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Ed Boon recently hosted several interesting AMAs in which the topic of NetherRealm Studios' next project came up several times...

It's been over a year since it was announced that post-launch development for Mortal Kombat 11 wrapped up and that NetherRealm Studios had moved on to their next project. Oddly though, we've yet to receive an official announcement on what this "next project" is, but there have been plenty of rumors circulating on what it could be.

Though Ed Boon, co-creator of the Mortal Kombat series and Creative Director at NetherRealm Studios, has been rather tightlipped about the mysterious project, he recently hosted a couple of "Ask Me Anything" (or more specifically, "Ask Me Stuff") sessions on Twitter in which questions about the next project were asked several times. It's a bit of a longshot, but it's possible that some clues about what it is could be derived from Boon's words.

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Whips, bear hugs, and cosplay; gorgeous couple transforms into Street Fighters' Poison and Zangief

Lauren and Ethan, the husband and wife cosplaying duo that make up Thousand Faces Cosplay, are back at it with more fighting game character showcases as they become two of Street Fighters' most beloved combatants: Poison and Zangief.

Not only do we get a handful of shots featuring each in solo poses, but also a few with both in the ring together.

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Click Burgundy adds the special magic to recent Street Fighter 6 and other fighting game announcements with their top tier art

There's very few fighting game fan artists that get us truly excited whenever we see their name pop up online, but Click Burgundy is probably at the top of that list.

We've covered the top tier Japanese artist many times before on the site, and you can always bet they've got some amazing character portraits coming when big fighting game announcements happen, which there have been a lot of lately.

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Rick and Morty pays homage to Street Fighter with 'very realistic' game that requires players to find each other before fighting

A recent episode of the Rick and Morty cartoon series paid homage to the Street Fighter series by having the characters play "an intense and hyper-realistic game of Street Fighter." During this episode, Rick and Summer end up facing off against one another in a match of "Gettin' to a Street Fight" within this Street Fighter.

Rick appears to be playing as "Kickpuncher" — a Shoto lookalike — while Summer is using "Tubesteak" — basically Blanka. However, the emphasis on "hyper-realistic" has apparently had a major impact on the gameplay of Street Fighter. Needless to say, even Morty was questioning if this was actually Street Fighter.

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From a black swimsuit to the memed bunny costume, here's Abbey_Titania pulling off the female Byleth cosplay in unique outfits

Although there were six characters (via the Fighters Pass Vol. 2) that were released after Byleth as DLC in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Byleth is technically the youngest character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in terms of the dates of each character's first video game appearance. Fire Emblem: Three Houses was originally released on July 26, 2019, which actually came after Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's release on on December 7, 2018.

Of the characters released for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate DLC, Byleth is actually a fairly unique candidate. One of their unique traits is that there are actually male and female variants of the character that can be selected at the character select screen before starting a match. Since there is a female form, Abbey_Titania took this as an opportunity to cosplay as the stoic professor of the Garreg Mach Monastery.

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Technology from Nvidia needs to be used in all future fighting games to reduce input delay

Input delay, rollback netcode and crossplay are the three terms buzzing the most in the fighting game community lately. For input delay, Nvidia has a very nice solution that's proven to reduce response times in games like Destiny 2, Fortnite and Valorant, and this technology needs to be implemented in all future fighting games.

The fighting game genre is one that requires extremely fast reaction times and quick rendering of inputs for games to feel right. Nvidia Reflex is a suite of tools that specializes in doing exactly that, and has been implemented and numerous modern games and delivered on its promises to reduce response times. As such, it's a marriage the fighting game community needs to make happen in all future titles.

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Tokyo Game Show 2022 Capcom Online Program live stream

Update: The stream is now live.

Tokyo Game Show 2022 is officially underway, and this year we'll be seeing Capcom run two online presentations that are expected to be rife with new information and announcements for current and upcoming games in their library.

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Sony's State of Play livestream

It's only been a few hours since the internet was treated to the first full Nintendo Direct in like 7 months, and now the company's largest competitor is about to show off what they've got cooking.

Sony's September State of Play is scheduled to begin shortly at 3 p.m. PT / 6 p.m. ET.

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Nintendo Direct livestream

Updated: The Nintendo Direct stream is now live.

The world has been left waiting over 7 months for this day, and now the dawn of a full Nintendo Direct showcase is finally here.

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Taito's canceled Street Fighter clone was ahead of its time

During the big fighting game boom of the early '90s, it seemed as though every developer wanted to take their own slice of Street Fighter 2's pie, and that included Taito.

The arcade giant released Global Champion (known as Kaiser Knuckle for Japan) in 1994, which was only memorable for its unfair final boss, but Guile Win Quote recently showed off the game's canceled sequel / update that would have made it so much more than a Street Fighter clone.

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New Nintendo Direct to air tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. PT / 10 a.m. ET

It's been announced that a new Nintendo Direct will be airing tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. PT / 10:00 a.m. ET. According to Nintendo of America, this presentation will feature nearly 40 minutes of information focused on Nintendo Switch games that are releasing this winter.

Needless to say, it's been a long time since we last saw an official Nintendo Direct presentation. Though Nintendo has traditionally streamed Nintendo Direct presentations over the summer, they decided to skip that timeslot this year. However, the September Nintendo Direct streak remains alive with this announcement.

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It hasn't even been a month since Masahiro Sakurai started uploading to YouTube and he already has the 100,000 Silver Creator Award

Back in late August, Masahiro Sakurai concluded daily Super Smash Bros. Ultimate screenshot routine right before unveiling his new YouTube channel, Masahiro Sakurai on Creating Games. As implied by the channel's name, Masahiro Sakurai is putting forth a great deal of effort to share his knowledge and experience of game development.

It should come as no surprise to hear that Sakurai has acquired a huge number of subscribers for his new YouTube channel in a short amount of time. Needless to say, Sakurai recently shared on Twitter a little something presented to him by YouTube.

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From Street Fighter's Juri in a bikini to King of Fighters' Angel at the arcade KarenG crushes this fighting game cosplay

Street Fighter's Juri has been on the minds of fans as of late thanks to her recent reveal for Street Fighter 6. Capcom recently showed off the first actual gameplay of the returning warrior (outside of what we saw in her announcement trailer), and the legacy fighter is looking like she's had a real return to form.

Perusing through social media this week we stumbled upon KarenG's page and rediscovered her amazing cosplay. Fittingly, her repertoire includes a fantastic Juri cosplay — with an alternate version seeing the Super Street Fighter 4 original contender in a bikini — as well as other top notch fighting game character depictions like King of Fighters' Angel.

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From slippery floors to in your face flatulence, these are 10 of the most disrespectful Supers in fighting games

Super moves continue to be one of the premier feature of fighting games over 30 years since they were first implemented to bring they hype, but not all of them are made to play nice.

The aptly named content creator MrTopTenList recently released a fun new video counting down his top 10 picks for the most disrespectful Supers in all of fighting games.

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Forget the Hit Box! Here's a clip showcasing what the 'Stick Box' is all about

There's recently been a lot of talk about the advantages offered by the Hit Box controller. Although it requires a lot of work and effort to hone the execution needed to pilot the Hit Box controller during a typical fighting game session, movement can become both faster and more precise than the arcade stick.

Needless to say, the idea of banning the Hit Box due to its advantages has recently become a discussion point within the fighting game community. However, it seems that Cash on Twitter is of the belief that not enough people are paying attention to the "Stick Box" controller.

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Morrigan, Zero Suit Samus, or Harley Quinn? We just cannot decide which of Alina Becker's sexy fighting game cosplay is the best

Morrigan from Darkstalkers, Metroid and Super Smash Bros.'s Zero Suit Samus, and even Harley Quinn of MultiVersus and Injustice fame are just some of the beloved and sexy characters portrayed by Alina Becker. This top notch cosplayer has a number of fantastic depictions of familiar fighting game faces in their repertoire, and today we're taking a moment to admire them.

Having too many good things to choose from is a nice problem to have, and such is the case for us with Becker's body of work. We simply cannot decide which cosplay is the best, but be sure to hit the jump to check it out and let us know which is your favorite.

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Should Hit Box controllers be banned in competitive fighting game tournaments?

They've been around for over 10 years at this point, but Hit Box controllers have flared up as one of the fighting game community's hottest topics in recent times. As is usually the case, as popularity increases, so does scrutiny, and now that we're seeing more and more pro players sing the praises of and use these stick-less controllers at competitive events, cries for banning them have begun ringing out louder than ever.

Catalyst and I are tossing our two cents into the discussion with the latest episode of Talk and Block as we consider the reasons why some are calling for these new age controllers to be kept out of the tournament space, offer our personal thoughts on them as long time fighting game players, and more.

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