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Street Fighter 30th Anniversary's final retail version reportedly going to be packaged with training and standard versus modes

Previously, we reported on Maximilian's impressions on the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection. It might have been a little concerning to hear that the game might not be packaged with a training mode of any sort.

This viewing of the collection gave off the perception that this was likely an unfinished build of the upcoming title. Booting up the game would just launch you straight into the gameplay, similar to the arcade versions.

There did not appear to be a menu with game options. By that point, it wasn't possible to access a standard versus mode.

Luckily, there's some good news for those that have had some concerns about these details. The Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection is apparently playable at Final Round 2018.

James Chen on Twitter has reported that it was confirmed to him (most likely by a Capcom representative) that standard training and versus modes will be packaged with this collection. The build that is currently available at Final Round is not the final version.

He also reports that a number of classic bugs are still in the game, but the game freezing ones will be removed for the sake of online play. Apparently, the game's speed is also perfectly fine.

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Final Round 2018 early results, stream ft. SonicFox, Infiltration, Tokido, MenaRD, JDCR, Punk, Daigo, NuckleDu, Saint, ChrisG, Itazan and more

Update: This story is being updated with live results as they occur.

This weekend is a big one, with the massive annual event Final Round taking place in Atlanta, Georgia.

Perhaps the biggest thing of note about the event this year is that it's going to be kicking off both the Capcom Pro Tour for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, for which it is a Premier event, and the Tekken World Tour for Tekken 7, for which it is a Master event.

Besides these games, you'll also get to enjoy tournament action in Dragon Ball FighterZ, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Injustice 2, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, Pokkén Tournament DX, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, BlazBlue: Central Fiction and Street Fighter Alpha 2.

As for players attending, there really are just way too many to list, but here are just a few of the notable competitors you can expect to see this weekend across the tournament games: FOX|SonicFox, Monster|Infiltration, FOX|Tokido, Rise|MenaRD, FOX|JDCR, Punk, CYG|Daigo, NuckleDu, FOX|Saint, EG|NYChrisG, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, FOX|Justin Wong, CO|Go1, RB|Anakin, GGP|Kazunoko, PAG|LostSoul, Circa|ForeverKing, PG|Speedkicks, Fursan|LowHigh, Circa|JoeyFury, Gachikun, Shadow20z, F3|DR Gross, UYU|Princess Ling and many, many more.

You'll also get the enjoy the highly anticipated first-to-10 exhibition set in Dragon Ball FighterZ between FOX|SonicFox and CO|Go1. For even more information on the event, its attendance, and what you can look forward to, check out our official preview.

Streaming is being done at Capcom Fighters, Tekken, Bifuteki, Funky P, Kombat Network and Data FGC.

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KelotCup 5 results ft. Nobi, Take, Yuu, Noroma, Hakaiou,

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Although the main focus of Tekken action this weekend might be on Final Round, there's actually another big Tekken event going on.

If you were confused to see practically no Japanese players attending the aforementioned Tekken World Tour Master's tiered event, there's a good reason for that.

Today, the fifth KelotCup is taking place in Tokyo, Japan, and most of Japan's notable players have gathered to battle it out.

The event is similar to MasterCup in that it's a team tournament, though it's a 3v3 format rather than the 5v5 format that MasterCup traditionally uses, and the interesting gimmick about this tournament is that the three Yamasa players, Yamasa|Nobi, Yamasa|Take and Yamasa|Yuu are split up on three different teams.

It's a one day happening, so tune in and stay tuned until a winning team is crowned out of the almost 100 teams taking part in the arcade event.

Some notable players you can expect to see at the event are Yamasa|Nobi, Yamasa|Take, Yamasa|Yuu, COOASGAMES|Noroma, HakaiOu, Buts, Furumizu, Nishi, CO|Tanukana and many more.

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Five characters that need to be in the next Mortal Kombat game

We're not too far off from the biggest video game expo of the year, E3. With this year being so large for fighting games -- if you're not sure what I'm talking about, you can check out our breakdown here -- we are expecting some big reveals at the event this June.

Injustice 2 is hitting its one year anniversary soon, and it's a good time to start talking about what's next for Nether Realm Studios. We're still enjoying the DC Comics brawler, but the company has a tendency of announcing their next big project about a year after their most recent release.

Since NRS has been alternating between Mortal Kombat and Injustice, it is not outside the (nether) realm of possibility that the next installment in the brutal fighting series is in the works. If it is, we might be seeing it revealed as soon as E3.

With that in mind, today we're going to talk about five characters that need to be in the next Mortal Kombat game.

The most recent title in the series, Mortal Kombat X, had a slew of legendary characters on the playable roster. Hell, we even saw Horror film icons such as Friday The 13th's Jason, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre's Leatherface, and the Xenomoprh from Alien enter the fray.

However, there were several heavy-hitters from Mortal Kombat that did not make their way into the cast. Let's take a look at some of the characters that should definitely return in a potential Mortal Kombat 11.

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Karin's Critical Art clashing with Aegis Reflector, Balrog's V-Trigger 2 and more; Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition Final Round day one highlights

Today marks the first day of the 2018 season of the Capcom Pro Tour, and the killers came out swinging today. All of the big names packed into tiny pools made for some very exciting day one action.

Given this is the first major Street Fighter 5: Arcade edition has been played at, we were treated to the new tech the pros have been developing in the game for the past two months with their new V-Triggers, strategies and new characters in some cases.

DNG|Itabashi Zangief, RB|Snake Eyez and others showed up today showing off their shiny new Abigails, FD|Haitani came to get down and dirty with his Akuma and FOX|Momochi and DATA|Neon have been putting in work with Kolin.

Close calls, upsets and experimentation have been the name of the game so far with rarely a dull moment to be found.

If the first day is anything to go by, Final Round is going to have a ton of fantastic matches for Street Fighter plus Tekken 7 and Dragon Ball FighterZ among others as well.

We'll start things off with FOX|Justin Wong testing out Karin's ability to go through Liquid|Nemo's Aegis Reflector for some interesting results. See the rest of the day one highlights after the jump.

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Using five meters at once for a 90-percent damaging 122-hit combo - SonicFox vs. Go1 Dragon Ball FighterZ exhibition highlights from Final Round

It's not everyday we get to live a East vs. West rivalry like the days of Daigo Umehara and Justin Wong facing off in Street Fighter 3: Third Strike, but the advent of social media has made it easier to reach out and call out others no matter where they are.

Dominique "SonicFox" McLean and Goichi "Go1" Kishida finally faced off tonight in their head-to-head first to 10 exhibition match tonight after a month of calling each other out at tournaments and on Twitter.

There were unfortunately some technical difficulties with the stream causing viewers to miss out on the first four or five matches, but it was smooth sailing from there (if your name happened to be CO|Go1 at least).

FOX|SonicFox started out the set strong with two straight wins over his Japanese rival, but from there it pretty much became the Go1 Show. Kishida would go on to win the next three matches straight and finish the set 10-4 over SonicFox.

Both players are heavily focused on their offense and relentless pressure, but Go1 seemed to be almost exclusively in control after the third game with his team of Adult Gohan, Cell and Super Saiyan Vegeta. SonicFox stuck with his team of Hit, Goku Black and Android 16 for the entire set as well.

Let's start off the highlights with one of the most impressive sights. Go1 uses five meters at once to finish off a 90-percent damaging 122-hit combo to melt away Hit's life bar in game 14. Check out the rest after the jump.

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Funimation asks Nintendo when Goku is going to make the jump from Dragon Ball to join Super Smash Bros.

Super Smash Bros. has become the game for all-time dream match ups for video game characters ever since the release of Brawl back in 2008 though it has yet to move beyond realm of game characters.

Nobody expected to see the likes of Solid Snake from Metal Gear Solid and Sonic the Hedgehog in Smash Bros. when Brawl was coming out. Now after Mega Man, Final Fantasy 7's Cloud and Bayonetta's inclusion in Smash Bros. for the Wii U and 3DS, it feels like anything could be possible moving forward.

Dragon Ball's Western distributor Funimation reached out to Nintendo on Twitter to ask the game company when their "boy Goku is going to join the fight" following the announcement theat a newSuper Smash Bros. game is coming to the Switch.

Goku from Dragon Ball Z fame has been joked about and seriously requested to appear in the Smash games since the days of Brawl and some fans have gone so far as to make mods in the game featuring the Super Saiyan. Some of Nintendo's characters like Metroid's Ridley are still waiting for their spots on the roster as well.

Super Smash Bros. has never featured a multimedia character like Goku before, but if companies are open to talking to each other, anything could be possible. Just think back to the Star Wars characters in Soul Calibur 4. Who could have expected that?

Check out Funimation's full tweet below, and tell us if you think characters outside of those from game series should be included in Super Smash Bros. after the jump.

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The first of four pieces of Extra Battle Ken and Nash costumes as well as 3,400 FM are currently available in Street Fighter 5's weekly challenges

This week's Street Fighter 5 challenges are up and running and ready for you to collect 3,400 Fight Money from.

As far as Extra Battle Mode goes, it's the first week for Ken's Monster Hunter Rathalos and Nash's Captain Commando costumes. This means that you can grab the first of four gems needed for each of these slick new outfits.

We continue doing the same for R. Mika's Zinogre armor and Ibuki's Kirin armor as their respective new gems are available as well.

Each of these Extra Battle challenges costs 2,500 FM to attempt, but we've not run into much issue defeating the computer opponents. If you're going for all four new costumes, this week's additions will cost you 10k FM alone.

There's a GIF showing off how to complete the Rumored Four Kings Statue cryptic mission (which grants you a cool 2,500 FM) after the jump.

The gallery here will show you the requirements and rewards for the two new costumes as well as the list of weekly missions. Read on for specifics on how to complete said weekly missions.

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Xian's Ibuki might be even scarier than last year; we're about to see what the pros have come up with in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition

We saw a bit of new Street Fighter 5 potential at EVO Japan one week after Arcade Edition's launch and we caught some action at Winter Brawl 12 a few weeks ago, but what's likely on the way as Final Round kicks off this weekend will probably blow us out of the water.

The best in the business have now had ample time to explore the new odds and ends of the Arcade Edition update for SF5, and seeing as Final Round is the first event on the 2018 Capcom Pro Tour, they'll surely be pulling out all the stops.

Names like FOX|Tokido, GRPT|Haitani, RB|Luffy, Rise|MenaRD, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, Infiltration, Punk, CYG|Daigo and plenty others slated to be in attendance, we're more than excited to see what the playing field will begin to look like this season.

It was last year's Final Round that RZR|Xian revealed what he'd been concocting with Ibuki. For those that don't recall, this widely started the huge influx of Ibuki players and their development of ridiculous resets utilizing her kunai and bomb techniques.

The Singaporean EVO 2013 champion is back at it again, this time using Ibuki's new V-Trigger: the Fuma Shuriken. A recent stream session gives us a sneak peak at the mix up potential he's found with this new move.

Check it out here and then watch a few of his online sets in the video below. Then let us know who you think will be taking down the very first CPT event in the comments.

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Infiltration now sponsored by Monster Gaming

While there hasn't been much in the way of big announcements for it, it appears the world's most successful Korean Street Fighter 5 player, Infiltration, is now sponsored by Monster Gaming.

The EVO 2012, 2016 and EVO Japan 2018 champion has entered Final Round with the energy drink company behind him, and the first line of his Twitter bio now reads "Sponsored by Monster energy."

This comes just in the nick of time as Final Round is the official start of the 2018 Capcom Pro Tour, and the idea of one of the absolute best in the business going in without a sponsorship is near impossible to imagine.

Indeed we've been seeing similar announcements during this recent last minute scramble as just last night we found out GamerBee, Fuudo and Chris Tatarian have all joined Cygames to add to the fighting game roster that already includes Daigo and PR Balrog.

Infiltration has already played his pool at this weekend's Atlanta-based event, and you can track his and other competitors' progress in our Final Round coverage story.

Best of luck to both him and Monster in their 2018 fighting game eSports season.

Ever see an Injustice 2 match extend in a tournament set? Well it happened in Grand Finals at SXSW; here are some incredible top 8 highlights

The Injustice 2 tournament at SXSW Ground Zero has come to a close, the $20,000 prize pool dispersed to the top placers.

We've gone back through and grabbed a selection of clutch plays, intense moments and odd happenings for you in our highlights round up.

Our favorite had to be the grand finals "match extend" wherein both players landed the final hit at the exact same time. While many fighting games will normally end the round here with a double KO, Injustice handles things a bit differently.

There's plenty that happened in the top eight bracket before that however, and so we'll kick things off at the very beginning.

BC|Biohazard and his Bane had their work cut out for them as they faced off against the reigning EVO champion, ALG|Dragon.

Battered into the corner and under a storm of offense, it looked as though Bio was about to be sent to the losers bracket in his first top eight match. Then this happened:

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Aigis, Carmine, and Jubei revealed for BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle character pack 2

Three new DLC characters have been announced for BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle today as Arc System Works revealed Aigis, Carmine, and Jubei just a few minutes ago.

Hailing from Persona 4 Arena, Under Night In-Birth and BlazBlue respectively, these three continue to round out the 2v2 game's roster nicely. Aigis is also the first member of the roster to originally come from Persona 3.

We got a trailer showing off snippets of each character's basic game play and special moves as they explode on to the scene to bash foes with their partners.

Cross Tag Battle is set to release at the end of May in Japan and then on June fifth in North America.

Let us know what you think of these new fighters as well as who you think will join the cast later in the comments after you check out the exciting new content.

Below are a few stills showcasing each of three new characters, and you'll find the full trailer after the jump.

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Playing Nintendo Switch in bed just got a whole lot better

Human beings are a crafty sort. When issues arise in life, we often try and find the optimal way to solve whatever might be troubling us, even if it requires a bit of... outside the box thinking.

There are various ways to play the Nintendo Switch, whether it be on the go or at home. We can now add another set up to the list.

Apparently, a Twitter user named Ukiwa found a way to more comfortably play the handheld / home console while lying in bed.

As Kotaku reports, a couple of photos were uploaded onto the social media platform showing how the Switch can be used in conjunction with a simple tablet / smartphone mount to add another way to game. Because of the detachable Joy-Con controllers, you can actually play while your arms lie at your sides.

I don't know if you've ever tried to hold a bulky tablet or smartphone above your face while lying on your back for an extended period of time, but I'll just say that it doesn't feel very good.

While some might find a set up like this a bit more on the silly side, it could actually prove useful to those who might be stuck in bed due to injury or illness.

If you're going to try this, though, just make sure your mount is secure on both the bed frame and the Switch. You don't want Breath of the Wild or Ultra Street Fighter 2 to come crashing down on your face...

Below is the original tweet, as well as some others who joined in to share their set ups.

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Tweet sources: com_xenox and ProtoSP.

The character too big for Super Smash Bros. - Smash History of Samus Aran's nemesis, Ridley

Super Smash Bros. has been going strong as a series for nearly 20-years now for Nintendo, and the roster has only continued to grow for each of the four current installments.

Most of the company's iconic characters have made it into the game as playable characters over the years, but others have famously, or infamously, left out in the cold (like the Ice Climbers for the latest Smash games, get it?). The most prominent of these being Samus' continued nemesis, Ridley.

The space pirate captain, who also appears to be a space dragon, has never appeared in playable form, yet he has appeared in every Super Smash Bros. game to date (with the exception of the 3DS game) even being prominently featured in Brawl's Subspace Emissary mode.

Ridley has been one of the most requested characters by fans over the years along with Donkey Kong Country's King K. Rool, but that request has continued to go unfulfilled. As it stands now, Metroid and F-Zero are the only series featuring a single playable character that have been around since the original game.

Today we will be taking a look at Ridley and his relation to and appearances in the Super Smash Bros. series along with the statements regarding the character from series director Masahiro Sakurai over the years.

Let's go ahead and dig into Ridley's history.

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SXSW Injustice 2 Ground Zero results ft. Dragon, Semiij, DR Gross, HoneyBee, Grr

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Today, we have a high stakes Injustice 2 tournament going on.

With Final Round 21 starting this weekend, it'll be a nice warmup to see some heavy Injustice 2 action being streamed live from the SXSW event.

There's $20,000 up for grabs here, so obviously there's a lot to gain. You can see the specific prize money breakdown here.

The event is going from start until finish, though it's unclear how much of it will be streamed we can at least assume that top 8 will be viewable.

Notable players participating include ALG|Dragon, Noble|Semiij, F3|DR Gross, BC|HoneyBee, DF|Grr, FOX|Scar, RNG|WhiteBoi, BxA|StarCharger, BC|Biohazard, MF|Slayer and more.

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Daigo's team Cygames is now sponsoring Fuudo, GamerBee and Chris Tatarian

The Capcom Pro Tour officially kicks off tomorrow with Final Round in Atlanta, Georgia, and eSports teams seem to be ramping up their signings before the tournament season starts.

Daigo Umehara announced on Twitter that Cygames is adding three new players to its fighting game lineup. Bruce "GamerBee" Hsiang, Keita "Fuudo" Ai and Chris Tatarian will now be sponsored under the already strong CYG flag.

They are joining the Beast himself along with Eduardo "PR Balrog" Perez, who were already on the team, while it has been announced that Darryl "Snake Eyez" Lewis will be departing Cygames.

Umehara says that the entirety of team CYG will be in Atlanta for Final Round except for PR Balrog who is out with an injury.

This annoucement comes just a week after Team Liquid announced their signing of of Nemo and John Takeuchi. Notable names like NuckleDu, Punk and Filipino Champ are still free agents that have yet to sign with a new team.

Check out the full announcement Tweet below.

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More people have signed up for Dragon Ball FighterZ at EVO than Street Fighter 5, here's an early list of game popularity from Mr. Wizard

EVO 2018 is still roughly four and a half months away, but plenty of excited players have already promised their attendance to one or more of the event's eight games.

While representatives have not released the actual running registration totals head tournament organizer, Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar, has revealed where each game ranks in relation to the others at this point in time.

If anything is true about the fighting game community, it's that a good portion of it will be sure to wait to sign up for events until the last few weeks prior. With that in mind, things very well could change between now and August 3rd when EVO 2018 is slated to kick off.

This contrasts with this weekend's Final Round, which marks the first event of the 2018 Capcom Pro Tour. Here are the final numbers for the premier CPT tourney:

Street Fighter 5 (373 entrants), Dragon Ball FighterZ (314 entrants), Tekken 7 (297 entrants), Injustice 2 (66 entrants), Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 (51 entrants), BlazBlue: Central Fiction (36 entrants).

Compare these to current EVO standings by clicking the thumbnail here, and then let us know which game you think will get the most players in Las Vegas this year when it's all said and done.

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Thanks to HooliganComboFTW for the submission.