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8-bit roundup: Poison's USF4 theme would fit perfectly in a Mega Man game; Dee Jay, T. Hawk, Cammy, and Fei Long stages hit you right in the nostalgia

Earlier today, 8-bit theme extraordinaire Mr. BulbaMike uploaded a brand new song conversion that features Poison's Ultra Street Fighter 4 track.

After hearing this new composition, (and having personally beaten Mega Man 1 - 6), I can say that this particular track sounds like it would fit right in as one of the robot villain stage themes.

Additionally, we have added in some of Mike's past works that include 8-bit renditions of the stage themes for T. Hawk, Cammy, Fei Long, and Dee Jay. Not only will these songs take you right back to playing Super Street Fighter 2: The New Challengers on your Super Nintendo, but the style of these tracks really add a retro feel to them.

As an added cherry on top, you will also find an 8-bit version of Decapre's Ultra Street Fighter 4 theme. Check them all out below, and feel free to let us know which you enjoyed most.

Chun-Li's stockings, Ken's surname, rock operas and Mikhail Gorbachev - All this and more in this 10 Kick-Ass Facts About Street Fighter video

There are a lot of interesting factoids about Street Fighter, and chances are you've heard quite a few of these before. But do you know about all of them? I, personally, certainly wasn't aware about the existence of a Street Fighter Rock Opera, but now I know better.

Courtesy of Alltime10s, we have a video for you all today which showcases, in its own words, 10 kick-ass facts about Street Fighter. Think you know them all already? Continue below to find out.

'Mortal Kombat vs. Street Fighter is a possibility, but not a probability', Ed Boon on crossover potential and new finishing moves in Mortal Kombat X

Mortal Kombat director Ed Boon was present at GamesCom this year, and while at the event, he talked not only about his own desire to make a Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat crossover, but also one of the Mortal Kombat series trademark finishing moves, besides Fatalities, returning in the new installment, Mortal Kombat X.

Throughout the years, Mortal Kombat has had all manners of bizarre finishing moves, even though the Fatality is the most well-known one. At times, moves called Brutality, Animality, Babality and Friendship, among others, have existed within the series. Boon stated that one of these old classics will be returning in the new installment - but couldn't unveil which. Below, you'll find a snippet of what Boon had to say.

Ed Boon: For those who are familiar with the Mortal Kombat, we’ve first had the Fatality and we added a Babality. We had the Friendship moves, Brutality moves and all of these crazy things over the years... We are going to be reinstating an ‘Ality’ from a previous game into Mortal Kombat X. And I can’t wait to be able to talk about it but at the moment I can’t.

Hit the jump to hear what Boon had to say about the dream crossover between his own franchise and Capcom's fighting game juggernaut.

Turtle Guile gets his own game in 'Takareet Fighter II' smartphone app; Hadouken ramen-serving game to come soon

In Japan, there is a fairly popular short animation series entitled "Eagle Talon" that is loosely based on Capcom's Street Fighter series.

In Eagle Talon, the protagonists are a team of evil villains -- who just happen to sport character motifs similar to the world warriors in Street Fighter II -- plotting to take over the world. Their arch-rival in the series is a superhero named Deluxe Fighter, who's said to be a "narcissistic and largely incapable bully".

Although the anime series's characters share a couple of similarities with those in Street Fighter II, ultimately they are original creations, which means that unlike in the situation with High School Girl, Eagle Talon creator Ryo Ono did not have to seek Capcom's permission for anything.

But Capcom is nevertheless aware of Ryo Ono's work. In fact, today a "Takareet Fighter II: Turtle Guile" smartphone game app was released that sees the characters from both Eagle Talon and Street Fighter II cross-over into the same universe.

Check out the images for the game below, along with a video demonstration of the app done by the legendary Takahashi Meijin.


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General news roundup: Persona 4 Arena Ultimax release date, Capcom XBL sale, Under Night In-Birth, Tekken, Arcana Hearts 3

It's been a while since we've done one of these news roundup posts. About time, huh?

In an effort to bring you the latest news on fighting games whose names do not start with "Street" and end with "Fighter Four", we've decided to finally do another general news roundup after such a long time.

Games covered in today's roundup news bulletin: Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late, Arcana Heart 3 Max Love, Tekken Revolution, and even some Capcom fighters.

Street Fighter 2: Ryu vs. Sagat human beatboxing performed live on talent show, impresses stage audience and judges

Some of you may remember Marcelo Carvalho from this story we posted last year, about how the very talented human beatboxer was able to replicate all of the sound effects in a single match of Street Fighter 2 using only his voice -- and perhaps some clever audio and video editing.

In that video, a certain level of video editing was required simply to piece the entire scene together, sound effects, an acoustic rendition of Guile's Theme from Street Fighter 2, video insets and all. It may even look a little like Marcelo was cheating.

But in reality, the talented beatboxer needed no such editing skills to replicate the SF2 sound effects. And he proved just that by performing the entire beatboxing act live on a talent show, which you can see below.

Nemo to face Filipino Champ in high-stakes UMvC3 exhibition at West Coast Warzone 4, event added as Capcom Pro Tour ranking event

West Coast Warzone returns with its fourth installment in the tournament series and with it will come some very nice surprises for the fighting game community.

First of all, BE|Nemo, one of Japan's best Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 players, has been invited to compete at this year's West Coast Warzone. He has already accepted the invitation, and is set to go head-to-head with one of the US' best, Filipino Champ, in a high-stakes UMvC3 exhibition match.

The all-star bout will take place on finals day of the tournament (Sunday), and although the monetary details could not be shared at this time, this match-up may rival the classic MvC2 money match between GoldenBoyNeo and BT|Clockw0rk.

Street Fighter underwear, wallets, tablet cases, stationery and more - Capcom merchandising gone wild in Japan

Here's a funny story: a while ago, shortly after the official e-Capcom online shopping site had set up a physical storefront in a shopping mall in Tokyo's Odaiba district, I made a pilgrimage to it fully expecting to score some awesome Street Fighter swag.

Except, I didn't find anything worth buying. The place was called the e-Capcom store, but the selection of Street Fighter goods was almost non-existent. A couple of Street Fighter II T-shirts, and that was about it, as opposed to the shelves upon shelves of Monster Hunter, Resident Evil, Ace Attorney, Sengoku Basara and Mega Man-themed merchandise.

Yes, even Mega Man had a bigger presence at the e-Capcom store than Street Fighter did. It was the same elsewhere in Japan; Street Fighter merch was incredibly hard to find.

Fast-forward to today. With Ultra Street Fighter 4 finally about to be released on consoles in Japan, Capcom is pulling out all the stops to capitalize on the brand's recognition.

Take a look at some of the SF swag that's been hitting stores in Japan.

Nuki was disgusted by 15-year-old Daigo's lame Guile in SF2 at first: New manga series depicts The Beast's teenage years, appearances by Xian, Tokido

When Nuki first met MCZ|Daigo, the latter had been a new kid on the block in the arcade that Nuki frequented.

The year was 1996. Although both Nuki and Daigo were both 15 at the time, Nuki had already been a familiar face in his local arcade scene. He was known not only for his amazing ability to rack up humongous win streaks, but also for being a nice guy in general.

Despite his friendly disposition, however, when Nuki first saw Daigo in the arcades, he didn't even bother walking up to talk to him. He was too disgusted by the lame way that Daigo had been playing Guile in SF2 to want to, the first chapter of "Umehara Fighting Gamers", a new manga series based on The Beast's teenage years, reveals.

Although it's entirely in Japanese, you can read Umehara Fighting Gamers for free in a "Shuukan Georgia" smartphone app that's available on the iTunes and Google Play app stores.

The first two chapters, which came out today, not only features Daigo and Nuki in their teenage years; MCZ|Tokido and RZR|Xian also made cameo appearances in a brief introduction of the FGC to readers.

Check out their mugs in the images below, as well as a concise summary of what the first two chapters covered after the jump.



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Happy birthday to the Street Fighter poster child: Ryu turns 50 today

We have had a number of readers write in to inform us that today is a very special day in the Street Fighter universe.

The wandering warrior and Street Fighter poster child, Ryu, celebrates his 50th birthday today. Now I know that many of your are thinking, "but DreamKing, Street Fighter has only been around since 1987!"

Although you are correct in stating that fact, Ryu's bio from the Super Nintendo port of Street Fighter 2 indicates that he was actually born on July 21, 1964.


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Fun fact: T. Hawk also celebrates his birthday today.

Via Polygon. Submitted by GothLawyer, zUkUu, Mastr3, and a few anonymous readers.

Relive the hype, the salt, and the tears: EVO 2014 grand finals sets for all games now available

IGN has uploaded each and every one of the grand finals sets from EVO 2014.

Included in our story are the final bouts for Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma, and Killer Instinct. IGN has the remainder of the grand finals sets over on their site, including side tournaments, so be sure to check them out.

In case you happened to miss them, you can find the EVO 2014 results and battle logs here on EventHubs.

Relive the hype, the salt, and the tears from this year's EVO!

Gritty short film 'Matador' explores Vega's backstory - live action segment about Street Fighter's Spanish ninja

Chubby Boy Films, the group who did the awesome Balrog: Behind the Glory short film a few years back, put together another project which debuted at this year's EVO.

It's a gritty drama focusing on Street Fighter's sociopathic Spanish ninja, Vega.

Titled 'Matador', it follows Claw's traumatic upbringing and the pivotal sequence of events that made him into the assassin he is today.

Honda wins over Zangief, Chun-Li, M. Bison, Ryu and Ken - Honda Fit car commercial parodies Street Fighter 2's Bonus Stage

If you consider yourself a fan of Street Fighter, then you're probably familiar with Street Fighter 2's bonus stage, where your chosen character is tasked with completely thrashing a brand new car as "a test of strength".

Whatever car that's supposed to be, it must be a pretty crappy vehicle for the world warriors to be okay with completely wrecking it.

if it were a beaut -- like, say, a 2015 Honda Fit -- then the world warriors couldn't possibly bear to tear it apart. Or at least, that appears to be the message these two Honda Fit X Street Fighter commercials that we've embedded below are driving at.

Just plain weird: Capcom developed Street Fighter 'whack-a-mole' game emulated in MAME

All sorts of interesting things have been created by Capcom through the years based on the Street Fighter franchise, but one that may not have caught your attention was SF: Ken Sei Mogura.

Basically, it's Whack-a-mole Street Fighter, where you knock Bison in the head(s) instead of a mole, while your fighter hits the on-screen opponent using Street Fighter 2's engine.

Just to prove this thing actually existed, you can find two videos below. One shows the emulated port of the game running in MAME, and the other is the real life version, complete with a guy whacking away at M. Bison's heads trying to beat Chun-Li.

What if Street Fighter 2 had an open-world element? Saturday Night Live Korea skit explores 'GTA Street Fighter' idea

When Street Fighter 2, the game most commonly credited for bringing about a fighting game boom, was released back in the early 1990s, open-world games had not yet been in vogue. Heck, the genre might not have even been invented yet.

But what if open-world games came along at an earlier time in history, and had become popular by around the time Street Fighter 2 was released?

And what if, to better capture the minds of gamers in that what-if scenario, the developers implemented an open-world element to Street Fighter 2?

The crew has put together a hilarious skit that explores exactly that.

Although this skit originally aired on a much older episode of the show, thanks to the power of the Internet, YouTube user Bumdidlyumptious2 has brought us this curious oddity from the South Korean show, complete with English subtitles.


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