, he's known as that guy who hates Tekken.

Whichever way you slice it, Itagaki is both a visionary and controversial figure, and don't think the 'controversial' aspect has changed since he left Team Ninja and started up Valhalla Games.

In a recent interview with Itagaki conducted by Emperor Cow over at Orochinagi, Itagaki had some choice words to say about the direction his former baby, Dead or Alive, has taken. Below, you'll find a quick snippet to get you started.

Everybody is a little perverted; even I’m a little perverted. But, it was for that very reason I created DOAX [Dead or Alive Xtreme]; in order to target the people who wanted something a little bit more casual and sexy but at the same time keeping that tone separate from the 'fighting game' that is DOA. DOA is now a total mess.

Hit the jump to hear more about what Tomonobu Itagaki had to say about the franchise's current state.

Suicune battles Machamp, Gardevoir powers up, and more: Pokkèn Tournament looks gorgeous in these new screenshots

A fresh batch of Pokkèn Tournament screens has hit the internet today, and I must say, this game looks gorgeous.

Here you will find a number of shots showing the newly announced fighters -- Suicune, Pikachu, and Gardevoir -- in action, along with a bit of Machamp thrown into the mix.

Hit the images below to get started, and be sure to check out the rest after the jump.


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Dead or Alive 5 Last Round release date delayed on Steam

Those who are anxiously awaiting the release of the next installment in the DoA series may not be too pleased with this news. Though the game is set to become available on Xbox 360/Xbox One, PlayStation 3/PS4, and PC on February 17th of this year, it was revealed today that the Steam release date has been pushed back.

A message on the official Dead or Alive 5 Last Round Steam page states that the update is being delayed until March 30th in order to provide players with the best experience possible. To make up for the wait, however, the Halloween 2013 costume set (containing 28 alternate outfits) will be given, free of charge, to those who purchase the game on Steam.

If you're looking to pick up Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, pre-ordering before March 30th may be the way to go as you'll receive a nice 10% discount over on Steam. And with a free set of 28 costumes, how could anyone go wrong?

Source: Steam. Submitted by Shinkuu_Kikoken.

Before Killer Instinct, Double Helix was working on... a DC Comics fighting game?

Back in 2010, screenshots for a DC Universe title hit the internet, showing off some of the game's environments. With no actual footage of this mysterious project anywhere to be found, folks were left wondering what the gameplay could be like. Unbeknownst to us, this title was actually being developed by Double Helix -- the crew behind the resurrection of the Killer Instinct franchise -- but was canceled long ago.

PtoPOnline recently unearthed actual footage of the game in which Batman and Superman duke it out on a 3D plane. According to the YouTube channel that uploaded the video, the game also went by the name of Green Lantern: A Justice League Game and was being developed for the Xbox 360.

Although talks of a new Killer Instinct can be traced back to as early as 2010, we didn't see real progress on that front until September of 2012 when Microsoft applied for the franchise's trademark renewal. Which means development of this title more than likely began before anything tangible was created for Killer Instinct.

It really makes me wonder what would have happened if this DC Comics fighter never got scrapped. Would we still have a new Killer Instinct? And would Injustice: Gods Among Us have ended up the same as it did? The world may never know.

Check out the footage of Double Helix's canceled project below.

Pokken Tournament: all match-ups between Pikachu, Gardevoir, Lucario & Machamp covered in casual tourney matches from the Famitsu stream

During the Famitsu Pokken Tournament live stream earlier this week, Bandai Namco Games's Harada and the Famitsu show's hosts and guests played not one, not two, but a total of eight matches on the location build of the game.

Between those eight matches, they've pretty much covered every single match-up possible between the four playable characters announced so far: Lucario, Machamp, Gardevoir and Pikachu.

When we first ran our story on all of the new information on Pokken Tournament (details on controls and gameplay here), only two of those fights had been uploaded to YouTube -- and so that was all of the footage we could include in the story.

But now that some time has passed from the live stream, nearly the entire broadcast has been archived on YouTube.

You can find the entire broadcast archive below, along with time codes to get to the specific matches you'd like to see.

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.


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