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He is simultaneously one of the most ferocious and goofiest characters in the entire series... check out our visual history of Blanka

Blanka first debuted in the Street Fighter series in Street Fighter 2. At first glance, this was a ferocious green beast with orange hair that was capable of electrocuting and biting opponents.

Upon beating this fighter's arcade play through, players are treated to a bit of twist. We see a more... softer side of this creature when it is revealed by his mother that his name is actually Jimmy.

In more recent times, Blanka is often regarded as a bit of a troll character. I'm pretty sure there are more people dreading his inclusion in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition rather than those that are actually looking forward to it.

Still, Blanka has been seen in a way that showcases him as both feral and goofy. Considering that this is the combatant that is most often associated with Yoshinori Ono (the toy of Blanka), he is frequently looked at as silly now.

Considering that Blanka is coming out tomorrow on February 20, 2018, now is probably a good time to take another look at his visual history. This fighter has evolved quite a bit over the years.

And of course, I couldn't possibly leave out Blanka's plush costume. Check it out:

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

Update: This story has been updated with week 3 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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Frosty Faustings X results ft. SonicFox, LostSoul, MarlinPie, Punk, ElvenShadow

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

One of the biggest North American events for Guilty Gear is happening this weekend, namely Frosty Faustings X, in Elmhurst, Illinois.

Of course, this isn't just a Guilty Gear-focused event, far from it. There'll be tons of games played here, including the first major Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition tournament .

Games being featured at this event are Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Injustice 2, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Tekken 7, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Super Smash Bros. 4, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Skullgirls: 2nd Encore, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st], Super Smash Bros. Melee, Vampire Savior, Windjammers, Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R, Tatsunoko vs. Capcom, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, King of Fighters 14, Melty Blood: Actress Again Current Code, Pokkén Tournament DX, Arcana Heart 3: Love Max Six Stars, Killer Instinct, DiveKick: Addition Edition +, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Ultra Street Fighter 4.

Players attending are plentiful, but just a few of them are FOX|SonicFox, WN|LostSoul, PG|MarlinPie, PG|Punk, FF|ElvenShadow, BjornSonOfBear, EG|NYChrisG, TGQ|HavocNoah, DA|Zidane, cR|Dekillsage, Foo, Circa|ForeverKing, RyanLV, Brian_F, Circa|Wolfkrone, PG|Coach Steve, NG|Obscure, KizzieKay, F3|Alucard, MC|GCYoshi13, Method|Flux, Doren2k, BxA|Squall, Circa|JoeyD, ITS|CuddleCore, FFN|Kyoku and of course many, many more.

This is a tournament with an extremely high amount of entrants - both Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 and Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition have almost 250 entrants each, while Tekken 7, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Windjammers and the intriguing Mystery Game Tournament all have over 100 entrants each.

Streaming is being done at BG Callisto, Mad City GG, RS Blackrose, Team Spooky, Unrivaled Tournaments and Will English IV.

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Capcom has released their Street Fighter CFN popularity poll results

Back in October, Capcom created a character popularity poll on the CFN. It was announced that the results wouldn't be revealed until January 16, 2018 -- that's today!

As promised, the results of this poll is now available to the public. Some interesting things have been revealed as a result of this. It has been noted that there were over 150,000 votes submitted.

Much to our surprise, Ryu did not secure the number one spot despite being the most played fighter in Street Fighter 5. In fact, he secured 9th place. Combatants like Akuma and Chun-Li were seen in higher positions.

The winner of the poll is Sakura. Coincidentally, she is being released as Season 3's first DLC character. She is available right now.

All the other characters that are in the top ten are currently in the game or are scheduled to join later -- with the exception of Makoto and Q (unless that's G's identity). It's possible we may see them later as a result.

Meanwhile, Sakura, Cody, Sagat, and even Blanka are present and accounted for in terms of top ten favorite characters from the Street Fighter franchise. It seems Capcom had a pretty good idea which combatants would appeal the most to the fanbase for Season 3...

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Kumite in Tennessee 2018 results ft. SonicFox, Dragon, Punk, MenaRD, Cloud805

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Kumite in Tennessee 2018 is taking place this weekend in... Well, Tennessee.

This event will as always be host to a bunch of different fighting games.

The games set to be played at the event are Injustice 2, Street Fighter 5, Tekken 7, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Super Smash Bros. 4, Killer Instinct, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Project M, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat XL, King of Fighters 14, BlazBlue: Central Fiction and Ultra Street Fighter 4.

There will also be special Ultra Fight Night Exhibition sets between FORT|Cloud805 and FOX|SonicFox in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, PG|Punk and Rise|MenaRD in Street Fighter 5 and Noble|Semiij and Circa|ForeverKing in Injustice 2.

As for players attending the event, besides the six listed above, you can expect to see ALG|Dragon, RNG|WhiteBoi, Rise|Smug, BC|HoneyBee, Circa|Wolfkrone, FOX|Scar, Mischief|NotEnoughDamage, BxA|StarCharger, PG|Coach Steve, BxA|Squall, Grr and many more.

Streaming is being done at PandaxGaming, NYCFurby, Typo House Games, Funky P, SixFortyFive and Music City Smash.

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Cody Travers in the Omega Mode for Street Fighter 4 had a couple of Final Fight exclusive moves - will we see this in Street Fighter 5?

Of the six Season 3 characters for Street Fighter 5 Arcade Edition, four of them are fan favorites. Among these veterans, Cody appears to be the most different thematically.

Rather than being an escaped convict, he appears to be the new mayor of Metro City. Still, people have certain expectations on how Cody will play.

A change here and there is probably alright, but for Cody to fight like a completely different fighter might not be kosher with everyone. With or without handcuffs, it's still Cody, right?

One source that we can use for speculation purposes is the Omega Mode found in Ultra Street Fighter 4. We've seen plenty of similarities at this point to notice a consistent pattern.

This Omega Mode was very likely a testing ground for Capcom. So what does this mean for Cody?

Let's have a look at what this game mode did for Cody.

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How Street Fighter 5 taught an old man new Street Fighter 4 tricks; my experience playing Gouken in tournament for the first time in a long time

Under the group moniker "The AZ AZZAZZINZ," a few Arizona FGC friends and I made an impromptu drive out to SoCal a few days ago for Wednesday Night Fights.

It just so happened to be one of the nights wherein Brentt (Brenttiscool) was holding one of his monthly Ultra Street Fighter 4 tournaments, so we entered for old time's sake. I've played USF4 maybe 5-10 times in the last year, usually choosing Evil Ryu because I enjoy trying to hit his longer, one frame link-laden combos, but rarely do I do much with Gouken anymore.

For this event, however, I reunited with the old man. Not expecting to do much better than a 1-2 or 2-2 run, we dusted off the cobwebs and jumped in. While there was a ton of obvious rust in the way of things like execution and appropriate punishes, I found myself playing in a way I never had before.

Even after using Gouken for over six years, Wednesday night's tournament run made me realize I had a whole new level of vision and appreciation for options in Street Fighter 4, and it was a direct result of playing Street Fighter 5.

I also caught myself making more direct and determined decisions. Street Fighter 5 is designed to urge players to make a call and then follow through with it, not offering as many option selects and layered decisions as its predecessor.

As you'll see in the clip below, it was enough to actually help me win our bout in the winners bracket, though Brentt would best me in losers and eventually win the whole tourney.

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Holy hurtbox, Batman; here's a look at the crazy combos Street Fighter 4's hurtboxes allowed us to do

A few fellow Arizonan invaders and I were fortunate enough to attend Wednesday Night Fights this week, one of who (Nick "Driftwood" Going) nearly bested WNF notable Chris Tatarian in tournament.

Once their match was over, Chris approached me and asked if I had noticed when one of his bread and butter Ken combos into Shoryuken wound up whiffing because of a combination of Karin's hurtbox and slightly farther than average postitioning, leading to his near loss.

Indeed I had, and I've also heard the cries of many Ed players as they've widely identified their main character's central weakness as not being able to reach foes with his go-to combo strings unless he's at point blank range.

Street Fighter 5's fairly conservative hurtboxes have been a somewhat mainstream topic of conversation for some time now. While not always identified as a negative, it's certainly a major departure from what players of the Street Fighter 4 era are used to.

A Toronto player with the Twitter handle @gentle_step jumped back into Ultra Street Fighter 4 to compile a series of combos into a video that highlights the more liberal hurtbox sizes we saw in that title.

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Will Blanka's moveset in Street Fighter 5 Arcade Edition take inspiration from Omega Street Fighter 4?

Before we saw the trailer for Sakura, we speculated on how might her moveset work from potential clues in Omega Street Fighter 4. We've seen a number of characters take cues from this particular mode before.

The same thing was also done for Sagat and what Omega Mode could bring for him too. Considering that he is the last fighter that will be released for Season 3, it will be a little while before we find out.

During these stories, I saw comments asking specifically about the possibility of Blanka taking cues from his Omega version. Well... here we are.

Blanka is a combatant that tends to be known for a very "annoying" and "frustrating" play style for newer players to fight against. This is a character that players like to use to almost troll others with.

Taking a look at his Omega move list, that certainly still seems to be the case. There are definitely some "interesting" alterations made here.

Let's take a look at how this character plays in this mode.

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Maximilian: Is Capcom on the brink of ascending to 'CapGod' status?

"It's been like seven years, since [Capcom] have been making good decisions." Maximilian calls it as he sees it, but also acknowledges that the game development company very well may be finally returning to a place of huge success, similar to years past.

Recent times have appeared rocky for Capcom, especially in the fighting game department. Street Fighter X Tekken, Street Fighter 5 and Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite have had quite a few problems, and while Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 was a fan favorite, sales didn't reflect similar sentiments amongst the general public.

Coming home from the PlayStation Experience, Max lists off the recent (and potential) successes that Capcom has in Mega Man 11, Resident Evil 7 (and its new DLC), Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Devil May Cry 5 (not officially announced yet), Street Fighter 30th Collector's Edition, Resident Evil Remake 2, Monster Hunter World and the DMC HD Collection.

The potential here is through the roof, and while Max doesn't deem them quite back to "CapGod" territory, he's definitely entertaining the idea that we may be on the brink of an all new high for the company.

Max also brings up MvCI in the sense that it still could become a success if Capcom handles things correctly from here on out. A certain "is Marvel dead" sentiment has been making the rounds in the FGC, but the popular streamer is still holding out hope that the situation can be rectified and turned around for the better.

You can check out the talk from the stream in the video below (somewhat NSFW warning because of language) and then let us know if you think Capcom is headed in the right direction with its recent moves.

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Omega Sagat in Street Fighter 4 has a few new moves that might turn up in Street Fighter 5 Season 3

Sagat is quite clearly a very popular character among the Street Fighter community. He has been both heavily requested and rumored for Season 3.

We've seen a pattern that Street Fighter 5 likes to throw a few twists at fighter movesets. There's been a rumor that Sagat might only have access to Tiger Shots while in a V-Trigger state, which may or may not be true.

Street Fighter 4's Omega Mode appears to have been sort of a testing ground for the future game. Not too long ago, we explored Sakura's moveset in that very mode in order to speculate on how she might play in Street Fighter 5.

While hints seem to be pointing towards Sakura being Season 3's first DLC character, there is still plenty of reasons to believe that Sagat may be coming later down the line. Flowtron mentioned Sagat among a few other characters, after all...

So are there potentially hints of Sagat's move list in Omega Mode? His repertoire seems a little odd in this particular redesign.

Let's have a look.

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Sakura's future Street Fighter 5 moveset could be staring us in the face with Ultra Street Fighter 4's Omega Mode

As we know, there has been a pretty major hint regarding Sakura's potential inclusion in Street Fighter 5. Cherry Blossoms, or "sakura," rained down after the North American Regional Finals.

So how can we speculate on how Sakura might play without gameplay footage? Well, there has been a consistent pattern for some fighters...

Remember that special mode in Ultra Street Fighter 4? Omega Mode completely altered movesets of the entire roster.

We've been seeing a few of these alterations for characters come up in Street Fighter 5. Ryu's second V-Trigger appears to give him a powered up parry that resembles the functionality of a move he got in Omega Mode.

Other examples include Zangief's standing heavy punch being chargeable, Zangief's "Iron Body" which is similar to his V-Skill, Ryu's Axe Kick, Ryu's two target combos, Akuma's double heavy kick target combo, Akuma's air EX fireball, Ibuki's ground kunai throw, and many more moves. It is often pointed out that Omega Mode might've been a testing ground for Street Fighter 5.

So how did Sakura play in the Omega Mode? There are a few interesting things to highlight here.

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The King of Muay Thai is, unsurprisingly, very popular -- see who our readers want to see the most in Street Fighter 5

Update: The poll results are in! Hit the jump to check them out.

Earlier: You may have noticed over the last few weeks that we've been asking which characters you'd be most excited to see in Street Fighter 5. We've kept characters separated into categories based on which games they debuted in.

Now we're curious about which fighter overall would you most want to see? This poll consists of the top four combatants from each post.

From our first poll, Sagat, Fei Long, Eagle, and E. Honda received the most votes from the Street Fighter and its sequel category. As for the Alpha series, we saw Final Fighter characters Cody, Sodom, Maki, join Sakura as the fan favorites.

Street Fighter 3 garnered a lot of fans for Q, Oro, Makoto, and Dudley. Who could forget about the debut of C. Viper, Gouken, Poison, and Abel for Street Fighter 4?

Finally, it would also be awesome to see Skullomania, Doctrine Dark, Garuda, and Cracker Jack from the Street Fighter EX series join the roster. Given, these characters are a little less likely due to the Fighting EX Layer title...

In terms of likely characters, there have been some hints pointing towards Sakura so we're expecting to see her in Season 3. After the jump, you'll find a poll that asks you which five fighters would you want to see from the favorites so far.

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Sakura's focus on rushdown and high damaging combos could be perfect for Street Fighter 5

Street Fighter 5 is a game that is very well known for its heavy emphasis on offensive tactics rather than defense. In Season 2, this has been especially true thanks to the damage output of many fighters.

Aside from Guile, not many of the top tiers are particularly renowned for their zoning capabilities. Even then, Guile usually isn't going to win the game on defense alone -- once he gets access to his V-Trigger, he can play offense with the best rushdown characters.

Given, a number of things are very likely to change in Season 3. Personally, I suspect that rushdown and high damaging combos will continue to trend in Street Fighter 5 as they are easy to follow along from a spectator perspective.

After the tournament that was held at the Red Bull Battlegrounds, we were treated to a new trailer for Arcade Edition that showcased some new V-Triggers and combo extenders. In addition to this, we were left a hint that left a strong suspicion that Sakura was going to be the next DLC character.

Sakura is a character that is well-known for her rushdown capabilities, long combos, and is generally exciting to watch at tournaments. She might be perfect for Street Fighter 5 if she is able to maintain these traits through the transition.

Let's take a look at what she was able to do in Ultra Street Fighter 4 to hopefully get some idea of her capabilities if she were to return in Street Fighter 5.

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Ryu's new Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition V-Trigger looks familiar...

Over the weekend we saw the latest Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition trailer, which gave us our first real glimpse at some of the new V-Triggers we'll be seeing at launch.

Naturally, the Street Fighter poster boy was included in the trailer festivities. Ryu's new V-Trigger, as far as we can tell, gives him a powered up parry that grounds the opponent and puts them into a crumple state, allowing for a follow up attack.

Twitter user Jon W pointed out that the animation for this new V-Trigger looks strikingly similar to Ryu's parry in Ultra Street Fighter 4's Omega Mode.

By pressing forward + both heavy buttons in Omega Mode, Ryu can absorb an oncoming attack -- he can parry multiple hits by using the same input and the proper timing. If you press all three punches at the time of parrying, Ryu with fire back with a large strike that sends the opponent flying toward the corner of the stage.

Though the effect of the attack is different -- as we mentioned previously, in Street Fighter 5 Ryu gets a crumple state -- the animation is nearly identical.

It would seem that, in Ryu's case, Capcom took some inspiration from Omega Mode to design the new V-Trigger. We can't help but wonder if there are more clues of what's to come hidden in the Ultra Street Fighter 4 game mode.

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Capcom Pro Tour North America Regional Finals at Red Bull Battlegrounds results ft. Punk, NuckleDu, Justin Wong, Smug

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, we're being treated to the Red Bull Battlegrounds, where the Capcom Pro Tour North American Regional Finals are being hosted, in Boston, Massachusetts.

The North American finals, taking place on Sunday, will feature PG|Punk, Liquid|NuckleDu, FOX|Justin Wong, Rise|Smug, 801 Strider, Idom and Brian_F battling it out against eachother alongside one more player - the winner of the last chance qualifier.

The last chance qualifier is taking place today, and with almost 250 people from the region participating, you can bet there's going to be serious competition for that last spot.

Players participating in the last chance qualifier include CYG|Snake Eyez, SB|JB, Tempo|Alex Myers, EG|K-Brad, Circa|LPN, Circa|Wolfkrone, Noble|Vagabond, SB|Dieminion, XSK Samurai, OG|Shine, WBG|CJ Truth, Nephew, Tampa Bison and many more.

The event will also feature Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike and Ultra Street Fighter 4 played at high levels, with many top players flown out, such as Aniken, Otochun, Sugiyama and Pepeday, though it's been confirmed that unfortunately only the top 3 for each of the games will be streamed.

Streaming for the Street Fighter 5 events will take place at Capcom Fighters.

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Poll results: Which characters that debuted in Street Fighter 4 would you want to see as DLC for Season 3 of Street Fighter 5?

Updated 10:18 a.m. PDT, Wed November 15, 2017: And the results are in! To see how our readers voted, be sure to hit the jump.

Earlier: Street Fighter 4 had plenty of newcomers to the series, especially considering that there were five different editions for this game. Four of the five brought new characters into the fold.

As of right now, we only have Juri as a returning character from Street Fighter 4. There's plenty of room for more characters.

Gouken, Hakan, Abel, C. Viper, El Fuerte, Rufus, Oni, Poison, and Seth are the choices this time. There's no "all of these characters" option as that would make the decision making process a little too simple.

Note that Decapre has not been included in this poll since she was a part of the dolls poll.

Hit the jump below to check out the poll. Note that you'll be able to vote up five times in this particular poll.

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