Is the rivalry between Daigo and Nuki set to be reignited? Over 3 hours of Nuki vs. Daichan and Naruo's Ryu footage, comments from Daigo and more

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • April 19, 2014 at 7:45 a.m. PDT

Back in the day, the rivarly between MCZ|Daigo and Nuki was at a legendary level in their home country of Japan. This rivalry has yet to be reignited in the Street Fighter 4 era, since Nuki hasn't been as serious with the game as he'd been with older titles.

About a month ago, however, we ran a story saying that Nuki seemed keen on returning to fighting games more properly again.

Today, we have a single-match video of Nuki facing off against Naruo's Ryu embedded, but we've also included links to NicoNico where you can find over 3 hours of footage where Nuki brings his Chun-Li out against Daichan and Naruo's Ryu.

Since this footage was recorded a few weeks ago, it seems fitting to assume it played some part in Nuki's recent victory against Daigo in their one-match exhibition at the Ultra Street Fighter 4 launch event.
Hit the jump for the video, the links to the 3 hours of footage, Daigo's comments on Nuki's recent activities and some information regarding the upcoming Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo Tournament of Legends event.

Thanks to the Tokidoblog YouTube channel for this footage. To see the rest of the matches, look no further than the NicoVideo links we'll be linking below, containing over 3 hours of match footage.

According to a Nuki-related blogpost entitled "Road to Evo" here, MCZ|Daigo heard about the progress Nuki had been doing in Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition v2012 and was reportedly quite happy about hearing it. His response was reported to be "He's really getting back into it again, isn't he?"

Also, the blog reports that Nuki will be teaming up with famed MCZ|Daigo and MCZ|Tokido for the Tournament of Legends/X-Mania 3v3 tournament event in Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo at EVO this year, so you can expect some very high level action in this classic title as well, come July.

Match videos

The first video below focuses on the Sagat matchup against C0jir0, and halfway through moves on to ranked matches while the second is only ranked matches.

Afterwards, it's all about the Ryu matchup, though, with videos 3-6 being played against Daichan's Ryu, and all the rest being played against Naruo's Ryu. The Ryu matchup videos each exceed 20 minutes each, so there's more than enough Chun-Li vs. Ryu goodness to go around.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7
Part 8
Part 9
Part 10
Part 11

Do you have any thoughts on the only currently inactive of "Japan's 5 gods", Nuki, supposedly returning fully devoted to newer fighting games? Let us know in the comments.

Big thanks to 趙★ヌキンクス for helping me out with a lot of the details for this story.
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