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Out of touch mistake or next level communication by Capcom? Our thoughts on Akuma's apparent tatsu nerf; King of Fighters 15 trailer analysis

EventHubs Podcast episode 138

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • January 13, 2021 at 7:53 p.m. PST • Comments: 27

We initially intended for this week's lead segment to drive home the point that Akuma's overpowered nature is harming Street Fighter 5 and that it would be a travesty if Capcom did not properly nerf him in the upcoming patch. While we surely did get into that discussion, a very recent development concerning Akuma and balance also emerged.

The demonic fighter has just been given a snazzy new Garuda crossover costume in Street Fighter 5, and during the quick showcasing of said costume just a few days back the community spotted what looked like a very substantial nerf to one of his most routine and powerful sequences. We got the costume today, but no nerf... at least not yet.

Both DreamKing and MajinTenshinhan join us on today's episode and lend their colorful personalities to the discussion. While this might just be some kind of oversight, some of our team members are speculating that this was actually perhaps a bit of a rogue move by a clever employee.

There's a good amount of back and forth on the subject as well as on the larger topic of nerfing Akuma in general. We then delve into a King of Fighters 15 reveal discussion with Majin, who is a big fan of the franchise.

From graphics to characters to speculation about what platforms the new title will be on, we dig into the potential of SNK's upcoming entry.

Check out the full episode via the embed below or on most any major podcasting application. Please subscribe and review if you like what you hear, and consider telling your fighting game friends about the EH Podcast.

Timestamps

01:15 - It would be a travesty if Akuma isn't properly nerfed
10:00 - "Ultra Street Fighter 4 had the best balance of any SF game thus far" Comparing Akuma to other characters and games
16:54 - The mysterious Tatsu nerf - out of touch mistake or next level communication strategy?
30:27 - Message to Capcom
35:30 - King of Fighters 15 trailer analysis/reactions: graphics
45:44 - Character charisma and personality
49:18 - SNK hasn't gone overly PC to avoid cancel culture... thank goodness
58:07 - How to prep for KOF15
01:01:09 - Roster talk

Editor's note: We've noticed the timestamps appear to change depending on the medium you're using to listen. The ones above may place you a few seconds before when each respective topic actually comes up.

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