Tiers for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
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This 77-second Diddy Kong infinite was pulled off in spectacular fashion during pool play of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate tournament at EVO Japan

The action at EVO Japan 2020 has already taken us to the edge of our seats and we're only one day in. During the first day of play, we got a particularly impressive sequence from Super Smash Bros. Ultimate player Rikuya and his fearsome Diddy Kong.

The Japanese competitor was able to trap his foe, Takoman, in a fairly situational and difficult to pull off infinite combo. There Rikuya kept his opponent for about 77 seconds until finally finishing him off.

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Joker looks like a ton of fun in Mortal Kombat 11, here's a breakdown of his moves, abilities, and variations

NetherRealm Studios showcased their newest Mortal Kombat 11 character, The Joker, on today's Kombat Kast and gave us quite the thorough gameplay introduction for the game's fifth DLC fighter.

Stephanie gave us a rundown of Joker's standard kit as well as what he can do in each of his three tournament variations. Already we're seeing that users will be able to choose to play this character in a few different ways, all of which look like a chaotically fun time.

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Floe shares his tier list for Season of 5 Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition

We have a new tier list from a fighting game player who hasn't been making the rounds all that much in recent times, but has certainly proved he knows his way around the sticks with above average comprehension.

Ari "fLoE" Weintraub spends a good amount of time playing, watching, and analyzing Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition on his live stream, and has developed an early Season 5 tier list based on his findings.

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New Guilty Gear Strive gameplay sees air dashes changed to be slower, replaces instant air dash with new technique

Day 1 of EVO Japan 2020 wrapped up early this morning, and attendees at the event are getting the chance to try out the latest build of Arc System Works' upcoming fighting title, Guilty Gear Strive. According to some new gameplay footage shared on Twitter, it appears that air dashes have been changed to be slower on start up, but seem to have an added element to them.

Twitter user sena_kazuma uploaded a clip last night that shows May performing both forward and backward air dashes. Right away, viewers will notice that the forward dash now has a brief pause before it begins.

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I fully understand what Street Fighter's fans are hoping for: Yoshinori Ono further addresses concerns about Street Fighter 5's netcode

Concern for the state of Street Fighter 5's netcode is at a high right now as fan-made "fixes" have started surfacing over the past couple of weeks. While the community has been requesting an improvement to the netcode for years now, players are now looking even more to Capcom for action after seeing varied success with Altimor's PC netcode mod.

Earlier this month, Street Fighter Executive Producer Yoshinori Ono sent out a handful of cryptic tweets alluding to the mod. Now, in response to one Twitter follower, Ono has shared a more fleshed out response.

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Official portraits of Byleth in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate show off every last gorgeous detail of the incoming fighter

We're just four days away from being able to get our hands on Byleth, the sixth and final character of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's first season of DLC releases, and if you haven't had the chance to fully appreciate just how good this new fighter looks, now's your chance.

The folks running the official Smash Ultimate page have posted up seven full portraits of the newcomer so we can see just how beautifully designed they are in each of their various Smash Ultimate styles.

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'Coming from someone who loves Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter 5 is very technical' — Gustavo '801 Strider' Romero tells us how to level up

At Capcom Cup 2019 last month, I was fortunate enough to catch up with Gustavo "SB|801 Strider" Romero to talk a little shop during the big event.

Romero is one of the most prominent G players to ever compete in Street Fighter 5, is a three-time Capcom Cup finalist — making it to the big show in 2015, 2017, and 2019 — and was one of the team captains on Season 2 of the North American Street Fighter League. In this interview, Gustavo had much to say about Capcom's latest fighting title, including how players can go about stepping their game up.

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Joker's intros are filled with references to Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, The Dark Knight, Injustice, and plenty more

We got our first big showcase of Mortal Kombat 11's Joker today thanks to NetherRealm's Kombat Kast, and now those with extra early access have begun uploading footage of the Klown Prince of Krime to YouTube.

We're not seeing much in the way of gameplay yet, but MKIceAndFire have uploaded videos showing off all of the Joker's intro dialogues as well as the numerous references he and his fellow kombatants make to his previous appearances.

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A new Shadaloo Soldier will net you 2,500 Fight Money when he appears in Street Fighter 5 beginning tomorrow

It feels like it's been a while since we've seen a Shadaloo Soldier in Street Fighter 5. Honestly, it's been a while since I've seen Fight Money considering the Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition upgrade kit nets you so many of the costumes and colors you'd normally use the in-game currency on.

If you're still craving that sweet, sweet Fight Money, though, an opportunity to grab a nice chunk of change is coming right up. Starting tomorrow, a Low Rank Shadaloo Soldier will become available to fight in the game's Extra Battle mode.

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Tag team DBS Brolys, Nappa's no-Super touch of death, and more; Red Bull is doing one awesome combo each day until Dragon Ball FighterZ World Finals

The Dragon Ball FighterZ community has a lot to look forward to right now as Ultra Intinct Goku has been announced for Season 3 and we're just a few short weeks away from the World Finals, which will play out February 8-9 in Paris, France.

Red Bull Gaming is counting down the days until the World Finals with one awesome combo showcase each day. So far they've produced four of these, and we thought they were more than cool enough to share.

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Congrats to the President of the World and the right hand of the Illuminati: G and Kolin's Japanese voice actors in Street Fighter 5 just married

Gill's secret society seems to be somehow tied into whatever the hell G is doing in Street Fighter 5 though perhaps their fates are even more intertwined now after two of its star players recently tied the knot.

Kazuhiro Yamaji and Romi Park, the Japanese voice actors for G and Kolin, announced their marriage to one another this week, creating one of the most powerful couples in fighting games and the acting industry.

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Joker to be showcased in today's Mortal Kombat 11 Kombat Kast, slated to begin at 1 pm PT / 4 pm ET

Update: We've added the live stream embed below the jump so you can watch Joker's showcase right along with us.

Earlier: Joker will be releasing as a DLC fighter for Mortal Kombat 11 on January 28 for Kombat Pack owners. It's been announced that the next Kombat Kast livestream will provide an in-depth look at Joker's moveset tomorrow.

"Ready for a laugh? Join us for our first Kombat Kast of the year featuring The Joker, tomorrow at 3 pm CST," said the Mortal Kombat 11 team on Twitter. That's 1 pm PT for those living on the West Coast and 4 pm ET for the East Coast.

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Garou: Mark of the Wolves receives rollback netcode update on PS4, Vita, Steam and GOG thanks to Code Mystics

Garou: Mark of the Wolves is revered as one of SNK's crowning fighting game achievements, and now fans will be able to experience the game with potentially the best online structure around.

SNK and developer Code Mystics announced and released a new updated for Garou on PlayStation 4, Vita and PC that changes the game's online netcode from delay-based to rollback as they had previously done with a handful of their other titles.

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Sega Heroes adds new Virtua Fighter characters starting with Pai Chan available now plus more in the coming weeks

Sega's enormous back catalog of video games and franchises are among the most iconic in the entire industry, especially when you look back at their 90's console-making era.

Virtua Fighter was once chief among those as one of the world's first major 3D fighting games though now the series' characters can now be enjoyed in a much different title.

Mobile game Sega Heroes has now added Virtua Fighter characters to their fairly large roster starting with Pai Chan, and more will become available to unlock in the coming weeks.

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Update: Granblue Fantasy: Versus' opening cinematic revealed, western release date potentially revealed in retailer listing

Update: Amazon's listing for Granblue Fantasy: Versus may clue us in on when the title will release in the west after all considering it currently displays February 18, 2020 for its launch which is a Tuesday and less likely to be a placeholder. Best Buy, however, has the fighting game listed for a Feb. 6 release date though that one is more likely to be a place holder. Original story follows.

Granblue Fantasy: Versus is just a few weeks away from release for those lucky enough to get it in Japan though the rest of us around the world are still waiting to officially learn when we'll be able to get our hands on the highly-anticipated fighter.

Leading up to GBVS' launch, Arc System Works and Cygames have been steadily releasing new videos for the game detailing the various modes and characters with the newest of the bunch showing off Versus' opening cinematic.

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Byleth's inclusion potentially opens the way for first party Nintendo reps in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's Fighters Pass Volume 2

Although Joker, Hero, Banjo-Kazooie, Terry Bogard, and the recently announced Byleth are all packaged as part of the first Fighters Pass, one of these challengers is clearly not like the others. More specifically, Byleth is the only character that's part of this pass that's a first party Nintendo rep. All the others are from third parties.

Up until this point, there was this perception that all the Fighters Pass DLC would represent third party franchises. This was mostly due to a statement made by the then president of Nintendo of America, Reggie Fils-Aime, back when Joker was unveiled.

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Is tier whoring more common than ever before due to pro gamers and should developers offer Street Fighter 5 balance patches more often?

The times are certainly changing as monetary stakes at major fighting game events continue to rise and naturally usher professional players toward characters that are going to be the easiest to win with, but should we be concerned about "tier whoring," as it's commonly referred to in the FGC, given the current track we're on?

Especially with examples like iDom and his winning of Capcom Cup 2019 with a combination of mid-tiers Laura and Poison, it's clear the competitive space has not devolved into a top tier fest. That said, with as many Rashids we saw in Season 4 and Abigails, Cammys, and Menats of Season 3, it's worth considering if developers like Capcom should start making larger efforts to balance their games.

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