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Haitani Kumite in Street Fighter 3: Watch 1 of Japan's 5 fighting game gods unleash Makoto's destructive force in 3rd Strike

It's been a while since we've seen Haitani, one of Japan's five esteemed fighting game gods, make an appearance at a tournament -- not since the Tokaigi Game Party Japan exhibitions, I believe.

I suppose Haitani doesn't plan to make a bid for the $500,000 prize pool at Capcom Pro Tour this year. Maybe he'll change his mind sometime down the road this year, but if you were hoping to catch him in action and you don't mind if the game involved isn't Ultra Street Fighter 4, then you're in luck.

Recently Haitani made an appearance at a Kyoto A-Cho arcade special event on February 22, where one of the headlining activities was a Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike kumite session with him, in which you can not only see Haitani beasting, but a lot of other high-level players strutting their stuff.

The Haitani kumite session has finally made its way to YouTube; check it out below.

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Latest episode of Capcom's The World Warriors dives into the history of everyone's favorite female ninja from Street Fighter 3

The world tournament in Street Fighter 4 might mean a chance to test personal strength for most fighters, but it holds an entirely different purpose for Ibuki, Capcom's female ninja added in Street Fighter 3.

Much like Dudley, don't expect a deep and intricate plot initially, though her background becomes more complicated and complex in Street Fighter 3. In the last canonical series, she is tasked with trying to get the "G file", a secret document detailing the creation of Twelve and Necro.

To find out more about Ibuki, check out episode 04 of Capcom's The World Warriors below.

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New SF game in Japan lets you pit SF3 Ryu against SF4 Chun-Li in 3v3 fights - Street Fighter Battle Combination launches on March 30

Street Fighter Battle Combination, an Android and iOS card battle RPG app that Capcom announced way back in 2013, is finally ready for release.

The free-to-play game with microtransactions will launch on Android devices in Japan on March 30, while the iOS version is expected to be released sometime this Summer.

The game has undergone a number of design changes since its December 2013 closed beta test, and is now being pitched as a Street Fighter that anyone can play, since it eschews the complicated directional commands used in the fighting games, in favor of single-tap controls that will allow players to perform attacks for their favorite fighters simply by tapping on the desired move.

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Another key feature in Street Fighter Battle Combination is the ability to select legacy versions of the playable fighters -- such as the SF3 iterations of Ryu and Chun-Li -- and pit them against the default SF4 characters. It was not mentioned, however, if SF3 character sprites would be used, or if the SF3 iterations of these fighters will instead be rendered with SF4 character models (performing SF3 moves).

Along with a release date announcement, Capcom has also released a first trailer for the game. Although the game appears to be turn-based, the fights here highly resemble those in the mobile version of Street Fighter 4; see it for yourself below.

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Shadowloo Showdown 2015 results, stream archive feat. Sako, Momochi, Kazunoko, Gackt, Poongko, K-Brad, ChocoBlanka, Dogura, Eita, KSK and more

Updated with final results: We've updated this story with the final results from Shadowloo Showdown 6 (2015), along with a stream archive from the last day.

It's time, once more, for Australia's premiere major event, Shadowloo Showdown. While this one comes a bit closer after the last one, the management have assured everyone that this is because they'll be opting to have the event during the first few months every year from now on, and they wanted to cement this time in 2015.

The event will feature Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Guilty Gear Xrd, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, King of Fighters 13 and Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike.

There are many killers featured at this tournament. Among others, you can expect to see HORI|Sako, EG|Momochi, Kazunoko, RZR|Gackt, Poongko, EG|K-Brad, EG|ChocoBlanka, Dogura, Eita, KSK and more.

What are you waiting for? Catch the live stream right below.

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Can regular Sonic Booms & Yoga do this? SF3's Remy & Necro suspend their opponents in mid-air indefinitely with infinite juggle points

AlexxShadenk777 is back with another tool-assisted Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike infinite juggle points CMV (check out his previous work here).

His latest CMV is mostly about Remy, who's sort of the spiritual successor to Guile and Charlie Nash -- and thus quite unlikely to make it into Street Fighter 5 -- but with the ability to throw out those Sonic Booms (which he calls Light of Virtues) at regular or low heights.

As it turns out, those regular and low Light of Virtue projectiles, along with his signature Cold Blue Kick and a number of other moves, can be used to indefinitely extend the juggle potential on Remy's opponents, resulting in an infinite combo. There's also apparently a trick to doing this, according to AlexxShadenk777 in the video description -- but he won't reveal it.

Apart from Remy, AlexxShadenk777's latest work also stars Necro, who likewise manages to suspend his opponent in mid-air indefinitely. But Necro only has a bit part in this video; it is Remy who's hogging all the spotlight... of justice. Geddit? Light of Justice is one of his Super Arts. Okay, moving on swiftly.

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Juri's tragic origins revealed; Dhalsim fights Twelve; Check out Udon's SSF New Generations comic series that bridges the events between SF4 and 3S

For those of you who haven't gotten a chance to get your hands on Udon's Super Street Fighter New Generations comic book, we have you covered.

Just what is this comic you ask? It's a take on the Street Fighter world between the events of Street Fighter 4 and Street Fighter Third Strike. Though SF3 came out years before SF4, the story's timeline actually places the events of 3S after the events of SF4. (Confusing huh?)

This inevitably leads to some interesting ends that could use some tying up. Just what were the characters of Third Strike doing while the events of Street Fighter 4 were taking place? Why aren't some of the characters in 4 around for 3?

A lot is left to the imagination and Udon has taken the reigns and given us some possible answers! Now, this comic is actually just over two years old now, so why bring it up at this juncture? Well, volume 2 is on the way so you best get acquainted now so you'll be ready!

For those of you that don't like to turn pages, Gouki213 has put a few of the stories into convenient videos that turn the pages for you! As a bonus, you'll also get sound effects and music! So hit the jump and check out three of these videos including:

- Juri's tragic origin wherein she loses her parents, her eye and her patience with society.

- Dhalsim's super stretchy fight with Twelve.

- Honda's wrestling bout with Hakan.

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Dudley asks: 'Sir, where's my car?' - Capcom UK delves into the English boxer's backstory in The World Warriors Ep. 02

Capcom UK fighting games community manager Matthew Edwards's The World Warriors video series -- a concise look at the backstories of various Street Fighter characters across all of the titles they made an appearance it -- is back for a second episode.

And this new episode tells the story of the world's most refined, gentlemanly boxer you have ever seen. I'm talking, of course, about Street Fighter's Dudley.

If you've ever wondered why an insanely rich English boxer like Dudley would ever bother joining the Street Fighter world tournament (and not once, but several times in SF3 and SF4), then you've got to watch this latest episode of The World Warriors.

Even if you already know the answer, just watch it anyway to see Dudley's highly-precise boxing moves across several Street Fighter games in HD.

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If the floor was lava, Third Strike's Chun-Li and Gill would be safe in these masterful, infinite juggles – one even catches Gill's resurrection!

Combo videos can always be a joy (infinite combo videos even more sometimes if they involve interesting strings); however, infinite combos that keep the opponent in an eternal juggle state are almost always something special.

In the first half of the video, you'll get to enjoy watching AlexShadenkk's Elena masterfully keep Chun-Li airborne with enough craft to make Oro blush. In the second, Ken takes on Gill, going so far as to even keep juggling after his resurrection!

If you're a fan of giving your opponents some air time, do not miss out on the video below.

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The 13th Cooperation Cup (2015) Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike 5-on-5 tournament stream ft. Nuki, MOV, Kyabetsu, Kokujin and more

The 13th Cooperation Cup Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike 5-on-5 team tournament is taking place over at the Leisure Land Palette Town arcade in Odaiba, Tokyo this weekend.

Over 400 SF3 players -- including Capcom's Street Fighter 25th anniversary SF3 champion MOV and top players like Nuki and Kokujin -- signed up for the tournament, which has been a fixture in Japan since 2002.

After several grueling qualifier rounds over two days, the Cooperation Cup organizers have finally sieved through the over 80 teams of up to five players each to nail the list down to the top 32. These teams are then sorted into eight single-elimination pools of four teams each, with the winner of each pool making it out to the top 8 playoffs, which will take place from 5:30PM to 10PM Japan time (12:30AM PST to 5AM PST).

Check out the stream below for some of the finest SF3 action from Japan.

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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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95 trials, 1 hand – Watch this player attempt to tackle Street Fighter 3: Third Strike Online Edition's challenges one appendage down

Remember when Evo Moment 37 was first done, then done again with one hand by Desk, and then done yet again by a blindfolded Nuki? While all of those moments are impressive, RukuraiMedia1 has decided to give some one-handed attention to some other difficult inputs in Third Strike: the character trials.

While he doesn't manage to complete every trial, he still impressively pulls off quite a few extremely difficult ones. It's also exciting to watch his hand quickly jump from stick to button in a mad dash to hit the necessary combinations.

To find out which combos have been handled and which ones he's left as a challenge to viewers, check out the video 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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Daigo loses to Alex Valle's Hugo 2-0, Velociraptor smashes his fightstick, moment #37 recreated - highlights from 37|Reloaded

37|Reloaded -- a tournament made to celebrate the 10th anniversary of EVO moment #37 -- took place this past weekend, and much like any stacked event, there were a slew of great moments that took place.

This particular tournament was literally packed with highlight-worthy moments, and it almost felt like every match had something worth sharing. But alas! We cannot give the spotlight to every moment (if you want to see that, you can check out the stream archives). So, tonight we bring to you some of our favorite occurrences from 37|Reloaded.

During the finals day, MCZ|Daigo ran a series of exhibition matches with a handful of players also in attendance. The Beast's final opponent in these 2-out-of-3 sets was none other than long time rival, LU|Alex Valle.

Daigo selected his trademark Evil Ryu, as expected, and instead of going with the heroic counterpart, Valle opted to choose Hugo. Considering that the giant grappler is among the worst characters in Ultra Street Fighter 4, many felt this wasn't too wise a decision. But Valle begged to differ...

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Alex Valle's Hugo trampled Umehara with a convincing 2-0 victory. His footsies and setups were on point, and just look at that corner control in the GIF above!

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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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Justin Wong: EVO moment #37 may have helped save the FGC as many games were dying at the time, it brought some new life to the scene

EventHubs' very own John "Velociraptor" Guerrero had the chance to catch up with EG|Justin Wong today at the Moment 37|Reloaded tournament to pick his brain on his upcoming Street Fighter 3 Third Strike rematch against MCZ|Daigo Umehara.

Justin remembers more simple times in the FGC, and talks about how both players skills have dropped off since EVO moment #37, but he's looking forward to possibly reenacting the infamous scene.

Wong also feels that EVO moment #37 may have helped save the FGC, as many games were dying at the time and it brought some new life to the scene.

You can find the full interview below.

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