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Northwest Majors 7 results ft. Justin Wong, ChrisG, PR Balrog, Ogawa, Ricky Ortiz, Filipino Champ, Dogura, KojiKOG, Air, Cloud805, KBR and more

Updated: This story has been updated with final results and battle logs.

Earlier: This weekend, we're being treated to an awesome viewing experience in the form of Northwest Majors, taking place in Seattle, Washington.

The event features a huge load of games, including Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat X, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. For Wii U, Project M, Super Smash Bros. 64, Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late, Skullgirls: Encore, Darkstalkers 3 and Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R.

As for players attending, you can expect to see EG|Justin Wong, Tempo|NYChrisG, EG|PR Balrog, NeoGAF|Ogawa, EG|Ricky Ortiz, Filipino Champ, NeoGAF|Dogura, NeoGAF|KojiKOG, CCG|Air, pH|Hoodaman, KIT|Cloud805, BE|KaneBlueRiver, TS|Arturo Sanchez, Brentt, Alex Myers and more. Streaming duties are being handled by Team Khaos, Khaos Gaming 2, LogicHole, 62-Bit Gaming and Seattle Tekken.

What are you waiting for? The live streams and schedule can be found right below.

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Updated: Chokaigi Super Smash Bros. Wii U 2v2 tournament results ft. Mew2King, ZeRo, Luminous, and more

Updated again: Results for the Chokaigi Super Smash Bros. 2v2 tournament have been added.

Earlier: The Nico Nico Chokaigi mega fan convention is taking place this weekend at Chiba's Makuhari Messe in Japan.

While it isn't exactly a video games convention, Nintendo, Capcom and Bandai Namco Entertainment are some of the sponsors of the event, and at their respective booths they've got a couple of fighting games-related live stream broadcasts ready for your viewing pleasure between now and Sunday 1 a.m. Pacific Time.

First up, in a few moments the Day 1 broadcast for Nintendo and Nico Video's Super Smash Bros. for Wii U JPN vs. USA 2-on-2 world grand prix will begin. Four American players -- ZeRo, Mew2King, FOW and MJG -- are slated to take on their Japanese counterparts in a singles tournament today. This is followed by a 2-on-2 team tournament play-offs starting at the same time tomorrow.

Later in the day, Capcom's Tomoaki Ayano and Koichi Sugiyama will also be making appearances on the Capcom TV Day 1 broadcast to play some Ultra Street Fighter 4 with attendees and talk briefly about Street Fighter 5.

Tomorrow at 10 p.m. Pacific Time, Tekken Project lead Katsuhiro Harada will also be making an appearance on the Capcom TV Day 2 stream. He plans to share some new information on Tekken 7 with us while on the show, and is even bringing with him new footage to show off -- is he planning to announce yet another new character?

At 7.30 p.m. Pacific Time tomorrow there will also be a Pokken Tournament live stream, where new information on the arcade title is due, and capping off the day is another Street Fighter talk session on the Capcom TV stream starting at 11:50PM P.T.

Hit the jump for the embedded streams and a brief stream schedule so you won't miss all the action. We'll also be bumping this post throughout the weekend as a fighting games-related segment is about to go live.

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Updated: Gigas is Tekken 7's newest character

Updated: New images and the official reveal trailer have been added to this story.

Earlier: During the Nico Nico Chokaigi stream, Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada announced a new fighter set to grace the Tekken 7 battlefield.

The latest trailer for the game revealed a towering powerhouse character named Gigas.

Tekken 7's new fighter will be playable in Japanese arcades starting on April 28th.

You can check out a couple of screenshots of him below.


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You can check out the official reveal trailer after the jump.

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Shaheen's full movelist shown in this Tekken 7 gameplay video - Check out all the moves of Tekken 7's first Saudi Arabian fighter

One of the new characters for Tekken 7 that has gotten the most positive attention since his unveiling is Shaheen, a Saudi Arabian fighter who uses a "Military Self-Defense" fighting style.

If you're one of the curious as to how this rocking new addition plays, you're in luck - we have a full video showing just what Shaheen is capable of, to tide you over until the game eventually reaches your region.

Hit the jump to see Shaheen's moves in action.

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Josie Rizal released for Tekken 7 in arcades, tons of gameplay footage available for the King of Iron Fist tournament's latest participant

The Filipino character Josie Rizal was revealed about three weeks ago to be the latest newcomer for Tekken 7.

Now, she's out in arcades, and there's no shortage of video footage of this fiesty Eskrima/Muay Thai fighter. Hit the jump to check out gameplay, and a moveset runthrough in practice mode.

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Rage Art, combo strings, and more: Learn the ins and outs of Claudio in Tekken 7 with this full move list demonstration

In Tekken 7 -- Bandai Namco's latest addition to the popular fighting game franchise -- a handful of brand new fighters were introduced. Among them is Claudio Serafino, and while not much is currently known about the newcomer, he's already looking like a strong addition to the roster.

Though we've seen scattered gameplay footage of Claudio in action over the past few months, many are still unfamiliar with his fighting style. Luckily, Game Plaza Gao arcade recently put together a full demonstration of Claudio's moves in Tekken 7.

Naturally, the entire video is in Japanese, but with on-screen inputs and as a visual aid, we can still gather everything that's going on.

If that isn't enough for you, however, FlyingWonkey over at AvoidingThePuddle has done an amazing job translating each of the moves into English and providing notes about each attacks.

To get started, be sure to check out the video after the jump.

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Devil Jin now a playable character in Tekken 7 arcade, nearly 30 minutes of footage featuring the returning fighter

This week, the Japanese arcade release of Tekken 7 has received a new playable fighter.

As of today, Devil Jin can now be selected in-game. Fans who currently have access to Tekken 7 have wasted no time posting footage of the returning fighter online, and today we have nearly 30 minutes of Devil Jin gameplay.

Last week, Jin Kazama was added to the playable roster after only being included in-game as a secret sub-boss character. This week, we've got Devil Jin, and Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada previously stated that the next character, Josie Rizal, was originally schedule to release during Japan's Golden Week holiday (the first week of May), however, that release window has still yet to be confirmed by Bandai Namco.

Until the next character drops, though, be sure to watch the footage of Devil Jin running through arcade mode in Tekken 7.

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Harada: 'Good netcode? There's no such code that automatically makes the latency issues go away' - Tekken 7's low-lag techniques explained

Bandai Namco Entertainment's Tekken series has routinely featured some of the best online play experiences in fighting games ever. In terms of latency management, the implementation in Tekken titles is quite possibly the best-in-class.

But what's the secret to that buttery-smooth, online play experience in the latest Tekken titles? What kind of ancient ritual did the Tekken Project development team have to perform in order to achieve that level of low-lag performance? And how many cute little kittens were sacrificed in the process?

The answer to that last question? None. (Tekken Project lead Katsuhiro Harada is an animal lover, and owns a pet dog which he calls Heihachi-kun; he'd jump in to save the kittens before anything untimely could happen to them).

Latency management in fighting games is a science, Harada tells Famitsu in an interview the Japanese games publication recently conducted.

It's not something that developers can bring about through ancient sorcery or by writing "really good netcode" -- something Harada akin to voodoo magic.

Read on to find out why.

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Hypespotting 4 results ft. Luffy, Xian, Tokido, Ryan Hart, Mago, Problem X, Andreas, ImStillDaDaddy, Hurricane237, Pro Fluke, Emersion and more

Update: This story has been updated with final results and a stream archive.

While NorCal Regionals is taking place over on American soil, there's another premiere event going on the very same weekend over in Glasgow, Scotland. That's right - it's the return of Hypespotting.

A lot of high-profile players have gathered here, and not just from Europe. While Ultra Street Fighter 4 is obviously the main event, with a Capcom Pro Tour premier event status, you'll be able to catch high-level action of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, King of Fighters 13, Super Smash Bros. For Wii U and Tekken Tag Tournament 2 as well.

Players expected to show up at the event include the latest two EVO champions, MD|Luffy and RZR|Xian, as well as top-level players such as MCZ|Tokido, FA|Ryan Hart, MCZ|Mago, CG|Problem X, WSO|Andreas, UM|ImStillDaDaddy, BTM|Hurricane237, Rize|Pro Fluke, LLL|Emersion and many more. The streaming will be handled by Capcom Fighters and Versus Scotland.

Hit the jump to start spotting the hype.

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How has Jin changed in Tekken 7? Day 1 combos and extended look at Jin in online matches and the newly-added Practice Mode

Earlier today the arcade version of Tekken 7 received a network update that added Jin to its roster of playable characters, as well as a new Practice Mode that arcade-goers could use to thoroughly explore character move sets and combos with.

To mark the occasion, the Koenji Cube arcade game center in Tokyo has uploaded some extensive play footage featuring the returning character, in both the newly-added Practice Mode as well as in online matches.

If you're curious about what's different with Jin in Tekken 7, the Practice Mode footage should cue you in on some of the new combo starters and possibilities with him. Alternatively, if all you want to do is see how good Jin actually performs in actual player matches, go check out the online play footage.

There's also a shakycam video shot by YouTube user theater10 that shows off some of Jin's Day 1 combos in Tekken 7.

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Tekken 7 copy-and-pasted? Devil Jin & Josie Rizal's Rage Arts animations look remarkably similar to SoulCalibur 5 supers, fan points out

On Sunday, Tekken series director Katsuhiro Harada announced that Jin, Devil Jin and newcomer Josie Rizal would be added into Tekken 7's roster of playable characters soon.

Character introduction trailers for all three fighters were also streamed, and many Tekken fans watched these trailers with eyes eager with excitement.

For a small number of fans, however, those fleeting feelings of excitement were soon overtaken by a sense of deja vu when they got to the part that showcased each character's Rage Arts. It was almost like, they've seen these Rage Arts super moves before, somewhere. Which was odd, because this is the first time ever in Tekken history that super moves are a part of the game.

But as this video from Tyler Bleu proves, those feelings of deja vu were right -- the three characters' Rage Arts super moves are not entirely new.

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Video: Jin, Devil Jin, Josie Rizal (Eskrima practitioner and kickboxer from The Philippines) officially unveiled for Tekken 7

Update 2: We've also added official character art for the three fighters. Also updated Josie's description to say that her fighting style is a mix of Eskrima and kickboxing.

Update: We've added the official HD720p character trailers to this story. You can still check out the lower-quality 60fps videos, however, to see what Harada said as well as Yuriko Taiga's Josie cosplay.

Earlier: On a special Tekken 7 live stream broadcast from Bandai Namco Games's headquarters in Shinagawa, Tokyo today, Tekken project lead Katsuhiro Harada unveiled the next three characters to be added to the playable roster in the arcade fighting game.


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They are none other than Jin, Devil Jin, and new character Josie Rizal, who is an Eskrima practitioner slash kickboxer from The Philippines (her fighting style is a mix of both). Her character design was done by Mari Shimazaki, who served as a character designer on Platinum Games's Bayonetta. Shimazaki also came up with the designs for Tekken 7's Kazumi Mishima.

Another person who was instrumental in coming up with Josie Rizal's character design was Mad Catz's Mark "Markman" Julio, who has Filipino blood in him. Harada said that he was very glad that Markman could tell him a lot about Filipino culture, and offered advice that shaped many of the character's traits, including her name.

Jin will be made playable in Tekken 7 arcade from March 31 onwards. Devil Jin gets unlocked on April 7. As for Josie, Harada said that he originally intended for the character to be released during Japan's Golden Week holiday (first week of May), but at this moment they're not quite sure.

You've previously caught a glimpse of all three characters in our previous report here. Now see them in action in their respective unveil trailers below.

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See Jin Kazama game play footage from Tekken 7!

We have a pair of videos that feature Jin Kazama in action in the brand new Tekken 7.

Speculation was that the Tekken regular may not find his way into the franchise's latest game, but that was debunked recently when an information leak confirmed Jin amongst a few others.

Up until this point, we've only had a few screen shots of Jin, but now we've got nearly ten minutes of video footage.

He appears as a sub boss in the arcade mode, so we've only been able to see him as controlled by the computer. Still, players have eased off a bit and let the AI show off a bit of what Jin can do.

Hit the jump to see the videos.

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Jin Kazama appears in Tekken 7 as hidden sub-boss character

Just last week, character data in Tekken 7 revealed that Jin Kazama, among other characters, is indeed in the new game.

It appears as though Jin is already in Bandai Namco's new fighter, but not necessarily as a playable character as of right now. This particular warrior can be found in-game as a hidden sub-boss during stage 4 of Arcade Mode.

While the conditions to make Jin appear are currently unknown, Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada stated that the stipulations are difficult and a bit obscure.

You can check out a few images of Jin in Tekken 7 below.


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Source: Masakarijin on Twitter. Via Avoiding The Puddle. Tip sent in by Hisokae.

The Wong Factor can't be stopped, Momochi makes incredible reads, and more in these Final Round 18 highlights from day 3

The final day of Final Round 18 marked even more upsets and intense action than we thought could follow an equally intense day 2. Not only limited to Ultra Street Fighter 4, amazing moments happened in almost every title played at the tournament. We've highlighted a select few for your pleasure, but you could probably find even more. That's how stacked this tournament really was.

r/Kappa|Kazunoko vs. BT|Marlinpie

No, this isn't Street Fighter; it's Guilty Gear Xrd grand finals. After being knocked into the loser's bracket and crawling his way back into grand finals, r/Kappa's Kazunoko certainly didn't seem in a winning position until he reset the bracket where he continued to dominate all the way through the next two matches and tournament point.

Whatever had shaken BT|Marlinpie, though, looked to have vanished. Regaining his composure, his Zato was able to take Kazunoko's Ky down to a sliver of health. Long sets are full of ebbing and flowing with momentum, and this seemed to be no different. But Kazunoko had other plans. Making a miraculous comeback, he cornered BT|Marlinpie and kept the pressure and combos going until he took the round and the tournament.


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This would not be the end of the upsets and wild action of Final Round 18's highlights. To continue seeing intensity that easily rivals yesterday's action, continue reading below.

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