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Every big fighting game announcement we expect to see at Evo 2022 this weekend

The time has almost arrived. After 2 years away and coming back under new management, Evo 2022 is just a few days away where there's sure to be big matches and news galore.

Considering the event is essentially the Super Bowl of fighting games, Evo has become a place for developers to drop big announcements alongside the tournament action, so we're here to go over all of the big reveals we're expecting to see this weekend.

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SNK's Mega Man Battle & Fighters is now available for the first time outside of Japan

Did you know that SNK actually developed a Mega Man title back in 2000? Well now you do.

The makers of Fatal Fury and King of Fighters just released Mega Man Battle & Fighters for the Nintendo Switch today, and it's the first time this double-pack game has been made officially available outside of Japan.

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Street Fighter's Juri and Sakura are here to beat up goons in these cool Sifu mods

Sifu's great action draws a lot of inspiration from classic beat 'em ups and fighting games, so it seems fitting to have some world warriors join in to beat up some goons.

Freemanczh has been busy this Summer creating a handful of Street Fighter mods for Sifu including a few excellent ones for Juri and Sakura.

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Unboxing the new Secret Lair x Street Fighter Magic: The Gathering cards

Wizards of the Coast (WOTC) has started shipping their limited edition Secret Lair x Street Fighter Magic: The Gathering (MTG) cards to the folks that were lucky enough to pre-order them earlier this year, and I was among those fortunate few who did so. Today we've got a couple of unboxings to share with you that will give you a closer look at what all you'll get with both of the special sets that were released by WOTC.

These limited edition collectibles feature the classic World Warriors depicted with unique artwork over some of MTG's classic cards. They come in a non-foil version and a traditional foil version, so be sure to continue on for unboxings of both!

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Exclusive fighting game announcements and more to be shown at the PlayStation Tournaments: Evo Lounge this weekend

The longstanding tradition at Evo is that the big fighting game announcements would be saved for finals day, but that appears to be changing.

Sony announced today they will be hosting the PlayStation Tournaments: Evo Lounge at Evo 2022 this weekend where they promise exclusive announcements, coverage and more.

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Sometimes the fighting game CPU just trolls you in the funniest way possible

It's fairly common knowledge that the CPU opponents in older fighting games straight up cheat. With many of these titles starting as arcade games, the idea was to have the AI fighters in arcade modes shake as many quarters out of customers as they reasonably could, which meant doing things like reading the player's inputs and performing the perfect counter in response.

Sometimes, though, the CPU just wants to troll you. A Tekken 5 clip shared by MasoodTekken shows a story mode fight between Kazuya and Mokujin where the latter just keeps rollin' and rollin' away from the former in a high speed chase. Cue the Benny Hill music...

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Juri's pool tube looks a bit dangerous and Chun-Li's new design is absolutely striking in Olive's vibrant Street Fighter artwork

One of the cool things about Street Fighter's large family of characters is that they all look good in pretty much any art style, even if they're far away from anything Capcom has ever used in the games.

Japanese artist Olive enjoys putting their own colorful twist on the world warriors, and they also really, really like Juri.

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Calssara cosplaying as Tekken's Lili and Smash Ultimate's Byleth demonstrates some serious leg action in expertly made costumes

Calssara is a particularly talented cosplayer best known for being the winner of the World Cosplay Championship 2021. Back then, she pulled off a stunning cosplay of Jessie Rasberry from Final Fantasy 7 Remake.

We were curious on whether or not Calssara has pulled off any cosplay for any fighting game characters, and we were not disappointed when we checked her Instagram page. For today, we'd like to highlight Calssara's depictions of Lili from Tekken, and female Byleth from Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Tekken and King of Fighters 15 Producers discuss Evo predictions, the Saudi purchase of SNK, and even ghost stories over some drinks

Due to the nature of the business, it's hard to know what sort of people your favorite video game developers truly are off the clock, but sit them down with a few drinks and you'll hear a lot more than you would at any interview.

The new episode of Harada's Bar brought on King of Fighters 15 Producer Yasuyuki Oda and Tekken player / commentator Genya to discuss a handful of fascinating topics including Evo predictions, how KOF got popular in China through bootlegs, the recent Saudi Arabian purchase of SNK, why Geese Howard and Akuma were picked for Tekken 7 and even some personal ghost stories.

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First look at X-Men '97 shown during the Marvel Animation panel at the San Diego Comic Con

X-Men: The Animated Series ended things off on a bit of a damper note considering how Professor Xavier, the leader of the X-Men, was forced to leave Earth for the Shi'ar Empire in lieu of death. It's been nearly 25 years since the final episode of the series, Graduation Day, aired.

Some time ago, however, it was revealed that the series would be revived in Fall 2023 as X-Men '97. Thanks to photos and details captured by Comicbook, we now have a first look at X-Men '97.

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Street Fighter 5 champion gets fresh haircut with Evo logo shaved into it to prepare for the big tournament

Numerous competitors around the world are currently preparing for the big show that is Evo 2022, which is taking place in just a couple weeks' time. Players are sharing clips online of their latest matches and strategies, and with the event being played primarily on PlayStation 4 consoles, some are even moving away from their PCs for the time being to refamiliarize themselves with the hardware.

No one is preparing for Evo quite like Bandits|MenaRD, though, who is carrying his excitement on his persons for the world to see. The Capcom Cup 2017 Street Fighter 5 champion shared a photo on Twitter last night showing his fresh haircut, and this do happens to feature the Evo logo shaved into the side of his head.

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Desk's latest combo video focuses on punishing long extended pokes in ways you have definitely never seen before

Whiff punishing is a key part of competitive fighting games and will likely always remain as such. When a player sticks out a normal attack, not only are they on the offensive, but they are actually vulnerable to being hit with a counter attack (hitting the poke) if their opponent stands just outside of its range.

While it's much harder to do, characters with long, stretchy limbs (like Dhalsim) are also susceptible to being whiff punished, but players have to be more creative when doing so due to the long distance. In Desk's new video, the combo wizard shows just how creative you can be by creating punishes, combos, and situations that we (and likely you) have never seen before.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection gets August 30 release date

Back in March we learned that Konami would be releasing a large collection of classic, retro Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games sometime this year. This differs from the epic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge beat 'em up that is already out and is actually an all new title inspired by these classic games โ€” and it happens to be jam packed with fighting game references too.

Why we care about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Cowabunga Collection, aside from the fact that we're fans of those old games, is because this collection will actually feature the three different versions of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters. Today, Konami revealed the release date of The Cowabunga Collection with a new trailer.

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Save 35% on The King of Fighters 15 and more hot fighting game deals in the PlayStation Summer Sale

I think it's safe to say that the Summer is really heating up right now, so it's kinda the perfect time to stay inside with some cheaper video games.

Sony has now launched its PlayStation Summer Sale, which includes a bunch of nice discounts to big fighting games and their DLC.

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Does Fariko_Cosplay pull it off better with Cammy White's leotard or Zatanna Zatara's fishnet tights? It's a difficult choice...

We've recently caught glimpses of some of Fariko_Cosplay's costumes over on Instagram. Needless to say, she's been portraying a few of our favorite fighting game characters beautifully.

In quite a few shots, she's seen cosplaying as Cammy White from the Street Fighter series, as well as DC Comics' Zatanna Zatara. Although Zatanna isn't a character that made her debut appearance in a fighting game like Cammy, Zatanna did notably appear as a DLC fighter in NetherRealm Studios' Injustice: Gods Among Us.

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Is it AGflower's Darkstalkers or Mortal Kombat cosplay that's the sexiest? It might actually be the Tekken

It is always a treat to see some of the very talented cosplayers around the world diving into a space we know and love dearly โ€” fighting games. Some of these artists will have a popular character from Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat among a sea of general video game cosplays, but even better are those who really grab the bull by the horns and have multiple fighting game characters across multiple series in their portfolio.

Russian cosplayer AGflower is one such talent with a great understanding of the competitive games we hold close to our hearts. Not only do we have several Mortal Kombat fighters here to see, but flower also brings to life characters from Darkstalkers and Tekken โ€” and we just cannot decide which is the best.

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Why fighting games' double KO policies are more important than you'd think

Though a fairly rare occurrence, fighting game rounds do end in draws from time to time. When this does happen the shock and slightly slower processing of "what exactly happens next?" can really put both players and audiences on edges of seats, but it can also be a buzzkill.

In his latest video FGC content creator Theory Fighter takes a closer look at double knock outs, noting the various approaches games have taken to them in the past and articulating the ways they can either enhance or detract from the overall experience.

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