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Dead or Alive 5 Plus screen shots show 1st person mode, new costumes

Hitting U.S. shelves on March 19, 2013, Dead or Alive 5 Plus for the PlayStation Vita will offer a first person fighting mode, which Tecmo Koei showed off for the first time in a new set of screen shots. There will also be some costumes, which are currently only announced for the Japanese collector's edition, but will more than likely be available for gamers every where at some point.

The Japanese collector's edition will also come with a beginner's guide to gravure as well as a code that will allow you to download something described as an extreme gravure movie. Hit the jump to see the full details.

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Mike Watson: Virtua Fighter 5's lack of support should be an example of how a game dies in the community

Mike Watson: Virtua Fighter 5's lack of support should be an example of how a game dies in the community A few weeeks ago Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown was officially dropped from the lineup of Wednesday Night Fights due it's lack of support from the community.

Mike Watson, the manager at Super Arcade in Walnut, California made giant post on Twitter where he goes into his feelings on games being dropped from the WNF and TRB lineups. He talks how the game started growing popularity, how strong supporters like La Akira tried everything in his power to bring new competition to the game, how a game technically "dies" in our community and more.

My thoughts on games being dropped from WNF and TRB lineups : first i would like to say i have no favoritism towards which games i will support and which game i try to keep alive at our weekly tourneys. i will always support any game that has players who show love and support towards their community and put for an effort to keeping it competitive and prosperous. with this said it saddens me to see Virtual Fighter being dropped from WNF as of now due to a lack of support.

One of the strongest supporters of this game "laakira" tried everything in his power aside from driving a bus to come pick up people at their house and bring them to our arcade. mind you laakira lived about 90 mins from the arcade, has a full time job, and isnt your typical teanage kid anymore. he offered a $50 bonus coined "rising star" to the top placing new player out of his pocket to attract a fresh player to the scene and even put a $10 bounty to anyone he could beat him 1 game in the tourney. this basically means he was forced to win the tourney to break even on his investment of money, not including time, gas, food expenses while attending this event weekly. this type of dedication led to about 25-30 people entering VF5 for the first couple weeks it was introduced to the WNF roster. then as any other game it eventually lost some steam and the numbers hit a solid 16, then dwindled to 8 and sadly down to 3 or 4 for the last couple weeks.

Grand final matches from NEC 13 for Dead or Alive 5, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Soul Calibur 5 and Mortal Kombat

Team Spooky has been uploading matches from the Northeast Championship 13 stream over the past few days. He's finished the Dead or Alive 5, Soul Calibur 5, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and Mortal Kombat 9 matches, so below will be the grand finals set for each of those games.

If you want to see more matches from the even make sure you head over to Spooky's YouTube channel.

Dead or Alive 5 Christmas costume pack 2 available on Xbox Live Marketplace and PlayStation Network.

Tecmo has released images of their second Santa DLC pack over on their Facebook page.

These are now available on both Xbox Live Marketplace and the PlayStation Network.

Nice Girls 2 - 240 MS or $3 PSN (Kokoro, Helena, Sarah)
Naughty Girls 2 - 240 MS or $3 PSN (Mila, Lisa, Pai)
Lil' Santas 2 - 240 MS or $3 PSN (Zack, Eliot, Brad, Gen-Fu, Rig, Bass)
12 Costume Bundle - 640 MS or $8 PSN

After the jump you can also check out a another in-game preview of these costumes by BloodBurger.

Cuddle with your favorite Dead or Alive 5 character with these body pillow covers

Hobby Stock an online Japanese retailer revealed some new Dead or Alive 5 merchandise today in the form of DoA5 body pillow covers. These feature five females from the cast, set for a release in January of 2013 and will run you $120 USD.

Below are images of all five characters Ayane, Kasumi, Leifang, Kokoro and Hitomi in both alterations of the pillow case.

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Via Examiner.

Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R update for PSN and XBLA coming next Spring, Justice and Kliff playable in online mode

Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R update for PSN and XBLA coming next Spring, Justice and Kliff playable in online mode Arc System Works announced that we will be seeing a patch for Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus on Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network. The update will change the current version of the game into Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R and will be hitting consoles sometime next Spring.

GGXXAC+R is the rebalanced iteration of the 2D fighter and is currently available in arcades. The update will allow players to switch between both versions in the settings menu and will also add Kliff and Justice as playable characters in +R's online mode.

The Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R patch will also come equipped with new achievements / trophies, a new logo and a separate leaderboard for +R specifically. Not only that, Arc System Works will be improving the online experience by speeding up the ranked battle matchmaking, tweaking latency for specific areas and giving players the option of choosing between the player 1 and player 2 sides for online matches.

The current version of Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus is available on Xbox Live Arcade and Playstation Network and we can expect to see the update that changes the game to +R sometime in the Spring of 2013.

Via Siliconera. Tips by XxTigerheartxX, MajorPug and Nyoro.

Dead or Alive 5 Tutorial Series Volume 1: The Basics by Emperor_Cow featuring Kayane

Emperor_Cow and his passion for creating useful content for fighting game players has been well documented. This time, he has begun work on a master tutorial series for Dead or Alive 5. The basics is the first volume and it is shown below.

Kayane has stepped in to do voicework for this video. The tutorial also moves along at a brisk pace so it's possible to learn the game very quickly. After the jump is the master video used for navigating all the tutorials once they are uploaded. After that video is a trailer which shows what you can expect from the rest of the series.

Let's go Taffy! - Excellent Clayfighter 63 1/3 parry exhibition features Evo moment #37 reenactment

One of the more obscure fighting games we've seen in the history of the genre is Clayfighter 63 1/3. Many players skip over this title due to its appearance but this wacky fighter features some rather intricate game mechanics such as supers, insane combos and even parrying, much like Street Fighter 3 Third Strike.

Wingedyoshi created an exhibition a while back that shows off a ton of great parries with various characters on the roster. Towards the end of the video we get to see an awesomely hilarious reenactment of the classic Evo moment # 37 between MCZ|Daigo and EG|Justin Wong.

Who knew Bonker had parries like that...

Tip by R.

Capcom hopes Street Fighter X Mega Man scratches a certain type of itch for Mega Man fans, Chun-Li was most difficult to design

Capcom hopes Street Fighter X Mega Man scratches a certain type of itch for Mega Man fans, Chun-Li was most difficult to design Kotaku had the chance to ask a few questions about the recently announced fan-made crossover title Street Fighter X Mega Man to both Capcom's Christian Svensson and the game's creator, Seo Zong Hui. Svensson gives a bit of information on the release of SFxMM and the potential future of the Mega Man franchise while Hui speaks on how he got started with the game and details the design process a bit.

Check out a few bits from Kotaku's article below.

Is this game something that you expect to satisfy fan craving for new Mega Man games?

As a Mega Man fan, I'd hope that it's something that scratches one type of itch. A new game, with new mechanics, bosses and weapons is a great thing. Free is even better. That said, it is not meant to be the cure for all that ails Mega Man fans. For that to happen, I know we need something more.

What if it doesn't whet fans' appetite? What are Capcom's plans for a standalone Mega Man game?

Alas, on that front, I'll need to keep you in suspense. We're still having many conversations about the future of the franchise and I hope to have more news to share at some point during the 25th Anniversary celebrations in 2013.

After the jump you can check out a bit about the design process of Street Fighter X Mega Man from creator Seo Zong Hui.

Love of Florida 2012 charity live stream

Love of Florida 2012 charity live stream Geoff the Hero is holding a live charity tournament in Tallahassee, Florida today that is aimed at raising funds for Child's Play. The games and schedule are listed below, and are split into officially hosted tournaments and tournaments hosted by third parties.

Players in attendance include CEO's Jebailey, EMP|Nuckledu, CJTruth and the rest of the Florida crew. There will be a raffle for players at the venue and for the viewers of the stream to win prizes. The tournament is collecting donations during the time the stream is online.

Hit the jump to see the stream. The scheduling has been said to be very strict, so it's likely the tournament will be run on time.

Official Tournaments
12:00 PM - Guilty Gear
1:00 PM - Persona 4: Arena
2:00 PM - Tekken Tag Tournament 2
3:00 PM - King of Fighters XIII
3:00 PM - Super Turbo
4:00 PM - SSFIV Arcade Edition 2012
6:00 PM - Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
9:00 PM - Streamed Money Matches/Rivalries
11:00 PM - Mystery Tournament

Non-official Tournaments
11:00 AM - Skullgirls
12:00 PM - Dead Or Alive 5
4:00 PM - Street Fighter x Tekken
10:00 PM - Playstation All-Stars

Dead or Alive 5 Plus - Hits PS Vita in North America on March 19, 2013

The newly launched website for Dead or Alive 5 Plus on the PS Vita, reveals it's North American release date of March 19, 2013.

DoA5+ will feature some of the common controls for fighting games on handhelds that will let you trigger moves with it's simple taps, swipes, and pinches on your opponent.

Dead or Alive 5 Plus will have a 1st person view mode along with an expanded frame data option, Tecmo Koei recently stated in a press release. See below for a rundown of notable details about the upcoming PlayStation Vita version.

• DoA5+ will have touch screen controls, taking advantage of the PlayStation Vita's front and rear screens so users can tap, swipe and pinch to trigger a variety of moves.

• Playing vertically in first person mode will utilize the Vita's motion sensor and offer a full-screen view of the opponent.

• The frame data option will have an advanced mode, which has as much as twice the information displayed in the previous version.

• The game is expected to be out on March 20, 2013 in Japan, but a release date for other locations hasn't been revealed yet.

Via Joystiq. Sent in by skyrimer.

Smash Bros. creator says fans need to wait awhile longer on the new game, will be worth it

Smash Bros. creator says fans need to wait awhile longer on the new game, will be worth it Things are going to be very quiet in regards to the new Smash Bros. game being developed for the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U, as according to series creator Masahiro Sakurai, fans are going to have to wait awhile longer for updates as he's hardly ever posting to Twitter, and he feels it's best if he could be forgotten by the gaming public for a bit so he can put his efforts into the game itself.

He wrote in his Famitsu column via Polygon and VG247:

"To put it succinctly, I'll need to have you guys wait a while longer. I hardly ever write anything on Twitter any longer, and that's because I think right now is the time to stop tweeting and start putting in a real effort here. If I could put it a really harsh way, I think it'd be better if I could be forgotten by gamers for a while."

"Instead of talking about what Smash Bros. will be like, I'm just going to say 'I'm making you wait for it!' and keep going along. I want to put my all into a full-on launch that really makes that wait worth it."

The new Smash Bros. title was announced at E3 2012, and there's been very little information put out there about the title since, besides a few random factoids and that Namco Bandai would have some involvement.

Unfortunately, it looks like this trend is going to continue for a good while.

The History Of Fighting Games pt. 4 - Pit Fighter from BloodBurger

BloodBurger returns with the latest episode of his History of Fighting Games series. This installment covers the history behind Pit Fighter, a 2D fighter that allows the player to move into the foreground and background, much like classic beat 'em up games.

Pit Fighter was the first fighting game to use live actors as their in-game character models and went on to influence games such as the Mortal Kombat series.

Dead or Alive 5 Christmas costume pack available on Xbox Live Marketplace, coming to Playstation Network on December 18

Tecmo-Koei has released their latest Dead or Alive 5 costume pack which contains Christmas costumes for some of the characters on the roster. Starting today, you can pick these up on the Xbox Live Marketplace but Playstation Network users will have to wait until December 18.

Below you can check out multiple images showing off some of these yuletide outfits and after the jump, BloodBurger has provided a video preview and pricing information.

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Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012 free for Playstation Plus users tomorrow, Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale Vita $20 on Amazon

Beginning tomorrow, December 11, Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition v2012 will be available free to all Playstation Plus subscribers. If you haven't picked this game up yet and are on Playstation Plus, be sure to download it as a new copy of Arcade Edition will run you about $40.

Additionally, Playstation All-Stars Battle Royale on PS Vita can currently be purchased for 50% off at Normally retailing at $39.99 USD, you can snatch it up for just $19.99 USD. The Vita version comes free with a new copy of PSABR on Playstation 3, but to those who are looking to check this game out and don't own a console can now get it at a discounted price.

Tips by Shinkuu Kikoken and jtir123.

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