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Notes on Tekken 7's final boss; Harada says all character models improved in the initial release version

The version of Tekken 7 shown at the Japan Amusement Expo 2015 (JAEPO) will be the exact same build that is slated to go into service at select arcades all over Japan next week, according to reports from Japanese media from the event.

As fans have speculated with the listing of only 20 fighters on the "Characters" section of the official website, that is indeed the number of fighters the initial release version will come with. However, more fighters will be added into the game later either through time-release or other such mechanisms.

Since the build of the game shown at JAEPO is the final one that will be rolled out next week, Tekken fans in Japan who attended the event were able have been able to gleam quite a bit of information about the game -- including notes on the final boss, who is not playable.

The first thing many fans noticed with the release build of the game is that the character model for Lucky Chloe had been tweaked significantly. When pointed out by a fan on Twitter, Tekken series director Harada added that improvements have been made to all of the character models in the game.

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Harada dressed as Pikachu? First Shaheen gameplay? Lucky Chloe walkthrough? It's all here in this new Tekken 7 video

Tekken creator Katsuhiro Harada is currently in attendance at JAEPO 2015, and already we're seeing brand new footage from Bandai Namco's upcoming title, Tekken 7.

Dressed as Pikachu -- (hopefully) in promotion of Pokkèn Tournament, another title the producer is working on -- Harada sits down to show off what two of T7's new fighters are all about.

While the entire walkthrough is conducted in Japanese, we still get to see Lucky Chloe in action once again, and Shaheen gameplay for the first time.

To get you started, you can view the Rage Arts for both characters here.

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WNF returns Feb. 18th on Steam... and it's FREE to enter! Open to Canada, US and Mexico; Alex Valle and Mike Ross discuss rules, format and specifics

Update: If you missed the stream from last night, you can catch up on all the juicy details here. LevelUp|Alex Valle and Twitch|Mike Ross open up about the specifics of the upcoming Wednesday Night Fights Online Edition.

One of the more interesting points Valle makes is that people from quieter communities around North America will have their chance to enter the spotlight. "You may be a Joe Nobody," as Valle puts it, but this can be your chance at getting your name out there in the community.

Amongst the announcements made, Valle mentioned that WNF will be open to anyone in North America who has a PC and an internet connection with 2MB upload speed or faster.

The whole tournament won't be run on Wednesday night alone, the bulk of the tourney will actually play out on Tuesday night, not streamed, down to the top 16 entrants. WNF will actually feature these top 16 players only.

You can watch the archive by hitting the jump below and hear everything from Mr. Street Fighter himself as well as the special grand prize for the winner of the first season.

Earlier: The Level|Up crew is back to discuss what this year's season of Wednesday Night Fights will entail.

Alex Valle is running a live stream right now, and he is being joined by none other than Mike Ross. The two will fill us in on what we can expect for WNF 2015, and will also make some special announcements.

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First in-game look at Shaheen in Tekken 7, more screenshots of Lucky Chloe

Back in December of last year, another brand new Tekken 7 fighter was introduced. Hailing from Saudi Arabia, Shaheen is the latest character revealed playable in Bandai Namco's upcoming next-gen fighter, however, short of his official character artwork we haven't seen much of him since the initial announcement.

Famitsu has rectified this by providing the first in-game look at Shaheen in Tekken 7. Below are a series of screenshots of the new warrior doing battle with the likes of the Mishima clan.

Additionally, we have more screenshots of Lucky Chloe, another fresh face in the Tekken series.

Check out the images below to get started, and hit the jump for more!

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Pre-release Tekken 7 is already eSports now: high-level combos and highlights from Tekken Crash Returns team tournament

Tekken 7 isn't even officially out in arcades yet (much less consoles), and already it's been given the eSports treatment in South Korea. I'm referring, of course, to the Tekken Crash Returns show that premiered in South Korea about two weeks ago.

That's really quite amazing and enviable. One has to wonder if Capcom might be able to pull off something similar before the actual release of Street Fighter 5.

Two weeks ago we posted the YouTube archive for Tekken Crash Returns, but at almost two hours' long, that's quite a lot to watch through. I haven't even gone through it myself.

So for those of you (and me) who are interested in checking out what sort of high-level hijinks is possible in Tekken 7 without having to sit through nearly two hours' worth of footage, YouTube users jay jelly and Tyler Bleu have made highlight reels that focus on the hype moments on the show.

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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.

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