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Capcom Cup 2018 early results, stream ft. Tokido, Fujimura, Problem X, Fuudo, Sako, Justin Wong, NL, OilKing, NuckleDu, Daigo, Luffy, Haitani and more

Update: This story has been updated with day 1 results.

It's been a long and challenging season in this year's Capcom Pro Tour, but we're finally at the end of it, and in a few days we'll have a winner crowned.

That's right, Capcom Cup 2018 is taking place this weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada, and it's as big as ever.

31 players who have put their all into the season this year are qualified for these finals, and there will be a Last Chance Qualifier to decide the final participant at the event's first day as well.

The players confirmed for the finals so far are FOX|Tokido, FD|Fujimura, Mouz|Problem X, CYG|Fuudo, FAV|Sako, FOX|Justin Wong, UYU|NL, UYU|OilKing, Ghost|NuckleDu, CYG|Daigo, RB|Luffy, FD|Haitani, DouyuTV|Xiao Hai, NVD|Phenom, Rise|Caba, NASR|BigBird, RB|Gachikun, RZR|Xian, CJ Truth, RB|Bonchan, Mago, REC|Punk, DNG|Itabashi Zangief, FOX|Momochi, AB|StormKubo, Fursan|Verloren, Liquid|Nemo, Chris Tatarian, Rise|MenaRD, RES|Pikoro and NASR|AngryBird.

Given past years, we can also be fairly sure that there'll be big announcements concerning future content additions to Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition as well, so if you're hoping for any particular characters or other changes, tune in and cross your fingers.

Streaming will be done at Capcom Fighters and Capcom Fighters 2.

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Asta from Black Clover joins the Jump Force roster

Bandai Namco has announced another playable fighter for Jump Force. This time, Asta from Black Clover enters the ring.

Black Clover is a currently running Fantasy shonen manga series that has a focus on magic. Asta is the protagonist of Black Clover and he harnesses an anti-magic sword.

In Jump Force, Asta does battle using his Demon-Slayer Sword and Demon-Dweller Sword. He can transform into his Black Asta form to pull off his super special attack Black Meteorite, Siliconera reports.

Asta is joining a fully loaded cast of playable characters in Jump Force, including Dragon Ball Z's Goku, Vegeta, and Frieza, One Piece's Monkey D. Luffy, and Black Beard, Naruto and Sasuke from the Naruto series, and many others.

Jump Force is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on February 15th, 2019.

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Capcom Cup 2018 Last Chance Qualifier preview — which powerhouses are looking most likely to make it through to the main event?

One of the biggest fighting game events of the year is here to close out the year, and we're gearing up to watch it in all of its glory.

Of course I'm talking about Capcom Cup 2018, the grand finals of Capcom's main fighting game title, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

Although I say grand finals, there's still a long way to go — we've got both a stacked Last Chance Qualifier to get through as well as the main event, which itself will host 32 players competing.

In short, it's going to be a very long weekend, and in case you need a refresher for what's going down, we're right here for you.

We've already covered the main event in a two-part preview, of which you can find part 1 here and part 2 here, but now it's time to talk about the Last Chance Qualifier.

Given the amazing performance Liquid|Nemo showed us last year after winning the Last Chance Qualifier, it's definitely something people are keeping an eye on, so let's see which players are looking most primed to have a strong shot at grabbing that last Capcom Cup spot this year.

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NieR: Automata’s 2B coming to Soul Calibur 6 on December 18th, Bandai Namco details balance changes in V1.10 patch notes

Bandai Namco has announced the release date for Soul Calibur 6's next DLC character. Guest fighter 2B officially joins the fight on December 18th, 2018.

2B hails from Square Enix’s action RPG, NieR: Automata. She is the second guest character to join Soul Calibur 6 after The Witcher's Geralt of Rivia, who is a part of the game's launch roster.

You will be able to gain access to 2B by purchasing the Soul Calibur 6 Season Pass, which for $29.99 USD will net you the three upcoming DLC characters (as they're released), two sets of creation parts, and bonus character Tira — if you don't already own her. 2B will also come included with an alternate costume, unique background music, a new stage, and more.

The company also released patch notes for the upcoming V1.10 update. This patch adds several alterations to the game, including numerous balance changes for each of the fighters on the current roster.

Soul Calibur 6's upcoming update will not only feature balance changes, but it is also set to improve network functionalities and aims to fix the issues with the game's created characters. Since the game's launch, players have been using the Create-A-Soul mode to generate offensive creations and characters that make matches unfair — and they can be used in ranked bouts. We will likely be seeing new measures to counter these situations with the patch.

We can expect to see the V1.10 update for Soul Calibur 6 on December 17th, a day before 2B's release. It will launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on the same day.

You can view the full English patch notes here.

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Brad Wong and Eliot gameplay trailer released for Dead or Alive 6

Koei Tecmo has released the first gameplay footage of Brad Wong and Eliot in Dead or Alive 6.

This trailer comes hot off the heels of the reveal for these characters that came about in Famitsu magazine.

Both Eliot and Brad are returning characters in the Dead or Alive series.

Brad Wong practices the drunken fist fighting style in the DOA series. He made his debut back in Dead or Alive 3. According to Koei Tecmo, Wong spent years training in the remote mountains of China, until his master sent him on a quest to find a legendary liquor. Wong entered DOA’s third and fourth tournaments, but skipped the fifth; now he returns to take on the competition once again.

Eliot fights using Xingyi Quan martial arts and is pupil to fellow Dead or Alive series combatant, Gen Fu. Eliot, known as “The Apprentice of the Iron Fist,” set off on a journey of self-discovery and martial arts training alongside Brad Wong after the fourth DOA tournament. It was here that Eliot was allowed to learn the ways of Xinyi Liuhe Quan, and now enters the sixth DOA tournament with the improved skill and confidence of a true first-rate martial artist.

More details about these fighters can be found on the official Dead or Alive 6 website. You can check out the trailer below.

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Capcom Cup 2018 preview part 2 — who are the top seeded players at the event and what can we expect from them?

One of the biggest fighting game events of the year is here to close out the year, and we're gearing up to watch it in all of its glory.

Of course I'm talking about Capcom Cup 2018, the grand finals of Capcom's main fighting game title, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

Although I say grand finals, there's still a long way to go — we've got both a stacked Last Chance Qualifier to get through as well as the main event, which itself will host 32 players competing.

In short, it's going to be a very long weekend, and in case you need a refresher for what's going down, we're right here for you.

We already ran the first part of our preview yesterday, which you can find here. Because of how big the event is, we had to spread this out across several pieces, and there will be another one which focuses on the Last Chance Qualifier as well.

Now, let's take a look at the 16 highest-seeded players set to compete and what we can expect from them going in to the event.

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Here's our Super Smash Bros. Ultimate review and why it took us a few extra days to release

One of the largest gaming events of 2018 is finally upon us; Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is officially in the hands of the public. Nintendo brings to the world the most ambitious entry in the series, with more content, more characters, more stages, and more everything packed into a Smash Bros. game than ever before.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate boasts a launch roster of over 70 characters, features more than 100 playable stages (each with three different layouts to choose from), over 850 songs from 32 different video game franchises, and the classic Smash Bros. gameplay players have grown to love over the past 19 years.

Everything we've seen of the Nintendo Switch title leading up to its launch has been top-notch, leaving fans thirsty for more. From beautiful cinematic reveal trailers to showcases at gaming expos, Smash Bros. Ultimate built up a status in the public eye that is not easy to uphold.

So, does Super Smash Bros. Ultimate live up to all the hype? And how does it stack up in an era littered with other major, modern fighting titles?

We have spent the last week digging deep into the massive mountain of content and fun that is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, and somehow we're still alive to tell the tale. There is so much to get to here that Justin "AdaptiveTrigger" Gordon and myself took as much time as we reasonably could — admittedly at the expense of some sleep — to put together our Super Smash Bros. Ultimate review. You probably aren't surprised to hear that unlocking characters and World of Light ate up a large chunk of our time, but more on that later.

Let's dive right into Nintendo's gargantuan crossover phenomenon, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Capcom Cup 2018 preview part 1 — here's our runthrough of who and what we'll see this weekend, from players to potential reveals

One of the biggest fighting game events of the year is here to close out the year, and we're gearing up to watch it in all of its glory.

Of course I'm talking about Capcom Cup 2018, the grand finals of Capcom's main fighting game title, Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition.

Although I say grand finals, there's still a long way to go — we've got both a stacked Last Chance Qualifier to get through as well as the main event, which itself will host 32 players competing.

In short, it's going to be a very long weekend, and in case you need a refresher for what's going down, we're right here for you.

Given the magnitude of this event, our preview has to be split up in several parts. This is the first one, but there will be two more, one covering the higher seeded players and yet another one focusing on the Last Chance Qualifier competitors who are vying for that final spot in the bracket.

Now, let's get right in to the nitty-gritty of it all and see what Capcom Cup is set to offer us this year.

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Mech Abigail and Cyberbots' Jin Saotome costumes coming to Street Fighter 5's Extra Battle, 11 costume bundles for past outfits announced

Capcom is bringing fans even more alternate costumes in Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition. Two new Extra Battle Crossover outfits have been unveiled: one for Abigail and the other for Ryu.

Keeping with the "mech" theme, Abigail will see the robotic transformation next. His Extra Battle challenges will start on December 21st and run until January 17th.

Ryu's Crossover costume sees him change into Jin Saotome from Capcom game, Cyberbots. The Extra Battle challenges for Ryu's new costume will follow the conclusion of Abigail's.

Capcom has also announced 11 costume bundles featuring past alternate outfits that you may have missed. These are gathered together in themes and give players the opportunity to purchase Crossover costumes, holiday outfits, and much more.

All 11 of these costume bundles are going on sale starting tomorrow, December 11th.

Capcom is currently allowing fans to earn a handful of the previous Crossover costumes in Extra Battle: Viewtiful Joe for Rashid, June for Chun-Li, Captain Commando for Nash, Nameless Super Soldier for Guile, and Fiona for Cammy. However, if you'd prefer to purchase them with real money, you can do so with one of the upcoming bundles.

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Update: Final Capcom Cup top 32 bracket released; Crossover unable to attend due to visa issues

Update: Capcom has released a revised final top 32 bracket after mistakenly placing RES|Pikoro in the 32nd seed instead of the 31st. He will now face off against FD|Fujimura in the first round while NASR|AngryBird is now in the 32nd seed. You can take a look at the updated bracket below.

We're just a week away from perhaps the biggest fighting game tournament of 2018 outside of EVO with Capcom Cup, and now we have the (almost) full lineup of who will be competing in the final Street Fighter major of the year.

Capcom has released the final top 32 bracket for Capcom Cup 2018 with a last second alteration made due to the Latin American Regional Final champion being unable to attend the event due to reasons beyond their control.

SB|Crossover announced earlier this week that he likely would not be able to attend Capcom Cup in the United States due to having his visa application denied by the embassy in the Dominican Republic.

The developer states that they worked with Crossover to try appealing his visa decision, but his application was again denied. His LATAM regionals spot will now fall to RES|Pikoro, the runner-up to Crossover, who Capcom helped secure a US visa to attend the event.

Capcom Cup is set to take place December 14–16 where the new Street Fighter 5 champion will be crowned in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can check out the full bracket on Smash.gg or in the gallery below with Capcom's statements regarding the final placements.

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Joker from Persona 5 announced as DLC for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Joker from Persona 5 has been announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. He'll be the first DLC character of the Fighters Pass.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's roster is already massive. There will be 74 characters at launch. Piranha Plant's inclusion as a bonus makes 75.

The inclusion of Joker will make 76. Remember that each DLC character of Fighters Pass will come with music and a stage. None of the DLC combatants will be Echo Fighters.

"These are going to be characters that are new to the series, just like Joker from Persona 5, characters you would not expect to be in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate," Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé said.

This marks the first Atlus character to join the roster. Like Snake, Mega Man, Pac-Man, Ryu, Sonic, Bayonetta, and Cloud; Joker is a third party character.

Joker is the main character you control in Persona 5. He's a high school student who was expelled from his previous school on a false assault claim.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is releasing... in just a few minutes actually on December 7, 2018.

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Mortal Kombat 11 announced

Mortal Kombat 11 has been announced at The Game Awards 2018. As a quick warning, this might be the most brutal looking Mortal Kombat game yet. The amount of gore makes it NSFW.

The game is slated for a global release of April 23, 2019. There will be a community reveal event on January 17th.

During the trailer, we see Dark Raiden — who originally appeared in this corrupted form during the events of Mortal Kombat Deception and at the conclusion of Mortal Kombat X — facing off against Scorpion — who might still be in his human form as a result of the events of Mortal Kombat X. While Raiden initially appears to win, Scorpion comes back as a specter to finish the fight.

Afterwards, we see a figure that we don't really recognize. This character is very likely a newcomer to the series.

Pre-orders are now available. By pre-ordering the game, you'll be able to gain access to Shao Kahn as a bonus character — the final boss of Mortal Kombat 9 who has been absent ever since that game's events. Beta access will also be provided.

Mortal Kombat 11 is coming to the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and the PC. The ESRB rating is still currently pending.

Mortal Kombat 11's new feature this time appears to be its "custom character variation" system. In Mortal Kombat X, there were essentially three unique variations of characters that enacted different play styles.

The customizable options might be something similar to Injustice 2's Gear system. Essentially, the game works kind of like an RPG where characters can have their stats and abilities adjusted through the usage of equippable gear.

No actual gameplay has been shown yet.

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SNK reveals The King of Fighters 15; Samurai Shodown coming to Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PC

SNK returned back to their fighting game roots with The King of Fighters 14 back in 2016 and have since gone on to release SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy plus announce a new Samurai Shodown title. Now we know what the developer's next fighter on the horizon is.

The King of Fighters 15 was revealed during an IPO press conference in Seoul, South Korea by SNK, and it is currently slated to release at some point in 2020.

No artwork or visuals were reportedly shown during the presentation aside from the title and a 'coming soon' placeholder, but we now have confirmation that a new game in the fighter series is currently in development along with their other title coming next year.

Samurai Shodown also received an update during the press conference where it was announced that the title will now be coming to the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PC along with the originally revealed PlayStation 4 release.

An updated release window was reportedly touted as well during the event which showed a graphic stating that the new Samurai Shodown title is scheduled to release during the second quarter of 2019.

This is not an official, public announcement by SNK, however, so some of these listings may not be entirely accurate since King of Fighters 14 is also listed for Xbox and Nintendo systems despite only being on PS4, Steam and in arcades currently — or we could be seeing some new ports of the fighting game coming soon.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate buyer's guide

Editor's note: This story was originally posted on November 10th, 2018. We are bringing it back to our front page due to its relevance this week.

The release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is fast approaching, and whether you're trying to prepare as much as possible before the big launch on December 7th or might be looking to pick up the game and/or the essentials of Smash Bros. Ultimate for a loved one this holiday season, you might be in need of some guidance.

Today we're rounding up everything you'll need to jump right into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and get the most out of your game at launch.

There will be obvious items on this list — such as the game itself and the Nintendo Switch console (because of course) — but we'll also dive into various controller options and other things you'll need to get the full Smash Bros. Ultimate experience.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the latest in Nintendo's fighting game series that brings popular characters from across the company's games library and fan-favorites from other IPs together for the ultimate battle. Up to eight players can join in on the fun, and you'll find characters such as Mario, Luigi, Link from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Pokemon Sun and Moon's Incineroar, Isabelle from Animal Crossing, Sonic the Hedgehog, Pikachu, Street Fighter's Ryu, and even the obscure baddie Piranha Plant from the Super Mario Bros. franchise as playable fighters here.

Let's not delay any longer! Here's a list of everything you'll need to get started in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Marduk, Julia and Armor King revealed for Tekken 7; Negan gameplay trailer released

Tekken 7 has now sold over 3.6 million copies worldwide according to Bandai Namco, and now some new characters will be coming to the successful fighting game very soon on the heels of the 2018 pro circuit finals.

Before the start of top 8 at the Tekken World Tour Finals, Director Katsuhiro Harada and Michael Murray from Bandai Namco came to the stage to reveal those new sales figures and thanking the audience. Harada stated that was all they had before going to walk off stage until he turned around, said "just kidding," and revealed three new DLC characters for Tekken 7.

Craig Marduk, Armor King and Julia Chang were all revealed in new gameplay trailers at the event showing off their brand new designs and what they can do in battle to fill out Tekken 7's Season 2 roster.

Harada also announced that Marduk and Armor King will be releasing for Tekken 7 Season 2 tomorrow, December 3, so players will not need to wait long to get their hands on these classic fighters from the storied franchise. A release date for Julia and Negan has yet to be revealed.

The Walking Dead's Negan was originally revealed during EVO 2018 in a brief teaser, but Bandai Namco busted out his full reveal today at the Tekken World Tour Finals. A brand new cinematic was shown off which mirrored Negan's initial reveal in the TV show with Tekken characters replacing Walking Dead ones kneeling before the villain while he monologues as he picks who he's going to beat down.

These four fighters join the previously released Season 2 DLC characters of Anna Williams and Lei Wulong. You can see screenshots for the new DLC characters below plus the trailers for Marduk, Negan — plus his brand new stage — and Armor King after the jump with the teaser for Julia.

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NiCO, Kokoro and La Mariposa announced for Dead or Alive 6

During the Dead or Alive Festival 2018 in Japan, Tecmo Koei and Team Ninja revealed three new characters coming to Dead or Alive 6: Kokoro, La Mariposa and the brand new fighter NiCO.

The 18-year-old NiCO is known as "The Lightning Technomancer" and fights using Pencak Silat, a martial art style native to Southeast Asia. She is able to discharge plasma during her strikes to electrocute her opponents and can seemingly teleport around the ring using EMF Rings. She is also the game's second original character along with Diego, who was revealed at EVO earlier this year.

Kokoro is Helena's half-sister who first appeared in Dead or Alive 4. Her gameplay focuses around a variety of elbow strikes, throws and palm thrusts. Unlike her sister, Kokoro is a master of the Ba Ji Quan martial arts style.

La Mariposa is a masked wrestler whose real name is Lisa Hamilton, and she was also a former scientist for DOATEC. Lisa debuted in the series in Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball, but it wouldn't be until Dead or Alive 4 where she'd receive her first appearance as a fighter.

Two new stages called 'Zero' and 'Miyabi: The Hidden Garden' are also shown off during the trailer. The first is a research facility built by M.I.S.T, and the other takes place in a quiet town where you can break through to another spot called 'The Hidden Garden.'

Pre-ordering Dead or Alive 6, which is set to release February 15, 2019, will unlock the bonus character Nyotengu along with a theme for PlayStation 4 users or a costume for Ryu Hayabusa on Xbox One. You can take a look at the reveal trailer for all three characters after the jump and screenshots of the fighters in action below.

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Stan Lee has passed away

Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee has passed away at the age of 95.

According to TMZ, Lee was rushed to the hospital from his home in the Hollywood Hills early this morning. Stan was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, which is where he died — this information was confirmed to TMZ by Lee's daughter.

A cause of death has yet to be unveiled. Earlier this year, Stan did experience some health issues including pneumonia and a heart health scare.

J.C., Stan Lee's daughter, provided a brief statement about her father's passing to TMZ:

"My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man."

Lee has a long legacy as a prolific comic book writer, former editor-in-chief at Marvel Comics, and co-creator of some of the most popular super heroes to ever exist, among numerous other accomplishments.

Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Doctor Doom, The Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Black Panther, and Magneto are just a handful of the plethroa of characters Lee had a large hand in creating — many of which have appeared in several of our beloved fighting games.

Stan Lee and his amazing work have touched the lives of people all over the world, making true believers of us all. Rest in peace, Stan, you will be dearly missed.

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