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Goku, Jotaro, Naruto, and many others star in Jump Force's official launch trailer

Bandai Namco's major manga crossover brawler, Jump Force, is set for release this week, and the company has shared the game's official launch trailer this morning to celebrate its arrival.

In Jump Force, players can take many of the most widely popular characters from the various classic manga series found in Shonen Jump — a weekly Japanese manga anthology — into battle in teams of three. Featured on the playable launch roster you'll find characters such as Dragon Ball Z's Goku and Vegeta, Naruto, Jotaro Kujo from Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Yugi Muto of Yu-Gi-Oh! fame, and a slew of others.

Jump Force's launch trailer shares a glimpse at the story mode as the world falls into chaos. We see story-only characters such as Light an Ryuk from Death Note here, as well as newcomer Kane — a villain designed by Dragon Ball series creator, Akira Toriyama.

After revealing characters at a steady pace, Bandai Namco recently confirmed that the fighters we have seen so far will indeed make up Jump Force's launch roster. Upon release, fans can look forward to trying out 42 different playable combatants.

The roster won't end there, however, as Jump Force is expecting nine DLC characters post-launch. At this time, the identities of these additional fighters is unknown.

Jump Force is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC this Friday, February 15th.

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Never let Peach or Daisy get a hold of Mega Man's metal blade or your damage is shooting up to 150% within six seconds in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Despite Super Smash Bros. Ultimate only being two months old, many top level competitors have already stated their beliefs that Peach and Daisy are the best characters in the game.

It's clear that these princesses benefit a great deal from Ultimate's mechanics and the current meta. In particular, their float property on their jumps allow them to do things that no other fighter can.

Their down specials allow them to generate a turnip that can be tossed like an item. These are very strong, especially for combos and edge guarding.

What would happen if they got a hold of Mega Man's Metal Blade? Teitoku06142 demonstrated that a Metal Blade in their hands would actually be worse for the opponent than a vegetable.

This is probably an even scarier situation for Mega Man fans than seeing him getting skewered during the Ridley trailer.

By immediately cancelling a jump with a float, falling, and then followed by a z-drop of the metal blade, Peach and Daisy essentially have access to a death combo. Within about six seconds, Mega Man's damage is shown to rise above 150%.

Inevitably, the Mega Man is defeated with Daisy's back aerial to finish the job. If you're a Mega Man player, you definitely don't want Peach or Daisy to get their hands on your generated Metal Blade.

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Is Jigglypuff and the Ice Climbers' wobbling technique 'killing' Super Smash Bros. Melee? Leffen debates the ban discussion

For the Smash community, Genesis tends to be one of the biggest super majors of the year. Last weekend, Liquid|HungryBox was able to win it for the first time. Previously, the only other competitors that achieved this were C9|Mango, PG|Plup, and Alliance|Armada (three times).

As many already know, HungryBox was able to do it at Genesis 6 with Jigglypuff. It can be said that no other player has really been able to achieve what HungryBox has done with the balloon Pokémon, especially after Mango focused on other characters.

The combatant has to be played dramatically differently from others like Fox as a result of its attributes. Jigglypuff is one of the lightest fighters with an excellent recovery, slow fall speed, fast aerial speed, and multiple jumps.

Now while this next point is very argumentative, some could say that the balloon Pokémon is "killing" the Super Smash Bros. Melee scene — or could kill it if more players picked the fighter up. Notably, Super Smash Bros. Melee is a game that was released over 17 years ago and still sees competition as later titles in the series took things in a different direction.

It appears that some players would like for Jigglypuff and the Ice Climbers' wobbling technique (grab infinite) to be banned from competitive play. In some ways, it could be said that these two things are the "antithesis" of the fast paced action that Super Smash Bros. Melee encourages.

This discussion has apparently been spurred on against due to a (now deleted) comment Plup made following the events of Genesis 6 and the decision by Tennessee to ban wobbling in four out of six cities.

Specifically Plup mentioned that he is considering taking a break from the game as he's tired of fighting the combatant. While he wasn't trying to incite the ban discussions, he did reiterate that he was bored of the match up.

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Tired of eating dirt under M. Bison's boots in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition? Frame Advantage has five tips to help you in the match up

There's no doubt that M. Bison was a very strong character during Season 3's meta of Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition. With a lot of hard work, Problem X was able to win EVO 2018 while using M. Bison against Tokido's Akuma.

The overall impression left by the Season 4 patch is that M. Bison was actually buffed. As a result of this, it's highly likely that M. Bison will be a top tier contender in Season 4.

UYU|Tyrant and Packz of Frame Advantage has released a video that details five tips to help players combat against the Shadaloo dictator. First, they go into M. Bison's overall strategy during matches.

M. Bison seeks to be oppressive against opponents with his strong normals that very often leave him at frame advantage. It's often very difficult to press buttons against him since his pressure game is very strong.

Frame Advantage's recommendations are to understand his spacing to counter, use V-Reversals to stop his pressure, use cross ups against his limited anti-airs, lock him down in the corner, and to practice the common scenarios.

A number of M. Bison's attacks have quite a bit of animation to them despite granting frame advantage on block. As highlighted in the video, it's possible to get a guaranteed V-Reversals out to stop his pressure against certain offensive options.

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'I'm kind of just making content... at the end of the day I'm a content creator first' — ZeRo on balancing being a top player and personality

Not too long ago, I had the opportunity to ask Gonzalo "Tempo|ZeRo" Barrios some questions regarding his career involving the Super Smash Bros. series.

This is the second part of the interview with him. You should probably check out the first part of the interview if you haven't already.

Earlier, ZeRo mentioned that his goal with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was to simply win one EVO or super major. It appears that ZeRo actually doesn't care about rankings or achieving the title of "the best" for the game.

I also took the opportunity to ask ZeRo about the status of Diddy Kong in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, what changes he'd like to see for the game, support from Nintendo, and his content creation.

When asked about how he is balancing being a competitor and a content creator, ZeRo emphasized that he is a content creator first going forward. This definitely falls in line with him not caring about achieving a great ranking throughout Ultimate's lifespan.

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Rejected Street Fighters, the worst stages and just how terrible is Metro City? - Fighterpedia returns from the year 2011 with a full HD remaster

Fighterpedia originally released as a 13-part series in 2011 as a celebration of fighting games and the absolute absurdity of them, but they became impossible to watch legitimately in recent times after Machinima began removing videos before their complete closure earlier this year.

Woolie and Matt McMuscles, the original creators of the Fighterpedia and formerly of Super Best Friends Play, began the task in 2018 to remaster and remake the show that introduced the world to Zubaz plus a bunch of references and memorable quotes which are still uttered around the community today.

The first three episodes of Fighterpedia HD are now live with re-recorded audio and visuals with editing duties falling to another community member in Daisy Del Carmen, but they didn't stop with a simple remaster. New visuals and dialogue / jokes have also been added to the videos to update them for the seven years that have passed since the original while keeping the spirit of 2011's FGC.

"In terms of changes, the main goal is to free it from the old pre-widescreen, 560 x 340 format of 2011, and re-render the assets in a more future-proof way," said Woolie. "While we're at it, however, we figured that we might as well take the opportunity to save ourselves from any jokes that make us cringe watching it now, or add extra parts in some episodes to make EX meter burn versions of the original bit now that we know the future."

Rejected Street Fighters is perhaps the most well-known of the series as its first episode and the video that gave the internet the unused bullfighter character with the name 'Zubaz' on his shirt, who has since gone on to appear in a number of video games like Divekick, Pocket Rumble and Shovel Knight. It also showed off art of prototype fighters for Street Fighter 2 with the evolution of Vega from a ninja to a Templar knight before reaching his final design while Zangief was named 'Vodka Gorbalsky.'

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The second remaster released was for the seven best and worst fighting game stages circa 2011 including the likes of Street Fighter Alpha 2's iconic Stormy Fields, Akuma randomly roaming the halls of the Shadaloo base in Street Fighter: The Movie The Game and King of Fighters 2002's strange giant clogs and sheep. May we never speak of Pokefloats again.

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Bandai Namco previews the new DLC Pack 3 costumes and armor coming to Soul Calibur 6

Soul Calibur 6's Season Pass has the main appeal of containing four additional characters with Tira and 2B having already been released, but it also includes access to dozens upon dozens of new customization options for the fighting game.

Bandai Namco Taiwan recently shared preview images of what they call DLC Pack 3 for Soul Calibur 6 on Instagram — potentially early or by mistake— that looks to include at least 10 new armor sets plus additional accessories for the default cast or created characters to wear.

Included with the pack appears to be new themed armor sets like ninja garb, denim vests and pants, feather-covered tops and skirts, traditional samurai plating, royal attire and decorative knight armor.

Additional accessories like new masks, hairstyles, beanies / hats, animal ears, crowns, scarves, and necklaces / chokers can also be seen in the images though some of the DLC may look familiar to fans of previous entries in the series.

We still have two unannounced characters left to be released for SC6's Season Pass, who are heavily rumored to be Amy and Cassandra, plus another DLC armor set — and perhaps even more content after that if recent data-minings are to be believed.

No release date or individual pricing has been announced, but Soul Calibur 6's Season Pass is currently available for $29.99. Bandai Namco also recently revealed that launch sales for SC6 were solid worldwide as their fighting games continue to apparently push results.

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Ryu's Jin Saotome costume is now available in Street Fighter 5; here's all of its colors and Easter egg version

Capcom may have cut down Street Fighter 5's Fight Money earnings drastically for 2019, but the new costumes are still rolling out at the same pace as when Arcade Edition first released over a year ago.

Ryu's new crossover costume for Jin Saotome from the Cyberbots: Fullmetal Madness fighting game is now available to complete and use in the game since the final head piece mission is live in SF5's Extra Battle mode.

Like all Street Fighter 5 costumes, this one features 10 default colors to choose from — though you'll need to unlock 3–10 via Survival or fork over $1 — plus it too includes an altered Easter egg look.

We've collected all of Ryu's Jin colors in the gallery below where he appears to have a good spread of options from the default white to pink, green, navy, black and more.

The Easter egg version of the outfit can be used by holding all three punch buttons, light kick and up during a loading screen or in between rounds to strip Ryu down to his underwear. This isn't even the first time an alternate costume has taken the world warrior down to just his skivvies either, as his Arthur look from Ghosts 'n Goblins has him in just his boxers for its Easter egg form.

Ryu's Jin Saotome costume can be used by completing the final Extra Battle mission for 2,500 FM if you've managed to keep up in collecting the pieces. It'll be available until February 14 where it will get replaced by a Guts Man crossover outfit for Balrog.

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Street Fighter now has an official line of business ties that make sound effects in case you want to celebrate your job interview with a Shoryuken

Street Fighter has seen an almost endless amount of merchandise and memorabilia feature its iconic characters and visuals in the franchise's 32-year history from toys to solid blocks of gold though there's been a distinct lack of business attire... until now.

Capcom recently announced and has since released a set of Street Fighter 2 neckties based on the world warriors that actually look fairly tasteful — and they can make sound effects too.

Four classic fighters have received a business makeover with Ryu, Chun-Li, E. Honda and Dhalsim each getting their own designs. Each set comes with their choice of one of three colors with wine red, navy or light blue — except for Dhalsim who has green instead.

The ties feature the character portrait for the fighters in question on the small end while the main visuals are based around something of the character's design or attacks. Dhalsim's has his Yoga Fire, Honda has the hundred-hand slap, Chun-Li's is decorated with her spiked bracelets and Ryu's has stripes which likely represent his headband.

Every tie comes with a sound unit that will make special attack like the 'Shoryuken' or other sound effects like 'you win' when pressed down. For those looking to wear the accessory without worrying about making fighting game sounds at inappropriate times, luckily the small sound box can easily be removed and even used as a key-chain with the character portraits on them.

The price set for these new fashion items are set at 2,900 yen ($26 USD) via Pablo Creation though they do not appear to be available to purchase online officially at this time, unfortunately. You can take a closer look at all of the tie designs below plus a hands-on look at Ryu's in the video after the jump.

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Street Fighter League Powered by Rage early results, standings ft. Tokido, Daigo, Fuudo, Nemo, Itazan and Mago

Update: This story has been updated with day 4 results.

Recently, the Street Fighter League Powered by Rage is taking place in Japan.

This is something of a successor to the Rage Street Fighter 5 All-Star League from last year, though the team system has been changed quite a bit.

Instead of each team being focused on top players, six top players — Tokido, CYG|Daigo, CYG|Fuudo, Liquid|Nemo, DNG|Itabashi Zangief and Mago — have become team captains, and each has recruited one Platinum or higher ranked player, and one beginner who wishes to become good at Street Fighter and was selected through an auditioning program.

Each rank of player will only fight players of the same classification (each divided into pros, high class and beginners), and the winner in a pro battle will get their team 3 points, a high class battle 2 points and a beginner battle 1 point.

The prizes for this league are extremely high as usual, with 1st place netting 3 million yen ($27,398), 2nd place getting 1 million yen ($9,133), 3rd place getting 500,000 yen ($4,566), 4th place ending up with 250,000 yen ($2,283), the prize for 5th place being 150,000 yen ($1,370) and the lowest finishing team receiving 100,000 yen ($913).

All of the streaming takes place at the Rage eSports channel at OpenRec.

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The North America Open 2019 competition for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is interesting but could be so much more for Nintendo and the competitive scene

It's no secret that Nintendo has seen a great deal of success with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Reports indicate that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is currently the highest selling launch of an exclusive console title ever in the U.S. and sales have already exceeded 12 million since its release.

As it stands, Super Smash Bros. Brawl has had the highest number of sales at 13.29 million. Unless you total Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U together for 14.69 million units sold. Needless to say, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is already catching up to these numbers despite only being two months old.

One can imagine that a lot of attention is being given to this new game. Even top level Super Smash Bros. Melee competitors have been putting time into it and having fun with it despite many of them not liking Brawl or the fourth entry in the series.

Nintendo has not had the greatest history when it comes to supporting competition. Back in 2013, Nintendo actually attempted to shut down Super Smash Bros. Melee from being streamed at that year's EVO before reversing course.

Since then, Nintendo has steadily been getting better about supporting the competitive crowd. Given, they don't have a full blown pro tour to the same extent as Capcom, NetherRealm Studios, and Bandai Namco for their fighting games.

The North America Open appears to be a step in this direction for Nintendo. Here's a moment that occurred earlier today during the online event that was highlighted by Nintendo:

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It's funny when it happens to someone else... Street Fighter 5 streamer uploads compilation video of players trolling him online

We're not all that sure as to how strong of a technique F.A.N.G's new fly move will be in competitive play, but we're pretty certain that it has officially become the funniest move to troll people with in Street Fighter 5.

DeadAceBS seems to be a troll magnet when he jumps online, and has decided to use his salt to his advantage as he's compiled a handful of comical instances wherein rounds become more about sending a message than winning.

Sure, tea bagging during a stun or taunting from full screen away are both part of the equation here, but that's level one stuff. True trolls sacrifice League Points to ruin other peoples' days (and make the rest of us laugh).

Take, for instance, Calliiisto- and his F.A.N.G, who do nothing but run away for two full, hilarious matches. Then there's also Poodie6, who uses their Dhalsim's teleport constantly.

DeadAce performs his fair share of disrespectful tactics during the video as well, giving us a look at both sides of the coin in a sense.

Get started by watching just a quick clip of the aforementioned F.A.N.G player winning where it counts: on the emotional front:

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Kage might only win three match ups in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition according to PR Balrog

Kage is the first (and so far only) confirmed character for Season 4 of Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition. Players have had the opportunity to experiment with this "Evil-er Ryu" for roughly two months now.

Recently, CYG|PR Balrog released a match up chart for Kage. It appears that PR Balrog believes that Kage only wins three match ups right now — Alex, Falke, and Dhalsim.

The character is often regarded has having a terrible neutral game. His greatest strength is no doubt his ability to punish with huge damage potential. Still, there are fighters in the game that have strong neutrals and damage output.

At the very least, it appears that Kage does have some even match ups against G, Ed, F.A.N.G, Necalli, Laura, Balrog, Abigail, Juri, and R. Mika. PR Balrog is currently unsure about Kolin, Zeku, and Blanka.

Interestingly enough, Kage has a losing match up to Ryu — a character that has not had a strong performance throughout most of Street Fighter 5's lifepsan.

Taken at face value, this seems to suggest that Kage is a low tier. "I think he's so bad ha ha ha," said PR Balrog in the accompanying tweet. While it's possible this chart could be partially in jest in combination with "salt," there's likely some truth to PR Balrog's thoughts on Kage.

While the competitor does have a strong understanding of high level Street Fighter, do keep in mind that the Capcom Pro Tour for 2019 won't officially be starting until March 15th at Final Round. No doubt, Capcom's tournaments for the year will be the true test for the entire cast this season.

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Lunar New Year Steam sale is discounting fighting games like Street Fighter 5, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Soul Calibur 6, and more until February 11th

Steam appears to be hosting a "Lunar New Year Sale" that is discounting many titles — fighting games included. Keep in mind that this sale will be ongoing until February 11th.

Street Fighter 5 and Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition can be purchased for $7.99 and $19.99 respectively. Although you can update Street Fighter 5 to Arcade Edition for free, the more expensive version comes with the first and second season passes valued at $4.99 and $13.39 during this sale. Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition Deluxe also comes with the third season pass for $39.48.

Dragon Ball FighterZ, the FighterZ Edition, and Ultimate Edition can be acquired for $23.99, $37.99, and $43.98. Remember that Jiren and Videl will later be joined by Dragon Ball Super Broly, Super Saiyan Blue Gogeta, and two other unknown fighters in the second season.

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Basic Edition or the Deluxe Edition can be added to your library for $37.49 or $52.49 respectively.

The Lunar sale also mentions that by spending $30 or more on qualifying purchases will give you an additional $5 discount. "During Steam’s Lunar New Year Sale, qualifying purchases over $30.00 will receive an automatic discount of $5.00."

Just remember to take advantage of this before February 11th at 10:00 a.m. PST / 1:00 p.m. EST

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Tyrant makes Kolin look like a Marvel character in Street Fighter 5 with these slick juggle resets

UYU|Tyrant is likely more well known right now in the fighting game community for his commentary, scene building and tech channel with Packz called Frame Advantage, but he's still one hell of a player too.

Street Fighter 5 doesn't have the flashiest juggle combos around, but Tyrant showed off in a recent stream that the reset situation you get off the launch is perhaps more important than the damage from the initial combo.

Using Kolin while her V-Trigger 2 was active, the Grand Master-ranked player hit the opposing Abigail with the signature ice-enhanced standing heavy punch Crush Counter going into a combo with EX Parabellum to send the hulking boy flying. Instead of following it up with another Parabellum or other standard finisher, Tyrant hits him with a jumping punch to put Abigail in the real blender.

After landing that air punch, Kolin is able to sneakily slide under the still airborne monster truck using her ice-enhanced dash and catch him on the other side with a crouching light kick comboing into crouching heavy punch to send him to the sky once more.

Tyrant busted out the EX Hailstorm to keep the damage rolling and hold Abigail in the air long enough to hit another jumping punch taking the big boy down to his last sliver of health before Kolin crossed under him again and knocked out that final bit with the low medium punch.

Abigail had over half of his health when the sequence began, and he was laying KO'd on the ground only eight ticks of the in-game timer later. Capcom's Vs. series games are usually the company's fighting games known for its wild resets and cross-under mix-ups, but you can still find some of that soul within characters like Kolin and Laura if you know what to do.

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Soul Calibur 6's launch sales were solid according to Bandai Namco; profits rose over 30 percent in latest financial report

Companies are now in the process of releasing their latest financial reports for the period running from October – December 2018 for investors and the public, and Bandai Namco's numbers during that time are looking strong.

The developer behind three of the fighting game community's biggest currently supported titles posted significant growth for the third quarter of the 2019 fiscal year thanks to increased sales in their gaming, toys and entertainment businesses.

Soul Calibur 6 was the first new game to release in the series since 2014's Lost Swords free-to-play title, and it appears to have been a success in financial terms in the eyes of Bandai Namco.

The Japanese quarterly report states that "for home console games, Soul Calibur 6 saw a steady / favorable launch in global sales while previously released games also performed well."

No specific sales figures for SC6 have been revealed, however, and while Dragon Ball properties are mentioned multiple times during the postings for their continued success, neither FighterZ nor Tekken 7 were referenced directly.

Dragon Ball FighterZ became the fastest selling Dragon Ball game ever when it released in January of 2018 having shipped out over 2 million copies in its first week and has sold over 3.5 million as of October of last year. Tekken 7 was announced to have had passed over 3.6 million copies sold at the Tekken World Tour Finals in December 2018.

Soul Calibur 6's apparent success should come as little surprise considering code for potential new DLC characters was recently added to the title in one of its most recent updates beyond the already announced Season Pass.

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MKLeo unveils his Super Smash Bros. Ultimate 2.0.0 tier list and match ups for Ike

Although Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's meta is particularly young, many might argue that FOX|MKLeo is the best player right now. This is difficult to contest considering that he recently won the most stacked event so far with 2,106 entrants — Genesis 6.

MKLeo has really demonstrated the potential of Ike and Lucina during major events. These two Fire Emblem characters are already being looked at as top tiers thanks to MKLeo's performance with them.

Recently, a tier list was released by MKLeo for patch 2.0.0 of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Similar to the tier lists of other professional players, Peach and Daisy are seen as the strongest characters.

Note that MKLeo's top 17 combatants are arranged in a specific order while the rest of the tier list sees the remaining cast in unordered categories. According to MKLeo, Lucina is ranked at number four while Ike is the twelfth strongest in the game.

Other characters found at the top include Olimar, Wolf, Palutena, Pichu, Pikachu, Fox, Link, Inkling, Wario, Greninja, Mega Man, Snake, Chrom, and Roy. A keen observer might notice that MKLeo forgot to include Ridley to the list. He later clarified that Ridley is in the B+ group.

A match up chart for Ike was also released. It appears that MKLeo believes that Ike loses 14 match ups in the game (one of them being Squirtle from the Pokémon Trainer).

The list also indicates that 41 characters have a +1 or +2 disadvantage against Ike. If this ends up being accurate in the long run, then this means that Ike is a vastly improved fighter compared to his Brawl and Smash 4 incarnations.

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Photo source: Alain "HotNRedy" Rodriguez.