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Battling bulldozers, a Les Misérables fighter, THAT Star Wars game, and more; seven incredibly weird fighting games that actually exist

It's fairly well documented that in days after Street Fighter 2's booming success, a great many copycats flooded the fighting game market in hopes to make a quick buck. Most quickly faded into obscurity, but some were so out of left field that they give us the gift of entertainment as we marvel at their mere existence.

OusideXbox has rounded up seven such titles from the less explored annals of fighting game history, and has graciously shared them with us in one of their videos.

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Justin Wong will be sponsoring five players for CEO 2019

Victrix|Justin has decided on five players to send to CEO 2019. They will compete across different games that will be featured at the supermajor and sport the tag JWONG for the event.

Those selected are usually players who haven’t had that big break yet, but show the potential to take it to the next level. This year’s selections are LostSoul, Princess Slim, taji256, Waz, and Zaferino.

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Lag spike means you forfeit the round, idea for ranked play in future fighting games

We've all had the experience before, you're playing online, and having a good set — and all of a sudden — the game slows down to a few frames a minute and characters start to teleport all over the screen.

Lag spikes are terrible, and typically compromise the integrity of an online set, as the game stutters and jitters around. I have an idea I'd like to see implemented to help alleviate this issue.

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Update: Nintendo Direct for E3 2019 live stream, Super Smash Bros. reveal inbound

Update: Nintendo's E3 Direct stream is now live. Come watch it with us after the jump.

The big conferences for E3 2019 are winding down, but not before the last console maker takes the metaphorical internet stage to reveal what's coming up and what's coming out to their systems in the near future.

Nintendo will be holding their E3 Nintendo Direct stream beginning at 9 a.m. PDT / 12 p.m. EDT where the company is set to make a number of announcements including the next DLC fighter joining the ranks of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Nintendo lawyers reportedly put a stop to big E3 leaker for 'misappropriation of trade secrets'

E3 is the biggest time of year for those looking forward to new video game announcements, but early leaks also run rampant online in the days and weeks leading up to the event — as we saw happen with Bandai Namco this year.

One such leaker, a Twitter user going by the name of Sabi, was reportedly called and emailed by a lawyer representing Nintendo to threaten them with potential legal action if they continued with their plans to out the company's E3 Direct information set to take place later this morning.

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Tomorrow's Nintendo E3 2019 Direct presentation will run for around 40 minutes

Tomorrow is the big day for Nintendo and Super Smash Bros. fans alike. At 9:00 a.m. PDT / 12:00 p.m. EDT, Nintendo will begin their Direct presentation.

Masahiro Sakurai has already confirmed that a newcomer will be announced for the Fighters Pass during this segment. "As for me, I'll be continuing my work on the next DLC fighter, and more information regarding that will be shared in the Nintendo Direct for E3 2019," said Sakurai.

Needless to say, there's a lot to be excited about. Recently, Nintendo has provided confirmation about the length the presentation.

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Project Scarlett console details revealed by Microsoft in E3 2019 trailer

Near the conclusion of Microsoft's E3 2019 press conference, details about Microsoft's next console. For now, it is being referred to as "Project Scarlett."

This new console will be launching during the Holiday season of 2020. Along with it, the latest entry in the Halo series, "Halo Infinite," will also be made available as one of the console's first exclusive titles.

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Microsoft Xbox E3 press conference live stream now live

Update: Stream is now live.

Earlier:Microsoft is getting ready to kick off E3 in a big way for the console makers where they're gearing up to show 14 upcoming Xbox exclusive titles and perhaps our first taste of the next generation of video games.

The Xbox press conference is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. PDT / 4 p.m. EDT where the new game announcements and information is set to roll on for nearly two hours — including some likely fighting game news.

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What fighting game-related announcements are we likely to see at E3 2019?

E3 may have officially kicked off yesterday with EA's announcements, but today marks the true beginning for most of us interested in fighting games with Microsoft's conference coming at 1 p.m. PDT.

We already know at least one big reveal is coming soon, but let's take a look at the other upcoming and currently available fighters that may have a presence at the big event this year.

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Katsuhiro Harada appears to be understandably upset that Bandai Namco's E3 plans leaked online early

E3 2019 won't officially be starting up its big annual press conferences until tomorrow with Microsoft, but it appears as though a multitude of new games are leaking out to the public before the event.

Katsuhiro Harada is well known within the fighting game community as Tekken's long-time producer / director, but his current new-ish role as general manager of Bandai Namco's original titles has brought with it some seeming frustration. Understandably so considering the company's E3 plans have appeared online ahead of their official announcements.

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Marvel's Bill Rosemann shares which of their characters he'd like to see in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Marvel Comics and Nintendo are currently teaming up for the upcoming Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order title on Nintendo Switch. With the two entertainment giants working together, it's not a surprise that some fans are wondering if another collaboration between the two companies could take place and manifest in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Game Informer recently caught up with Marvel Games' Vice President and Creative Director Bill Rosemann to discuss Ultimate Alliance 3, his experience working with Nintendo, and more. It was there that the question of a potential Smash Bros. Ultimate crossover with Marvel was brought up.

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Marvel's Bill Rosemann on what the company is looking for when they allow other developers to build a game featuring their characters

The last decade has seen Marvel surge from a recognizable comic book brand to an absolute powerhouse of pop culture, and that means companies from all over the world of gaming are seeking partnership so as to include unmistakable figures like Spider-Man, Thor, and Iron Man in their games.

Game Informer recently conducted an interview with Vice President and Creative Director at Marvel Games, Bill Rosemann, from which we can garner some insight as to how Marvel goes about choosing partners to collaborate with.

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Justin Wong releases tier list that rates fighting games which places Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and Alpha 2 as the best Street Fighter titles

If you've been following Victrix|Justin Wong then you probably know that he's been having fun with making tier lists at TierMaker. Amusingly enough, tier lists have surfaced from him about seemingly mundane things (or maybe just awesome things) such as cartoons, Star Wars movies, fast food restaurants, desserts, Disney movies, etc.

Well, he recently came out with a list that might interest fighting games fans of all types. Specifically, Justin Wong has released a tier list that categorizes and rates fighting games.

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Professional Dragon Ball FighterZ player Nakkiel diagnosed with cancer, Panda Global running donation event to raise money for treatment

Professional Dragon Ball FighterZ player and Twitch partner Derek "PG|Nakkiel" Bruscas was recently diagnosed with cancer. He will be undergoing surgery tomorrow, and the fighting game community is banding together to help him get through the procedure.

Nakkiel's sponsor, Panda Global, is running a live streaming "train" event called "Snakk Bomb" with the goal of securing donations to help with the player's medical bills. Fellow PG teammates and other players are streaming over the course of today and tomorrow to help raise funds and awareness.

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Mortal Kombat 11 overtakes Samurai Shodown and Under Night in EVO's June rankings while Street Fighter 5 regains second position

We're only about two months away from the best weekend to be a fighting game fan, EVO 2019, and it looks as though more players have been getting around to registering to shake up their rankings quite a bit.

Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar has posted the June registration scoreboard for EVO 2019 entrants in its nine mainstage games where Mortal Kombat 11 players appear to be throwing their hat in the ring faster than ever.

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Should Daigo's Gafro controller be banned? Should Cammy be nerfed? Should people be flipping Punk the bird? The answers lie in the EventHubs Podcast

Combo Breaker 2019 both met and exceeded expectations this past weekend with a wealth of well-run and entertaining tournaments, but that didn't mean it was without its drama.

CYG|Daigo Umehara was planning on bringing his new fighting game controller (Yusuke "Gafro" Hoshino's "Gafrobox") to the event, but the fact that it allows for some interesting gameplay shortcuts led to some intense community discussion before it was ultimately barred from tournament play.

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Punk says heckler overstepped bounds during Street Fighter 5 top eight at Combo Breaker, Capcom's Michael Martin responds

With three Capcom Pro Tour 2019 Premier event victories and more than double the points of second place Rohto|Tokido, Victor "REC|Punk" Woodley is far and away the strongest Street Fighter 5 player in the world right now. His most recent win over the weekend at Combo Breaker, however, came with a bit of drama thanks to an unruly fan.

While tearing through the Street Fighter 5 top eight bracket on Sunday, Punk was heckled by an audience member who made a habit of flipping off the current CPT leader from his nearby place in the crowd.

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