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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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Terry Bogard Kinetiquettes diorama available for pre-order tomorrow for $699

There's no doubt that Terry Bogard of the Fatal Fury and King of Fighters franchises is a memorably gaming icon. In fact, Terry Bogard was voted as the most popular choice in our "favorite fighting game protagonist" poll — even beating Ryu from the Street Fighter series!

Terry Bogard is actually going to be making a guest appearance in Fighting EX Layer. He is also being turned into a female during the events of SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy.

Kinetiquettes is creating a series of dioramas for Terry Bogard. We've already seen then do this for multiple Street Fighter characters. They've even created a statue of CYG|Daigo Umehara himself!

This Terry Bogard diorama is stated to be at 1/4 the scale. The geyser base is detachable and can even be lit up via LED lights.

Pre-orders will begin tomorrow on September 5th at 8:00 A.M. PST and 11:00 A.M. EST. As you might expect of Kinetiquettes diorama, this is an expensive novelty item. It's priced at $699.

Even if you don't plan on shelling that much cash to own one of these, you can still have a look at the details seen in the images.

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What could SNK's new game announcement next week be? Let's take a look at what fighting games might be gracing us from them in the near future

SNK have long been a big company as far as the fighting game genre goes, originally stepping in to the scene back in 1991 with the original Fatal Fury, in which highly popular (and my personal favorite fighting game character) Terry Bogard debuted, among others.

Since then, they've developed tons of games, many of the fighting genre, and started doing crossovers ever so slightly with Art of Fighting taking place in the same universe as Fatal Fury, but earlier, with a younger Geese Howard making an appearance in the series.

This eventually culminated to the massive fighting game crossover that most of us know SNK for today, King of Fighters, which is still an active franchise that gets new titles from time to time.

Of course, back in the day, SNK did much more than just the games that would eventually end up in King of Fighters. They also had several historical fighters in the Samurai Shodown (from which Nakoruru actually did join King of Fighters in its latest installment) and The Last Blade series.

They also kept older fighting game franchises alive outside of crossover scenarios, somewhat, with the latest being the highly regarded Garou: Mark of the Wolves, a sequel to the Fatal Fury series which takes place ten years later than the main Fatal Fury series, and has only brand new playable characters besides Terry Bogard — this was also the game where his famous Buster Wolf originated.

With SNK having something of a renaissance as of late, and King of Fighters 14 being a big enough success for them where they released DLC characters for it two years in a row, it's exciting to see what they might be working on next. So let's have a gander at what possibilities lie before us, and how likely they might be.

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NIS America teases a new mysterious guest character for SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy

Guest characters in fighting games appears to be a more and more common occurrence in recent years with Mortal Kombat likely responsible for the fairly recent trend which has spread throughout developers and publishers throughout the world.

SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy isn't out until later this week, but NIS America and SNK are apparently still not done announcing characters for the game after revealing Thief Arthur from Square-Enix's Million Arthur series as the title's first DLC character.

There's reportedly more on the way for new characters as well, as SNK and NIS, the game's publisher, teased another new guest character in the way of a silhouette at their PAX West panel this past weekend.

No hints were given as to the character's identity beyond the fact that they will not be from an SNK game, and they likely appear to be wearing gloves of some kind due to their pose in the silhouette.

It could potentially be a character from the Fighting EX Layer / Fighting Layer series since Arika announced that Terry Bogard will be joining Fighting EX Layer as a guest DLC character at EVO 2018. SNK made a similar deal with Square Enix for Thief Arthur, as Square announced that Iori Yagami will be joining their game Million Arthur: Arcana Blood.

A day one patch was also reportedly announced that will include arcade stick support and access to Thief Arthur when SNK Heroines launches on September 7th on the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. You can take a look at the silhouette below, and let us know who you think it might be in our comments section.

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Source: Kupo_yo on Twitter, KoF World

SNK will announce a new game on September 10th and there's a good chance it's a fighting game

It's time for an announcement of an announcement. SNK will be revealing a new game on September 10, 2018.

On SNK's website, a mysterious timer is set to expire on that day. We can clearly see the number of days, hours, minutes, and seconds remaining until new information is revealed.

As a result of this, we can pinpoint the exact time when this mysterious reveal will happen. The reveal is scheduled to happen at 4:00 P.M. PST and 7:00 P.M. EST during the aforementioned day.

Above the clock, the words "a new dawn rises..." serves as our only real clue about this upcoming game. It is currently unknown if this is for a new intellectual property or if it's a continuation of one of SNK's established franchises.

Notably, King of Fighters 14 was released on August 23, 2016. Oswald, Heidern, Najd, and Blue Mary were the last DLC characters to be released on April 12, 2018. Still, there was a six year gap between the release dates for King of Fighters 13 and 14.

While SNK Heroines will be releasing on September 7, 2018, this is a fighting game that could probably be considered to be a spin-off. What are the odds of SNK announcing a new fighter just three days later?

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Summer Jam 12 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Summer Jam 12 is taking place this weekend in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

This is a Masters event for the Tekken World Tour, so there are almost 200 people showing up to compete in Tekken 7.

Besides that, it's also a Capcom Pro Tour Ranking event, with 130 people signed up for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

There's also tournament play set for Dragon Ball FighterZ, a pre-release version of Soul Calibur 6, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Super Smash Bros. 4, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Fighting EX Layer, Injustice 2, Windjammers, Pokkén Tournament DX, ARMS, King of Fighters 14 and Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo.

Players set to attend include UYU|Jeondding, Ghost|NuckleDu, EG|NYChrisG, RB|Anakin, FOX|Justin Wong, PG|Speedkicks, FOX|Punk, EQNX|JoeFury, SperoGin, Shadow20z, AE|Pekos, SB|JB, EG|Ricki Ortiz, DG|KaneAndTrench, UYU|Princess Ling, EQNX|Dimeback, Walker|Furumizu, Walker|Kagemaru, W2W|Binchang, UYU|Yuyu and many, many more.

Streaming is being done at Tekken, Bifuteki, KPB Live, Funky P, TSB Blaze, Bros Calamity and Atari FGC.

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Ultimate Fighting Arena 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

There's a big event taking place in Paris, France this weekend, for multiple games.

This is a Saga Event for Dragon Ball FighterZ, so almost 160 players have shown up to try and grab that Dragon Ball as well as a qualifying spot for the finals in January.

Besides this, it's also a Capcom Pro Tour event for Street Fighter 5, so that game also has a bunch of Europe's finest, as well as some others, showing up to try and gain points with almost 150 players registered.

The event will also be hosting tournaments for Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Ultra Street Fighter 4, King of Fighters '98: The Slugfest, King of Fighters 14, Mortal Kombat XL and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle.

Players attending include Mouz|Problem X, CO|Go1, NVD|Phenom, RB|Luffy, UYU|Cloud805, FNATIC|Akainu, NRG|HookGangGod, excel|Hurricane, NASR|BigBird, FNATIC|Shakz, NVD|SaltyKid, BC|ApologyMan, NRG|Supernoon, gwak.fr|Shenzo, Nyphi7, Method|Broski, NVD|Momi, exceL|Infexious, R-Cade|Alioune, PG|Nakkiel, DO|KenDeep and many more.

Streaming is being done at Gameline and World Gaming Federation.

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Magion's art will pull you in and send your eyes for a wonderful ride

All we know about this artist is that their handle is "Magion" and they have some pretty great fighting game art.

The first image in our gallery here is very cartoon like in nature, but as you'll see immediately afterwards Magion is also very skilled over on the more realistic side of the spectrum.

Android 18's gaze captures us where we sit, and Vegeta's cotton candy swirl of Super Saiyan God Super Saiyan (did I get that right?) hair commands our attention before raining beams of energy send us down to the rest of the image.

The piece featuring a beaten down Chun-Li at the hands of Cammy not only tells us a captivating story but also showcases a wonderful grasp of visual depth as we start with the extreme close up of Chun's bracelet in the bottom right and the focus shifts gradually farther back as we move up and to the left.

Throw in a sketch of Akuma fighting Kratos from God of War and you have yourself an artist that can seemingly hit you from just about every artistic angle.

Give the gallery a look through here and let us know your thoughts. If you'd like to see more from the artist you can view their NSFW Deviant Art page.

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Neo Geo World Tour 2018 Finals results

With the stacked weekend that just went by, unfortunately one event managed to pass by under our radar.

While the event hasn't been covered live, it felt apt to at least get the results up for you guys — as well as an archive, so you can check the action retroactively, if you didn't manage to catch it live.

Throughout the year, there've been qualifiers across the world for the Neo Geo World Tour finals, mainly focusing on King of Fighters 14, but also featuring King of Fighters '98: The Slugfest on the circuit.

With some of the best players in the world qualifying at events in the U.S.A., Monaco, Kuwait, Norway, Taiwan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Korea, the competition was obviously stacked in the end.

You can find the full results for the two games below, as well as the single-elimination Fatal Fury Special tournament that was held, below.

If you want to catch the stream archive for yourself, make sure to check out the archives over at the Neo Geo World Tour Twitch Channel.

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Lima Salty 5 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Another Latin American event is taking place this weekend. This time, our sights are set on Lima, Peru, where Lima Salty 5 will be occuring.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour event with points on the line, so people will undoubtedly be showing up for a piece of them.

Besides Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, the event will also be featuring tournament play in Tekken 7, Dragon Ball FighterZ, King of Fighters 14, Fighting EX Layer and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2.

64 players will be fighting it out for points in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, thought other games are no slouches either — the brackets show 45 players for Tekken, 32 for Dragon Ball FighterZ and King of Fighters 14, respectively, 24 for Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and 21 for Fighting EX Layer.

A few of the players attending are FURIA|HKDash, OA|CrossoverRD, SB|DoomSnake, AAG|BabyBrasil, Umbrella|Dark, RES|Pikoro, though there are of course many more as well.

Streaming is being done at The Backyard Peru.

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TWFighter Major 2018 results

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Another huge event is on the horizon this weekend, and it's TWFighter Major 2018.

This is a Premier Event for the Capcom Pro Tour, so it's obviously a huge deal for any Capcom fighters out there, and its the first huge event to follow EVO 2018.

It's not just about Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, though, since the event will also feature Dragon Ball FighterZ, King of Fighters 14 and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle.

With as many as 323 people signed up for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, the action is going to be nonstop at this event. There are also 59 players participating in Dragon Ball FighterZ, 45 players for King of Fighters 14 and 30 who have joined the BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle tournament.

Notable players attending include FOX|Tokido, FD|Fujimura, CO|Go1, CYG|Daigo, Gachikun, UYU|NL, Fursan|Verloren, CYG|Fuudo, CO|Dogura, FAV|Sako, Liquid|Nemo, FOX|Momochi, GGP|Kazunoko, RZR|Xian, Rise|MenaRD, FD|Haitani, Rise|Caba, GRPT|MOV, DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, Mago, RB|Bonchan, Liquid|John Takeuchi, AB|Chuan, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, AB|Poongko, FE|Humanbomb, UYU|OilKing, NASR|BigBird, AB|StormKubo, EG|Ricki Ortiz, RB and many more.

Streaming is being done at Capcom Fighters, TW Fighter and GamerBee.

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Furia Tica 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, Furia Tica 2018 is taking place in San José, Costa Rica.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event with points on the line, so players will be showing up to try and get a step closer to qualifying for Capcom Cup 2018.

Besides Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, which is the main event, there will also be tournament play in Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken 7, King of Fighters 14, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Super Smash Bros. 4.

Players attending include SB|DoomSnake, ON|Gabo, TSD|Seguero, AK|Alexis, Vertex|Aeon and many, many more.

Over 60 players are participating in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, so there's bound to be a lot of matches to enjoy.

Streaming is being done at True Challengers.

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Fight Club NRW results

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The Capcom Pro Tour is active all across the world even after EVO, and this weekend is no exception.

Fight Club NRW is taking place today and tomorrow in Cologne, Germany.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event with points on the line for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, and fittingly, the game has almost 100 entrants signed up.

Besides this, there will also be tournament play in Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo and King of Fighters 14.

Players attending include, but are not limited to, RB|Luffy, NVD|Phenom, FNATIC|Akainu, FNATIC|Shakz, exceL|Hurricane, Ryan Hart, Method|Packz, NVD|Momi, exceL|Infexious, Method|Broski and Unilad|AngryMojoSan.

Streaming is being done at Fight Club NRW.

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Here's a look at the official artwork for Female Terry Bogard's three outfits in SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy

Many were very surprised to hear that Terry Bogard would be joining the all female cast of SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy. In order to achieve this, Terry Bogard was... made into a female.

Of course, this isn't even the first time we've seen Terry Bogard as a woman. If Darkstalkers character Demitri uses his Midnight Bliss super on Terry Bogard in SNK vs. Capcom: SvC Chaos, he briefly becomes a "she."

Terry Bogard will be joining all the other female characters in SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy as a playable fighter. This 2v2 tag game will also allow you to play as Athena Asamiya, Kula Diamond, Mai Shiranui, Leona Heidern, Yuri Sakazaki, Nakoruru, Shermie, Sylvie Paula Paula, Zarina, Love Heart, Mian, Luong, and Mui Mui.

Like all the other characters, Terry Bogard will have three costumes to choose from. There will also be some customization options to help players personalize their favorite characters.

"Fatal Cutie" Terry Bogard will have a female variant of his normal attire, some sort of steampunk cowgirl outfit, and a cheerleader costume. It doesn't look like Terry is particularly comfortable with this situation.

Have a look at the official artwork for the three costumes:

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Source: Dengekionline.

Terry Bogard, Area, and Sharon coming to Fighting EX Layer as DLC

It has been revealed that Terry Bogard from SNK's Fatal Fury and King of Fighters series will be joining the roster of Fighting EX Layer. This came as a very quick tease.

During the trailer, Terry was only shown to do his iconic introduction by saying "Hey, c'mon!" No gameplay was actually shown beyond this.

Notably, Terry is wearing his "Fatal Fury" hat rather than his — or rather "her" — "Fatal Cutie" hat. While Terry Bogard will be appearing as a female in SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy, he maintains his iconic appearance in this game.

All of this was shown in a special "upcoming plans" video for Fighting EX Layer. During this video, it was revealed that Pullum Purna and Vulcano Rosso will be added as part of a game update at the end of August or September. Remember that these fighters are completely free of cost!

It is certainly interesting how these Fighting EX Layer characters originally came from a Street Fighter series called the "Street Fighter EX" series. Rather than facing off with the likes of Ryu, they'll now be able to fight Terry Bogard.

Area and Sharon were also teased. More than likely, we'll see them join the fight too.

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