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SNK reveals Samurai Shodown is possibly already profitable, a bit of info about King of Fighters 15, SNK Heroines' sales and plans for Neo Geo 2

SNK may have strayed from their more traditional video gaming roots earlier this decade, but they've come back in full force in recent years which has landed them back on the mainstage at EVO and in the hearts and minds of the fighting game community.

The company recently held their 2019 SNK investors meeting in Seoul, South Korea where they revealed interesting facts about their upcoming fighting games like Samurai Shodown and King of Fighters 15 while also taking the time to announce plans for new console platforms in the Neo Geo 2 and Neo Geo 3.

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Not only does artist Jet share his amazing work, he shows us exactly how he does it with video tutorials

While I'll surely just be sticking to the medium words for creative expression, those of you who lean more towards the canvas will certainly appreciate the work of NorCal-based artist Jet.

Jet has created a fairly vast catalogue of beautiful art pieces, a good handful of which feature fighting game characters — the majority of which are ladies. As if that weren't enough, Jet also shows us his process via The JettyJet Show.

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The Las Vegas fighting game community is kicking off an all new content production venture as Team COS Las Vegas FGC is officially up and running

The local fighting game scene in Las Vegas is stepping up to a whole new level as they have launched the all new Team COS Las Vegas FGC.

Renato "DidomoKOF" Martins, Luis "Turbopascal" Vidal, Edmundo "EXFalcon" Carreon and Ramon "Romance" Navarrete are leading the charge as they conduct interviews, plays sets with, and organizes exhibitions between players within the Vegas scene as well as any renowned travelers that venture into the area.

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NorCal Regionals 2019 results

Story updated with final results: The NorCal Regionals 2019 tournament is underway now. This is a Capcom Pro Tour premier event running in San Jose, California throughout the weekend. There are 13 games being played over three days.

Notable competitors in attendance include Rohto|Tokido, Rec|Punk, RB|Gachikun, Mouz|Problem X, Fudoh|Fujimura, CYG|Fuudo, FAV|Sako, CYG|Daigo Umehara, Justin Wong, Momochi, FOX|NuckleDu, RZR|Xian, Liquid|Nemo, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, UYU|Oil King, Mago, Liquid|John Takeuchi, ZJZ, MyWallet|Verloren, CYG|GamerBee, UYU|NL, FAV|Ryusei, END|Shine, SB|801 Strider, CAG|Dogura, Talon|HotDog29, Fudoh|Haitani, Rise|Smug, Qanba|Xiao Hai, NVD|Phenom, GRPT|MOV, CAG|Go1, RRQ|Moke, Rise|K-Brad, Brian_F, CJ Truth, GGP|Kazunoko, RB|Bonchan, CYG|PR Balrog, Fudoh|Johnny, Machabo, Combofiend, EG|Ricki Ortiz, EnvyUS|Mister Crimson, RB|Snake Eyez, JB, Jwong|Didimokof, The Cool Kid93, EG|NYChrisG, Tempo|Alex Myers, NRG|Supernoon, Reynald, BC|Apologyman, NVD|SaltyKid, Mo-Joe, LPN, Commander Jesse, Dankadillas, among many others.

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Toushinsai 2019 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The big arcade-based tournament series is back again this year, and is as usual taking place in Tokyo, Japan.

Although no tournament brackets seemed to have been released, making it difficult to say exactly who's there, you can pretty freely assume that if they're a Japan-based player who competes in the arcades, they're going to be there fighting their heart out.

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FV Cup x SEA Major 2019 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, we can enjoy some proper Asian tournament action with FV Cup x SEA Major 2019 taking place in Kualua Lumpur, Malaysia.

Some of the notable players attending this event include Victrix|Momochi, FD|Fujimura, Rohto|Tokido, UYU|OilKing, RZR|Xian, FAV|Sako, RB|Bonchan, FD|Johnny, Liquid|John Takeuchi, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, FD|Haitani, CYG|GamerBee, FAV|Ryuusei, Talon|HotDog29, Talon|Denesis, FD|Otani and of course many more as well.

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SNK All-Star announced as a fighting... mobile RPG

SNK All-Star is a title that in name alone carries a ton of promise with it given the company's long and storied history with fighting games and the arcade scene, so a mobile RPG probably isn't something many players in the West would think about when first hearing the name... unless they've been paying attention to what came before.

That's right. Developers 37Games announced that SNK All-Star will be coming to iOS and Android devices as a free-to-play title later this year combining the worlds of The King of Fighters, Samurai Shodown, The Last Blade and other classic series into a new crossover.

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From M. Bison to Geese Howard, who are the 10 most intimidating and best villains in fighting game history?

Fighting game final bosses are among the most iconic and memorable among all genres of video games because they represent — especially in the arcade era — the highest mountain you had to climb over to reach the top against computer players that would do everything in their power, including breaking the game, to destroy you and force you to spend another quarter.

Many of them have a number of design choices in common. They have the color red worked into their primary or secondary color schemes, they want to control / destroy the world, or they may simply want to acquire the best of every fighting style via assimilation. There are a number of them that have stood the test of time amongst their peers, however — we don't exactly hear too many people clamoring about Azazel from Tekken 6 or Ultron Sigma.

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If you somehow didn't know, Click Burgundy's fighting game artwork is the toppest of tiers

Click Burgundy is a Japanese artist we've featured a number of times on EventHubs already because of their godlike fighting game art, and their work continues to be amazing.

We've collected a dozen more pieces from Click Burgundy's recent collections where they seem to have been pretty excited about the EVO and EVO Japan line ups plus some other recent fighting game announcements like Videl in Dragon Ball FighterZ — and I guess we know which side of the pigtails vs. short hair debate they fall on.

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SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy is out now on Steam

SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy is now available for PC users. Those who wish to purchase the title on Steam can do so now.

The tag team title that brings many of SNK's most popular female fighters together for fast-paced fights comes in a variety of different purchase options. The Standard Edition will run you $49.99 USD regularly, though there is a "Special “Launch Celebration” price of $42.49 right now.

For those looking for a bit more bang for the buck, you can pick up the SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy Deluxe Pack. This will get you the standard game, plus the Upgrade Pack — which includes four DLC characters: Thief Arthur, Skullomania from Fighter EX Layer, Miss X, and Jeanne — a digital art book, and a digital soundtrack.

The Deluxe Pack comes with a price tag of $59.99, however, you can get it right now at a discounted $50.99.

Also available on Steam is the SNK Heroines Upgrade Pack as a standalone item. For $16.99 (normally $19.99), you can purchase the aforementioned DLC characters on their own. So, if you pick up the standard version and want to add the DLC fighters later, you have the option of doing so.

The special launch celebration sale prices will be in effect until February 27th at 10 a.m. PDT.

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Here's a recap of everything that was announced over the EVO Japan 2019 weekend

EVO Japan 2019 ended up making this a particularly busy weekend. The tournament has been wrapped up and champions for each game played at the event have been decided.

Of course, there were also a number of announcements that may catch the interest of fighting game enthusiasts. It appears that developers are using this as an opportunity to build up hype about specific events for their games.

Although Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition was one of the main tournaments with over 1,000 entrants, the competition was actually not part of the Capcom Pro Tour. As a result, Capcom had no announcements to reveal over the weekend.

Likewise, Nintendo also had no presence at EVO Japan this year. Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate were not played. Still, it is worth noting that a 3.0 update for Spring 2019 was announced a few days prior for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Not surprisingly, there were no signs of NetherRealm Studios titles either as Mortal Kombat and Injustice don't tend to be very popular in Japan. Jade's announcement should tide us over in the meantime.

Let's take a moment to recap everything that was announced at EVO Japan 2019 for those that may have missed them.

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EVO Japan 2019 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The second installment ever of one of the biggest tournament expansions we've seen is here this weekend, namely the expansion of the EVO brand to Japan, with EVO Japan 2019.

This year, it's taking place in Fukuoka rather than Tokyo, and although entrants aren't as high as they were in last year's monumental premier year, the entrants certainly aren't anything to scoff at.

Over 1000 players are participating in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, over 500 in Tekken 7, and roughly between 200-300 each for Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Soul Calibur 6 and King of Fighters 14, respectively.

While these 6 games are the main titles at the event, there'll be an absolutely insane amount of side tournaments as well, so make sure you keep in tune with all of the action.

Players participating are a bit too plentiful to list, but just count on the vast majority of Asian top players — and many other top players from other regions of the world — being present and competing.

Streaming is being done at EVO, EVO 2, EVO 3 and EVO 4.

Side events are set to be streamed at KVO Japan 01, KVO Japan 02, KVO Japan 03 and KVO Japan 04.

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SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy coming to PC in the very near future

EVO Japan day two has now wrapped up where we learned that Amy will be joining the cast of Soul Calibur 6 as DLC, but Bandai Namco haven't been the only ones to have announcements at the big event.

SNK revealed that their crossover fan-service filled fighting game SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy will be coming to PC via Steam on February 21 for North America and February 22 for Japan.

The developer is running a new trailer on the show floor for the game showing brief clips on the gameplay and story including that SNK Heroines will land on Steam next week though it doesn't detail much beyond that with a "stay tuned for more info" tag at the end.

SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy originally launched in September of 2018 on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch and has since added four characters as DLC with Miss X, Jeanne from World Heroes, Skullomania from Fighting EX Layer / Street Fighter EX and Thief Arthur from Million Arthur: Arcana Blood.

One of SNK's star heroines in Mai Shiranui also landed a gig this weekend as a crossover fighter in Dead or Alive 6 along with another unannounced King of Fighters character as DLC in the upcoming game's Season Pass.

No Steam page currently exists for SNK Heroines, so we don't yet know how much the fighting game will cost on its new platform or whether it will include all of its DLC out of the gate. Massive SNK fan Gatoray is at EVO Japan where he recorded the new trailer which you can see for yourself below.


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Rejected Street Fighters, the worst stages and just how terrible is Metro City? - Fighterpedia returns from the year 2011 with a full HD remaster

Fighterpedia originally released as a 13-part series in 2011 as a celebration of fighting games and the absolute absurdity of them, but they became impossible to watch legitimately in recent times after Machinima began removing videos before their complete closure earlier this year.

Woolie and Matt McMuscles, the original creators of the Fighterpedia and formerly of Super Best Friends Play, began the task in 2018 to remaster and remake the show that introduced the world to Zubaz plus a bunch of references and memorable quotes which are still uttered around the community today.

The first three episodes of Fighterpedia HD are now live with re-recorded audio and visuals with editing duties falling to another community member in Daisy Del Carmen, but they didn't stop with a simple remaster. New visuals and dialogue / jokes have also been added to the videos to update them for the seven years that have passed since the original while keeping the spirit of 2011's FGC.

"In terms of changes, the main goal is to free it from the old pre-widescreen, 560 x 340 format of 2011, and re-render the assets in a more future-proof way," said Woolie. "While we're at it, however, we figured that we might as well take the opportunity to save ourselves from any jokes that make us cringe watching it now, or add extra parts in some episodes to make EX meter burn versions of the original bit now that we know the future."

Rejected Street Fighters is perhaps the most well-known of the series as its first episode and the video that gave the internet the unused bullfighter character with the name 'Zubaz' on his shirt, who has since gone on to appear in a number of video games like Divekick, Pocket Rumble and Shovel Knight. It also showed off art of prototype fighters for Street Fighter 2 with the evolution of Vega from a ninja to a Templar knight before reaching his final design while Zangief was named 'Vodka Gorbalsky.'

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The second remaster released was for the seven best and worst fighting game stages circa 2011 including the likes of Street Fighter Alpha 2's iconic Stormy Fields, Akuma randomly roaming the halls of the Shadaloo base in Street Fighter: The Movie The Game and King of Fighters 2002's strange giant clogs and sheep. May we never speak of Pokefloats again.

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Frosty Faustings XI results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Frosty Faustings XI is taking place this weekend — or to be more specific, this Friday and Saturday — in Illinois.

This is a pretty huge event with more than 1200 entrants total, so the competition is going to be off the charts for several of the games present.

Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate both have over 200 entrants, while BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Soul Calibur 6, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Tekken 7, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and the event's Mystery Tournament all have over 100 entrants each.

Besides these titles, you can also expect tournament play to be streamed for Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Vampire Savior (Darkstalkers), Windjammers, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars, Pokkén Tournament DX, King of Fighters 14, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Melty Blood: Actress Again Current Code, Super Sailor Moon S, Fighting EX Layer, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Injustice 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Killer Instinct.

Players set to attend include NuckleDu, REC|Punk, NRG|HookGangGod, LostSoul, UYU|Cloud805, EG|NYChrisG, BC|LordKnight, 1UP|PepperySplash, PG|MarlinPie, Teresa, Disrupt|Shadow20z, BjornSonOfBear, FF|ElvenShadow, Jona, FOX|Dekillsage, TS|Arturo Sanchez, Mr. K, Hotashi, NRG|Supernoon, Brian_F, Disrupt|Joonya20z, BxA|Blaze, ITS|ShinBlade, ITS|Mak, UYU|BeautifulDude, Foo, JodyThaGreat and many, many more.

Streaming is being done at BG Callisto, Low Kick Tournaments, Team Spooky, Will English IV, rs Blackrose and Unrivaled Tournaments.

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EVO Japan's prize pools reach over $90,000 for the mainstage titles with Tekken 7 payouts larger than the World Tour Finals

EVO Japan is returning for its second year with the action starting a month from now, and it appears as though Tekken, Street Fighter and other mainstage game players have even more reason to check out the free major this time around.

The prize pools for EVO Japan 2019 have now been revealed for Street Fighter 5, Tekken 7, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, The King of Fighters 14 and Soul Calibur 6 where a total of 10 million yen or around $92,000 will be available for players to take home for placing in the top 8.

All games at the inaugural tournament featured a base 1 million yen prize pool — except for Nintendo's titles, but both SF5 and Tekken 7 have been majorly bumped up this year to 3 million yen — $27,600 — which is actually larger than the Tekken World Tour Finals' pay outs for 2018.

The Tekken World Tour Finals last year featured a $20,000 prize pool where first place took home $7,500 though the money was split between each of the top 20 competitors instead of just top 8. Grand finals winners for both Tekken and Street Fighter will each take home over $13,000 — which is higher than the standard Capcom Pro Tour major winnings of $7,000 but less than EVO's now $20,000 for SF5.

Each of the other four mainstage titles will feature 1 million yen prize pools like 2018 though Soul Calibur 6 and BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle are new titles for this year in place of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, BlazeBlue: Central Fiction, and ARMS.

There are two notable titles that have been left off of EVO Japan's roster with Dragon Ball FighterZ and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate not making the cut for unannounced reasons though DBFZ has faced some cancelled events in recent months.

A big venue change has also occurred for EVO's expansion as it has moved over 670 miles from Tokyo, Japan down South to Fukuoka where numbers have seen an apparent decline for attendees from 2018 though that could still change. EVO Japan is scheduled to run from February 15–17 at the Fukuoka Kokusai Center, and you can take a look at the full prize pool breakdowns for the six mainstage titles after the jump.

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In case you forgot, Click Burgundy's fighting game art is still absolutely top tier

It's always a good day when you realize you haven't perused Click Burgundy's art page in a while and get to see all the new pieces he's done as of late.

Today we see more than a few new fighting game illustrations featuring characters like Baiken, Menat, Ibuki, Sodom, Mai, Kage and plenty others.

The characters showcased hail from all parts of the fighting game realm as Marvel vs. Capcom, Street Fighter, BlazBlue and even Super Smash Bros. are represented amongst others.

I'm especially intrigued to see how people respond to Alpha Ken, who is well made but does seem a little bit odd for reasons I can't quite put my finger on. Perhaps I can no longer see Ken Masters without the scarring stare of Street Fighter 5 Ken piercing through?

In any case, please give the gallery below a look through and let us know which of these beautiful works are your favorites and why.

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