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Romance: I've learned about real life from my King of Fighters friends... they're family that help you when there's no Roll Cancel or V-Reversal

“It has been some years already,” Romance recalled. “I remember I was a kid when Dad sold a piece of land trying to help with a rough economic situation. My parents came back to Mexico after being in the USA for a whole year working, while my uncles were taking care of my brothers and me.

It was in my small town in Michoacan, Mexico. The buyer offered my father a few cabinets, or arcade machines, to seal the deal. That is where everything started.”

KOFRomance is a notable voice within the fighting game community. Known for his work in the King of Fighters scene, he is making moves to push the series into the spotlight. He sat down to discuss his history in fighting games and his efforts to grow the KOF community.

His childhood played a particularly important role in sparking his love for fighting games. “My passion for video games was about to take over me. Mortal Kombat 1, Street Fighter 2, and more NES games were there.

That other cabinet left... the one made me wake up everyday with the illusion of, ‘Get better and finish it!’ Takuma/Karate was hard to fight. ART OF FIGHTING was my first fighting game.”

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Street Fighter Transformer action figures... the toy you never knew you wanted?

Think they'd stop at Tekken with Street Fighter crossovers? Think again.

Takara Tomy (Partner of Hasbro, co-creators and Japanese distributors of the Transformers) is coming out with Street Fighter Transformer figures next year.

These figures will indeed turn from character into vehicle and there will be four different characters offered: Ryu, Chun-Li, Ken and M. Bison (missed opportunity: no Abigail).

These are actually repaints of existing Transformer toys from the Titans Return and Generations lineup. Ryu is a repaint of Titans Return Optimus Prime, M. Bison (Vega/Dictator) is a repaint of Titans Return Megatron, Ken is a repaint of Titans Return Hot Rod and lastly, we have a Chun-Li repaint of Generations Arcee.

They will be sold in two-packs, Ryu with M. Bison and Ken with Chun-Li. It appears that these will only be sold in Japan at this point, but Hasbro might bring them over to the West as well.

We've nabbed a few images from the Planet Iacon Facebook page so you can see all four of these upcoming toys. Let us know if you're more excited or perplexed at the notion of Street Fighter Transformers.

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Thanks to Medikor, lh, timeout, fireatwill, and Tactix555 for sending this our way. Special thanks to BlackRain for details.

Ryu's new Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition V-Trigger looks familiar...

Over the weekend we saw the latest Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition trailer, which gave us our first real glimpse at some of the new V-Triggers we'll be seeing at launch.

Naturally, the Street Fighter poster boy was included in the trailer festivities. Ryu's new V-Trigger, as far as we can tell, gives him a powered up parry that grounds the opponent and puts them into a crumple state, allowing for a follow up attack.

Twitter user Jon W pointed out that the animation for this new V-Trigger looks strikingly similar to Ryu's parry in Ultra Street Fighter 4's Omega Mode.

By pressing forward + both heavy buttons in Omega Mode, Ryu can absorb an oncoming attack -- he can parry multiple hits by using the same input and the proper timing. If you press all three punches at the time of parrying, Ryu with fire back with a large strike that sends the opponent flying toward the corner of the stage.

Though the effect of the attack is different -- as we mentioned previously, in Street Fighter 5 Ryu gets a crumple state -- the animation is nearly identical.

It would seem that, in Ryu's case, Capcom took some inspiration from Omega Mode to design the new V-Trigger. We can't help but wonder if there are more clues of what's to come hidden in the Ultra Street Fighter 4 game mode.

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New screenshots of Kid Buu, Adult Gohan, and Arcade Mode in Dragon Ball FighterZ

Hot off the heels of this morning's Gotenks gameplay trailer, Bandai Namco has shared a look at more of Dragon Ball FighterZ's upcoming content.

Over on Twitter, the company posted a handful of screenshots showing Kid Buu, Adult Gohan, and the game's Arcade Mode. The two aforementioned fighters were initially revealed via V-Jump magazine alongside Gotenks, however, we have yet to see an official trailer for them.

The scan showed fairly small screenshots of Kid Buu and Adult Gohan, but today we have a much better look.

These images show Kid Buu attacking with a stretchy arm that extends diagonally upward, possibly an anti-air, and what appears to be one of his super attacks. Adult Gohan can be seen performing a burst-like attack, as well as firing off a large energy blast.

Additionally, we see Arcade Mode's course select screen, an enemy team, and the offline lobby.

Dragon Ball FighterZ will become available on January 26th, 2018.

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Venom, Black Widow, and Winter Solider join Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite on December 5th

Capcom has released the latest trailer for Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. Venom, Black Widow, and Winter Solider -- the remaining three DLC characters for this year -- are shown in action for the first time.

In Marvel Infinite, Winter Soldier excels at ground combat. He has access to a Metallic Shield move that allows him to ignore hits, uses tricky bombs, and various guns to take on opponents.

Black Widow’s gauntlets can fire off different projectiles that range from a sticky bomb to one that emits a nerve gas, which crumples the opponent. With the unique ability to perform evasive maneuvers, catching Black Widow will not be easy.

Last seen in Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Venom returns with an aggressive playstyle that is further amplified in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite. He retains several of his moves from his previous iteration, and has a new movement option in Venom Glide -- a web zip of sorts, which can be aimed in six different directions, enabling him to keep the pressure going in his favor.

All three characters will see an official release on December 5th.

The 2017 character pass contains all six of the game's DLC characters, including Venom, Winter Solider, and Black Widow. This pass will run you $29.99, or you can purchase each character individually for $7.99.

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Gotenks official Dragon Ball FighterZ gameplay trailer released

Bandai Namco has released their latest Dragon Ball FighterZ trailer. This time, we get to see recently revealed character Gotenks in action.

The trailer starts out by showing Goten and Trunks performing their classic Fusion dance. We see three quick shots after that show regular Gotenks, Super Saiyan 1, and Super Saiyan 3 -- which is the form the character stays at when played.

There are numerous attacks showcased here, including Gotenks' signature Super Ghost Kamikaze Attack. He expels numerous ghosts that seem to track the opponent and explode on impact.

We also see his Charging Ultra Buu Buu Volleyball attack, which appears to be a cinematic level 3 super. Gotenks captures the opponent in cosmic halos, traps them in a cocoon, and bounces them around the stage like a volleyball.

When Gotenks was initially revealed, we also saw Adult Gohan and Kid Buu. We have yet to see trailers for the other two fighters.

Dragpn Ball FighterZ is set for release on January 26th, 2018.

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'Awakened form, Sunburned Sakura' - Could this potentially be Sakura's V-Trigger in Street Fighter 5?

Something interesting happened at the end of Red Bull Battle Grounds. It began to rain a flurry of pink flowers upon the crowd.

Why is this a big deal? Well, Cherry Blossoms are the national flower of Japan, and are known as "sakura," of course.

As a result of this, we feel fairly certain that Sakura is going to be the first fighter of Season 3. That's not too surprising considering her popularity among the fans.

At this point, we can start to speculate on how Sakura will play. I have a very strong suspicion on what her V-Trigger is going to be...

Remember her CFN profile for her "awakened form, Sunburned Sakura"? That's where I'm going with this.

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How Solid Snake's inclusion in Super Smash Bros. Brawl forever changed my approach and thinking in fighting games

Recently, it was revealed that Nintendo has filed for a new Smash Bros. logo trademark. There are a number of possibilities of what this can actually mean.

For me personally, I was disappointed in the fact that Solid Snake was absent from Super Smash Bros. 4. While I would love to see him make a comeback, the likelihood of this particular fighter returning to the series is somewhat low based on the falling out between Kojima and Konami.

Regardless, Solid Snake is a character whose inclusion has forever changed how I approach fighting games. That is to say, I went from being a very casual player to someone who places effort in making reads.

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Our readers would be excited to see Skullomania in Street Fighter 5; see who else they voted as potential DLC fighters from the EX series

Update: The reslts are in! Hit the jump below to check out how our readers voted.

Earlier: So given, seeing combatants appear in Street Fighter 5 from the Street Fighter EX series is a little less likely than the other games we've mentioned. These fighters are basically owned by Arika, so Capcom would require permission to use them.

It's made even more unlikely due to the fact that Arika is developing their own fighting game using these characters. Their game is now officially called "Fighting EX Layer."

What if it actually happened though? This certainly isn't completely impossible.

Guest fighters have a way of showing up in other franchises fairly often these days. It'd certainly be an interesting way of crosspromoting.

Characters that came from this series include Hokuto/Bloody Hokuto, Skullomania, Kairi, Doctrine Dark, Allen Snider, Garuda, Area, Hayate, and many more. It's certainly a very unique roster.

Since there are twenty combatants listed in this poll, you have the option to vote up to five times. Of course, the option to express interest in none of them also exists.

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$100 off PlayStation 4 consoles, $90 off Xbox One consoles, MvCI for $39.99, and more: Here are some of 2017's best Black Friday gaming deals

Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and with it comes Black Friday -- that time of year where retailers slash prices for a very limited time.

In the spirit of the holiday, we have decided to round up some of the best video game deals (pertaining to fighting games, of course) so that you can be sure to get the jump on the low prices.

This story features a list of PlayStation 4 and Xbox One console bundles, and fighting games. If you haven't picked up one of the current-gen consoles, these deals may help you out.

Hit the jump to check out the list.

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Is Dante done? Maximilian has a lot to say about the upcoming Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite patch

Big news on the Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite front dropped earlier on when Capcom announced that a big time balance patch is coming on December 5th.

Maximilian has gone through, bit by bit, to help clarify the deeper implications of what these patches are going to do to the game.

For the most part, there's a lot more in the way of nerfing than there is buffing, and there are no bigger victims of the nerf bat than Dante and the Reality Stone.

Both Dante and the Reality Stone were used extremely consistently in tournament, as both are currently very strong and versatile additions to this team-based title.

In looking over everything, the prominent fighting game streamer ultimately deems the changes to Dante valid, saying, "I think this doesn't make Dante terrible, I think it just makes him not insane."

Max also points out that this is actually the first time we've seen a mere balance change in a Versus game, as traditionally hot fixes have only been used for bugs, and balance changes only came with updated versions of the titles.

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Sako's slot in the Capcom Pro Tour Finals is safe thanks to Punk's win at the CPT North American Regional Finals

Now that PG|Punk has won the Capcom Pro Tour North America Regional Finals at the Red Bull Battlegrounds, we basically know what the Capcom Cup Finals bracket will look like. Since Punk was already qualified for the Capcom Pro Tour off of points alone, no new player has been entered into the event.

What this means is that Scarz|Sako is now guaranteed a spot in the big event. Had a player that was not already qualified for the Capcom Cup Finals won this particular tournament, then Sako would've been out.

We now know 31 of the 32 players that will be competing. There's only one slot remaining that has yet to be filled.

The player that takes this final slot will be determined by the Last Chance Qualifier tournament that will take place on December 8th. A number of big names like GRPT|MOV, GRPT|Infiltration, XsK_Samurai, Tempo|Alex Myers, and others are already signed up to partake in this tournament.

Note that players that have already qualified for the Capcom Pro Tour Finals are not allowed to compete at this event. There will not be any "gatekeeping" this time around, so some player is guaranteed to be eligible to enter the finals.

Let's take a look at what the bracket looks like...

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Capcom France hinting at another Street Fighter 5 character? Blurred out photo of mysterious fighter shared on social media

The release of Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and a potential season 3 for the game is fast approaching. Over the weekend, we saw a brand new trailer for the update that showcased some of the new V-Triggers, combo extenders, and more.

After the trailer aired at the Red Bull Battle Ground event on Sunday, Capcom dropped a major hint at the inclusion of Sakura -- the fan-favorite schoolgirl. A recent post from Capcom France could be another potential hint at what's to come.

On social media, the Capcom division shared a blurred image of a mysterious character. Along with the image, we saw the message "who is this?" concluded with a smirking emoji.

It won't take fans of the Street Fighter Alpha series or Final Fight long to figure out that the image shown is of Sodom, the sai wielding grappler. In fact, Capcom France posted a follow up picture on Facebook showing a clear shot of the character.

Though we can't say for sure if this is a hint at Sodom's potential appearance on the playable roster next year, it certainly makes you wonder. Just this morning, Capcom unveiled a new set of classic costumes modeled after designs seen in the Alpha series.

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New Saudi Arabian female character and Masmak fort stage coming to King of Fighters 14 as DLC

The King of Fighters 14 is receiving a brand new character and stage, SNK has announced.

This new content is the result of a recent social media contest held by the company, in conjunction with Manga Productions, that prompted fans from the Middle East to design a character and stage to appear in the 3v3 fighting title. Over 300 entries were received from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Iraq, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and more, Gematsu reports.

Two designs were chosen, naturally, and the winners are as follows. The new character is a female fighter from Najd created by Mashael Al-Barrak of Saudi Arabia. As for the stage, we'll be seeing a modern day Masmak fort, courtesy of Zainab Al-Lawaty from Oman.

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Christmas and classic costumes coming to Street Fighter 5 on November 29th

After showing us some new Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition footage yesterday, Capcom had more to treat us with today.

It was announced via 4Gamer that new costumes will be hitting Street Fighter 5 on November 29th.

Much like last year, we're getting some fresh christmas-themed costumes. This year's lucky few are christmas champ Alex, cat-santa Cammy, ice queen Kolin and an even cattier Menat.

As if that wasn't enough, we're also getting a bunch of classic costumes - Alpha-styled Birdie, Chun-Li and Karin, Street Fighter 2-styled Balrog and two more Chun-Li costumes designed by Akiman.

These costumes will cost the normal fare as far as costumes go, at least in Japan, where they will cost 400 yen each. Stateside, they'll run for $3.99/ €3.99 each on PlayStation 4 and Steam.

There will also be a Christmas Pack released which contains each of last year's Christmas costumes and the Frosty Boulevard stage, for 50% off its original price -- now $9.99 USD / 990 yen. These costumes can also be bought separately at the discounted price of 300 yen, while Frosty Boulevard is available at 200 yen, though the Fight Money price of 70,000 remains unchanged.

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The classic costumes can be found further down.

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Idom beats Justin Wong with nothing but command grabs, NuckleDu lands an unbelievable Giant Swing and plenty more; Red Bull Battle Grounds Highlights

Red Bull Battle Grounds was the final opportunity on the road to Capcom Cup for players to clinch a spot in the prestigious event, and saw the eight strongest fighters in North American battled it out with fiery passion.

Among them were PG|Punk, Liquid|NuckleDu, PIE|Smug, FOX|Justin Wong, BxA|CoolKid93, 801 Strider, Brian_F and Idom.

We've gone back through the footage to grab some of the most memorable moments from today's event, and have them here to share with you as highlights.

Our first highlights take us to the winners bracket bout between Idom and FOX|Justin Wong.

Widely regarded as the strongest Laura in the world right now, Idom played perfectly on Justin's tendency to avoid strikes as opposed to command grabs. As a result he wound up eating six in a row, which takes care of Karin's entire 900 HP life bar.

Having conditioned his opponent, Idom steam rolled right through the following round:

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Ryu gets a super powerful focus attack while M. Bison gets his Psycho Crusher? Let's take a closer look at the V-Trigger trailer for Arcade Edition

We ended up getting quite the treat after the North American Regional Finals event. Another trailer for Street Fighter 5 Arcade Edition was shown.

It is here that we got to see a bunch of new V-Triggers in action. Remember that one of the new features that will be coming to Street Fighter 5 is that every single fighter in the game will receive an option to choose a second V-Trigger.

We now have a better idea of what a lot of characters will be capable of in 2018 because of this trailer. We saw new stuff for Zeku, Ryu, M. Bison, Nash, Ed, R. Mika, Birdie, Ibuki, Menat, Guile, and Ken.

Let's take a closer look at each of these secondary V-Triggers and dissect their capabilities. First up is Zeku.

We see Zeku activate his V-Trigger before he is able to perform a move that we've previously not seen before. It starts with his Bushin Gram - Ban (essentially, his uppercut) but the move ends in a different way as he does a back flip back onto the ground.

It is currently unknown if this is actually two separate moves or just one, but Zeku then continues to juggle the opponent after transforming into his younger form. It looks like his Bushin Gram - Ban is given an additional followup that allows him an easy method to get into his young form (meaning his young form will probably use a different move to trigger this).

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