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This is why Ibuki's L+H EX Kunai is a better block string option than L+M in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition

Over the weekend, we saw some extremely impressive plays from FD|Fujimura as he won the latest Capcom Pro Tour premiere event, Stunfest 2018. We can't help but think of Fujimura as a contender for best Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition player in the world right now as a result.

While that was happening in Rennes, France, Battle Arena Melbourne 10 was happening in Melbourne, Australia. While RZR|Xian wasn't quite as successful with his second place win to FOX|Tokido as his fellow Ibuki player, I couldn't help but notice something Xian was doing that was very smart.

You might recall that the Season 3 patch (not Season 3.5) nerfed Ibuki's EX Kunai attack by applying an additional 4 frames of recovery to the move. This made it so that if you performed the close version of the EX special (L + M), then dash in, you'll be left at -2 on block.

To counteract this, Xian was instead using the mid range version of the technique. By doing this, he granted himself an additional +4 frames of advantage when the opponent blocked. After dashing in, Ibuki is left at +2 against the opponent.

Admittedly, it's a very obvious concept when you think about it. The explosion from the kunai inflicts the same amount of block stun no matter where it explodes from.

By throwing the EX kunai with slightly more distance, the travel time required for the projectile to reach its destination is four frames longer. In other words, the explosion comes a bit later into Ibuki's recovery frames making it so that she is able to reap more frame advantage.


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Deadpool was almost excluded from Marvel vs. Capcom 3 due to a translation error

Marvel vs. Cacpom 3 was a crossover fighting game that pitted iconic characters against one another from two separate universes. Essentially, this was a combined effort by both Marvel and Capcom.

As you might expect, Marvel had a say on which characters that Capcom was allowed to use from their intellectual property. According to IGN via CBR, Marvel had provided Capcom with a "no go" list that told them which fighters they didn't want to see in this work-in-progress title.

This explains why we never got to see Venom in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 or its ultimate edition. Incidentally, this meant that Spider-Man was without a villain.

According to a Capcom representative, "Venom, unfortunately, was amongst a list of characters that were not available for us to use on Marvel’s side. I couldn’t tell you the reason for why that is... you’d have to ask Marvel. But Venom was never an option."

Shuma-Gorath was also apparently on this list, but Capcom actually went out of their way to fight for this strange combatant. Eventually, Marvel allowed Capcom to use Shuma-Gorath as a downloadable fighter.

You might be surprised to hear that Deadpool was also on this "no go" list. And yet, he was one of the first characters announced for Marvel vs. Capcom 3. What happened, exactly?

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Epic Games is pouring $100 million into Fortnite's competitions which is good for eSports and probably even fighting games

Epic Games has had a surprise smash hit on their hands with Fortnite Battle Royale that was originally designed as a side mode to complement their main Fortnite game after the popularity of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds last year.

The developer drew everyone's attention today when it announced they would be personally adding $100 million USD to the prize pools of Fortnite Battle Royale competitions for their 2018-2019 competitive season.

Details have not been released as to how the competitions in this inaugural season will be handled or how the money will be split up, but this will likely be a turning point for the growing eSports landscape going forward.

Capcom has already been spending millions of dollars on their pro tours for Street Fighter and other developers/ publishers like NeatherRealm Studios/ Warner Bros. and Bandai Namco have since followed suit.

This move by Epic is sure to bring more eyes to eSports and competitive gaming in general by the public, other game developers/ publishers, investors, broadcasters and sponsors to grow this newer platform even faster than it already has been.

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Microsoft announces the Xbox Adaptive Controller for players with limited mobility

Many in the fighting game community are no stranger to hardships and diverse controller setups, so it's always nice to see new peripherals introduced that can suit people's needs better and bring more people into the gaming scene.

Microsoft recently announced a new controller for their platforms for gamers with disabilties and/ or mobility limitations in the Xbox Adaptive Controller which features a standard d-pad with two large face buttons along with USB and 19 3.5 mm jacks to pair the controller with a variety of compatible peripherals.

The new controller can be connected to existing or future "external buttons, switches, joysticks and mounts, giving gamers with a wide range of physical disabilities the ability to customize their setups" according to their website.

This new adaptive hardware will be compatible with Xbox One games and games on Windows 10 and also feature the option to remap buttons as players so need to and choose to. It can also be paired with a standard Xbox controller for players that may have the ability to use one side of the controller but not the other.

"For a very long time, we were advocating that everyone should be able to play video games," said Craig Kaufman, program director for AbleGamers via Polygon. "And seeing Xbox make a device like this is showing that, from the top level, Xbox [is] going, 'Yeah, everyone should be a part of the awesome thing that is video games.'"

The Xbox Adaptive Controller will be available sometime later this year and will retail for $99 USD. You can check out a video of the new controller in action after the jump and can find out more about the product and its conception on Microsoft's website.

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New trailers for Curly and Emiko in Blade Strangers along with an extended opening showing the new guest characters like Shovel Knight

Blade Strangers' publisher Nicalis has not slowed down their announcements and new trailers for the game with two more characters receiving their own trailers along with an extended look at the game's opening cinematic.

Curly Brace from Cave Story+ and Emiko from the Umihara Kawase series were previously announced for the guest character-heavy fighting game, but they have only just now received their full character trailers showing off what they are capable of.

Curly has a variety of firearms to use at her disposal including a rocket launcher, rapid fire machine gun and a pistol-like weapon that causes an orb to bounce along the ground along with an assortment of kicking and punching strikes to cover her in the short range.

Emiko is a small girl who fights on the back of an enormous house-cat that does most of the work for her as she drops in some assist items like the soccer ball briefly shown in the trailer.

A new version of the game's opening cinematic was also released. The first half of the intro is the same as the initial cinematic shown, but the later portion shows off the guest characters that were announced afterwards like Shovel Knight and Isaac.

You'll be able to try out these characters plus others like Gunvolt when the game drops later this Summer on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and Steam. You can check out both characters' trailers along with the extended introduction after the jump.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ's best player, Go1, shares a tip for countering one of your opponents' defensive options

It's not really hyperbolic to say that CO|Go1 is an unstoppable force in Dragon Ball FighterZ after winning another major tournament this past weekend at Stunfest with an impeccable 60 wins compared to two losses in tournament sets (that's a nearly 97 percent win ratio).

Go1's defensive prowess stands above the rest already, but his offensive pressure and timing consistently suffocates opponents for making singular, punishable mistakes in their matches

A Twitter user by the name of The Sentimental Typhoon translated a tweet made by Go1 after winning Stunfest in which he gives some insight as to something players should be aware of when they are on the offensive in DBFZ.

DBFZ's top player states that he watches his opponents' character portraits while he has them in a block string because a red 'x' appears on a character portrait they are currently trying to tag in, so they can't be used as an assist.

When Go1 sees this indicator pop up, he says he stops his combo and hits his launcher because his opponents character is waiting for a raw tag in once an opening arises meaning that Go1 is already waiting to stuff it.

This advice is important for those on offense looking to keep up the pressure and those on defense knowing the risks of trying to get out of a sticky situation without using meter for a Guard Cancel or vanish attack. You can check out the full translation and Go1's original tweet below.


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Jack and Hayate star in Fighting EX Layer's latest gameplay video

Fighting EX Layer is slated for release this year. In lead up to the game's launch, Arika has been bringing us a steady stream of new footage and information about the project.

Today we have a brand new gameplay video featuring two of the more recently revealed characters: Jack and Hayate. The former fights with a baseball bat while the other battles with sword in hand.

Running a little over five minutes long, this Fighting EX Layer gameplay showcase grants a look at some of the combos and tactics each character is capable of. Additionally, we see some of Hayate's pressure abilities (which look quite strong already) and supers from both fighters.

Last week, Arika featured several newer Fighting EX Layer characters, as well as new stages in a longer gameplay video. Viewers were treated to actual match footage of fighters such as Sanane, Doctrine Dark, and Shadowgeist.

Fighting EX Layer is set to launch with "Standard" and "Light" purchase options. The former will cost $59.99 and will come with 12 characters + Hokuto and 15 Gougi Decks, while the latter runs for $39.99 and includes 12 characters and 5 Gougi Decks.

Kairi, Shirase, Garuda, Skullomania, Darun Mister, Doctrine Dark, Blaire Dame, Jack, Shadowgeist, Allen Snider, Sanane, Hayate, and Hokuto will all be playable in Fighting EX Layer. If the game sells well, we may see more characters added post-launch.


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The Cool Kid93 demonstrates why big bodied characters like Broly in Dragon Ball FighterZ shouldn't be underestimated

THE COOL KID93 is very well-known for crushing opponents with big bodied characters. He was creating shock waves within the Street Fighter 5 community with Abigail before the fighter became top tier in Season 3 thanks to the numerous buffs he received.

You probably wouldn't be too surprised to hear that he is playing Broly in Dragon Ball FighterZ. This crazed Saiyan was released alongside Bardock on March 28, 2018.

While the tournament scene has been seeing a number of players incorporating Bardock into their teams, Broly is currently a little underrepresented in comparison. Still, Broly is notable for being able to unlock a lot of damage potential once the opponent is trapped in the corner.

To showcase Broly's abilities, Cool Kid has created a video compilation that demonstrates him playing in real matches. Given enough meter and a Sparking Blast, Broly hurts!

If you're an aspiring Broly user, there's definitely some tech and combos that are worth taking from this video. Check it out!

Here's just a quick glimpse of Broly's damage output, given the right conditions:


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Rumor: New leaks claim Simon Belmont, Ridley, and Ice Climbers are coming to Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo Switch

We're always very hesitant about reporting on leaks, especially as we get closer and closer to E3. However, this new potential information may carry some weight based on the leaker's track record.

Vergeben on Gamefaqs has had a track record for reporting information about upcoming content in fighting games both correctly and incorrectly.

You might remember this individual as the one who predicted that the Ninja Turtles would become a DLC fighter in Injustice 2 -- an announcement that was very surprising to fans. Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo make up the final character in Fighter Pack #3.

He also predicted the existence of Soul Calibur 6 and its announcement at the PlayStation Experience, but it actually occurred two days prior to this at the Video Game Awards. Interestingly enough, he specifically named Grøh, a newcomer to the Soul Calibur series.

While this is currently unconfirmed, many have been reporting on rumors surrounding the "Star Fox Grand Prix" title which was also reported by this individual. This game is supposedly being developed by Retro Studios, who has been noticeably silent for some time now.

With that said, he also predicted that Sodom would be a part of Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition Season 3's roster. He's also stated before that Star-Lord, Ms. Marvel, Green Goblin, Wolverine, Cyclops, Psylocke, Magneto, Storm, Deadpool, Doctor Doom, Daredevil, Asura, Lady, Gill, Rashid, Captain Commando, Nina, Deis, Regina, Gene, Vergil, Akuma, and Apollo Justice would become playable in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.

As with any rumors or leaks, it's best to approach everything with a grain of salt. It seems he's recently started talking about Super Smash Bros. for the Nintendo Switch.

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Fused Zamasu and Vegito Blue headed to Dragon Ball FighterZ on May 31st

Bandai Namco UK has just revealed the release date for Dragon Ball FighterZ's upcoming DLC characters. Vegito Blue and Fused Zamasu join the fight on May 31st.

Both Fused Zamasu and Vegito Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan will become available for standalone purchase or as part of FighterZ Pass on the same day.

In addition to the release date, Bandai Namco has also provided a sneak peak at Vegito Blue's Dramatic Finish with Fused Zamasu. This cinematic finisher sees Vegito land a hard-hitting sucker punch on Zamasu, followed by a large Kamehameha.

If you're looking to pick up either character when released, you can do so for $5 each. For a better deal, though, you can snag the Dragon Ball FighterZ "FighterZ Pass" for $34.99.

This season pass includes access to all eight of the game's currently planned DLC characters as they become available. This means you'll get Vegito (SSGSS) and Fused Zamasu, the previously released Broly and Bardock, and the four remaining characters that have yet to be revealed.

We recently learned more about Vegito Blue from the latest V-Jump magazine scan. His stats, as well as more details about his super moves and the first information about his Dramatic Finish were all unveiled here.

If you haven't already, be sure to check out where the inspiration for Vegito Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan's Dramatic Finish in Dragon Ball FighterZ came from.

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Mistake taunts then obliterates, Nairo's Bowser is extra scary, and 'you shall not pass' Axe's edge guarding - Smash 4 and Melee GOML highlights

Get On My Level 2018 concluded over the weekend. This was a major event for Super Smash Bros. 4 and Super Smash Bros. Melee. There were also tournaments for Super smash Bros. 64 and Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

There were some very talented players present at Get On My Level. The competitors included Liquid|Hungrybox, FOX|Mew2King, NRG|Nairo, PG|Plup, Tweek, FOX|MKLeo, RNG|Dabuz, Tempo|Axe, Frys|Wizzrobe, CLG|SFAT, VGBC|aMSa, MSF|Larry Lurr, IMT|Shroomed, Duck, OG|Swedish Delight, BSD|Elegant, EMP|WaDi, Ally, Crush, DIG|Lucky, EMG|Mistake, CLG|PewPewU, PG|Zain, MSF|LaLuna, DIG|HugS, and many more.

As you might expect, the interactions between the professional players here created some noteworthy sequences. We've collected a batch of highlights to showcase these moments.

First up is Super Smash Bros. 4. Let's talk about the set that went on between Mistake and Komorikiri.

It was clear that Mistake was trying to get into Komorikiri's head with his taunting. After taking out one of his stocks, he proceeded to repeatedly taunt him while on Smashville's moving platform.

During this time, Komorikiri was free to fully charge his limit as Cloud. While Komorikiri was able to get some form of revenge on Mistake, Mistake took the set with a 3 - 0 victory.


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Justin Wong breaks out the Falke tech, Problem X gets tricky with Psycho Crushers and more; Toryuken Street Fighter 5 highlights

The action at Toryuken 7 has concluded as the Canadian Street Fighters tested their mettle against the invading pros for Pro Tour points.

We've gone through the top eight bracket footage and grabbed some of our favorite moments as players like FOX|Justin Wong, Mouz|Problem X, NuckleDu and WBG|CJ Truth clashed in the finals.

As a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event, players are fighting for CPT points. 150 for first, 70 for second, 40 for third, 20 for fourth, 10 for fifth and one pride point for seventh.

Today's highlights feature everything from surprisingly quick reactions to less seen tech with new Arcade Edition potential.

Problem X is the best M. Bison in the world right now, and has become very proficient with the evil dictator's new V-Trigger abilities.

Watch as he implements some old school Street Fighter 4 tech with the cross up Psycho Crusher to take out Justin Wong:


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Get On My Level 2018 results ft. Hungrybox, Mew2King, Nairo, Plup

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Although there are Pro/World Tour events going on for both Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and Tekken 7 this weekend, don't think that the Smashers will allow themselves to be beat in attendance level.

Get On My Level is back again in 2018, and once again taking place in Ontario, Canada.

As usual, it's a celebration of the whole Super Smash Bros. series, so you'll be able to enjoy tournament play in Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. 4, Super Smash Bros. 64 and Super Smash Bros. Brawl.

The event is so big that Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. 4 have close to 450 entrants - each.

A few big names attending this event are Liquid|Hungrybox, FOX|Mew2King, NRG|Nairo, PG|Plup, Tweek, FOX|MKLeo, RNG|Dabuz, Tempo|Axe, Frys|Wizzrobe, CLG|SFAT, VGBC|aMSa, MSF|Larry Lurr, IMT|Shroomed, Duck, OG|Swedish Delight, BSD|Elegant, EMP|WaDi, Ally, Crush, DIG|Lucky, EMG|Mistake, CLG|PewPewU, PG|Zain, MSF|LaLuna, DIG|HugS, and of course there will be many, many more.

Streaming is being done at Even Matchup Gaming, Even Matchup Gaming 2, Even Matchup Gaming 3 and SSB64 League.

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Toryuken 7 results ft. NuckleDu, Problem X, Justin Wong, JoeyFury

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The action isn't over yet, we've got yet another big event going on this weekend, namely Toryuken 7 in Toronto, Canada.

This is a Ranking Event for the Capcom Pro Tour, so points to get in to the Capcom Cup are on the line.

Besides that, the event will also be hosting Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken 7, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Sailor Moon S, King of Fighters 14, Samurai Shodown 5 Special, Garou: Mark of the Wolves and Soul Calibur 2 on stream.

Players attending include NuckleDu, Mouz|Problem X, FOX|Justin Wong, Circa|JoeyFury, Teemo, WBG|CJ Truth, Nephew, Rise|Marn, Chi-Rithy and many more.

It's a two-day event, so make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the game you're most invested in, and enjoy the action.

Streaming is being done at Toronto Top Tiers and Toronto Top Tiers 2.

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Sixteen costumes for nine bucks? Two Street Fighter 5 costume bundles are massively marked down until May 22nd

If you've been waiting to purchase Street Fighter 5's 2016 Summer Costume Bundle or Original Characters Battle Costume Pack, your patience has finally paid off.

Capcom has put both bundles on super sale for American PlayStation 4 users and PC users worldwide.

The Summer Bundle, which contains swimwear alternates Karin, R. Mika, Chun-Li, Cammy, Laura and Ibuki, is 50% off in the PS store so you can get all six costumes for a measly six bucks.

The original 16 character Battle Costume Bundle (which, as you may have guessed, includes Battle Costumes for all 16 original SF5 characters) is marked down from $29.99 to $8.99.

Don't forget that the Swimsuit costumes come with the Easter Egg option to remove part of the outfit (so as to ensure an all over tan).

Here's the Tweet from Capcom along with the links to the appropriate PS4 and Steam pages so you can take advantage of the deal while it's here.


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Someone -finally- made a parody of Nicki Minaj's 'Chun-Li', and this one actually has something to do with Street Fighter

We've featured Nicki Minaj's new song, "Chun-Li," a few times now here on EventHubs, but now I'm finally getting to post a version I'm proud of.

P5YCKOnOMixXx has produced a parody video of Minaj's single wherein he, unlike the source material, raps about about Street Fighter content.

The song is all about OG SF2 character Blanka, and is rapped from the green beast's point of view.

While the subject matter is surely on the goofier side, some of the rhymes did garner a legitimate laugh out of us.

There's a little bit of NSFW content, but nothing too heinous. Maybe watch it through once before you decide to share with your boss.

Please let us know if you liked this version of the song better than the original in the comments after you watch.

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Fujimura just became a heavy contender for best Street Fighter 5 player in the world

If you ask my friends or coworkers they'll tell you I'm not one to jump to conclusions at the first sign of change, and so it's with very real conviction that I entertain this idea that FD|Fujimura may have just become Street Fighter 5's undisputed best.

Fujimura (formerly known as Yukadon) walked into Stunfest this weekend as one of the game's most notable contenders, perhaps a candidate for the top 10 in the world, but left with audiences all but certain there's no one that can even touch him right now.

To get even more specific, it appeared this transformation happened during today's top eight bracket. Fuji actually lost to CYG|Daigo Umehara in top 16 and thus entered top eight on the losers side, which wasn't incredibly surprising.

Once top eight started it appeared the Japanese player ascended to an all new height that was a full head and shoulders over everyone else. After his loss to Daigo he got his revenge with a quick 3-0 on The Beast, showcasing his ability to adapt.

Not only did he fight his way from that losers position all the way into a tournament win, he did so with an 18-2 record, giving up both of those two losses to UYU|OilKing's Rashid in a 3-2 loser's finals victory.

I grabbed some Stunfest stats and posted them to Twitter so people could see the consolidated list of names that lost without taking a single game off of Fuji today. (CYG|Fuudo and CO|Go1 were before top 8.)


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But does this make him the best? There's certainly arguments to be made to the contrary.

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