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General news roundup: Skullgirls' Fukua now available, King of Fighters 13 100% combos, 14 fancy Pandora combos in SFxT and more

Quite a bit of news/tech has been sent to us this past week, so instead of posting a bunch of rapid fire stories, we thought we'd round it all up in one spot for everyone to check out. This week's general roundup features Skullgirls Encore, Street Fighter X Tekken, King of Fighters 13, Injustice: Gods Among Us, and Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate.

First up, Skullgirls Encore added some new content via an automatic update. Players on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC now have full, playable access to Fukua, the Filia clone that was originally intended to merely be an April Fool's joke.

Fukua's story mode has been added, along with two new stages: The Glass Canopy and Nightmare Crest. Several bug fixes and balance changes have also been implemented.

Editor's note: Fukua can be found by moving the cursor to the right of Big Band on the character select screen. Her portrait will not be visible until you hover over her.

Hit the jump for more fighting game news/tech.

General news roundup: Skullgirls Encore free for PS Plus members in May, Injustice Joker guide, KoF13 Kyo combos, discounted games, and more

Today we have a giant news roundup for you to check out that is packed with combo videos, game deals, tutorials, and more.

First up, the official PlayStation blog has revealed that Skullgirls Encore will be featured as a free title for PlayStation Plus members, beginning next month. Those who hold the monthly subscription will gain access to the game, free of charge, which normally retails for $14.99 USD.

Encore includes an enormous amount of game/character tweaks, two new DLC fighters: Squigly and Big Band, new stages, colors, and more.

Additionally, numerous titles are now on sale for up to 50% off due to PlayStation's Golden Week sale launching today. Among the different games, everyone can purchase Soul Calibur 5 for only $9.99 USD (normally $19.99). If you're a PlayStation Plus member, however, you'll get an additional 25% off, meaning you can snag SC5 for only $5.

Hit the jump for more news.

Skullgirls Encore, Squigly, and Big Band now available on Xbox 360

Skullgirls fans who play primarily on Xbox, rejoice. It seems that Lab Zero and Microsoft have now officially released Skullgirls Encore, the update that adds a slew of game changes, on Xbox 360 in North America. Encore is free to anyone who already owns the original Skullgirls download, and for new buyers, the game will run you $14.99 USD.

Not only can 360 users download the update, but both DLC characters, Squigly and Big Band, are also live. You can download both fighters, free of charge, for the first 3 months of their release.

You'll have to download the compatibility update, (or re-download it), before you can begin playing Encore. The update comes in at a file size of 823MB, while the DLC characters are a little over 100KB each.

Some have reported that last week's title update may have to be deleted before downloading the new content, so if you're experiencing any trouble, be sure to zap that file.

Source: The official Skullgirls Facebook page. Tips sent in by Taizuku and Oroku_Saki.

Skullgirls Encore's Big Band available today on PlayStation 3 and Steam, free for a limited time

Skullgirls Encore is receiving its second DLC character today. Big Band, the giant, instrument wielding warrior, can now be downloaded on Steam, and will hit PlayStation 3 later today.

This new fighter will be available as a free download for a limited time, so be sure to act now. Some additional content new to Skullgirls Encore will also become available today, including a brand new stage, character tutorials, and story mode.

Content prices will increases once the promo period concludes.

You can check out the Skullgirls Encore Big Band announcement trailer after the jump.

It's the year of the clone characters: Skullgirls Encore introduces Fukua, the fully-playable Filia clone

Lab Zero truly does believe in taking an April Fool's joke to the extreme. This year, they have unveiled a "brand new" fighter to the Skullgirls Encore universe: a Filia clone named Fukua.

The trailer released for this new fighter may look eerily familiar, (if you tuned into Final Round 17 last month), and shows off what she is capable of. Although this character has been revealed in jest, the beauty of it all is, she is actually fully playable on PC.

Fukua may reuse some of the animations that Filia has, however, she does have some unique moves and color palettes. Below are some screenshots to get you started.


Click images for larger versions

Hit the jump to view her trailer and move list.

SoCal Regionals 2014 results, stream archive ft. Infiltration, Justin Wong, Gamerbee, ChrisG, Wao, Michael-tan, PR Balrog & more

Story updated with final results: We've updated this story with final results from SCR 2014, including battle logs and other notes, plus stream archives. Hit the jump to view them.

SoCal Regionals 2014 is kicking off today, and will be running from February 28 - March 2 in Irvine, California. This event is going to be huge with 20 tournament games, and a slew of amazing players in attendance.

Players expected to compete include Infiltration, EG|Justin Wong, AVM|Gamerbee, NYChrisG, EG|PR Balrog, Filipino Champ, FNEX|K-Brad, Wao, YBK|Michael-tan, CCG|Chi-Rithy, EG|fLoE, Knives, CTRL|RayRay, MMG|ApologyMan, BT|Angelic, EMP|NuckleDu, EG|Ricky Ortiz, Snake Eyez, NGL|Chris, iPeru, NGL|Marq Teddy, FRQ|Filipin0man, Damdai, and many others.

Additionally, SCR will be holding an Ultra Street Fighter 4 location test that is open to attendees. A special exhibition is also taking place this weekend, featuring Infiltration, EG|Justin Wong, EG|PR Balrog, AVM|Gamerbee, Chris King, Snake Eyez, Wao, and YBK|Michael-tan.

Hit the jump to check out the results, battle logs, event schedule and more.

Registration numbers by game for the SoCal Regionals 2014, SSF4 AE v2012 leads pack

Registration for the SoCal Regionals 2014 tournament has closed, and the signup numbers for all 20 games are in.

900 competitors will be participating in one of the top FGC majors of 2014 this weekend, but if you're curious how the game-by-game breakdown goes, we have those details.

Also, if you'd like to signup on site, emergency registration will be available. You can find a complete rundown of all of this information, plus overall event info, after the jump.

Ram horns, Easter Island heads and more: Clips show Skullgirls' references to Battletoads, Gradius, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and numerous other titles

If you've played Skullgirls, you've probably noticed a number of references to video games of the past, like Battletoads, Gradius, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Guilty Gear and more, but unless you're a hardcore fan, there's probably a few homages you missed.

Attempting to highlight a good portion of these, SoulInkyuubator put together a couple of videos showcasing the references he was able to track down, although there's quite a few more out there in the wild, though.

Some of these might be a bit of a stretch, but if you enjoy seeing allusions to other games, you'll like this. Hit the jump to see both videos.

Skullgirls Encore now available on PSN in North America; Squigly and DLC colors free for a limited time

Skullgirls Encore, Lab Zero Games' SG update, is now available for purchase on the PlayStation Network in North America. Encore adds a slew of game changes, along with the first DLC character, Squigly. For a limited time, both the character color bundle and Squigly are available to download for free.

If this is the first time you're purchasing a Skullgirls title, Encore will run you $14.99 USD. However, those who purchased the original title will receive the update free of charge. The official Skullgirls Twitter mentioned that players can expect their Encore download voucher to arrive between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. PST tonight, via an XBM message.

You can find a large list of the changes made in Skullgirls Encore here. Skullheart user Jason Slade has also put together a quick video that goes over many of the more important changes.

Hit the jump to view the video.

Early entrance numbers for SoCal Regionals 2014 by game - SSF4 AE v2012, UMvC3, Smash, BlazBlue and more

We checked with Level|Up to find out what the early registration numbers are for the SoCal Regionals 2014, by game. With 20 titles in the lineup, we thought it'd be interesting to see which games have attracted the most players so far.

Also, an influx of users is expected to flood in a week before registration ends, on February 23, so it's highly advised that you sign up now, or risk not being able to compete in the games you wish to play — as registration is capped.

The caps for SSF4 AE v2012, UMvC3 and SSBM are 256 players. KoF13, BBCP and soon Injustice will be capped at 128, so if you're interested in signing up for any of these games, you should hit the SoCal Regionals website before the brackets fill up.

Hit the jump to see the breakdown.

An absolute ton of Skullgirls Encore patch notes

Skullgirls Encore will be released on February 11, 2014 on the PlayStation Network in the United States.

The team recently explained how things would go down that day.

• At the time of release, you should receive an XMB message from “Skullgirls” on your PS3.

• Clicking the voucher link in that e-mail will redeem the voucher, and take you to the PSN page for Skullgirls Encore.

• Download the game.

After the jump you'll find a crazy amount of changes they've compiled for the updated game.

Skullgirls Encore set to hit US PlayStation Network on February 11; Xbox 360 version delayed

The Skullgirls series is making a return to consoles next week with the release of Skullgirls Encore, an updated version of the game that will add numerous changes, along with the first DLC character, Squigly.

PlayStation 3 users will be able to download the game next Tuesday, and the game will be free to those who purchased the previous title. Skullgirls Encore will only be available in the US next week, however, Peter Bartholow of Lab Zero Games mentioned on NeoGAF that the team is shooting for a European release the following week, although there are currently no guarantees.

Bartholow also stated that Xbox 360 owners will have to wait a bit for Encore, as the transition is taking longer due to more companies being involved with the project. Lab Zero plans to submit the update to Microsoft some time next week.

Hit the jump to check out a couple of launch trailers featuring the current roster, and Squigly.

Apex 2014 results, battle logs and stream archive featuring Mango, Mew2King, Armada, Dr. PeePee, Hungrybox, Wobbles, Leffen and more

Updated: This story has been updated with final results for all games present at the event.

It's that time of the year again. Apex 2014 is upon us, and being the biggest tournament in the world for all Super Smash Bros. titles, you can count on some heavy Nintendo action this weekend.

In case Super Smash Bros. isn't your cup of tea, there's no need to worry. Besides Super Smash Bros. 64, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Brawl as well as the fan-made Project M, games such as Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition v2012, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, King of Fighters 13, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 and many more are being featured as well.

Practically every Super Smash Bros. player worth of note is attending this event, and being on the East Coast you can count on several heavy hitters outside of Smash showing up for the other games as well. Streaming duties will be handled by Team Spooky, CLASHtournaments, 8WAYRUN and Bifuteki.

Hit the jump to check out the livestreams as well as battle logs and early results, being updated as they happen.

Frosty Faustings VI results and stream archive ft. Perfect Legend, OMG Itz Andre, Danke, NeoKarsh, German Luger and more

Updated with results and a stream archive: This story has been updated with some results and a stream archive from the finals day of Frosty Faustings VI.

Chicago's second biggest tournament of the year, Frosty Faustings VI is taking place today and tomorrow at the Game Pazzo, in Chicago, IL.

Some of the notable players participating include FNATIC|Perfect Legend, TFA|OMG Itz Andre, Denial|Danke, AGT|NeoKarsh, Mean Saltine, Spriggan and TFA|German Luger.

Games being played include SSF4 AE v2012, UMvC3, MK9, KoF13, BBCP, GGXXAC+R, TTT2, P4A and more.

To view the live streams and see a full schedule, hit the jump.

SoCal Regionals 2014 will have 20 games in lineup this year, multiple streams

LU|Alex Valle revealed the lineup for the SoCal Regionals 2014, which is taking place February 28 - March 2, 2014, in Irvine, CA.

The SoCal Regionals has become one of the most premiere tournaments in all of the fighting game community, and this year is shaping up to be another whopper with 20 games in the lineup.

Level|Up will have two streams that they personally host, and there will be separate 3D and anime streams, plus there could potentially be even more live video feeds.

You can view the full lineup after the jump, along with the announcement stream.


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