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Weekend community events, Feb. 26 - 28

Weekend community events, Feb. 26 - 28 Here's a listing of events in the fighting game community happening from February 26th through the 28th.

• New York, New York: Chinatown Fair SF4 2v2, Feb. 26. Live stream provided by Frame-Advantage.com, starts at 3 p.m. EST.

• Orlando, Florida: Orlando Friday Night Ranbat Season 2, Feb. 26. Live stream starts at 8 p.m. EST.

• Columbus, Ohio: Cbus Fight Nights Live Stream, Feb. 26. Live stream starts at 8 p.m. EST.

• Orange, California: Level|Up SF4 Tourney, Feb. 27.

• Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: GVN Winter Brawl 4, Feb. 27.

• Seattle, Washington: Bloody-Knuckles Art show and Tournament, Feb. 28.

• Elk Grove, California: SF4 Tourney at Tapioca Express, Feb. 26.

• Sanford, Maine: Pat's Pizza SF4 Tourney, Feb. 26.

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Realistic Street Fighter artwork by Cazetta

Cazetta has put up a different style of Street Fighter artwork on his Deviant Art page. Instead of going for the traditional anime look for the various fighters, he did his representations with a realistic flair.


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Leave a comment below with your thoughts on the artwork.

GamesRadar shows Super Street Fighter 4 alt. costumes, pre-order deal

GamesRadar shows Super Street Fighter 4 alt. costumes, pre-order deal GamesRadar got an exclusive look at a few of the alternative costumes in Super Street Fighter 4, although some of these images you've probably seen else where.

The page has the third alternative outfits for Fei Long, Blanka, Gen, Guile and Dhalsim.

Also, you get this costume pack for free by pre-ordering the game through these sites:

• Amazon.com (PlayStation 3 / Xbox 360)
• Best Buy (PlayStation 3 / Xbox 360)

Update: On the Capcom-Unity Twitter, an employee stated that this DLC pack is a timed exclusive release, meaning you won't be able to grab these costumes until some time after the title is released, unless you get SSF4 via a pre-order.

New high quality Super Street Fighter 4 screens

mIRC pointed out a new batch of Super Street Fighter 4 screens that were posted on RuliWeb.

They show the menu screen, new anime and have a few in game pictures. These images are pretty slick even if they don't show anything ground breaking — they offer a nice look at the game.

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Kyushu Qualifer videos from Street Fighter 4 tournament in Japan

Lord Aborigine has posted a ton of videos from the Kyushu Qualifer tournament, which is part of the national 3 vs. 3 official Capcom team tourney taking place in Japan for Street Fighter 4.

Here are some of the highlights, hit the link below for more.

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Developers discuss how Ibuki plays and looks in Super Street Fighter 4

Developers discuss how Ibuki plays and looks in Super Street Fighter 4 Super Street Fighter 4's Battle Planner, Sano, joins the rest of the crew to discuss Ibuki in the latest blog entry that was translated by Azrael.

Hello everyone. This is Tsukamoto.

The Street Fighter 3 characters have finally been announced! This week, of the 3 new characters, I'd like to focus on Ibuki.

I'm sure everyone would like to hear more about her moves and what it took to get her in Street Fighter 4, so director Okada as well as the main battle planner will be joining me this time around.

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Joo's ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 2 combo collection

Joo's ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 2 combo collection The DVD version of Joo's ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 2 combo collection is now available in a few different formats. The page also has an additional video and an interview towards the end explaining a few things.

This is a full on DVD release weighing in at a hefty 7.4 gigabytes, including instructions on the page explaining how to burn the file to a disc when it's finished.

This project took about 6 years to complete and you probably won't see a better combo video for Marvel vs. Capcom 2 — ever. In case you missed it the first time around, here's the trailer release for the project.

iPhone Street Fighter 4 gameplay footage

From the video in addition to Ryu, Ken and Guile we can see Abel, Blanka, Chun-Li, M. Bison and Dhalsim have also been confirmed as playable characters in this version.

The game will sell for $9.99 and be available some time in March.

Kudos to Xaznharryx for finding this video.

Huge announcement in April, Marvel vs. Capcom 2/HDR 50% off on PSN

Huge announcement in April, Marvel vs. Capcom 2/HDR 50% off on PSN Capcom is going to be making a "huge announcement" in April of some sorts, John Diamonon said today through the PlayStation.Blog.

The company has a lot of franchises, and this statement is about as ambiguous as they come, but it's possible they may be announcing a new fighting game project around this time.

Also, Diamonon noted that Marvel vs. Capcom 2 and Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix are both 50% off on the PlayStation Network for a little while, making both games $7.49 each.

The special price for Marvel vs. Capcom 2 ends on February 24th and HD Remix starts up on the 25th and lasts until March 3rd.

Fan-made fighting game action figures

Renmauzo posted a bunch of custom fighting game action figures he's created. Here's a sampling of what he's done.


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Story via Capcom-Unity.

Seth: Most players will prefer Super Street Fighter 4 versions of characters

Seth: Most players will prefer Super Street Fighter 4 versions of characters Seth Killian feels that most players will prefer the Super Street Fighter 4 versions of their favorite characters over their Street Fighter 4 counterparts, according to a recent post on the Unity Boards.

He went on to cover several other questions about the upcoming game, including character balance and the now infamous interview with Keno. Hit the link below to check out all of his responses.

Keno said you guys further weakened Gen and didn't make Guile strong enough in Super Street Fighter 4. Why?

Seth Killian: There's unfortunately a lot of shouting instead of a lot of thinking around this topic, but before the release of a highly anticipated game like this, things are often taken out of context or as being more significant than they actually are. I've seen this happen for DOZENS of fighting games over more than a decade, both before I worked at Capcom and since. Part of the reason is that it's a lot more exciting to go, "everything is ruined!" than it is to say, "I should probably wait until I have a chance to know what I'm talking about," so you get a lot of shouting about what's very small amounts of actual info (and sometimes even that info isn't accurate, or changes during development).

While I was there, Keno played the game for perhaps 15 minutes. He's a great player and a nice guy, but I'm sure he would tell you the same thing any sane person would tell you: 15 minutes is not enough to determine the balance of a new game, or even play more than a couple of characters. Adding to the issue is that he was not playing the final build of the game.

Balance tends to improve in Capcom games as they progress in a series and there's more experience with a given engine. Street Fighter 2: Champion Edition was a better game than Street Fighter 2, Street Fighter Alpha 2 was better than Street Fighter Alpha, Street Fighter 3: 2nd Impact was better than Street Fighter 3, and I'm confident Super Street Fighter 4 will improve on Street Fighter 4 (which is already in pretty good shape according to the actual rankings charts, with fewer really bad matchups than almost any fighting game in Capcom history, or any other current game for that matter. Sure, Sagat is strong, but probably the weakest #1 character ever, which is a good thing).

As for Gen and Guile, if there were an "Anniversary Edition"-style game or Street Fighter 4 (where you could choose either the Street Fighter 4 or Super Street Fighter 4 versions of your characters), I suspect almost everyone would choose the SSF4 version of their character — including Gen and Guile.

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Sven: Street Fighter 3 3s remake popular request, but nothing planned

Sven: Street Fighter 3 3s remake popular request, but nothing planned Capcom's Christian Svensson and Seth Killian have answered another round of requests from fans hoping to see a re-release of Street Fighter 3 Third Strike in the future.

Here's what they had to say on the matter via the Unity Boards.

Is Capcom going to re-release Street Fighter 3 Third Strike?

Christian Svensson: These things don't happen over night guys and if it were to happen, it would still be a ways off given that there's nothing currently in development along these lines.

That said, we do know that it's been a really popular request. The suggestion box alone and these forums make that really apparent. We'll see what happens.

Seth Killian: We're definitely aware of the interest in the SFIII series, which is why we answer questions like this at least once a week :P

That said, there's no action on this front at the moment, though it's something to consider for the future. We have a bunch of great new fighting games out at the moment — more than we've had in the past 10 years combined, so please be understanding about our reluctance to risk totally flooding the market.

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom rage quits, soundtrack licensing and more

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom rage quits, soundtrack licensing and more Seth Killian clarified how the TvC 'disconnector hell' works. This system matches players up who frequently rage quit in their matches with each other. Sven and he also chimed in on a few more topics on the Capcom Forums recently.

Here are their responses.

What ever happened to "disconnector hell" for Tatsunoko vs. Capcom? A bunch of people have complained about this guy named 'MASTERS' who has disconnected on everyone, but we're still getting matched up with him.

Seth: Although it's possible he found some exploit in the system, it's more likely that he rage-quits infrequently enough to be mostly paired with regular players.

You probably hear about it more often because the people posting here are more likely to be the caliber of player that can actually beat him, so you aren't hearing from the 50+ weaker players he may have beat legitimately. Quitting doesn't affect your rank, just who you are paired with (it's a difficult situation with the network architecture that makes it very hard to tell who actually disconnected).

Is there some logical reason why TvC didn't have character themes in the game that Capcom specifically owns, like Jazzy NYC?

Gojiguy: Part of the deal for TvC was that the characters on both sides were given equal treatment. If Ryu was front and center on a poster, Ken the Eagle had to be there with him. No Tatsunoko property could be placed ahead of a Capcom property and vices versa. So if they had the Capcom themes and then no Tatsunoko themes it might infringe upon the agreement between the two companies.

Seth: Gojiguy has it correct. As you might have heard us mention a few times, this game is like a giant legal porcupine of challenges. Jazzy NYC was one of the casualties of actually getting it released according to the terms of the contracts...

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Satire: Super Street Fighter The Movie

Amazing that the guy narrating this could keep from laughing/vomiting while reading some of the lines.

Thanks to J Jaker for pointing this out.

Alex Valle discusses Level|Up tournament series

Alex Valle discusses Level|Up tournament series Alex Valle, Jimmy "ShinJN" Nguyen and AJ "PotatoHead" Papa were guests on Live On 3 with show hosts DJ Wheat and Slasher, the live stream crew from last year's Devastation.

Valle and co. discussed their new SoCal Level|Up Tournament series, which takes place next weekend, February 27th, at Dave & Busters at The Block at Orange. There will be a 64-man tournament in Street Fighter 4 and Tekken 6, featuring the west coast's top players and a bonus $1,000 for each winner.

The organizers talk about the release and concept of this project and what we might see in the future, including the release of Super Street Fighter 4 in the near future.

Visual Stamina & Hit Point Rankings for Tatsunoko vs. Capcom

Visual Stamina & Hit Point Rankings for Tatsunoko vs. Capcom I've posted a new visual guide showing the character's stamina rankings and hit point totals in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars.

This is useful information if you're curious which fighters can and cannot take a beating. It's no surprise that the Giant characters are at the top of the list, but you may be surprised how some of the roster members stack up with one another.

The guide has been added to the main TvC section where you can find tons more information about the game.

Sonic Hurricane's Street Fighter 4 Rose combo video

Check out an explanation of these combos here.