Was 'Helen' just a false alias or was she transformed into Kolin? Was her accent even real? Let's speculate on the upcoming character's origin

So tomorrow Kolin will be playable in Street Fighter 5. We'll likely want to start with Kolin's story with the hope of learning more about the character.

In the game's main story mode, the character was originally introduced as 'Helen' but was revealed to be Kolin at the story's conclusion. This begs the question though: Was she always Kolin or was she just transformed into her?

We may get the answer tomorrow, or we may not. I decided to try to do a little research to see if I can spot any hints before the character is released.

I've also seen a theory as to whether or not Kolin's accent is fake or not. I think there's a logical conclusion that can be determined on that regard.

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Akuma takes a break, Cammy misses the bus and Juri gets ready to dish out the pain, not only is Tetsuhara's art beautiful, it's also funny

We're back with another gallery from the incredibly talented Tetsuhara, showing off more Street Fighters, Darkstalkers and warriors of anime.

A few selections feature comical captions in Japanese, and our own MajinTenshinhan has kindly translated them for those of us who aren't familiar with the language.

That Akuma image from the banner simply reads "Taking a break," capping off a perfect contrast to the always-training demonic fighter. The Juri image you'll see below includes the phrase "Come over here and I'll beat the s*** out of you," a very Juri-esque statement.

The image of Cammy comes with the caption: "H-How am I going to pay for the bus... ?" After translating, Majin quickly pointed out the fact that Cammy has no pockets.

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Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite not forced to be tied to any comic or movie canon and will allow the developers creative freedoms

Bill Rosemann of Marvel Games recently had an interview with IGN regarding the topic of the storylines of the upcoming Marvel games. Games like Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, Square Enix The Avengers project, and Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite.

Rosemann had this to say on the subject:

We want to give [developers] freedom to tell their story and we want to make it an original story. We want to give our partners... freedom to look at all of Marvel history and to pick from what interests them.

I suppose this news isn't too surprising. Limiting the story based on everything that has happened in either the comics or the movies would be rather difficult for this type of game.

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Guilty Gear and BlazBlue costumes coming to Dead or Alive 5: Last Round in March

Dead or Alive 5 has done a lot of things as far as crossovers go, with guest characters from Virtua Fighter, King of Fighters and even Samurai Warriors joining the fray, and costumes from all different kinds of places being part of the game.

While this latest news doesn't contain characters (as far as we know), 16 costumes are coming to Dead or Alive 5 at some point in March - 8 from Guilty Gear and 8 from BlazBlue.

While details about the update are currently scarce, continue below for the few details we do know.

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Mortal Kombat 9 brought the series back to prominence after Midway's dissolution, and had some gorgeous concept and game art to boot

After Midway Games shut down in 2009, the future of Mortal Kombat seemed uncertain. Thankfully, the core developers of the Mortal Kombat series formed NetherRealm Studios under Warner Bros. game division, and their first title they made was Mortal Kombat 9 back in 2011, though the game's official title was simply "Mortal Kombat".

The game was basically a retelling of the first three games in the series, and went out of its way to please fans with loads of nostalgia, a big cast of exciting characters and a very robust story mode that other fighting game developers have been trying their best to emulate ever since.

Headed up by art director Jean-François Ferland, you can see a taste of what Mortal Kombat 9's art had to offer here.

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You can find the rest of Mortal Kombat 9's fantastic art below.

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M. Bison fights... a car that shoots lasers? This new Toyota ad takes a trek through the world of Street Fighter 2

A Toyota advertisement has gone out in Japan that features the new Toyota C-HR hybrid car, music from Queen, and Street Fighter 2. Why, you ask? I haven't the foggiest, but it sure is awesome.

The commercial shows a 16-ish bit automobile driving past each of the world warriors on their respective stages. We see the eight original Street Fighters first, followed by each of the four members of Shadaloo.

For the finale, the C-HR engages in a battle with M. Bison. No joke. Though the car has the ability to jump, block, and fire lasers in the ad, I don't think the real thing can do the same...

Below is a quick clip of the commercial. To see the full thing, be sure to hit the jumo.


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Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 officially joins the EVO 2017 line up, registration opens today at 2 p.m.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation charity drive to decide which game would be added to the official EVO 2017 line up concluded last week with Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 as the top earner. The community raised over $70,000 to secure the 9th game spot at the event this year.

EVO tournament organizer Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar took to Twitter earlier this week to announce that Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 has officially been added to the event's line up. Registration opens up at 2 p.m. PST / 5 p.m. EST today.

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Meaty normals to bait EX Headbutt, dealing with wake up Aegis, and more: Here are some tips for beating Urien in Street Fighter 5 Season 2

Dr. Fatbody is a player who actively shares the latest Urien tech with the world. However, since the character is a thorn in the side of many, today we are given a few tips on how to beat Urien in Street Fighter 5 Season 2 -- courtesy of Dr. Fatbody and KanoRedgrave.

This video covers a variety of different ways to stop some of Urien's most effective tactics, including the dreaded EX Headbutt and Aegis Reflector on wake up.

Below is a quick example of baiting EX Headbutt with a meaty light attack.


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Hit the jump to check out the full video.

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Juri lets her hair down, Ingrid looks a little bit evil, Chun-Li goes blonde and Seth... um... riiight...

Juri with her hair down for the win...

Tetsuharu is back for a third and final (at least for the time being) gallery of very impressive fighting game sketch work. Today we see mostly Street Fighters, but a few special guests pop in as well.

Chun-Li sports some blonde hair, Ingrid explores her evil side and Juri rides the Tanden Engine...

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Street Fighter 5's next DLC character drops tomorrow, let's take another look at Kolin's costumes, stats, and how she plays

We won't have to wait much longer for Kolin, Street Fighter 5 Season 2's second DLC fighter. In the meantime, I thought it might be fun to take another look at what the icy combatant is all about.

Kolin utilizes the Russian martial art Systema, using her opponent's momentum against them to gain the advantage. She harnesses the ice power bestowed upon her by Gill to battle with slash attacks and knife hand strikes.

In the gallery below, we have included Kolin's Street Fighter 5 stats, each of her costumes (Story, Nostalgia, and Premium), official artwork, trading card, and some more screenshots of her in action.

Additionally, you'll find her character introduction video after the jump, as well as the full WSO Sessions replay in which she was not only showcased, but played by several of the UK scene's best players.

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Killer Instinct getting a samurai character soon? Quick teaser potentially referencing the next new fighter

With the official reveal of Kilgore, we learned that a total of three new characters are headed to Killer Instinct. Two remain, and it looks like we may have gotten our first teaser of the next fighter.

The official Killer Instinct Twitter account sent out a quick video that features smoke slowly billowing by, revealing a line of text. It references "another Coalesced Guardian in the form of a Japanese katana."

Check it out below.


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Urien can walk forward before firing off a Headbutt in Street Fighter 5, here's how to perform and apply Dr. Fatbody's 'Micro Walk' tech

You may know Dr. Fatbody from the awesome Street Fighter 5 tech he posts over on Twitter and YouTube. Not long ago, he sent a bit of Urien tech our way that adds even more to his already stacked arsenal.

Deemed the "Micro Walk" Headbutt, this particular technique allows Urien to walk forward a bit before launching into his special move. While this isn't a new concept for quarter circle motion moves or even left/right charge attacks, it's something we don't see often for down/up moves.

Below is an example of the tech in action.


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Captain Cold and Mr. Freeze are both likely headed to Injustice 2 based on the roster leak, but how will they differ from each other, if at all?

I previously wrote a piece on how Poison Ivy and Swamp-Thing could use the same general purpose for two entirely different characters prior to their official reveals, and this time, we're going to take a quick look at Captain Cold and Mr. Freeze, both of whom are present on the increasingly accurate leak list from December.

At first, the two characters seem awfully similar, since both have cold and ice as their gimmick, and they actually both use some sort of gun to fire freezing beams, but is there potential to have them as different characters, and not just have one be a premium skin for the other?

Nothing can be said for sure just yet, but you can find my thoughts on the matter below.

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Aspects of the Street Fighter movie appear to be canon - Captain Sawada gets CFN profile, will we finally see his horrible super move return in SF5?

There's a lot to like about the Street Fighter movie, though a lot of it is not necessarily liked because it's actually good.

One of my favorite aspects of the film is the tie-in game which features Captain Sawada, with his unbelievably bizarre super move.

Now, this army captain has gotten a full profile over at the CFN. You can check out his image here.

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Continue below for his full profile.

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Four counter-hit headbutts in a row? 'Legendary Nut' RoyalMist and his Urien make it to top eight in uncanny fashion at Winter Brawl

If you haven't been keeping up with Winter Brawl you've been missing out. The Pennsylvania-based event is concluding today, and if yesterday's action was any indication, finals are going to be a hoot.

Enter RoyalMist and his Urien, currently one of eight remaining combatants in the Street Fighter 5 bracket. To get there, he had to win a hard fought battle with well known East Coast Bison player, Angel "TA|Moons" Gonzales.

During their bout, RoyalMist hit an unprecedented five special move counter-hits in a row, the latter four of which were all normal headbutts:


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As you may have noticed at the end of the clip, Moons appeared more amused than frustrated. Winter Brawl is currently live, and you can see current standings, watch the remainder of the tournament (and see how RoyalMist fairs in the losers bracket of top eight) right here.


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