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EVO Japan 2019 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The second installment ever of one of the biggest tournament expansions we've seen is here this weekend, namely the expansion of the EVO brand to Japan, with EVO Japan 2019.

This year, it's taking place in Fukuoka rather than Tokyo, and although entrants aren't as high as they were in last year's monumental premier year, the entrants certainly aren't anything to scoff at.

Over 1000 players are participating in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, over 500 in Tekken 7, and roughly between 200-300 each for Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Soul Calibur 6 and King of Fighters 14, respectively.

While these 6 games are the main titles at the event, there'll be an absolutely insane amount of side tournaments as well, so make sure you keep in tune with all of the action.

Players participating are a bit too plentiful to list, but just count on the vast majority of Asian top players — and many other top players from other regions of the world — being present and competing.

Streaming is being done at EVO, EVO 2, EVO 3 and EVO 4.

Side events are set to be streamed at KVO Japan 01, KVO Japan 02, KVO Japan 03 and KVO Japan 04.

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Are people underselling how technical of a game Street Fighter 5 is? We discuss how it stacks up with other titles in the franchise

Our apologies for not uploading at our usual Wednesday time of the week, but we're back with episode 38 of the EventHubs Podcast and no shortage of topics to get to.

We kick off with our thoughts on Jump Force's less than stellar reviews thus far, the Blanka glitch that's been turning Street Fighter 5's Ranked play into a goofy but fun time and Mortal Kombat 11's numerous recent leaks.

Sales for SF5 have increased a significant amount since the release of Arcade Edition, and sales for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate have been absolutely amazing. Nintendo, however, isn't entirely satisfied, and we delve further into why.

On a more general front, Sony has spoken out on why it's not going to be at E3 this year. If what they're saying is true then others may follow in suit, but we have our hesitations in believing them fully.

The heart of the episode is surely Catalyst and my discussion about the technicality in Street Fighter games as we try to assess which titles require/feature the most thought, nuance and variety in their play.

We've included a poll so you can vote for the Street Fighter titles you think are the most technical. You'll find it after the embed, and can vote for your two top games.

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Capcom has an insane amount of their best video game music on Spotify right now — soundtracks for Street Fighter, Mega Man, and more

Capcom has some of the most iconic music in video games among their library. From classic 8-bit Mega Man tunes to widely recognized tracks like Street Fighter 2 Guile's theme, the company has had some truly fantastic music featured in many of their games.

Earlier today, Twitter user _watsu pointed out that there is an absolute ton of great Capcom songs on Spotify right now courtesy of Capcom Sound Team. Apparently, these tracks were available in the past, were taken down for a while, but now are back for your listening pleasure.

What we have here is close to a "you name it, they got it" situation, as there has to be over 1,000 songs here, easy. Included are original soundtracks for several main entries in the Street Fighter series, a slew of Mega Man games, Monster Hunter, Okami, Ace Attorney, Devil May Cry, and more.

On top of the OSTs, you'll also find numerous arrangement albums and remixes. There's so much to listen to hear, it's going to take you ages to get through it all — if that's what you plan on doing.

Unfortunately, there are some large omissions such as music from the Versus series. I was really hoping to rock some Marvel vs. Capcom 2 jams here, but what is included is definitely no slouch on its own.

Just a bit of warning, a lot of the track and album names are written in Japanese, so it might take some time to navigate. However, each album comes with a picture that will let you know exactly what game you're checking out.

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Capcom's latest financial report says Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection performed well in 2018, makes no direct mention of Street Fighter 5

Capcom reports strong performances from titles such as Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection, Mega Man 11, and Monster Hunter World in their latest financial report.

Detailing sales information from the nine month period ending December 31, 2018, the company announced an increase in its net sales to 61,270 million yen (about 557 million USD) across its overall business results (up 28.3% year-over-year).

As one might expect, Monster Hunter World continued to thrive after its incredible performance in the previous fiscal year. Capcom reports that this title has surpassed 10 million units shipped, which is a first for any single title in the company's history.

In its digital market, Capcom cites Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection and Mega Man 11 as strong performers in the latter half of 2018. Coupled with the growth of "high-margin catalog titles," Capcom saw its highest profit levels for the end of a third quarter in the company's history.

Back in July 2018, Capcom stated that Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection "outperformed expectations." Its solid performance was even more impressive when considering the fact that the game was not yet available in Japan at the time and had only been out for about two months.

Interestingly enough, Capcom's mainstay fighting title, Street Fighter 5, gets no direct mention in this latest financial report.

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Frosty Faustings XI results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Frosty Faustings XI is taking place this weekend — or to be more specific, this Friday and Saturday — in Illinois.

This is a pretty huge event with more than 1200 entrants total, so the competition is going to be off the charts for several of the games present.

Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate both have over 200 entrants, while BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Soul Calibur 6, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Tekken 7, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and the event's Mystery Tournament all have over 100 entrants each.

Besides these titles, you can also expect tournament play to be streamed for Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Vampire Savior (Darkstalkers), Windjammers, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars, Pokkén Tournament DX, King of Fighters 14, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Melty Blood: Actress Again Current Code, Super Sailor Moon S, Fighting EX Layer, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Injustice 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Killer Instinct.

Players set to attend include NuckleDu, REC|Punk, NRG|HookGangGod, LostSoul, UYU|Cloud805, EG|NYChrisG, BC|LordKnight, 1UP|PepperySplash, PG|MarlinPie, Teresa, Disrupt|Shadow20z, BjornSonOfBear, FF|ElvenShadow, Jona, FOX|Dekillsage, TS|Arturo Sanchez, Mr. K, Hotashi, NRG|Supernoon, Brian_F, Disrupt|Joonya20z, BxA|Blaze, ITS|ShinBlade, ITS|Mak, UYU|BeautifulDude, Foo, JodyThaGreat and many, many more.

Streaming is being done at BG Callisto, Low Kick Tournaments, Team Spooky, Will English IV, rs Blackrose and Unrivaled Tournaments.

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Nearly 50 seconds of nail-biting neutral, point-blank parries, devastating Dragon Punches and more; Cooperation Cup highlights

As per the usual, Cooperation Cup 17 was filled with edge of your seat action as the strongest Third Strike players in the world came together for an incredible event.

With over 100 teams of five in attendance, there was no shortage of jaw dropping sequences including ridiculous reads, perfect parries and confirms amidst the most anxious of moments.

Faithful fighting game fan HiFight nabbed a few of his favorite moments from the latter part of Coop Cup, and we've rounded them all up to share with you now.

We have a few individual highlights and then a compilation YouTube video that specifically showcases Tominaga's Makoto.

We kick things off with over 40 seconds of nail-biting neutral play... which is little more than "casual Tuesday" status when you're talking about a top player Chun-Li Third Strike mirror match.

You'll notice the infamous foreground table coming into play here as it adds yet another obstacle incredibly intricate process of trying to find that perfect synthesis of timing and positioning:


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Cooperation Cup 17 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

It's back again this year. Yes, that highly esteemed event we've all been waiting for — the 17th iteration of Cooperation Cup.

As usual, it's taking place in Tokyo, Japan and a crazy amount of players are showing up, as expected.

In case you don't know about this event, it's a massive 5v5 team tournament for the classic and beloved Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike.

With almost 500 players participating in the main event, and even more for the Pre-Cooperation Cup, there'll be no shortage of 3rd Strike going on this weekend.

The entrant list is absolutely massive, but some famous names participating include Nuki, GRPT|MOV, Matsuken, FD|Haitani, RX, Oruga, WP|Vanao, Mester, Raoh, Sugiyama, Kokujin, K.O., Issei, Hayao, Pierrot, PinoAB7 and DeshikenKFG though there are of course many more as well.

Streaming is being done at Game Newton and Anime Illuminati.

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Street Fighter: At the Movies is an awesome art tribute that mixes iconic film posters with world warriors from the community's best artists

Capcom officially celebrated their premier fighting game's pearl anniversary last year with the Street Fighter: 30th Anniversary Collection along with a number of other promotions, and the community at large contributed their own efforts to the series that's lasted more than three decades.

The guys over at Street Fighter Legacy have previously released two collective works that showed off fan art for Street Fighter and Rivals Schools' anniversaries from talented artists around the world, and now they're back for a third collection that's themed this time.

Street Fighter: At the Movies is a free 100-page web magazine made to show off art featuring Street Fighter characters re-imagined in some of the most iconic film posters of all time from dozens of artists.

Puns on posters for movies like Star Wars, Friday the 13th, Pulp Fiction, Sin City, The Breakfast Club, Mean Girls and Finding Nemo plus many more have all been created using Street Fighter characters and references only the fighting game community can appreciate.

Below we've gathered a small handful of the posters that can be found in the full online collection from the artists ZombiRaptor, Jevon Williams, Jesus Gormaz, Santino Calvo, Marcos Medina and Alexandre Belmonte.

You can check out the full Street Fighter: At the Movies magazine online at Issuu along with Street Fighter Legacy's previous two fan art collections, and let us know some of your favorites in the comments.

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NEC 19 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

NEC 19 is taking place this weekend in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.

This event is hosting a ton of different games, with the most entered one being Soul Calibur 6 at over 250 participants, meaning that stakes are going to be very high for everyone involved.

Besides this, the event will also be hosting tournaments for Tekken 7, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Dead or Alive 5: Last Round and Pokkén Tournament DX.

Some of the notable names showing up include FOX|SonicFox, Dragon, PAG|Grover, BxA|PartyWolf, Saiyne, Linkorz, UGS|XCaliburBladez, MrKwiggle, Flux, PG|MarlinPie, W2W|KnowKami, FSD|Rikuto and KPB|JDR, though there are obviously many more as well.

There are several other games not listed on the main stream schedule as well that may have side streams such as Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Killer Instinct and Injustice 2, so make sure to check around if those are being streamed separately if you're interested.

Streaming is being done at Bifuteki, Funky P, Bros Calamity, KPB Live and TSB Blaze.

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EVO Moment #37 recreated in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Any fighting game that has Ryu, Ken, and some type of parry mechanic is going to see a recreation of EVO Moment #37. We've seen the legendary play re-done in a slew of different fighting titles, and we've even seen it performed in both Street Fighter 3 Third Strike and Street Fighter 5 simultaneously and one-handed before.

With Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's release today, fans all over the globe are booting up their Nintendo Switch consoles and diving deep into the highly anticipated crossover fighter. Many are in training mode right now trying to discover the best tech they can, and one person already found a way to add another EVO Moment 37 reenactment to the list.

Twitter user rebaken7 shared a clip early this morning showing the classic moment between CYG|Daigo Umehara and FOX|Justin Wong being played out in Smash Bros. Ultimate. With Ken being a playable character in-game and the perfect shield mechanic acting as a parry, a very close recreation can be achieved here.

In this clip, Fox takes the place of Chun-Li as he fires off his rapid kicks at Ken. The fiery Shoto parries several of the kicks, jumps up for the follow up combo, then closes it out with his Final Smash — which in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the Shippuu-Jinrai-Kyaku and the same super used in EVO Moment #37.

The inkling (no pun intended) of being able to possibly make EVO Moment #37 happen in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was first brought up back in August when we spotted a clip from the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Arcadian Teen Tournament. Ness player Ryon was pinned against the wall by Milton's Corrin and managed to perfect shield multiple attacks which looked somewhat like the start of the EVO moment.

Now, the prospect of EVO Moment #37 in Smash Bros. is fully realized, and you can check it out below.


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Dragon Ball FighterZ, Soul Calibur 6, arcade sticks and more: The best Black Friday deals for the fighting game community are here

It's that time of the year again when almost everyone in the United States gathers with their families for the biggest feast of 2018, but later tonight they'll all be feasting their eyes on the biggest deals and discounts at the store and around the web.

Black Friday deals have already begun for many major retailers which includes a number of fighting game related titles along with all of the $150 TVs out there.

Games like Dragon Ball FighterZ, Soul Calibur 6, Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection and more are all available on sale, and we've rounded up the best of them along with the console deals for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

We've already covered the PlayStation Network Black Friday sale, but now GameStop, Amazon, Walmart, Target and Razer have joined the mix. Buying a new Nintendo Switch or Xbox One at GameStop will net customers a bonus $50 gift card.

This weekend and Cyber Monday are also great times to pick up new PC gaming monitors, but there's too many of those deals to put here. You should definitely check out DisplayLag's monitor database before buying to see just how little input lag these screens actually have, however.

For those looking for new arcade stick parts and accessories, Arcade Shock's entire selection is currently 20 percent off plus Hori and Qanba sticks will be on sale tomorrow, November 22. You can check out Arcade Shock's lineup of sales below and our full Black Friday fighting game guide after the jump.

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Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection 'performed strongly' before it even launched in Japan according to Capcom

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection released earlier in May of this year in the West to largely positive reviews from critics though only mixed reception by the more hardcore fan base due to online issues and other lacking features. That hasn't slowed the title's performance sales-wise it seems, however.

Capcom recently updated their fiscal earnings reports for the second quarter of 2018 which ended on September 30th to reveal that their big games this year have been seemingly firing on all cylinders for the company.

The new collection of Street Fighter titles is said to have "performed strongly" in overseas markets even though it had not yet launched in its native market of Japan at the time of the report. Capcom previously said the title outperformed digital sales expectations which contributed to the company's best first financial quarter ever — though much of that falls on the shoulders of the massive success of Monster Hunter World.

Japan's 'International' version of the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection was delayed essentially five months after the initial worldwide release to change the titles into their original Japanese language and versions instead of the western localizations used elsewhere — using Street Fighter Zero instead of Street Fighter Alpha, etc.

We should learn about the collection's initial sales in Japan this week since the title was released on October 25th thanks to Media Create tracking games sold in the country.

It likely won't be until April or May of 2019 when we'll find out just how much Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection has sold by the end of their fiscal year report to see if it too will join the large amount of Capcom fighters that have sold over 1 million copies, but it at least appears to be doing well enough to warrant continued support by way of patches and updates.

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Canada Cup 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The big one is finally upon us. One of the most noteworthy and hype-filled events in the entire FGC is taking place this weekend.

Yes, that's right, it's time yet again for Canada Cup to occur, this time in its 2018 edition.

This is a massive event by all counts, and it's one of the last Capcom Pro Tour Premier events as well as the last Tekken World Tour event, though it's a Challenger event for that game. It's also a NeoGeo World Tour event for the King of Fighters titles present and features the Tournament of Legends for Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo. Also, let's not forget the massive international 5v5 tournament we see each year for the main Street Fighter game.

Besides Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and Tekken 7, you can also look forward to tournament play in Super Smash Bros. 4, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Soul Calibur 6, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Sailor Moon S, Pokkén Tournament DX, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, King of Fighters 14, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Injustice 2 and King of Fighters '98: The Slugfest.

Players attending include FOX|SonicFox, FOX|Tokido, Liquid|Hungrybox, FD|Fujimura, Ghost|NuckleDu, CYG|Daigo, TSM|Leffen, FOX|Justin Wong, CYG|Fuudo, GGP|Kazunoko, Liquid|Nemo, Mouz|Problem X, CO|Dogura, Gachikun, DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, NVD|Phenom, NRG|HookGangGod, CYG|Chris Tatarian, FAV|Sako, Yamasa|Nobi, Ponos|Moke, CYG|GamerBee, EQNX|JoeyFury, FOX|Momochi, ALG|n0ne, EQNX|Dimeback, LostSoul, EMG|Mistake, BC|Mr. R, AB|StormKubo, Yamasa|Take, UYU|Fergus, ESE|Duck, 1UP|PepperySplash, PG|Speedkicks, FNATIC|Akainu, ESE|ANTi, Ally, NRG|Supernoon, Fiction, Shadow20z, AE|Pekos, W2W|Bladewise, Teemo, ESE|RunItBlack, EMG|Moky, Binchang, MnT|Trungy, Joonya20z, Abel Del Maestro, Ryan Ford and many, many more.

Streaming is being done at Capcom Fighters, Canada Cup Gaming, Canada Cup Gaming 2, Canada Cup Gaming 3 and Canada Cup Gaming 4.

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East Coast Throwdown 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

East Coast Throwdown 2018 is taking place this weekend in New Jersey, U.S.A.

This is a Capcom Pro Tour Ranking event, in fact, it's the final offline Ranking Event of the season, with only a few Premiers, Regional Finals and one online CPT event left besides it.

Also, this is the Last Chance Qualifier for the Injustice 2 Pro Series this year, the finals of which are happening on November 13th, so this is a very important event to grab that final spot.

It's not just about Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and Injustice 2, though. This event will also feature tournament play in Dragon Ball FighterZ, Soul Calibur 6, Tekken 7, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 2, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Fighting EX Layer, Capcom vs. SNK 2, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Vampire Savior (Darkstalkers) and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.

Notable players participating include FOX|SonicFox, Ghost|NuckleDu, REC|Punk, NRG|HookGangGod, EG|NYChrisG, CYG|GamerBee, CYG|Chris Tatarian, FOX|Dekillsage, SB|JB, PG|Nakkiel, Toi, Idom and many, many more.

Streaming is being done at Team Spooky, NetherRealm, KPB Live, NYC Furby and TSB Blaze.

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Capcom reveals update for Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection coming October 23rd

Capcom just announced that they'll be rolling out changes for Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection in just a few days' time.

The update consists mainly of interface, online and quality of life fixes, as well as some Training Mode improvements. It does not appear as though any direct gameplay changes are to be implemented.

We'll be getting this on October 23rd across all platforms including Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows, though the latter is not directly mentioned in the change log.

Read on to see the full list of changes.

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The Fall Classic 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

The Fall Classic 2018 is back again this year.

It's taking place in Raleigh, North Carolina, and will have a bunch of games played.

Tournament titles present at the event are Tekken 7, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Dragon Ball FighterZ, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Soul Calibur 5, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Injustice 2, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Pokkén Tournament DX and King of Fighters 14.

There are tons of players participating in each game, but a few notable names that you can expect to see are UGS|XCaliburBladez, Pokchop, W2W|KnowKami, ESE|Coach Steve, UGS|BBoyDragon... But of course also many more.

Streaming is being done at Bifuteki and Funky P.

Because of the multitude of games being played, you can expect to have Top 8s on almost all weekend, so stay tuned.

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Here's more classic Street Fighter comic strips and Darkstalkers artwork from the creator of Sgt. Frog

Before the interconnected internet world of today, hundreds of comics, artwork pieces and more about our favorite 90's fighting games circulated throughout Japan with many never seeing reprinting or republishing since leaving a good amount of work seemingly lost to those that were not there to find them over 20 years ago.

We recently posted some of the classic art of Sgt. Frog's creator Mine Yoshizaki's work on Street Fighter and Darkstalkers anthology manga / comics, and now we're back to share some more with some actual comic strips this time.

Matt Moylan, director of publishing at UDON Entertainment, shared with us some more of Yoshizaki's Capcom related artwork from his personal collection showing us anthology covers that the manga artist had worked on in the 90's plus his actual comic strips.

These anthology manga featured sometimes over a dozen different artists creating individual chapters to be featured in a volume or a collection of their "4-koma" strips from magazines which are four-panel gag comics — examples of which you can see in the gallery below — according to Moylan.

The vast majority of these pieces and collections have never been reprinted or re-released outside of Japan because it can be quite hard now to track down certain artists after almost 25 years in some cases to get the proper permissions, so getting to see some of these feels like a rare treat unless you're a big fan of Yoshizaki's that already owns all of his art books.

You can check out the gallery of Yoshizaki's Capcom work below including manga covers, insert illustrations and comic strips. Even if you can't read Japanese, the strips are still entertaining as some of them feature characters interacting with different versions of themselves... and Hsien-Ko steals Vega's claw.

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Images courtesy of Matt Moylan