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Is a 40-character roster a good stopping point for Street Fighter 5? We compare other fighting game rosters to help find an answer

For most all of Street Fighter 5's life thus far, fans have consistently discussed the potential and prospect of "what's next?" as we have constantly had our eyes on the future in terms of DLC content, specifically characters more often than not.

This makes total sense as Capcom billed the game as a service from the start, and promised regular content development for at least four years. The game celebrated its fortieth character on Friday and its fourth birthday on Sunday, and so we have to question whether or not we're finally at a good ending point.

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct now live

Update: The Animal Crossing Nintendo Direct is now live. You can find the stream below.

An Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct has been announced by Nintendo. This Animal Crossing focused Direct will debut on February 20 at 6 a.m. PT / 9 a.m. ET

Of course, any astute fighting game enthusiast would probably recognize that Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct is actually not a fighting game. While it is unlikely that any direct mention to the Super Smash Bros. series or any other fighting game will be brought up during the Nintendo Direct, the characters and landmarks do play an important role in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Of these five characters that broke the meta in their fighting games, only one of them was banned

Understanding which characters are top tier in a particular fighting game is an essential process if you have any plans on competing at a top level. Every now and again, there will be fighters that are borderline "broken."

TrueUnderDawgGaming asserts that there is a major difference between overpowered characters and broken ones. It is declared that while an overpowered challenger will often dominate the meta due to access to strong tools, a broken character usually has access to unintended exploits that can break the game.

In his recent video upload, TrueUnderDawgGaming discusses five characters that broke their respective games. Interestingly enough, only one of them was ever banned from tournament play.

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New Combo Breaker 2020 artwork is downright gorgeous and we have artist AbsolumT to thank

Every year Combo Breaker develops specially commissioned artwork as just one more unique facet that sets the event apart from all other yearly fighting game tournaments.

The 2020 art has been revealed and after seeing it, we have no choice but to give a tip of the cap to the clearly talented AbsolumT who has illustrated 26 characters and amalgamated them all into one impressive poster.

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Street Fighter's T. Hawk probably isn't looking forward to Valentine's Day

Love is in the air as Valentine's Day is right around the corner. While a portion of the fighting game community will be celebrating with the launch of Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition this February 14, others will be spending quality time with their significant others — which might actually involve Champion Edition too!

In the spirit of the holiday, I decided to take a look around at the relationships between characters within the Street Fighter series in hopes of highlighting some of the stronger ones for all of those hopeless romantics out there. However, during my research, I discovered that there exists a storyline that brings the literal definition of "hopeless romantic" into the fold, and that's the grim tale of Street Fighter 2's T. Hawk and Street Fighter Alpha's Juli.

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'How EVERYONE reacted to the EVO 2020 lineup' — Mighty Keef returns with another spot on and hilarious comedy skit

The EVO 2020 lineup was revealed earlier this week, and much like it always does the announcement sparked discussion within the fighting game community. NetherRealm Studios' major modern fighting title, Mortal Kombat 11, we nowhere to be found, while Marvel vs. Capcom 2 sees a return in the form of an invitational event to celebrate the game's 20th birthday and EVO legacy.

There are a lot of reactions online right now, but The Keef Crew's newest video has to be the funniest and most accurate of them all. The comedy skit shows how each game on the EVO lineup responds to the news, and there's an appearance from someone that the other games didn't really want to see...

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EVO 2020 lineup revealed

Update: The full lineup has been revealed and you can view it below after the jump. There are eight main games and then a special eight-person Marvel vs. Capcom 2 tournament featuring four MvC2 EVO champs including IFC|Yipes, Justin Wong, Duc Do, and Sanford Kelly and four additional players who will be determined at a later date. You can now register for the event right here.

Earlier: Today is the big day as we'll soon learn which games will be played at this year's Evolution Championship Series.

Tournament Organizer, Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar, will be doing his yearly lineup stream to let the fighting game community know what to practice and be ready to compete in for the big dance slated for July 31-Aug 2 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.

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One game edges out Street Fighter 5 and it's not Smash Ultimate; see which titles got the most votes in our EVO lineup hopefuls poll

Update: Voting has ended and you can view the results by clicking the jump.

Earlier: With EVO Japan now out of the way, the fighting game community can begin looking forward to what will undoubtedly be the biggest FGC event of the entire year with EVO 2020, and we'll soon know exactly what games to start preparing for.

EVO organizer Joey 'Mr. Wizard' Cuellar revealed earlier this week that their team will be announcing the full EVO 2020 lineup on February 4, but what titles do the community expect to see come back / join the roster? And what ones do they WANT to see?

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Combo Breaker early bird registration rankings revealed with Street Fighter 5 currently in 3rd place behind Tekken 7 and a game that's not out yet

Combo Breaker has been building the reputation as one of the most beloved fighting game majors in the entire world which has in-turn led to larger and larger attendance records plus better perks and rewards for the players who make the journey to Chicago in May.

Registration for Combo Breaker 2020 opened up just last month on January 14, but the fighting game community was remarkably quick in scooping up every single one of the venue hotel rooms in minutes — even breaking records for the Renaissance Schaumburg itself.

Now, early bird entry has wrapped up for the upcoming major, and event organizer Rick 'The Hadou' Thiher celebrated the occasion by releasing our first look at the registration rankings between the main games with some interesting results thus far.

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Teppen's great Street Fighter and Darkstalkers artwork can even make characters like F.A.N.G look menacing as hell

Teppen appears to have quickly been accepted by the embrace of the fighting game community despite not actually being part of their genre, and a lot of that comes down to the love and respect the mobile title shows Capcom's classic and older franchises like Darkstalkers and Mega Man X.

The Force Seekers expansion for Teppen this year added in dozens of new cards to collect, each with their own distinct artwork depicting a bunch of characters we haven't really seen in a number of years like Hakan.

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Update: Sega Heroes adds new Virtua Fighter characters starting with Pai Chan and Kage-Maru available now plus more in the coming weeks

Update: Virtua Fighter's Kage-Maru is now available in Sega Heroes as the second character from the franchise alongside Pai Chan. Original story and updated gallery follow.

Sega's enormous back catalog of video games and franchises are among the most iconic in the entire industry, especially when you look back at their 90's console-making era.

Virtua Fighter was once chief among those as one of the world's first major 3D fighting games though now the series' characters can now be enjoyed in a much different title.

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Nintendo will not be releasing a new Nintendo Switch model in 2020

Recent word from the rumor mill claimed that a new Nintendo Switch model was on its way. The console was reported to be stronger than the current standard version and was said to be set for release mid-2020.

According to Nintendo CEO and president Shuntaro Furukawa, a new Nintendo Switch model will not be out this year. In the company's latest corporate management policy briefing, Furukawa talked about the current state of the console, noting that there are "no plans" for a new version in 2020.

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EVO 2020 game lineup to be revealed during stream on February 4 at 7 pm PST / 10 pm EST

With the EVO Japan 2020 weekend now behind us, it's time to start thinking of the EVO event that will take place in the United States. Which games will be part of the lineup this year?

Although there were nine different titles present at last year's event, Mr. Wizard — one of the main tournament organizers for EVO — recently posed an interesting question to the FGC. "If EVO 2020 could only have six games, which games would make the cut?"

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Teppen's love for the Street Fighter and Darkstalkers series continue to shine through its awesome and detailed artwork

Teppen quickly became an easy recommend to people who like / love Capcom's most iconic franchises, and a lot of that comes down to the detail and references packed into the art for characters from Street Fighter, Darkstalkers and beyond.

When you're in battle, however, you don't actually get to see your cards' full artwork until you've finished and have unlocked the playable unit / action, so we put together another gallery detailing some of the best fighting game pieces in the newest The Force Seekers expansion.

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Winner of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate at EVO Japan 2020 will only receive special controller, other games' grand prizes range from $4,500-$9,000

The prize money and supplementary prizes have been outlined for EVO Japan 2020's main stage games. No matter how well players perform at the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate event that will be held there, it's likely that everyone there will be competing at a loss of expenditures.

Funnily enough, it's been revealed that first place will receive a Nintendo Switch Pro controller. Don't worry though — a golden Smash mark is included on the controller.

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Devil May Cry's Dante receives a smokin' new and expensive statue though we're not sure if this is what Capcom meant by a January 16 announcement

Dante is probably one of Capcom's most iconic video game characters and receives a ton of merchandise / crossovers despite Devil May Cry not being as massive of a franchise as say Street Fighter, Monster Hunter or Resident Evil.

Capcom recently told fans to keep their eyes out for new Devil May Cry announcements in the coming weeks, and the company revealed today a stylish and massive new statue for Dante based on his original appearance from Darkside Collectibles — though we're not entirely sure this was meant to be one of those dated unveilings.

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Sony will be skipping E3 for the second year in a row

Sony has announced that, for the second year in a row, they will not be attending E3 this year. As a result, we shouldn't expect any announcements regarding the PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5 at this event.

"After thorough evaluation SIE has decided not to participate in E3 2020," declared Sony to IGN. "We have great respect for the ESA as an organization, but we do not feel the vision of E3 2020 is the right venue for what we are focused on this year. We will build upon our global events strategy in 2020 by participating in hundreds of consumer events across the globe."

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