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'I want to meet the Ono-san of SF3 and congratulate him' - Ono reveals both the biggest challenge and proudest moment of his Street Fighter career

With the exception of a few tweets leading up to EVO this year, we haven't heard all that much from Yoshinori Ono, but a recent interview with ESPN offers us a much desired catch up session with the lovable, troll-prone Executive Producer of Street Fighter 5.

Nowadays Ono is most commonly seen venturing to major events with his Blanka doll, making Street Fighter 5 announcements dressed as upcoming characters and prompting huge crowds to perform his trademark real life Shoryuken.

In recent years, the producer's claim to fame came from his work on Street Fighter 4 as he had a major hand in rejuvenating the entire series and helping the fighting game genre enter an all new chapter of success.

Ono's discussion with ESPN covered a myriad of topics including the future of Street Fighter and its place in eSports, but we were especially intrigued by his early years with the company, during the turbulent Street Fighter 3 era.

Though it retained a devoted player following, Street Fighter 3 was not a commercial success for Capcom. There was real possibility of the Street Fighter franchise coming to an end with SF3, but Ono's specific passion for the iconic series was a major factor in keeping it alive.

"I wanted to make the next Street Fighter game, but Capcom said "no." The conversation would continue for several years and that's why there's a 10-year gap between Street Fighter 3 and Street Fighter 4," Ono explained to ESPN.

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Loser does 25 push ups - Gootecks and Mike Ross duke it out in Street Fighter 4: Champion Edition

Just yesterday, Capcom Mobile released Street Fighter 4: Champion Edition -- a version of the game on iOS that brings new characters and improvements into the fold. Two longtime FGC members have taken it upon themselves to run a nostalgic set with some stakes added to it.

Gootecks and Mike Ross uploaded a video over to their Cross Counter YouTube channel in which they throw down in a match up that declares victory to the first player to win two 2/3 sets. Unfortunately for them, the loser has to do 25 push ups as punishment.

We get to see the usual suspects here, as Gootecks plays characters like Balrog and Dhalsim, while Mike Ross brings E. Honda, Sagat, and Makoto into the fray. Unbeknownst to Gootecks, Mike gets a bit of assistance from the controller add-on he connects to his iPhone.

Below is just a quick clip to get you started. To catch all the rush punches, Tiger Uppercuts, and Ochios, check out the full video after the jump.

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Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition is now backward compatible on Xbox One, Ultra Street Fighter 4 upgrade available

Update: We are hearing reports that players can update the game to Ultra Street Fighter 4 on Xbox One by selecting "manage game," "ready to install," then downloading USF4. A photo has surfaced on Twitter showing the Ultra Street Fighter 4 download option. Thanks, RYU81!

Yun and Yang players, rejoice. The boys are back in town.

Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition is now backward compatible on Xbox One. The list of games has been updated today, and Major Nelson specifically noted the addition on Twitter.

Arcade Edition brought with it balance changes for the cast of playable characters, and most importantly the addition of four new fighters: Evil Ryu, Oni, Yun, and Yang. As many remember, AE was the version of the game that saw a very strong iteration of the latter two characters.

If AE wasn't your thing, though, don't forget that you can also play Vanilla Street Fighter 4 on Xbox One. Personally, I'd probably rather deal with the twins than Sagat, but to each his or her own.

A number of other fighting titles are backward compatible at this point in time. Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown, Soul Calibur 2 HD, The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match, Tekken Tag Tournament 2. and Skullgirls are just some of the games you can fire up right now.

You can check out the tweet from Major Nelson below. For the current list of backward compatible games, be sure to hit the link.

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Sent in by MrThirdWheel and RYU81.

Street Fighter 4: Champion Edition now available on iOS

It's what the community has been clamoring for... Street Fighter 4 is back, y'all!

Okay, it's not the revival people speak of, however, it is a new way to play on the go. Capcom Mobile has released Street Fighter 4: Champion Edition on iOS.

Players can choose from between 25 different characters, including combatants such as Dudley, Poison, and Ibuki. Of course, mainstays like Ryu, Sagat, and Balrog are also playable here.

Veteran Street Fighter 4 players will find familiar controls as soon as they jump in, granted they'll be on a touch screen. Newcomers, on the other hand, will find the option to activate easy special moves at the press of a button.

Street Fighter 4: Champion Edition works on both iPhone and iPad. You can find it in the app store for $4.99 USD.

Below are some screenshots to get you started. Hit the jump for a rundown of what Street Fighter 4: Champion Edition is all about, as well as the official trailer.

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Canada Cup Vancouver results ft. Justin Wong, ChrisG, K-Brad, Ricki Ortiz

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Although there's still a ways to go until Canada Cup itself, we've got some warmup this weekend with Canada Cup Vancouver.

As the name would suggest, this event takes place in Vancouver, Canada.

Tournament games at Canada Cup Vancouver include Street Fighter 5, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Injustice 2 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.

Players attending include, but are not limited to, FOX|Justin Wong, EG|NYChrisG, EG|K-Brad, EG|Ricki Ortiz, SPY|Filipino Champ, PG|RayRay, KyleP and Jibrill.

Streaming is being handled by Canada Cup.

Contrary to most of this weekend's events, this one takes place across two days, so make sure to check the schedule so you don't miss your game of choice.

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Comebacks on Daigo, rushdown on Xian and a whole lot more; some of PR Balrog's finest moments from Street Fighter 4

Never, ever backdash against CYG|PR Balrog. That's the first lesson we got out of watching this Street Fighter 4 compilation from The BEAST.

One of the world's most charismatic fighting game players, Eduardo "PR Balrog" Perez won audiences over again and again with incredible play and a contagious smile.

The most successful Street Fighter 4 Balrog player in the world, Perez went toe to toe with virtually all of the FGC's most fearsome competitors, and often came out victorious.

Though Balrog was widely regarded as more of a middle of the pack character when it came to the tier lists, PR Rog seemed to somehow make the character work in even the most lopsided of match ups.

We recall some of PR Rog's strongest moments as he takes on the likes of RZR|Xian, CYG|Daigo, FOX|Tokido, Mago and plenty of others back in his SF4 days.

Here's a sequence from Canada Cup 2015 Masters Series against Pepeday's zany El Fuerte. PR Rog does an exceptional job of putting some control on the chaos:

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Ruthless aggression, inescapable rushdown and the hypest Raging Demon Street Fighter 4 ever saw; here's a look back at Tokido's SF4 Akuma

Few players become as intertwined with their character as FOX|Tokido did with Akuma in Street Fighter 4.

We saw plenty of competitors use the demonic Street Fighter throughout the life of SF4, and even saw RZR|Infiltration technically take the character farther than anyone else in his EVO 2012 win.

That said, you'd be hard pressed to find anyone that embodied the essence of Akuma through their play like The Murderface, Tokido.

The Japanese god's technical abilities and reads were rivaled by few, and his tendency to ferociously, yet systematically, tear his foes apart was rivaled by none.

Today we're taking a look back (courtesy of The BEAST) at some of Tokido's Akuma's greatest moments, including beat downs of some of the game's toughest competitors like RZR|Xian and ZW|GamerBee.

Our favorite Tokido moment has to be that fateful match against SoCal's Clakey D, wherein The Murderface ended the set with a Raging Demon and proceeded to stand up in front of the projector so as to emulate Akuma during his post-Demon win pose.

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Unrelenting beat downs, disgusting resets and perhaps the most hype combo from all of Street Fighter 4; relive the hype of Daigo's Evil Ryu

Today we bring you a blast from the not so distant past as The BEAST has pieced together a nostalgic compilation of The Beast's Evil Ryu from Ultra Street Fighter 4.

CYG|Daigo kicked his SF4 career off with Ryu, eventually migrated to Yun during the Arcade Edition days and wound up as an Evil Ryu main in the latter part of SF4's life.

As a glass canon character with a plethora of traditional Street Fighter tools, Evil Ryu allowed Daigo to play some of the purest SF we've ever seen.

From good old fashioned frame traps to the psychic, trademark Ume-Shoryukens, Daigo's Evil Ryu brought with it a show virtually every time it found itself on stream.

While all the sequences in this video are great, Daigo's 25-hitter on FOX|Momochi at Stunfest 2015 may take the cake for most hype tournament combo in all of Street Fighter 4.

The one frame link-riddled monster combo was not even the most efficient way for Daigo to go about things, but it both entertained the masses and sent a very real message to his opponent.

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FGC throwback: Xian's Gen was one of the most entertaining characters in all of Street Fighter 4, relive the hype with this nostalgic highlight reel

With a lengthy list of major accomplishments crowned with the EVO 2013 gold, RZR|Xian will already go down in history as one of the world's Street Fighter greats.

His trek through Street Fighter 5 has seen him try to make one of the game's weakest characters (F.A.N.G) work, with whom he's had more success than anyone else thus far.

A 2017 switch to Ibuki saw the Singaporean player skyrocket back to the top of the leaderboards, as he took down CPT Premier event Final Round 20 along with a hefty handful of Pro Tour points.

While we excitedly watch and see Xian's SF5 journey unfold, we also couldn't pass up the chance to take a look back at some of his most hype moments from his Street Fighter 4 days.

The BEAST has compiled a video of highlights from Xian's Gen in SF4. In it, we see Xian take on and defeat some of the strongest talent on the planet, including CYG|Daigo, FOX|Momochi, CYG|PR Balrog, Qanba|Xiao Hai and FOX|Tokido just to name a few.

Here's a clip of Xian absolutely melting Xiao Hai's Evil Ryu at Canada Cup Master Series:

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Desk takes Akuma across Street Fighter 4, 5, and Tekken 7 for an absolutely amazing combo exhibition

Desk is on a tear when it comes to combo video making as of late. We've seen him venture into Injustice 2 and Tekken 7, and an occasional Street Fighter 5 compilation still goes live on his channel.

Today, however, Desk puts three different fighting games together to create the ultimate tribute to Akuma. Entitled "Tekken vs. Street Fighter: Akuma's Iron Fist 2," this video features Akuma combos from Ultra Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter 5, and Tekken 7.

From solo combos to ones that use bits and pieces from each game to make a larger, super combo, there's a lot to take in here. Couple this with Desk's excellent editing abilities, and you definitely won't want to miss this one.

Below is just a quick combo from the video to get you started. Be sure to hit the jump to view the full thing.

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Daigo's Ryu, ChrisG's Sakura, Infiltration's Gouken... The BEAST remembers some of the best players of Street Fighter 4

There's a ton of Street Fighter 5 action this weekend, but that doesn't mean we can't take a few minutes for a nostalgic look back at Ultra Street Fighter 4.

The BEAST has begun a series on his YouTube channel wherein he's highlighting the characters of USF4 by showing some of their strongest moments as controlled by the strongest players to use them.

We've nabbed three of his videos featuring Ryu, Sakura and Gouken. For Ryu, you'll see LU|Alex Valle, Ryan Hart and of course CYG|Daigo Umehara pulling off clutch wins like this:

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You'll also see highlights from the likes of EG|ChrisG, OG Shine and even myself in the videos below.

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Street Fighter 4 Champion Edition headed to iOS; Poison, Dudley and Ibuki to join roster

A recent post from Gamespot informs us that Capcom will be releasing a new version of Street Fighter 4 this summer... for iPhone and iPad.

Street Fighter 4: Champion Edition will run on the latest devices, feature updated visuals and see three new fighters join the mobile cast: Dudley, Ibuki and Poison.

At this point we have no screen shots, price tags or even a concrete release date, but we do know that it will support external controllers and gamepads.

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NorCal Regionals 2017 results feat. NuckleDu, Fuudo, Punk, Daigo, Bonchan

Updated with final results: This story has been updated with results from NorCal Regionals 2017.

Taking place this weekend in Sacramento, California, the NorCal Regionals 2017 is a Capcom Pro Tour premier event.

Notable players in attendance include Liquid|NuckleDu, GRPT|Fuudo, MJS|Haitani, FOX|Tokido, FOX|Momochi, PG|Punk, CYG|Daigo, SPY|Filipino Champ, Mago, Zowie|GamerBee, Co|Go1, CYG|PR Balrog, Poongko, FOX|Justin Wong, XYZZY, WFX|801 Strider, RB|Bonchan, EG|K-Brad, RISE|Marn, EG|NYChrisG, CO|Dogura, CYG|Snake Eyez, PandaTV|Dark Jiewa, YD|Yukadon, WFX|XSK Samurai, RN|Alex Myers, F3|Alucard, EG|Ricki Ortiz, Circa|LPN, Stupendous, Flash, GS|Gllty, BJ Unchained and Commander Jesse, among others.

You can find the live streams and schedule below.

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EX tea bag dash cancel?! Poongko just brought mid-match taunting to a new level at NCR

Tea bagging in fighting games is getting ridiculous...

At NorCal Regionals 2017 today, Poongko did something we've never seen before during the Ultra Street Fighter 4 action. After stunning his opponent, the Seth player casually walked forward, went for a quick tea bag, then red focus dash cancelled it and closed out the round with a throw.

The red focus cancel cost Poongko two stocks of meter, which wouldn't be a big deal if this closed out the game. But as you can see in the clip below, this was only the first round of the match.

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It's nice to see that The Machine still has no fear.

Source: Team Spooky. Via Davechuck on /r/StreetFighter.

We keep getting older, she stays the same age... check out our visual history of Sakura

One of the most popular characters in the Street Fighter universe, Sakura Kasugano has been a favorite since the Alpha days of the mid 90's.

Since then, she's made her way into multiple Street Fighters and seems to have an open door invitation to join any other fighting game she chooses. The Street Fighter 5 community still seems to be holding out to have the school girl officially join the latest SF roster, and so in the meantime we've gone and put together a visual history for her.

We omitted non-fighting games such as Puzzle and Super Gem Fighter, but even so Sakura has quite the resume under her belt... which is pretty good for a high schooler.

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A Street Fighter, a skilled spy, a mommy... who exactly is C. Viper? Here's everything we know about the Crimson fan favorite's history

Though she wasn't everyone's absolute favorite character in Street Fighter 4, there's no denying that C. Viper was one of the most popular and welcomed additions to the Street Fighter universe in 2009.

With flashy burn kicks, slick spy gadgetry and a high flying style, high octane Viper play was always exciting for spectators to watch, while her interesting design and absolute beauty made for some very interesting cosplay opportunities.

History Behind the Warrior has hit the books to dig up anything and everything on Viper's story, including her identity, motives, notable interactions and relationships with other characters in the SF universe. Enjoy today's history lesson in the video below.

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Poison, Viper and Sakura are back in CarlosG's full Street Fighter photo shoot

We got to see the preview for this shoot about two weeks back, but CarlosG and his gorgeous cosplayers have released the full gallery, and it's absolutely top tier.

We have Ireland Reid as Poison, Lis Lou Who as C. Viper and Stella Chuu as Sakura as the three beautiful women remind us of our Ultra Street Fighter 4 days. Check out the gallery below and let us know what you think in the comments.

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New 'Street Fighter Academy' game revealed and it's only playable on April 1st - I'm on to you, Ono...

With April Fools being celebrated in Japan right now, more game companies are joining in on the festivities. Capcom has now thrown their jester's hat into the ring with "Street Fighter Academy."

Street Fighter Executive Producer Yoshinori Ono sent out a tweet earlier today announcing the new title. Apparently, Street Fighter Academy will only be playable on April 1st, according to the tweet.

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'Rather than playtime, it's better to play in a good environment to level up' - Fuudo shares wisdom, stories and a day in his pro gamer life

If GRPT|Fuudo decides to start playing a fighting game, it's a safe bet to say he'll be one of the best in the world at it. The Japanese player is known for his skill at Virtua Fighter, Street Fighter 4 and Street Fighter 5, but he's also astonishingly good at games in other genres.

In their recent documentary "The Life of a Pro Street Fighter," IGN follows a day in the life of Fuudo, and gets an insider's look at the top tier player's history, day to day gaming life, practices and gaming philosophies.

Though a professional at fighting games, Fuudo spends considerable time with other genres, and contributes the majority of his life to gaming in general. Check out IGN's mini documentary below for a full look at this most interesting FGC figure.

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He plays Street fighter 4 for the memory of his brother and has a dream to make it to EVO... you don't have to be a pro to have a great story

Cliff Rouzier is a Street Fighter player from New York that you've likely never heard of. He hasn't won any majors, never had a "Moment 37" of his own, or upset a big name player in a stream match, but he does have a story worth telling.

With parents that neither understand nor appreciate gaming, Cliff's situation isn't all that different from a good many others' in the FGC. Like the majority of fighting game players, Cliff had a dream to make the trek to EVO (the fighting game player's Mecca) for both the experience and to test his skills against the best in the world.

Cliff's brother, (who introduced him to fighting games at an early age) tragically passed away in recent years, and so this EVO trip would also be dedicated to the memory of his sibling.

Luckily Cliff's filmmaker cousin, Jonathan Rouzier, has been working on a documentary for the last five years that chronicles Cliff's journey to EVO 2013. That documentary, Road to Evolution, has finally been released.

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A devastating Super Turbo Balrog, his trademark SF4 Ryu, and more: This top 10 list ranks Daigo's best characters in Capcom fighting games

A lot of fans in this day and age know BST|Daigo for playing Ryu. However, over the years The Beast has found success with several different characters across various Capcom fighting titles.

Cammyplayer has constructed a video list ranking Daigo's best characters from #10 to #1.

From his Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition Yun back to his Super Turbo Balrog, we are treated to some footage and a little backstory for each of his characters. Below, you can see Daigo's Super Turbo Ryu mount a vicious comeback.

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As with many "top" lists, this one conveys the opinion of the creator. Be sure to check it out after the jump and let us know what you think!

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CarlosG's photos of Poison, Viper and Sakura are amazing, and this is only the preview

Photographer Carlos G has been hard at work on shoots featuring the gorgeous cosplayers Ireland Reid, Lis Lou Who and Stella Chuu.

Poison, C. Viper and Sakura are all favorites from the Street Fighter series, and now come to life in new ways thanks to these talented cosplayers. Below you'll see the preview shots for the forthcoming galleries.

As always, please share your reactions in the comments to let us know what you think of these beautiful photographs.

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Cosplayers: Ireland Reid, Lis Lou Who and Stella Chuu.

He loves his car, is obsessed with flowers and absolutely hates Balrog; learn all about the history of Dudley

A boy far too small and weak to ever be a fighter grows (and beefs) up to become the ever boxing glove-wearing fighter: Dudley.

A fan favorite for both his gentlemanly air and his incredibly offensive gameplay, Dudley is a character that often brought the hype in both Third Strike and Street Fighter 4.

History Behind the Warrior has detailed the boxer's history, unveiling his roots, motivations and preferences throughout the Street Fighter story. Learn why he loves flowers and hates Balrog in this quick video that's all about Dudley.

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'This game caters to noobs and is scrub friendly' - a look through FGC history shows it repeating itself

If you think that the latest Capcom fighting game is catering to newbies and is too scrub friendly — you're not alone.

Actually, you've got over 20 years of similar statements being made by the fighting game community backing you up.

While you might think statements about dumbing down these games and trying to introduce them to a causal audience originated with Street Fighter 4 — many these phrases date back to the 1990s.

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Even Ono isn't sure? Learn all about one of Capcom's most controversial figures as History Behind the Warrior takes a closer look at Poison

Well, here we go...

Poison is a fan favorite, consistently cosplayed and also one of the most controversial figures among the entire Street Fighter roster. Originally appearing in Final Fight as part of the Mad Gear Gang, Poison's transition from Japanese to American culture resulted in some rather interesting character changes.

Rarely will there be discussion about Poison without talk of her gender, and it seems her story changes depending on whether you're in Japan or America. It seems even Capcom's Yoshinori Ono has made contrasting statements about Poison's identity.

History Behind the Warrior has developed a video detailing the character's history both in and out of game story lines. Give it a watch to get the full picture on Poison.

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