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Guide update digest for 8-27-09

Guide update digest for 8-27-09

Arcadia magazine to carry SBO 2009 DVDs

Arcadia magazine to carry SBO 2009 DVDs Instead of having an independent DVD release, the 2009 Super Battle Opera (Tougeki) videos will be packaged with Arcadia magazine, according to a post by Kilvear. Here's a translation.

• Arcadia 2009 November (Street Fighter 4/Virtua Fighter 5:R)

• Arcadia 2009 December (Tekken 6BR / Street Fighter 3 Third Strike)

• Arcadia 2010 January (BlazBlue / Fate issue Journal)

• Arcadia 2010 February (Guilty Gear Accent Core XX / Kana Awesome Journal No. 2)

Kilvear added that the November issue of Arcadia releases on Sept. 30, 2009, and December issue on October 30, 2009, etc. Please to not get the dates and the month of the issue mixed up.

The easiest way to remember is Arcadia issues are always one month ahead in terms of the month we are in.

You can subscribe to the magazine through Play-Asia.com, but it's a bit expensive at $14.90 USD an issue.

At this price, it will probably only net hardcore fans, but if you want to get your hands on Tougeki 2009 videos, right now, this looks to be the only option.

Street Fighter iPhone mock up

EXO-grey-fox pointed out a Street Fighter iPhone mock up, and asked if Capcom might be making a version of the game for that platform.

Street Fighter iPhone mock up

Christian Svensson had this to say on the matter:

Sven: That would be our mobile groups' responsibility. I'll make the suggestion if they haven't already considered it.

Price of XBox 360 dropped a bit

Price of XBox 360 dropped a bit Microsoft announced today that they're dropping the price of their XBox 360, likely to try and counter Sony's recent price drop of their PlayStation 3.

The XBox 360 Elite will now sell for $300, but will no longer come with HD cables (Component and HDMI). The XBox 360 Pro will be $249 and the Arcade version will remain unchanged in price.

With the recent price drops of both consoles, now could be an ideal time to pick up either machine if you've been on the fence about trying something new.

And on a humorously related note, instead of a PS3 or 360, SFilp recommended this console.

Capcom to announce several more games at TGS

Capcom to announce several more games at TGS While it's already been stated that the four new characters for Tatsunoko vs. Capcom will be announced at this year's Tokyo Game Show (TGS) which is scheduled to run from September 24-27, Capcom also revealed today through their Twitter feed that several new games will be announced there as well.

Now, Capcom obviously has a lot of franchises, and it's possible this won't mean any new Street Fighter (or other fighting games) will be announced there.

They originally announced Street Fighter 4 at a Gamers Day event in London in 2007, this event was later killed in favor of the new 'Captivate' shows, with this year's gathering happening back in late April.

While Capcom certainly doesn't have to wait for a major event to make an announcement for the upgrade to Street Fighter 4, the Tokyo Game Show is on par with E3 for size and attendance, so IF they were going to make an announcement at a major show this year — this would likely be it.

Shiozawa Cup videos: SFIV 5 on 5 tournament in Japan

Remember that big 5 on 5 tournament held the day before Super Battle Opera in Japan?

7 videos have surfaced showcasing some of the best Street Fighter 4 players on the planet going head to head, including the Let's Go Justin (Team USA) vs. Gachi Muchiri Revenger match.

But the first video below doesn't include the first opening set where Team USA was initially winning, but the game was reset because of some issues. Instead, only the do-over is shown.

1st Round: Let's Go Justin vs Gachi Muchiri Revenger

• Let's Go Justin — Ricky Ortiz (Rufus), fLoE (Sagat), Sabin (Dhalsim), Justin Wong (Rufus), Marn (Rufus).
• Gachi Muchiri Revenger — Kuroken @ Potemkin (Sagat), Aloha (Zangief), Namameso (E. Honda), AC Revenger (Abel), FZ (Viper).

To see the rest of the videos, click the link below.

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Sven covers Marvel licensing and HD Remix in Japan

Sven covers Marvel licensing and HD Remix in Japan Capcom V.P., Christian Svensson, said they shot their biggest gun with the re-release of Marvel vs. Capcom 2 — as far as releasing their other Marvel games — but he went on to discuss a bit of what was involved with acquiring the license and what it would take for HD Remix to hit Japan.

Here are his comments from the Unity Boards.

Did you do this interview with VideoGamer.com?

Sven: I did, though there is a misquote in it. I didn't use a double negative to say that MvC2 does need HD Remix. I said, "I wouldn't say it needs it."

Can you specify how Capcom managed to obtain the rights to release Marvel vs. Capcom 2 digitally over PSN & XBox Live?

Sven: Because we (and mostly I) negotiated with Marvel and our Japan offices for more than a year to get it done.

Will Capcom release their previous Marvel based fighting games in the future? The reason I ask this because those other games were released on PS1 and were not faithful to the original arcade versions. Many gamers would like perfect arcade conversions of those games too.

Sven: I do understand the desire, but this contract with Marvel only covers MvC2. Additional negotiations would be required with both Japan and Marvel for something like this to happen. I won't rule it out, but we did shoot the biggest gun first with MvC2.

Will there be an arcade release for Super Street Fighter II HD Remix in Japan?

Sven: I'd love to see it happen, but our arcade group in Japan would have to take the lead on such a project.

GameStop reportedly taking pre-orders for Marvel vs. Capcom 2 TE Stick

GameStop reportedly taking pre-orders for Marvel vs. Capcom 2 TE Stick Remember that Mad Catz Tournament Edition Marvel vs. Capcom 2 joystick that briefly showed up on GameStop's website back when MvC2 hit the PlayStation Network, earlier in the month?

As it turns out, several people have reported that they've been able to pre-order it from their local GameStop stores. A forum moderator named TwiGGy and Capcom's Seth Killian very briefly commented on the subject via the Unity Boards.

I called my local GameStop and they're taking pre-orders for a Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Tournament Edition stick. I've heard other people are able to pre-order it too, what gives Capcom?

TwiGGy: If GameStop is taking pre-orders, then pre-order it.

Capcom hasn't announced these sticks and I doubt they will confirm or deny them at this point.

Best bet would be to stay tuned to the Unity blog.

Seth: Yeah, what TwiGGy said.

So while this is far from conclusive, it's leading many people to believe we'll be seeing an MvC2 themed joystick in the near future, although with the game out already on both systems, one can't help but wonder how long Mad Catz would wait to announce/release these new products — if they actually exist.

Update: Snake918 spoke with his local Gamestop in Colorado and they said the stick would be out on September 24.

Guide update digest for 8-25-09

Guide update digest for 8-25-09

Four new Tatsunoko vs. Capcom characters to be revealed at TGS

Four new Tatsunoko vs. Capcom characters to be revealed at TGS GameSpot found out from Tatsunoko vs. Capcom's producer, Ryota Niitsuma, that the game will have four new characters added to the roster, two each for the Capcom and Tatsunoko sides.

The new characters will be revealed at this year's Tokyo Game Show (TGS) which runs through September 24-27.

Niitsuma-san later went on to add that online matchmaking will be improved, with better filtering according to skill levels, and US/European players will be able to play against all other territories around the world.

What's interesting is that since Hakushon Daimao won't be in the game, the Tatsunoko side is one character short.

While earlier comments by Capcom's Christian Svensson, seemed to indicate that the rosters could be unbalanced, it's fairly surprising to actually see that that might be the case.

Thanks go to Yasir for pointing out this story.

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 soundtrack free to download now

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 soundtrack free to download now Marvel.com has the Marvel vs. Capcom 2 hip hop soundtrack available free of charge now.

All songs are in .mp3 format and can be downloaded individually. If you hear anything that stands out, make sure you leave a comment with your favorite tracks.

Here's the track list.

1. "Super Heroes" by Planet Asia and DJ Toure
2. "Number One" by Havoc and Nyce
3. "Terrorize" by Raekwon and Oh No
4. "The Remainder is One" by Random, Blaze Rock and Storyville
5. "Reinforcements" by DJ Qbert
6. "Take U 4 A Ryde" by Talib Kweli and Oh No
7. "Battle Drum" by Hieroglyphics
8. "Fight the Good Fight" by The Grouch and Eligh
9. "They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To" by E40 and Droopy
10. "Power Up" by MC Supernatural

Street Fighter 4 Akuma video tutorials

Wee Soldier pointed out some great Akuma video tutorials on the EventHubs.com forums.

It's clear the author, LordofUltima, spent some time making these look really good, and although the videos start with simple stuff (just skip forward a bit if you're familiar with certain concepts), the clips also take you through some more advanced tricks and tactics.
Demon Flip 101
The Raging Demon (part 1)
The Raging Demon (part 2)

If you want to go further, make sure you visit our Akuma strategy guide here on EventHubs.com.

Guide update digest for 8-23-09

Guide update digest for 8-23-09

Capcom is listening to fans, no plans for holiday costumes

Capcom is listening to fans, no plans for holiday costumes Christian Svensson and Seth Killian visited the Unity Boards again today to discuss if they listen to the fans, if you can purposely drop your grade point rank and if holiday costumes are in Street Fighter 4's future.

Does Capcom really listen to what the fans want? Do the moderators relay stuff back up to the higher ups, or are we just discussing things for the sake of it?

Sven: Umm... I am a "higher up". And yes, often these issues (if they are widespread issues and/or I deem them to be really smart ideas we should embrace) get discussed at producer level, the CS management level and ultimately the board of director level.

Is there a way to lower your grade point rank in Street Fighter IV once you get to G1 back to G3 or G2?

Seth: As far as I know, there is no way to lower your grade rank, once achieved.

Even if you lose (you can lose points in G1), you still do not drop back down to G2.

What are the chances that Street Fighter IV will see special holiday outfits, like this one?

Seth: Cute mod, but no plans for holiday costumes right now.

New site feature: Guide update digest

New site feature: Guide update digest It's no secret that some of the guides on EventHubs.com are less than stellar. Updates are constantly being added to various areas to improve them, but unless the news is big, it's not often posted here on the front page.

To help point users to new things that are being added, you'll start to see, 'Guide update digests' here on the EventHubs.com home page. This is basically just a bulleted list of new/updated/changed items on our various guides.

There's still A TON of ground to cover before we'll be happy with the current state of the guides, but now readers will at least quickly be able to find new information without digging through 5 or so pages to see if a section they're interested in has been updated.

Here's the most recent rundown.

  • Street Fighter 4, Ryu: Added match up strategies for all 25 characters which were written by site contributor YFlow. Text still needs to be stylized to remove abbreviations and follow the syntax used else where.
  • Street Fighter 4, Arcade Tracker: Added listing for new arcade machine in Santa Ana, Calif., at Cameron's Place Video Games, and another one in Sydney Australia at Playtime Entertainment. Updated details for Amusement 2000 Plus in Montreal, Quebec. Removed listing for Megamal Pinang in Malaysia. Cleaned up some old and erroneous comments.
  • Street Fighter 4, Rose: Added more vs. match strategy notes when going up against Zangief and Blanka.

Also, you're going to start seeing some comments removed from the guides — periodically. While some comments are very helpful, others are old, outdated, off topic, etc. Comments are mainly there for people to offer insight, tips, ask questions or point out errors. Things that generally don't fit into these categories or have already been added into the guides with will be cleaned up with time.

The goal isn't to stifle conversations, but to direct people to better places on the site for those topics. When someone hits a guide on the site, we're hoping the comments are helpful and on topic enough to warrant reading, without having to cycle through hundreds of random things.

Cleaning up the comments and adding new material to the guides is a GIGANTIC task, and will take some time, but we're very dedicated to making this a terrific fighting game website, so please be patient and continue to send along your feedback and tips of your own.

The community has been and will continue to be a strong driving force of EventHubs.com, and your support and feedback are greatly appreciated — even if it takes us awhile to add new information to your favorite character's page. ;-)

Sven: No plans for new Super Street Fighter 2T HD Remix patch

Sven: No plans for new Super Street Fighter 2T HD Remix patch It doesn't look like there will be another patch for SSF2T HD Remix in the future, although Capcom's Christian Svensson is looking into the issues people have brought up.

Also, Seth Killian talks about why there aren't more east coast events and Sven follows up with a response about games being leaked and piracy. Here's the whole shebang from the Unity Boards.

With some of the problems brought up on Sirlin's blog and other places, are there any plans for a new Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix patch?

Sven: I'm looking into things... but being honest there are no plans for further patches.

I'm wondering if Capcom could do more things at gaming/anime conventions on the East Coast?

Seth: We did do one of our Street Fighter Clubs in Brooklyn last year, which was a ton of fun. As for more frequent EC appearances, it's not that we don't <3 the East Coast, it's basically just a matter of:

1) The biggest of the big consumer and industry events tend, for whatever reason, to be out West. E3 on the industry side, Comic-Con, PAX, etc. on the consumer side. If E3 were in Boston, we would go to Boston.

2) As for other, slightly smaller events like NYCC, etc., it's just a LOT more expensive for us to go East overall. Flights are more expensive, we have fewer/no local staff, and shipping heavy stuff like kiosks or boxing rings is ridiculously expensive when you're going a long way (try it!).

Basically a bad combination of less draws and much higher expenses = less East Coast events than we might like to have ideally. I <3 NY.

I was wondering why companies such as Capcom suffer from games and stuff being leaked before release? It sucks when that happens.

Sven: More often than not, leaks don't come from media or internal staff. They most often come from replication facilities, warehouses, retail etc. that aren't within our control.

And it does suck. I agree. There are people with flashed 360s but every now and then Microsoft will ban them from Live when they detect changes in firmware or drive bioses. It's a never ending see-saw battle with these pirates and I don't foresee any easy solution. Suffice to say though, the life of a pirate is not "no risk".

Nintendo has similar challenges with Wii firmware and DS/DSi flash carts.

In all cases, these issues are out of our hands. The released copies are just ROM rips which would happen as soon as they hit the shelf, if they didn't happen earlier in the production cycle. They're not really cracking our games, they're cracking the hardware. We rely on first parties to do what they can do with network services to police and shut down these loopholes where possible. We know there's a good bit of effort and thought put into doing so.

On the plus side, the PS3 remains uncracked (for now anyway), which is really sort of amazing. I can't think of any other console that has lasted multiple years without being cracked wide open. Hopefully future consoles and handhelds will be as secure.

Gamasutra interviews Capcom's Chris Kramer

Gamasutra interviews Capcom's Chris Kramer Gamasutra.com was able to catch Capcom's Chris Kramer for an interview about the Street Fighter franchise and it winds up being a fairly informative piece.

Topics include that Marvel vs. Capcom 2 surpassed SSF2T HD Remix's sales record in one week, Capcom would welcome a return of the Mortal Kombat franchise and some other nifty bits.

Here's a grab.

There were even a few of what Capcom considered "knock-offs." In 1994, Capcom attempted to sue developer Data East, attempting to prove the latter's 1993 Fighter's History was too similar to Street Fighter II (though the court sided in favor of Data East).

Explains Kramer: "Part of the lawsuit was, we took a joystick and we split the controls and wired it to a Street Fighter board and showed that literally, [Fighter's History] ripped off all the moves in Street Fighter, all the same inputs."

"You need an awesome game," he says. "And then it definitely helps to have a brand that's recognizable." Capcom is thrilled with the performance of Street Fighter IV, which has sold twice as many copies as the last three SF games to hit consoles combined.