First-to-10 sets between fighting game legends in three huge games, organized by Daigo - This is Kemonomichi, and why you should be excited for it

Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 will see incredible action between master fighters

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • December 30, 2017 at 9:40 a.m. PST

For the last few months, an exhibition event has been in the works, spearheaded by none other than The Beast himself, CYG|Daigo.

Now to be clear, CYG|Daigo himself won't be participating in these matches, but he's been behind organizing this event where three huge games will have legendary players fighting it out in first-to-10 sets.

The games in question are Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, and the hand-picked combatants are beyond huge for their respective games.

The concept behind these exhibition matches, as stated by The Beast himself, is to have matches that people will feel that they want to watch simply because of the player names attached to them, with legends putting everything on the line against eachother in a pure hardcore set in their game of choice.

Now let's get into the matchups, and why you should be looking forward to them.

Aniken vs. Kotaka Shoten

Aniken is one of the most enduring presences in the Street Fighter 2 scene, with a history dating back almost 20 years, and has been a consistent force for practically as long as the game has been active.

Frequently hailed as the strongest Ken player of them all, there's nobody who's played Street Fighter 2 at a serious level who doesn't know who he is.

As for Kotaka Shoten, he's hailed as the most skilled Guile player in the game's history, to the point where CYG|Daigo referred to him as not only embodying the ideal he himself had envisioned of Street Fighter 2 Guile, but even surpassing it.

He's also noted that he'd never been beaten so convincingly as when he went up against Kotaka Shoten the first time.

Having two true masters of the game going up against eachother, famous for their use with these two specific characters, will undoubtedly make anyone who enjoys high-level fighting game play feel their fire inside start burning again.

Ogawa vs. Machabo

Contrary to the other games, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 is the latest installment in the series, and as such is more active on the worldwide scene, and as such, seeing Ogawa vs. Machabo might not be as rare of an event.

That doesn't change what a big deal it is, though, as anyone well-versed within the Guilty Gear scene would know.

Ogawa is a veteran beyond veterans, having played Guilty Gear actively and placing in the top of tournaments for over 15 years.

Beyond that, he's also a character loyalist, always sticking with Zato-1 (known as Eddie in some versions of the game, but let's not get into the game's story right now), so he's been the king of this character as far back as anyone can remember.

Machabo, while not as much of a character loyalist as Ogawa, has also been active for over 10 years, and is definitely a legend in the Guilty Gear world himself, perhaps known most for his Ky play, a character he's now back with, though he's been known to play all kinds of characters throughout his Guilty Gear history.

These guys aren't just OG players, though, they're still at the very top of the scene in Guilty Gear Xrd as well, with Ogawa being the EVO 2015 champion and Machabo being the EVO 2016 champion.

It's been proven time and time again that these old dogs are far from ready to be put to rest, and they'll be proving it once more when they show off what looks to be one of the most extravagant Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 sets in the game's history thus far.

Nuki vs. Deshiken

Nuki needs no introduction, but we're giving him one anyway.

One of the most famed players to ever play fighting games back in his homeland of Japan, he's hardly an unknown worldwide, either. Although he never cared much for Street Fighter 4, and his Street Fighter 5 career seems to have ended prematurely, his Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike prowess (as well as his Street Fighter 2 skills, but I digress) remain the stuff of legends.

He made his mark to the point where he became one of the famed "Five Gods" of Japanese fighting games, and is considered by many to be CYG|Daigo Umehara's eternal rival.

Active in countless fighting games throughout the years, Nuki will have his name engraved in fighting game history for as long as the genre continues to receive attention, and with results dating back as far as 20 years ago, it's extra notable to point out that Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike may well be the game he's proven his worth the very most in.

Although we could keep showering praise onto Nuki endlessly, Deshiken is anything but a slouch himself.

Frequently hailed as the strongest Ken player in Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike history, and with incredible results dating back 15 years in this very game, he might not be one of the five fighting game gods, but if we're looking at 3rd Strike specifically, this guy has a reserved spot at the very top of Mount Olympus.

With Co-operation Cup coming up just a few days later, we're hardly going to be left wanting for good Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike matches, but this one has the potential to blow every single fight coming that weekend out of the water, so make sure to catch it live.

For even more insight into the matches coming up, check out these interview videos posted on Daigo the BeasTV, where various top players comment on the matchups.

This event is happening on January 3rd, starting at 1PM JST and will of course be covered here at EventHubs, so look forward to it, and make sure to adjust to your own time zone (for example, in US areas, this will be late on January 2nd).

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