Samurai Shodown stories

You need more of Kanzukiryuu's art in your life

We featured the work of Chilean artist and FGC diehard Andres "Kanzukiryuu" Blanco in a post about one of Justin Wong's wedding gifts a few days back. Seeing just a sample of Blanco's art had us coming back for more.

We were able to round up a gallery of fighting game characters from both Street Fighter and Samurai Shodown, and have been absolutely blown away by these gorgeous digital doodles.

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SWC Japan World Tour Uzumasa Joraku Matsuri results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, the SNK World Championship has a store in Japan. More specifically, in Uzumasa, Kyoto.

Entrants set to compete include AMTRS|Score, KRone|AbaO, Rokka, Cck, Guppii, Hishow, Alphard, WP|K2 and many more.

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Wondering what Kazuki Kazama can do in Samurai Shodown? Here's a showcase of his special moves

We recently learned that Samurai Shodown's latest DLC character, Kazuki Kazama, will be joining the roster in just three days (Nov 18) thanks to his official reveal trailer.

The kind folks over at Dengeki Online ran a live stream recently that showcased the fiery fighter's specials, and we have an English breakdown for you today via NeoGeo Now.

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Kazuki Kazama coming to Samurai Shodown on November 18, here's the trailer

Kazuki Kazama, the next DLC character for Samurai Shodown, recently had his trailer revealed. During this cinematic, we learned that he'll be releasing on November 18, 2019.

Although his weapon of choice is a short sword, the trailer demonstrates that he has the canny ability to cause his opponent to burst into flames.

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Samurai Shodown and Mortal Kombat 11 part of Google Stadia's launch roster

Google Stadia is launching in exactly one week, and we now know which games will be available on day one with the new streaming service gaming platform.

The company has now revealed the dozen titles that will be available for the Stadia on November 19 including some big fighting game ports in Mortal Kombat 11 and Samurai Shodown — the latter of which still doesn't have a traditional PC release date.

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Here's everything you need to know about Terry Bogard in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate if you missed Sakurai's presentation yesterday

Yesterday, Super Smash Bros. series producer Masahiro Sakurai treated us to a whopping 45-minute presentation detailing the newest DLC being added to the game, namely Terry Bogard of Fatal Fury and King of Fighters fame, one of SNK's biggest posterchildren.

During this presentation, we got a very good look at everything that'll be brought in to the Super Smash Bros. universe in this latest Ultimate DLC via Terry Bogard's inclusion, and if you happened to miss the presentation, worry not — we're here to fill you in on everything SNK's Wild Wolf has brought to the latest Super Smash Bros. Ultimate patch, which, by the way, is already live. So if you're unsure of the particulars of Terry and just what came with him to the game, or if you just need a refresher, look no further.

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Virtua Fighter, Art of Fighting, Samurai Shodown and King of Fighters characters show up as Mii Fighters in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Yesterday will go down as a momentous day for Super Smash Bros. and fighting game fans in general, as Terry Bogard finally joined the ranks of Smash Ultimate as DLC though there was also a bunch of goodies packed within the release.

As Nintendo has been doing with all of the DLC fighters so far, the company also released a good amount of new Mii Fighter costumes this time focusing on fighting game series between Virtua Fighter, Art of Fighting, Samurai Shodown and King of Fighters.

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Infiltration has registered for Street Fighter 5 tournaments at EVO Japan 2020 and Final Round 2020 as his self-imposed ban is nearing its conclusion

Back in November 2018, Infiltration was released by Panda Global and had voluntarily dropped out of the Capcom Pro Tour for the 2018 and 2019 seasons due to a reported altercation with his ex-wife. As a result, many Street Fighter 5 fans haven't seen much of Infiltration throughout most of 2019.

However, this self-imposed ban will be concluding later this month. Infiltration is already registering for Street Fighter 5 tournaments that will be hosted in 2020.

More specifically, Infiltration has declared his registration for EVO Japan 2020 and Final Round 2020.

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Sindel, Terry, Broly, and more; here's the major DLC fighting game content we expect to see in November

Just about every modern fighting game under the sun is producing additional DLC content to keep fans on their toes these days, and it seems November is shaping up to be jam-packed with new releases across a number of different titles.

If you play Mortal Kombat 11, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Dragon Ball FighterZ, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, Samurai Shodown, or Street Fighter 5, the developers for your title of choice are making sure you'll have something fresh to do once you've finished Thanksgiving dinner.

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Samurai Shodown for Nintendo Switch trailer shows off handheld gameplay plus bonus footage of Samurai Shodown! 2

Players who didn't want to pick up the new Samurai Shodown on either PlayStation 4 or Xbox One have had a long wait ahead of them though another enticing version of the game is rapidly approaching.

SNK released a new trailer for the Nintendo Switch version of SamSho for Japan including some bonus gameplay footage of Samurai Shodown! 2 which first launched on the NeoGeo Pocket Color back in 1999.

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Canada Cup 2019 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Canada Cup 2019 is happening this weekend in Calgary, Canada.

Some of the notable players competing include Rohto|Tokido, FOX|MkLeo, UYU|OilKing, Mago, Justin Wong, RZR|Xian, RB|Luffy, NuckleDu, CYG|Daigo, Liquid|Nemo, Liquid|John Takeuchi, CO|Dogura, UYU|JB, FAV|Sako, AZ|Kichipa-mu, EG|NYChrisG, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, Rise|Smug, LordJimmyBones, RRQ|Moke, HLC|S2J, CYG|GamerBee, FD|Haitani, FAV|Ryuusei, W2W|Bladewise, SB|DR Mandrake, ASM|MisterCrimson, TD|DualKevin, END|Shine, Tempo|Alex Myers, Terrence, CYG|PR Balrog and many more.

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First Attack 2019 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

First Attack 2019 is happening this weekend, and it's taking place in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Some of the notable players set to compete are REC|Punk, CYG|Fuudo, UYU|OilKing, RZR|Xian, CYG|Daigo, ASM|Wawa, NuckleDu, EG|NYChrisG, SB|801 Strider, iDom, VGIA|Shanks, AZ|Kichipa-mu, UYU|JB, Rise|Smug, RB|Luffy, Bandits|MenaRD, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, FOX|Dekillsage, BC|ApologyMan, RRQ|Moke, CYG|GamerBee, BC|Tachikawa, SB|DR Mandrake, Zenith, ASM|MisterCrimson, RES|Pikoro, Umbrella|Dark, END|Shine, SB|DoomSnake, W2W|KnowKami, EF|ElTigre, Keoma, Supernoon, Flux, F3|Lilo, WGH|EnergieMarduk, MGR|NovaMage, EG|Ricki Ortiz, though there are of course many more as well.

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Samurai Shodown's approach to balance patches has been more about buffing than nerfing — and it looks like it's working quite well

Samurai Shodown was relesaed in June of this year, and has had a few new characters released and some balance adjustments implemented since then. While most of the narrative has focused around how powerful Genjuro was in the initial version, and his eventual nerfing in the August patch after EVO 2019. However, looking at both that patch as well as the more recent October patch, the vast majority of changes to characters have been buffs, even to ones that have been considered top tier, albeit not as dominant as Genjuro initially was.

Having companies focus on buffs rather than nerfs while balancing is often held up as an ideal that most players wish to see, and Samurai Shodown has largely been doing exactly that — but how well has it paid off for the game's health? Is this an approach that's easy to take with any game? This piece will focus on the intricacies of balancing a competitive fighting game as well as how Samurai Shodown's changes have affected the meta, as far as we can tell.

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Geirrod Van Dyke's daguerreotype-style drawings are hauntingly good

We're excited to highlight the unique fighting game art of Geirrod Van Dyke, an artist who draws his subjects in a very realistic manner, as though they were created with the daguerreotype.

For those of us who have never heard of the daguerreotype, (or at least don't remember it from that Film and Modern Art class back in college – sorry professor Jenkins) it was the very first publicly available photographic process invented by Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre in France in 1839.

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Future Samurai Shodown DLC character appears to leak with arcade version launch

Samurai Shodown's new arcade version was scheduled to release across Japan today, and players logging in to check their NESiCAxlive2 app accounts for the title appear to have been greeted with the sight of a character that has yet to be announced.

Since this does appear to be a leak from an official source, we've included the full details after the jump for players looking to avoid spoilers for future content.

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Samurai Shodown's next DLC character Kazama Kazuki will be playable at an event next month meaning we likely now know his release date

SNK has earned some extra brownie points with the fighting game community following the release of Samurai Shodown this summer by giving away the game's first season pass for free in its first week along with giving everyone Shizumaru for free last month.

Even though we just received Basara the Executioner in SamSho last week, it appears as though we now know when the next DLC fighter will join the roster due to the fact that Kazama Kazuki will be playable pre-release at a Japanese tournament next month.

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East Coast Throwdown 2019 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

East Coast Throwdown 2019 is one of the bigger events happening this weekend, and it's taking place Stamford, Connecticut.

Notable players are many, given the wealth of games being played, but here's a list of just some of the big names attending this event: FOX|SonicFox, REC|Punk, NuckleDu, BC|Dragon, PxP|A Foxy Grampa, iDom, EG|NYChrisG, AF|DizzyTT, Bandits|MenaRD, PG|Hayatei, PG|MarlinPie, JWong|LostSoul, UYU|Deoxys, UYU|Rewind, AXL|XCaliburBladez, CGL|VideoGamezYo, Mixbox|Qudans, DualKevin, COMP|Siologica, CGL|Tweedy, END|Shine, UGS|Blackmoonrisingx, END|Scar, FightingGM, Noble|Semiij, COMP|TeruRock, ElChakotay, BDG|DidimoKOF, CGL|NinjaKilla212, Terrence, EQNX|Brian_F, LordJimmyBones, Flux, RG|Kevoxreborn, Tempo|Alex Myers, Coach Steve, BC|LordKnight, NerdJosh, RBL|SperoGin, RenoFace, TCOL|Komanda, Noble|Kombat, EXL|Blackberry, FSD|Rikuto, BloodHawk, Radiance|Commander Jesse, LOK|Nivek, UGS|BBoyDragon, GOD|KillerXinok, Crescent|RobTV, BDG|Romance, DF|Grr, RG|DJT, BC|HoneyBee, CrazySteady, TxC|ElRosa and TxC|MarcoPolo.

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