After four, long years Arizona re-hydrates its tournament scene with the brand new 'Rewired 2015'

This guy is better at Smash Bros. using his feet than I am with my hands

From 2005-2011, Devastation was the "big deal" event for the Arizona fighting game scene. After Devastation was cancelled in 2012, The Grand Canyon State become something of a ghost town where major tournaments were concerned.

After some tireless wandering in Southern California, learning from organizers such as the famed LU|Alex Valle, Nick "F99|Driftwood" Going returned to his home state with big plans. Teaming with local Smash Bros. TO, Justin "JBVH" Bruce Van Horne, Going is bringing about his first regional tournament this November 14th-15th: Rewired 2015.

"It's hard for some players to travel, and without a tournament worthy of outsiders, many in our scene can't grow," says Going, "My goal with Rewired is to establish a yearly tournament of grand scale that will attract out of towners and give our players the chance to learn, improve and shine."

Boasting an affordable entry fee of only $15, a venue that serves free breakfast and over $1,500 in pot bonuses, Rewired looks to establish Arizona a regular stop on the North American tournament circuit. Hit the jump to see the trailer.

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Have you ever seen the inside of a Japanese arcade? Join Destructoid on a trip through a couple of these video game 'museums'

Why call them "museums?" Unlike many of the remaining video game establishments in North America, a la Dave & Buster's, Japanese arcades still retain a classic feel with the types of games they feature, and the purposes they serve.

Destructoid's Chris Carter notes that "Japanese arcades do their part in preserving the past, whether it's by way of taking care of the original cabinets or keeping games alive with other methods like the Nintendo VS. System."

So apparently it's not just about bringing in the newest, flashiest, cash guzzling version of Pac-Man. Arcade roots are important to the Japanese, and one of the most integral genres to their history is the fighting game genre.

"Of particular note is that the popularity of fighting games has seemingly never dropped. From the old school Street Fighter II Turbo machines all the way up to recent iterations, plenty of fans are lining up to get a chance to play them against a worthy foe."

There's more to the story here, as Carter continues on to note which two fighting games were the most popular. Hit the jump to see which, plus a collection of photos from inside Japanese arcades.

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Chun-Li and Kitana headed to the Octagon? Women of UFC weigh in dressed as their favorite Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat characters

A classic prelude to any big fight, the weigh in is a chance for fighters to make one last impression before going into battle. A couple of UFC fighters decided to dress up as their favorite fighting game characters at this past Friday's Invicta FC 14: Official Weigh-In.

Jinh Yu Frey and Roxanne Modafferi approached the scales on Friday as Chun-Li and Kitana respectively. These two really go all out, as Frey sports Chun's trademark spiked bracelets, and Modafferi sports a pair of Kitana's trademark fans.

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Frey and Modafferi certainly spiced up with weigh-in, bringing something new to the table. You can see the full video below the jump, there's even a Wonder Woman costume in the mix.

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Double KO Summer Event results feat. Luffy, Valmaster, Ryan Hart, Problem X, Gagapa

Updated with final results: We've added results from the final day of the Double KO Summer Event into this story.

This weekend a highly stacked tournament is slated to take place in Rouen, France called Double KO, starting at 3pm UTC on Saturday. It features a number of games, but will have a ton of high ranking competition coming in from all over Europe and elsewhere.

The fighting games featured in this tournament include Ultra Street Fighter 4, Tekken Tag 2, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Windjammers, Guilty Gear Xrd, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Wii U, King of Fighters 13, and Soul Calibur 5.

Players slated to show up to this event are MD|Luffy, GL|Valmaster, FA|Ryan Hart, KIG|Problem X, Gagapa, Melty|Cuongster, Melty|Will2Pac, UM|RMZ, Misterio and many more.

Hit the jump to see the event.

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Combofiend's R. Mika scores a devastating perfect, Xian's cat bodies his PS4, and more - Funny and Cool Moments ep. 91

LiangHuBBB returns today with another episode of Funny and Cool Moments. Coming in at the 91st episode in the series, this installment features some truly epic clips.

Games you'll find here include Street Fighter 5, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Killer Instinct, Mortal Kombat X, Street Fighter 2, Dead or Alive 5, and more.

At the beginning of the video, we are greeted with an incredible clip of Combofiend's R. Mika in Street Fighter 5. Using some intricate combos and a corner reset, Combo manages to devastate his opponent with a quick perfect. You can check it out in the GIF below.

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There are other great moments here, including RZR|Xian's cat shutting off his PS4 during a match, Killer Instinct's Rash getting his speeder bike stuck to him, Mike Ross falling victim to ToolAssisted again, and more.

Check out the video after the jump.

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The World Warriors are SO free - Watch Dragon Ball Z's Goku take out the Street Fighter 2 cast with absolute ease

Dragon Ball Z vs. Street Fighter is a cross up that people (including myself; I am people too) have been wanting to see for ages. Though we don't have any official fighting title to sit down and play, today we are granted a look at what that match up might look like.

Nabil from GamebillStudio sent us a truly epic animated video that pits DBZ's Goku against the Street Fighter 2 cast. Ryu can shoot energy from his hands, and so can Goku; totally even match up, right? Well...

For those who have never seen Dragon Ball Z, the Z Warriors are equipped with power that is far, far beyond the average human. While Street Fighter 2 is equipped with a number of worthy foes, they probably wouldn't be any sort of match for a DBZ fighter, let alone Goku. This is definitely reflected in the video, as Goku takes out each World Warrior with ease.

If you don't have enough time to watch the video, below is just a preview of what to expect.

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Hit the jump to check out Dragon Ball Z's Goku put a hurt on the Street Fighter 2 cast.

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Sagat shows his artistic pose, Ryu deals out pamphlets and Ken goes caveman - Ridiculous Street Fighter 2 art makes our imagination run wild

Updated: We had initially listed this artwork as originating from GamePro magazine, but it actually came from the SNES Street Fighter 2 game manual, and then was featured in GamePro. The creator of the artwork was not credited, so they remain unknown.

Just when this seasoned EventHubs writer thought that he'd seen it all, taken a picture and gotten the T-Shirt, our site's owner Catalyst showed me something that will be forever imprinted upon my memory.

Old school Street Fighter players might remember these - they are images from a GamePro Strategy Guide for Street Fighter 2: Champion Edition, and while the characters weren't as established back then as they are now, most of these look bizarre even when compared to the standards back in the early '90s.

While there are a few that don't look particularly off, such as Dhalsim and Balrog, there are very odd instances, such as Ryu, who comes off as a petition guy out in the city, trying to get you to sign whatever cause he is supporting. Also, this Ken will be haunting my dreams forever.

I now invite you to share my fate. Check out all the GamePro illustrations after the jump.

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Get your groove on with 'Synth Fighters' by Console Crusaders - This album's a total ear drum beat-down

Have you ever wanted to hear your favorite Street Fighter 2 tracks completely remade, piece by piece, with 90's era synthesizers and electronic instruments, with each track being done by a different artist? If that's the case, today is your lucky day.

Console Crusaders, a group under 30th Floor Records, has compiled a commemorative album of completely reworked Street Fighter 2 songs, for every song in the game. All of the tracks can be listened to for free, and are truly out of this world.

Each piece uses a clever mixture of synthesizers, electronic drums, game sound accents, and other instruments to make each piece truly come alive, in a way that makes me ask why this wasn't done sooner.

Support for this project contributes to their next one, a Mortal Kombat compilation titled 'Synthality'. Be sure to give all of the tracks a listen on the album's Bandcamp page, which also contains links for all of the respective artists that worked on this project.

Tip submitted by Bender411.

Source: Synth Fighters on Bandcamp

Street Fighter goes to court with a copy cat, then does battle with its toughest rival: Mortal Kombat; see chapter 4 of Polygon's SF 2 history report

A few days back, we took a look at some of the early obstacles in the life of Street Fighter 2. Today, we're continuing to dig through Polygon's SF 2 history report.

Though it may be as simple as a bit of light reading to us now, the rocky journey that Street Fighter has undergone is incredibly important to the status of competitive fighting games today.

Had any one of the numerous issues not been addressed properly, or simply been too much for the game to handle, the FGC would look a lot differently right now. As if it weren't hard enough to create a game that was both fun and interesting enough to retain fans, even more obstacles arose once SF2 was off the ground.

For instance, check out some of these images of "Fighter's History." Then hit the jump to read about how Capcom tried to deal with the hordes of copycats.

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Ryu is in Smash, but what if the Nintendo crew entered the Street Fighter tournament? Watch the world warriors get owned in this Dorkly short

Much to everyone's surprise, Street Fighter's wandering warrior, Ryu, entered the Super Smash Bros. 4 arena as a DLC character earlier this year. Despite what we previously thought, Ryu is a great fit for Smash, but what would happen if the Smash Bros. crew entered into the world of Street Fighter?

Dorkly put together a quick short that gives us an idea of how that match up might go down.

Watch as M. Bison gets bodied by ninja frogs and peanut-shooting chimps and more of the world warriors hit the panic button when they encounter a powerful Jigglypuff.

This is a fun, humorous little short, but it's also a bit graphic at times. Before hitting play, be aware that this video is somewhat NSFW.

Hit the jump to check it out.

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Comebacks, great plays, and hype commentary - Watch Nuki, AFO, Sasori, Hiroyan, Atomic Boy, and more in this GameSpot Versus SF2 Turbo compilation

While certainly a blast from the past, Street Fighter 2 Turbo still holds up competitively, with many players in Japan still competing to this day. It also proves to be as exciting and fun as ever, as proven by this compilation from the GameSpot Versus Team Battles series.

This compilation features the likes of Nuki, AFO, Nikaiten, Atomic Boy, Hakase, Kurahashi, and many more going at it in very close situations, with plenty of clutch decisions and even humorous moments.

The commentary also helps back it up, with just as much excitement and passion as could be expected from one still following this make-or-break title, with any match going one way or the other on the flip of a coin.

Hit the jump to check out the action.

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'To a developer, a bug is shameful. Total shame' - SF2 devs recount demoralizing bugs like the 'Handcuff' glitch, and combating counterfeit games

Quite some time ago, we took a look at the early chapters of Polygon's Street Fighter 2: An Oral History.

Today, we're examining part three of their extensive write up, which focuses on the team's first encounters with glitches, and then their legal battle against the work of counterfeit versions of the game.

We've arrived at a place where Street Fighter has become a successful and timeless title in the eyes of many. The road to establishing this success was filled with obstacles and objections that threatened to stop the franchise's development in its tracks.

Hit the jump below to learn about a few of these hindrances, including the infamous Handcuff glitch, wherein Guile would become attached to his opponent, rendering them helpless.

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Ever want to work on your anti-air game? Incorporate Guile's Flash Kick into your real life arsenal with this tutorial by GNT

GNT, or Ginger Ninja Trickster, is a martial artist who often posts tutorials on his YouTube page for various techniques, inspired or otherwise. While he's done countless videos on all manner of things martial arts, he's also entered the fighting game world on various occasions.

It's been brought to our attention that as part of this series, he has analyzed Guile's signature Flash Kick, a move that inspires awe and apprehension in the Street Fighter games for it's anti-air properties and iconic style.

It's worth noting, as he states, the move can't be entirely replicated due to particular unrealistic qualities, but much of it is retained in his tutorial, showing quite the commitment to control and practice in his martial arts.

Will his efforts turn out to be a real Flash Kick, or a Flash Flop? Find out after the jump.

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Blanka's bugged out eyes, Sagat's fat lip, it's all here - Street Fighter 2 'Continue' statues revealed at Wonder Festival

The yearly Wonder Festival recently took place in its recurring location of Chiba, Japan. At the convention, a number of amazing toys, figures, and more were revealed featuring a plethora of different video game and anime characters.

During the event, a line of Street Fighter 2 "Continue" statues were unveiled, and yes, they are exactly what they sound like. These busts depict the Street Fighter 2 roster in their loss screen form.

For those unfamiliar, if you lose in SF2's arcade mode you will be sent to a continue screen where your fighter appears wearing damage from the previous fight. Fans of the franchise will instantly recognize these battle-ravaged faces.

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Which Street Fighter 2 "Continue" statue is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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'The game that's taken more quarters from children than every bully combined' - Honest Game Trailers goes in on the Street Fighter franchise

It's been long overdue, but we finally have it. Smosh Games has done an Honest Game Trailer on the Street Fighter franchise, or to some, "The game you played because your mom wouldn't let you play Mortal Kombat".

Many times when companies that are not directly associated with the fighting game community give their input on titles like Street Fighter, it becomes very quickly apparent that their knowledge of the game goes about as deep as "I played it when I was growing up."

Smosh have a reputation for hitting the nail on the head with HGT, and they live up that reputation in their spot-on analysis of everything Street Fighter.

Their jokes are ones that you'd hear within the inner circles of the FGC, such as the excess of different versions for SF games, online lag and Capcom's overtly stereotypical characters. Hit the jump below to see Honest Game Trailers' take on Street Fighter.

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