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Najd DLC trailer released for King of Fighters 14; coming in April

Almost every fighting game fan out there has a character design of their own stuck into their head that would love to get a chance to add them to a game roster for real, and now we've seen that is quite possible.

SNK just released the gameplay reveal trailer for the King of Fighter 14's next DLC character Najd and will release sometime next month in April. The developers chose Najd as the winning design for a character designing contest last fall, and now she has been fully realized in the game.

Najd is a Saudi fighter that specializes in using black-flame themed specials that have multi-colored accents to them and can appear with a Venus flytrap like mouth. She also has a variety of multi-hitting attacks, a counter and more.

Her description states that she is a quiet college student by day and a vigilante crime fighter come nightfall.

Najd joins Heidern and Oswald as DLC characters for KOF 14 this year with one more character remaining hidden in the shadows for now.

Check out the gallery below and the full trailer after the jump.

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You'll be able to play Sega Dreamcast games using your PlayStation 3 and 4 fightsticks this May, thanks to Brook's new controller converter

The Sega Dreamcast has a reputation of being a mecca of sorts for top quality fighting games. Released back in November 1998, the home console saw the release of several legendary competitive fighting titles.

Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Street Fighter 3 Third Strike, Capcom vs. SNK 2, Soul Calibur, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Guilty Gear X, Garou: Mark of the Wolves, Dead or Alive 2, and many more are among the Dreamcast catalog.

Though it is certainly an old piece of hardware, die-hard fans still hold it near and dear to their hearts. And that was likely the inspiration for Brook's new controller converter.

The company has designed an adapter that will allow you to use PlayStation 3 and 4 fightsticks on your Dreamcast and PC.

"While the Dreamcast had quite a variety of amazing fighting games in its library, like many other systems during it's time, lacked a proper arcade stick to use them on," the official product description reads. This converter features a USB and wireless interface, button mapping, upgradable firmware, turbo and vibration features, and X-Input support.

The converter is currently available for pre-order on Arcade Shock, and has a price tag of $39.99. Its first release will be limited and is expected to ship in mid to late May 2018, so if you're interested in this product you'll want to act fast.

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Winter Brawl 12 results ft. SonicFox, Punk, NuckleDu, Theo, SKD

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

A lot of tournament action is happening this weekend in Philadelphia, U.S.A.

That's because it's time once again for Winter Brawl, in its 12th installment, and there are going to be a ton of players and games being played at the event.

The games set for tournament play are Dragon Ball FighterZ, Street Fighter 5, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Windjammers, King of Fighters 14, Tekken 7, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Pokkén Tournament DX, Soul Calibur 2, Injustice 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], ARMS, Soul Calibur 5, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo.

Players set to attend are plentiful, but some of the ones you can expect to see include FOX|SonicFox, PG|Punk, NuckleDu, FOX|Theo, PG|SKD, Circa|Wolfkrone, Nakkiel, PAG|Grover, PG|Coach Steve, SB|Dieminion, TSB|Mynus, cR|Dekillsage, Nephew, Method|Flux, TSB|Blaze, NS|Ludovic, HB|Punisher, Kreymore and more.

With 275 entrants for Dragon Ball FighterZ, this looks to be the first major event featuring the game, and it's last on the schedule as well, so look forward to some proper action from our favorite Z Warriors.

Streaming is being done at Bifuteki, Funky P, Kombat Network, KPB Live, Team Spooky and Atari FGC.

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Heidern revealed as King of Fighters 14's next DLC character

Another big fighting game reveal today as SNK has released a trailer for King of Fighters 14's next DLC character. Spoiler alert: it's Heidern.

The showcase gives us a look at what this warrior can do in the latest installment in the series.

Heidern made his playable debut back in The King of Fighters '94 as part of Team Brazil -- which later came to be known as the Ikari Team. He is the commander of the Ikari Warriors and adoptive father to Leona, who happens to be one of his best soldiers.

In King of Fighters 14, Heidern stands tall and fights with long limbs. He has a projectile and slash attacks similar to Leona, and has a super that sees him toss out a spinning wheel of energy that hits multiple times.

Heidern in the second of the game's four upcoming DLC characters to receive an official trailer, however, we now know the identities of three of them.

The first is a female fighter from Saudi Arabia, who was decided upon by way of a social media contest. Second up is Oswald, a returning fighter and first of the DLC combatants to get an official trailer.

Now we have Heidern, and though we don't know specific dates, we can expect the DLC characters to start becoming available sometime this April.

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Brussels Challenge Round 2 results ft. Takamura, Will2Pac, Verdoyance, Kuja

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Even with EVO Japan passed, Brussels is still at it with Brussels Challenge.

While Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition is the main event, there's also Dragon Ball FighterZ, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, King of Fighters 14 and Dissidia: Final Fantasy NT being played.

Players attending include, but are not limited to, Epsilon|Takamura, Millénium|Will2Pac, Verdoyance, Kuja, Frionel and WhiteBl4ck.

Sunday is dedicated entirely to Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, while the other games were played on Saturday.

Streaming is being done at Brussels Challenge.

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SNK Heroines designer taking fans' response to BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle's DLC practices to heart for Tag Team Frenzy's future content

DLC characters in fighting games have been a point of contention for the past two console gaming generations, and this year has been no different.

BlazBlue Cross Tag battle came under fire earlier after revealing their launch roster sized at 20 characters with another 20 more planned as DLC down the road.

SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy designer Kaito Soranaka recently answered some questions on the subject of DLC referencing Cross Tag Battle's implementation.

"Since BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle received bad feedback about how they announced their roster and DLC characters, we really need to think about how we are going to approach future announcements," said Soranaka, via DualShockers.

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New trailer releases for SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy showing off alternate costumes, character select screen and more

A new trailer and gameplay footage dropped for the crossover fighting game SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy featuring new costumes for the fan-favorite ladies including the obvious swimwear and even some farm gear that can be customized.

GameSpot's YouTube channel also put up a new video showing off 4 minutes of new gameplay for the fighter.

The costume trailer, via Playstation, boasts the return of the "classic King of Fighters style," classic costumes, brand new styles, and customization for the game.

The new gameplay footage shows the new outfits in action including a ballerina-like costume for Kula, bikini attire for Athena, cat accessories for Leona, genie-esque Nakoruru, and more.

The character select screen also makes an appearance in the second video in the shape of a giant heart with the six announced character portraits in diamonds surrounded by empty spaces. Based on what we see, if all of those complete boxes will be filled by a character slot, the game could feature up to a 29 character roster though this cannot be confirmed.

Here are a few stills from the videos to get things started.

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The EVO 2018 game lineup will be announced on February 6th, so let's speculate - Which games seem like locks, and which games might be in trouble?

After the massive hype of EVO Japan 2018, EVO staffer MarkMan stepped up on stage and gave people some hype stuff to look forward to. First of all, EVO Japan was confirmed to return next year, to much joy, but we were also promised that the EVO 2018 lineup will be officially unveiled on February 6th.

Getting the official EVO lineup is always a very big deal, and everyone's always sweating it, hoping that they're game of choice will make the cut.

Of course, every year we keep hearing about 7 games for the EVO lineup, and while EVO Japan did indeed cut off at 7 titles, EVO in Las Vegas has actually stuck with 9 games for the last 3 years running.

While there's no way of telling how many games are going to be part of EVO 2018 until we get the official announcements over and done with, we can still have a look at how various games' chances seem to be stacking up, leading up to the February 6 reveal.

So, what does the situation look like for the games that are battling for a coveted main stage spot at EVO 2018? You can find my thoughts on the matter below, where I've divided it up in two categories, with 6 games I think are locks, and 6 games I think are in trouble.

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Two more characters are hiding in the silhouettes for King of Fighters 14's upcoming DLC, but who are they? Here's a few characters that seem likely

We learned quite some time ago that King of Fighters 14 would be adding a brand-new Saudi Arabian character and a new stage as DLC at some point down the line.

Then, we were teased with a Joker card for another character, which turned out to be the highly popular but long absent Oswald.

Along with Oswald, we were also treated to a group silhouette, much like we had last year for the 4-character DLC that ended up being Whip, Vanessa, Yamazaki and Rock Howard, leading to the guessing games beginning anew. You can see the silhouette for this year's characters below, with Oswald revealed, below.

This time, though, there's obviously less to guess - we already know that the Saudi Arabian newcomer, reportedly called Najd, is one of the four, and we've seen Oswald in action already.

The charactes are set to be released as a pack in April, so it might be a little while before we get to see our Saudi Arabian femme fatale in action, as well as find out who the remaining two characters are, which is why I put together this piece to highlight a few likely candidates.

I've brought up five characters here who I think have a good shot not just at this round of DLC, but if they don't make the cut, to eventually return once SNK starts working on King of Fighters 15 at some point in the future.

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Four DLC characters confirmed for King of Fighters 14, set for April release date

During the concluding ceremonies for EVO Japan, SNK revealed that there would be a total of four new King of Fighters 14 characters joining the roster.

It was back in November of last year that we learned a new female Saudi Arabian character would eventually make her way into King of Fighters 14.

Just a few days ago, we learned that Oswald would also be making his way into the game.

While we do have the basic concept art for the new Saudi character, which you saw in the banner, we have not seen her in-game model yet.

Just in case you haven't seen them yet, you can view the full images for the Saudi character and stage as well as Oswald's reveal trailer after the jump.

You'll see the DLC silhouettes (with Oswald already revealed) thanks to the tweet from Chigesoku included below. After you check out the media, let us know who your KOF hopefuls are for the two unrevealed newcomers.

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EVO Japan 2018 results ft. Tokido, Omito, JDCR, E.T., MenaRD

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Another EVO event is upon us, and for the first time it's taking place on eastern shores, namely in Tokyo, Japan.

We've detailed the amount of entrants for this event already, and they are gargantuan. Every single game present is going to have some ridiculous gameplay coming your way, so stay tuned.

It's honestly impossible to even begin to list the amount of notable players attending, there are up to 4000 unique attendants after all, so let's just summarize by saying that if the player you're looking for lives in Asia, they're there. If they don't live in Asia, odds are still pretty good that they're there. For some brief insight into who's attending, you can check out our event preview.

The games being played in an official capacity at this tournament are Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. 4, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, King of Fighters 14 and ARMS.

Besides that, there's a huge wealth of side tournaments being played, which we will do our best to cover as well. You can find the stream list for side events at Kakuge Checker.

English language streaming is being done at EVO and Capcom Fighters, as well as dedicated game streams in Japanese for ARMS, King of Fighters 14, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Super Smash Bros. 4, Tekken 7 and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2.

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ZJZ waits patiently for the perfect jump-in while DoraBang challenges Platinum's normals with a super - KoF 14 and BlazBlue EVO Japan highlights

EVO Japan has been a tournament that has been ongoing this weekend. We're seeing an impressive display of skill for a variety of games.

There are a number of notable players participating this time around. In the case for King of Fighters 14, we see that HuomaoTV|ZJZ, Lau, SANWA|M', DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, Ball KTB, HuomaoTV|E.T., Koukou, Fudoumyouou, Kindevu, ViolentKain, Tikok, and KojiKOG are among the top performing competitors for this event.

Meanwhile, BlazBlue saw the performance of CO|Fenrich, Yuta, Sayakachan-Bot, Mokemoke, Fumi, BE|DoraBang, Naoto, and Daiwa among others. The characters in the top eight for both games were fairly diverse.

As a result of the talent present here, we have highlights that showcase some of these games's cooler moments. These are just meant to give you a small glimpse at the plays that occurred at the tournament.

First up is King of Fighters 14. This particular round pitted Lau's Benimaru against Ball KTB's Leona.

Lau was just one hit away from losing Benimaru in this 3v3 skirmish. Thanks to a fake cross under reset (he stayed on the same side), Lau was able to snatch the comeback.

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Oswald is King of Fighters 14's newest DLC character

Today seems to be a big day for fighting game reveals.

Just this morning, we saw four new characters join Soul Calibur 6. Now, a new DLC character has been revealed for King of Fighters 14.

SNK introduces Oswald, the game's newest DLC fighter.

Oswald is an older gentleman who fights using playing cards. He has large slash attacks that utilize cards, and can create a ring of them around him while attacking.

He made his first appearance in King of Fighters 11 as an original character for the installment. Oswald was a part of the year's Hero Team, joined by Ash Crimson and Shen Woo.

Back in December, SNK released a tweet saying that a new King of Fighters 14 character would be playable at EVO Japan -- which is taking place this weekend. The only hint we got at who the new character might be was an image of a Joker playing card that came along with the tweet.

At this time, it does not appear that a release date for Oswald has been divulged. We might be seeing that announcement during the event this weekend.

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Street Fighter 5's salty runback potential, Guilty Gear on home turf, Tekken gods clash, Smash brings the character specialists - EVO Japan preview

With EVO Japan 2018 around the corner, it only felt pertinent to jot up a preview for the event for all of our loyal readers.

Although I already did one piece that talked about the entrant numbers for each game, this time I will be focusing more on what to expect from the event from each game, beyond just the large entrant sizes.

The year has only just begun, but we're going to see a gathering of some of the best players in the entire world, and the place these battles will take place is in Japan, the home of some of the most legendary players the genre has ever seen.

With 7 titles getting main stage action, this is going to be a very big deal, so you'd best tune in and enjoy the show when it kicks off Friday morning Japan Standard Time.

Until then, here's some information and a few writeups to tide you over.

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EVO Japan's entrants are through the roof - Guilty Gear, BlazBlue and KoF shatter their EVO 2017 numbers while SF5 and Tekken 7 are on par with theirs

EVO Japan is happening this very week, and it's hard to deny that the buzz has been fairly low compared to what it usually is for the "regular" EVO event.

It's understandable - this is a new endeavor, and even though it carries the EVO name, it hasn't been proven to be a juggernaut event, contrary to the original and its storied history.

But looking at the entrants, the hype should be much higher for this event, because it is in fact on par with EVO for both Street Fighter 5 and Tekken 7, and way higher for several other titles.

Let's have a look at just how big EVO Japan is shaping up to be in its inaugural year.

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Frosty Faustings X results ft. SonicFox, LostSoul, MarlinPie, Punk, ElvenShadow

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

One of the biggest North American events for Guilty Gear is happening this weekend, namely Frosty Faustings X, in Elmhurst, Illinois.

Of course, this isn't just a Guilty Gear-focused event, far from it. There'll be tons of games played here, including the first major Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition tournament .

Games being featured at this event are Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Injustice 2, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Tekken 7, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Super Smash Bros. 4, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Super Smash Bros. Melee, Vampire Savior, Windjammers, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, King of Fighters 14, Melty Blood: Actress Again Current Code, Pokkén Tournament DX, Arcana Heart 3: Love Max Six Stars, Killer Instinct, DiveKick: Addition Edition +, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Ultra Street Fighter 4.

Players attending are plentiful, but just a few of them are FOX|SonicFox, WN|LostSoul, PG|MarlinPie, PG|Punk, FF|ElvenShadow, BjornSonOfBear, EG|NYChrisG, TGQ|HavocNoah, DA|Zidane, cR|Dekillsage, Foo, Circa|ForeverKing, RyanLV, Brian_F, Circa|Wolfkrone, PG|Coach Steve, NG|Obscure, KizzieKay, F3|Alucard, MC|GCYoshi13, Method|Flux, Doren2k, BxA|Squall, Circa|JoeyD, ITS|CuddleCore, FFN|Kyoku and of course many, many more.

This is a tournament with an extremely high amount of entrants - both Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition have almost 250 entrants each, while Tekken 7, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Windjammers and the intriguing Mystery Game Tournament all have over 100 entrants each.

Streaming is being done at BG Callisto, Mad City GG, RS Blackrose, Team Spooky, Unrivaled Tournaments and Will English IV.

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SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy announced for Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4, 2v2 fighter featuring fan-favorite females

During this morning's Nintendo Direct Mini, a new fighting game for the Switch was unveiled. SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy allows players to select fan-favorite female fighters from the company's IPs and engage in 2v2 battles.

The gameplay and graphics style are reminiscent of SNK's most recent fighting title, King of Fighters 14. The trailer makes note that players can activate moves in battle using "just one button."

Unlike the latest installment in the KOF series, SNK Heroines gives competitors the ability to switch between characters mid-round. We see a combo that begins with Kula, activates a switch, and ends with Athena.

So far, five characters have been revealed. Kula and Athena, as previously mentioned, as well as Yuri, Leona, and Mai will all be playable.

Another feature that makes this game different than KOF14 is its implementation of items. Players can utilize a huge variety of items in battle to gain the upper-hand.

According to the trailer, simply bring down your opponent's health won't win you the match. When their health is low, you'll have to land the "ultra special move" called Dream Finish to score the KO.

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