Samurai Shodown stories

EVO 2019 fighting game deals: Play Under Night In-Birth and Dragon Ball FighterZ for free plus discounts on Samurai Shodown, Mortal Kombat 11 and more

Day 2 at EVO 2019 is currently underway, and as per usual, EVO weekend is proving to be one of the best times of the year to pick up new fighting games for cheap across multiple platforms.

Each of the nine mainstage titles for EVO this year are included in these ongoing sales — except for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate — so Street Fighter 5, Tekken 7, Dragon Ball FighterZ, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Under Night In-Birth, Soul Calibur 6 and even the more recently released Samurai Shodown and Mortal Kombat 11 are all cheaper to pick up for a few days. Some of them are even free to play.

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Seven games with over 1,000 entrants, five titles new to the EVO lineup and non-stop action on eight streams all weekend long — EVO 2019 preview

EVO 2019 is about to be upon us, and like every year, it's going to be a gigantic event for every game involved, and I'm sure most of you have booked your full weekend up so that you can catch all the festivities via livestream, if you're not going in person.

With how huge the event is, and an unprecedented seven whole games reaching over 1,000 entrants each, even just watching the event is something of a daunting task. As such, this preview has been put together to help you get a good grasp of what to expect, when to expect it, players to look out for and more for each game featured at the event.

Continue below for the full rundown.

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'Why am I nervous that whatever Capcom shows for Street Fighter 5 is just gonna piss people off?' - Maximilian's predictions for big reveals at EVO

If it ever wasn't before, EVO has surely become an event known not only for the highest levels of fighting game competition but also as a juncture where at the community can expect big reveals for their favorite fighting titles.

The nine titles that make up this year's lineup enter EVO in widely different positions when it comes to community expectations for new content, and Maximilian recently spoke both on what he hopes will be announced as well as what he thinks is most likely to be announced in a recent video.

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Update: Which potential fighting game announcements are you excited for with regards to EVO 2019?

Update: You can check out the final results of our poll to see which potential announcements the community is most looking forward to at EVO 2019 after the jump.

Like previous years, it's seeming very likely that we'll be getting interesting fighting game announcements at EVO 2019. In fact, it's basically been confirmed that Sony has some announcement that probably pertains to the fighting game community at the upcoming event.

The main stage lineup this time around includes Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (as the game with the most entrants), Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Samurai Shodown, Mortal Kombat 11, Soul Calibur 6, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, and Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st]. There could be some fun surprises waiting for us before the end of each game's events.

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AnimEVO 2019 final game list and numbers revealed, Windjammers just behind Guilty Gear Xrd for most popular title

AnimEVO is back for another year of action running alongside EVO 2019 as the unofficial home for a ton of the big side tournaments happening at Mandalay Bay that aren't part of the nine mainstage titles.

Registration has closed for AnimEVO 2019 where 927 attendees have signed up in total which equals over 10 percent of those 9,100 there for the main event including the likes of Hellpockets, AN|Kizzie Kay, CO|Fenrich, Lythero, PG|MarlinPie and brkrdave among many others for 31 different titles.

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Jubei has a glitch in Samurai Shodown that allows his opponents continue to play even if they have zero life left leading to some crazy shenanigans

Bugs and glitches are unavoidable in game development though they can be most apparent in fighting games when there's not much going on during gameplay aside from typically two characters and a mostly static stage.

Samurai Shodown has been out for over a month now, but perhaps one of its most interesting and match-breaking glitches have been discovered with Jubei that doesn't end the round when it's supposed to which can mess with animations, invisible fireballs, non-existent hurt boxes, camera angles and other gameplay quirks.

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Samurai Shodown has a lot riding at EVO 2019, and I'm honestly a little worried about it

Though excitement has certainly been the biggest reaction from the FGC, we'd be lying if we said there hasn't been some trepidation about how SNK's new Samurai Shodown title would fare here in this eSports-bent chapter of fighting game competition.

Samurai Shodown games have been traditionally slower-paced and methodical – an attribute many feel won't jive too well with audiences that expect constant action. We're one month into SamSho 2019's lifespan, and we seem to be at a "so far so good" status here at our current juncture. That said, EVO 2019 is both going to serve as an incredibly important public showcasing for this game and around the corner, and we have some reservations about how things are going to go.

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Samurai Shodown SNK Official Tournament results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

There's a special event featuring the newly released Samurai Shodown happening this weekend in Tokyo, Japan.

Some of the notable players you can expect to see wielding swords and embracing death are BC|Kazunoko, MVP|Pekos, KRone|AbaO, GRPT|Pugera, Sakagami and SNB|Harumy, though there are obviously more than them as well.

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Samurai Shodown is currently discounted almost 40 percent on Amazon; Rimururu to be playable at EVO 2019

Samurai Shodown has grabbed the attention of many in the fighting game community with its first new game in the series in a decade, and it's currently available with a pretty sweet discount on the world's most popular online retailer.

Amazon is running a special coupon offer for Samurai Shodown that lowers the price even further than its $50 listing price on the site bringing it down nearly 40 percent off of its launch point — making it a potentially great deal for those keeping an eye on the title's progress.

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Justin Wong's Samurai Shodown tier list released

Justin Wong is famously (or infamously) known for releasing tier lists. He recently ranked all the fighters in Samurai Shodown.

The categories featured are "Top 5," "A," "B," and "Trash." There's no indication if characters within the same group are ordered or not.

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EVO 2019 finals game order revealed

The fighting game community's Super Bowl is fast approaching as EVO 2019 is taking place next weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada. EVO tournament organizer Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar has been providing updates about the upcoming event over the past several months, and today we've got another big one.

This morning, Wizard sent out a tweet that reveals the game order for EVO 2019 finals. If you want to know on which day and slot your favorite game's finals are being played, we now have the answer.

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Defend the North 2019 results

Updated: This story has been updated with final results.

Defend the North 2019 is happening this weekend in New York.

This is a stacked event across a ton of games, with some of the big players showing up including FOX|SonicFox, FOX|NuckleDu, OGN|JDCR, PG|Marss, Justin Wong, EG|NYChrisG, Liquid|Dabuz, Rise|Smug, MenaRD, eU|Samsora, PG|MarlinPie, JB, FOX|Dekillsage, Rogue|Light, TGS|ElChakotay, Linkorz, BC|LordKnight, PG|Nakkiel, Caba, Demise|Mr. E, DF|Saiyne, W2W|KnowKami, EQNX|Brian_F, T1|ANTi, Coosco, KOA|Sandman, Thermidor, DualKevin, TGS|CeroBlast, iDom, TSB|Blaze, END|Shine, Tempo|Alex Myers, TGS|LTL, EG|Ricki Ortiz, RB|Snake Eyez, Terrence, DR Ray, UYU|Kami, TS|Arturo Sanchez and many more.

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Cassie Cage and Baraka are top choices in Mortal Kombat 11 top 32 at VSFighting 2019 while Genjuro and Haomaru do the same in Samurai Shodown

VSFighting 2019 just concluded, with results coming in from Samurai Shodown and Mortal Kombat 11. Both events featured various top players across both titles.

In Mortal Kombat, we saw a steady diet of Cassie Cage, Sub-Zero, Baraka, and Jacqui. There were others who made a singular appearance like Kotal Kahn, Kano, and Noob Saibot.

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VSFighting 2019 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend will see Birmingham, United Kingdom as the place to be, as VSFighting 2019 is happening there.

It's an unbelievably stacked event across several games, with a sampling of notable names being this long — ROX|Knee, REC|Punk, Mouz|Problem X, CO|Go1, BC|Kazunoko, RB|Gachikun, Talon|Kkokkoma, RB|Bonchan, YOG|Machabo, CYG|Daigo, UYU|OilKing, FAV|Sako, CO|Dogura, RZR|Xian, FD|Haitani, CO|Fenrich, Liquid|Nemo, NVD|Phenom, Qudans, UYU|LowHigh, RB|Luffy, NASR|BigBird, CGG|Tissuemon, CRaZY|SuperAkouma, CYG|GamerBee, Liquid|John Takeuchi, ROX|Chanel, NRG|HookGangGod, UYU|Jeondding, PxP|A Foxy Grampa, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, CYG|Infexious, FNATIC|Shakz, MVP|Pekos, FAV|Ryuusei, UYU|NL, Mago, Vitality|Hurricane, EnVyUS|MisterCrimson, SPAG|CherryBerryMango, Takamura, RRQ|Moke, Talon|HotDog29, COMP|Siologica, CJ Truth, GRPT|MOV, COMP|TeruRock, VGIA|VegaPatch, DG|KaneAndTrench, AXL|Fergus, DG|Asim, VGIA|Shanks, NVD|Veggey, iG|Jiewa, iXA|StormKubo, DG|RooKang, DG|ThePhantom, YMCA|Joeplix, DizzyTT, DNG|Nauman, Maddo, Oplon|Skyll, Atrosh, CRaZY|Gehaktbal, EQNX|Blackbeard — and, of course, there are many more as well where they came from.

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Samurai Shodown player puts down their own sword during top 8 at VSFighting to get the final hit with their fists which then blows up in their face

Samurai Shodown's disarm mechanic has quickly turned into one of the most interesting and controversial in the game allowing players to lock their opponents out of picking up their weapons though the game also allows them to drop their own blades on command as well.

A Charlotte player by the name of SWW|Rycroft was facing off against top Tekken player MVP|Pekos in the losers side of top 8 at VSFighting of Samurai Shodown when he hit the Haohmaru with a raw Super off of the weapon deflect for massive damage. With his opponent down to the smallest sliver of life, Rycroft put down his own rapier to finish things with their bare hands.

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Players reporting much improved online play in Samurai Shodown following Version 1.03 update

Samurai Shodown has been out for nearly a month already, and the development team over at SNK has appeared quite dedicated to fix any issues in the game popping up as quickly as they can including cutting the input lag in half in the day one patch.

Nearly unplayable lag in supposedly strong connections had been reported in Samurai Shodown's online play since launch though its latest update appears to have added some much needed stability to the fighter.

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Over 9,000 individual players have signed up for EVO 2019; Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has the most unique entries, Samurai Shodown the most crossover

EVO 2019 starts in less than two weeks now though we already have all of the data we need to see how the biggest major of the year has been evolving and changing over the past seven years or so — spoilers it's getting bigger.

SRK Stats has released the full bevy of numbers, statistics and comparisons to see things like how many individual players signed up for EVO 2019 overall, which games had the most unique entrants, which had the most crossover with each other and how many countries are going to be represented among other interesting tidbits.

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