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After reaching #1 in music games, he tried fighting games and got incredibly hooked - Go1 talks his history, Menat, favorite fighting game and more

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • November 22, 2017 at 4:13 a.m. PST • Comments: 24

Note: This interview was originally conducted in Japanese, and the questions and answers were subsequently translated by me, MajinTenshinhan. The original Japanese questions and answers can be found towards the end of the article.

Capcom Cup 2017 is drawing closer by the day, and a lot of top level players are ready to test their skills against eachother at the grand event.

In an effort to build hype for this, we've decided to reach out to the qualified Capcom Cup players, and will be bringing you interviews with as many as possible of the players set to participate in the event.

Next up is the multi-game master and arcade legend, CO|Go1. In this interview, he talks about why he picked Menat, his extensive fighting game history, his deep love for the genre and more.

Here's a snippet to get you started.

MajinTenshinhan: How long have you been playing fighting games? What's your favorite fighting game?

CO|Go1: I've been playing fighting games since I was in kindergarten.

The start was from my parents playing Street Fighter 2, and I played together with them.

My favorite fighting game is Melty Blood. I've played it since its very beginning, so it has a special place in my heart.

Continue below for the full interview.

MajinTenshinhan: You've been using Menat a lot in Street Fighter 5. She's pretty popular with viewers, but not so commonly used by players.

Why did you start playing Menat, and how good do you think she is in Street Fighter 5 right now?

CO|Go1: I've played anime fighting games from the very beginning, so I enjoy technical characters.

There weren't any characters like that in Street Fighter 5, but Menat actually is technical, so I instantly thought "I want to play her!"

As for how good she is, I think she's slightly below the middle.

MajinTenshinhan: In this year's Season 2, you've been using mainly Ibuki and Menat.

When you pick Ibuki over Menat in tournament, is it because of matchups, or is there a different reason? Are there any characters besides Ibuki and Menat you're interested in?

CO|Go1: I use Ibuki in matchups where I think Menat is simply impossible.

I also still use Chun-Li, too. Against Mika, Vega (Claw) and M. Bison (Dictator), I go with Chun-Li.

MajinTenshinhan: It might not be common knowledge to Street Fighter 5 fans, but you've played at a top level in lots of different fighting games.

For example, at CEOtaku 2015 you won in four different games. How did you become this enamored with fighting games?

CO|Go1: I've always enjoyed competing. I became #1 in Japan in Japanese music games, and then I wanted to try some other genre after that.

I settled on fighting games, and ... I got incredibly hooked.

Back in those days, we had Tougeki (Super Battle Opera) here in Japan, so I focused on the games featured at the event, which ended up with me trying lots of different games, and because of that, I'm where I am today.

MajinTenshinhan: Next January, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition is coming out. What are you hoping to see in this new version?

CO|Go1: There are a lot of players in Japan who wish to play in arcades. I'm one of them.

I really want Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition to be released in arcades. Really, really.

MajinTenshinhan: What do you think about your chances at Capcom Cup 2017?

CO|Go1: I was pretty confident last year, because Chun-Li was really good and it was me using her, but this year, I'm honestly not very confident.

Even so, I'll do my best and aim for victory.

Huge thanks to CO|Go1 for participating in our interview series and we wish you the best of luck at Capcom Cup 2017. Please look forward to more interviews in the coming days.

Continue below for the Japanese version. 下に日本語版があるので、ご覧ください。

魔人T: いつから格闘ゲームをやりましたか? 一番好きな格闘ゲームは何ですか?

Go1: 格闘ゲームは幼稚園の頃です。

魔人T: Go1さんは今スト5でメナトをよく使っています。 メナトは観客に人気が高いですが、使うプレイヤーはちょっと珍しいです。 何故メナトを使い始めたんですか? そしてメナトは今のスト5ではどれほど強いキャラと思いますか?

Go1: 元々アニメゲーをプレイしていて、テクニカルなキャラが好きでした。

魔人T: Go1さんは今年のシーズン2で主にいぶきとメナトを使用しました。 大会の試合ではメナトよりいぶきを選択する時は組合せ的てきな考えですか? それとも何かほかの理由がありますか? メナトといぶき以外のキャラに興味がありますか?

Go1: メナトでどうしても無理なキャラクターにはいぶきでいっています。

魔人T: スト5のファンでには知られていないかもしれませんが、Go1さん様々な格闘ゲームをトップレベルでやったことがあります。 例えばアメリカの大会CEOtaku 2015で4つのゲームで1位を取りました。 何故格闘ゲームをこんなに好きになりましたか?

Go1: 元々何かを競うのが好きでした。日本の音楽ゲームで日本一位を取った事があり、他のジャンルも極めて見ようと思い、やり込んで見ようと思ったのが格闘ゲームで...凄いハマりました。

魔人T: 来年の1月に「Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition」が来るという発表がありました。 この新バージョンのArcade Editionに何かの期待がありますか?

Go1: 日本ではゲームセンターでプレイしたいというプレイヤーが多くいます。僕もその一人です。
Street Fighter V Arcade Editionにはアーケードで是非出して欲しいです。ほんまに。

魔人T: カプコンカップ2017で自分の勝算はどう思いますか?

Go1: 去年は春麗が強い+自分にあってたので、まあまあ自信はありましたが、今年は正直あまり自信がありません。

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