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EVO Japan 2019 main game line up revealed, Dragon Ball FighterZ and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate not on the list

The main EVO Japan 2019 line up of games was announced early this morning over on the official EVO Twitter page. Several major fighting games that you'd expect on the event's card made the cut, but there were two big omissions that might leave fans scratching their heads.

Tekken 7, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Soul Calibur 6, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, King of Fighters 14, and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 make up the EVO Japan 2019 main games line up. As you probably noticed, massively popular titles Dragon Ball FighterZ and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate are missing from the list.

Both games took the fighting game community by storm when initially released (and we're still in the midst of that craze with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate). Not having tournaments for either game this coming year is certainly peculiar.

Dragon Ball FighterZ was not a part of the line up at EVO Japan this past year as its release date fell a bit to close to the weekend of the tournament. With DBFZ being one of the most highly renowned fighting games of the year and so popular in the FGC, fans definitely expected it to be a part of the big show early next year.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's absence is also strange considering the game's predecessor, Super Smash Bros. 4, being a part of the main games at EVO Japan 2018. The release date of Smash Bros. Ultimate is far enough out from the event that unfamiliarity is likely not an issue, and in Dragon Ball FighterZ and Smash Ultimate's case there may be some licensing hurdles the EVO team could not overcome being that the event is overseas — though that is merely early speculation.

For comparison's sake, EVO Japan 2018's line up was as follows: Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. 4, BlazeBlue: Central Fiction, King of Fighters 14, and ARMS.

EVO Japan 2019 is taking place on February 15 - 17 in Fukuoka Kokusai Center.

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The new Samurai Shodown is reportedly aiming for a Mature rating; Charlotte shown off during closed demonstration plus King of Fighters 15 details

Samurai Shodown was shown off earlier this year as SNK's first mainline return to the franchise in a decade, and now we know a little more about what to expect when the game releases next year.

The 2D fighting game will reportedly be aiming for an 18+ or Mature rating due to the level of blood and violence that is planned to be in the title including an "amputation effect" to finish off opponents by removing some of their limbs.

This information allegedly came from a closed door presentation in South Korea where SNK also revealed The King of Fighters 15 is in development according to Game Focus and translated by Gatoray.

Charlotte, the French noble who was first introduced in the original Samurai Shodown title, was also reportedly confirmed and / or shown off during the presentation by the developers though they have yet to announce any details publicly.

The King of Fighters 15, which was only shown as a title said to release in 2020 at the press conference, will use the Unreal Engine unlike King of Fighters 14 and other recent SNK fighters have been built on.

This new Samurai Shodown title is scheduled to release during the second quarter of 2019 on the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PC. You can check out Gatoray's Tweet about the information at the presentation below


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SNK reveals The King of Fighters 15; Samurai Shodown coming to Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PC

SNK returned back to their fighting game roots with The King of Fighters 14 back in 2016 and have since gone on to release SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy plus announce a new Samurai Shodown title. Now we know what the developer's next fighter on the horizon is.

The King of Fighters 15 was revealed during an IPO press conference in Seoul, South Korea by SNK, and it is currently slated to release at some point in 2020.

No artwork or visuals were reportedly shown during the presentation aside from the title and a 'coming soon' placeholder, but we now have confirmation that a new game in the fighter series is currently in development along with their other title coming next year.

Samurai Shodown also received an update during the press conference where it was announced that the title will now be coming to the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PC along with the originally revealed PlayStation 4 release.

An updated release window was reportedly touted as well during the event which showed a graphic stating that the new Samurai Shodown title is scheduled to release during the second quarter of 2019.

This is not an official, public announcement by SNK, however, so some of these listings may not be entirely accurate since King of Fighters 14 is also listed for Xbox and Nintendo systems despite only being on PS4, Steam and in arcades currently — or we could be seeing some new ports of the fighting game coming soon.

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Rugal, Geese, Mai... these King of Fighters characters as drawn by Yawaharan are drop dead gorgeous

We've rounded up a handful of brilliant drawings by Japanese artist Yawaharan for your viewing pleasure.

The vast majority of Yawaharan's work involves King of Fighters characters, though there are a few combatants from other IPs such as Street Fighter and Darkstalkers.

The art here ranges from less scratchier doodles to more detailed pieces with vibrant coloring. Both approaches have their strong points as it quickly becomes apparent that Yaw has a lot to offer here.

I think my personal favorite of the bunch is the Chun-Li, though I'm always down for some Rugal art and Mai leaves viewers breathless for some obvious reasons.

Let us know which of these you liked the most, and be sure to check out the plethora of additional work over at Yawaharan's Twitter page (linked above).

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King of Fighters 14 is receiving a balance patch next month

SNK has announced that a new update is coming to King of Fighters 14 next month. The patch is set to add balance changes to the game.

Specifics of what this balance patch will include have not been provided, but what we do know is that it is expected to drop at the end of December, according to SNK.

"KOF XIV will have another update at the end of December, 2018! This version will focus on balance changes," SNK wrote on Twitter.

In addition to the balance update for King of Fighters 14, SNK announced that their SNK e-Sports Support Program will be branching off into online tournaments. This program sets out to help SNK games tournament organizers by providing advertising support and prizes.

Tournament organizers can apply to have their event supported by SNK via the program's information page. There are certain criteria that an event must reach in order to be eligible, such as having at least 20 entrants, and the cutoff date for the tournaments is July 31st, 2019.

What would you like to see from King of Fighters 14's next balance patch? Let us know in the comments.

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Miss X now available in SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy

Miss X is now available as a DLC fighter for SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy on the Nintendo Switch and the PlayStation 4. Notably, this character was the host of Queen of Fighters tournament in SNK Gals' Fighters.

"She" is essentially Iori in a sailor's outfit and ninja mask. Funnily enough, Iori's disguise fails to fool anyone.

In SNK Heronies Tag Team Frenzy, she gets a cross dressing and gender bender version. This is somewhat similar to Terry Bogard's gender bender version also present in the game.

Her fighting style should come across as familiar to Iori fans.

In any event, Miss X seems unhappy with her current predicament. This is similar to basically every other character in the game due to Kukri's involvement.

Miss X joins Square Enix's Thief Arthur and Arika's Skullomania as the next DLC fighter. Who will be the next character?

Hit the jump to check out her release trailer.

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Canada Cup 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The big one is finally upon us. One of the most noteworthy and hype-filled events in the entire FGC is taking place this weekend.

Yes, that's right, it's time yet again for Canada Cup to occur, this time in its 2018 edition.

This is a massive event by all counts, and it's one of the last Capcom Pro Tour Premier events as well as the last Tekken World Tour event, though it's a Challenger event for that game. It's also a NeoGeo World Tour event for the King of Fighters titles present and features the Tournament of Legends for Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo. Also, let's not forget the massive international 5v5 tournament we see each year for the main Street Fighter game.

Besides Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and Tekken 7, you can also look forward to tournament play in Super Smash Bros. 4, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Soul Calibur 6, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Sailor Moon S, Pokkén Tournament DX, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, King of Fighters 14, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Injustice 2 and King of Fighters '98: The Slugfest.

Players attending include FOX|SonicFox, FOX|Tokido, Liquid|Hungrybox, FD|Fujimura, Ghost|NuckleDu, CYG|Daigo, TSM|Leffen, FOX|Justin Wong, CYG|Fuudo, GGP|Kazunoko, Liquid|Nemo, Mouz|Problem X, CO|Dogura, Gachikun, DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, NVD|Phenom, NRG|HookGangGod, CYG|Chris Tatarian, FAV|Sako, Yamasa|Nobi, Ponos|Moke, CYG|GamerBee, EQNX|JoeyFury, FOX|Momochi, ALG|n0ne, EQNX|Dimeback, LostSoul, EMG|Mistake, BC|Mr. R, AB|StormKubo, Yamasa|Take, UYU|Fergus, ESE|Duck, 1UP|PepperySplash, PG|Speedkicks, FNATIC|Akainu, ESE|ANTi, Ally, NRG|Supernoon, Fiction, Shadow20z, AE|Pekos, W2W|Bladewise, Teemo, ESE|RunItBlack, EMG|Moky, Binchang, MnT|Trungy, Joonya20z, Abel Del Maestro, Ryan Ford and many, many more.

Streaming is being done at Capcom Fighters, Canada Cup Gaming, Canada Cup Gaming 2, Canada Cup Gaming 3 and Canada Cup Gaming 4.

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JAM Festival 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

JAM Festival 2018 is taking place this weekend in Lago Norte, Brazil.

This is the final Capcom Pro Tour Ranking event in the Latin American region, meaning that this will solidify most of the ranks in advance of the Latin American Regional Finals, with only the Last Chance Qualifier left for hopeful players.

Although it's mainly a Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition event, with over 60 players participating, there will be other games played as well.

You can look forward to tournament play in Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. Melee and King of Fighters 13 as well. They will also be playing the Top 16 of a local Brazilian league, called Jam Pro League 2018, for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition on the Friday.

Players attending include DNG|Itabashi Zangief, Brolynho, FURIA|HKDash, Keoma, SB|DoomSnake, Paulow3b, AAG|Pr3da, TPT|Stunner, Umbrella|Dark, AAG|BabyBrasil, Shodown|ChuChu, FCBR|Ramon, Shodown|Zenith and many more.

Streaming is being done at JAM Play.

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Thunderstruck VI results

Updated with final results: This story has been updated with the final results for Thunderstruck VI.

Perhaps the biggest event going on this weekend (well, barring Smash Bros.'s The Big House 8) is Thunderstruck VI.

This tournament is taking place in Monterrey, Nuevo Léon, Mexico.

This is the fourth Saga Event for Dragon Ball FighterZ, meaning that one more player will join the esteemed ranks of GGP|Kazunoko, FOX|SonicFox and CO|Go1 and be qualified for that tour's finals. It's also a Ranking Event for the Capcom Pro Tour, so points are on the line for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition's tour as well.

Besides those two main titles, the event will also feature King of Fighters 14, Super Smash Bros. 4, King of Fighters '98: The Slugest, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Super Smash Bros. Melee as main tournaments, with side tournaments available at the event as well.

Players attending include FOX|Punk, NRG|HookGangGod, EG|NYChrisG, Rise|Smug, NRG|Supernoon, CYG|Chris Tatarian, BC|ApologyMan, FOX|Dekillsage, SB|DoomSnake, PG|Nakkiel, SB|JB, BC|LordKnight, Luis Cha, Tempo|Alex Myers, VegasKOF|Wero Asamiya, EG|Ricki Ortiz, TxC|ViolentKain, Kusanagi and many more.

English language streaming is being done at Dragon Ball FighterZ, Team Sabroso and Neo Geo World Tour.

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Fighting Fest 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The Dominican Republic's hype fighting game event returns agin this year, with Fighting Fest happening in Santo Domingo.

This is a ranking event for the Capcom Pro Tour, meaning that points are on the line for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

Besides this, a bunch of other games are being played as well.

You can expect tournament play for Super Smash Bros. 4, Mortal Kombat XL, Dragon ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Injustice 2, Tekken 7, King of Fighters 14, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle.

Players attending include, but are not limited to, Rise|MenaRD, Rise|Caba, SB|DoomSnake, DR Ray, Crossover, Jochy, TDT|Pikoro, MJ|Gama and Tiger|Luiman20.

Streaming is being done at Quien Online RD, The Mikeysan, Top Siete Games, Dragon Ball FighterZ RD, Stryker DR and Mr Connor TV 1.

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The Fall Classic 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The Fall Classic 2018 is back again this year.

It's taking place in Raleigh, North Carolina, and will have a bunch of games played.

Tournament titles present at the event are Tekken 7, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Dragon Ball FighterZ, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Soul Calibur 5, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Injustice 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Pokkén Tournament DX and King of Fighters 14.

There are tons of players participating in each game, but a few notable names that you can expect to see are UGS|XCaliburBladez, Pokchop, W2W|KnowKami, ESE|Coach Steve, UGS|BBoyDragon... But of course also many more.

Streaming is being done at Bifuteki and Funky P.

Because of the multitude of games being played, you can expect to have Top 8s on almost all weekend, so stay tuned.

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Revolution 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Big happenings this weekend in London, United Kingdom.

Revolution 2018 is taking place as it does annually, and there are a bunch of games and players present for high level competition.

The main tournament games you can expect to see at this event are BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, King of Fighters 14, Fighting EX Layer, Pokkén Tournament DX and Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st].

This is also a qualifying event for the ArcRevo World Tour next year for the first three mentioned games above.

Players attending are plentiful, but just a few notable names include Svampen, Kiba, KingRasta, Nyphi7, gwak.fr|Shenzo, LD|Zake, ZW|Achorawl, though there are of course many more as well.

Streaming is being done at NGI Events and Nth Gen Media.

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Female Skullomania from Fighting EX Layer joins the SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy roster

NIS America has announced that Skullomania from Fighting EX Layer will be joining the SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy roster as DLC.

Much like King of Fighters' Terry Bogard, Skullomania is seen as a female version of the originally male fighter in order to face off against the all-female cast of SNK Heroines.

Skullomania is a fan-favorite character who originated back in the Street Fighter EX series. Arika, the company behind that series, recently put together their own fighting game called Fighting EX Layer, which saw the return of many of their characters — including Skullomania.

In SNK Heroines, Skullomania fights at a fast pace. She uses several special moves that cover horizontal space quickly, such as slides and lunges forward, and utilizes multi-hitting attacks that appear to put the opponent into a juggle state.

Skullomania's big super move sees her land a series of flashy strikes, each of which almost acting as its own pose for the camera. One portion of this super oddly features a quick flash of her sitting at a table with her opponent with a refrigerator in the background.

This is the second DLC and guest character to be added to SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy. Earlier this month, we saw Thief Arthur from Million Arthur: Arcana Blood join the playable roster.

Skullomania will be released on October 11th. SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy is available on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

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Never Give Up 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend is seeing a lot of tournament action across the globe, and the Latin American region is no different.

Never Give Up 2018 is taking place in Santiago, Chile, and will have a lot of tournament action going on.

This is a Ranking Event for the Capcom Pro Tour, so points are on the line to try and grab one of those qualification spots for the Capcom Cup.

Besides this, the event will also be hosting tournaments in Dragon Ball FighterZ and King of Fighters 14.

Players attending include CYG|Chris Tatarian, SB|DoomSnake, TPT|Stunner, DM|Misterio, NFMS|Moise, DM|Baek, AAG|BabyBrasil, Raptor|Pikoro and of course many more.

Streaming will be done at F2G CL.

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Thief Arthur DLC and arcade stick support delayed for SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy

SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy finally dropped last Friday, September 7th, though it launched to mostly mixed critical and fan reception for the fan service fighter due to its lack of content and questionable design choices.

The game's first piece of DLC and update were originally scheduled to launch earlier today, but SNK has decided to push back the content and system changes by another week.

Thief Arthur from Million Arthur: Arcana Blood is the game's first DLC character and first guest character hailing from a Square Enix property, and she will now launch on September 19th or 20th depending on what version of the game you own and where you live.

A free update will also come alongside the new character next week that will bring official arcade stick support to the game which likely isn't in the current build of the game because items are used by moving the right analog stick... which most sticks don't really have.

Another guest character outside of the SNK stable was also recently teased at PAX West though we still don't know her identity, and the wording of the PlayStation Blog's post makes it appear that they won't be the only two DLC characters released for the title.

Thief Arthur will cost $4.99 USD when she launches next week on the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. You can check out the new release schedule for the DLC and update after the jump.

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SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy review roundup - a mixed bag of accessible gameplay and a ton of fanservice

SNK Heroines finally released late last week though it was likely overshadowed in the minds of many gamers by Marvel's Spider-Man releasing at the same time except for those deeper into the fighting game community.

The title features some of SNK's most recognizable female fighters — along with a female Terry Bogard — duking it out in a simplified crossover tag-team fighting game with a heavy focus on fanservice and character customization.

Reviews are also live all around the internet for the newest SNK fighter, but they aren't exactly glowing. SNK Heroines currently sits at a Metacritic score of 64 out of 100 while user reviews are a little higher at 70.

We've rounded up many of those reviews and more from other sites, and most of them agree that the core gameplay is at least fun and rewarding enough while you're playing with others in Versus Mode though there's not much else going for it.

The character customization tools are fairly in-depth, but the game lacks an Arcade Mode, the Story Mode is generally regarded as bad and the load times can also be quite poor on the Nintendo Switch version.

Most reviews refer to it as a party fighter that will likely not find much of a hardcore audience outside of a specific niche or those looking to play often with friends. You can find the review roundup after the jump.

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SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy now available on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch

SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy is finally here. After several months of reveals and trailers, SNK's all-female fighting title hits store shelves today.

The latest from the company that brought us the King of Fighters franchise sees many of SNK's most popular female characters taking part in 2v2 team battles. Players can switch between their two characters mid-match to create flashy sequences and to keep the offense coming.

Featured on the SNK Heroines playable roster we find familiar faces such as Mai Shiranui, Kula Diamond, Leona Heidern, Yuri Sakazaki, Athena Asamiya, Nakoruru, Shermie, Luong, and more. Additionally, Fatal Fury's Terry Bogard makes an appearance as a playable character, only this time he has been transformed into a woman to fit the cast.

SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy uses simple controls to allow players the ability to perform powerful techniques with ease. The game also utilizes one-button special moves.

If you're looking to purchase the game, you can do so on the PlayStation 4 (digitally) and Nintendo Switch. The standard version of the game will run you $49.99 USD on both platforms.

If you'd like to pick up a physical copy of SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy on PS4, you'll have to purchase the Diamond Dream Edition of the game, which comes with several other added goodies. This version will run you $119.99 USD.

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