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If Rose is in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, her moveset might be inspired by Ultra Street Fighter 4's Omega Mode

Rumors and theories are going around about what might be teased at Red Bull Conquest. Last year, we were teased about Sakura's inclusion in Street Fighter 5 via flowers.

If there is a presence of tarot cards at the Red Bull Conquest event, then there's reason to suspect that Rose might be included in Season 4. Being that she is Menat's master, we've been seeing a lot of the character during character story modes.

Street Fighter 5 has a tendency to switch up the feeling and play style of characters that have returned from older titles. Needless to say, it's very unlikely that Rose's tools in the latest entry will feel one-to-one with Ultra Street Fighter 4.

It's time to speculate on how she might play if is she is part of the roster. There's been a trend where certain elements of Ultra Street Fighter 4's Omega Mode have found their way into Street Fighter 5.

Since DrewTony'Z did such an excellent job of documenting the character changes of Omega Mode, we'll be referencing his video once again. Rose has a few new moves and altered attacks.

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Over 10 minutes of amazing and hype Japanese arcade footage of Ultra Street Fighter 4 warms the soul

We're going for a blast from the not so distant past today as we examine an Ultra Street Fighter 4 "Amazing/Hype Moments" compilation from The BEAST.

This isn't just any footage, however, as it comes from a Japanese arcade. While fighting games got their competitive start in this type of local venue, it's fairly rare to see arcade culture outside of Japan these days.

There's something of a pure or original fighting game air that surrounds play like this, and the fact that you can hear the local audience react with excitement after each and every play brings it all the more to life.

This showcase sees a handful of Japanese competitors execute top level game play using characters such as Dudley, C. Viper, T. Hawk, Hugo, Rolento, Sakura and others.

Check out the footage and let us know which sequence was your favorite in the comments and why.

This round between T. Hawk and Hugo, two of the game's lower tier characters as well as grapplers, got the biggest reaction out of me. Here they face off in pretty intense footsie bout:


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Stop asking for the wrong balance changes; why Japan's days as top dog are numbered; the sexiest thing you can do in Street Fighter 5 and more

Season 4 of Street Fighter 5 is just around the corner, which means balance changes galore... potentially.

From general mechanics to individual character moves, Catalyst and I talk about the delicate art of fighting game balance on this week's EventHubs Podcast.

We also delve into the emerging final bracket for Capcom Cup, specifically examining how strong a presence various regions and countries currently have. While Asia and Japan are the top dogs at the moment, I have a theory that the gap with the rest of the world is closing for specific reasons.

We also cover some of this week's news including the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate reveal and the hilariously tragic case of Waluigi, who it seems has become a meme-like shell of his former self.

Personal bias and tunnel vision are very dangerous when it comes to the discussion of altering the way fighting games work, so we thought it good to examine some of the pitfalls people tend to fall into when it comes to this, and then offer our thoughts on the current example that is Street Fighter 5's fourth season.

I also offer my two cents on what I think is the sexiest and most satisfying thing to do in Street Fighter, and how to implement it more into your own game play.

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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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Some days, you just need to watch old footage of Combofiend and Mike Ross playing Street Fighter 4

With countless chapters chronicling ups, downs and eras of every different sort, the fighting game community has been writing its unique history for the better part of the last three decades.

We're currently in the age of eSports as our games are now more accessible, we have more eyes watching major tournaments and there's more money floating about than ever before.

As interesting as our present is, I'd like to take a moment to look back on the not so distant past. The FGC saw one of its largest booms during the days of Street Fighter 4, and the groundwork for the immense expansion that we live in today was laid during this time.

Two of the most recognizable faces of this closed chapter had to be Mr. Mike Ross and Mr. Peter "Combofiend" Rosas. Both players were incredibly captivating whenever they appeared alone, but had a chemistry together that audiences could watch for hours on end.

We're taking a blast into the past today as we revisit one of Cross Counter's videos from back in 2012 where these two personalities clashed in the best way possible.

Watch as these two cycle through a rainbow of emotions from elation to extreme frustration as they face off in Arcade Edition 2012. Here's a quick example of Combo taking it to Mike with a perfect, and Mike's frustration meter maxing out:


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Playing Street Fighter with your face, calling out Mike Ross and finding motivation during the lulls of life - BrolyLegs joins the EventHubs Podcast

Whatever your excuse for not being as good at fighting games as you'd like to be, it's probably not better than arthrogryposis, a condition that involves congenital joint contracture.

Despite having this ailment since birth, Mike "AG|BrolyLegs" Begum aims to live "as normal as possible" and has garnered a name for himself in the fighting game community as one of America's strongest Chun-Li competitors in both Street Fighter 4 and Street Fighter 5.

The Texas player uses his tongue through his cheek to press buttons on his controller, and has seen more than his fair share of adversity during his grind at both Super Smash Bros. and Street Fighter.

He joins us this week to talk about life as a disabled gamer, his pursuit of a sponsorship, to share some wonderful FGC stories and plenty more. He also takes a few moments to offer his side of the story that Mike Ross brought up during last week's cast, and maintains his offer for a rematch in Street Fighter 4.

You can find Broly on Twitter, receive online Street Fighter lessons from him via Cross Counter Training and see him during his regular live stream sessions on Twitch. Oh, and don't forget to check out his autobiography, which he wrote himself with a pair of chopsticks at a keyboard.

If you'd like a quick introduction and to see Broly in action, we've included a video from Cross Counter below the timestamps.

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Martin Wong's fighting game cosplay photos are all total KO's

We're excited to share some absolutely stellar photography from Martin Wong as he captures gorgeous models in top tier cosplay outfits.

These quality images feature characters from a wide range of franchises including Street Fighter, Super Smash Bros., Mortal Kombat, Marvel vs. Capcom and others.

Such cosplayers as Jessica Nigri, Vera Bambi and Meg Turney bring all new life to characters like Fox McCloud, Spider-Man and the pool party versions of Chun-Li, E. Honda and Cammy White.

Mr. Wong doesn't limit his craft to gaming and pop culture characters alone, but also specializes in portrait, fashion, surreal and wedding photography.

As you'll surely see when looking through the selection we've garnered for you here, these images exude professionalism from start to finish.

You can see more of Wong's work by visiting his (somewhat NSFW warning due to boudoir photos) Instagram as well as his personal photography site. Check out the gallery below and please share your favorites in the comments when you're done gazing through.

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The Mixup 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

One of Europe's most hype events is back this year again, with The Mixup taking place in Lyon, France.

A notable aspect of the event is how it divvies up the different events into their own events, more or less, with the titles Tekken Grand Battle, Street Grand Battle, Dragon Grand Battle, Guilty Gear Grand Battle and Blaz Grand Battle.

This is Master Event for the Tekken World Tour, meaning it's a gigantic opportunity for any Tekken 7 player wishing to get into the World Tour Finals, and players have definitely showed up in response to that status. It's also a Capcom Pro Tour Ranking event for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, which while not quite as extravagant, has brought a lot of Street Fighter competitors from across Europe to Lyon as well.

Besides these titles, you can also expect to see tournament play in Dragon Ball FighterZ, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Vampire Savior (Darkstalkers) and Skullgirls: 2nd Encore. There will also be a 8-person invitational event for Soul Calibur 6.

Players attending include ROX|Knee, UYU|Jeondding, Kkokkoma, Fursan|LowHigh, TO|Machabo, ROX|Chanel, UYU|Qudans, RB|Luffy, CGG|Tissuemon, NVD|Phenom, Crazy|SuperAkouma, UYU|Fergus, NASR|BigBird, EQNX|Dimeback, NVD|SaltyKid, DG|Asim, Fursan|Rangchu, NVD|Momi, Packz, Oplon|Skyll, WhiteBl4ck, Cobelcog, NidhoGG|Eifi, Method|Broski, NidhoGG|Wawa, Onimario, exceL|Isam, VGG|FakePotter, Nyphi7, AE|Pekos, LD|Zake and many more.

Streaming is being done at Tekken, Unequalled Media, The Mixup Lyon, VSFTV Dot Com and LaDOSE TV.

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The birth of BIONIC ARM, Sonic Fox's ascension, Moment 37... here are Screw Attack's top 10 most hype fighting game moments

Full disclosure, this video came out just before EVO this year as a hype up for fighting games' biggest and baddest yearly open bracket event, but that doesn't mean we aren't still interested in what Screw Attack thinks are the 10 most epic fighting game moments.

We also won't beat around the bush and pretend as though anything has even come close to the legendary EVO Moment 37, as CYG|Daigo's Third Strike parrying of FOX|Justin Wong's Super Art stands fairly decisively at the top of this category.

Considering the fact that the best fighting gamers from all over the world clash at EVO more than any other single venue, it's not surprising to say there have been plenty of other incredibly exciting memories that have stemmed from the big dance.

My personal favorite from the list was one I had actually forgotten about until this reminder and even having just seen it seconds ago, the mere thought of it still makes the hairs on my arms stand up.

I'm, of course, referring to the EVO 2014 bout between RB|Snake Eyez and RZR|Xian that went down the absolute wire. Seeing it in person was indescribable, but you'll get the gist of it all by watching it back in this video.

Let us know what you thought of Screw Attack's countdown in the comments. If you disagree with their list please let us know how yours would play out.

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Ultimate Fighting Arena 2018 results

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

There's a big event taking place in Paris, France this weekend, for multiple games.

This is a Saga Event for Dragon Ball FighterZ, so almost 160 players have shown up to try and grab that Dragon Ball as well as a qualifying spot for the finals in January.

Besides this, it's also a Capcom Pro Tour event for Street Fighter 5, so that game also has a bunch of Europe's finest, as well as some others, showing up to try and gain points with almost 150 players registered.

The event will also be hosting tournaments for Tekken 7, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Ultra Street Fighter 4, King of Fighters '98: The Slugfest, King of Fighters 14, Mortal Kombat XL and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle.

Players attending include Mouz|Problem X, CO|Go1, NVD|Phenom, RB|Luffy, UYU|Cloud805, FNATIC|Akainu, NRG|HookGangGod, excel|Hurricane, NASR|BigBird, FNATIC|Shakz, NVD|SaltyKid, BC|ApologyMan, NRG|Supernoon, gwak.fr|Shenzo, Nyphi7, Method|Broski, NVD|Momi, exceL|Infexious, R-Cade|Alioune, PG|Nakkiel, DO|KenDeep and many more.

Streaming is being done at Gameline and World Gaming Federation.

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Ultra Street Fighter 4 Revival Tournament Series early results, stream and details

Update: This story has been updated with week 16 results.

The Ultra Street Fighter 4 Revival Tournament Series will be taking place throughout the year.

Due to lag concerns because of the tournaments mainly focusing on online, it's been divided up into two separate regional events, one for North America and one for Europe.

Both regions will have eight tournaments, with the winner of each tournament qualifying for an eventual "Topanga-style" long-set Round Robin.

This event is all about bringing back Ultra Street Fighter 4 into people's minds, and entry is free, so if you happen to miss Ultra Street Fighter 4 and live in either North America or Europe, this is a grand chance to join, since these events will continue for some time.

We'll keep a continuous schedule in this story and bump when relevant so you can keep track of whatever's happening, and of course update with results after an event ends.

Streaming will be done at USF4 Dave for North American events and at GillStoleMyRide for European events.

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Celtic Throwdown 2018 results

Update; This story has been updated with final results.

There's a double whammy as far as pro tours go this weekend, with Celtic Throwdown taking place in Dublin, Ireland.

This is a Ranking event for the Capcom Pro Tour and a Challenger event for the Tekken World Tour, meaning that both Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and Tekken 7 will have points on the line.

There are over 100 entrants for Tekken 7 based on the bracket lists, and over 60 for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, so a lot of matches are going to go down to reach the finals.

Besides this, the event will feature Dragon Ball FighterZ, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Super Smash Bros. 4, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite and Injustice 2.

Players attending include Mouz|Problem X, NVD|Phenom, RB|Luffy, UYU|Fergus, FNATIC|Shakz, Crazy|SuperAkouma, FNATIC|Akainu, DG|Asim, NVD|SaltyKid, Packz, 4G|DevilKazuya, NVD|Momi, Cobelcog, OL|VegaPatch, 4G|Rikimaru, exceL|Infexious, FH|SignorFarfalla, Method|Broski, DG|ThePhantom, Ixion and many more.

Streaming is being done at AsOneLive, Lythero, MsCupcakes and GrandMasterChallenge.

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Street Fighter 2 had fireballs, Alpha had V-ism, 3 had parries, 4 had Focus Attacks; a look back at the series' changing mechanics and identity

Street Fighter 2 is the game that kicked off the fighting game craze of the early 90s, so it's only natural that Capcom would produce a number of sequels and spin-offs plus entirely new titles that would need to find their own footing and identity.

The game started out very simplistic by today's standards, but added new characters, moves and mechanics to the later versions of Street Fighter 2 to differentiate it and keep players coming back though the series would move in different directions beginning with Street Fighter Alpha.

Fighting game content creator Novriltataki recently made a video presenting how they see Street Fighter has changed at its core many times over due to the adding or subtracting of new mechanics / "gimmicks" between games. This culminates in the idea that Street Fighter is lacking a true overarching identity between all of its titles when compared to other series.

The main argument brought forward is that Street Fighter 2 relied heavily on fireballs that did good damage, footsies and throws, but games like Street Fighter Alpha and Street Fighter 3 would shift that focus of a game plan to the new mechanics of the particular game instead of just adding upon what the earlier game started.

The Street Fighter Alpha games added new ideas to the mix like Custom Combos which dominated the way the game was played at higher levels while weakening fireballs. Street Fighter 3 added the parry mechanic which became vital, but also the dash, changes to throws and EX moves which would be used to build upon as the series progressed.

Street Fighter 4 brought with it the age of Focus Attacks and Ultras, but also ditched the "gimmicks" of the previous titles while Street Fighter 5 would get rid of Ultras in favor of the V-system. Novriltataki points to other fighting game franchises which seem to add to, build and fine-tune existing mechanics to develop a series to preserve its identity. You can check out the full video after the jump, and let us know in the comments whether or not you agree with the sentiment and idea presented by Novriltataki.

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Check your nostalgia: We discuss why Street Fighter 4 and other titles probably aren't as good as you remember - EventHubs Podcast

"Street Fighter 4 was the best SF game. It's way better than Street Fighter 5," it probably wouldn't take you long to recall hearing this phrase, or something similar to it at some point.

The nostalgia factor is very difficult to beat in fighting games, as people picked up and played the previous titles for long periods of time — and got used to their quirks and issues — then came to love the product for what it did well.

Time and separation tends makes our hearts grow fonder, as we minimize or even forget about the flaws we once disliked, and remember the things we enjoyed.

In the latest episode of the EventHubs Podcast, John "Velociraptor" Guerrero, and I tackle this subject head on. I talk about some recent experiences playing previous Street Fighter games, trying to playing them at a high level again, and realizing many of these titles hadn't aged as well as I'd assumed.

The discussion goes back and forth, as we try to dissect why feelings get so strong — and what the older and newer games have going for — and against them.

We also cover the latest news, like EVO single entrant numbers, if there are too many Gokus and Vegetas in Dragon Ball FighterZ, SF's 30th Anniversary outperforming Capcom's expectations, and we continue to beat the dead horse of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, with Disney recently purchasing 21st Century Fox.

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Ultra Street Fighter 4 side tournament announced for EVO 2018

We're now just a few short days away from the start of the largest fighting game event in the world with EVO 2018 where eight titles will share the mainstage though smaller games are not being left out.

Side tournaments and events like AnimEVO are just as important if not more important to many players in our fighting game community who wish to get together with others playing their favorite, smaller titles with the largest fighting game crowd in the world.

Ultra Street Fighter 4 is not exactly a game many would consider small — as it was once the headliner of EVO for almost a decade and one of the most storied fighting games of all time — though now it too will be part of the side tournament scene at EVO 2018.

Twitch streamer Francy announced the Ultra Street Fighter 4 tournament details on Twitter for the now 10-year-old fighting game staple. It is currently scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 4th.

The tournament itself has open registration through Challonge for those looking to take part in the side event set to be held in the bring your own controller area of the venue.

EVO's full mainstage schedule is now available for all of the titles including Street Fighter 4's successor. You can take a look at Francy's full announcement by checking out the image below.


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Kumite in Texas / Low Tier City 6 results

Updated with final results: This story has been updated with the results from Kumite in Texas / Low Tier City 6.

This weekend, we're seeing two events kind of come together as one, as Kumite in Texas and Low Tier City 6 will be running their events together in the same area.

They still have their own titles and streams, but the venue seems to be shared and will be housing a ton of different fighting game players in various games.

Notable players attending for Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. 4, by far the biggest games at the event, include Liquid|Hungrybox, Alliance|Armada, C9|Mango, TSM|Leffen, Tweek, GRV|Dabuz, DIG|Lucky, ALG|n0ne, BSD|Elegant, DIG|HugS, EMG|Mistake, Balance|Syrox, Cosmos, CaptainZack, PG|Esam, Alliance|Android, Samsora, PG|MVD and many more.

That doesn't mean that those are the only games at the event, though. There will also be tournament play in Project M, Tekken 7, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Dragon Ball FighterZ, BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle, Super Smash Bros. 64, Icons: Combat Arena, Rivals of Aether, Injustice 2, Mortal Kombat XL, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Killer Instinct and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

With Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. 4 being at over 300 and over 200 entrants respectively, though, that's where the brunt of the action will be happening.

Streaming is being done at Tourney Locator, Tourney Locator 2, YouTube Tourney Locator, PandaxGaming and PandaxGaming 2.

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How Darkstalkers died, and what Yoshinori Ono may be planning to resurrect the franchise - EventHubs Podcast

Darkstalkers and Street Fighter 4 have several heavy ties that fans may not be aware of. In the latest episode of the EventHubs Podcast, we explore how these titles are intrinsically linked together, and how one was a large success, while the other has struggled to live up to expectations.

The central thread in this story — Yoshinori Ono — has a history of trying to (mostly) unsuccessfully revive the Darkstalkers franchise, which isn't a secret to most people in the fighting game community.

What might come as a surprise though is the methods that Ono employs were the same between both games. One title sold nearly 9 million copies across all platforms and versions. The other was such a disappointment that Capcom went from regularly hinting that 'Darkstalkers are not dead' to barely mentioning the franchise over the last several years, outside of appearances in crossover fighting games, and costumes.

In this edition of the pod, we take a look back at the start of Street Fighter 4, with Ono using journalists to get the message out about the game to get a prototype created, and how he tried similar methods with Darkstalkers, but ultimately failed to recapture the same magic.

We also take listeners back to 2011-2012, where Ono was encouraging fans to hold up dollar bills at conventions, to show Capcom they would invest in a new Darkstalkers title.

Then we get into Udon's failed attempt to pitch a HD Remix version of Darkstalkers, and the unfortunate fate that would follow the Resurrection, along with Ono's most recent... hints from San Diego Comic Con 2018. This is the EventHubs Podcast.

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