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Bonchan's secrets to throwing safe fireballs will help you level up your zoning game, frustrate your foes, and score more wins

The art of projectile tossing has been a major part of fighting games widely since Street Fighter 2 put the genre on the map, but as integral as this approach can be, it's still one of the hardest and most unforgiving lessons to learn.

The best in the business right now, RB|Bonchan, is known for his abilities in this particular arena thanks to his incredible accomplishments and performances with Sagat from the Street Fighter 4 days. The reigning EVO champ offered some of his secrets to throwing safer fireballs in an older stream archive, and FGC Translated has captioned it with English subtitles for those of us who don't speak Japanese.

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Daigo: I really don't like being called a Street Fighter 'god'

We in the fighting game community love us some hyperbole, and so when certain players set themselves apart from the rest of the pack it's not all that uncommon for wide-mouthed observers to start referring to them as gods.

Indeed we have the five gods of Super Smash Bros. Melee as well as the five Japanese gods of fighting games; Rhoto|Tokido, Nuki, FAV|Sako, FD|Haitani, and CYG|Daigo "The Beast" Umehara. The last of those explained in a recent interview (translated into English by FGC Translated) that he isn't too fond of that moniker.

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NeoGeo Arcade Stick Pro is a hybrid system packing 20 SNK fighting games plus ability to use as a standard controller on PC

Last week, SNK first unveiled their new piece of hardware currently in development with the NeoGeo Arcade Stick Pro though they didn't specify what exactly it did. Now we know that it will be a unique hybrid of sorts.

The NeoGeo Arcade Stick Pro will come packing 20 classic SNK fighting game titles along with the ability to use the system as a standard controller for other platforms as well.

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If a 'Dreamcast Classic' were to ever be made then these are the fighting games we'd like to play on it

The Sega Dreamcast was released in North America on September 9, 1999. In other words, this console released in this region occurred precisely 20 years ago from today.

With all the recent reveals for the Nintendo Classic, Super Nintendo Classic, PlayStation Classic, and the Sega Genesis Mini, we can't help but wonder why there isn't a Dreamcast Mini or Classic.

It was no doubt an interesting time to be around if you were a fighting game enthusiast when the Dreamcast was one of the latest in the gaming generation.

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Unsafe on hit moves can be strong in fighting games? Jmcrofts explains five ways how these attacks can still be useful

Generally, the best type of attacks in fighting games are those that provide a high amount of reward in return for very little risk. However, for the sake of balance, these moves are typically pretty rare.

It's often when an attack is discovered to be "unsafe on hit" (not just block) when many have a tendency to declare the motion to be worthless. Jmcrofts has released a video that discusses five ways how unsafe on hit moves can still be useful.

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Haitani: I think for the developers it's easier to manage the game with nerfs

Balancing a fighting game can be much more difficult than most people probably can imagine. While going over patch notes, seemingly nuanced changes can have greater effects on a title's meta than what is predicted.

FGC Translated recently uploaded a video that provided a translation of FD|Haitani's stream. These few minutes highlighted Haitani talking about the intricacies of game balance.

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WWE star Asuka appears to be quite the fan of Street Fighter, wrestler starts her own YouTube channel posing with Blanka-chan doll

Asuka quickly became one of the most popular new additions to WWE's pro wrestling roster over the last few years, and she seems to be quite the fan of Street Fighter as well.

The Japanese star, whose real name is Kanako Urai, appears to be following in the footsteps of Xavier Woods, as Asuka has been sharing images of her expansive video game collection and PC gaming setup leading up to the launch of her KanaChan TV YouTube channel.

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Here comes a new challenger — Fighting game player announces new pregnancy in heartwarming video using Street Fighter and arcade sticks

Street Fighter 3 introduced the world to the new generation of world warriors, and us fighting game players will be responsible to bring up the next generation of players whether they are our own flesh and blood or other youngsters trying to learn the joys and salt that the genre can bring.

One fighting game player by way of Zangeof decided to announce to the world that he'll be adding a new member to his family with a nice and heartwarming pregnancy reveal video using Street Fighter and arcade sticks to represent the fighter of tomorrow.

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How getting blown up in Battleship helped me find the balance between using heart and mind in fighting games

For a long while I've categorized fighting game players into two general camps: poets and scientists. The poets are those that play with the chaos of feeling or gut, while the scientists use the strict mathematical order of things like frame data to approach the battle.

I've always naturally been more of a poet, often unable to tell others exactly how positive or negative the moves I use are, and sometimes unable to fully articulate why I made certain decisions beyond a sheepish "It just felt like the right thing to do there." With as important as frame data has proven to be in Street Fighter 5, I've made an effort to bolster my scientist side, but found a very real pothole going too far with this approach while playing a different game altogether: Battleship.

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Nintendo Direct to air at 3:00 p.m. PDT / 6:00 p.m. EDT

Update: The Direct is now live. Catch it after the jump.

Earlier: Just yesterday, Nintendo announced the Direct presentation that will be airing today at 3 p.m. PDT / 6 p.m. EDT. Although Pokémon Sword & Shield and Luigi's Mansion 3 were specifically named, we have reasons to speculate that there'll be some Smash news as well.

As usual, Nintendo will be streaming this Direct on both YouTube and Twitch. Viewers are able to watch the announcements unfold on either platform.

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SNK announces mysterious new NeoGeo Arcade Stick Pro hardware without saying what exactly it does

SNK already announced their World Championship pro tournament series for Samurai Shodown and King of Fighters 14 players, but that's not all the company had in store for its fans today.

New NeoGeo hardware is on its way in the NeoGeo Arcade Stick Pro SNK revealed today though there's not much else we currently know about it aside from it is made to resemble the NeoGeo CD stick controller.

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'We should be critical of developers for not implementing correct netplay into games' - Maximilian on fighting game netcode and how to make it better

Gaming's continued transition into the online arena has become more and more accelerated in recent times, and it's now to the point that general netcode standards have widely surpassed the experiences most fighting game developers are producing.

It would seem as though this would be one of the most conspicuous and rapidly-dealt-with issues, and yet the majority of even our genre's most favored titles still offer laughably poor online experiences. Maximilian recently went on a stream rant as to why this is the case.

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Nintendo Direct set for September 4 to feature upcoming Switch content including Pokemon Sword and Shield plus more

Just as we've been hearing rumblings about what is coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in the near-ish future, Nintendo went ahead and announced a new Direct livestream to talk about what they've got coming for the rest of 2019.

The next Nintendo Direct will take place tomorrow, September 4, and focus on "2019 Nintendo Switch games" like Pokemon Sword and Shield and Luigi's Mansion 3. It may also prove to be our opportunity to learn more about Banjo-Kazooie's arrival in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate along with who will be coming after the duo — though we may already have some leads.

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T-Pain brought the first cosplay of Tekken 7 newcomer Leroy Smith we've ever seen to Dragon Con this past weekend and it looked outstanding

Back at EVO 2019 early last month, Bandai Namco unveiled two new DLC character slated to join the Tekken 7 roster. Returning Tekken 6 contender Zafina and brand new combatant Leroy Smith were revealed as the first two characters of the game's third season.

Fans were particularly excited about these two fighters, and the newcomer saw a large amount of praise from fans on social media, becoming an immediate hit. The character was/is so popular, in fact, that musician T-Pain recently cosplayed as Leroy Smith at Dragon Con 2019 — and he looked absolutely amazing.

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The new Riot game could change the fighting genre forever, but there are plenty of obstacles in the way

When Tom Cannon revealed what we all suspected and confirmed that a Riot Games fighting title is in development at EVO this year, it officially marked the start of a new journey for the FGC.

We know next to nothing of the particulars of this upcoming game, and the best guess in terms of a release date right now is answered with a very broad "not anytime soon." Be all that as it may, the possibilities and implications for the League of Legends developer's second major game are huge, especially for the fighting genre.

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Razer teams up with publishers like Capcom and Blizzard to make official phone cases for Street Fighter, Mega Man, Overwatch and more

Razer and Capcom have previously teamed up before to make things like their custom Street Fighter and Marvel vs. Capcom Panthera arcade sticks, so it's not too surprising to see them keep their partnership going with new products — especially ones that show off R. Mika's assets.

The video gaming peripheral manufacturer announced they are teaming up with publishers like Capcom and Activision Blizzard to make official phone cases for games like Street Fighter 5, Mega Man 11, Overwatch, World of Warcraft and more. They can also be customized with text too.

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Sajam: Stop making excuses for fighting games that don't have good netcode, UI, and online lobbies in 2019

In his recent video upload, Sajam revealed that he took the time to observe The International 2019 Dota 2 event. Notably, the prize pool was crowdfunded by the community via its battle pass. In other words, over $34 million — the highest of any single esports event in history.

This apparently got Sajam thinking. "When I look at Dota and I see all these great things that it has [like] all the extra content, the tournament, the event is for the community, and then I think to myself... when it comes to fighting games, you know what I want? I want to wake up and not have to think 'I hope any of the three or four fighting games that come out next year have good netcode,'" said Sajam.

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