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Battle Arena Melbourne 10 results ft. JDCR, Tokido, Knee, Qudans, Armada

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Big happenings this weekend in Melbourne, Australia.

Battle Arena Melbourne is back for its 10th installment, and it's going to be the a Masters Event for the Tekken World Tour, so you know a bunch of top Tekken players from Asia are going to show up down under to try and grab those points.

It is also a Ranking Event for the Capcom Pro Tour, and while it's not as stacked as you might hope, being on the same weekend as France's Stunfest, a Premier Event for the tour, some top players chose to attend here instead.

Besides these two games, the event will also feature tournaments in Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros. 4, Super Smash Bros. Melee, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Mortal Kombat XL, Injustice 2, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Street Fighter Alpha 2, Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st] and Skullgirls: 2nd Encore.

As for players attending, pretty much anyone who's anyone from Asia's Tekken scene will show up, but for a short list of names for various games, you can expect to see FOX|JDCR, FOX|Tokido, ROX|Knee, UYU|Qudans, Alliance|Armada, Fursan|Verloren, RZR|Xian, FOX|Saint, Fursan|LowHigh, ROX|Chanel, Kkokkoma, COOASGAMES|Noroma, Yamasa|Take, iG|Jiewa and many more.

Streaming is being done at Tekken, New Game Plus TV, Melbourne Melee, Firery, Burnout Fighter, Virtua Fighter Australia and Couch Warriors Smash.

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

Update: This story has been updated with week 9 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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Is Sagat's new visual design his best yet? What about Cody's? And why hasn't Zangief ever changed? Vote in our final SF5 'Who wore it best?'

I'm concluding my "Who wore it best?" series for Street Fighter 5 with one last post, this time looking at Sagat, Cody, Birdie, Zangief and Ibuki's character designs from over the years.

I made it a rule that characters had to appear in at least three different (numbered) Street Fighter titles over the years to qualify for this, and could therefore only nab five this time around.

As for Cody and Sagat, we haven't actually seen their gameplay designs for SF5 yet, so the brief glimpses we've gotten from the Season 3 DLC reveal will have to do for now.

Considering his actual body transformation for Street Fighter 5, Birdie has arguably undergone the most change since his start back in SF1. Sagat has had fairly minimal changes, though his new tattered look in SF5 seems to deviate from most others.

Zangief has been rocking his same red wrestling gear, scars, chest hair and bracelets for his entire career, but we had to give the Red Cyclone some love as well. Check out the character evolutions in the gallery here and then vote for your favorite iterations after the jump.

Be sure to take a look at the results of (and still vote yourself) on part one and part two of our "Who wore it best?" series for Street Fighter 5 if you haven't already.

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Canada Cup Master Series 2018 results ft. Go1, Mew2King, Justin Wong, ChrisG, Punk

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Outside of all the various tours and circuits present in fighting games, there's a pretty big event going on this weekend in the city of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.

A lot of titles are being played in Canada this weekend, including Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Super Smash Bros. Melee, Super Smash Bros. 4, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, Tekken 7, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Pokkén Tournament DX and ARMS.

There are some big pot bonuses present at the event, with 1,000 Canadian dollars added to the 5v5 events for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. 4, and the same amount for the singles events of both Super Smash Bros. titles and Dragon Ball FighterZ, while the singles event of Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition has a whopping 5,000 Canadian dollars added to its pot.

Players attending are plentiful, with over 50 participants in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition, Dragon Ball FighterZ and both Super Smash Bros. titles. An extra point of interest for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition is that the top 8 will be played as a Round Robin, so anyone who makes it that far will have to truly fight the battle of their life to claim the prize money.

As for who you'll see at the event, just a few names are as follows: CO|Go1, FOX|Mew2King, FOX|Justin Wong, EG|NYChrisG, FOX|Punk, Ghost|K-Brad, EG|Ricki Ortiz, LPN, CYG|PR Balrog, Teemo and many more.

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

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Street Fighter is Capcom's third best-selling franchise behind Resident Evil and Monster Hunter with Marvel vs. Capcom sitting at seventh

Capcom's financial report for the latest quarter is now available to the public where we can get a better sense as to how the publisher's games have been selling and get an update to their all time numbers.

Monster Hunter World has become Capcom's best selling title of all time after only a few months on the market with over 8 million units sold taking the crown that once belonged to Street Fighter 2 on the SNES.

Resident Evil 7 also saw strong sales for the company selling 5.1 million units making it the company's fifth best selling title right behind the aforementioned Street Fighter 2.

Street Fighter 5 has sold over 2.1 million units as Capcom's 30th best seller and is close to surpassing games like the original Devil May Cry, Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and the remake of the original Resident Evil.

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite still sits at 1 million units sold meaning it sold less than 100,000 copies in the first three months of 2018.

Let's take a closer look at Capcom's best selling franchises and see how well their fighting games have done.

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Alpha Chun-Li superior Chun-Li? Which of these Street Fighter characters' designs were the best?

I thought I'd take a bit of a nostalgic stroll through the years of Street Fighter and put together a quick visual history for a handful of SF favorites.

There's a good portion of the current community that isn't too familiar with older iterations of these household fighting game names and so some of this will be all new for younger readers.

Some characters are a little more vanilla than others, as we see Ryu's white gi, black belt and red headband hasn't changed much over the last 30 years. His Street Fighter 1 redhead iteration actually seems to be the outlier, as he even sports shoes in that one.

Characters like Chun-Li got a whole new look in Street Fighter Alpha, and Ken has gotten a few differing hair styles. The idea here is to get your opinions as to when each fighter was at their visual best during the numbered Street Fighter series (Alpha is technically SF 0).

Especially in more recent games, characters have seen a variety of alternate costumes (many imitating the threads they wore previously) but for our purposes here we're only looking at standard costumes for everyone.

Obviously graphics have been evolving too, but that doesn't necessarily mean the most recent iterations are the slickest. Check out the snap shots for these six characters in the gallery below, then answer which is your favorite iteration for each in the polls after the jump.

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The 'Street Fighter: The Miniatures Game' kickstarter has ended with over two million dollars raised

The Street Fighter: The Miniatures Game kickstarter has now concluded. It seems that Angry Joe and Jasco Games were able to raise $2,052,791 thanks to the efforts of 9,800 backers.

Originally, the target goal was just $400,000. This part of the project was funded in just one day after starting on April 4, 2018. Many stretch goals were reached since then.

Guile, Blanka, E.Honda, Dhalsim, Balrog, Cammy, Fei Long, T. Hawk, Dee Jay, Gouken, Evil Ryu, and Violent Ken were unlocked as a result of these stretch goals. Other modes like power-ups, tag team, 3 on 3 team swap, car bonus stage, nemesis, and more will also be available.

Each miniature is armed with a 40 card deck that contains many references to their movesets found in the games. It seems each fighter will have different play styles.

Backers that contributed $80 will get the base miniatures game. If you spent $120, then you'll also get the boss expansion and stretch goal characters. Anybody who put in $280 will also received character expansions for Street Fighter Alpha, 3, 4, and 5.

The estimated delivery is said to be on March 2019.

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How to become the real life Oro: Desk masters one-handed fighting game combos after practicing every day for 10 weeks

Hand and wrist injuries can be some of the most devastating for competitive fighting game players and competitive game players in general, as many games seem nearly impossible to play at a high level with only one hand available.

Resident combo enthusiast desk is here to show that anything is possible if you put in the time and effort in his latest video. He was instructed to avoid using his right hand after an injury, so he set out to test his one-handed playing capabilities.

Desk had demonstrated his one-handed tactics in a few previous videos, but this time ventures through six different fighting games to show what he can pull off after 10 weeks of practice with a hand-cam to demonstrate how he plays.

He demonstrates four touch of death combos in Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo using only his left hand along with a touch of death combo in Dragon Ball FighterZ that includes Adult Gohan loops.

Desk set his sights on some of the more challenging combos in Street Fighter 4 like C. Viper's cancel combos (which he originally thought of as the holy grail) and El Fuerte's Run, Stop, Fierce loop, and he manages to pull them off in impressive fashion.

You can check out an awesome near touch of death combo from Makoto in Street Fighter 3: Third Strike in the clip below and the full video after the jump.


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This Street Fighter collection is massive and a marvel to behold

The Street Fighter series is one that is near and dear to many of our hearts. Its game mechanics revolutionized the fighting game genre back in the early 90s, and over the years we've been introduced to some of the most iconic characters and special moves any game of its kind has ever seen.

Chances are, you've probably got some type of Street Fighter memorabilia sitting in your room right now -- or at least know someone with some cool Street Fighter stuff. Personally, I've got a handful of items on my desk at the moment, with my favorite being the yellow and blue Blanka figure from the Street Fighter 2 series.

But Twitter user 天 SARFARAZ 天 likely has us all beat. With a bio on the social media platform that reads "I AM STREET FIGHTER," that doesn't really surprise me.

SARFARAZ recently shared a quick video on Twitter showcasing their massive Street Fighter collection. Large statues of major characters, framed and signed posters, fightsticks, hats, and DVDs are just some of the things you'll spot during the one minute showcase.

As if the video wasn't awesome enough, SARFARAZ lines the footage with music from Street Fighter 3 Third Strike for ultimate feels.

What is your most prized Street Fighter-related possession? Let us know in the comments below!


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NorCal Regionals 2018 results ft. Infiltration, Tokido, JDCR, MenaRD, Punk

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

Another huge one is going on this weekend, with NorCal Regionals 2018 taking place in Sacramento, California.

This is a Premier event for the Capcom Pro Tour as well as a Challenger event for the Tekken World Tour, so you'd best get hyped for a lot of big matches.

Besides those two titles, the event will also feature high level tournament play in Dragon Ball FighterZ, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2, King of Fighters 14, Windjammers, Pokkén Tournament DX, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Killer Instinct, ARMS, Under Night In-Birth EXE: Late[st] and Ultra Street Fighter 4.

A ton of players have shown up for the event, most notably for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition which boasts almost 300 attendees, and you can get a glimpse at how ridiculous the pools for the game are in a piece by my colleague Justin "AdaptiveTrigger" Gordon here.

As for who's attending, a small excerpt of notable players is as follows: PG|Infiltration, FOX|Tokido, FOX|JDCR, Rise|MenaRD, FOX|Punk, NuckleDu, UYU|Qudans, CO|Go1, CYG|Daigo, CYG|Fuudo, EG|NYChrisG, FD|Fujimura, RZR|Xian, Fursan|Verloren, RB|Bonchan, Mouz|Problem X, FOX|Momochi, NVD|Phenom, Ghost|K-Brad, UYU|Cloud805, RB|Snake Eyez, UYU|NL, Scarz|Sako, FD|Haitani, UYU|Princess Ling, Ponos|Moke, FOX|Justin Wong, Gachikun, Rise|Smug, Mago, UYU|Jeondding, AB|Poongko, UYU|OilKing, Filipino Champ, Humanbomb, CYG|GamerBee, NASR|BigBird, AB|StormKubo, Tempo|Alex Myers, iG|Jiewa, GAM|Caba, XSK Samurai, OG|Shine, CYG|Chris Tatarian, WP|Daikokugo, CYG|PR Balrog, FD|Otani, Rise|Marn and many more.

Streaming is being done at Capcom Fighters, Team Spooky, iPlayWinner and Fang Shaymin.

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Thaiger Uppercut 2018 results ft. Tokido, Qudans, Knee, Momochi, Dogura

Update: This story has been updated with final results.

This weekend, we'll be seeing some heavy fighting game action going on in Bangkok, Thailand, for Thaiger Uppercut 2018.

This is a Ranking Event for the Asia portion of the Capcom Pro Tour, as well as a Challenger event for the Asian region for the Tekken World Tour.

Besides these two mainline games, you'll also get to enjoy high level tournament matches for Dragon Ball FighterZ, Ultra Street Fighter 4, Guilty Gear Xrd: REV 2, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, BlazBlue: Central Fiction and King of Fighters 14.

For just a taste of the amazing level of talent present at this event, look right here: FOX|Tokido, UYU|Qudans, ROX|Knee, FOX|Momochi, CO|Dogura, ROX|Chanel, DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, RB|Bonchan, RZR|Xian, Fursan|LowHigh, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, Kkokkoma, Mago, Scarz|Sako, UYU|Jeondding, NASR|BigBird, IG|Jiewa, Talon|Xiaobao, RB|Tanukana, Talon|Hotdog29, PandaTV|Dakou, DimeBack, Ghost|K-Brad, FightClub|UD, GW|Eita, Tse4, Qanba|Abao and many, many more.

With 105 entrants for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition and 80 entrants for Tekken 7, there's going to be a lot of matches to get through, so get situated and enjoy the show.

Streaming is being done at TGU Main, KZ Café and TGU 1.

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Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection launches May 29th, Ultra Street Fighter 4 included as pre-order bonus

Capcom has just released two new trailers for the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection.

Today, we learn that the game will see an official launch on May 29th. The collection is headed to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Steam.

The 30th Anniversary collection includes 12 "arcade perfect" versions of classic Street Fighter titles. You'll receive the original Street Fighter (1987); five iterations of Street Fighter 2, including The World Warrior (1991), Champion Edition (1992), Turbo: Hyper Fighting (1992), Super (1993), and Super Turbo (1994); three iterations of Street Fighter Alpha, including Alpha (1995), Alpha 2 (1996), and Alpha 3 (1998); and three iterations of Street Fighter 3, including New Generation (1997), 2nd Impact (1997), and 3rd Strike (1999).

Of those titles, Street Fighter 2: Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 3, and Street Fighter 3: Third Strike will all be playable online. Each of these classic titles will boast ranked and casual matches, and will have a global leaderboard to prove who is the best of the best.

As the first trailer in our story notes, pre-ordering the game will net you a digital copy of Ultra Street Fighter 4 free of charge. This seems to be the case for all platforms except the Switch.

We also have a trailer detailing the Tournament Battle mode exclusive to the Switch version. Eight players will be able to compete in a local tournament using four Switch consoles.

There will also be a screen that allows players to fight while they wait for their next match.

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With names like Infiltration, Xian and now Tokido utterly dominated, Daigo's track record in FT10 formats is insane

"What I felt was that, if I lose here... that would be so amazing by [FOX|Tokido], because this is the type of match I favor, and where I'm most comfortable..." some words from CYG|Daigo's pre-Kemonomichi 2 exhibition against perhaps Street Fighter 5's top dog at the moment.

There are a multitude of factors that go into deciding the outcome of a tournament set. Usually these bouts are 2/3 matches, but sometimes extend to a 3/5 format later in brackets.

This standard has been deemed appropriate enough to determine who the stronger player is, (keep in mind you only have so much time in a tournament setting) but the shorter a set the more it lends itself to quick reactions and lucky scramble outcomes.

While most everyone is happily entertained in seeing strong players showcase quick reactions and good fundamentals, arguably the most celebrated skill in fighting game contests is the ability to solve the puzzle that is an opponent's mind and game plan, and then exploit it in beautifully dominant fashion.

To date there's probably no player better at doing this than The Beast, Daigo Umehara. Furthermore in this age of YouTube and stream archives, players can easily investigate the tendencies of opponents they know they are slated to face.

It's probably easier to find examples of Daigo's play than any other pro competitor, and yet he's repeatedly proven more successful than any other top player in scheduled, long form sets. We've grabbed a few of these as we look back on his Street Fighter 4 bouts with EVO champions Infiltration and RZR|Xian, as well as his epic sets with Pepeday and CYG|PR Balrog at Canada Cup Master Series 2015.

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Street Fighter 4 was pretty recent, but some of these characters are undoubtedly missed - Where's the SF4 cast during Street Fighter 5's story?

After tackling Final Fight, Street Fighter 1, 2 and the Alpha series and most recently the Street Fighter 3 series, here comes the final entry - the Street Fighter 4 characters.

It's hard to argue that the newcomers in Street Fighter 4 weren't quite as popular as the characters that had preceded them, and I personally feel like the only ones who really managed to take off were C. Viper and Juri, not counting Poison who was technically a new character to the series in Street Fighter 4, but had been in tons of games before and was first playable (besides Final Fight Revenge) in the crossover title Street Fighter x Tekken.

As the entry that basically revitialized fighting games and is often seen as the catalyst that led us to the current era of competitive fighting games being a viable career, it does somehow seem odd to have so few characters from the game included in Street Fighter 5.

Of course, one could argue that the new characters weren't what made Street Fighter 4 so special and successful - it launched with almost the entire Street Fighter 2 cast intact, after all, and had many other fan favorites added down the line.

Nevertheless, these characters did signify Street Fighter 4 in their own way, and any '09ers who joined the scene will remember them as true Street Fighter characters from the title that brought them in to the fighting game community.

So what's the deal with these characters? Where are they during Street Fighter 5's events? Why is Juri the only one to return in the entire 30 character roster so far? Let's have a look and see what we can find out about the missing cast.

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Street Fighter art by HeavyMetalHanzo

We're featuring the beautiful work of German artist Hans "HeavyMetalHanzo" Hanzo today as he puts his personal versions of the Street Fighter cast on paper.

Though you'll have no problem identifying each fighter, you'll probably notice that Hanzo takes a few liberties with character faces.

It feels as though the artist goes all out in the avenue of expression. Instead of trying to capture an emotion on a character's face, he often seems to build an entire look around said emotion.

This is most evident in the images of Menat, Birdie and Chun-Li, who don't necessarily appear with their traditional looks.

Hanzo has also done some work with Udon comics, which is highlighted in the image of Rose on the beach.

As always, let us know which of these you liked the most as well as the ones that didn't tickle your fancy as much in the comments below.

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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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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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