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Tekken 7 opening movie: Kazuya and Heihachi's monumental battle atop a volcano, Kazumi Mishima's self-sacrificial proclamation

Through sheer coincidence (or otherwise), next week marks the release of not one, but two leading 3D fighting games -- at least in Japan.

On top of Dead or Alive 5 Last Round, which comes out for both consoles and the arcades in Japan next week, Bandai Namco Games's Tekken 7 will also be hitting select arcades all over the country as part of an early release campaign.

Once the game is out over in arcades, Tekken fans can likely look forward to more footage from the initial release version, presumably featuring only 20 selectable fighters (including newcomers Lucky Chloe and Shaheen) at the outset according to the characters section on the game's official homepage.

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There may also be hints to Tekken 7's overall story in the various character endings contained in the arcade version of the game; but let's not get ahead of ourselves shall we? Let's kick off the release hype train right, by starting from the very beginning.

Helping us do exactly that today is this spanking new Tekken 7 opening cinematic trailer that Bandai Namco Games published on the Web today, featuring an impeccably choreographed fight scene between Kazuya and Heihachi Mishima atop a fiery volcano -- one of the key moments in the series's storyline.

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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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Rage comebacks, immaculate spacing and whiff punishes - Watch some of the best Tekken 7 players compete in this Tekken Crash Returns footage

Recently, Tekken Crash Returns was held in South Korea. It was a 3v3 tournament featuring world class competitors like Knee, JDCR, Saint, Chanel, Help Me and more, facing each other in Tekken 7.

Footage of the event was uploaded to YouTube for everyone to check out, so if you're wanting to get some eyes on time with the new title, this is a great way to see what the game looks like with high level players.

You'll find the footage below, separated into two archives.

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Tekken 7's initial release date finally confirmed; this is when you can expect to see the full game being played

Tekken 7 will finally be ready to play at the Super Nova arcade in Fukushima -- and other arcades that have placed orders for the "early release" version of the game -- on February 18, the official Twitter account for Super Nova revealed today.

But not all arcades in Japan will be receiving the game on February 18 itself, as the game was previously confirmed to be rolling out in Japanese arcades through two staggered phases: an early release in February, and a March "general release" period that will feature machine configurations slightly different from the early batches.

So mark your calendars, Tekken fans. February 18. Although we won't actually get to play the game in February ourselves (unless you happen to be in Japan in mid-February), given that more and more arcades have begun to stream or upload gameplay videos to the Internet, chances are we'll get to see some direct-feed footage of the full game right around that date.

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'I only have maybe another 20 years working here... how many more games do I have left in me?' - Harada talks future plans; TxSF is NOT cancelled!

Katsuhiro Harada is one of the most recognizable names in the fighting game community today.

Most known for his contributions to the Tekken franchise, Haruda has been hard at work for the past 20 years creating successful titles for Namco Bandai.

Matt Leone of Polygon was recently able to interview the game designer, discussing the forthcoming Tekken 7 along with Harada's potential plans for several other games.

In it, Harada discusses a few upcoming games, a few of which are of the fighting game genre.

First on the list is Tekken 7, the latest in the series that made him famous. He says he's been spending "less and less" time on Tekken recently, because the team working on the series has enough experience to handle it on its own. But he says the team is aiming to make the game more accessible to newcomers compared to previous Tekken titles, and they are tying up a lot of character story threads to bring some closure for the series' 20th anniversary.

Next is Pokken Tournament, an arcade fighting game using characters from the Pokemon universe...

Hit the jump to see more on Pokken as well as Harada's statements on Tekken X Street Fighter and his goals beyond the immediate future.

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EVO 2015 lineup includes Tekken 7 (arcade), Mortal Kombat X, Super Smash Bros. 4 and more

Updated: Nine games have been officially announced for the EVO 2015 line-up. Mortal Kombat X and Tekken 7 (on arcade) -- two games that haven't been released yet -- have been included on this year's list.

Additionally, Super Smash Bros. on Wii U makes its debut at the event. Hit the jump to check out the full list.

Earlier: The folks behind the EVO tournament series are announcing the official game line-up for this year's event tonight.

Mr. Wizard will be joining Mike Ross over at the Twitch offices in order to make tonight's announcements.

You can catch the live stream below.

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Kumite in Tennessee 15 results ft. Justin Wong, Ricky Ortiz, Yipes, Sanford Kelly, K-Brad, Mew2King, CD Jr. LordKnight and more

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, we hope you're all set to enjoy Kumite in Tennessee 15. The tournament features a wide variety of players competing in many different games at a high level.

Among many others, players you can expect to see at the event include EG|Justin Wong, EG|Ricky Ortiz, EG|K-Brad, SteamCo|Sanford Kelly, SteamCo|Yipes, Perfect Legend, TS|Arturo Sanchez, Boost|Jan, EMP|Mew2King, TS|LordKnight; AK|Pig of the Hut, KIT|Forever King, SteamCo|CD Jr., GGA|16-Bit and more.

Games set to be played at the event are Ultra Street Fighter 4, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. For Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Project M, Guilty Gear Xrd, Persona 4: Arena Ultimax BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Killer Instinct, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, Soul Calibur 5 and Mortal Kombat 9.

Tonight we'll be seeing a 16-man invitational tournament with such players as Justin Wong, K-Brad, Arturo Sanchez, Ricky Ortiz, GG|SherryJenix, and more competing.

Hit the jump to partake in all of the excitement.

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Tekken 7 may allow two players to fight on the same side of the screen using interesting camera feature

An interesting camera feature may be headed to Tekken 7 that will allow both players to battle on the player 1 side (or player 2 side) of the screen in Versus mode. If implemented, this will only work for setups that use two different screens, such as adjacent arcade cabinets or online multiplayer.

This feature is currently being called the "Rendering Camera System," and Tekken creator Katsuhiro Harada recently released a picture of what it would look like in action.

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As shown in the photo, both players can be seen starting out the match on the 1P side on their respective screens. The main focus behind this feature is to provide a better playing experience for those who are used to fighting on a certain side of the stage.

With players often spending their time on the 1P side in training mode, arcade mode, and the like, Rendering Camera System can bring that contentment to the competitive playing field.

For most of us, there are certain attacks and motions we feel more comfortable performing on either the P1 or P2 side of the screen. Tekken 7 may finally provide a solution to those who are plagued by this struggle.

Source: Harada on Twitter. Via IGN. Submitted by FGFan and an anonymous reader.

Invisible Orchid causes a petrified firecat to rise from the ground, Valle gets caught in the Gen infinite, and more: Funny and Cool Moments #88

LiangHuBBB returns on the first day of the new year with a brand new installment of the Funny and Cool Moments series.

This episode marks the 88th in the series, and much like the previous 87 videos we have many more interesting clips here to enjoy.

Now, I know what you're thinking... "DreamKing! What the Hell are you talking about in that headline?!" Well, one of the clips in this compilation shows a glitched out Killer Instinct match in which an invisible Orchid battles against another in a mirror match. Every time the vanished fighter goes for an Uppercat, you can see a stiff model of her fire cat rise up from beneath the floor.

I can't really explain it any better than that, so be sure to check out the GIF below to see what I mean.

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There are clips from a number of other games featured in this episode, including some interesting Omega Edition glitches, some Capcom vs. SNK 2 goodness, and much more. You can check out Funny and Cool Moments #88 after the jump.

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New character announced for Tekken 7 named Shaheen, hails from Saudi Arabia

Katsuhiro Harada, the head of the Tekken project at Bandai Namco, just sent out a photo to announce the newest fighter for Tekken 7, Shaheen.

Hailing from Saudi Arabia, take your first look at the new fighter.

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Harada also said they'll have more new characters in the future.

Source: Harada's Twitter, submitted by HateZombies, King Jae and badjab326.

60fps footage of Tekken 7's Lars, Kazuya, Paul, Leo and Xiaoyu from Korean location test

taktak1893 on YouTube (via AvoidingThePuddle) has posted a 720p 60fps shakycam video of some Tekken 7 real matches from the recent location tests in South Korea. The matches shown in this video are all of a Lars player, who goes by "Siho", going up against various other live human players for these other characters: Leo, Paul, Kazuya and Siaoyu.

It's not the first time you've seen shakycam footage from a Tekken 7 location test, sure. It hasn't even been that long since the last time we posted footage from the recent location tests in South Korea.

But unlike the last batch of videos, this 60fps one not only captures the action from a better angle, but also manages to show off the fluid animations in the game (which is still a work in progress) quite well.

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Ultra Street Fighter 4 40% off, Skullgirls 66% off, Dive Kick, Injustice, KOF13 discounts - 2014 Steam Holiday Sale

The PC version of Ultra Street Fighter 4 is the current daily deal over at the 2014 Steam Holiday Sale. For the next 42 hours or so (at the time this post goes live), you can grab a digital copy of the full game, the digital upgrade kit for SSF4, and selected DLC at a whopping 40%.

Prices after the discount are as follows in the image below:

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To cash in on the deal, head over to the game's page on Steam now. This deal is only good for December 24 and 25.

Apart from USF4, a number of other fighting games are also on discount, as follows:

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Level|Up announces Wednesday Night Fight's transition to the online world

Level|Up's Wednesday Night Fights tournament series was one of the longest running and most popular weekly events in the fighting game community. Super Arcade over in Walnut, California became known as the home of WNF (and Level|Up's other weekly event, The Runback), so it came a shock to most when the heads of the competitive gaming establishment and the tournament series -- Alex Valle and Mike Watson, respectively -- decided to part ways last month.

Since the amicable split, Super Arcade's Mike Watson continued to run weekly tournaments, but what was next for Level|Up remained a mystery, until now.

Alex Valle announced this week that Wednesday Night Fights will be making its transition from local to online. What once was a SoCal based event will now transcend the location barriers and become open to competitors all over the country.

Valle and the Level|Up crew intend to run the new, online WNF series in order to help players everywhere prepare for the upcoming year's major events.

Details are scarce at this time, but we can expect more information soon.

Source: Level|Up. Submitted by PlasmaWaffle.

Wednesday Night FIZZ-ZIGHTS 1.6 results feat. Mike Ross, Chris Tatarian, Filipin0man, Velociraptor, and more

Wednesday Night FIZZ-ZIGHTS 1.6 results feat. Mike Ross, Chris Tatarian, Filipin0man, Velociraptor, and more Updated: Results and a stream archive have been added to this story.

Earlier: Wednesday Night FIZZ-ZIGHTS returns tonight and will undoubtedly bring us some excellent fighting game action from Super Arcade in Walnut, California.

Ultra Street Fighter 4 will be running, as per the usual. Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will run if there are enough entrants.

The stream can be found after the jump.

Challonge brackets are posted here, and you can find last week's results here.

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New build of Tekken 7 is slower-paced? Korean location test shakycam footage

A newer build of Tekken 7 is on location test this weekend over in South Korea, and judging from these shakycam videos from G Manu (via AvoidingThePuddle), it looks like the Tekken Project development may have made some tweaks to the game to make it play slightly slower.

Or at least, that's the impression ATP reader Starman got from watching these videos. Looking them over, the game does look slightly slower-paced compared to the last time I've seen videos -- but I can't say for sure.

Do note, however, that even if the new build of Tekken 7 is indeed slower, the pacing of the game still falls largely in line with past installments of the franchise.

Check out the shakycam footage of the new build below, and let us know if the game does indeed look slower-paced to you when compared to an earlier build of Tekken 7.

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