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Dead or Alive 5 support is ending; a special heartfelt message from Team Ninja

The mood was pretty good leading up to the finale of the Dead or Alive 5 Battle Royale tournament held at NEC 18. We got word of there being an announcement after the finals so fans began to speculate the possibility of Dead or Alive 6...

Once they started playing the video, the mood started to shift. The announcement of a new title in the series was supposed to be a happy one, but this came across as bittersweet.

Unfortunately, it seems that support for Dead or Alive 5 would be ending, along with the developer-sponsored tournaments that came with it.

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NEC 18 results ft. SonicFox, ChrisG, XCaliburBladez, Dragon, MrKwiggle

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The annual Big E event Northeast Championship is taking place this weekend in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in its latest installment NEC 18.

This is a big event for many games, and will have the finals of this year's Dead or Alive 5 Battle Royale, so that's definitely something to look forward to.

Besides Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, games being featured are Street Fighter 5, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Injustice 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], BlazBlue: Central Fiction, King of Fighters 14, Pokkén Tournament DX, ARMS, Windjammers, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and a few other games depending on entrants.

Notable players attending include FOX|SonicFox, EG|NYChrisG, UGS|XCaliburBladez, ALG|Dragon, MrKwiggle, PG|MarlinPie, FOX|Theo, SB|JB, PAG|LostSoul, RNG|WhiteBoi, vS|SperoGin, Method|Flux, Circa|JoeyD, Circa|ForeverKing, Noble|iLuusions, PG|Coach Steve, FSD|Teru Rock, TSB|Mynus, PG|RayRay, SYN|Rojikku Reigns, ON|Vicio, GXR|Hoodless, NG|Obscure, DC|LazieFreddy, OniJin, PAG|Grover, FSD|Rikuto, NS|Ludovic, UGS|BlackmoonrisingX, ITS|Maknificent and many more.

With 5 games having around or more than 100 entrants, there's going to be a lot of action going on no matter your game of choice, so tune in to the action.

Streaming is being done at Bifuteki, Funky P, KPB Live, Kombat Network, Team Spooky, TSB Blaze and Atari FGC.

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The Holiday Bash Smash Invitational results ft. SFAT, Westballz, Shroomed, S2J, PewPewU

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend has a pretty sweet Super Smash Bros. Melee invitational event going on.

The event, The Holiday Bash Smash Invitational, is taking place is Northern California.

Although there will be some side events as well, it's mainly focused on singles action, with 14 players divided up into two Round Robin-based groups.

From these groups, players will later advance into a bracket and fight it out for the glory of 1st place.

The players participating are CLG|SFAT, G2|Westballz, IMT|Shroomed, Tempo|S2J, CLG|PewPewU, Duck, ALG|n0ne, Lucky, MSF|La Luna, KJH, HugS, EGtv|Crush, VGz|lloD and VGBC|Rishi.

Streaming will be done at VGBootCamp.

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Yoshinori Ono: We have no plans on bringing Street Fighter 5 to arcades at the moment

The announcement of Street Fighter 5 Arcade Edition was one that generated a lot of hype for the community. Despite the mention of "Arcade Edition" in the title, this is referring to the arcade mode in-game rather than an edition that will be present at the arcades.

4Gamer (a Japanese website) recently had an interview with Yoshinori Ono of Capcom. We've been collecting some interesting tidbits from this interview over the last couple of days.

One of the questions had 4Gamer asking Ono why this edition is called "Arcade Edition."

"Actually, I have a question I really want to ask you today, Mr. Ono," 4Gamer pondered. "How come this new version is called Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition? It's not like you're releasing it in arcades, is it?

Ono answered by confirming 4Gamer's theory. "Like you said, we have no plans on bringing it to arcades at the moment."

"We did add an arcade mode, so it kind of naturally went to Arcade Edition," continued Ono. "But, there's more to it than just that."

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'Even though they're the same IP, there's barely any crossover between players from both games' - JTCircus on why both Smash games should be at EVO

There has been some debate if whether or not the Smash Bros. series truly deserves to have two different games in the lineup. JTCircus has decided to tackle this question in the form of a video with a couple of humorous skits thrown in as well.

Currently, Super Smash Bros. 4 and Super Smash Bros. Melee are both played at a professional level. They have both been making appearances at EVO for several years now.

Super Smash Bros. Melee is a title that is over 15 years old at this point. Not only that, but there are games that have come out after both Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. 4 that might not make an appearance in EVO 2018.

During the video, JTCircus brings up a few good points that justify Smash having two titles in the lineup when no other series does. He notes that the playerbase for both games are completely different in that there really isn't a lot of crossover between the players that exist in the top 100 player lists of both games.

It's also important to note that Smash 4 and Melee both bring in great numbers. In EVO 2017, Super Smash Bros. 4 had 1,508 entrants while Melee had 1,428 entrants which were the 2nd and 3rd highest number of entrants respectively (only losing to Street Fighter 5).

There's been talk about Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite not making the EVO line up this year despite the franchise's routine appearance at the event for a great many years now. JTCircus goes on to say that now is a very important time for the MvCI community to rally together and support their game not unlike last year when they earned an EVO spot for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

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Poll: Which Street Fighter 5 Season 3 character are you most excited to play?

Kidding. Yes, we're excited to see Blanka (even if he's caused a lot of grief in the past) as he's one of Street Fighter's most iconic and interesting characters.

The reveal of all of Street Fighter 5 reveals (thus far) happened one week ago at Capcom Cup 2017. Not only did we get an announcement for Sakura, but also Blanka, Cody, G, Falke and the ever requested Sagat.

We'll be getting to try out the charismatic school girl character on the day Arcade Edition drops (January 16th, 2018) as she's the first of the season's DLC crew. It appears as though we'll then get Blanka some time later, then Falke, then Cody, G and Sagat if the announcement image reflects their release order.

In the past, new characters have been released every two months barring any setbacks, which could potentially mean we get a newcomer in January, March, May, July and September of 2018.

We're super excited for everyone and are curious to hear what you all think as well. We made a poll wherein you can vote for the character that you're most looking forward to playing in Season 3.

In previous polls, we've found that the hype for Sagat has trumped all others, but perhaps that's changed a bit now that we've seen glimpses of all six of these combatants in their Street Fighter 5 iterations.

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Brussels Challenge Road to EVO Japan #3 results ft. Takamura, Will2Pac, Nightcross, Gen1us

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Another one of the Road to EVO Japan events is taking place in Brussels today.

This is a Street Fighter 5 event where many of Europe's more notable players gather to try and get the trip to EVO Japan promised to the victor.

There will also be tournaments played in Tekken 7, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, though it is unclear if there will be any stream time devoted to any of these games.

Players attending include, but are not limited to Epsilon|Takamura, Millénium|Will2Pac, Epsilon|Nightcross, Melty|Gen1us, Fuhajin, Method|NastyNas, Kashama, RagingReiskorn, AngryMojosan, KojackKira, Momi and Zer0q.

The action starts at 1PM CET and will continue until conclusion, so once you tune in, stick around and enjoy it.

Streaming is being done at Brussels Challenge.

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Hiro's fighting game art is both amazing and hilarious

Wow. We've seen the work of Wallace "Hiro" Pires in compilations on this site before, but in looking through his impressive portfolio, we felt the need to showcase this talented artist all on his own.

Pires is an illustrator and indie game designer hailing from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and devotes a good portion of his illustration time focusing specifically on fighting game characters.

We're rounded up a gallery of 16 of our favorite pieces from Pires, though there's plenty more to see on his various media pages.

Most of today's selection features Street Fighter characters, though we do also see the Androids from Dragon Ball FighterZ, Sophitia of Soulcalibur, and a few others from various other fighting games.

If you saw Capcom Cup, you'll have a special appreciation for the manga-style work in image six. It features AW|Nemo and DNG|Itabashi Zangief with a comedic take on their infamous post top eight match handshake.

Do yourself a favor and head over to Pires' tumblr where you can see even more of his top tier artwork and request a commission for a personalized drawing of your own liking.

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Goku Black's scythe attack in Dragon Ball FighterZ is downright brutal; see him, Beerus, Hit and Gotenks in action in this new gameplay video

That's it, I need to start watching Dragon Ball Super. If at any point on the checklist for Dragon Ball FighterZ is a box for raising hype for DBS, the team at Bandai Namco can use one of those big, fat, smelly permanent markers to check it off.

Dragon Ball FighterZ is just over a month from release, and is shaping up to potentially be one of the most well-received fighters of recent times as it continues to wow prospective audiences with reveal after reveal.

New footage of the latest characters in DBF has emerged following yesterday's showcasing at Japan's Jump Festa. Beerus, Hit and Goku Black were only recently revealed, and we're already getting to see them in gameplay action.

Thanks to ShoenGameZ, we're privy to footage of all three of these new fighters from the DBS series, along with Gotenks, duking it out and showing off what they can do.

The nearly five minute video sees Beerus pull off a level three Super command grab as well as utilize some intimidating orbs, Hit smack his opponent around with his 56-hit Super and Gotenks fly about like a rabid, Tazmanian Devil as he spins and spits attacks.

While most all of this footage is exciting, I have to highlight Goku Black's Violent Fierce God Slicer scythe technique, which also happens to be his level 3 Super. Here it is in all its beastly brutality:


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World E-Sports Legendary League results ft. Qudans, Xiao Hai, E.T., Noroma

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This wekeend, the World E-Sports Legendary League is taking place in Changsha, China.

This event features some old-school games, namely King of Fighters '97, King of Fighters '94 and Samurai Shodown 2, but the focus is on two modern titles.

Tekken 7, and even moreso King of Fighters 14, have a very heavy focus at this event.

For King of Fighters 14, 8 of the world's top players were invited, expenses paid, to compete against eachother. Unfortunately, one of the invited players, WhiteAshX could not make it and was replaced with Naiwang. The other players participating are DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, E.T., AS|Reynald, M', PandaTV|Dakou, Pako and Luis Cha.

For Tekken 7, the Tekken World Tour champion Qudans attended, as well as several other top players such as COOASGAMES|Noroma and Dee-On.

Streaming is mainly being done on DouyuTV, though King of Fighters 14 is also being restreamed on Romance's Twitch channel.

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Street Fighter 5's 'exhaustible' fight money opportunities will be disappearing after January 16th - let's go down the checklist

It was only just recently that Capcom revealed some interesting details regarding Extra Battle Mode. There will be new ways to generate in-game currency for our Capcom Fighter Network accounts.

There is, however, a downside that was revealed. According to Capcom Unity, "modes that offered one-time finite batches of Fight Money will no longer do so."

The good news is that we still have time to complete these modes before January 16, 2017 rolls around. If you're like me, then that means that you'll probably be scrambling in order to get these modes completed or else these monetary opportunities will simply be lost forever.

So let's go down the checklist on what opportunities will disappear once the Arcade Edition update is live. Note that while these modes will still be available, there will be less incentive to actually completing them.

Interestingly enough, the Japanese blog actually talked about this a little bit more as I was informed by my coworker, Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor. Apparently this method of generating fight money is being removed for the sake of players that aren't that skilled.

Supposedly, while fight money could technically be earned by completing trials and survival, it might as well have not been there at all for these type of players. It's certainly no secret that hard and extreme survival modes are considered to be extremely difficult to complete.

In addition to this, they felt it made more sense for all levels of players to have renewable sources of currency gain instead of exhaustible ones.

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The Season 3 cast for Street Fighter 5 had their V-Gauge system plans started 'almost precisely a year ago,' according to Ono

The Season 3 cast for Street Fighter 5 was completely revealed at the end of Capcom Cup 2017. It caused a great deal of hype within the community.

Many of these characters are beloved fan favorites. These returning veterans are Sakura, Blanka, Cody, and Sagat.

The two newcomers are G and Falke. So how were these characters chosen? 4Gamer (Japanese website) recently asked this of Yoshinori Ono during an interview.

"By the way, I'd like to ask about the characters you announced for the upcoming Season 3," inquired 4Gamer. "What basis did you use for choosing these 6? It feels like Sagat and Cody are characters people have really been waiting for eagerly, but still."

Yoshinori Ono replied, "well, just like you said, we've heard a lot of people saying 'I want this character in!', and that's how we chose them." The process was apparently that simple.

It's no secret that fans have been wanting these characters -- especially Sakura and Sagat. This obviously doesn't explain G and Falke, but maybe they'll have very unique play styles.

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List of reported balance changes for the Street Fighter 5 Arcade Edition PlayStation Experience build

During the PlayStation Experience, Street Fighter 5 Arcade Edition was available to play for those present. It's very important to understand that the build that was present was specifically made for the event -- which means that this is not the final build.

Given, every change that has been reported is very much subject to change. We won't truly know what balance adjustments have been made into sometime in January (before the release of the update).

While no official list of changes have been logged, many top level players were present. These are individuals who know their characters very well.

DeadAceBS has compiled the notes of those who have noticed changes. He obviously stuck to reliable sources.

For example, Mago noticed differences with Karin. As a small sampling of how detailed this information is: standing medium kick is -4 on block (down from -2) and also has a start up of 8 frames (up from 7).

Corner throw loops appear to be universally removed from the entire cast. Hit the jump to check out the video.

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Nemo's last chance run, Daigo's crazy reactions, Itazan's disgustingly good call out; Capcom shares their top 5 moments from Capcom Cup

Though it's already been a week since Capcom Cup 2017, much of the Street Fighter community is still on a high from a weekend chocked full of intense bouts and exciting reveals.

Capcom Fighters has gone back through the tapes and selected their top five favorite moments from the weekend, which was quite the task considering how many epic sequences we saw.

From AW|Nemo's run through the Last Chance Qualifier to the unbridled action of the top eight finals, we revisit moments that took us to edge of our seats (and sometimes completely off them).

Not only did established top players bring out all the expected stops, but breakthrough performances by rising competitors like AAG|DidimoKOF and the incredible RISE|MenaRD made for an event that wound up being even better than we could've predicted.

CYG|Daigo's prepared approach, FOX|Tokido's demonic lock down, Mena's insane grand finals run and more round out this wonderful reliving of one of the greatest events in SF5's lifespan thus far.

We won't spoil too much here, but we will share one of the boldest reads from the top 32 bracket with you as we watch DNG|Itazan throw caution to the wind and bet his tournament life on an aggressive forward jump despite being a touch away from death:


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FDJ Masters League Tekken 7 Edition results ft. Tissuemon, Fergus, SuperAkouma, KiraKira

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

There's a big Tekken 7 finals going on this weekend in Paris, France. To the victor goes a cash prize of €20,000 and a place at EVO Japan next month.

FDJ Masters League has been holding qualifiers for their finals for the last two months, and now 6 players have reached the final bracket.

That's not the end, though. There will also be a last chance qualifier at the event where two more people will join the finals.

The players already qualified are CCG|Tissuemon, TDG|Fergus, Crazy|SuperAkouma, mYi|KiraKira, DougFromParis and Harry Potter.

With the majority of Europe's Tekken 7 contenders showing up to grab one of those last two spots, you can bet there's more than enough action to be had all day long. The broadcast begins at the posting of this story, and it will continue nonstop, straight from the qualifier into the finals, until a champion has been crowned.

Streaming is being done at JVTV.

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You're not as hype for Cody in Street Fighter 5 as Kenny Omega is

The Street Fighter crowd was already more than happy to see Sakura announced immediately after the conclusion of Capcom Cup last Sunday, but in a triumphantly surprising turn of events, Capcom proceeded to announce the five other characters coming in 2018 as well.

Two newcomers inspired plenty of speculation, and three old favorites (we use that term loosely with Blanka) sent most of us into an excited frenzy. One of these returning fighters was Cody Travers, who also happens to be a personal favorite of professional wrestler Kenny Omega.

Omega hasn't been secretive at all about his love for Street Fighter, appearing on Excellent Adventures and attending CEO multiple times. While you might think Kenny would be more about promoting himself more within the confines of New Japan Pro-Wrestling, but that's not what you'd get from a first glance at his Twitter right now.

Instead of using them to further highlight his current back and forth with Chris Jericho, (there's still plenty of that on the rest of his feed) Kenny's banner and bio are concerned with the return of the handcuffed brawler from Metro City.

We nabbed one of the pro wrestler's tweets about Cody, (you can view it by clicking the thumb below) and also noticed he's hoping for Cody to have a high execution barrier and "the tightest links possible," despite SF5's relative ease in this avenue.

That beautiful art of Kenny in the banner comes from Kyobashi, by the way, so be sure to check out more of their beautiful art on their Twitter page. The banner itself was designed by New York's Finest/a>.


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Vesper: 'It looks like Arcade Mode will not be awarding Fight Money,' streamer recaps and speculates on Extra Battle Mode reveal in Street Fighter 5

We were officially made privy to the details of Street Fighter 5's upcoming Extra Battle Mode back on Thursday evening, and the news has the community excited, mostly.

Vesper Arcade has read through the information and brings us an easily digestible video recap to ensure that we know about everything that's changing one this front come January 16th.

Perhaps the biggest draw of Extra Battle is opportunity at exclusive crossover costumes. Other Capcom figures such as Viewtiful Joe and Captain Commando will get some Street Fighter 5 limelight as certain characters will be able to don these recognizable outfits if certain requirements are met.

Players will be chancing 2,500 FM per week to attempt challenges that, if they successfully complete, will earn them one of these new costumes each and every month.

Vesper is "very concerned" about the fact that many of the single player modes that currently grant Fight Money will no longer be financially rewarding for players.

Though we don't know for certain yet, this trend leads Vesper to believe that the upcoming Arcade Mode will also not be awarding Fight Money, as it seems it would fall into the same category as Survival, Trials, Story and the other single player modes.

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