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Despite huge cuts, Capcom's meddlings, Jean-Claude Van Damme's major cocaine habit and more, the Street Fighter film somehow found incredible success

It seems that every few years someone takes an in-depth look back at the cinematic anomaly that was the 1994 Street Fighter film. This time around that someone is The Guardian, and their research unveils shenanigans that further cement the ridiculousness of the film's idiosyncratic success story.

Many of us recall the live action Street Fighter movie as one of our favorite "so bad it's good" films, and are entirely correct in doing so. But it's so much more than a handful of epic one liners from Raúl Juliá paired with a watered down James Bond-like action story.

As bad as the film is it retains a real charismatic novelty that can only be made sense of after understanding the incredibly turbulent backstory of its development process.

The unique and enduring character that peaks through Street Fighter's otherwise comically bad execution was most certainly born via the trials and tribulations of its behind the scenes beginnings.

Director Steven De Souza unveiled a lot of new information during his talk with The Guardian, and we'd like to highlight some of that to hopefully give you an all new perspective on this movie we both love and laugh at/with.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate will be playable at EVO 2018

We have less than five months left to wait until the launch of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on the Nintendo Switch, but players looking to get their hands on the title a bit early don't need to wait much longer if they plan on attending the largest fighting game tournament in the world.

The developer and publisher announced today via their Nintendo VS Twitter account that the demo for Smash Ultimate will be playable at 2018 early next month.

A demo for the biggest crossover game ever was previously available to play at E3 where it was officially unveiled — for those that ordered special tickets — as well as CEO last month.

The previous demo versions of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate featured 30 of the game's final, massive 65+ character roster including the long awaited inclusion of Ridley, Splatoon's Inkling and the return of Metal Gear's Solid Snake.

Nintendo's announcement doesn't state whether it will indeed be the same demo from the game's two previous showings or an updated version though rumors circulating state that there are still at least six characters waiting to be revealed, and an event like EVO may be the best place to announce some of them.

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VesperArcade declares Zangief, Alex, Vega, Ryu, and Sakura to be the bottom five characters of Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition Season 3.5

Not too long ago, VesperArcade declared that Guile, Menat, Cammy, Ibuki, and Akuma to be the top five characters in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition's Season 3.5 meta. This claim is hard to refute considering the tournament presence of these fighters.

It is interesting to note that all five of these characters have less than 1,000 health. Their access to very strong tools more than makes up for their life deficit.

How about the less privileged combatants? Earlier today, VesperArcade released a video that has him and Mir discussing the bottom five characters.

It was declared that Zangief, Alex, Vega, Ryu, and Sakura are the worst characters in the game right now. While Zangief, Alex, and Vega seemed obvious, they noted that it was difficult to determine that Ryu and Sakura also belonged in the bottom five.

They specifically mentioned Falke didn't fall this low as she is actually capable of stomping the other low tiers. Falke tends to be better than any character who have poor neutrals.

Hit the jump to check out the video that gives detailed thoughts and analyses on the status of each of the bottom five fighters. Also, feel free to compare to our community voted tier list.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ's DRM has been cracked on PC; is even playable online

Digital Rights Management software — DRM — is something that many players of PC games are well aware of and are familiar with as a means of anti-piracy and anti-tamper protection for video games on the platform.

Hackers and modders will often crack a game's DRM system, and it's usually a matter of when and not if it will happen once those with the know-how take an interest in breaking the game's built in protections.

Dragon Ball FighterZ's PC version uses the well known Denuvo DRM is one of the latest games to get cracked almost six months after its release in January earlier this year.

The cracked version of this fighter from Bandai Namco has appeared online and can do what many other potentially pirated games cannot — play online against others.

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Infiltration feels Cammy is overpowered in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, proposes potential nerfs in new rant

If you've been following competitive Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition lately, you may have noticed a rise in activity of Cammy players. Online and offline play has seen a surge of Cammy ever since the Street Fighter 5 Season 3.5 balance update dropped back in April.

While powerful characters like Abigail and Rashid saw significant nerfs in the update, fans were surprised to see that an already strong Cammy received buffs in the latest patch. Though she did see a nerf to her crouching light kick, it was the increased damage on regular throws — at he expense of less stun — more invincibility to air attacks for Light Cannon Spike, and even a new move in V-Trigger 1 that made her quite a bit better than she already was.

Cammy has been on the rise in tournament play as of late, and the FV Cup event that took place in Malaysia this past weekend was a big eye opener for many players as there were four Cammy players in this Capcom Pro Tour Ranking event's top 8 alone. As a result, FD|Haitani ended up facing Cammy six times in a row during the tournament, with four of those matches taking place in top 8.

With the way things are going, people are starting to think that Cammy might be too strong in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition. Numerous top players spoke out on Twitter about the character during FV Cup, and today we have a full video rant from PG|Infiltration about Cammy's current strength.

Infiltration's rant comes in at a little over 50 minutes, but his main message seems to be this: Cammy is over powered and needs nerfs. He explains that of the five best characters in the game — who Infiltration believes are Cammy, Guile, Ibuki, Akuma, and Menat — Cammy is the easiest one to use and she can utilize the game's system in the best way possible due to her offensive tools.

"[In Season 3.5], all of [Cammy's] nerfs are very subtle, while all the buffs are very viable options," Infiltration explains. "These balance changes make so many players shift to Cammy online and offline."

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Cloud loses Limit gauge if he's hit while charging his down special in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

In Super Smash Bros. 4, Cloud is known as being the second best 1v1 character — next to Bayonetta — and the best 2v2 character in the game. In addition to having an impressive repertoire of disjointed aerials that auto cancel, his ability to charge his Limit Breaker gives him access to a phenomenal neutral game.

Recently, NRG|Nairo uploaded a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate match that featured his Bowser going up against TSM|ZeRo's Cloud. Reddit users Darkforce11 and Amidatty_22 noticed something that eluded the players' attention during the action.

Apparently, if Cloud takes a hit while charging his Limit gauge via his down special, his meter will actually be reduced. In other words, there is actually some risk associated with charging Cloud's Limit haphazardly in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Notably, Cloud is able to generate meter when hitting an opponent, taking damage, or via his down special. Since he now has a new UI next to his icon that constantly shows the Limit gauge, we are able to see that Cloud loses a noteworthy amount of meter when hit out of his charging animation.

Being that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a game that is currently in development and won't be available until December 7, 2018, some have speculated that this might be a bug or glitch. Even if this is a deliberate change, it's important to understand that everything is still subject to change.

Here's a look at the phenomenon's occurrence. After the jump, you can find the video that showcases the full match.


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Rage Street Fighter 5 All-Star League early results ft. Tokido, Daigo, Fujimura, Nemo, Moke and Itabashi Zangief

Update: This story has been updated with day 9 results.

There's a new league event being set to occur in Japan, organized by Rage eSports.

The format of the tournament, once the teams have been decided, will be a set of matches between the teams, in which each game is a first-to-1, but the teams have to win 3 out of 5 sets between the teams, and will be played in a round robin format where wins and losses in the team matches will come in to play.

These six players are FOX|Tokido, CYG|Daigo, FD|Fujimura, Liquid|Nemo, Ponos|Moke and DNG|Itabashi Zangief.

Each of these players will take part in a draft on Thursday May 31st, to pick players for their teams. From there, the competition will continue on various days for the next 2 months.

The matches are being played with 3v3 teams, so each player will add two fighters to stand beside them. There's a lot of money being played for here, with the first placing team getting 6 million yen ($54,663) while the second placing team will receive 3 million yen ($27,331) and the third place team being awarded 1 million yen ($9,111).

Streaming is being done at OpenRec.

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With just a sliver of life remaining, defeat was inevitable for Rewind in the Injustice 2 casual match against SonicFox's Captain Cold

Injustice 2 is an interesting fighting game. It's very possible to be put into situations where victory becomes unachievable due to how certain moves work.

Scarecrow's Character Power — Inner Fear — causes the opponent to take damage over time if they get too close to him even while they are hitting Scarecrow. Without life to spare, their only option is to zone against a character with a teleport functionality.

Similarly, Captain Cold has a special move called Frost Field. This envelops a specific circle of the stage with an icy field that will deal damage to the opponent over time if they stay in its area of effect.

If you find yourself in a situation with only a sliver of life against Captain Cold, it's also an inevitable defeat. He'll be able to keep putting up Frost Field and slowly inch you into the corner. There's no point in trying to zone him as he has a very good projectile.

During a casual match, Noble|Rewind found him in this situation against FOX|SonicFox. Ironically, Captain Cold really put Sub-Zero on ice.

Despite trying to prolong his existence with a meter burn roll, Rewind would eventually lose the match in a hilarious fashion. Check out the clip below.


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First gameplay look at Vulcano Rosso and Pullum Purna during Fighting EX Layer teaser

Arika has treated everyone to an extremely brief look at Vulcano Rosso and Pullum Purna in Fighting EX Layer. The video is only 22 seconds long in total.

Remember that these two characters are going to be released as free DLC. More details regarding their released dates will be revealed at EVO 2018.

After Vulcano Russo graduated from the Organization, he began his new life as the "Narcissist Detective." Meanwhile, Pullum Purna discovered a clue about her father's disappearance and declared that she herself will find him.

During the teaser clip, we only get to see Vulcano Russo performing a combo string against Pullum Purna, which results in a knock out. After this, we jump to another scene that has Pullum Purna knocking Vulcano Russo out with one of her attacks, then we see her victory animation.

Afterwards, it was revealed that Arika will stream Fighting EX Layer for the first time since the game's release on July 20th at 8:00pm JST — July 19th at 4:00am PDT and 7:00am EDT in the United States.

This will take place on Daigo's Twitch channel. Koichi-san and Street Fighter 2 creator Nishitani-san will be in attendance.

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This fan-made Mortal Kombat Funko Pop figure of Noob Saibot is so damn awesome

Starting out as a simple all-black palette swap of the other colorful ninjas in Mortal Kombat, Noob Saibot has become quite the popular character in the legendary fighting game series. Unfortunately, the shadowy kombatant was not a playable character in the most recent installment of the Mortal Kombat series, Mortal Kombat X, but that hasn't stopped fans from demanding his return and showing their appreciation for him.

A Twitter user named NashmanAguilar recently created and shared a custom-made Funko Pop figure depicting none other than Noob Saibot.

The figure features the chibi-esque style Pops are known for, but painted all black with blank white eyes that give off an angry stare. Funko Noob also has his face mask, classic Mortal Kombat ninja vest, boots, and even a crest on his belt.

Aguilar notes that these fan-made pops are created by finding figures in stores that appear similar and removing parts to add to the custom in progress. Then they are reshaped and painted to look more like the desired character.

Continuing with the Mortal Kombat motif, Aguilar also shared a custom Funko Pop figure of Kintaro which you can see below. This one is actually a commission he purchased a ways back and was designed over the Goro Pop figure, naturally.

All this creator needs to do now is make Noob Saibot's shadowy clone to go along with the custom figure. Would you buy a Noob Saibot Funko Pop figure if they were for sale? Let us know in the comments.

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Yoshinori Ono announces plans for a Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition panel at San Diego Comic-Con

Comic-Con International: San Diego, better known as San Diego Comic-Con, begins later this week with industry panels, exclusive merchandise, cosplayers and brand new announcements — some of which may be coming from the Street Fighter developers themselves.

The series' producer, Yoshinori Ono, announced his San Diego Comic-Con plans today including signing sessions with Blanka in tow along with a Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition panel taking place this Friday.

This comes as little surprise, as Capcom's fighting games division has held panels during the past three San Diego Comic-Cons where they had something new to announce or show off each year.

In 2015, the developers revealed Ken to the world in Street Fighter 5 followed by new costumes and Juri's release information in 2016 and a new Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite character trailer in 2017.

Given Capcom's previous track record of announcing new content at the massive convention, it is safe to assume more news will be coming our way later this week, but what will it be?

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Update: Combo-ing after Critical Art in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition is Desk-level stuff, but this Juri player did it in a real match

Update: Mizuki has actually performed the same feat against both Teykuya and Aiai. You can check out both impressive clips below.

Earlier: Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition's Critical Arts are super-powered maneuvers that use up all three stocks of your super gauge. They deal big damage and usually involve a large, cinematic animation that doesn't allow the user to continue to attack afterward in the same sequence.

Because of this, Critical Arts are often used as the final act in a combo, which is also helpful in getting optimal damage out of a sequence. However, it seems that Juri can actually follow up with a series of attacks after a raw super if the conditions are right.

In this quick clip from Teykuya on Twitter, we see a Juri player by the name of Mizuki0127 taking on the footage uploader in a Juri mirror match. Mizuki sits locked and loaded with a full Critical Art bar and all three Fuhajin moves stored — a special move that gives Juri access to three new tools after performing a quarter-circle-forward plus each kick button, respectively.

When Teykuya attempts a jump-in, Mizuki answers with a raw Critical Art. Doing so causes a trade from the incoming Juri's jumping heavy kick, which cuts the recovery on the super animation and allows Mizuki to move earlier than expected, while still having the large projectile super hit its target.

Mizuki then follows up with two of Juri's Fuhajin special moves, closing out with a fully charged V-Skill. The result is a slick 10-hit combo that takes a hefty chunk out of the other Juri's health bar — about 40% of it.

Though this combo required a trade to start, it's definitely cool to see a Desk-tier sequence pop up in a real match. Also, amazing awareness from the Juri player to actually catch that juggle in real time.


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Falke becomes a Gothic bunny in this new PC mod for Street Fighter 5

It's no secret that Street Fighter 5 has quite a few characters rocking blonde hair — including the two newest DLC fighters — though perhaps switching some of them over to a darker palette could make them cooler than they already are.

PC Best Mods posts videos on their YouTube channel of — you guessed it — some of the best PC mods for Street Fighter 5 and other titles to change up the looks of the cast of characters in some big ways.

They are back again with another Falke mod for SF5 by Deviant Art user bbbSFXT that turns the Neo Shadaloo member into a Gothic bunny with black hair, red eyes and a dark Playboy-esque bunny suit.

This mod is similar to some of the maker's other work including a new black, Gothic-themed uniform and leotard which the bunny suit seems to be based off of.

The gameplay video also features Street Fighter 5's Mysterious Mod which turns the user interface purple and allows players to perform longer combos than they would not be in the base game.

PC Best Mods has also recently shown off Breath of the Wild's Zelda replacing Karin and Rashid's Air Man crossover costume early. You can take a closer look at the costume in the stills below and see it in motion in a mirror match in the video after the jump.

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Update: Here's a look at reboot Broly in the upcoming Dragon Ball Super movie

Update: The gallery below has been updated with three new images of the Legendary Super Saiyan below to go along with the original two.

Earlier: Dragon Ball Super: Broly will be releasing in Japan on December 14, 2018. As it is suggested by the name, Broly will be made canonical to the Dragon Ball series.

Broly is a character that is extremely popular among fans despite being non-canonical. It's no wonder he was able to find his way into Dragon Ball FighterZ as a DLC character.

In the original movies, Broly started off as a rather scrawny looking Saiyan. Despite this, it was said that he was born with a power level of 10,000 — an impressive feat considering that Goku was born with a power level of two.

When Broly would transform into a Legendary Super Saiyan, he really hulked out. Very few characters have been able to cause Vegeta hesitation in the way that Broly was able to in the first movie.

While Akira Toriyama has confirmed that he'll be keeping Broly's classic image in mind for the movie, it seems like the character is going through quite the rework. Broly actually looks pretty menacing and powerful in his base form.

At Shonen Jump‘s recent 2018 Jump Victory Carnival, we were given a glimpse at Broly's new look. He's got a number of scars on his body. While he starts out wearing the standard Frieza force armor, it looks like he'll be shedding that once his muscles expand as a result of his transformation.

We'll be sure to see an interesting side of Broly. This time, he'll be going up against Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan — or Super Saiyan Blue for short — Goku and Vegeta. He'll surely benefit from quite the power boost compared to his non-canonical version.

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Dragon Radar events announced for Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour; winners receive free travel to main events

Bandai Namco began their most recent run of pro tour events for their games with the Tekken World Tour last year which continues this year with Dragon Ball FighterZ also entering the mix.

The Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour was announced in June with its first stop occurring at CEO with GGP|Kazunoko taking the tournament and a Dragon Ball to get straight into the circuit's finals.

The developer and publisher announced today that offline Dragon Radar events will be joining the roster of main 'Saga' World Tour events for DBFZ with its own unique prize for winning a Radar tournament.

Players who win a Dragon Radar event will receive free air travel and hotel for any upcoming Saga World Tour tournament or even the last chance qualifier's tournament before the final event next year.

Canada Cup recently revealed that their event in October would be among the special Dragon Radar events though Bandai Namco says we'll need to stay tuned for the full list of tournaments at a later date.

The Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour will feature seven main Saga events culminating in a Finals in early 2019 with each main tournament receiving a $5,000 prize pool bonus and the winner of each will earn one of seven Dragon Balls.

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No, Boon's updated avatar isn't a hint at a new project and Mortal Kombat vs. D.C. Universe 2 isn't Netherealm Studios' next game

Ed Boon is a game developer that is known for teasing upcoming projects. Unfortunately, many fans seem to have a knack for taking anything that Boon says over Twitter as a hint towards something as a result of this.

You'd swear that people would think that Ed Boon was hinting at the next game or character if he tweeted about trying his first cup of black coffee. Remember that Twitter is also meant to be a social media platform.

Recently, Ed Boon changed his profile picture which features half of Scorpion's head and half of Batman's head. Surely this means that he's hinting at the sequel to Mortal Kombat vs. D.C. Universe, right? Right!?

Actually no. Ed Boon has confirmed on Twitter that he just wanted to change his profile picture because his previous picture was old. Netherrealm Studios is known for developing the Mortal Kombat and Injustice games — titles in which Scorpion and Batman are easily respectively recognizable.

Ed Boon then outright confirmed that Netherrealm Studios' next game will not be Mortal Kombat vs. D.C. Universe 2. Notably, the first game for this crossover was set in a timeline before Mortal Kombat's story reboot.

It is interesting that Ed Boon didn't deny the possibility of Injustice 3, however. Still, it's best not to jump to conclusions.

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Mayor Cody was the sixth most played character, but had the worst match up spread for the month of June in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition

Cody was made available to Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition players on June 26th. There were only five days left of the month of June.

Despite this, it seems that Cody was the sixth most played fighter for that particular month. More players were using Ryu, Akuma, Ken, Guile, and Cammy during the month of June.

Likely since he was a new character, Cody ended up having the worst match up spread. This makes sense considering that he was facing off against players that were using fighters that have been playable for two years now, like M. Bison — who, once again, had the best match up spread this time around.

While this data is an important resource, it shouldn't be used to determine character viability purely on its own. It's just a single tool that can be considered. In this case, five days of data is not enough to reach an appropriate conclusion.

We'll likely need a few more months before players are able to fully flesh Cody out. Until then, we won't actually know for sure where he will fall in terms of tiers in the grand scheme of things.

This information comes from the CFN website. Feel free to compare the information here with our community voted tier list.

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