Nuki, the last of Japan's five fighting game gods, returning to the craft? Signs point towards yes, video featuring Nuki's Chun-Li vs. Uryo's Cody

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • March 13, 2014 at 8:13 a.m. PDT

To people who've been in the fighting game community for a long time, the concept of Japan's five gods is hardly forgotten. Back in the era before Street Fighter 4, there were five players in Japan whose skills were simply seen as so exceptional, they were a cut above the rest of the competition.

Four out of these five so-called gods, MCZ|Daigo Umehara, MCZ|Tokido, HORI|Sako and Haitani, went on to produce strong results in the Street Fighter 4 series, as well. But one of them never embraced the new game properly, and is relatively unknown to new audiences, compared to the other four. But that might all be about to change.

Recent activity suggests that Nuki may well be throwing his hat into the ring. After receiving large vocal support from his fans, Nuki has begun playing regular Street Fighter 4 sessions online and at arcades and made declarations that he's returning to fighting games and might possibly be aiming for EVO.

Perhaps the most telling tidbit, though, is that on the 3rd of March, Nuki's Player Points in online Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition v2012, were at 2800. A mere week later, his PP had risen to above 4000.

Hit the jump for some more information, as well as a highlight video featuring Nuki's signature Chun-Li going up against Uryo's... Cody?!

This YouTube highlight video comes courtesy of Tokidoblog. If you happen to own a NicoNico account, you can catch the full matches, as well as more fresh footage, uploaded right here by Sasuga-ani.

Massive thanks to 趙★ヌキンクス who provided me a with a tremendous amount of information and motivation regarding this story on Twitter.

Also thanks to donkeylol for sending us the video.

Do you remember Nuki's glory days? Or are you unaware of the magnificence this top player once let us all behold? Whatever the case may be, sound off in the comments with your hopes and expectations for this grand revival.

Sources: TokidoBlog, blog posts from Chigenga Blog.


Guile4Life said on March 13, 2014 at 8:17 a.m.

Oh he's got some hill to climb to get to the top lol

Jason said on March 13, 2014 at 8:27 a.m.

Does the Japan FGC not know how to produce HD Video capture?

I swear every video you get from them is 480p or worse.

iloveolives said on March 13, 2014 at 8:34 a.m.

Nuki is a great player. I know that he has 2 Evo champ titles (maybe more) an SBO title and God knows how many top 8 showings in those tourneys. Most players are a joke to him, I'm sure. I doubt that he ever actually stopped or did not play 4, but good news!

Rijot said on March 13, 2014 at 8:36 a.m.

As a chun player now is as good a time as any for him to join the fray. The arcade release of ultra is only a month~ away.

pants4ever said on March 13, 2014 at 8:48 a.m.

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AttractGroove said on March 13, 2014 at 8:50 a.m.

I think their capture devices are garbage over there. I heard that somewhere.

DenoK said on March 13, 2014 at 8:55 a.m.

2 SBO titles (3rd Strike, 2005; Hyper Street Fighter II, 2007)

Hraklea said on March 13, 2014 at 8:55 a.m.

I always thought the fifth god was Mago... I guess I'm part of the "new audience", thanks for the video. =P

Nayte said on March 13, 2014 at 8:56 a.m.

A little bit overrated since Valmaster's Chun Li is playing at high competitive level.
Still this 1min35 CH Ultra 1 very cool.

dorayaki said on March 13, 2014 at 8:58 a.m.

He'll realize chunLi cannot hang with the big boys. Maybe he's prepping up for Ultra with Chun but even then I don't think she'll be viable in big competition. Too weak health and not enough hit power.

It'd be nice to see him in top form though.

two2tone said on March 13, 2014 at 9:03 a.m.

3s > sf4 ... but great to see Nuki start the rape-a-thon lol

Jayson619 said on March 13, 2014 at 9:07 a.m.

During TOUGEKI (forgot which one) he teamed up with Diago (using Ken) and they conquered SFIII 3rd Strike. Their 2-man team is called 'Beauty & the Beast'!

fawaz said on March 13, 2014 at 9:12 a.m.

A picture of the guy himself on the title would have been better.

bluAsterisk said on March 13, 2014 at 9:16 a.m.

Nuki did play SF4 when vanilla was out, you could check out his matches posted quite a long time ago from lordaborgine on Youtube. If you ask me Nuki was the best Chun player in the world, but he never really took the game seriously.

Yung said on March 13, 2014 at 9:18 a.m.

I don't know who Nuki is unfortunely, but damn this sounds really hype. Can't wait to see more matches of this guy in the future !

Madbeats said on March 13, 2014 at 9:22 a.m.

Nuki actually entered sf4 in EVO 2009, think he was eliminated or sent to losers by Daigo

caruga said on March 13, 2014 at 9:22 a.m.

Make her a motion character.

urien said on March 13, 2014 at 9:37 a.m.

well its obvious most of you guys dont know him.
he was one of the best players in sf4 with the name tokidokinukinkusu with more points than Nemo !
he did pretty well in the game thats why its very weird he didnt continue playing sf4.
theres actually 5 players that never liked sf4 but have incredible reflexes:
MOV,KO,Kuroda,Kokujin and RX

pants4ever said on March 13, 2014 at 9:41 a.m.

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djm0001 said on March 13, 2014 at 9:42 a.m.

great matches, hope to see more of his Chun

DandyCheeks said on March 13, 2014 at 9:44 a.m.

Lol. Infiltration proved that chun li can hang with just about everyone. You must have to be patient because she out footsies almost every character in the game.

gaming99 said on March 13, 2014 at 9:51 a.m.

Nuki winning Evo for 3s twice. I am really hype to see him back to USF4, and i don't think it is coincidence as he probably knew that Chun-Li was getting buff in the next installment.

He's probably the OG player for Chun-li as he has been playing the same character from ST era.

casper_ said on March 13, 2014 at 9:51 a.m.

i mean to be fair nuki has been very active in the 3s scene throughout the last 5 or so years...its not like he stopped playing or anything he just chose to continue playing 3s over 4. one of my favorite players, very smart. also was once a great VF and vampire savior player.

Akua said on March 13, 2014 at 9:53 a.m.

Sounds like he is playing on a typewriter.

DenoK said on March 13, 2014 at 10:06 a.m.

One of the most talented fighting game players ever!

ESTAKA said on March 13, 2014 at 10:06 a.m.

Glad he's taking SF4 seriously, he's one of the most talented players in the world. If he goes to EVO they definitely need him on commentary.

sweetmonkeylove said on March 13, 2014 at 10:09 a.m.

Cool. I haven't gotten any nooki in a while.

Let's go Nooki!!!

Gotomaster said on March 13, 2014 at 10:18 a.m.

Nuki hasn't played sf4 for years. He isn't overrated because his skills aren't renown through Sf4. Sure if he stood with Sf4 from the start, he would easily be the best Chun.

Remondo02 said on March 13, 2014 at 10:31 a.m.

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Xykes said on March 13, 2014 at 10:34 a.m.

Nuki is also a godlike announcer. You want to talk about "hype" don't even have to understand Japanese to feel the energy when he announces:

Chrisuchiwa said on March 13, 2014 at 10:41 a.m.

Japanese videos, they are low quality and small. Why? Japanese should learn how to download correctly a video. This is so painful!!!! Unwatchable!

sephirosuy said on March 13, 2014 at 11:01 a.m.

What do you mean by the last of 5 gods? I though he is the 1st-2nd of the 5 gods (with Daigo)!? Correct me if I'm wrong

dorayaki said on March 13, 2014 at 11:11 a.m.

i knew it. Some baloney kid gonna say Infiltration almost won with Chun so now she's viable. Umm.... he almost won with Hakan so Hakan can hang with anyone too right? lol

First, you're talking about Infiltration- an expert who could win with any character. Second, as soon as ChunLi gets more exposure, her weaknesses will be exposed.

So just stahp.

MajinTenshinhan said on March 13, 2014 at 11:21 a.m.

I meant the last of the five to pick up Street Fighter 4 seriously :) Sorry for the confusion.

Spabobin said on March 13, 2014 at 11:26 a.m.

Actually, yes, Hakan can hang with anyone. When oiled he is easily a top 3 character in the game. So if you are good at keeping oil and momentum, he is more than just a viable character.

Remondo02 said on March 13, 2014 at 11:37 a.m.

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spman2099 said on March 13, 2014 at 11:42 a.m.

Uryo's Cody is pretty rocky. I mean, he plays almost exactly the same way I do (though he does use rocks a little more). I am a middling player, so he clearly isn't playing Cody to his full potential.

dorayaki said on March 13, 2014 at 11:44 a.m.

Gawd. Where do you worms migrate from?? HAKAN has a good chance to win a major?? Really?

Back up. The whole thing is if ChunLi would be viable to win in a tourney/pro situation cuz that's the level Nuki would be competing in (presumably). Yes, ANY character could win a random match or particular matchup. But in a varied scenario such as a major tourney, NO. Just like Hakan or THawk or Blanka or etc, it's an uphill battle. So if you're considering to be pro level, you simply cannot MAIN ChunLi and expect to win majors. Period. I'll eat my words as soon as it happens.

MRN_SirFoxington said on March 13, 2014 at 11:44 a.m.

if you know and practice hard and commit yourself with any character he or she can be very efficient...same goes for Hakan. just look at MLS hakan or even Infiltrations hakan..its possible so please,World,stop saying not often used characters are 'bad" or "not playable"..if there is any hakan player here I also would suggest to look up ONE OF a very very good Japanese Hakan player names "WildCat" also known in Japan as "Sontyotu". its worth it

SSJ3X said on March 13, 2014 at 12:12 p.m.

About the rest of those videos - Tokido has them on his blog in 6 parts so if you want to see them without having a nico account, you can.

DarkLight said on March 13, 2014 at 2:16 p.m.

he was very active when vanilla launched and at that time was far and away the best chun playing. If you go back and watch matches of his from that time you'll see his chun was incredibly clean and controlled

dorayaki said on March 13, 2014 at 2:37 p.m.

On the subject of Hakan, EBI@Baki-Zei will be in the tourney with Daigo, Fuudo, Tokido, etc. His Hakan is top notch.

Sweet_Violence said on March 13, 2014 at 2:58 p.m.

Mago's god status is self proclaimed. He's still good though!

bananainsaneface said on March 13, 2014 at 3:05 p.m.

Nuki is kind of a jerk watch this video where he talks crap about Justin Wong:

Guile4Life said on March 13, 2014 at 3:12 p.m.

Because they don't play on hd TVs they play on tube tvs

star123us said on March 13, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.

Nuki to play SF4? Sweet....

star123us said on March 13, 2014 at 3:31 p.m.

Frankly, since Infiltration almost won the tourney, that doesn't mean she is good char. In addition, even Infiltration mentioned that she is not good and she does have crucial weakness. He used Chun as a surprise and K-Brad eventually adapted Infiltration's play later on. Also, Chun's pattern is pretty much predictable and simple with low damage. Chun is charging char but also requires good reaction. The thing is this can be huge disadvantage for people who play online or ones with slower reaction. I know that people are saying her normals are good; however, they are not REALLY super good as other char like Sakura, Juri, Dudley, etc. And she has to mainly focus on that moves and input precisely to play the matches. Trade? That is even worst problem for her. Her fireball is also big problem. She is charging character with slow fireball recovery(but better than normal command fireball characters) and only light version goes all the way to the end of the screen. Once you screw up Chun's charging buff, you screws your zoning game.

BTW, look at Infiltration's Dan play. He showed Dan is OP, too. Lol. Actually, he does have really good understanding each char and superb reaction. That made him into one of the best SF4 players in the world now. Chun is not the problem, the pilot is...

BestSiteEver said on March 13, 2014 at 4:28 p.m.

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Kira_Timmy said on March 13, 2014 at 4:44 p.m.

You're joking..?

Paradonyx said on March 13, 2014 at 5:40 p.m.

You want to calm down? The hell's your problem.

LK said on March 13, 2014 at 8:57 p.m.

Nuki is Daigo's best friend btw.

If Nuki is serious, I'll let you guess who his training partner would be.

FightDirty said on March 13, 2014 at 9:38 p.m.

I love Chun-Li but she just doesn't have the tools to compete against the top tier characters at high level play. It's an up hill battle for sure.

Hoping that she'll be much improved in Ultra but not holding my breath. At least she's getting more health and I feel having access to W ultras could really be handy for her. If only they would make her like how she is in SFxT - that's her best version, IMO.

JIHADJOE said on March 13, 2014 at 9:44 p.m.

I really liked the old "Nuki Show" episodes.

The one where he talks about Sako joining the "gods" is very interesting:

SummerUndercover said on March 13, 2014 at 11:55 p.m.

Nothing quite like Weeaboo rage. "You insulted Japan... wah wah wah."

TheArchangel said on March 14, 2014 at 12:40 a.m.

You were paying too much attention to the subtitles chief. Roku was never a part of the "gods".

Jaguarkick said on March 14, 2014 at 2:29 a.m.

Just gonna leave this here.

Rachel_Alucard said on March 14, 2014 at 3:24 a.m.

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Blag_D said on March 25, 2014 at 6:26 a.m.

Nemo and Nuki used to be my favourite Chun players to watch in Vanilla. They seemed to be quite far ahead of all other Chun players.

Fugo said on April 19, 2014 at 12:13 p.m.

Nuki has never been inactive. He just wasn't playing SF4 seriously after vanilla, but has always been a regular St and 3s player in these years

SendTriumph2Evo said on July 5, 2014 at 12:41 p.m.

2800 - 4000 PP in a week is fascinating if you overlook the claim that he doesnt play sf4....yet 4 versions later somehow has 2800 PP -_-

Very good marketing/hype team.


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