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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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Update: What was the best new fighting game of 2018? See the results of the poll to see where your favorites placed

Update: Check out the results of the poll after the jump to see what everyone voted for as their favorite new fighting game of 2018.

The fighting game community finds itself older, wiser and more storied as we've made it through yet another year of punching, kicking and blasting each other to oblivion.

We're taking a look back over 2018, specifically at the new titles we've been able to get our hands on. From Dragon Ball FighterZ back in January to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in December, it seems there's been something for everyone regardless of fighting game taste.

Those that enjoy fighting with multiple characters got BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle and SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy. Fighting EX Layer brought us a more modern take on the Street Fighter EX series, Soul Calibur 6 offered a fresh arena for 3D players and Omen of Sorrow and Blade Strangers appealed especially to the indie crowd.

We've also included the Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition update, as it brought not only new characters, but new game mechanics, modes and a visual overhaul that made for a significantly different experience than vanilla Street Fighter 5.

We've included these nine titles in a poll below so you can vote for your favorite title of 2018. Feel free to share the details of your choice in the comments, and expand with any further reasoning you used to arrive at your conclusion.

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Kumite in Tennessee 2019 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

We've just barely entered the new year, and we already have a slew of events upon us.

Kumite in Tennessee is one of them, and as you'd expect, it's taking place in Tennessee — more specifically, Franklin, Tennessee.

With Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Tekken 7 both having over 100 entrants, and Soul Calibur 6, Dragon Ball FighterZ and Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition all being above 50 entrants each, respectively, this is going to be a pretty loaded event.

The games being played besides the aforementioned five are BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Injustice 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat XL, King of Fighters 14, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Killer Instinct and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2.

Some of the notable players attending include Lil Majin, Disrupt|Shadow20z, BC|Biohazard, CuddleCore, SB|JB, W2W|KnowKami, Neon, Pokchop, BC|HoneyBee, MnT|Trungy, SperoGin, KoDee, TS|Arturo Sanchez and of course many more beyond that.

Streaming is being done at Team Spooky, VG Boot Camp, NYC Furby, HXC Gaming Events and TNEA Live.

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Xian makes Street Fighter 5 Season 4 look more like King of Fighters with this stylish Ibuki juggle combo

RZR|Xian recently shared a Street Fighter 5 Season 4 Ibuki combo over on Twitter that isn't really all that practical, but boy is it ever stylish.

The veteran fighting gamer put together a sequence for the Street Fighter 3 ninja that focuses on the utilization of her kunai throw. In Street Fighter 5, Ibuki can store up to six kunai, and she can throw them in different ways including one at a time or all at once.

Xian makes use of the single blade toss after hitting the training dummy (M. Bison) with a Crush Counter that sends him up into the air. What follows is a juggle sequence that also incorporates Ibuki's V-Trigger 2 for the purpose of continuing the combo and adding even more swag to it.

As several Twitter users pointed out, Xian makes Street Fighter 5 Season 4 look more like a King of Fighters title with this sequence. The King of Fighters series traditionally features combos that juggle characters very similarly to what we're seeing here, especially those that move them into the corner where the combos become even more dangerous.

Xian is certainly no stranger to the world of King of Fighters. Over the years, he placed high at numerous King of Fighters 13 events, taking 1st place at several.

He can also pull off King of Fighters combos one-handed...

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Best Funny and Cool Moments of 2018 released by LiangHuBBB features unending combos, mind boggling mix ups, baffled reactions, and more

January 1st is rapidly approaching. That means that we'll soon be looking back at 2018 as we enter the new year.

LiangHuBBB recently uploaded a compilation that lasts for nearly 27 minutes. Essentially, these are the best "Funny and Cool" moments of 2018 highlighted in one video.

Many games are featured during the video. These include Street Fighter 5, Injustice 2, Street Fighter 4, Soul Calibur 6, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and more.

As a quick warning, there are a number of hype moments that have some NSFW language in them. Notably, the combos are unending, the mix ups will cause some double takes, the glitches are hilarious, and the everything is stylish.

Of course, there are also the type of moments in fighting games that... can't easily be explained. You really have to see them to believe them.

My personal favorite moment featured showcased SonicSol's reaction to having Falke's bo staff attack whiff punished. While it's a common thing for a character's hurtbox to be attached to their attacks — even if it's a weapon attack — this is hilarious all the same.

Be sure to let us know which moment was your favorite from the video after the jump.

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King of Fighters 14 ver. 3.10 update live on PlayStation 4 and Steam, SNK releases patch notes

King of Fighters 14 has seen an update that makes significant balance changes to the game.

The ver. 3.10 patch adds a change to every character's health values. On top of that, the window to perform a reversal (except during guard recovery) has been lengthened by four frames.

SNK has released a large PDF full of character balance changes. All 58 fighters on the King of Fighters 14 roster have seen tweaks.

Last month, SNK announced that KOF14 would be seeing its 3.10 patch by the end of December that focuses on balance changes. Today's batch might be the final set of major changes for the game, however, as the company did reveal that King of Fighters 15 is currently in development.

We do not currently have a concrete release date for the next installment in the King of Fighters franchise, but it is expected sometime in 2020.

Below you can check out a quick visual of the health changes made in the 3.10 patch. Be sure to find the full set of patch notes from SNK here.

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KVO The Winter Battle results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Christmastime doesn't necessarily mean that tournaments are off the table, as this weekend's event proves.

KVO The Winter Battle is taking place in Kyoto, Japan.

This is an event organized by the same people who usually hold the KVO event which is typically held in May every year.

There are a ton of games being played at this event, including Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Pokkén Tournamnet DX, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, King of Fighters 14, SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, ARMS, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite and many more beyond.

Some of these games are played in teams and some are played in singles, and you can look for more details on your game of choice here.

Streaming is being done at KVO Japan 2018, KVO Japan 2, Team KVO Japan, KVO Japan 3, KVO Japan 4 and ARMS Tenka.

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NEC 19 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

NEC 19 is taking place this weekend in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

This event is hosting a ton of different games, with the most entered one being Soul Calibur 6 at over 250 participants, meaning that stakes are going to be very high for everyone involved.

Besides this, the event will also be hosting tournaments for Tekken 7, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Dead or Alive 5: Last Round and Pokkén Tournament DX.

Some of the notable names showing up include FOX|SonicFox, Dragon, PAG|Grover, BxA|PartyWolf, Saiyne, Linkorz, UGS|XCaliburBladez, MrKwiggle, Flux, PG|MarlinPie, W2W|KnowKami, FSD|Rikuto and KPB|JDR, though there are obviously many more as well.

There are several other games not listed on the main stream schedule as well that may have side streams such as Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Killer Instinct and Injustice 2, so make sure to check around if those are being streamed separately if you're interested.

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

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EVO Japan 2019 main game line up revealed, Dragon Ball FighterZ and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate not on the list

The main EVO Japan 2019 line up of games was announced early this morning over on the official EVO Twitter page. Several major fighting games that you'd expect on the event's card made the cut, but there were two big omissions that might leave fans scratching their heads.

Tekken 7, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Soul Calibur 6, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, King of Fighters 14, and Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 make up the EVO Japan 2019 main games line up. As you probably noticed, massively popular titles Dragon Ball FighterZ and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate are missing from the list.

Both games took the fighting game community by storm when initially released (and we're still in the midst of that craze with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate). Not having tournaments for either game this coming year is certainly peculiar.

Dragon Ball FighterZ was not a part of the line up at EVO Japan this past year as its release date fell a bit to close to the weekend of the tournament. With DBFZ being one of the most highly renowned fighting games of the year and so popular in the FGC, fans definitely expected it to be a part of the big show early next year.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's absence is also strange considering the game's predecessor, Super Smash Bros. 4, being a part of the main games at EVO Japan 2018. The release date of Smash Bros. Ultimate is far enough out from the event that unfamiliarity is likely not an issue, and in Dragon Ball FighterZ and Smash Ultimate's case there may be some licensing hurdles the EVO team could not overcome being that the event is overseas — though that is merely early speculation.

For comparison's sake, EVO Japan 2018's line up was as follows: Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. 4, BlazeBlue: Central Fiction, King of Fighters 14, and ARMS.

EVO Japan 2019 is taking place on February 15 - 17 in Fukuoka Kokusai Center.

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The new Samurai Shodown is reportedly aiming for a Mature rating; Charlotte shown off during closed demonstration plus King of Fighters 15 details

Samurai Shodown was shown off earlier this year as SNK's first mainline return to the franchise in a decade, and now we know a little more about what to expect when the game releases next year.

The 2D fighting game will reportedly be aiming for an 18+ or Mature rating due to the level of blood and violence that is planned to be in the title including an "amputation effect" to finish off opponents by removing some of their limbs.

This information allegedly came from a closed door presentation in South Korea where SNK also revealed The King of Fighters 15 is in development according to Game Focus and translated by Gatoray.

Charlotte, the French noble who was first introduced in the original Samurai Shodown title, was also reportedly confirmed and / or shown off during the presentation by the developers though they have yet to announce any details publicly.

The King of Fighters 15, which was only shown as a title said to release in 2020 at the press conference, will use the Unreal Engine unlike King of Fighters 14 and other recent SNK fighters have been built on.

This new Samurai Shodown title is scheduled to release during the second quarter of 2019 on the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PC. You can check out Gatoray's Tweet about the information at the presentation below

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SNK reveals The King of Fighters 15 in development; Samurai Shodown coming to Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PC

SNK returned back to their fighting game roots with The King of Fighters 14 back in 2016 and have since gone on to release SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy plus announce a new Samurai Shodown title. Now we know what the developer's next fighter on the horizon is.

The King of Fighters 15 was revealed during an IPO press conference in Seoul, South Korea by SNK, and it is currently slated to release at some point in 2020.

No artwork or visuals were reportedly shown during the presentation aside from the title and a 'coming soon' placeholder, but we now have confirmation that a new game in the fighter series is currently in development along with their other title coming next year.

Samurai Shodown also received an update during the press conference where it was announced that the title will now be coming to the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PC along with the originally revealed PlayStation 4 release.

An updated release window was reportedly touted as well during the event which showed a graphic stating that the new Samurai Shodown title is scheduled to release during the second quarter of 2019.

This is not an official, public announcement by SNK, however, so some of these listings may not be entirely accurate since King of Fighters 14 is also listed for Xbox and Nintendo systems despite only being on PS4, Steam and in arcades currently — or we could be seeing some new ports of the fighting game coming soon.

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