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Juicy Bits #12: Defensive decision making

Juicy Bits #12: Defensive decision making Juicebox Abel released another episode of his Juicy Bits podcast. This one is titled 'Defensive decision making'. Here's what you can expect.

The focus of this cast covers three main situations in regards to defensive decision making:

1. When both characters are standing up.
2. When you get knocked down (the wake up situation).
3. Getting knocked down in the corner (how to deal with that differently).

The episode touches on Vortexes, some good options to escape them, and some of the more common ones you are likely to see.

Sent in by Mike and BuGu.

Super Street Fighter 4 costumes: Chun-Li, Viper, Rose, Sakura & Cammy

Super Street Fighter 4 costumes: Chun-Li, Viper, Rose, Sakura & Cammy The Ultra Femme Fatales costume pack for Super Street Fighter 4 was released recently, which has outfits for Chun-Li, C. Viper, Rose, Sakura and Cammy. HD screen captures were taken of each of the character's new outfits.

All of the images are in order, so the photos start off with color 1 on the first player side and color 2 on the second and work their way through the entire lineup.

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GamersDailyNews interviews Eric ’Juicebox’ Albino

GamersDailyNews interviews Eric ’Juicebox’ Albino GamersDailyNews.com just posted an interview with Eric ’Juicebox’ Albino. Juicebox is well known in the community for his podcasts and mimicry of Ultra moves while he's playing.

This interview is pretty solid, as it covers his recent sponsorship with BLG and some of the ins and outs of the scene. It's three pages long, and if you can spare the time to run through it, it's worth looking over. Here's a snip.

GDN: How did you decide on Abel as your main character in Super Street Fighter IV? Are there any others you use, whether it’s just for fun or as a ’counter-pick’ in matches you might not want to select Abel for?

Juicebox: First of all, I “mesh” with Abel. What I mean by that is after trying all of the characters out and gaining basic proficiency with them, Abel’s style coincided the most with mine. At least, that’s how I feel. Second, I honestly believe that Abel’s mixups are the most dangerous in the game, rivaled only by Akuma. As I mentioned, I have basic proficiency with every character, simply because it is an expedient way to learn matchups. But my favorite characters to play as besides Abel are Cody and Juri.

Although I had myself pegged as a character specialist, meaning I would never counter-pick no matter what, I used Juri at SCR, and almost used her against Mike Ross, but decided against it. Juri has similar weaknesses to Abel (slow walk speed, vulnerable to throws), but her strengths are on a different wavelength. I thoroughly enjoy playing as her, partly because of her alluring and psychotic nature, but also because it allows me to play two vastly different styles in one match; relentless grappling or methodical zoning. Expect to see more of her in the future.

GDN: You recently entered into a sponsorship deal with Borderland Gaming. What’s it like being a sponsored player? What are the benefits, and what do they expect from you in return? Can you tell us anything about the process of becoming sponsored?

Juicebox: Being sponsored is just like any other job. You expect things from your employer and they expect things from you. I get to go to lots of tournaments, but I also need to promote the brand. This can be done in numerous ways, but the simplest is getting consistent tournament results. When it comes to getting sponsored initially, it’s much the same as any opportunity you come across in life; sometimes you find it, and sometimes it finds you. There’s really not much more to it than that.

Juri Super Street Fighter 4 combo and reset videos by Emperor Cow

Emperor Cow wrote in about two new Juri videos he put together. The first one is a collection mid-screen combos that do not involve her Ultra 1, Feng Shui Engine.

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Community news roundup for November 16th

Community news roundup for November 16th

Beware of Balrog when he's been charging a turnaround punch all round. And don't think it was just a fluke, because he can do it again. Videos from Raknos1982.

• The Shadowloo Showdown 2010 will be taking place from December 11 - 12. Mago, GamerBee and Tokido will be attending and there's a sweet trailer for the event here. Submitted by xMrTransparentx, Glassy123, Cyenhung and EXC355UM.

• SNK-Capcom.com posted player interviews with EG.Justin Wong, Mike Ross, JSMaster, and others. The interview with Justin is particularly good. Sent in by Sticky_Icky.

• MarkMan is running another series of promotional prices for Mad Catz Sticks and Pads on the GameShark store. Mentioned by The Red Reptile.

Featured matches from the Canada Cup 2010

Team Sp00ky is in the process of uploading SSF4 matches from the Canada Cup. You can find more videos on their YouTube channel and subscribe to receive future updates.

Here's a sampling of the matches from the Canada Cup tournament.

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Epic Deal: SE FightStick + vanilla Street Fighter 4 for $29 at Wal-Mart

Epic Deal: SE FightStick + vanilla Street Fighter 4 for $29 at Wal-Mart Wal-Mart is offering a very nice package deal with a Standard Edition FightStick and vanilla Street Fighter 4 for $29, for both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

This would be a solid offer just for the FightStick alone, and even though it's only vanilla SF4, you could always do a trade in of the title at your local game store to help offset the price even more — if you didn't want to keep the game.

Thanks to MarkMan and an anonymous reader for the tip.

Updated: Shuma Gorath & Jill Marvel vs. Capcom 3 DLC characters

Updated again: Official MvC3 artwork for Shuma Gorath & Jill Valentine was added into this story, along with a higher quality image of the special edition extras and additional shots of the GameStop bonuses.

It was made official this morning that users who purchase the special edition of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 for $69.99 will be able to download two playable DLC Characters — Shuma Gorath and Jill Valentine, four weeks after the titled is launched.

Here's a look at the special edition package contents along with MvC3 artwork for Shuma Gorath and Jill Valentine.

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Users will also receive these items when they pick up the collector's edition.

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Release date for Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is Feb. 15 2011, cover art

It was announced this morning that the release date for Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will be February 15, 2011 for players in the USA. Gamers in Europe will be able to grab it a few days later on Feb. 18th.

Also, official cover art for the release of the game was uploaded.

Story sent in by Cyberlink420, Blaidd, PND and FlashExplosion.

New Marvel vs. Capcom 3 gameplay vids for Zero & She-Hulk, high res art

Capcom released even more footage of Zero and She-Hulk in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 this morning. You can check here for their introduction videos and some screen shots from yesterday.

Hit the jump below for another new video and high resolution artwork for both fighters.

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Super Street Fighter 4 AE changes to Honda, Gouken, Rose & Ibuki

Super Street Fighter 4 AE changes to Honda, Gouken, Rose & Ibuki The Japanese Super Street Fighter 4 development blog was updated with a new post detailing some of the changes made in the Arcade Edition of the game to E. Honda, Gouken, Rose and Ibuki.

Keep in mind this is not a complete list of changes as some things aren't discussed by the developers, but this should give you a good idea of what points they were trying to hit with the various cast members.

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Costume pics for Chun, Rose, Sakura, Viper and Cammy

Capcom posted new images of Chun-Li, Rose, Sakura, C. Viper and Cammy's new alternative costumes that will be released tomorrow (November 16th) on Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network.

Here's an early look.

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The remaining schedule for the costume is as follows:

• Juri, Ibuki, Cody, Adon, T. Hawk — Dec. 7, 2010

• Zangief, E. Honda, Rufus, Abel, El Fuerte — Dec. 21, 2010

• Balrog, Vega, Sagat, M. Bison, Seth — Jan. 11, 2011

• Guile, Blanka, Dhalsim, Fei Long, Gen — Jan. 25, 2011

• Full Costume Pack — April 26, 2011. This will run 1,440 Microsoft points, or $18.00 USD.

More Marvel vs. Capcom 3 news this week, community round up

More Marvel vs. Capcom 3 news this week, community round up

• Gemakai pointed out that fans of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will hear more about the game in the very near future, although it won't be a huge announcement. Capcom employees Christian Svensson and Wes Phillips posted these notes recently:

"Hopefully you saw what we showed today... and I'd stay tuned for a little more info VERY soon." — Sven

"I won't go into specifics, but yes, there will be more MvC3 stuff announced this week. Capcom-Unity is the place to be!" — Wes

• Part 1 of the YouTube version of the Dogface Show's interview with Alex Valle, John Choi and Mike Watson is up now. You can see a full uStream archive of their conversation here.

• John Choi said that Triumvir is offering a 10% discount code for the NorCal Regionals. Using the code ncrtxsf10 will save you some dough.

She-Hulk and Zero confirmed for Marvel vs. Capcom 3

Updated again: Artwork for both fighters and 35 screen shots have been added into this story.

She-Hulk and Zero were confirmed as the latest two playable characters for Marvel vs. Capcom 3 this morning. Here are videos for both fighters.

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Sagat, Dee Jay in iPhone version of Street Fighter 4, new features

Update: Pawn080 pointed out that Dee Jay is getting hit by Sagat in one of the images released by Capcom today, marking the first Super Street Fighter 4 character seen in the lineup.

Capcom hasn't made any official announcement on Dee Jay being added, so it's possible he's a prototype character or something else, but more than likely he'll also be a playable fighter at some point.

Capcom announced this morning that Sagat would be added in as a free update to Street Fighter 4 on the iPhone in the future.

Also, this patch will include a new local match making feature that will auto connect players when they get within Bluetooth range of each other.

Here are some screens of Sagat in action along with the new modes.

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Funny and cool moments in Super Street Fighter 4 #17 by LiangHuBBB

LiangHuBBB posted another video in his series of funny and cool moments in Super Street Fighter 4.

Blanka Super Street Fighter 4 electricity video tutorial

theDUKE and ReNiC created a great video tutorial showing some ways to quickly get Blanka's electricity to come out in Super Street Fighter 4.

Everything is slowed down and done step by step so it's much easier to replicate in training mode.
While this video is obviously geared towards Blanka, the techniques used can be helpful for other characters that have special move button inputs that are mashed, like E. Honda and Gen.