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Goku actually makes an appearance in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate... but it's probably not the one you're expecting

Dragon Ball's Son Goku has long been one of the most requested characters to join Super Smash Bros. once guest fighters Solid Snake and Sonic the Hedgehog were first unveiled for Brawl, but it quickly became a meme in the community along with other wanted inclusions like Shrek and Waluigi.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate introduces a new Spirits mode to the franchise to replace the previous trophy system from previous titles. This new mode features a large number of popular and obscure characters as portraits and work like power-ups in the fighter.

In a recent overview of the Spirits mode made by Polygon, Goku is in fact shown to be one of said Spirits, but it's not the Super Saiyan created by Akira Toriyama over 30 years ago.

This Goku — along with his partner Chao — are actually from a Famicom Disk System game released in 1989 called Yūyūki. The protagonist here does wield a staff, but he's actually based on Journey to the West's Sun Wukong which bears some similarities to Dragon Ball's early run.

Super Smash Bros' longtime director, Masahiro Sakurai, has long held the stance that the series should remain exclusively for video game characters even if Funimation is asking for Goku's inclusion or making their own Broly in Smash teasers.

We may have a golden Super Sonic in Super Smash Bros, but it appears as though we're still no closer to adding a Super Saiyan to the roster, fortunately / unfortunately. You can take a look at the Goku that actually made it into Smash Ultimate in the image below plus the full Spirits video after the jump.

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Black Friday sale puts several top notch fighting games more than 50% off on PlayStation Store

If you're looking for some killer Black Friday fighting game deals, look no further than Sony's PlayStation Store. A handful of the best fighting games made in recent times are currently on sale on the digital marketplace.

Sony is currently running a Black Friday sale that sees a plethora of their games discounted for the holidays. There are several triple A titles on the list including God of War, Red Dead Redemption 2 (special and ultimate editions), Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and many others.

On the fighting game end of things, you'll find Bandai Namco / Arc System Works' hit title Dragon Ball FighterZ marked down to an impressive $26.99 USD. This is down from its original price tag of $59.99.

Additionally, NetherRealm Studios has two discounted games on the list: Mortal Kombat XL and Injustice 2: Legendary Edition. Mortal Kombat XL can be purchased for a staggering $5.99, while Injustice 2 Legendary Edition — that which includes all of the game's added DLC — will only run you $17.99.

PlayStation's Black Friday sale is going on until November 27th at 8 a.m. PST. Be sure to scoop up your games of choice while you can.

The PlayStation Store can be accessed directly through your PlayStation 4 console (you'll need an internet connection), or you can head over to their website.

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The Colosseum - Fall 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The Colosseum - Fall 2018 is taking place today in Rome, Italy.

This is a Dragon Ball FighterZ Radar event, so European hopefuls are trying to get their chance at grabbing a Dragon Ball at one of the remaining Saga events, with many of the strongest players in the region showing up.

There will also be Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and Tekken 7 at the event.

A few of the players set to compete are NidhoGG|Eifi, VSF|Rudi, Oplon|Skyll, LOK|Nivek and Yuzu|Murko, though there are many more where they came from as well.

This is a one-day event, so once you tune in, just stick around until it wraps up. The action begins at 10 a.m. local time, which translates to 1 a.m. Pacific, 4 a.m. Eastern and 6 p.m. JST.

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First images of Piccolo, Perfect Cell, Kenshin and Shishio revealed along with avatar creation details for Jump Force

Jump Force was one of the more interesting announcements to come out of Microsoft's Xbox E3 press conference earlier this year for combining the most popular Shonen Jump characters ever and the real world which has some fans very excited while others scratch their heads.

Dragon Ball's Piccolo and Perfect Cell along with Ruroni Kenshin's Himura Kenshin and Shishio Makoto were previously announced as playable fighters in Jump Force, but now we finally have our first chance to see what they'll look like in the arena fighter.

Multiple scans from this week's V-Jump magazine in Japan are now online thanks to YonkouProductions which shows off high detail images of the Ruroni Kenshin fighters plus Death Note's Light Yagami and Ryuk along with a Paris, France-themed stage.

Jump Force's custom character / avatar creation tools are also shown off here detailing that players will be able to make their own custom avatar using original pieces and costume sets from the Shonen Jump warriors along with choosing their fighting style, gender, voice and more.

Piccolo and Perfect Cell were shown off a bit less ceremoniously, as they were included in a look at the game's current playable roster aside from the Kenshin characters with fighters from Dragon Ball, Bleach, Hunter x Hunter, Naruto, One Piece, Yu Yu Hakusho, Fist of the North Star, Yu-Gi-Oh, Saint Saiya and City Hunter present.

Jump Force is set to release on February 15, 2019 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. You can take a look at the new character screens in the gallery below.

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Dragon Ball FighterZ: Deluxe Edition announced; includes new Tenkaichi Budokai mode and all previous DLC characters

Complete / 'Game of the Year' re-releases for video games including all of its previous DLC and content has become almost an expectation for bigger titles once they've been available for a year or so, and now it's Dragon Ball FighterZ's turn to take part.

Bandai Namco recently announced via the latest V-Jump magazine that Dragon Ball FighterZ: Deluxe Edition will be releasing on January 31, 2019 for the PlayStation 4 though it's currently only confirmed to be coming to Japan right now.

This new Deluxe Edition will include the previous DLC characters of Broly, Bardock, Super Saiyan Blue Vegito, Fused Zamasu, Base Form Goku, Base Form Vegeta, Cooler and Android 17 along with a few other new features.

Tenkaichi Budokai will reportedly be a new mode in the Arc System Works-developed fighting game which will allow players to battle under different rule sets, and a customizable trophy room will also be coming to the title.

Christmas / holiday-themed Z Capsules will also be coming to Dragon Ball FighterZ likely in the near future to follow up their previous Halloween collection with even more new stamps and probably some santa or elf-themed character color variations.

Dragon Ball FighterZ: Deluxe Edition is scheduled to cost 6,100 yen when it releases early next year which is a fairly nice discount from its current 8,208 yen price tag on the Japanese PlayStation Store. There is no word yet on whether the new version of the fighter will be making its way to other platforms, but you can check out the full descriptions of the new features after the jump.

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Ke's Dragon Ball FighterZ art features guest appearances from Pokémon

We're back with another beautiful image gallery from avid Dragon Ball fan Ke as we highlight a handful of cross pop culture references.

Today's gallery is 100% Dragon Ball FighterZ, but also with a good bit of Pokémon guest appearances as they pair off with a handful of the appropriate DBFZ characters.

Android 16 shows his gentle giant side as he peacefully hangs out with the original starter Pocket Monsters, Gengar and Goku Black are clearly up to no good and Ditto has obviously had a run in with Android 21.

We also get to see some of the FighterZ in standalone action with vibrant, colorful portraits of the likes of Trunks, Bardock and the extremely powerful Broly.

As always, please let us know what you thought in the comments after you check out the collection of drawings here.

We actually featured Ke's Android 21 gallery a little ways back, so be sure to check that one out as well if you like what you're seeing here.

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This might be the trickiest cross up sequence we've seen in Dragon Ball FighterZ

Dragon Ball FighterZ is a 3v3 team based fighting game. In combination with allied characters, you can set up some pretty dirty mix ups that forces the opponent to guess.

We've seen our fair share of cross up scenarios in fighting games. Many of these set ups are sure to pierce your guard the first time you're forced to deal with them.

Suw_1zum0 on Twitter has uploaded a clip of a particularly nasty set up. This appears to mostly utilize the massive hitbox of Goku Black's crouching heavy attack against an opponent that was just forced to switch in.

To block Goku Black's attack in this scenario, you must hold the direction away from him. In order to block the next attack, you have to take a risk and reverse this.

Afterwards, Android 16 is swapped in and will attack your point character. The thing is, he comes from the opposite side of Goku Black.

You'll probably do a double take the first time you see this in action. A pretty tricky tool to add to your arsenal if you play Goku Black.

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Upcoming major Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour event bans unlicensed controllers like Hit Box and those with 'specific character decals'

Modifying and building one's own custom arcade stick / controller is seen as a point of pride in the fighting game community, but it may also get them banned at an upcoming major tournament.

The sixth Saga event for the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour is set to take place next weekend in Japan which will give one player their own Dragon Ball to get into the finals next year though it also added a few new rules that other tournaments don't feature.

In the rule set for the Shinjuku-based tournament, there is one entry that states "only arcade stick controllers and game pads officially licensed by PlayStation are allowed for use" which will certainly affect players with custom or alternative controller choices.

Controllers like those made by Hit Box will not be permitted use during the Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament to which the company has released a statement noting their disappointment for players who have already booked tickets to attend and their willingness to work with Bandai Namco and tournament organizers to solve these issues.

These rules will also likely pose problems to attendees looking to use their legacy controllers / arcade sticks with converters. Another part of said rule states that controllers with "specific character decals cannot be used," so players with custom artwork may also be forced to change arcade sticks as well.

As somewhat of a workaround, the tournament organizers / venue will offer official Hori arcade sticks to players to use during the tournament taking place November 24–25 though they will be limited in quantity. You can take a look at the official rules for the event along with Hit Box's statement in response to them below.

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It's time to stop shaming online warriors and start teaching fighting games properly; plus Bonchan fibs, the Murderface has his own demon and more

Well that headline is the most social justice-y thing I think I've ever written and I'll be promptly taking a long shower after this, but there is some valid discussion to be had about the way fighting gamers view online warriors.

Catalyst and I further that conversation on the latest episode of the EventHubs Podcast and get to a myriad of other topics as well.

I expand more upon my recent article regarding the way fighting games widely fail to teach players true fundamentals and how that very well could be a significant reason why this genre fails to keep up with others in the eSports world.

FOX|Tokido is by far and away the most consistent Street Fighter 5 player this year, but it seems Mouz|ProblemX has his number as the reigning EVO champion has made quick work of the Murderface on multiple occasions now.

There are more than a few other topics we tackle, and you can find timestamps below if you want to jump around. Enjoy the 25th episode of the EH Podcast (thank you so much for supporting us thus far) and please drop your feedback in the comments after you give it a listen.

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Resets, unblockables, and perfectly timed counters — Raptr shows the optimal way to assassinate foes with Hit in Dragon Ball FighterZ

When Dragon Ball FighterZ was first released, Hit was regarded as one of the game's stronger fighters. These days, he's clearly overshadowed by the likes of Cell, Bardock, Kid Buu, and Android 16 in the tournament scene.

Still, the best play in the world — FOX|SonicFOX — has been known to utilize Hit despite the combatant's learning curve. Played properly, Hit is able to compete at the highest level against any character.

Recently, Xuses uploaded a video that highlights a player called Raptr (no, that's not a misspelling of the word "Raptor").

His team features Hit on point. He also utilizes Super Saiyan Goku for the beam assist and Ultimate Gohan as an anchor. Aspiring Hit users can surely learn a thing or two from watching his gameplay.

Notably, he's constantly setting up unblockable resets and 50/50s in combination with assists. Turning the tables on him is difficult thanks to Hit's counter. Supposedly, Raptr might be attending a Saga Event in Australia so we may get a chance to see him compete.

Just to get you started, here's a couple of cool exchanges that Raptr was able to set up against his opponent:

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Gal Gadot Kitana, Hulk Hogan Hercule, John Cena Captain America, LeBron James Akuma... BossLogic imagines celebrities as fighting game characters

Prepare to be floored by the incredibly realistic fighting game art of BossLogic as he fuses some of our favorite characters with famous celebrities.

There are some absolutely wonderful images in our gallery here today, some of which may make you laugh while others simply introduce your jaw to the floor.

We'll run down the list just to clarify in case you're not familiar with some of the pop culture figures. Tom Hardy as Vegeta, LeBron James as Akuma, Kevin Hart as Krillin, Gal Gadot as Kitana, Dove Cameron as Android 18, Hulk Hogan as Hercule, John Cena as Captain America, Tom Hiddleston as Cell, Malcom McDowell as Dr. Gero, Jason Mamoa as Broly, James Harden as Freddy Krueger and Donovan Mitchell as Spider-Man.

We recently featured one of BossLogic's creations when he made The Rock into Sagat, and have seen his artwork on EventHubs multiple times in the past.

These capture our gazes for multiple reasons as they're both entertaining and pretty profound in terms of execution. While it's not the prettiest of the bunch, I have to say that Hulk Hercule got the biggest laugh/reaction out of me personally.

Check out the gallery here and share in the comments which were your favorites. Be sure to visit BossLogic's Twitter page (linked above) for even more of his wonderful art.

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Official Jump Force trailer featuring Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku, Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta, and Golden Frieza released

Bandai Namco has released the official gameplay trailer for Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku, Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegeta, and Golden Frieza in Jump Force.

Today's reel is the same we saw this past weekend at Microsoft's X018 event, however this time we get a much clearer look at the action.

According to Bandai Namco, SSGSS Goku, SSGSS Vegeta, and Golden Frieza are "Ultimate Transformations," which means it is very likely that they are not occupying their own character slot on the roster. In the trailer, we see each of these fighters launch into their super-powered states.

Each character comes equipped with powerful signature attacks, including the Super Kamehameha for Goku, Vegeta's Galick Gun, and Frieza's Death Saucers.

Jump Force is headed to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on February 15th, 2019.

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Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegeta and Golden Frieza are playable in Jump Force

Jump Force saw another reveal today as Bandai Namco unveiled the latest for the crossover fighting title at Microsoft's X018 event. We now know that Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Vegeta and Golden Frieza will be playable in Jump Force.

The new footage shows Vegeta and Frieza both transform into their most powerful forms, both of which originated from the Dragon Ball Super series. Super Saiyan Blue Vegeta has access too his Galick Gun, while Golden Frieza can throw out his Death Saucers.

In addition to these two characters, Bandai Namco also provided the first look at Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan Goku in action. As you might expect, Super Saiyan Blue Goku can decimate opponents with his Super Kamehameha.

Based on what we've seen here, it appears as though the Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan and Golden forms are transformations for Goku, Vegeta, and Frieza, respectively. It does not look as though they are separate characters, like we see in fellow Bandai Namco fighting game Dragon Ball FighterZ.

Jump Force brings many of the most widely recognized characters from anime and manga together in the ultimate 3D fighting clash. You'll find Seiya and Shiryu from Saint Seiya, One Piece's Monkey D. Luffy and Blackbeard, Naruto's Sasuke Uchiha and Naruto Uzumaki, and even Yugi Moto of Yu-Gi-Oh! fame in Jump Force — among many others.

Those looking to get their hands on Jump Force can do so on February 15th, 2019. The game is set for release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Update: Rogueyoshi releases a new video for Dragon Ball FighterZ detailing the games advanced partner mechanics and a Marvel vs. Capcom-like bug

Update: EMP|Rogueyoshi recently released a video in collaboration with Coin Jam to detail some of the advanced partner mechanics found in Dragon Ball FighterZ including extended super combos, safe jump set ups, tag whiff punish extensions and more. They also delve more into the potential bug first reported below where cancelling a Smash attack into a whiffed Z-Change will keep the smashing effect and let you get extended combos like the clips shown here. You can take a look at the full partner mechanics video after the jump.

Earlier: Bugs, glitches and "unintended" features will always be a part of video games no matter how much time is put into testing and quality assurance, but team-based / Vs. style fighters appear to have their fair share of gameplay bugs likely due to just how many different combinations of options players can do with characters.

Marvel vs. Capcom games are certainly no stranger to this with things like the DHC glitch becoming popularized, but even the more recent Dragon Ball FighterZ is not immune to what appear to be gameplay bugs.

EMP|Rogueyoshi is known to many in the community as a pioneer of Nappa play in Dragon Ball FighterZ, and he recently shared findings online of what he calls the 'Z-Change Smash Bug' which opens the door to even more combo possibilities in the fighter.

This Z-Change Smash Bug is reportedly occurs when a character hits a Smash attack on their opponents to which you Z-Assist with a different character and immediately Z-Change to said character to keep combos going even longer.

The player says that this glitch causes the opponent to be in "infinite hitstun" following the Smash, so it could still be useful from mid-screen instead of just the corner. Rogueyoshi states, however, that the attack needs to have a long enough duration to it because the incoming character needs to be there already before the Smash connects.

A bug like this seems like it could have some utility when used for specific teams that are set up to take advantage of it, but it doesn't appear to be game breaking by any means. You can take a look at Rogueyoshi's examples using Gotenks and Nappa below.

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'The current competitive meta is Android 16 and Bardock' - Rooflemonger breaks down where the Dragon Ball FighterZ scene sits right now

Dragon Ball FighterZ has been on the market for almost 10 months already, and it's a game that's seen its meta / most popular characters shift quite often depending on what top players are doing and what new tech has been recently discovered. We've gone from Hit, Android 16 and Adult Gohan being seemingly the strongest around to Cell and Vegeta taking over until where we're at now.

Fighting game tech monster Rooflemonger recently released a video about the current state of the meta in Dragon Ball FighterZ citing the past three majors of SEA Major 2018, East Coast Throwdown and Canada Cup to help make his case.

As the title to this article suggests, he believes that Android 16 and Bardock are essentially the meta because of how strong they are though he also feels that the game is currently in a better place than it was a couple of months ago since more characters are seeing play overall.

Android 16 has good damage, good neutral control, can be placed in any role, has great team synergy with most of the cast and a good assist to top it off. Bardock, on the other hand, has probably the most oppressive rushdown in the game currently, and his Level three Revenger Assault leaves the defender in a mix up even after getting hit by the Super.

Rooflemonger also notes how most top players have seemingly dropped Perfect Cell after the August balance patch, and character diversity has gone up since then with more players selecting a variety of characters like Tien seeing more use though Super Saiyan Vegeta still remains popular.

At least half of the players at SEAM chose Android 16 and / or Bardock for their teams while the other two majors boasted similar statistics for the pair, yet Rooflemonger does not feel these fighters are unstoppable beasts by any means. You can check out his full video after the jump to see his full thoughts on Dragon Ball FighterZ's current meta and which characters he feels are a bit underrated right now.

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Dragon Ball Super: Broly's final trailer gives us a taste of the new Legendary Super Saiyan transformation we've long been waiting for

Dragon Ball Super: Broly is just over a month away from release in Japan, and now we have our final chance to look at new scenes from the film before it launches thanks to a brand new trailer.

While the previous trailer focused almost exclusively on the three main Saiyans' origin stories, the new video is all action with Goku, Vegeta and Broly duking it out across the snow and ice with a multitude of transformations.

Super Saiyan Blue Goku, a newly designed Super Saiyan God Vegeta and a very angry looking Broly are the first images we see in the final trailer as three Saiyans connected by fate while Frieza is also shown at multiple points destroying what is presumably Planet Vegeta and fighting in his golden form.

As for the action, we see Broly blast Super Saiyan Goku away with ease, and he takes a punch from Super Saiyan God Vegeta to the face without flinching in his base form. Broly also drags Goku through an ice wall by his face in an overt reference to his first non-canon film.

The dialogue on display here also suggests that there's more to Broly than blind rage compared to his first appearances, as Goku appears to say he knows — presumably — Broly is not a bad guy. One of Frieza's soldiers also says that Broly is not fighting because he wants to.

Broly's transformation into the Legendary Super Saiyan is the grand finale of the trailer where he is again in some very similar poses to the now iconic original sequence. Dragon Ball Super: Broly is scheduled to hit theaters on December 14th in Japan and January 16th in North America. You can take a look at the English subtitled trailer after the jump courtesy of IGN.

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Artist Ke really loves Dragon Ball FighterZ's Android 21, and we're really glad they do

We knew from the moment Android 21 was announced as a special new Dragon Ball character exclusive to Dragon Ball FighterZ that she was going to hit waifu status for a ton of fighting game community members, but we may have found her biggest fan yet.

Ke is an artist that happens to really love Dragon Ball, and judging by their Twitter, they have a particular affinity for the android newcomer.

Ke has drawn 21 more than a few times, altering the character's style in many different ways to give her a repeatedly fresh look.

From trimming up her hair to depicting her in imitations of other characters from the DB universe, (and even a few figures from other pop culture avenues) the art here really captures us over and over again.

Whether it be sexy, beautiful, clever or a combination of all three, Ke's drawings are repeated home runs. I especially like the more casual takes on 21, but have to give a shout out to image nine in the gallery below for its duality, and image 12 because... Peanuts.

Take a look through and share which are your favorites in the comments. There's plenty more in this artist's portfolio so let us know if you'd like us to feature them again in the future.

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