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Out of touch mistake or next level communication by Capcom? Our thoughts on Akuma's apparent tatsu nerf; King of Fighters 15 trailer analysis

We initially intended for this week's lead segment to drive home the point that Akuma's overpowered nature is harming Street Fighter 5 and that it would be a travesty if Capcom did not properly nerf him in the upcoming patch. While we surely did get into that discussion, a very recent development concerning Akuma and balance also emerged.

The demonic fighter has just been given a snazzy new Garuda crossover costume in Street Fighter 5, and during the quick showcasing of said costume just a few days back the community spotted what looked like a very substantial nerf to one of his most routine and powerful sequences. We got the costume today, but no nerf... at least not yet.

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Shun'ei gameplay trailer for King of Fighters 15 revealed

Shun'ei's King of Fighters 15 gameplay trailer has been dropped by SNK Official. Though Shun'ei has already been revealed along with K', Leona, Mai, Kyo, and Benimaru, this gives us our first real look at how he'll play.

This particular fighter is said to be a manipulator of illusions. During King of Fighters 15 gameplay, he's shown utilizing Hydrokinesis and Pyrokinesis with his right and left hands respectively.

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Goku was playable in King of Fighters '98 build made for fun along with Ryu and Ken two years before Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fight 2000

There's something truly special about crossover fighting games. Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fight 2000 marked an interesting time for fighting game fans back in the 2000s era.

However, it seems that there once existed a version of Capcom vs. SNK that allowed players to use Street Fighter's Ryu or King of Fighter's Kyo against Dragon Ball Z's Goku. Funnily enough, this crossover actually existed about two years before the original Capcom vs. SNK was released.

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Side by side comparison shows just how far King of Fighters 15 has progressed beyond its predecessor

When King of Fighters 14 was first shown back in 2016, fans of the franchise were so distracted by "PlayStation 1-level graphics" that the overall hype of the reveal was heavily muted. Though SNK did update the graphics this first showing still haunts the franchise to this day, and with any new KOF content audiences are now widely asking about and concerning themselves with the quality of visuals before anything else.

We got our first major look at King of Fighters 15 last night as SNK released the game's trailer, and so it should come as little surprise that plenty of side by side comparisons have already popped up online. We've nabbed HiFight's so you can see just how far KOF has come.

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Two characters from another SNK title spotted in the background of King of Fighters 15 trailer

After months of waiting and an unexpected delay that saw disappointment spread throughout the fighting game community, SNK turned things around yesterday by surprising fans with the big first reveal of King of Fighters 15. The trailer gave viewers a quick glimpse at some of the cinematic maneuvers that can be found in the game, while simultaneously revealing several new fighters that weren't initially confirmed.

Keen-eyed fans have been combing over the quick trailer since its release last night to breakdown what they're seeing and search for potential Easter eggs. As luck would have it, Twitter user ATRyoSakazaki spotted a couple of quick cameos in the background of one of KOF15's stages shown in the trailer that come from another combat-centric SNK title.

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King of Fighters 15 official reveal trailer released, Cham-Cham and Hibiki Takane revealed for Samurai Shodown

After being delayed from it's original scheduled release this morning, SNK has dropped the official King of Fighters 15 trailer for the fighting game world to see. You can view it below after the jump.

Though fans were understandably disappointed to find they wouldn't be getting the trailer they hoped for quite yet, hope was encouraged as still images of the incoming KOF entry started to circulate on social media.

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The King of Fighters 14: Ultimate Edition announced and releases later this month, available now in Europe

Fans of The King of Fighters series were disappointed to say the least when SNK announced that their planned KOF15 reveal had been delayed at the last minute, but there was still technically an announcement from the company last night.

SNK revealed a trailer for The King of Fighters 14: Ultimate Edition, which is already available in Europe right now, and appears to be another PlayStation 4 exclusive version of the game.

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The King of Fighters 15 and Samurai Shodown announcements postponed by SNK

A large portion of the fighting game community were getting pumped up to finally see what The King of Fighters 15 is going to look like after years of waiting, but it appears as though everyone will need to hold that anticipation a while longer still.

SNK announced today that they have postponed the announcements for KOF15 and Samurai Shodown Season 3, which were originally scheduled to take place this evening.

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King of Fighters 15 official reveal trailer coming this Wednesday, Samurai Shodown Season 3 DLC characters to be unveiled as well

The tinder was lit just over a month ago when SNK released a teaser trailer for King of Fighters 15, and the time has finally (almost) come for the promised full official trailer to arrive.

Though the date is slated as January 7, this is according to Japanese time. We in the West will be enjoying the first major view of the next chapter of the King of Fighters this Wednesday, January 6, at 6 p.m. Pacific Time. There's even more than just KOF news, however.

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From impossible combos to massive pop offs, trolling and confusion, 2020 was full of amazing and hilarious moments in fighting games

This year will certainly go down in the history books as one of the worst for a long list of sucky reasons, but there was still plenty of enjoyment to be had if you knew where to look.

Now, all of those great times from the realm of fighting games have been compiled into one place, as LiangHuBBB recently released their latest Funny and Cool Moments video showcasing the best of the FGC in 2020 from perfect combos to weird interactions / reactions.

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Katsuhiro Harada can't get Yoshinori Ono to pick up the phone, Street Fighter producer loves Megan Thee Stallion and BlazBlue creator wants more

This year will go down as one of the most turbulent in modern history, but there was still plenty to enjoy in terms of media with more to look forward to in 2021.

Japanese publications Famitsu and 4Gamer recently released their end of year / New Year's messages from game developers including many in the fighting game scene like Katsuhiro Harada, Daisuke Ishiwatari, Toshimichi Mori, Yasuyuki Oda, Shuhei Matsumoto and others sharing their favorite things from 2020 while talking about what's coming next from their teams.

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Click Burgundy recaps the latest fighting game announcements and tournament victories in amazing artwork form

The fighting game scene has had a surprisingly lively fall / winter season so far despite everything going on in the world between character announcements like Sephiroth in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and a number of big tournaments.

Click Burgundy works to often times transform these big events into artwork, and we've collected some of their best portraits showcasing the season's reveals and victories.

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As King of Fighters 15 team compositions will reportedly 'differ greatly' from the previous game, some semi-mainstay characters may be in trouble

Earlier this month, we got a development update from SNK on the current status of King of Fighters 15, promising us that we'd get a full proper reveal for the game on January 7th. We also got our first glimpse at the new designs for some of the characters for the game with Kyo Kusanagi, Benimaru Nikaido and Shun'ei being confirmed as three playable characters for the game. Later, keen eyes would notice that the trailer also featured glimpses at series veterans K' and Leona Heidern, suggesting that they'll also be part of the roster.

In the presentation video, one statement stood out from creative director Eisuke Ogura. When responding to a question from producer Yasuyuki Oda regarding what characters would be in the game, Ogura responded "The way the teams are composed will differ greatly from [King of Fighters] 14". He noted that more information about the roster would be trickling out during 2021 and urged players to fire up their dream rosters and keep posting them on social media, which leads us to one of the most exciting parts of upcoming games — roster speculation.

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Here's when to watch the upcoming King of Fighters 15 and Samurai Shodown Season 3 announcement trailers

Earlier this month, SNK shared an update with fans on when they can expect to see the first major reveal trailer for King of Fighters 15. On January 7, 2021 (JST), the next mainstay installment in the long-running fighting game franchise will finally be officially unveiled to the public, and the company is also bringing some announcements for Samurai Shodown Season Pass 3 with them on the same day.

With the date fast approaching, SNK sent out a tweet yesterday with specific times and dates on which fans can tune in to catch the big reveals.

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Huge fighting game discounts are here in time for Christmas with PlayStation and Steam Winter Sales featuring Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate and many more

The season of giving is upon us now with the crazy holiday shopping season which is also the perfect time to present the gift of good fighting games to your friends and family.

Said gift giving is made much easier on the wallet right now with both Steam and PlayStation running their own winter sales right now which includes new titles like Mortal Kombat 11: Ultimate (plus Kombat Pack 2), games that rarely go on sale like Samurai Shodown and many, many more.

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SNK teases new console to release in 2021, quite possibly the NeoGeo 2

SNK were pioneers kicking off the 1990's with the release of the first NeoGeo hardware offering arcade-perfect games at home (at a crazy price), and lately they've been dipping their toes back into the classic console market.

Something "brand new" is coming soon, however, as SNK teased this morning that the company plans to release a new NeoGeo console in 2021.

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The era of delay-based netcode may finally be over for good in fighting games depending on what SNK does with The King of Fighters 15

The father of rollback netcode, GGPO, first debuted back in 2006 to show the world a widely better way to play fighting games online, but even as soon as this year, developers have continued to use their older delay-based solutions to the disappointment of many players.

Much of that has started to shift over the past two or three years, however, and now the fighting game community is looking at a potential / probable timeline where no new title is made with delay-based networking ever again — though that kinda hinges on what SNK is planning to do with The King of Fighters 15.

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