Take a trip down memory lane with this classic Rival Schools: United By Fate art - a true gem of Capcom's early 3D days

Back during the mid-late '90s, many companies were making exciting new projects as 3D gaming had just started becoming a possibility on consoles.

As the arcade giants they were back during the medium's heyday, Capcom were definitely no strangers to such projects - one of which was Rival Schools: United By Fate, released in Japanese arcades in 1997.

The school setting separated it from most fighting games at the time, and managed to simultaneously be more relatable and more outlandish than most contemporary fighting games, and even brought in Street Fighter's resident schoolgirl fighter Sakura as a guest character.

For a glimpse at the dynamic characters within this school setting - many of who used movesets inspired by their chosen after-school sport - check out these images here.

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You can find more classic Rival Schools art below.

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V-ism Cody's dodge/block is insane in Street Fighter Alpha 3, watch as he evades damn near everything by simply holding back

D-NO recently uploaded an insane, but admittedly awesome clip of Street Fighter Alpha 3 on Twitter.

When players selected Cody in V-ism, they were given access to a quick dodge that was activated by holding back on the fight stick. Apparently, Cody could evade a lot of attacks, including boss M. Bison's Psycho Crusher super.


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Any attack that Cody couldn't dodge, he would simply block. While this seems crazy overpowered, it should be noted that Cody was unable to block throws. His guard meter is also quite small, meaning that he could be opened up faster than some of the other characters on the roster.

Either way, it's rad seeing Cody effortlessly maneuver around Bison's attacks as if he weren't a threat at all.

Source: D-NO.

Capcom focused on reviving inactive franchises and older IPs

Fans have been anxiously awaiting another installment in the Marvel vs. Capcom series for over five years, and this past weekend we saw the official reveal of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.

As companies tend to do with the reveal of a new title, Capcom sent out a press release for MvCI with general information about the 2v2 crossover fighter. Included was a section telling of their current plans, which makes mention of older franchises.

According to the release, Capcom is putting focus on bringing back dormant IPs, as well as releasing major titles within each fiscal year. The section reads:

In addition to regular major title releases each fiscal year, Capcom is currently focused on reviving series that have not had new entries recently, or otherwise dormant IP. Beginning with MARVEL VS. CAPCOM: INFINITE, a return for the series following a five-year hiatus, Capcom looks to enhance its corporate value even further by utilizing its library of rich contents.

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Is Marvel vs. Capcom 4 going to be announced at the PlayStation Experience this weekend? Cast your vote and let us know what you think!

Everybody is talking about it... The word around the campfire is Marvel vs. Capcom 4 is not only a real thing, but will be officially announced at the PlayStation Experience this weekend.

Rumors about the game surfaced about a month back, and over the weekend more sources attributed to its potential validity. Just yesterday, Polygon published an article saying that Marvel vs. Capcom 4 is going to be revealed this weekend and will be released in 2017, according to unnamed sources.

As it stands right now, we can't say that another game in the MvC series is a for sure thing. However, it's definitely on the radar for a lot of fans.

So, based on everything we've seen lately, we'd like to know what you think. Do you believe Marvel vs. Capcom 4 is going to be announced at the PlayStation Experience this weekend, or is this all just rumor?

You can cast your vote in our latest poll after the jump.

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Polygon: Marvel vs. Capcom 4 is currently in development and slated for release sometime in 2017

Major gaming news site Polygon has reported that Marvel vs. Capcom 4 is coming in 2017. While we don't know the identity of their sources, the news outlet has come forth with statements about the game allegedly being in development.

"Multiple sources tell Polygon that Marvel vs. Capcom 4 is currently in development and slated for release sometime in 2017," states Polygon.

"Capcom will unveil Marvel vs. Capcom 4 this week alongside Sony’s PlayStation Experience event, we’ve been told, where the Capcom Cup 2016 Street Fighter 5 tournament will be held."

The article goes on to touch on more details including the game's initial reveal as well as what kinds of characters we can expect to see on the roster.

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Fan made concept art imagines what Marvel vs. Capcom 4 might look like

A few images and a short post on NeoGAF have inspired a ton of speculation surrounding a fourth Marvel vs. Capcom title overnight.

We've seen tons of excited posts from the MvC community as hopeful hearts await the PlayStation Experience this weekend for the possibility of an announcement.

To pass the time until then, we felt this would be a good time to revisit some fan made concept art that imagines what a Marvel vs. Capcom 4 might look like. After looking through these images please let us know if you'd want developers to move in a direction like this. What specifics would you want to see in an MvC4?

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Morrigan gets comfortable, Shadaloo Kings get warm and Sakura gets pwned; more of Yoshihara's Capcom and SNK sketches

We've got a handful more of Yoshihara Motoki's gorgeous fighting game sketches for you today.

While some are simply portraits from various Capcom or SNK titles, some depict rather humorous scenes such as the Shadaloo Kings trying to get warm around a Psycho fire, or Sakura failing to win while playing at an arcade.

Give the gallery below a look and let us know what you think.

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Capcom hasn't released a crossover or Vs. game since 2012, are we due for another soon?

Over the last 20 years, Capcom has released 12 Vs. or crossover fighting games.

Starting clear back in 1996 with X-Men vs. Street Fighter, the Vs. series has enjoyed a life all its own outside of the main canon of the Street Fighter franchise.

Known for its over the top gameplay and massive hype, the Vs. series has laid dormant since the 2012 re-release of Marvel vs. Capcom Origins.

Unfortunately, sales for that title weren't strong. "It seems the novelty of such projects is wearing off even within just the fighting game community based upon the sales data," former Capcom USA's VP, Christian Svensson, said back in April 2013.

Here's a look back at Capcom's releases, which does NOT include titles created by another company, like SNK.

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The huge roster of Marvel vs. Capcom 2 brought out some truly spectacular art during Capcom's golden age, catch a large part of it in this gallery

After the great success Capcom and Marvel's partnership saw, in arcades in particular, they decided to pull out all the stops and make a game with a roster so huge, most of us at the time couldn't even believe it.

Marvel vs. Capcom 2 truly brought together a monstruous roster with all-stars from both Marvel and Capcom's side, along with a bunch of somewhat dubious choices, and even a few original characters to top it all off. The art during this time was pure Capcom nostalgia, and I'm sure anyone who experienced these games at their prime will have strong feelings whenever they see this artstyle.

Here's some amazing pieces from Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes. Make sure to check back later on for further posts on the art of the various collaborations between Marvel and Capcom.

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D-NO shows us how to win two rounds at the same time in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

We've seen some pretty broken stuff over the years when it comes to fighting games, but never something quite like this.

Twitter user @DNOpls has been rounding up crazy, glitchy and surprising sequences from a collection of older fighting game titles, and today he shows us how to win two rounds at once in one of them.

Perhaps it's fitting that this bizarre sequence happens in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. The villainous Dio has the ability to stop time as one of his special moves, and it turns out you can actually win two rounds in a row if you manipulate this move correctly.

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Justin Wong entered into the Guinness World Records not once, but twice for accomplishments in the Evolution Tournament series

Justin Wong is considered to be a top player in many Capcom fighting games. Perhaps most notably, he is considered to be one of the best players ever within the Marvel vs. Capcom series.

It seems that the Guinness World Records has taken notice of Justin's accomplishments and sent him not one, but two plaques.

One of the records was awarded to Justin Wong as a result of winning the most Evolution Tournaments of a single game (Marvel vs. Capcom 2) between the years of 2002 and 2010. The other record was awarded to Justin Wong for winning the most Evolution Tournaments of any game between the years of 2002 and 2014 (which is inclusive of the other reward).

Justin Wong won the Marvel vs. Capcom 2 tournament at EVO for 6 times between 2002 and 2010, while winning any tournament at EVO for 8 times for 2002 and 2014. It will likely be a very long time before anybody will be able to surpass these records.

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'90s comic book art coupled with classic Capcom visuals - Relive the glory days with art from a few of Marvel and Capcom's very first collaborations

If there's one thing we had an abundance of back in the '90s, it was fighting games. Wherever you looked, a bunch of really awesome fighting games were available from a variety of different publishers, but the undisputed kings of the genre in the public eye were Capcom.

This status got elevated further when Capcom started making fighting games featuring Marvel characters, with Marvel Super Heroes and X-Men: Children of the Atom, which eventually evolved into crossovers in the form of Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter and X-Men vs. Street Fighter, and finally spawned the beginning of the stuff of legends with the very first Marvel vs. Capcom.

Here, you can see some really killer art from these old gems. Make sure to check back later on for further posts on the art of the various collaborations between Marvel and Capcom.

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Morrigan, Bayonetta, Karin, Laura and more, Dandonfuga's character artwork is captivating

We've got another DeviantArtist's fighting game artwork on showcase today, as we take a closer look at Dandonfuga's personality-filled illustrations.

Dandonfuga draws her characters with some pretty vivid facial expressions, giving each more of a story and passion about them. This isn't to say she neglects figure and form by any means though.

Here are our favorite selections from her portfolio:

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Oh, how I wish these were actual costumes for Hsien-Ko and Hisako: This artist imagines what the ghost girls would look like if they switched places

"What ifs" are always fun when it comes to fighting games.

Artist JDPlayer put together an art piece that imagines Hsien-Ko from Darkstalkers as Hisako from Killer Instinct and vice versa.

The result is downright awesome, and I am all in favor of a Hsien-Ko accessory set for Hisako in season 4! And if we ever see another Darkstalkers title, a Hisako alternate outfit would be most welcome.

That's a fairly tall order, though. So, be sure to check out the artwork below and dream that these will one day come to fruition with me.

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Source: JDPlayer. Via Rolie129.

Conspicuous Street Fighter Alpha reference spotted in clip from upcoming Justice League Action animated series

A brand new Justice League animated program is slated to premiere later this month, and fans of the series can't seem to get enough of the teaser clips for Justice League Action that have been popping up around the internet.

One of these clips sees a few of the show's heroes stuck in some sort of video game created by the villainous Toy Man, (played by Ken Jeong) and the intro sequence looks an awful lot like a certain Street Fighter from days of old:


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Those who were fans of the Alpha series will have noticed the callback to the 1990's classics. You can watch the Street Fighter Alpha openings as well as the full clip from Justice League Action below.

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