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King K. Rool, Simon Belmont, Richter, Chrom, and Dark Samus announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

During Nintendo's Super Smash Bros. Ultimate focused Direct, Simon Belmont was revealed to be a playable fighter. "Simon Belmont lashes out." At the very end, King. K Rool was also announced!

It appears that Masahiro Sakurai made a direct hint towards the character over his Twitter a few days ago. "My eyes might be a little red, but it's just from being tired," said Sakurai.

This was probably in direct reference to the Castlevania theme "Bloody Tears."

Richter Belmont was also announced for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate — an Echo Fighter. Their main method of attacking is via their whips.

They also have access to a cross boomerang, an axe throw, holy water, and an uppercut. Their range with their whips are greatly emphasized.

Echo Fighters Chrom and Dark Samus were also announced. It was revealed that owners will have the option to display Echo Fighters as their own character slots or to occupy the same spot as the original.

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G and Sagat revealed for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition — both out tomorrow

This evening at EVO 2018, Capcom revealed G and Sagat for Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition. The other surprise in store was that both fighters would be out tomorrow — August 6, 2018.

G is the fifth DLC character for Street Fighter 5 season 3. Earlier at the tournament, we found evidence of the character's backstory which the community was able to put together, from pieces of a word puzzle, which was some sort of proclamation from G.

Sagat is the Muay Thai master, and struts into fight with a very large tiger by his side, referencing the word he shouts when he throws a fireball.

Both fighter's moves sets are heavily showcased in the new trailers, going over both of their V-Triggers. G has a theme song that tells a bit about the character too.

G is officially labeled as a "man of mystery," who draws upon energy from the earth to strengthen his powers. He wants to unite the people as one. Capcom also hired an actor to read a speech on stage before his official reveal.

Sagat, the Solitary King, retains a similar move set to his previous appearances, including his tiger shot, tiger uppercut and tiger knee. His iconic Thailand stage is also showcased. He's the 6th DLC character for Season 3.

G and Sagat join Sakura, Blanka, Falke, Cody. They're available for $5.99 USD each, or 100,000 Fight Money. You can find images and their trailers below.

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Cooler revealed for Dragon Ball FighterZ, Base Goku and Base Vegeta coming August 8th

At EVO 2018, Bandai Namco announced Cooler for Dragon Ball FighterZ.

Also, Base Goku and Base Vegeta were given a August 8, 2018 release date, which is this Wednesday. In the new trailer that was released this evening, you can see both characters fighting, along with replicating some iconic scenes from the animated series.

These fighters will join the other Season 1 DLC characters for Dragon Ball FighterZ, which include Bardock, Broly, Fused Zamasu and Vegito.

Cooler is the older brother of Frieza, a fact he references in the latest trailer. You also get to see him showcase many of his attacks from the franchise.

Known for being an intellectual, Cooler is less impulsive than his brother, and not as likely to underestimate his opponents. Regardless, he's a ruthless killer, and someone you wouldn't want to turn your back on.

There is a sibling rivalry between Cooler and Frieza, and he even stated that he intended to kill his brother at one point, to Goku. Check out some screen shots and the video clip below.

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Negan from The Walking Dead, Anna Williams and Lei Wulong revealed for Tekken 7 Season 2 DLC

Following the conclusion of Tekken 7's EVO top 8 finals, Bandai Namco's Katsuhiro Harada and Michael Murray came onto the stage to announce a new season of content will be making its way to Tekken 7 including six new characters — three of which were revealed tonight.

Anna Williams was the first to be announced and comes touting a black dress covered in feathers to perhaps show up her sister, Nina's white wedding dress default costume in the game.

Lei Wulong, another highly requested returning Tekken character, was announced following Anna. Tekken 7 sporting a bit of a different costume this time around with his old laid-back attitude and humor.

As a surprise to end the new set of trailer and announcements, Bandai Namco revealed that they will be crossing over with the hit graphic novel / TV series The Walking Dead where everyone's favorite villain, Negan, will be joining the cast of Tekken 7 for Season 2's DLC as a guest character.

"We have a new update coming to Tekken 7. A few balance changes, as well as some new mechanics that you saw in the trailer," said Bandai Namco's Michael Murray.

Harada and Murray also announced that the Tekken franchise as a whole has now sold 45 million copies with Tekken 7's current sales, and this year's EVO 2018 tournament was 20 percent larger than any other Tekken EVO tournament. Check out the official images below and the full, surprising trailer after the jump.

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Seong Mi-Na and Astaroth announced for Soul Calibur 6

With the final day of EVO 2018 upon us, we are guaranteed a day of hype top 8s and matches though announcements are already coming out strong... even for games that aren't on the Sunday mainstage.

Before the start of Tekken 7 top 8 at EVO 2018, Soul Calibur producer Motohiro Okubo came out on the main stage to announce two new characters for Soul Calibur 6, Astaroth and Seong Mi-Na.

First shown was Astaroth, who still has his hulking size and stature along with his signature ax and shown wearing what looks to be a newly designed set of armor.

Seong Mi-Na was the second trailer shown for Soul Calibur 6 at EVO 2018 showing off what the naginata wielder can do in the newest title.

Okubo also stated that more information about Soul Calibur 6 will be revealed later this week and said that Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada will be on stage later likely meaning we will have some more Tekken news after top 8.

You can check out both characters' trailers after the jump.

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New characters announced for BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle at EVO 2018

During EVO 2018, nine new characters were announced for BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle after the grand finals ended. They are:

• Nine, Izayoi, Mai will be joining from BlazBlue.
• Yuzuriha, Mika, Merkava from Under Night In-Birth.
• Akihiko, Mitsuru, Labrys from Persona.

These characters will all be released August 6, 2018, tomorrow.

Also, there was a 5th color on the logo in the trailer, which potentially hints at a fifth franchise is joining the crossover. The new color is pink, joining the blue, purple, red and yellow squares.

These characters are said to be playable at the Bar Fights event, which runs from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. PDT.

You can find a gallery of the nine new characters below, along with their announcement trailer.

Each of the new fighters are showcased for a few seconds of action, and then you get to see their official artwork cut into the video.

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'Fatal Cutie' Terry Bogard joins SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy

NIS America and SNK have made the final launch roster character reveal for SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy this morning. Terry Bogard joins the battle, and as we anticipated, Terry is now female.

Terry wears a similar outfit to what we're used to seeing the male counterpart don, however the shirt and jeans are much shorter — she's actually got jean shorts on, it seems. Instead of the trademark hat saying "Fatal Fury" on it, it now says "Fatal Cutie."

This version of Terry appears to have many of the moves long-time fans are familiar with. Of course, there are some new tools at her disposal as well.

The reveal trailer doesn't really explain why or how Terry is now female. A mysterious quote in the showcase reads "this is a pocket dimension of my own making," which is likely a cryptic hint at the story mode and probably how this was made possible.

Along with some of the moves Terry has in SNK Heroines, the trailer shows some of her alternate outfits which include a cheerleader uniform and what appears to be some kind of steampunk-style getup. This game features many customization options, though, so you'll be able to add your own flare to Terry when the game drops.

SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy is due out on Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 on September 7th, 2018.

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Street Fighter 5 G character reveal inbound — Capcom just changed their profile picture on social media

Here we go, ladies and gentlemen! Capcom has just updated their profile picture on their official Street Fighter social media channels.

While that might not seem like a big deal to those not in the know, FGC regulars know that when we see an updated Street Fighter 5 image on Twitter and Facebook it means that the next DLC character reveal is near by.

Next up on the Street Fighter 5 Season 3 line up is the mysterious newcomer, G. Little is known about the bearded world warrior, but based on his appearance we believe he has some sort of connection to the color gold.

G has scattered gold markings on his arms and face, which some reports say that these markings are in the shape of the seven continents. Capcom's updated profile picture features an image of the world with the continents in gold and a gold background, meaning G's reveal is very likely what's being hinted at here.

The expectation is that the G reveal trailer will air during EVO 2018 this weekend. In the past, we've seen a trailer during the Street Fighter 5 top 8, so all eyes are currently aimed there.

With the previous two Street Fighter 5 DLC characters, Falke and Cody, the Street Fighter Twitter account put out small clues and bits of information about each character leading up to their big reveal. Chances are we'll be seeing something similar for G during the next few days, and hopefully this means we'll finally learn more about the character.

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Full EVO 2018 game schedule, streaming guide and commentator line-up announced

We're on the cusp of the biggest fighting game event of the year finally kicking off with EVO 2018, and now we have a better idea of what to expect for the games and activities happening this weekend and when to expect them.

The big event's organizers recently revealed the brackets for the various tournaments taking place starting this Friday, and now they've released the full schedule and line-up of games and talent so you know just how early you can arrive and prepare for the massive weekend.

Doors will open on Thursday, August 2nd at 12:00 p.m. PDT for those who want to make sure they can pick up their badges early before things get too crazy on Friday where the doors will open starting at 6:30 a.m. — though the main event won't start until 8:00 a.m. pools.

We previously knew the order of the Sunday finals games, but now we know what time to tune in to see the best players in the world duke it out in their respective titles with Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 kicking things off at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday and Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition closing out EVO 2018 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The final schedule also details when we should expect the Saturday finals games to begin with three of the eight mainstage titles having their final showdown a day before the rest starting with Injustice 2 at 12:00 p.m. and ending with Super Smash Bros. for Wii U at 8:00 p.m.

As for talent manning the commentator stations this weekend, the final schedule shows almost 60 of the FGC's best stepping up to the plate including Tasty Steve, James Chen, Seth Killian, Markman and IFC|Yipes among many others. You can take a look at the full mainstage schedule for playing and streaming in the gallery below plus the full commentator line-up, and be sure to check out the venue schedule after the jump.

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Voldo revealed for Soul Calibur 6

Updated 11:05 a.m. PDT, Fri. July 20, 2018: The official Voldo trailer has been added to this story.

Earlier: Another character joins the Soul Calibur 6 roster. Voldo makes a return in the latest installment of Bandai Namco's 3D, weapons-based fighting game.

A reveal trailer for Voldo has surfaced online, and in it we get to see several of the character's tools in battle.

Voldo returns to form here with his strange, self-taught fighting style. He harnesses his dual Jamadhar Katars, which are called Manas & Ayus.

This character has appeared in every main Soul Calibur title that has ever been released, making his debut back in Soul Edge.

Voldo appears to have several of his trademark attacks make a comeback in Soul Calibur 6, including the odd Exorcist-like crawl along the floor. We're also show new tools, such as his cinematic super.

Soul Calibur 6 is headed to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 19th, 2018.

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Over 2,500 entrants in DBFZ, six games at over 1,000 and a single player making the difference between Smash games - EVO 2018 entrant numbers revealed

After many months of rankings and speculation, we can finally get our hands on the official entrant numbers for EVO 2018.

There are some big shifts going on here, with Dragon Ball FighterZ nabbing the #1 spot over the main Street Fighter game, thereby bumping it down from the top for the first time since the release of Street Fighter 4.

Another interesting tidbit is that besides the growing Tekken 7, the games are all down in entrants compared to last year, and while this may initially sound like bad news, the super strong showings from new titles Dragon Ball FighterZ and BlazBlue: Cross Tag Battle solidify this as a bigger tournament overall than last year's EVO, despite having one title less than it, though numbers are still down overall compared to the gargantuan event that was EVO 2016.

Of course, you're not here to hear me ramble about statistics, you're here to see the actual numbers! Don't worry, we've got them for you - check out Mr Wizard's tweet detailing all of the numbers below.

Continue below for a comparison table with previous EVO years to put the numbers in better context.

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Base Form Goku and Base Form Vegeta officially revealed for Dragon Ball FighterZ

Updated 7:27 a.m. PDT, Wed. July 18, 2018: The magazine scans that reveal Base Form Goku and Base Form Vegeta in Dragon Ball FighterZ have surfaced. We have added them to the story (via Kabuki and Moetron News).

Earlier: It has been officially revealed that Base Form Goku and Base Form Vegeta will be joining Dragon Ball FighterZ's roster as the next two DLC fighters. Unfortunately, no trailer is available yet.

As their names suggest, this is Goku and Vegeta without any of their transformations. In other words, they'll have black hair during combat.

Vegeta is said to have access to a Galick Gun attack. This can be performed on the ground and while airborne.

The Galaxy Breaker technique will cause Vegeta to shoot out KI from his entire body. This seems to suggest that it will cover a lot of area.

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Dragon Gal's Mui Mui joins the SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy roster

Another new character reveal dropped this morning this time from SNK. Mui Mui has been announced as a playable character in SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy.

In the 2v2 team fighting title, Mui Mui wears a frilly dress as her default look. She also has a panda outfit and her classic costume that pulls straight from the King of Fighters and Dragon Gal series.

In the trailer, we see that Mui Mui has an air dash and appears to have great mobility. She's also combo-heavy, so if you're looking to swag on your opponents you might want to add Mui Mui to your team.

Though her official reveal trailer was released today, we learned of Mui Mui's inclusion on the SNK Heroines roster by way of the game's trophies about two weeks ago. The trophy list prompts players to clear story mode with certain characters, and among those missions we saw Mui Mui and someone named "Terry" listed -- which we believe is Terry Bogard in female form.

SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy will have 14 playable characters at launch (again, according to the game's trophies), and we have now seen 13 of them officially revealed. The only remaining mystery is Terry.

If you're looking to play SNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy, you'll be able to do so by picking it up on either PlayStation 4 or Nintendo Switch on September 7th, 2018.

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Talim revealed for Soul Calibur 6 with new gameplay trailer

Bandai Namco has unveiled the next fighter to join Soul Calibur 6. This time we get another returning combatant in Talim.

Talim, The Last Priestess of the Winds, fights with her elbow blades in this latest installment of the series.

This fast-moving fighter has the ability to control the wind, as her nickname suggests. We see several attacks in today's reveal trailer that incorporate large gusts of wind.

Talim made her debut in Soul Calibur 2, the series' third installment. She would go on to return as a playable character in Soul Calibur 3, Soul Calibur 4, and Soulcalibur: Broken Destiny.

Her reveal trailer provides a look at what Talim can do in Soul Calibur 6. We see a fighting style Talim fans will be familiar with, but with some new tools at her disposal.

Soul Calibur 6 is due out October 19th, 2018 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Mortal Kombat 11 won't be announced at E3 2018, Ed Boon confirms

Well, there you have it, folks. We will not be seeing Mortal Kombat 11 at E3 2018.

Fighting game fans have been anxiously awaiting NetherRealm Studios' next big reveal, and based on the company's track record of announcing and releasing games in recent years, the chances of a new Mortal Kombat being shown at this year's were very high.

Now, we have confirmation from NetherRealm Creative Director and co-creator of the Mortal Kombat series, Ed Boon, that no such announcement is scheduled for the expo this week.

Boon and a handful of fellow game developers sat down with Giant Bomb at E3 to discuss the gaming community and their latest projects. Not long into the talk, Boon was asked about Mortal Kombat 11, specifically why there has been no game reveal.

"We've had E3s where there's no game in the past," Boon said. "There's definitely like a pattern we've been following that we've kind of broken out of, and I'm surprised at how many people know about that pattern."

The Mortal Kombat creator explains that their team is changing things around, in terms of how and when they announce / release their fighting games. Still, there may actually be something in the works to talk about, just not right now.

"I'm chomping at the bit to talk about stuff, but at the moment we have nothing that we're announcing," Boon explained.

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Soul Calibur 6 gets official release date, new story mode trailer

Bandai Namco has revealed Soul Calibur 6's official release date today at E3 2018. The latest entry in the 3D weapons-based fighter is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on October 19th, 2018.

Along with a release date, a new story mode trailer for Soul Calibur 6 was unveiled. In it, we see several of the currently announced characters doing battle as a search for Soul Edge unfolds.

The trailer opens with a look at Siegfried grabbing a hold of the Soul Edge and harnessing its power. We go on to see battles between Mitsurugi and Groh, Ivy and Xianghua, and more.

An interesting menu with character names is shown that appears to be the way players will experience the story. Progress for each character and the timeline of their stories is featured here, meaning we'll likely be able to piece together the full tale with each character individually.

A quick look at story mode art pieces can also be seen here. In these stills, we see other characters such as Cervantes, though we're unsure if this confirms that he'll be a part of the playable roster.

You can check out the trailer below.

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Ridley revealed as playable character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

Nintendo just concluded their E3 2018 Nintendo Direct conference. To close out their Super Smash Bros. Ultimate presentation, the company revealed that Ridley will be a playable character in the game.

The trailer showed Mario, Mega Man, and Samus confront the Metroid series villain. We were also given a look at the first-ever Ridley gameplay.

The trailer showcased several of Ridley's moves, including a series of fireballs, what appears to be up throw, and more.

We also see Meta Ridley, which is likely an alternate color/costume.

Ridley has a tail strike attack that stuns the opponent momentarily before they get hit with an explosion and are sent flying. Also shown are several air attacks including a diving strike.

For the Final Smash, Ridley sends the opponent flying into Samus's ship as it tries to make an escape. He then fires a blast of energy from his mouth, destroying the space craft.

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