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'I’m going to make a game so good, it will make the original Street Fighter look like a knockoff!' - Akira Nishitani on creating Street Fighter 2

We have a real treat for you here. Shmuplations has translated a 1991 interview with developer Akira Nishitani about the creation of Street Fighter II.

In it, Nishitani describes the bold, leap-of-faith process that would eventually result in the creation of the foundation of the fighting game genre as we know it.

It's fascinating, having the retrospect that we have now in 2015, to be able to look back at the inception when the concepts that we're so accustomed to were brand new and unexplored.

We can see the humble beginnings of things that have become well-known staples in the genre. For instance, did you know that the Shoryuken uppercut came about as the result of a side effect from the creators tweaking the game settings?

From the earliest successes to major issues and the forward-thinking brilliance that overcame them, this interview documents a process that everyone in the FGC can appreciate.

I’m going to back up for a moment here to talk about the Final Fight development. Final Fight was actually going to be Street Fighter II. I had been diligently working on the design plans for another game, but Capcom told me we needed to make something with less memory (the price of ROM had just gone up, they said), and they ordered me to make a typical belt-scroll fighting game. That was how I got started on Final Fight, and since our Street Fighter game had some name value to it already, I thought I’d use that title.

I wasn’t really too enthusiastic about this project, and so, as you might expect, when we exhibited it at the AM Show it was roundly criticized. That prototype was “Street Fighter 89.” Everyone knows it as Final Fight now, the name we eventually settled on.

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Feel the rhythm! Man plays Super Turbo and drums... at the same time!

This is a fun little video wherein musical YouTuber Todd Bryanton, a.k.a. LilDeuceDeuce, has mapped his Maschine Mikro MK2 to play drum beats AND Super Turbo.

It's a clever idea that provides something of a new way of looking at music and games in an artistic synthesis.

Which stage does he play on? You probably could've guessed... the one with the most famous theme from Super Turbo.

Hit the jump and see if he makes that comeback!

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'Can't beat Daigo Umehara' - ChocoBlanka and 4Gamer's Hameko sing this song about The Beast

It hasn't been that long since we last heard EG|ChocoBlanka's musical talents at play, but already she's back with more.

And this time she's roped in her band Saisoku Fuujinken ("The Fastest Possible Wind Godfist") and even 4Gamer's Hameko (he writes many of the Japanese gaming site's fighting game-related articles) to perform this song about one of the FGC's longstanding legends.

I'm talking, of course, about MCZ|Daigo "The Beast" Umehara.

The song is entitled "Can't Beat Daigo", and although it's a parody of another song called "Can't Beat Airman", nearly all of the lyrics have been replaced here to describe some of MCZ|Daigo's most memorable moments in fighting games history.

Even though the song is entirely in Japanese and there are no subtitles, the music video is worth watching simply for the visual accompaniments alone -- but that's not all. There's also a wicked guitar arrangement of Daigo's Ryu's theme introduced mid-way.

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'Go home and be a piano man! err...woman!' - Player Piano's incredible rendition of Guile's theme and classic NES tunes

Sonya Belousova is an amazing pianist. Earlier this month, her, along with director Tom Grey, uploaded a couple of videos onto their YouTube channel -- appropriately named Player Piano -- that feature truly remarkable renditions of classic video game themes.

First up, we take a look at Player Piano's Street Fighter 2 Guile theme. We've seen a number of musicians take on our beloved Street Fighter themes over the years (many of which have been posted here on the EventHubs front page), and Sonya's version sits among the best of the best.

Although the second video isn't necessarily fighting game related, we thought we'd share it with you as Belousova takes on a number of memorable NES themes after only hearing them for a short period of time. This "on the spot" video is simply amazing, and with tracks like Castelvania's Vampire Killer and the main Mega Man 2 theme, we know many of our readers will enjoy watching it.

To find out more about Player Piano, you can visit their IndieGogo page. If you'd like to contribute to their project -- that which involves them creating more amazing piano videos -- be sure to drop a donation.

Check out both of Player Piano's videos below.

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Ugly sweaters, Blanka socks, coffee mugs, and more: Capcom UK shares their favorite Street Fighter themed Christmas gift ideas

Are you hoping to give your FGC friends and family some great gifts this Christmas, but can't quite figure out what to get them? Well, have no fear; Capcom UK is here to help!

Today, a video rounding up the best Street Fighter themed X-Mas gifts has hit the interwebs, and there are a number of great choices here. You'll find everything from a SF2 coffee mug to a wicked Chun-Li statue, along with links pointing to where you can pick each item up yourself.

Our favorite is this painfully ugly (yet awesome) Street Fighter Christmas sweater. I... must have it...

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Check out the video below, and let us know which gift ideas are your favorite!

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Tired of metal melodies? Check out this brilliant jazz rendition of Ken's Street Fighter 2 theme

If you're not a metal fan, then you've probably been left uninterested by the thousands of electric guitars on YouTube wailing out Ryu or Ken's theme with the distortion cranked up.

Be let down no more. The Consouls have released a jazz quartet cover just as fitting of Ken's American spirit as any rock song. The group is incredibly well coordinated and in sync. Every member, whether it be the pianist, guitarist, bassist, or drummer, all have excellent moments where they shine. You'll find this to go well with your morning coffee or in the drooling hours after over consumption this Thanksgiving.

Watch the video below to enjoy some Street Fighter jazz.

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Moment 37|Reloaded results feat. Daigo, Justin Wong, BAS, Sanford Kelly, Alex Valle, Mike Watson & more

Updated: This story has been updated with final results.

Moment 37|Reloaded is kicking off today from Pomona, California and the over the course of this weekend we can expect some top-quality fighting game action.

This tournament celebrates the 10th anniversary of the legendary EVO moment #37, and the players that took part in that infamous Daigo parry are going to be in attendance to create some new incredible moments.

MCZ|Daigo, EG|Justin Wong, D44|BAS, SteamCo|Sanford Kelly, LU|Alex Valle, Watson, and many others will be competing this weekend in games such as Ultra Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter 3 Third Strike, Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Capcom vs. SNK 2, and Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo. We'll also see an exhibition between the same two players that made EVO moment #37 possible, so you'll definitely want to tune in.

The live stream is underway, so check it out below.

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The most powerful Street Fighter can only be matched by Ingrid from Fighting Evolution - Capcom UK shares top 5 strongest characters in the franchise

The Street Fighter franchise is known for having some truly powerful fighters among its ranks. Characters can shoot plasma from their palms, deliver bone-shattering attacks, soar into the sky with spinning kicks, and much more. It's safe to say that the average human isn't capable of such feats and Street Fighter's world warriors are incredibly strong beings. But which characters are the strongest?

Capcom UK has released a video that lists the top 5 candidates in order of strength, based on their backstories and their attributes.

We all know that Akuma is one of the strongest characters in the franchise, but the other four characters listed here are quite interesting. Capcom Europe's Matt Edwards, the company rep presenting this video, mentions that the only character who may have a chance at challenging the strongest on this list is Ingrid from Capcom Fighting Evolution.

Below you will find out which characters Capcom feels are the absolute most powerful in the franchise. Check out the video list below and let us know what you think in the comments below!

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The best 'Funny & Cool Moments' of 2014 from Persona 4 Arena, Ultra Street Fighter 4, sF2, SF3, KOF, MK and more -- LiangHuBBB's latest

LiangHuBBB's latest Funny & Cool Moments video isn't just full of all the crazy things that make playing fighting games (and watching them) so enjoyable this time.

For this compilation the vid maker has went through all of the series' pasts episodes for 2014 to sieve out the cream of the crop. If you aren't yet a religious fan of LiangHuBBB's, then there's bound to be quite a few spectacles here that will amaze you. And for those of you who've already seen all of his videos, you get to relive all of the best moments one more time, just before the year is done.

The Best of Funny & Cool Moments 2014 (ep. 87) opens with an amazing comeback from Jahn Lee in Dead or Alive 5, and continues with an astounding Persona 4 Arena match where the fight and eventual KO happens off-screen.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Check out the video below.

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VRyu KOs a taunting opponent in 10 seconds, a sea of Hadoukens devour Vega: LiangHuBBB's Comeback Compilation ep. 39

Are you a fan of watching clips where players rise back from the brink of K.O. and score a victory despite all odds? We are too, and thankfully LiangHuBBB returns today with another comeback compilation for us all to enjoy.

In this appropriately named montage, you will find a number of amazing comebacks in games such as Ultra Street Fighter 4, Soul Calibur 5, King of Fighters 13, and more.

Keep your eyes peeled for the footage of VRyu completely destroying his opponent who taunted after bring the Makoto player down to a pixel without being hit. Also, be sure to watch for the Rainbow Edition clip where Ryu locks down Vega with a tidal wave of Hadoukens, leading to Claw's inevitable demise.

You'll find all that and more in LiangHuBBB's latest compilation below.

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'Street Fighter: World Warrior' will feature the entire roster of characters, win signed photos from the SF:AF crew

EventHubs correspondent Jason24cf brings us more of his New York Comic Con coverage today. This time, we get an exclusive interview with the folks behind Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist.

Jason caught up with Joey Ansah, the creator of SF:AF, along with Gaku Space, Akira Koieyama, and Mike Moh -- the actors who played Gouki, Gouken, and Ryu, respectively, in the series. Towards the end of the interview, Ansah stated that their new Street Fighter project, Street Fighter: World Warrior, will not only feature characters from the classic fighting title of the same name, but will actually incorporate the entire roster.

"We're not planning to just do a series focusing just on Guile or Chun-Li; it's going to have the whole roster."

Additionally, Jason managed to score some awesome Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist photos from the event (shown below) that are signed by the guys themselves. We are giving these away to a handful of lucky readers, so if you'd like a chance at winning be sure to follow both Jason24cf and EventHubs on Twitter.

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Below you can check out the full interview.

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Gigacon 2014 results and battle log ft. Luffy, Ryan Hart, veggey, Phenom, Duppsko and more - Ultra Street Fighter 4 tournament

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, what will hopefully end up being Norway's response to Sweden's DreamHack is happening, and its name is Gigacon, taking place in the country's capital city, Oslo.

At this event, there's a Ultra Street Fighter 4 tournament, as well as a Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo tournament. With the EVO champion MD|Luffy in attendance, as well as the king himself, DIG|Ryan Hart, you can bet there's some strong competition.

You can find the stream and early results below.

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Capcom vs. SNK 2, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Fighter 3 Third Strike, and more discounted this week on PlayStation Store

For all you PlayStation gamers looking for something to play this weekend, you're in luck. Starting today, a slew of Capcom fighting games are available at a discounted price over on the North American PlayStation Store.

Games such as Capcom vs. SNK 2, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Street Fighter 3 Third Strike: Online Edition, and more can be purchased for up to 75% off. The most expensive game you'll find here costs $9.99, with the majority coming in at around $4.99.

You can find a full breakdown of the Capcom fighters currently on sale, below.

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Official SF2 'Dhalsim curry' released in Japan - reports say it's extremely spicy, and the box art is pretty hot too!

Japan often gets awesome Street Fighter (and other fighting game) themed merchandise that is only ever available in the land of the rising sun. Just last month we saw a batch of Street Fighter wallets, underwear, and tablet cases that we wish we could get our hands on here in the states.

Well, it looks like the cool products keep rolling out as an official Street Fighter 2 themed curry featuring Dhalsim was recently released in Japan. Simply deemed "Dhalsim curry," this spicy side-dish was being offered by online retailer Geek Store Life, but has since sold out.

A five-pack runs for 2,700 yen ($26 USD). Although this is quite the asking price for curry, as Japanese curry typically runs you about a buck, it's may be worth the money solely based on the wicked box art.

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West Coast Warzone 4 results, stream archive and battle logs feat. K-Brad, Ricky Ortiz, Nemo, Filipino Champ, Snake Eyez and more

Update: This story has been updated with final results for West Coast Warzone 4.

West Coast Warzone 4 has kicked off and is streaming live from Orange, California. The event will run from September 5 - September 7.

Quite a few games are being played this weekend including Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Killer Instinct, King of Fighters 13, UNIEL, and more.

EG|Justin Wong, Mike Ross, EG|K-Brad, BE|Nemo, Filipino Champ, MOR|Rico Suave, EG|Ricky Ortiz, LU|Alex Valle, FRQ|FilipinoMan, Marq Teddy, Alex Myers, Veloc1raptor, Super_Yan, MMG|ApologyMan, 1ATK|Miniboss, 1ATK|Infrit, Hitbox|Tyrant, and many more are competing at this tournament. You can follow along with the action by checking out the brackets.

Today's broadcast will feature team tournament action.

You can find the live stream and schedule below.

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