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King of Fighters characters, Street Fighters old and new and even some love for Tekken; Yoshihara's sketch art is back by popular demand

Due to the warm reception of our previous Yoshihara galleries, we've rounded up one more armful from this very talented artist to share with you today.

One of these sketches tells a bit of a story as we see a jealous Guy looking over at Ryu and Sakura, but the rest are busts of various characters from various fighting game franchises. Take a gander through and let us know which are your favorites.

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Why are these Street Fighter sweaters and other clothing so ridiculous... and why do I want them so badly?

Every holiday season, things tend to get a little colder in most parts of the world. It's around this time where we need warmer clothing to keep ourselves from freezing.

Sometimes though, the clothing that's available can be a little bit ridiculous. In particular, Street Fighter sweaters can be hilarious to look at.

Yellow Bulldog is apparently selling some rather...interesting clothing choices featuring one of our favorite fighting game franchises. Some of these actually do look kind of cool but others...well, see for yourself.

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Ken's Tatsu in Champion Edition was hilariously overpowered, watch him dismantle Zangief in seconds with back to back stun combos

While developers may not hit the mark perfectly when they come out with the initial version of fighting games today, they've certainly come a long way since the early days of Street Fighter.

Venture with us back to Street Fighter 2: Champion Edition, the first game that allowed players to control Sagat, Vega, Balrog and M. Bison, as we take a look at a move with hilariously strong properties, (no, it's not Bison's Psycho Crusher.)

If used correctly, Ken's Tatsu could be used to string together some insane combos.

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Zangief's MK Powerbomb has infinite range in SF2: The New Challengers?! And we thought Street Fighter 4's LP SPD was bad...

In Ultra Street Fighter 4, Zangief's light punch Spinning Pile Driver can scoop the opponent up from far away. It's a range that doesn't seem like it'd work, but it totally does.

Though the range on that move is crazy, today we learned something that's even more insane. D-NO on Twitter shared a GIF featuring a clip from Street Fighter 2: The New Challengers in which Zangief grabs Ryu with his medium kick Powerbomb from unbelievably far away.

Hit the GIFs below to see Zangief's USF4 range and D-NO's clip.


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From Super Turbo to Tekken 7, Akuma has been in the shadows of a ridiculous number of fighting games; check out our visual history for the demon here

This was a daunting mountain to climb, but we've buckled down and tackled the visual history of Street Fighter's most popular villain: Akuma.

Since his debut in Street Fighter II, Akuma has made an appearance in almost every subsequent Street Fighter-related title. While this includes games like Puzzle Fighter and Namco vs. Capcom, we've chosen to stick to fighting games for this already massive history gallery.

The demonic fighter has become a staple of the Street Fighter series, rivaling even Ryu and Chun-Li in popularity. Our gallery covers appearances starting from Street Fighter II and going all the way to his Street Fighter 5 CFN image.

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You'll see our previous character visual histories below.

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Canada Cup 2016 results ft. Infiltration, Armada, Xiao Hai, GamerBee

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The final opportunity to gain Capcom Pro Tour points is upon us. That's right, it's time for this season's final premier event, though Regional Finals still remain. Canada Cup 2016 takes place this year in Ontario, Canada.

But it's not just big for Street Fighter 5 fans, it also has a turnout of extreme top players for Super Smash Bros. Melee, as well as being a part of the King of Iron Fist Tournament 2016 circuit and a King of Fighters 14 World Championship qualifier.

At this event, the following games will see tournament play: Street Fighter 5, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Tekken 7: Fated Retribution, King of Fighters 14, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Pokkén Tournament, Mortal Kombat XL, Killer Instinct, Darkstalkers: Resurrection and Marvel vs. Capcom 2. On top of that, the classic Canada Cup feature, the international 5v5 tournament is back for Street Fighter 5, so expect to see some great international rivalry taking place as well.

Top players expected to attend include, but are not limited to, RZR|Infiltration, Alliance|Armada, DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, ZW|GamerBee, C9|Ally, Liquid|Hungrybox, BST|Daigo, EG|Justin Wong, Liquid|NuckleDu, FOX|Mew2King, BX3|Phenom, RZR|Xian, PG|Filipino Champ, RB|Bonchan, EG|K-Brad, SPY|MacD, YouDeal|Yukadon, F3|Alucard, Secret|Poongko, NVT|Flash, EG|Ricki Ortiz, RB|Snake Eyez, Xyzzy, EMG|n0ne, TS|Arturo Sanchez, PG|RayRay, /r/Kappa|John Takeuchi, Chi-Rithy, GOL|Ranmasama, RN|Alex Myers, KirbyKaze, Marn, Hsien Chang, DNL|Duck, OG|Shine, Flux, NL, TS|NerdJosh, XSK Samurai, DS|Stupendous, Glacial|Prince Abu, BJ Unchained, NOE|Tampa Bison, PandaTV|Dakou, Fubarduck, synK|Kage, STDx|BlitzMan, GS|Gllty and SL|Burnoutfighter.

Streaming is being handled by Capcom Fighters, Canada Cup, Canada Cup 2, Canada Cup 3, Tekken and Canada Cup 4.

Check out the full action below.

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SNES had the superior sound chip, right? Savaged Regime's remix of Ken's SF2 theme for the Genesis may make you think of things a little differently

The Genesis' sound chip had a bit of an infamous existence.

While it definitely had its fans and share of rocking tunes, the Super Nintendo was often regarded as having the superior sound chip in the 16-bit consoles.

Enter Savaged Regime, who does some great reproductions on the Genesis Yamaha YM2612 chip, and Ken's remixed theme from Street Fighter 2 is no exception. Check it out.

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Upset about hit and hurtboxes in Street Fighter 5? Just be glad you don't play T. Hawk in Super Turbo...

One of Super Turbo's lowest tier characters, unless of course you're a master at HORI|Sako's option select throw loop, today we've found T. Hawk has yet another addition to his laundry list of shortcomings.

One of the character's stronger buttons is his crouching medium punch, which he can use as a decent poke given its reach. Unfortunately for the Native American fighter, the move's hurtbox lingers for quite some time, and it sits exceptionally far out in front of Hawk.

Street Fighter 5 has gotten some hit/hurtbox flack for moves such as Necalli and Ryu's jabs, but we have yet to encounter anything quite as bad as this.

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Guile's stage isn't the only one with lewd references; Super Famicom version of Street Fighter II reveals sexual gesture on Ken's stage

James and Mike from Cinemassacre recently received a Super Famicom copy of Street Fighter II World Warrior, with specific instructions to compare Ken's stage in this version of the game to the American Super Nintendo version.

At first we expected to find some sort of profound key to the Street Fighter story line, or perhaps an Easter egg cameo for some character that would appear in later titles. What we actually found was an immature gesture that we're embarrassed to say we laughed at.

We wish we could say this was the first time we've seen something like this in the Street Fighter series, but Guile's stage in both Street Fighter 2 and Street Fighter 5 contain similar gestures. You'll see it in action below, and can watch the full video after the jump.


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Visual history of M.Bison shows just how many bodies the dictator has occupied over the years

Being the quintessential villain of the series, M. Bison has showed up to try to carry out his evil plans in nearly every Street Fighter title to date.

M. Bison has been the head honcho of Shadaloo since debuting as the main boss of Street Fighter 2. Over the years, he's occupied a number of different host bodies, with unique changes coming from each of them.

Today, we'll take a look at how Bison's changed in his many appearances over the years. The gallery below starts with the Street Figher 2 series, and works its way through the other titles that he's appeared in.

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Capcom Fighters Network digs up these blast from the past ads for Super Street Fighter 2: The New Challengers

This takes some of us way, way back.

As Street Fighter 2 developed throughout the early nineties, one of the biggest expansions came in the form of The New Challengers. This game saw the introduction of what would become mainstay characters in Fei-Long, Cammy, Dee Jay and T. Hawk.

The CFN Portal has rounded up a handful of promotional content for the game, recalling one of biggest booms for the early fighting game community. You'll see said ads in the gallery below:

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EVO champions in attendance, at least 15 different titles and $500 pot bonuses for every 50 entrants; Canada Cup 2016 is going to be huge

Lap Chi Duong's Canada Cup has lived up to the hype every year, and the event's 2016 iteration looks to be the biggest yet.

BST|Daigo, MJS|Haitani, RB|Luffy, EG|Justin Wong, Liquid|Nuckle Du, EG|Pr Rog, EG|K-Brad and EG|Ricki Ortiz are already confirmed for the Street Fighter 5 event, with a handful of other big names on the potentials list.

Liquid|HungryBox, Alliance|Armada, C9|Mango and FOX|Mew2King will be attending for Smash Bros. Melee and Mattsun, Shogatsu and Kasumondo are confirmed on the Super Turbo front.

Street Fighter 5 will receive a $15,000 pot bonus, while every other title will get a bonus of $500 for every 50 registered players. The Tekken 7 tourney will be absolutely free to enter, but also boasts a $3,000 pot bonus from Bandai Namco.

You'll see the event trailers along with a link to the registration page below.

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Chun-Li wears black, Mecha Zangief, Satsui No Hadou Ryu, Oro and more: Pop Culture Shock has an incredible line of Street Fighter statues

Pop Culture Shock Collectibles has been hard at working creating an outstanding line of Street Fighter statues.

The company has a large catalogue of figures depicting many of our favorite characters from the fighting streets.

Because of the detail and care that goes into making these statues, they don't come cheap. The figures can run from $300 all the way up to $850, but based on the size and look of these statues, I'd say the price tags are well worth it.

Below are a handful of images to get you started, but be sure to hit the jump to see even more of Pop Culture Shock's amazing products.

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Never Give Up results ft. Tokido, KaneBlueRiver, Brolynho, Dark Jiewa

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

We have a Capcom Pro Tour ranking event taking place this weekend in Chile - Never Give Up.

This isn't just a Street Fighter 5 event, but will also feature tournament play in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, King of Fighters 14, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Guilty Gear Xrd Revelator, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Killer Instinct and Mortal Kombat XL.

Players expected to attend include Tokido, KaneBlueRiver, SOA|Brolynho, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, Brook|Misterio, AAG|BabyBrasil, DM|Baek, TSD|Pikoro, TS|CapitanMDLuffy and many more.

Streaming duties are being handled by F2GCL and ComboBreakerCL.

Check out the full action below.

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Supers were considered 'cheap' and 'dumb' by many initially during the Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo era, how perceptions changed over time

History has a funny way of repeating itself.

When new mechanics are introduced to fighting games, especially well established titles — the response from some fans can range from very apprehensive — to outright refusal to switch over to the new title.

Back when Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo was released in February 1994, supers were considered by many to be a cheap or dumb thing Capcom put in the game, meant for weaker players to even the odds.

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3v3 matches in Street Fighter 2? Mugenoman shows off a brand new take on the classic fighter

Long before the days where we had a community offering gameplay mods on Street Fighter titles, we had some savvy individuals putting their own spin on things through bootleg boards like Street Fighter 2: Rainbow Edition.

Over on the Mugenoman Player1 YouTube channel, you'll find a handful of videos that are a bit reminiscent of those old bootlegs.

Instead of adding wild things like dragon punches that come with a side of fireballs, we have triplet-teams scrambling to score a knockout all at the same time. It's hard to fathom a group of human players trying to come together to make this work, but the AI certainly manages to escalate things immediately:


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Which Street Fighter character is most hated by players?

Update: This poll has closed. You can see the final results after the jump below.

Before we start this, I should go over the specifics. This is not necessarily asking which characters were overpowered or which had the poorest designs, but is more about finding out which characters caused the most grief and frustration to players in game. Essentially, who left you feeling the worst after playing?

For instance, I actually did not include Vanilla Street Fighter 4 Sagat on the list because while there's no question he was incredibly strong, Vanilla Sagat actually seems to have more a charisma about him than anything else. Yes he was good, but people don't really seem to have hatred for playing against him.

It seems that more often than not, characters are hated because they don't tend to play within the parameters that the rest of the roster does. BJ Unchained recently shared a poll with me about three such characters, which inspired to make one for EventHubs:

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