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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.

'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.

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