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Stock up on great fighting game deals in Steam's Winter and PlayStation's Holiday Sales

It's that time of year again for holiday cheer and gift giving, and what better gift could you ask for than a nice new fighting game beatdown?

The Steam Winter Sale and PlayStation Holiday Sale are here to provide some great deals on fighters and beyond to stuff your own digital stockings or guilt your friends into playing with you for buying for them.

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Steam Autumn Sale includes Guilty Gear Strive, Tekken 7 complete for $38 and dozens of great fighting game deals

Black Friday itself may be technically over now, but that doesn't mean the sales have ended โ€” especially if you play games on PC.

The Steam Autumn Sale is currently slashing prices left and right, including great deals on Guilty Gear Strive, Tekken 7, Street Fighter 5, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Samurai Shodown, Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid, Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl and just about every other fighting game you can think of.

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PlayStation and Xbox Black Friday sales include Guilty Gear Strive, Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl and more great fighting game discounts

Every year it feels like the Black Friday sales are starting earlier and earlier, and some places are even starting a week in advance now.

PlayStation and Xbox's digital Black Friday deals are now live and include discounts on some of the biggest fighting games of the year and past generation.

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Fan whips up mockup for a Mortal Kombat vs. Killer Instinct character select screen

Considering the grittiness of both the Mortal Kombat and Killer Instinct series, it's actually somewhat surprising how there hasn't been a crossover fighting game yet. Of course, a game like this would probably have to be exclusive to Xbox consoles and the PC considering how Microsoft owns the rights to the Killer Instinct franchise.

We can all still dream about this becoming a reality though, right? One fan (MrGameNLift) recently took the time to create a mockup of a character select screen for a hypothetical Mortal Kombat vs. Killer Instinct title.

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Modern fighting games ranked by execution difficulty from Kizzie Kay, Justin Wong and Kitana Prime

The debate surrounding execution and its difficulty level continues to be a highly contested issue in the fighting game community, but what does that really look like when comparing titles side by side?

Panda recently brought together three of their best fighting game players from different sides of the FGC in PG|Justin Wong, PG|Kizzie Kay and PG|Kitana Prime to rank modern titles based on their execution alone.

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3 Nintendo 64 fighting games that should be in the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack and 3 that shouldn't

Nintendo officially launched their upgraded online service for the Nintendo Switch yesterday and along with a questionably high price tag, those who signed up for the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack were given access to nine Nintendo 64 games that they can now play on the console/handheld hybrid.

While you can jump in and play major titles such as The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Super Mario 64, there currently aren't any fighting games included on the list. Nintendo will inevitably add more games to this roster, and when they do, here are three fighting games that they should consider adding to the service (and three that they shouldn't).

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Rumor: New Killer Instinct entry reportedly in the works at Microsoft

The Killer Instinct community continues to be one of the most vocal in the FGC for their desire to see another entry in the series, and they could be getting their wish fulfilled sometime in the near-ish future.

A new rumor is reporting that a brand new Killer Instinct title is currently in active development over at Microsoft.

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Steam's Summer Sale offers some of the steepest fighting game discounts we've ever seen

Summer is here once again, and while that means a lot of the people will be hitting the beach for some fun in the sun, all of us here know that it means some of the best video game deals are on the way.

The largest of which being Steam's Summer Sale is now live and features some of the steepest discounts for fighting games we've ever seen โ€” including more recent releases like Dragon Ball FighterZ's FighterZ Pass 3.

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Xbox's Phil Spencer wants to continue with Killer Instinct, says the right development team and opportunity have to come along

Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, recently sat down for a chat with the folks over at the Dropped Frames podcast to talk all things Xbox. While there's quite a bit to go through here for general gaming fans, us fighting gamers will be particularly interested in one part of the interview that delves into the future of a certain beloved fighting game franchise.

At one point during the talk, itmeJP stops and notes that a mob had formed in the chat and wanted Spencer to discuss the topic of what's next for KI. Spencer laughed and shared some insight into what exactly is going on with the series following the success of the game's recent revival.

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Xbox and Bethesda Games live E3 presentation stream now live

Microsoft and Bethesda Games will be hosting a joint E3 2021 presentation at 10:00 a.m. PT / 1:00 p.m. ET today. The entire presentation is scheduled to last for a whopping 90 minutes.

This event will provide us with the opportunity to hear about the games that are coming to the Xbox One and the Xbox Series X.

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The winner of Ed Boon's poll asking which fighting game needs a comeback the most will probably surprise you

Update: Ed Boon's poll asking which fighting game franchise is in need of a comeback has ended with over 130,000 votes cast and one series taking up almost 50 percent of the responses โ€” though it may not be the one you'd expect. Original story and poll results follow.

Co-creator of the Mortal Kombat series, Ed Boon, took to Twitter this morning to prompt fans with a very interesting question. The NetherRealm Studios director is currently asking his fans (at the time of writing this) what fighting game needs a comeback the most.

At this point in time, Boon has generated a poll giving fans four different options to choose from. Each of these games tends to be a major fan favorite, making the choice a tough one.

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Lockout results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend we'll be getting to enjoy an online event by the name of Lockout, hosted by Sajam.

Notable players participating include WheelsFGC, Nicky, Bass, LetalisVenator, HW|Daa Chronicle, SD117|SonicDolphin117, Lord Kalypso, UYU|Aphex, NotAlexV, KzN|D3ADLYKANSAS and Element.

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Killer Instinct Lives results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

After the massive success of UMvC3 Lives back in November, Twitch Rivals is back again this week with a joint effort together with Maximilian once more, this time for a different yet equally beloved title.

Players set to participate in the event are Bass, Nicky, Sleep, Letalis Venator, ValorAxe, Waterhorses, ThrashHeavy, GutterMagic, Wheels, Raven is Raw, Swordsman09, Kalypso, Hi Im Keith, Fiyah Liger, DaaChronicle, Tuboware, UltraDavid, Carnitas, Aphex, Element921, Crazy Skate Nate, CharbokFGC, Chereez, DevilMayCare, Freeky Jason, Frost Wolf, Hologram, Quake Viking, Samuel D, SonicDolphin117, VenomBuster and Venenofgc.

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What's going to be the first true large-scale next gen fighting game on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X?

The next generation of gaming consoles have technically been available for over two months now, even though no one can find a PlayStation5 or Xbox Series X, which means the next age of fighting games will soon be upon us.

Problem is, it doesn't look like there have been any big next gen-only fighters announced yet, but we can probably figure out who the most likely candidates for the first step into the new frontier are.

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Human Fulgore, Sabrewulf in a baseball cap and a wizard? - Killer Instinct's character designer showcases the 1st game's early and unused fighters

Killer Instinct marked a massive shift in tone for Rare back in the early '90s from their more cartoony visuals that would put them on a map with its violent androids and twin-headed monsters, but how did they come up with those in the first place?

Well, former Rare character designer and artist Kevin Bayliss recently opened the floodgates on that by pulling out a bunch of old Killer Instinct concept art for the fighters that he breaks down and gives the history of in a new video.

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Microsoft announces big hike in Xbox Live Gold prices before quickly reversing course following internet backlash

Microsoft essentially set the stage for paying to play console games online in the Xbox 360 generation, and the company was eyeing a move to increase that toll much higher than ever before.

The massive corporation announced yesterday that Xbox Live Gold memberships would be doubling in price for a year's worth of time, but that decision didn't even last a day.

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Darkstalkers, Final Fight, several versions of Street Fighter 2, and Killer Instinct featured in newly revealed Arcade1Up cabinets

Arcade1Up announced seven new arcade cabinets this week that are being added to their already strong library of at-home machines. Among the bunch are two arcades that fighting game fans will undoubtedly be excited about.

The company unveiled their upcoming Killer Instinct and Capcom Legacy Edition arcade cabinets that are set to bring several top notch fighting games into your household. Between these two new products, fans can look forward to getting their hands on Darkstalkers, Final Fight, five different versions of Street Fighter 2, and Killer Instinct.

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