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Why do we find it so cool to hate on Street Fighter 5? Plus EVO's 'core values' incident, Bayonetta X Mortal Kombat and more

There have been no shortage of intriguing topics in fighting game news this week, and we're rip roaring down the list in our latest episode of the EventHubs Podcast.

Our main topic deals with the seemingly odd, but ever so common stance of hate toward Street Fighter 5 from players who continue to play it on the regular.

We'd be remiss if we didn't bring up Team Ninja's presentation at EVO Japan this last weekend, which was cut short after a good 20 minutes or so of Dead or Alive 6 showcasing with a rather lewd approach.

Mr. Wizard's follow up on social media was met with laughter by the community, and we're pretty sure we won't be seeing DOA6 at EVO this year.

That brings us to the upcoming EVO 2019 line up reveal that will be taking place next Tuesday. With as many fighting game titles as are on the market right now, it might be harder than ever to pick just seven or eight for the main stage.

We talk about which games are likely in and out and why, and also get to commentary on SF5 characters used at EVO Japan, the prospect of Bayonetta in Mortal Kombat 11 and more.

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An outpouring of respect, love and emotions: The Super Smash Bros and fighting game communities react to Reggie Fils-Aime's retirement from Nintendo

Reggie Fils-Aime has served as the Western face of Nintendo for well over a decade, and through a handful of console generations, as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Nintendo of America. He'd appear during the company's E3 presentations and Directs with a certain charisma around him along with some awkward jokes, and we also got to know him through his direct outreach to the gaming communities.

Earlier today, Fils-Aime announced that he will be retiring from his position at Nintendo in April after 15 years on the job and will fittingly be replaced by his mentee, Doug Bowser.

The news surprised the gaming sphere as a whole, and now players, tournament organizers and even hardware manufacturers are coming out to express their gratitude and personal memories with Reggie.

Nintendo hasn't always had the best relationship with the competitive Super Smash Bros. scene, especially after attempting to shut down Melee's stream at EVO 2013, but they have made strives to rebuild those bridges with many Smash greats coming out in support of Fils-Aime including Tempo|ZeRo, TSM|Leffen, NRG|Nairo and PG|ESAM.

Liquid|Hungrybox also came out to thank Reggie and said he'll take the president up on his offer by applying to Nintendo of America the day he retires from professional gaming.

Bear offered up a more humorous take on Reggie's departure joking that he's leaving to practice Smash Ultimate to 'kick everyone's asses' as he promised after the Smash 4 invitational. Below you can check out everyone's emotional reactions and thank you's to Fils-Aime from the community including LU|Alex Valle, MarkMan, D1, Hit Box, Rise|MenaRD, and EventHubs' own DreamKing.

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Reggie Fils-Aime retiring as Nintendo of America's president, Doug Bowser named as replacement

It has been announced that Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America's president and chief operating officer, is retiring. His last day will be April 15, 2019.

For 15 years, Fils-Aime worked for Nintendo. In just two years, he became Nintendo of America's president and COO for the remaining 13 years.

"Nintendo owns a part of my heart forever,” Fils-Aime said. "It's a part that is filled with gratitude — for the incredibly talented people I’ve worked with, for the opportunity to represent such a wonderful brand, and most of all, to feel like a member of the world’s most positive and enduring gamer community. As I look forward to departing in both good health and good humor, this is not 'game over' for me, but instead 'leveling up' to more time with my wife, family and friends."

In his place, Doug Bowser has been named as his replacement. Until April, Doug Bowser is Nintendo of America's Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Bowser has been working under and mentored by Fils-Aime for four years now. In his statement, he is confident in being able to continue his teacher's work.

"It has been my great fortune to work with and be mentored by Reggie for four years at Nintendo of America," said Bowser in the press release. "And rest assured, we will continue to build on his work to evolve and expand our brand, furthering Nintendo’s global mission of creating smiles. There are millions more of those to come."

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Battle Royales are the biggest trend in gaming right now with Apex Legends and Tetris 99, so what could fighting games do to get in on the action?

Taking a look at Twitch's front page right now, Apex Legends and Fortnite: Battle Royale are consistently the most popular games on the platform with hundreds of thousands of viewers watching a myriad of players trying to take out everyone on a map to prove they can adapt and perform.

To find fighting games on the streaming service, however, you usually need to scroll quite a ways down the list unless there's a big tournament or event going down even with our community's most popular content creators.

Two games have come out in recent weeks that have shaken up the battle royale landscape with the aforementioned Apex Legends seemingly dethroning Fortnite at least temporarily along with Tetris 99 — which some can argue isn't technically a battle royale game despite its presentation, goals, and meta.

Tetris 99 — which was developed by Fighting EX Layer's Arika funnily enough — has proven that the battle royale formula of dropping a bunch of strangers into one map / match and duke it out until only one player or team is left standing can apply to genres beyond shooters... so why haven't fighting games dipped their toes into these waters?

We already hold tournaments to prove who is the best player in the room or in an online lobby, and fighting games are already about adaptability and coming up with better strategies / having better execution than your opponent so what is holding them back right now from experimenting here?

I'm not saying that developers necessarily need to or should branch out into battle royales to chase the next big thing though experimentation in the field could produce some interesting results. Let's dive into some of the genre incompatibilities fighting games seem to have compared to games like Playerunkown's Battlegrounds, and what developers could to meld the fields in unique and fun ways.

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Ronda Rousey entered WWE Elimination Chamber match as Mortal Kombat 11's Sonya Blade

UFC champion turned WWE superstar Ronda Rousey is the voice of Sonya Blade in upcoming NetherRealm Studios fighting title, Mortal Kombat 11. At the WWE Elimination Chamber pay-per-view event this past weekend, Rousey paid a little tribute to the classic Mortal Kombat fighter by entering the ring dressed as Sonya.

Currently the RAW Women's Champion, Ronda took to the ring last night to defend her title against Ruby Riott. When she first appeared, fans quickly noticed that she had ditched her leather jacket for an outfit that more closely resembles Sonya's Mortal Kombat 11 model.

Decked out in a tactical vest and military-style hat, Ronda hit the walkway with her Women's Championship belt slung across her shoulder. The official WWE Twitter account shared a screenshot of Ronda as Sonya, which you can see in the gallery below.

In Sonya's official trailer, Ronda Rousey spoke about her role voicing the character. She noted that Sonya was the first "kickass girl" she looked up to and tried to emulate growing up.

Now Ronda gets the opportunity not only to voice Sonya in Mortal Kombat 11, but bring the character further to life in the ring.

For those wondering, Ronda Rousey won her RAW Women's Championship match by way of Armbar submission, retaining her belt. You can check out a quick clip of the match after the jump.

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Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono currently in hospital for polyp removal surgery

Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono in currently in the hospital. Early this morning, Ono sent out a tweet letting the community know that he will be undergoing surgery to remove a polyp.

According to the tweet, Ono will be away from work for the next two days. He apologizes for any inconvenience this might cause.

"I have an operation to remove a polyp," Ono's tweet starts. "I'm a little anxious about it. I’ll take two days work leave, [and will be] back to office in day after tomorrow to connect to my work. I’ll be not able to take communication until a day after tomorrow. I apologize for the inconvenience this may cause."

A polyp is a small, abnormal growth that is found most often in the colon and large intestine (according to WebMD). These growths can also appear in the ear canal, the sinuses, and in other areas, and are usually noncancerous.

Considering the timing of Ono's tweet and operation, this is likely the reason he was unable to attend EVO Japan 2019 this past weekend. Ono did not say so specifically, but it seems likely that the "various circumstances" he referred to in his initial tweet about his EVO Japan absence was alluding to the surgery.

Several prominent fighting game community members and fans everywhere jumped into the comments of Ono's tweet today to share their well wishes. We here at EventHubs send our best to Ono-san and hope he'll see a speedy recovery.

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Photo credit — Ono on Twitter. Thanks to SnakeX and Bushinryu025 for sending this in.

Tired of dropping combos? Justin Wong offers two practical ways to sharpen up your fighting game execution

The road to consistent execution can be both arduous and demoralizing, but it's one you'll need to brave if you want to stand a chance in most any fighting game.

The process is something like: you can't perform the combo at all, then you can do it in Training Mode but not against a moving computer, then you can do it against the AI but not in a casual match, then you can do it in a casual match but not in tournament, soon tournament becomes routine but you can't do it on stream, but if you forge through all this, you'll eventually have mastered what you're trying to do.

VP|Justin Wong is no stranger to this concept, and has produced a quick video wherein he offers some advice in the way of building your abilities to consistently hit your combos no matter what the situation.

Justin breaks things down in two distinct ways, the first of which deals directly with getting your fingers and brain on the same wavelength so that you can do your combo at all.

From there the professional fighting game player explains a secondary series of exercises that will get you well on your way through the aforementioned process of execution sharpening.

Give the video a watch below and let us know if you have any tips or tricks (such as the one mentioned from the legendary Gootecks) that have helped you level up your combo consistency.

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Voice actor for Ken Masters and Devil May Cry's Dante uninjured but nearly killed in car robbery attempt

So first off, please note that Reuben Langdon is completely uninjured from this incident. He came very close to being killed in a car robbery attempt.

A video was posted on Steve Copeland's Facebook that had the two reviewing the damage done to their vehicle. From what they are able to discern, they were shot at six times during the incident while filming a documentary in Guatemala — a country with one of the highest murder rates in the world.

Notably, the chair that Langdon was sitting in has a bullet hole in it. During the intense situation, Langdon thought he had been shot in the back but ended up being very lucky.

The two also mentioned that a gun might've been pointed directly at Langdon's head at one point. Somehow, they managed to escape the shooting without any injuries.

Reuben Langdon is the voice actor for Dante in Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening, Devil May Cry 4, Devil May Cry 5, and Ken Masters in Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter 5, and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He has also done motion capture work for Chris Redfield in Resident Evil Code: Veronica, Resident Evil 5 and Resident Evil 6.

"The message we’re bringing forward is both ancient and from the future" wrote Steve Copeland in a Facebook post. "Now is the time when we come together as one human family to restore our shared home, regenerate and see peace materialize on earth. Some people don’t want this [to] happen, but it’s predestined and will happen regardless of their attempts to keep it from happening."

It seems Langdon had a bit of a sense of humor about the situation as he declares that he was "glad" that he "had [his] bulletproof coffee this morning."

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EVO Japan 2019 stream cuts feed after lewd display during Dead or Alive 6 presentation, staff apologizes

During the EVO Japan 2019 live stream earlier this morning, a stage presentation for Dead or Alive 6 was interrupted after a lewd scene in-game was broadcast resulting in the live feed being cut by the tournament's organizers.

Koei Tecmo's upcoming 3D fighting title saw a demonstration at EVO Japan that aimed to give fans a glimpse at the product and gameplay ahead of its March 1st release date. With Dead or Alive 6 producer Yohei Shimbori on stage, as well as two female hosts, the show was cut short when the game's camera feature was used to display a moment that was overtly sexual in nature.

A couple of minutes after the incident aired on EVO Japan's main English broadcast, the stream went down. The EVO staff apologized for the events that transpired on social media, as well as on the tournament stream when it returned.

"The DOA ad that aired on our stream does not reflect the core values of EVO or the FGC," wrote EVO tournament organizer Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar in a since deleted tweet. "We ended the stream temporarily to protect the integrity of the brand. We sincerely apologize to our fans."

EVO's Head of Business Development, Mark "MarkMan" Julio, also took to the stream to apologize for what took place on the EVO Japan broadcast. "I just want to get on stream and apologize on behalf of Triple Perfect and EVO Championship Series," Julio started.

"The stuff that was on stream just recently from one of our partners that were showcasing their recent title that is going to be coming out does not reflect the content and intention of EVO. So we do apologize if we offended anyone during the broadcast," he concluded.

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These Street Fighter 5 Valentine's Day cards will surely show that special someone how much you care

If you're looking to show that special someone just how much you care this Valentine's Day, nothing says "I love you" quite like a little Street Fighter 5!

After taking a look around for some fresh fighting game-related Valentine's Day cards to share with you today, we thought it might be fun to change things up this year and create our very own.

Take some time in between your Street Fighter 5 sets with your significant other to send them a sweet "Let's play footsies!" card featuring the first female of fighting games, Chun-Li!

If you're looking for something with a bit more oomph, look no further than Urien's standing heavy punch. It is guaranteed to let them know how big of a crush you've got on them.

But if eloquent speech isn't your forte, perhaps Abigail's simple "Vroom! Vroooom!" expression of love might be your best bet. However, sending anyone Blanka's "infinite love" card will surely be a home run — especially if they've been hit by the infinite before...

Anyway, happy Valentine's Day, everyone! Have fun with these silly Street Fighter 5 cards, and tell us what your Street Fighter 5 Valentine's Day card would say in the comments below.

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Nintendo Direct now live

Update: The Nintendo Direct is now live.

Earlier: Just yesterday, we learned that Nintendo will be hosting one of their classic Directs today. This will take place at 2:00 p.m. PST / 5:00 p.m. EST on YouTube and Twitch.

The program is said to last roughly 35 minutes. We know for a fact that we'll be receiving information about the upcoming Fire Emblem: Three Houses title for the Nintendo Switch.

Of course, some of us are hoping to see some new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate announcements during the Nintendo Direct. There are predictions out there that suggest we might see Joker's gameplay for the first time.

Players already have access to the Piranha Plant who served as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's first post-launch character. Rumors and speculation suggest that Square Enix will be receiving another representative to fight alongside (or against) Cloud Strife.

Even outside of the Piranha Plant and Joker, we know that there will be at least four additional fighters scheduled to join the roster before February 2020. Each character that's present in the Fighter's Pass (does not include the Piranha Plant) will come with a character, a stage, and music.

Of course, there's a possibility we may receive news about other fighting games other than Super Smash Bros. Mortal Kombat 11 is notably coming to the Nintendo Switch on April 23, 2019.

Hit the jump below to check out the streams available to watch the Nintendo Direct with us.

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Waluigi is decimating everyone in Nintendo's Valentine's Day poll right now with a nearly 1 million-vote lead

Have you ever asked yourself "what Nintendo character would I want to be my Valentine?" No? Me neither...

But if you have, Nintendo is currently running a poll that lets you vote for which of their characters (and characters that appear on their platforms) you'd send a Valentine's Day card to. Though it's a little ridiculous, I suppose it's just a little fun before the holiday this Thursday.

Nintendo allows fans to select one of 12 different characters for their Valentine here. Mario, Peach, Luigi, Yoshi, Pikachu, Wario, Waluigi, Animal Crossing's Isabelle, Link, Zelda, Kirby, and Jibanyan from Yo-kai Watch are all on the table here.

While you might think classic Super Mario Bros. princess, Peach, or cutesy Super Smash Bros. Ultimate newcomer Isabelle would be the front-runners here, there's one character who is currently decimating the competition. That character, of course, is Waluigi.

At the time of writing this, Waluigi has a staggering 1,249,888 votes. The #2 placer is Isabelle with 321,528, giving Waluigi a lead of almost one million votes.

Waluigi's recent popularity cannot be denied as fans were crushed when he did not make it into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a playable character — he remained an Assist Trophy. Still, Nintendo is aware of the high demand as Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime addressed the matter back in November, saying that polls pushing for the character won't influence DLC choices that have already been made.

Because of Waluigi's unfortunate situation, the internet has created countless memes of the purple Luigi doppelganger, have petitioned for Waluigi to get his own element on the periodic table, and even inspired our own story of characters that should be added to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate before him. Waluigi's crazy lead in the poll is probably a result of a lot of fans doing it for the meme, which isn't surprising in this day and age.

Memes aside, who did you vote for in Nintendo's Valentine's Day poll? (Come on, I know you voted...)

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Nintendo Direct stream coming February 13 focusing on Fire Emblem: Three Houses and other Switch titles

Nintendo announced today that their next Direct stream will be coming in the very near future and is scheduled to take place on February 13 beginning at 2 p.m. PST / 5 p.m. EST.

Programming is said to last for roughly 35 minutes where we'll learn more info on Switch titles including new details for the upcoming Fire Emblem: Three Houses which is set for a 2019 release and will be the first mainline game on a home console since 2007.

We do not have information regarding the Direct's full line-up, but Super Smash Bros. Ultimate news has a good chance of showing up during the event considering where the game currently sits.

Persona 5's Joker was announced as the first DLC character as a part of Smash Ultimate's Fighters Pass over two months ago though we have yet to see any gameplay for him or even know what the masked vigilante looks like in the title.

Piranha Plant has been available in Ultimate for almost two weeks now, and we first saw its gameplay trailer revealed almost three months before the fighter was officially available. Isabelle was also announced for the title at the end of a general Direct stream though her reveal was connected to a new Animal Crossing game coming to the Switch too.

There have been rumors and rumblings of Erdrick from Dragon Quest also joining the Smash roster following Joker, but a new mainline Fire Emblem game could mean another representative for the series that already has over a half dozen featured in Ultimate. You can take a look at Nintendo's full announcement below.

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'The world has changed, but E3 hasn't necessarily changed with it' - Sony's Shawn Layden on why the company is skipping E3 2019

It was back in November of last year that we first caught wind that Sony would not be attending the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2019, which, at the time felt like a somewhat unfathomable happening.

How is it that one of the three giants of video gaming would be skipping the premier trade event for the video game industry? As Bob Dylan once said, "The times they are a-changin'" and Sony feels that E3 just isn't keeping up with those changin' times... at least, not in a way that suits Sony's purposes.

Shawn Layden is the head of the company's 13 development studios, and recently sat down with C|Net to further articulate the motivation behind the major decision to not appear at E3 this coming June.

According to Layden, the reason the company is bowing out of the world's most notable video game trade show is twofold, and revolves around both retailers and journalists.

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Capcom has an insane amount of their best video game music on Spotify right now — soundtracks for Street Fighter, Mega Man, and more

Capcom has some of the most iconic music in video games among their library. From classic 8-bit Mega Man tunes to widely recognized tracks like Street Fighter 2 Guile's theme, the company has had some truly fantastic music featured in many of their games.

Earlier today, Twitter user _watsu pointed out that there is an absolute ton of great Capcom songs on Spotify right now courtesy of Capcom Sound Team. Apparently, these tracks were available in the past, were taken down for a while, but now are back for your listening pleasure.

What we have here is close to a "you name it, they got it" situation, as there has to be over 1,000 songs here, easy. Included are original soundtracks for several main entries in the Street Fighter series, a slew of Mega Man games, Monster Hunter, Okami, Ace Attorney, Devil May Cry, and more.

On top of the OSTs, you'll also find numerous arrangement albums and remixes. There's so much to listen to hear, it's going to take you ages to get through it all — if that's what you plan on doing.

Unfortunately, there are some large omissions such as music from the Versus series. I was really hoping to rock some Marvel vs. Capcom 2 jams here, but what is included is definitely no slouch on its own.

Just a bit of warning, a lot of the track and album names are written in Japanese, so it might take some time to navigate. However, each album comes with a picture that will let you know exactly what game you're checking out.

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Professional Tekken player Kazuaki 'BKC' Tsukagoshi has passed away

It is with heavy hearts that we report the loss of professional Tekken player Kazuaki "BKC" Tsukagoshi who passed away over the weekend.

The Namco Sugamo arcade — an establishment where BKC was employed — shared the unfortunate news yesterday morning on their Twitter account. They released a series of statements, and translated versions of them can be found here courtesy of StealthGaijin on Twitter.

According to their report, Tsukagoshi was discovered deceased by his family on the morning of February 9th, 2019, after he did not come down for breakfast. He intended to compete at the Strong Style Japan tournament that took place in in Tokyo, Japan this past weekend, as he had told his family about it the day before his passing.

BKC was a sponsored Tekken player, representing Walker Gaming. He was most well-known for playing Bryan Fury, and in recent times competed in Tekken 7 at major events such as EVO 2018 (tied for 49th) and Strong Style 6 (tied for 5th).

Numerous members of the fighting game community took to social media to share their condolences for BKC, including Walker Gaming and the official Tekken Twitter page.

Losing a member of our FGC family is never easy. Our thoughts go out to BKC, his family, and friends.

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Lunar New Year Steam sale is discounting fighting games like Street Fighter 5, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Soul Calibur 6, and more until February 11th

Steam appears to be hosting a "Lunar New Year Sale" that is discounting many titles — fighting games included. Keep in mind that this sale will be ongoing until February 11th.

Street Fighter 5 and Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition can be purchased for $7.99 and $19.99 respectively. Although you can update Street Fighter 5 to Arcade Edition for free, the more expensive version comes with the first and second season passes valued at $4.99 and $13.39 during this sale. Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition Deluxe also comes with the third season pass for $39.48.

Dragon Ball FighterZ, the FighterZ Edition, and Ultimate Edition can be acquired for $23.99, $37.99, and $43.98. Remember that Jiren and Videl will later be joined by Dragon Ball Super Broly, Super Saiyan Blue Gogeta, and two other unknown fighters in the second season.

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Basic Edition or the Deluxe Edition can be added to your library for $37.49 or $52.49 respectively.

The Lunar sale also mentions that by spending $30 or more on qualifying purchases will give you an additional $5 discount. "During Steam’s Lunar New Year Sale, qualifying purchases over $30.00 will receive an automatic discount of $5.00."

Just remember to take advantage of this before February 11th at 10:00 a.m. PST / 1:00 p.m. EST

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