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King of Fighters 14 3.01 patch tidies up odd visual bugs and unintended move interactions

The recent update for King of Fighters 14 brought with it some all new characters and balance changes much to the delight of fans everywhere. It also brought some bugs and unintentional happenings that required a quick fix.

SNK has done just that and released a secondary patch to clean a few moves up, specifically focusing on Robert, Oswald, King, Heidern and Blue Mary.

Looking to clean up odd visuals and strange move interactions, the change list isn't all that long but still very important in maintaining a general sense of respectability for the game.

One of the most notable bugs saw characters become weirdly distorted upon being hit by one of Robert's attacks.

The first change, "Robert's Ryuuren・Gen-ei Kyaku (including the EX version) are now displayed correctly," deals directly with this.

For those unsure of what this means exactly, here's a quick clip of what was happening when Robert landed this attack:


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King of Fighters 14 is a perfect example of how DLC keeps a game alive in this day and age, and how industry approach to fighting games has changed

The never-ending theme of modern day gaming is DLC, where you continuously add content to a game after it's been released, and fighting games are obviously far from exempt from this practice.

Last year, I did a piece analyzing how DLC can best be kept fair for both sides of the equation, namely the consumers buying the game as well as the developers making the game.

After all, game development is definitely not cheap, in fact, it's now more expensive than ever, and development cycles have increased in time, so it makes sense both for the consumer to get more out of their game because of how long they'll have to wait for a possible sequel, and also from the company's side to keep the team employed longer for a potentially bigger return of investment.

This can also be a good way to respond to feedback from players, who can theoretically get their woes fixed in a game now instead of having to wait for a sequel or different game, by which point they might have lost interest entirely.

While these scenarios are ideal and perhaps overwhelmingly optimistic, these are the kinds of promises DLC could potentially hold, though the reality might not always be in line with said ideal.

With all modern fighting games employing some form of DLC, it's definitely something you have to get used to as a consumer, and while scummy DLC practices definitely exist, let's take a look at some consumer-friendly DLC we've been treated to, and how it came about.

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The King of Fighters 14 3.01 version update is reportedly coming to fix various bugs in the game

SNK continues to support its flagship fighter the King of Fighters 14 with four brand new characters and balance changes last week with the games 3.00 update though it also brought with it some new bugs.

There was an especially goofy bug that would cause characters' bodies to elongate after getting hit with Robert's command grab, but it seems like that won't be in the game for much longer.

A version 3.01 update for the game will be dropping in the near future to address Robert's body horror attack and small adjustments to the newly released characters among others. This update is meant primarily to fix minor bugs in the game, but will not be including much for balance changes.

The list is currently only available in Japanese, but a Twitter user by the name of inwi|frionel has taken it upon themselves to translate the fixes and tweet out what to expect when the update comes to the PlayStation 4.

Blue Mary, Oswald and Heidern all have small adjustments made in version 3.01 reportedly including hitbox changes to the trio and some reduced block stun for Oswald. Najd is not mentioned in this list of changes though King is listed to get some adjustments to her Silent Flash attacks.

The original Japanese change list can be found here, and you can find the translated notes by clicking the thumbnail below (though it is important to note that these translations may not be 100 percent accurate).


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Blue Mary's King of Fighters 14 combo exhibition by the Combonauts show off her damage output and flashiness

Recently, Blue Mary joined the King of Fighters 14 roster as a DLC fighter. Yasuyuki Oda noted that she was one of the most highly requested characters for KOF14 by fans.

This is a prime opportunity for players to figure out how to utilize her tools in combos. The Combonauts have created a new King of Fighters 14 video that's dedicated to just Blue Mary.

While the Combonauts have recently been busy with Dragon Ball FighterZ content, their origins actually comes from doing combo videos for King of Fighters games. It's been a long time since their last upload for this game.

If you are looking to pick up Blue Mary to be part of your team in this 3v3 fighting game, this might be worth checking out. The Combonauts are known for prioritizing flashiness over practicality, but there's always something that can be learned from their videos as far as bread and butters are concerned.

Based on what is shown in the video, Blue Mary's damage output seems quite strong. Given the right amount of resources, she can really lay the pain down on opponents.

Before seeing the video, check out the combo that was nearly able to knock Mai out:


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King of Fighters 14 new patch comes with odd distortion bug when Robert lands one attack in particular

A Twitter user by the name of GJbu_man has uploaded some footage of a newly discovered visual bug in King of Fighters 14.

Said bug involves Robert as he lands his Hien Senpuu Kyaku attack, which sees him smack his foe with a machine gun barrage of kicks.

When this happens, certain characters become warped in appearance, either stretching out to Pumpkinhead-like status or becoming smashed down as though they were a humanoid accordion.

It seems as though this bug came along with the recent patch update that included both balance changes and new DLC characters.

It doesn't appear as though this will affect too much in the way of gameplay, but could definitely use a hot fix for presentation's sake.

Here are a pair of stills showing how Nakoruru and Chang become warped when hit by Robert's Hien Senpuu Kyaku technique, and the third one is a video clip so you can see it in action.

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Basic combos, every new super, fast stunners and good tunes - The King of Fighters 14 day one DLC roundup

New characters bring a ton of excitement to fighting games especially when you get a group of new fighters added all at once which is what SNK decided to do this year with their continued support of King of Fighters 14.

The newest update for the King of Fighters 14 finally dropped today and with it came Blue Mary, Oswald, Heidern, and the newcomer Najd along with some new balance changes and general fixes.

We haven't seen Blue Mary in a new game since 2005, so she appears to have the most buzz surrounding her compared to the other three (though players appear to be quite happy with their inclusions too).

Players are already grinding their hours away in training mode to see just what they are all capable of. Zero-to-stun combos, over 600 or 700 damage dealing combos and interesting tech has already been found in just the first 12 hours or so.

We have collected a handful of those combos along with quick combo guides for each new character, each of their Super moves in the game and all of their character themes which you can find after the jump.

Let's kick things off with an impressive three-meter consuming combo by Blue Mary for over 640 damage.


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With Blue Mary finally making her return in King of Fighters 14 today, let's take a look at her character history

Today, King of Fighters 14 will be receiving its second wave of DLC characters, almost exactly a year after the game added the much-hyped foursome of Whip, Yamazaki, Vanessa and Rock Howard.

Within this pack, you'll find Oswald, Heidern, brand new character Najd, and as we found out last week, fan favorite Blue Mary.

Though we've already done a few pieces here on EventHubs regarding the other characters and what they're all about, Blue Mary hasn't gotten that same level of attention yet despite her popularity.

A classic Fatal Fury character, eventually turned King of Fighters mainstay, Blue Mary has been away from the spotlight for quite some time, and now that she's finally back, it's time to give her some of the attention she deserves.

So, if you're a relatively new SNK player who doesn't understand why people (including this writer, right here) are so excited about her inclusion, or if you're an old-schooler who just wants a refresher course, look no further then right below for a history lesson about Fatal Fury's classic bombshell.

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The King of Fighters 14 3.0 update is now live - adds balance changes, new characters, and more

King of Fighters 14's latest update is now live. The 3.0 patch introduces a number of character balance changes, as well as adds new characters, stages, and functionality improvements.

Today, players can get their hands on returning fighters Blue Mary, Oswald, and Heidern as DLC. Najd, a brand new character to the series, also sees her release today.

The 3.0 update comes in at a 1.280 GB file size. Along with the aforementioned additions, this patch also brings about several bug fixes.

The new DLC characters are available on the PS Store now.

Blue Mary, Oswald, Heidern, and Najd come with a price tag of $5.99. To save a bit of money, you can also opt to get bundle 2 for $19.99, which includes all four of the new fighters.

SNK has released the full patch notes. To get you started, you can check out a handful of characters and the general changes below.

Be sure to view the full set of changes here.

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SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy will only be available physically for the Nintendo Switch in the West with Nintendo distributing the game

SNK Heroines is bringing all of your favorite femme fatales together into one 2v2 crossover fighting game titles with the help of NIS America and now apparently Nintendo as well.

In the latest issue of the gaming magazine MCV, via Nintendo Everything, NISA president Takuro Yamashita reveals a deal that was struck between themselves, SNK and Nintendo to give the Switch makers some exclusivity for Tag Team Heroines.

The game was originally slated to be a PlayStation 4 exclusive until both SNK and NISA sat down with Nintendo of Europe at Gamescom 2017 where they decided to cancel their exclusive contract with Sony.

This interview also reveals that Nintendo will act as the distributer for SNK Heroines in the West for physical copies of the game and "promised to buy a lot of units."

"Physical copy-wise, it’s going to be a Switch exclusive," said Yamashita, via MCV and Nintendo Everything. "PS4-wise it’s going to be just digital. That’s the deal. We will not release a packaged version for PS4 format. Then Nintendo will act as a distributor for this game."

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Brussels Challenge Major Edition results ft. Go1, Problem X, Leffen, Bonchan, Luffy

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The European part of the Capcom Pro Tour launches today, with Brussels Challenge Major Edition which unsurprisingly takes place in Brussels, Belgium.

Besides Street Fighter 5, the event will also feature Dragon Ball FighterZ, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. 4 and King of Fighters 14.

With the CPT points on the line, a lot of players have gathered from many different countries, so the competition is going to be fierce indeed.

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Blue Mary joins King of Fighters 14

Blue Mary is officially joining the King of Fighters 14 roster.

SNK and Atlus have released here official gameplay trailer this morning. We are given a glimpse at what the fan-favorite fight can do in the latest installment in the series.

Mary is a veteran of both the KOF series and Fatal Fury. She was originally a part of the Fatal Fury 3 roster, and went on to join King of Fighters '97 two years later due to her high popularity.

In a new entry of the PlayStation Blog, King of Fighters producer Yasuyuki Oda notes that Mary was one of the most highly requested characters for KOF14 by fans.

KOF14's latest DLC character is a Sambo specialist, utilizing various grappling moves to put a hurt on opponents.

Blue Mary is set for release on April 12th. King of Fighters 14's other DLC characters: Oswald, Heidern, and Najd, will also become available on this date, as well as the 3.00 update.

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NorCal Regionals 2018 results ft. Infiltration, Tokido, JDCR, MenaRD, Punk

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Another huge one is going on this weekend, with NorCal Regionals 2018 taking place in Sacramento, California.

This is a Premier event for the Capcom Pro Tour as well as a Challenger event for the Tekken World Tour, so you'd best get hyped for a lot of big matches.

Besides those two titles, the event will also feature high level tournament play in Dragon Ball FighterZ, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, King of Fighters 14, Windjammers, Pokkén Tournament DX, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Killer Instinct, ARMS, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st] and Ultra Street Fighter 4.

A ton of players have shown up for the event, most notably for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition which boasts almost 300 attendees, and you can get a glimpse at how ridiculous the pools for the game are in a piece by my colleague Justin "AdaptiveTrigger" Gordon here.

As for who's attending, a small excerpt of notable players is as follows: PG|Infiltration, FOX|Tokido, FOX|JDCR, Rise|MenaRD, FOX|Punk, NuckleDu, UYU|Qudans, CO|Go1, CYG|Daigo, CYG|Fuudo, EG|NYChrisG, FD|Fujimura, RZR|Xian, Fursan|Verloren, RB|Bonchan, Mouz|Problem X, FOX|Momochi, NVD|Phenom, Ghost|K-Brad, UYU|Cloud805, RB|Snake Eyez, UYU|NL, Scarz|Sako, FD|Haitani, UYU|Princess Ling, Ponos|Moke, FOX|Justin Wong, Gachikun, Rise|Smug, Mago, UYU|Jeondding, AB|Poongko, UYU|OilKing, Filipino Champ, Humanbomb, CYG|GamerBee, NASR|BigBird, AB|StormKubo, Tempo|Alex Myers, iG|Jiewa, GAM|Caba, XSK Samurai, OG|Shine, CYG|Chris Tatarian, WP|Daikokugo, CYG|PR Balrog, FD|Otani, Rise|Marn and many more.

Streaming is being done at Capcom Fighters, Team Spooky, iPlayWinner and Fang Shaymin.

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Alex Valle sits down with an NIS representative to detail SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy in special Weds Night Fight spot

The level|up series crew have been hard at work for years getting the community and the games we play more exposure and more places to play hosting events like Weds Night Fights in Southern California.

Community legend Alex Valle sat down with a representative from NIS America named Travis Shrodes at last week's Weds Night Fights event to talk about SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy and how the games mechanics work along with almost an hours worth of matches.

While it is a 2v2 fighter, the characters on each team actually share one health bar. The characters have a special meter occupying the same space, and if it's empty, the character's special attacks become much weaker. The meter also gets larger as their health goes down and meter is needed to change characters mid combo.

The game features a light and a heavy attack button as well as a dedicated throw button and button for specials that are performed with directional inputs possibly like Super Smash Bros. The game will also feature a local four-player 2v2 mode when it releases, and there may be a guest character in the game.

It was also recently revealed that SNK Heroines would be getting an arcade version in Japan this year along with its console counterparts on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch this Summer.

Check out the full video below to see the matches and get the full details from NIS.

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Thaiger Uppercut 2018 results ft. Tokido, Qudans, Knee, Momochi, Dogura

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, we'll be seeing some heavy fighting game action going on in Bangkok, Thailand, for Thaiger Uppercut 2018.

This is a Ranking Event for the Asia portion of the Capcom Pro Tour, as well as a Challenger event for the Asian region for the Tekken World Tour.

Besides these two mainline games, you'll also get to enjoy high level tournament matches for Dragon Ball FighterZ, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Guilty Gear Xrd: REV 2, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, BlazBlue: Central Fiction and King of Fighters 14.

For just a taste of the amazing level of talent present at this event, look right here: FOX|Tokido, UYU|Qudans, ROX|Knee, FOX|Momochi, CO|Dogura, ROX|Chanel, DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, RB|Bonchan, RZR|Xian, Fursan|LowHigh, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, Kkokkoma, Mago, Scarz|Sako, UYU|Jeondding, NASR|BigBird, IG|Jiewa, Talon|Xiaobao, RB|Tanukana, Talon|Hotdog29, PandaTV|Dakou, DimeBack, Ghost|K-Brad, FightClub|UD, GW|Eita, Tse4, Qanba|Abao and many, many more.

With 105 entrants for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and 80 entrants for Tekken 7, there's going to be a lot of matches to get through, so get situated and enjoy the show.

Streaming is being done at TGU Main, KZ Café and TGU 1.

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King of Fighters 14's newest addition is a college student who's mature for her age - Najd's voice actress Ayaka Fukuhara shares about the character

As we're all aware since a while back, King of Fighters 14 is receiving additional DLC this year, with four more characters coming our way next month.

The first in-game glimpse we got was back around EVO Japan, where we got to see that Oswald was returning, and a month later we got Heidern's trailer.

While we knew about a new female Saudi Arabian character being decided upon for the game, and had seen design work of her, we didn't get an actual look at her in the game until earlier this week.

There's still a fourth DLC character lined up, which will presumably be a returning character unlike Najd, but to tide us over until we find out the final character's identity, SNK released a video of Najd's voice actress Ayaka Fukuhara recording lines for the character, and giving us impressions of what she's like in the game.

Miss Fukuhara was quite impressed with Najd, and had nothing but a glowing review to share about the character, and I've taken the time to translate her words for your reading pleasure, though you can also see the original video in Japanese where she talks about her.

You can find the video right below.

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Over 300 entrants across all games, including Go1, John Takeuchi, Problem X and Luffy - Brussels Challenge will be kicking off the EU CPT with a bang

The Capcom Pro Tour officially began last weekend with Final Round 2018, and it was truly a sight to behold.

Not only did we get the start of the Capcom Pro Tour and the Tekken World Tour, but we also got see how fantastic the newly released Dragon Ball FighterZ can be when played at a high level.

Of course, this type of action will be continuing all year long, but today I'm here to bring your attention to the start of the European portion of the Capcom Pro Tour, and the event that'll be kicking it off - Brussels Challenge.

This tournament is going to have events played for six different games, already has over 300 people registered, and many big names attached to it. So, let's talk a bit about what awaits us in two weeks in Brussels, Belgium.

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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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