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(Quarter 3 - 2017)

August 10th, 2017
Watch The King of Fighters: Destiny Episode 2 Free on Youtube

SNK uploaded Episode 2 of their new 3D animation series The King of Fighters: Destiny on Youtube. Episode 2 introduces new characters to the story, such as: Billy Kane, Ryo Sakazaki, and Robert Garcia. The full episode is just under 18-minutes long. Additionally, SNK uploaded Episode 1 to their Youtube channel as well. Check out both episodes in the link...

August 10th, 2017
Tell Bandai Namco Your Opinion of Tekken 7 in Their Official Survey

TEKKEN 7 released worldwide a little over 2 months ago. Bandai Namco just released an official survey directed towards players who've already spent many hours playing the game. The survey takes about 10-15 minutes to complete and features many detailed questions. You also get to select the top 5 features of TEKKEN 7 that you like (and the top 5 you dislike). This survey will help Bandai Namco get an idea for what players want in future TEKKEN 7 updates as well as future TEKKEN installments, so be sure to participate!

August 9th, 2017
Allen Snider Confirmed for Arika's Upcoming Fighter

Early this morning, Arika uploaded a teaser trailer for returning Street Fighter EX original, Allen Snider, confirming him for their upcoming fighting game project (official title still undecided). Check out Allen's updated design (which doesn't skimp on the American patriotism) in his official artwork below. If other returning EX characters are any indication, Allen should retain most of his classic techniques and special moves.

August 8th, 2017
DLC Character Starfire Now Available in Injustice 2

Starfire, the latest DLC character for Injustice 2 is now available for players who picked up the Deluxe Edition, Ultimate Edition, or Fighter Pack #1. Starfire will become available for purchase to the general public next week on August 15th for $5.99. Take a look at Starfire's reveal trailer in case you missed it a couple weeks back.

August 6th, 2017
SNK History / Retrospective 1973-2016 on Official Site

SNK recently put together a history / retrospective article on their official website. The article covers iconic games and events that took place in SNK's history from their humble beginnings in 1973 to their "rebirth" in 2016. Unfortunately, the bulk of the article is written in Japanese, but there are some interesting old photos of the real NeoGeo Land, SNK Headquarters, and a timeline of notable system and game releases. Hopefully SNK will post an English version of the article in the future.  (Source: SNK)

August 5th, 2017
Razer Panthera Street Fighter V Special Edition PS4 Fightstick Now Available to Purchase

Razer's Special Edition PS4 Street Fighter V fightstick featuring nostalgic Ryu VS Akuma artwork is now available to purchase on Razer's website. Long Vo's Street Fighter Alpha 2-inspired panel artwork featuring "bearded" Ryu and SFV Akuma makes for a visually stunning fightstick on the outside. As you'd expect from Razer, the internals and hardware are top of the line (Sanwa components). The fightstick is fully customizable and retails for $199. Read additional details or order the stick now on Razer's official website.  (Source: Razerzone)

August 5th, 2017
Street Fighter V Figuarts Action Figures Preview

Here's a preview of some upcoming Street Fighter V action figures by S.H. Figuarts. So far, the lineup includes Ryu, Chun-Li, Cammy, and Rashid. SDCC '17 also offered a sneak peak of upcoming Akuma and R. Mika figures from the same line. Currently, the price point of each SFV Figuart is around $50-$60. Ryu and Chun-Li are currently available, while Cammy and Rashid have yet to be finalized.

August 4th, 2017
3D Animated Series The King of Fighters: Destiny Now Available on Steam for Free

The first 20-minute episode of the new CG anime series, The King of Fighters: Destiny, is now available to watch on Steam (for free)! Episode 1: "South Town" introduces several important members of the cast and shows the humble beginnings of KOF' 94's Hero Team along with the Bogard brothers. There are a total of 24 episodes planned. In addition, check out some new character concept artwork for several KOF: Destiny characters.

August 1st, 2017
Injustice 2 August Update Official Patch Notes

NetherRealm Studios released the full patch notes for Injustice 2's August update. The patch includes quite a few heavy character balance changes (such as nerfs to some current top tier characters, and buffs for weaker characters). Other general gameplay fixes include movelist corrections, random bug fixes, display/menu changes, and more. Check out the patch notes over at the official Injustice 2 website. In related news, TFG's full review of Injustice 2 is now live!

July 29th, 2017
Blazblue: Central Fiction Ver. 2.0 Hits Arcades August 3rd, Full Patch Notes + New Opening Movie

The arcade version of Blazblue: Central Fiction will be updated to "Version 2.0" on August 3rd. The Ver. 2.0 update adds Jubei to the character roster along with some system and character adjustments. The full English patch notes for update Ver. 2.0 are now available (link inside the article). Also, Arc System Works uploaded the new opening movie for Blazblue: Central Fiction Ver. 2.0. No specific date has been announced for the Ver. 2.0 update on PS4, PS3 and PC, but it is planned for release sometime this Summer.

July 28th, 2017
Tekken 7 Taiko Drum Master Items & Eliza DLC Now Live

Bandai Namco released some new TEKKEN 7 DLC just before next month's big update arrives. First up, Taiko Drum Master-themed customization items (including special move effects, sounds, health bars, player panels, and adorable floating drum characters) are now available for download - and the best part is they're completely FREE. Secondly, if you didn't score Eliza as a free DLC character when TEKKEN 7 launched, the narcoleptic vampiress is now available as a DLC character for $4.99.

July 26th, 2017
Dragon Ball FighterZ Beta Sign-ups Delayed to August 22nd, Official Closed Beta Begins in September

Sign-ups for a closed playable online beta of Dragon Ball FighterZ were supposed to go live today, July 26th. Arc System Works and Bandai Namco announced that the beta sign-ups will be delayed to August 22nd, with the official closed beta commencing September 16-18. Bandai Namco explained that the delay is "due to the volume of excitement and enthusiasm surrounding the announcement," and to ensure the beta servers can properly handle all players who enter the beta. We'll have more info on the beta posted next month.  (Source: Bandai Namco)

July 24th, 2017
How to Unlock Shin Akuma in Ultra Street Fighter 2

Over the weekend, Capcom's SDCC '17 panel randomly revealed that Shin Akuma is a hidden playable character in Ultra SF2 for Nintendo Switch. To select him requires an "old school" style input code. The code is: Select Ryu and cancel on color #1, Select Ken and cancel on color #9, select Sagat then cancel on color #8, select Bison then cancel on color #7, and then place cursor on Random and hit L+R. (Fun Fact: The code "1987" represents the year SF1 came out). Check out a video of the code being used, plus some Shin Akuma gameplay.

July 23rd, 2017
Storm Collectibles Announces  and KOF '98: Ultimate Match Poseable Figure Lines

At this weekend's San Diego Comic-Con 2017, Storm Collectibles officially announced their upcoming lines for TEKKEN 7 and King of Fighters '98: Ultimate Match poseable figures. No details, prices, or release dates were provided yet, but Storm Collectibles showed off an early prototype of the Heihachi Mishima figure. Storm Collectibles has recently created some very impressive Street Fighter V and Mortal Kombat figures. They could set you back $60 to $100+ though.

July 21st, 2017
Dragon Ball FighterZ Piccolo & Krillin HD Screenshots

10 HD screenshots of the latest 2 characters to be revealed for Dragon Ball FighterZ have been added to our previous article. Take a closer look at fan-favorite DBZ icons, Piccolo and Krillin, in their official Dragon Ball FighterZ debut screenshots from V-Jump Magazine. It's still hard to believe these ultra-crispy screenshots are from actual gameplay footage! Also read the first playstyle / moveset details for Krillin and Piccolo.

July 21st, 2017
Injustice 2 Starfire Gameplay Reveal Trailer

Warner Bros. and NetherRealm Studios shared Starfire's Injustice 2 gameplay reveal trailer today. The future queen of Tamaran and former Teen Titans member shows off flashy projectile moves, speedy air attacks, and a hover ability in her official trailer. Starfire will be the final DLC character for Injustice 2's "Fighter Pack 1" and will launch sometime this August. Details on Injustice 2's Fighter Packs 2 and 3 shouldn't be far behind Starfire's release.

July 21st, 2017
Tekken 7 Update 1.04 Live, Fixes Black Color Customizations

Two weeks ago, TEKKEN 7 update 1.03 was released. One of the "fixes" in patch 1.03 was an adjustment to player color edits which were deemed "too dark" for competitive matches. (For example, one Dragunov costume could be turned completely pitch black, like a shadow). This was unintended by the developers...  but update 1.03 also effected normal black hair / clothing customizations, turning them gray. After a negative response from fans, Bandai Namco listened and has restored black / darker customizations for hair and other items!

July 21st, 2017
SDCC '17 MVC: Infinite Trailer Confirms Spider-Man, Haggar, Nemesis & Frank West

A new Marvel VS Capcom Infinite trailer debuted last night at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, confirming playable characters: Spider-Man, Mike Haggar, Nemesis and Frank West. The trailer also officially debuts Gamora with some new gameplay footage and shows off 2 new Infinity Stones. After you watch the new character reveal trailer, you might also want to check out a 12-minute gameplay video from IGN.

July 20th, 2017
Twitch.tv Peak Viewer Stats for Evolution 2017

With another Evolution Championship Series in the books, the world's biggest fighting game tournament saw some of its biggest viewer numbers to date. Shoryuken.com recently posted some viewer data from Twitch, including the peak viewer numbers for each game at EVO 2017. Street Fighter V and TEKKEN 7 lead the pack with 179,072 and 145,657 viewers each. On the lower side (but still impressive), KOF XIV came in at 32,720 viewers, Guilty Gear Xrd REV2 hit 38,518 viewers, and Injustice 2 maxed out at 45,557 viewers.  (Source: Shoruyken)

July 18th, 2017
Piccolo & Krillin Confirmed for Dragon Ball FighterZ

The latest V-Jump magazine confirmed Piccolo and Krillin as playable characters in Dragon Ball FighterZ. Along with showing some early screenshots, V-Jump provided early details on the 2 fan-favorite fighters. Piccolo can stretch his arms to grab opponents, has several guard breaks, fast beams, and can charge up to make them stronger. Krillin deals out low damage and his reach isn't great, but his Kamehameha helps him fight long-range. He also has his Afterimage Technique and Destructo Disc (unblockable).

July 18th, 2017
Street Fighter V Abigail V-Trigger Details, Movelist, Screenshots & Character Introduction Trailer

Abigail is all prepared to wreak havoc in Street Fighter V on July 25th. If you're a SFV player on any level, you should be interested to see what this mountain of a man is capable of. In TFG's full article, read up on Abigail's V-Trigger details, check out Abigail's full movelist, watch his official introduction trailer from Capcom, and check out a bunch of high-res screenshots, along with Abigail's official character artwork, and story artwork.

July 18th, 2017
Tekken 7 Geese Howard Screenshots & Official Render, Harada Tours SNK Headquarters (Video)

If you still can't believe Geese Howard is actually going to be in TEKKEN 7, take a look at 14 high-res screenshots to help you appreciate the epicness of this crossover. Most of the screenshots star the South Town crime lord himself, 4 of the screens offer a look at Geese's exclusive stage (which has several transitions). Also check out Geese Howard's official TEKKEN 7 character render. TekkenChannel also uploaded an updated version of the Geese Howard reveal trailer featuring Producer Harada touring SNK Headquarters. 

July 17th, 2017
Dragon Ball FighterZ Trunks Gameplay Reveal Trailer, Beta Registration Starts July 26th

Following the conclusion of the EVO '17 TEKKEN 7 grand finals, Bandai Namco and Arc System Works took the stage to debut Future Trunks' character reveal trailer for Dragon Ball FighterZ. The 45-second trailer is short and sweet, showing Trunks' various sword attacks, projectiles, and super moves. In related news, players can start signing up for the DBFZ beta on July 26th on Playstation 4 and Xbox One. Producer Tomoko Hiroki also mentioned we'll be getting info on 2 new DBFZ characters on July 21st via V-Jump magazine.

July 16th, 2017
Street Fighter V Abigail Reveal Trailer, Playable July 25th

During Evolution 2017's Street Fighter V finals, the latest Season 2 DLC character for SFV has been revealed. As previous news suggested, Abigail will join the SFV roster and will be available July 25th - along with the Metro City Bay Area stage (based on Abigail's first appearance in Final Fight, way back in 1989). The 8'0" tall  muscle-head is even more unproportionally massive than anyone remembers, and looks to be an interesting addition to SFV's roster. Check out Abigail's reveal trailer

July 16th, 2017
"Blazblue Cross Tag Battle" Announced, Jubei Joins Blazblue: Central Fiction

On the final day of EVO 2017, Arc System Works revealed Blazblue Cross Tag Battle, a new crossover fighting game featuring characters from Blazblue, Persona 4 Arena, and Under Night in-Birth! Ruby Rose from RWBY also debuts in the EVO '17 announce trailer. Blazblue Cross Tag Battle will feature 2-VS-2 gameplay and is planned for release in 2018. In related news, Jubei is finally joining the playable roster of Blazblue: Central Fiction and got his own EVO '17 reveal trailer.

July 16th, 2017
Geese Howard Joins Tekken 7 as the First DLC Guest Character in Late 2017

TEKKEN 7 is officially first fighting game to bring together Namco, Capcom, and SNK characters. Geese Howard of Fatal Fury and King of Fighters fame will join TEKKEN 7's roster in "Late 2017". Geese's reveal trailer from EVO 2017 shows off the badass crime lord of South Town in TEKKEN 7 gameplay, fighting on his iconic stage (remastered in beautiful TEKKEN graphics, of course).

July 16th, 2017
Skullomania & Darun Mister Join Arika's "EX" Series Fighting Game Project, PS4 Release Confirmed

Arika showed off the newest build of their new "EX" series fighting game at EVO 2017 today. In the new trailer, Skullomania and Darun Mister make their epic return from the Street Fighter EX series. Arika announced the title is coming to PlayStation 4 in 2018 in North America, Europe and Japan. The trailer teases that the game "could" be playable by April Fools 2018. A limited time playable beta/server test will also be held on PS4 at the end of 2017! The game's official title is still "undecided".

July 16th, 2017
Jedah & Gamora Revealed for MVC: Infinite

Today at EVO 2017, two new Marvel VS Capcom: Infinite characters were revealed and shown off in gameplay. Jedah, the badass boss of Darkstalkers 3, has been confirmed for MVC: Infinite (further solidifying the previous leaked list of characters). We also get to see the first gameplay of Gamora, the adopted daughter of Thanos. Capcom's Peter "Combofiend" demonstrates Jedah and Gamora in an exhibition match against SPY|Filipino Champ.

July 14th, 2017
Nostalgic Costumes for Alex, Ibuki & Juri + Ryu's Classic Stage Coming to Street Fighter V, Abigail Stage Teaser

On the first day of EVO '17, Capcom dropped some Street Fighter V announcements which are sure to please old school fans. First off, classic costumes for Alex, Ibuki and Juri will finally be added to the game on July 25th ($3.99 each). Ryu's classic SF2 stage "Suzaku Castle" is also coming to SFV, along with a new Capcom Pro Tour stage called "Ring of Pride". Last but not least, Capcom shared a screenshot of a new stage based on Abigail's stage from Final Fight (1989). This is a strong indication that the next DLC character for SFV is indeed Abigail.

July 14th, 2017
Code Mystics Bringing Samurai Shodown V Special to Playstation 4 and PS Vita, Beta Playable at Evo '17

SNK is bringing another one of their classic 2D fighters to PS4 and PS Vita. A favorite among competitive players, 2004's Samurai Shodown V Special is known for its solid roster and technical gameplay. Due to unfortunate circumstances, the home version (AES) of SSVS suffered a rocky launch, but the arcade version remedied many issues and added brutal "Overkill" moves. Code Mystics aims to release the definitive version of SS5 Special on PS4 & Vita, and has confirmed Online Multiplayer, Gallery Mode and Trophy Support.  (Source: PS.Blog)

July 13th, 2017
EVO 2017 This Weekend, Full Stream Schedule

The biggest fighting game event of the year takes place this weekend in Las Vegas, NV. The official streams kick off Friday at 10am and run until Sunday at 7pm. Shoryuken.com posted the full stream schedule with links to each official stream. In addition to all 6 official EVO streams, CapcomFighters, Tekken, and NetherRealm will be dedicated to their respective games on Friday and Saturday.  

July 11th, 2017
Capcom's CFN Portal Returns With New Street Fighter V Concept Artwork for Canon Characters

After a 3-month hiatus, Capcom's CFN Portal returns with some new Street Fighter V character concept artwork. Among the new "canon" characters covered are Hakan's wife and daughters, and two pro-wrestlers who take inspirations from real-life wrestling legends. This article will be updated if Capcom releases additional SFV concept art this month. 

July 11th, 2017
Sub-Zero Joins Injustice 2 Today, Official Moveset & Breakdown Video

Today, Mortal Kombat's iconic blue ninja joins Injustice 2's roster to chill out with DC's best heroes and villains. NetherRealm recently went through Sub-Zero's moveset and playstyle on their official livestream to show what the character is all about. Check out Gamespot's 17-minute stream archive of Sub-Zero's official moveset and breakdown video.

July 10th, 2017
Gamespot Posts 8 Minutes of New Dragon Ball FighterZ Gameplay

Dragon Ball FighterZ is already one of the most anticipated fighting games of 2018. 2D fighting fans and DBZ fans alike are hungry for more character reveals and details. (On that note, TFG's DBFZ preview profile was updated with the latest gameplay details.) While we wait for further announcements, check out this new 8-minute gameplay video from Gamespot showing alternate character colors, level 5 super moves, destructive finishes, and more!

July 6th, 2017
Ultimate Tekken Bowl Mode Comes to Tekken 7 in August

Today, Bandai Namco announced a new mode for TEKKEN 7 which will arrive as DLC in August. "Ultimate" Tekken Bowl Mode is a new take on the classic PS2 bonus mode featuring gorgeous graphics, slow-motion effects, trick shots, and impressive physics. Ultimate Tekken Bowl Mode will arrive in August along with the first DLC costume pack for TEKKEN 7. Check out the official trailer featuring TEKKEN producer Katsuhiro Harada!

July 5th, 2017
Tekken 7 Update Ver. 1.03 is Live, Full Patch Notes

The official TEKKEN 7 website has been updated with full patch notes for update 1.03, which is now live on PS4 in NA/EU. This is the patch that Harada claimed will address input lag on the PS4 version, but curiously, "input lag" isn't specifically listed in the patch notes. However, the patch notes do list improvements to online matchmaking, a volume adjustment for classic tracks in Tekken Jukebox, and "unlimited Revenge Matches" in online Ranked Match, among other fixes. A similar patch for the PC/XB1 versions will be released at a later date.  (Source: EU.Tekken.com)

July 4th, 2017
Tekken 7 PS4 Input Lag Fix Coming This Week, Says Harada

TEKKEN 7 producer Katsuhiro Harada mentioned on Twitter yesterday that a fix for the PS4 version's input lag will be released "this week". He elaborated that the fix should address input lag on all controllers, not just wired pads. Harada and developer Michael Murray stated that recent input lag measurement methods for TEKKEN 7 (by Twitter user @Noodalls) are "wrong" and don't take into account input delay on the hardware side. Harada said additional updates and tuning for Online Mode will be released this week, as well.  (Source: @Harada_Tekken)

June 30th, 2017
Street Fighter EX Developer Arika Bringing Playable Fighting Title to EVO 2017

Back in April 2017, Street Fighter EX series developer, Arika, cleverly used April Fools Day to unveil new fighting game title they're working on called EX Fighting Layer (working title). The original build featured 3 playable SFEX characters: Kairi, Hokuyo & Garuda. Arika announced today that they will have a booth set up at EVO 2017, and are bringing a playable version of their work-in-progress fighter for attendees to try out! EVO '17 takes place July 14-16 in Las Vegas.  (Source: Shoryuken)
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