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Evo 2009, get there or die trying

Evo 2009, get there or die trying Jesse Gan has written up a post on how you can get to EVO 2009, on

If you've had reasons you couldn't attend in the past, like the price, worrying about not being good enough or something else, this article will show you some ways to save money and some tips on where to stay and what to do.

If you're considering going, I definitely recommend giving it a read. Here's a small grab.

Assume you have 8 people in one room; the total per person comes out to about $60 for 3 nights.

The Red Rock is a 4 star resort and 8 people in one room is not a bad way to sleep. The room comes with 2 Queen Sized beds and plenty of floor space. 4-6 on the beds and 2-4 on the floor is easy.

Make sure you bring sleeping bags and extra pillows. It is very easy to find 8 people to fill up a room if you plan ahead.

No GGPO for Street Fighter 4 PC, Rival Schools re-release and more

No GGPO for Street Fighter 4 PC, Rival Schools re-release and more Capcom V.P., Christian Svensson, was on the Unity Boards talking about Street Fighter 4 and Rival Schools recently. Here are his comments.

Will the PC version of Street Fighter 4 use GGPO net code?

Sven: Also no. Sorry.

Do I still have to wait till the 17th to get my Collector's Edition of SF4 or can I get it along with you guys on the 12th at the event in L.A.?

Sven: I don't believe we'll have games to sell at the event, so the 17th is your date.

Literally, they're still coming off the assembly line around that time (the 12th). They ship on the 17th (5 days later).

Is SF4 100% guaranteed to not be delayed in Australia?

Sven: To the best of my knowledge, none of our titles are delayed in ANZ.

Is the SFIV PAL edition identical to NTSC?

With MS, it's a global submission. No differences in code anywhere in the world.

With Sony, there might be a few tweaks territory by territory but I'm not aware of anything functional missing from any of them.

Any plans for a digital re-release of Rival Schools on XBLA or PSN?

Sven: PS1 rerelease on PSN could conceivably happen, but not for a good long while (other things afoot).

Game lineup for EVO 2009 revealed

Game lineup for EVO 2009 revealed This year's lineup for the Evolution Fighting Game Championships 2009 has been revealed.

The official tournament games are...
  • Street Fighter 4
  • Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix
  • Soul Calibur 4
  • Marvel vs. Capcom 2
  • Guilty Gear XX, Accent Core
  • SF3, Third Strike, 2v2 team tournament
And two exhibition events will also be held, the Tatsunoko vs. Capcom Invitational Finals and Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix 5 on 5 Regional Team Tournament.

You can find even more details on the official EVO 2009 website.

GameCrazy may have early release of Street Fighter 4 in some areas

GameCrazy may have early release of Street Fighter 4 in some areas A few posters have commented on the boards that their local GameCrazy stores might be selling Street Fighter 4 a day or so earlier than other locations, possibly via a midnight release party.

People's experiences seem to change on a store by store basis, so you're best off contacting your local GameCrazy and see if they have anything planned.

Also a few SRK members have said they were able to pre-order the Tournament Edition Mad Catz sticks at GameCrazy still.

Because of the nature of this information — it hasn't been confirmed — and it may be much ado about nothing, so please take it with a grain of salt. But it wouldn't hurt to check if you're interested.

Rumor has it Street Fighter 4's alt costumes will cost money

Rumor has it Street Fighter 4's alt costumes will cost money While this isn't official yet, it looks like Street Fighter 4's alternative costumes will cost you some coin.

A scan from a PS3 magazine noted this and it was pointed out here on the Capcom Unity forums.

Some people are up in arms about the potential cost of getting these costumes, but keep in mind the alternative outfits aren't going to affect your game play one way or another... unless you plan on distracting the other player with Chun Li in her evening dress.

And since we haven't heard an official announcement, it's possible you'll be able to get these through additional avenues in the future.

Gigantic Street Fighter 4 tournament coming to a location near you

Gigantic Street Fighter 4 tournament coming to a location near you announced that EVO is working with Capcom and Gamestop to kick off the, "Biggest Street Fighter tournament of all time."

Round 1 is scheduled to start on February 21, 2009 in cities all over the USA (.pdf). The list of Gamestop locations that are hosting an event is 47 pages long — so you should be able to find a spot very close to you even if you live in outlying areas.

You can find a bunch of details on Gamestop's page here, including prizes, a FAQ page and rules and more info about the 2nd, 3rd and final round.

The top 16 finalists will win a 3 day 2 night trip to the this tournament's finals and an automatic bid to the EVO 2009 Championship series.

Review of the standard edition Mad Catz FightStick

Review of the standard edition Mad Catz FightStick posted a review of the vanilla Mad Catz FightStick, which approaches things from a casual player's viewpoint.

This ends up being a great read if you're on the fence on if you should buy the regular edition FightStick, FightPad or try and wait for a Tournament Edition controller.

While the FightPad and TE stick have pretty much been covered to death, this review gives you the ins and outs of what you'll get with the standard Mad Catz joystick.

Here's a cut.

I have tried some of the other options available in the same price level as the FightStick, and I can tell you this with absolute certainty: at this level, this is the best stick that I've used.

When you first take the FightStick from its packaging -- not quite the glorious unboxing experience of the Tournament Edition FightStick, I'm sure, but still a reassuring experience -- the first thing I noticed was that this is a stick that feels like $79.99 (I tried the Xbox 360 version) of plastic, wires, parts, and metal.

Even before you actually test out the joystick and buttons, see if they'll hold up to a match of your favorite Capcom or SNK fighter and all that jazz, your hands feel this product, notice the curves and feel of the plastic, acknowledge the button positioning, experience the weight of the overall unit, and they tell your brain that they're feeling something that has been put together and crafted by somebody who actually gave a damn.

Fighting the Tatsunoko vs. Capcom licensing monster, more sticks being built

Fighting the Tatsunoko vs. Capcom licensing monster, more sticks being built Seth Killian and Christian Svensson were back on the Unity Boards giving us the latest on Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, the Tournament Edition Mad Catz sticks going back into production, and what's up with Street Fighter 4's sales numbers.

Here are their comments.

Could an untranslated port of Tatsunoko vs. Capcom be made available for download onto the Wii shop channel? — Tryken

Seth: The challenges for the game remain more legal than technical. We'd be very happy to bring it to you guys if we had the right laser to slay the evil licensing monster immediately.

Trust that we're fighting him, but he's like, tough.

When can we expect the Tournament Edition Mad Catz sticks and Collector's Edition of SFIV to be restocked?

Sven: I actually spoke with Mad Catz this evening. I assure you, they're manufacturing as quickly as they can, but it's not a product that can be churned out by the thousands overnight. The factory has been open over the Chinese new year (which is somewhat unheard of). They are and will continue to air freight in units as they come off the line as frequently as they can.

I think in time, Mad Catz will be able to address the demand over the following weeks/months, but there's going to be a ton of people who can't get them at or around launch.

Unlike the TE sticks, on the Collector's Edition version of Street Fighter IV, when they're gone, they're gone.

There will never be more made.

We have more retail orders for them than we have goods. We made a LOT of them, but it was also a figure we hoped would not be sitting on retailers shelves more than a month after launch.

As it turns out, it's a figure that probably won't be sitting on shelves longer than the time it takes all pre-orders to be picked up.

Amazon is already sold out of its allocation of Collector Edition's. In the Capcom store we freed up another couple hundred units from some goods that were being held for events but I suspect they'll ALL be spoken for in the next day.

I promise you this: every CE everywhere will be presold at least a week before launch.

We warned people a few days ago this would happen if you didn't pre-order. Additionally, if you don't pre-order the regular version of the game, there is a very good chance you won't get it day one either based upon how our pre-orders are ramping in an unusual way. Demand is ramping (up to a) level that is not typical and while we have backup goods on order, they're not day one.

So long story short... preorder A version somewhere ASAP if you're expecting to play day one. No joke.

Sven, did you really expect anything less? Seriously. Street Fighter is the most popular and well known fighting franchise.

Sven: Actually, SF is NOT the best selling fighting franchise or at least hasn't been in 15 years. MK and the WWE titles have beaten it soundly for a long time. And at the end of the day, when we place our production orders, we place them based upon a bottom's up forecast from retail + some reasonable buffer to account for rise as we near release and some overage to provide near term reorder support.

Suffice to say, we had big numbers in to start. The numbers are getting bigger.

This is not a case of poor planning. This is a case of logical thresholds being exceeded in ways that are not typical. I can't say more than that.

Street Fighter artwork website, Eagle One interview

Street Fighter artwork website, Eagle One interview The SFD team has launched a new Street Fighter artwork website.

Inside you'll find a ton of images of your favorite characters, which is perfect if you're looking to create some new wallpaper or get artwork for a custom stick. There's lots of official pieces and some community works as well.

Also on they have an interview with Eagle One Media who are the guys behind the animated DVD based on the Street Fighter graphic novels by Udon Comics.

They discuss what went into developing the DVD and what viewers can expect. Here's a clip from the interview.

SFD: How long has this DVD been in development?

ERIC: Each DVD takes about 5 months to complete. We’re essentially creating a full-length animated video story with the artwork from a complete graphic novel and adding in animation elements, voice-over, music, and special effects.

It’s not a simple cut and paste process because you have to see what the pace of each story element is and perhaps move certain clips around so it makes sense in video form.

Updated Street Fighter 4 tiers for arcade release

Updated Street Fighter 4 tiers for arcade release Bebop3000 on the message boards broke news that there was an updated tier listing for Street Fighter 4 put out earlier in the year. We've added this information into our Street Fighter 4 tier listing, and kept the older chart from 2008 right below it.

This update moved Crimson Viper up four spots, and changed the positions of a few other characters.

As a game ages and player strategies evolve, it's interesting to see how a character's overall tier ranking is affected. While nothing about the characters themselves changed — people's perceptions did.

So while these tiers are an alright guideline, remember they're not the end all be all final word on who's a good character in the game.

Leo Tan says HD Remix denial story a 'fabrication'

Leo Tan says HD Remix denial story a 'fabrication' Leo Tan of Capcom UK's office told Spong today that a previous story from was a "fabrication" and they never actually spoke to him. later updated their story stating it was "Capcom UK" instead of Leo Tan they spoke with.

Shoddy reporting aside, Capcom did submit a new version of HD Remix to Sony Computer Entertainment Europe a couple of weeks ago, but there's been no official word on how that is going, yet.

If you'd like to read a little bit more about what goes into submitting digital titles, Christian Svensson outlined the process here.

United Kingdom Street Fighter 4 arcade tour

United Kingdom Street Fighter 4 arcade tour Capcom has announced a mini tour where they'll be lugging some Street Fighter 4 machines to various places in the UK and players will have a shot at getting some merchandise.

Here's the details from the press release.

Starting in Edinburgh, the machines will sweep down into England crushing all other games that fall before them. The tour is expected to continue beyond release, with further dates to be added, but the current dates and locations are as follows –

29th January – 1st of February
Edinburgh’s Gamestation on Princes Street (EH2 4AH)

5th February – 8th February
Sheffield’s Gamestation in Meadowhall Shopping Centre (S9 1ER)

19th February – 22nd February
London’s HMV in Oxford St

26th February – 1st March
Birmingham’s Gamestation on New St (B2 4NS)

5th March – 8th March
Hull’s Gamestation in Prospect Centre (HU2 8PW)

Street Fighter IV is set for release on February 20th on PS3 and Xbox 360. For more information on the tour, or Street Fighter IV in general, please contact Leo Tan (

Interview with Justin Marks, Street Fighter movie writer

IGN sat down with Justin Marks, the writer of Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li, about what viewers can expect from the film.

The interview mostly recaps what you've already heard before, at least for those of you who've actively followed the movie.

It is nice to hear how someone who's been hands on with the movie feels about it though, so it's worth checking this out.

Another alternative costume video

IGN posted their own Street Fighter 4 alternative costume video, but this one shows all of the characters.

Updated: messes up, changes story

This story has been updated, and the old inaccurate information has been removed for clarity. originally reported about why HD Remix was delayed in Europe for PS3 owners, and later changed their story.

You can read more about this here.

Mad Catz regular FightStick review by IGN

Mad Catz regular FightStick review by IGN IGN has put together their review of the vanilla Street Fighter 4 FightStick by Mad Catz.

We've seen a ton of reviews about the Tournament Edition stick, and some of the FightPad, but for some reason a lot of people haven't covered this product.

Although the review comes off some what negative, they give it an overall 8 out of 10, saying it's a good value and basically what you'd expect from a product at this price range.

Here's a clip.

Where the FightStick is vastly different than the Tournament Edition FightStick, however, is in its components. The joystick performs well, but is definitely less fluid than the Tournament Edition FightStick.

The FightStick's joystick joint definitely has stiffer corners and moving, for example, from a downward left side position to an upward right side position is a sharp, sudden, upward incline.

The buttons have slightly less resistance than the Tournament Edition FightStick but are overall pretty responsive. While the performance of the FightStick is certainly on par for the price point, fighting game purists might find some issue with it.

Updated: Tournament Edition sticks no longer available

Updated: Tournament Edition sticks no longer available It looks like Capcom is all out of Tournament Edition sticks at their store. Hope everyone got one that wanted one, but if not Seth Killian said awhile back that Mad Catz will be making more so you should be able to get one in the future, probably a bit after SF4 is released.

Just in case the pre-order comes back, here are the links to the Capcom Store TE sticks.

PlayStation 3 Tournament Edition Joystick

XBox 360 Tournament Edition Joystick

Thanks to J for the heads up on these.