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(Quarter 4 - 2017)

October 30th, 2017
Dragon Ball FighterZ Nappa & Ginyu Gameplay Trailers

Arc System Works and Bandai Namco released 2 short gameplay trailers featuring the latest playable characters to be revealed for Dragon Ball FighterZ: Nappa and Captain Ginyu. The new gameplay trailers are only 40 seconds long, but show the first in-game footage of the quirky new combatants. Both fighters will utilize their own respective assist characters, making them interesting additions to the roster.

October 26th, 2017
The King of Fighters: Destiny Episodes 11, 12 & 13

It's time once again to catch up with The King of Fighters: Destiny 3D animated series. SNK uploaded Episodes 12 and 13 on Youtube early this morning. Episode 13: "TRAP" features Kyo and his teammates squaring off against the American Sports Team, who show signs of the Orochi power. Meanwhile, Episode 12: "SHADOW OF EVIL" hosts some other classic match-ups in the ring. Last but not least, a young Rock Howard makes his debut in Episode 11: READY GO!

October 25th, 2017
Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition Pre-orders Come with Nostalgia & 30th Anniversary DLC Costume Packs

Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition will launch as a standalone title on January 16th, 2018 for $39.99. Capcom announced that by pre-ordering Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, players will automatically gain access to the Nostalgia costumes pack (featuring 5 classic costumes) and the 30th Anniversary costume pack (featuring 4 costumes). These great costumes may actually "sweeten the deal" for any fans looking to try out Street Fighter V's "fresh start" in 2018.

October 24th, 2017
Dragon Ball FighterZ Open Beta Access with Pre-order, FighterZ Pass Not included in Collector's Edition

Bandai Namco confirmed that players who pre-order either a physical or digital copy of Dragon Ball FighterZ will gain access to the next open beta. (No details or release date for the next beta yet.) Secondly, it's been confirmed that recently announced FighterZ Pass containing 8 DLC characters will NOT be included in the $139.99 CollectorZ Edition of the game. Once again, the FighterZ Pack will set you back $34.99 alone... so even the most excited fans might want to mind their funds before springing for the Collector's Edition.  (Sources: Gamespot, Bandai Namco)

October 24th, 2017
New Tekken 7 X New Japan Pro Wrestling Collaboration Costume & Rage Art Revealed for Lars

A brand new TEKKEN X New Japan Pro Wrestling collaboration costume has just been revealed. Lars will be getting a new costume in TEKKEN 7 based on NJPW superstar, Hiroshi Tanahashi. Just like King's Kazuchika Okada attire, Lars will get a new Rage Art animation with this outfit equipped. Tanahashi's theme song (Love & Energy) will also play during the match. So far, this costume has only been confirmed for the arcade version... but remain optimistic, as all previous NJPW content has come to consoles (and for free).

October 23rd, 2017
Capcom Street Fighter Character Popularity Poll

Capcom just opened up a character popularity poll on their CFN Portal site. There's no telling what they plan to do with the results from this poll, but with Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition (and Season 3) on the horizon, your vote could help determine the future of SFV's roster (or alternate costumes, perhaps). The poll contains pretty much every Street Fighter character in existence, even those from SFEX and the obscure Street Fighter 2010. You can vote for your favorite Street Fighter character HERE.   (Source: CFN Portal)

October 23rd, 2017
Dragon Ball FighterZ Western Release Date, Character Pass with 8 DLC Fighters Announced

Like it or not, post-launch DLC character packs - via season passes, are becoming a standard in the fighting game genre. Today, Arc System Works announced the "FighterZ Pass" which will include 8 additional DLC fighters for $34.99. Each of these characters will come with their own lobby avatar, stamp, and alternate colors. Aksys also announced the Western release date for DBFZ - January 26th, 2018. A special bundle was also announced which contains the FighterZ Pass, pre-order bonuses SSB Goku & Vegeta, a music pack & commentator voice pack.

October 22nd, 2017
Details on BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle System Mechanics

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle will feature some familiar gameplay elements to past anime fighters, but also some unique mechanics that differ from BlazBlue, Persona 4 Arena, and Under Night In-Birth. We now know a bit more about the basic controls and the "Cross System" of BBCTB thanks to some official images by Arc System Works. You can also read some more about the gameplay on TFG's preview profile for BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle.

October 20th, 2017
TFG's Full Review of Tekken 7 is Live!

TFG Webmaster here. I'm happy (and relieved) to announce that my full review of TEKKEN 7 is finally live. Thanks for your patience. I wanted to get this one done a bit sooner, but hurricanes and other work / projects took priority. As always, I think a fighting game should be played for several months before slapping a final score on it. That said... please enjoy my elaborate 40+ paragraph review of TEKKEN 7. I believe I covered everything. Time to get going on my MVC: Infinite review!

October 20th, 2017
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Adds Noel Vermillion, Chie Satonaka & Waldstein in New Trailer

Arc System Works released a new BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle trailer this morning. The new trailer confirms 3 more characters for the game: Noel Vermillion from BlazBlue, Chie Satonaka from Persona 4 Arena, and Waldstein from Under Night In-Birth. BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle is coming to Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Steam in 2018.

October 18th, 2017
Ginyu and Nappa Confirmed for Dragon Ball FighterZ

V-Jump magazine just confirmed 2 more playable characters for Dragon Ball FighterZ: Captain Ginyu and Nappa. In gameplay, Nappa will have Saibamen and powerful energy blasts in his arsenal. Ginyu will have his iconic "Body Switch" ability intact, switching lifebars and bodies with his opponent! Ginyu can also utilize Ginyu Force members as assist attacks. Also, some sources are claiming the Japanese release date for DBFZ is February 1st, 2018... but this hasn't been 100% confirmed by Arc System Works or Bandai Namco.

October 18th, 2017
Cloud Strife was Almost a Guest Character in the PS2 Version of Soul Calibur II

Lest we forget, Namco pretty much invented the "fighting game guest character craze" with the console versions of Soul Calibur 2. Localization producer for Soul Calibur 2, Nao Higo, was recently featured in GiantBomb's "8-4 Play" podcast. During the podcast, Higo revealed that Final Fantasy VII protagonist Cloud Strife was originally planned as a guest character for the PS2 version of SC2, but the plans fell through - and Heihachi Mishima took his place in the stage of history.

October 17th, 2017
18 Premium Costumes Coming to MvC: Infinite Today

18 premium costumes will become available in Marvel VS Capcom: Infinite later today. Capcom announced the MVC: Infinite Premium Costume Pass, which will contain 30 costumes for $29.99 (18 of which releasing are today). Individual costumes will retail for $3.99, and several costume packs containing 6 costumes each will cost $11.99. Head over to Capcom Unity for images of the new MVCI costumes and costume packs. Black Panther, Sigma, and Monster Hunter also join MVCI today as DLC characters.   (Source: Capcom)

October 15th, 2017
Zeku Joins Street Fighter V October 24th, Reveal Trailer & Alternate Costumes

As previous rumors and speculations suggested... Guy's former master, Zeku, will make his fighting game debut as Street Fighter V's final DLC character in Season 2. Capcom released Zeku's reveal trailer early this morning at South East Asia Major 2017. Zeku uses a variety of speedy ninja tricks and raw martial arts techniques, and has the ability to "transform" into his younger self during gameplay. His transformation move has him curiously looking a bit like Strider Hiryu.

October 15th, 2017
BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Announced for PS4, Switch & PC, New Trailer Reveals Rachel, Hazama & Weiss Schnee

Arc System Works dropped a new trailer for Blazblue Cross Tag Battle at RTX London 2017. The trailer confirms BlazBlue's Rachel Alucard and Hazama, along with RWBY's Weiss Schnee as playable characters. The trailer also officially confirms the platforms Blazblue Cross Tag Battle will appear on, those being Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC.

October 14th, 2017
The King of Fighters: Destiny Episode 10

SNK has uploaded the tenth episode of The King of Fighters: Destiny on Youtube. Episode 10 is a side story featuring Benimaru Nikaido. Like the Geese Howard side story before it, this episode primarily uses 2D artwork to tell the story. "No one could stand a chance against Benimaru until he met Kyo. Benimaru begs Kyo for a re-match before mysterious men in black suddenly surround Kyo. The men confront and attack Kyo in front of Benimaru. How will Benimaru react to this unexpected brawl!?"

October 14th, 2017
Mortal Kombat 25th Anniversary Video

The official Mortal Kombat Youtube channel recently uploaded a video to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic fighting franchise. Developers Ed Boon, Dan Forden, Tony Coskie, Steve Beran, Carlos Pesina, and John Vogel appear in the video and reminisce about the rise of Mortal Kombat's popularity and the undeniable effect that it had on pop culture.

October 11th, 2017
Tekken 7 Console Sales Surpass 2 Million Copies

Replying to a fan on Twitter, TEKKEN producer Katsuhiro Harada confirmed TEKKEN 7 has surpassed two million copies sold on console. Considering the current demographic of gaming as a whole, and the fact that arcades no longer exist in most places, a fighting game selling 2 million copies in 3 months is quite an achievement. For comparison's sake, Street Fighter V has moved only 1.7 million units since February 2016. Bandai Namco noted that TEKKEN 7 is on track to reach their target of 2.1m by the end of 2017.

October 5th, 2017
Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition Coming January 16th, Features Arcade Mode, Extra Battle & More

Capcom announced Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, a free update to their flagship 2D fighter containing new content, including: Arcade Mode, Extra Battle, Bonus Stages, New UI, Gallery, and a second V-Trigger for every fighter. Capcom kept their promise that you'll "only need 1 disc to enjoy all future SFV content," as Arcade Edition will arrive as a free in-game update for all current players on January 16th, 2018. SFV: Arcade Edition will also be available as a standalone new title for $39.99. Visit Capcom Unity for screenshots, details, and more. (Source: Capcom Unity)

October 4th, 2017
Marvel VS Capcom: Infinite Black Panther and Sigma Gameplay Reveal Trailer

Today, Capcom uploaded a new gameplay trailer showing DLC characters Black Panther and Sigma in gameplay. Sigma, Black Panther, and Monster Hunter join MVCI on October 17th along with each of their premium costumes. Players who picked up the 2017 Character Pass will automatically receive Black Panther, Sigma, Monster Hunter, Winter Soldier, Black Widow, and Venom when they become available. Individually, each DLC fighter will be priced at $7.99 and comes with a premium costume.

October 4th, 2017
Leaked Gameplay Video of Ruby Rose in Blazblue Cross Tag Battle

Arc System Works is expected to show a new demo of Blazblue Cross Tag Battle at this weekend's New York Comic-Con 2017 (October 5th-8th). On Twitter, @graymartigan of RoosterTeeth appears to have gotten his hands on the new demo early and posted a short gameplay video. The new gameplay footage shows Ruby Rose in action for the first time.

October 4th, 2017
The Atom Revealed for Injustice 2 in Teaser Trailer

Warner Bros and NetherRealm Studios released a new teaser trailer for the next DLC character coming to Injustice 2, The Atom. If you're not familiar with the character, here's a short bio of The Atom: "Physics prodigy Ryan Choi took on the mantle of the Atom when his mentor - and original Atom - Ray Palmer mysteriously disappeared. Now armed with quantum shrinking technology, Ryan will use the subatomic power of the quantum bio-belt to seek out his lost friend and further the fight for justice."

October 3rd, 2017
Thunder God Raiden Joins Injustice 2 Today

Weeks before Injustice 2 launched, a character silhouette of Mortal Kombat's Raiden was teased in an image advertising future DLC character packs. So it didn't come as much of a surprise when Raiden was officially announced a few weeks ago... but the day has come for the iconic thunder god (in his weirdly superhero-esk getup) to join Injustice 2's roster. Players who own the special editions or Fighter Packs #2 can use him now. Raiden becomes available for purchase October 8th for $5.99 and comes with a Black Lightning Premium Skin. Check out Raiden's gameplay trailer.

September 28th, 2017
The King of Fighters: Destiny Episode 9 is Live

For the ninth week in a row, SNK has released a new episode of their 3D animated series, The King of Fighters: Destiny. In "Episode 9 - Secret", Terry sneaks out from the KOF announcement event and successfully infiltrates Geese Tower. He witnesses a dreadful experiment in the basement of the tower. Meanwhile Geese discovers the truth behind Terry's past and gives an "order" to Angelina.
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