EVO 2017's lineup is being revealed today - Vote in our polls what games you think will be there, and what games you want to be there

Later today, we're going to get the official unveiling of the EVO 2017 lineup.

There are a lot of games vying for main stage spots, and a bunch of new fighting games have been released or will be released in the period since EVO 2016, including BlazBlue: Central Fiction, King of Fighters 14 and Injustice 2.

To gauge your interest, we decided to put together two polls - one with which games you expect to see, and one with which games you hope to see. Each poll has 3 choices, so choose wisely.

First, you can vote right below for what games you personally want to see.

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B.O. can be a real issue at tournaments, here are some encouraging words about personal hygiene from fan-favorite fighting game characters

If you've ever been to a tournament or event, you have probably found out the hard way that the smell can sometimes be... overwhelming. With so many people packed into a room and in close quarters, it's understandable.

In order to help promote proper hygiene in the FGC, competitive Pokken Tournament player and co-owner of Doghouse eSports -- a streaming service devoted to helping animals through video games -- DoghouseCorgian created a handful of lighthearted images featuring messages from various fighting game characters.

Slapped with a humorous "Degree eSports" logo (there's no such organization), these mock ups use clever messages to remind players that deodorant is important. Below are a handful to get you started.

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If you'd like to see more, be sure to head over to DoghouseCorgian's Twitter page. "Don't let your personal hygiene become a Nightmare." The puns are real.

Teabagging banned at Killer Instinct World Cup, failing to abide results in ban from all 2017 World Cup events

The Killer Instinct World Cup is taking place on March 10-12 in San Antonio, Texas, and is the culmination of the year-long tournament season that kicked off last April. One of the event's rules has caused a stir in the fighting game community -- teabagging is not allowed.

Players will sometimes repeatedly hit down on the joystick/d-pad as a means of taunting their opponent. The specifics of the rule were reiterated on Twitter by tournament organizer ISM|Rotendo, which led to an uproar on social media.

This form of taunting, which is actually fairly prevalent in Killer Instinct because of the players' ability to move their character between rounds and after KO, will not be allowed at the tournament finals. Anyone who chooses not to abide by this rule will be served with a ban from all World Cup events for the 2017 season.

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I-No you want more of Click Burgundy's top tier fighting game art

Today we feature our final gallery, for the time being, of Click Burgundy's beautiful fighting game work.

With a good mix of Darkstalkers, King of Fighters, Guilty Gear and Street Fighter, Burgundy's art takes us on a diverse trek through the fighting game universe.

Which franchise's characters came out the best? Take a look and let us know in the comments.

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'Being a pro means favoring consistency over randomness' - Xian's fighting game advice will help you no matter what level you're at

While some top players choose to take easier paths by selecting the strongest characters, EVO 2013 champion RZR|Xian relies on his own abilities to decipher opponents and comprehend the fighting game battleground to earn his victories.

He took Street Fighter 4 with Gen, one of the most technical characters in the game, and at the time, regarded as one of the weakest. He would also boast a competitive Dhalsim and Poison in Ultra Street Fighter 4, two characters that were by no means amongst the top of the tier list.

Xian's character of choice in Street Fighter 5 is F.A.N.G, widely regarded as the very worst in the game. Despite his love for lower tier, Xian consistently performs in the strongest of tournament settings, qualifying for Capcom Cup three years in a row.

The Singaporean player oft takes to Twitter to share his wisdom in bits and pieces, and we've rounded up a few of his recent tweets that we thought were particularly inspired.

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'I left EG because it made me lazy, and I wasn't treated like other players' - PR Balrog on leaving his prestigious sponsor, reveals plans for future

As one of the most charismatic and fun to watch players in the fighting game community, Eduardo "PR Balrog" Perez's presence in tournaments practically guarantees exciting and top quality matches. Why in the world would the professional player then leave one of the biggest sponsorships in FGC history?

An Evil Genius for the past couple years, Perez established himself as a fan favorite as well as proven himself with multiple top eight finishes at EVO. It came as a shock to fans when he announced his departure from EG just a few months back.

It was only recently that Perez came forward to discuss the details as to why he made the call to go solo, citing feelings of laziness and too much comfort as the central reasons.

He was also no longer happy with the exclusivity he had to maintain while other potential sponsors reached out to him. You'll hear his explanation in full detail in his video.

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Who's your favorite fighting game villain? Cast your votes in our latest poll

After the strong response we got from our favorite protagonist poll and its followup, I thought it would be apt to bring a few villains into the fold for voting.

It was more difficult to narrow down choices here, because while almost every fighting game franchise has one defined protagonist, the villain role tends to shift.

What I've done is try to keep most franchises down to just one villain, but with ones where the main villain isn't as clearly defined, such as BlazBlue and Mortal Kombat, I had to bring up extra choices, while for franchises like Tekken and King of Fighters I shifted the focus to the one who is most iconic to the franchise.

You can vote for up to three villains, so let us know who you chose in the comments below.

Now, hit the jump and cast your votes!

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A very impressive fan-made Street Fighter animation showcases Guile and Cammy fighting off M. Bison's guards

A user on YouTube known as OtaKing77077 appears to be in the process of creating an animation for Street Fighter. This user is famous for creating an animation titled "Tie Fighter," obviously for the Star Wars series.

In this animation we see M. Bison and his guards arriving at some facility via aircraft. Guile and Cammy attempt to thwart them.

Juri is also there, but doesn't appear to do anything... yet. The animation is just a preview as it is still unfinished.

During the preview, we see Guile perform a familiar combo from Street Fighter 5. Obviously the animator is fairly familiar with the system mechanics of Street Fighter 5.

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Guilty Gear and Street Fighter characters look especially good when Click Burgundy draws them

We just can't get enough of Click Burgundy's fighting game artwork, and so we've rounded up another gallery of fighters to share with you.

Today's line up includes Guilty Gear and Street Fighter characters primarily, with a few King of Fighters figures peppered in. We get both close ups and full body frames, showing off Burgundy's ability to detail from near or far.

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Link, Heihachi and Spawn joined the fray in Soul Calibur 2 depending on which version you bought - Check out Takuji Kawano's amazing artwork here

Soul Calibur 2 made an interesting decision for its release, by giving each console (Sony Playstation 2, Nintendo GameCube and Microsoft Xbox) their own exclusive bonus character in Hehiachi Mishima, Link and Spawn, respectively.

It also further built on the success of the original Soul Calibur with new characters, better graphics and as much content as they could muster, along with bringing in the now-iconic Takuji Kawano to lead the artwork duties for the game. You can see some of it here.

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Continue below for the rest of Soul Calibur 2's great art.

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Remy preps to fight, B. B. Hood busts a cap and Ingrid makes a rare appearance; this art revisits some classic characters from generations past

We've rounded up another collection of Click Burgundy's artwork for you to check out today.

This time around we see characters from Guilty Gear, earlier generations of Street Fighter, King of Fighters and Darkstalkers. Feast your eyes on Burgundy's creations in the gallery below:

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Come get lost in Click Burgundy's beautiful artwork

Darkstalkers, King of Fighters, Guilty Gear and other fighting game characters pop up in Click Burgundy's gorgeous fighting game art.

Check out the selection below, and let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Nintendo Switch to be released on March 3rd worldwide, price tag of $299.99

During the Nintendo Switch live presentation, the company revealed the consoles release date and price.

The upcoming hardware will become available worldwide on March 3rd, 2017. In North America, the console will cost $299.99 at launch.

Nintendo shared a few details about the console's online services. It was noted that online will become a paid service in the Fall of 2017, which seems to imply that it will be free until then.

Players can look forward to setting up online matches with smart mobile devices, and the Nintendo Switch's software will not be region locked.

The stream also showed off the Joy Con controllers. These are small peripherals (broken up into left and right pieces) that can function as their own individual controller.

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Nintendo Switch 2017 presentation live stream

It seems that the wait is finally drawing near its end. We'll finally be getting more information on the Nintendo Switch through Nintendo's live stream tonight.

The stream will be going live tonight at 8:00 P.M. PT and 11:00 P.M. ET.

We'll of course be keeping an eye out for any fighting games that get announced for the Nintendo Switch. Anticipation is pretty high due to all the rumors going around.

Expect information on the release date, price, and game lineup. The reasoning behind these expectations is due to a Tweet from Nintendo NYC that claims pre-orders will be available tomorrow starting at 9:00 A.M. ET.


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Hit the jump below to check out the live stream.

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Here are the fighting games our readers think will be announced during tonight's Nintendo Switch presentation - poll results

Updated: And the results are in! To see how our readers voted, be sure to hit the jump.

Earlier: So Nintendo will be launching their Nintendo Switch presentation tonight. Many different games are being anticipated to be announced tonight as a result.

With there now being an unconfirmed rumor regarding a HORI arcade stick being created for the Nintendo Switch, fighting game enthusiasts can have hope for some fighting games.

Of course, some games likely may not need an arcade stick at all. The Super Smash Bros. players are known for their preference of GameCube controllers as their method of control.

Speaking of rumors, the number of rumors for the Super Smash Bros series have been out of control lately for its inclusion on the Nintendo Switch. Rumors include both a ported Smash 4 and a Super Smash Bros. Melee title for the virtual console.

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