April 23rd, 2014
Sadira's Retro Costume Leaked in Killer Instinct

It's no secret that new alternate costumes randomly appear in Killer Instinct before being officially revealed. A Youtuber by the name of Gaming Skulls has discovered the latest leak, Sadira's "Retro" costume in KI3. Sadira is the only 100% new character to appear in KI3 so far, and her retro gothic look seems to fit right in with classic KI. Check out some screenshots and gameplay footage of Sadira's retro costume.

April 22nd, 2014
Under Night In-Birth Coming to PS3 This July

Yet another Japanese-born fighting game is headed to PS3. Famitsu confirmed that French-Bread and Ecole Software's Under Night In-Birth will see a PS3 port in Japan (complete with online support), and possibly a new character as well. Early speculations suggest Nanase from the game's story will be the new character. The PS3 port is currently 50-70% complete, and further details should arrive when the new Famitsu releases (Thursday).

April 22nd, 2014
Famitsu Confirms Rise Kujikawa Playable in Console Version of Persona 4 Arena: Ultimax

A few days ago, a rumor circulated from Best Buy's listing for Persona 4 Arena: Ultimax (which has since been removed) which stated Persona 3's Ken Amada and Persona 4's Rise Kujikawa will be playable characters in the upcoming console version. Turns out the rumor is true (at least half of it), as Famitsu has confirmed Rise Kujikawa for P4A Ultimax! Here's the Famitsu scan that confirms it. Stay tuned for further details! (Source: Famitsu)

April 22nd, 2014
Killer Instinct Season 2 To Add 8 Characters To The Roster Along With No Mercy Finishers

Iron Galaxy, the new developers of Xbox One's Killer Instinct, just announced the first details regarding "Season 2" of KI. During the last PlayXBLA live stream, it was stated that Season 2 will add 8 characters and No Mercy finishers. While there's no word on which characters will make the cut, interestingly, there are 8 KI veterans who have yet to appear in KI3: Riptor, Cinder, T. J. Combo, Eyedol, Maya, Kim Wu, Tusk & Gargos.  (Sources:  SRK, EGM)

April 21st, 2014
New Fatal Fury Premium Cinematic Trailer

SNK Playmore recently released a new trailer for their upcoming Japanese Pachislot title based on the Fatal Fury / Garou series, Fatal Fury Premium. If you enjoyed the action of the previous trailer, the new 6-minute trailer contains even more cinematics featuring a variety of classic Fatal Fury characters "re-imagined" with 3D graphics. A new feature called "Krauser Mode" also makes its debut in the new trailer.

April 20th, 2014
Soul Calibur: Lost Swords Hits North American Playstation Network This Tuesday

Today, Playstation Blog confirmed the new games coming to PSN this week. Among them is Soul Calibur: Lost Swords, which originally came out in Japan on February 7th. Now players in North America can try out the continuously evolving, F2P single player fighting game this Tuesday (April 22nd).

April 18th, 2014 [UPDATE]
Big Band Hits Skullgirls Encore on PS3 Next Week

It's been quite a long wait for Skullgirls fans, but the next free DLC character, Big Band, will finally be coming to the PS3 version Skullgirls Encore next Tuesday (April 22nd). Playstation.Blog posted a new trailer featuring the final build of Big Band, and also provided a sneak peek at the next DLC character, Eliza. Big Band is still being tested on the Xbox 360 version and Lab Zero is waiting to hear back from Microsoft.

April 17th, 2014 [UPDATE]
Ultra Street Fighter IV Opening Movie, New Trailer, Famitsu Scan Shows Alt. Costumes In-Game

With Ultra Street Fighter IV releasing in Japanese arcades yesterday, the game's full opening cinematic is now online. Ultra SF4's intro includes some "copy paste" action from previous intros, but also contains new sequences to introduce each of the newcomers. Capcom also released a new trailer which recaps the games new features, and finally, a new scan from Famitsu provides a look at how Ultra Street Fighter IV's UDON-designed alternate costumes will appear in the game.

April 16th, 2014
Taki Makes Her Return in Soul Calibur: Lost Swords

Taki was replaced by her student, Natsu, in Soul Calibur 5. The original kunoichi of the Soul series will finally return in the F2P title for PS3, Soul Calibur: Lost Swords, later this month. Lost Swords is currently available on PSN in Japan and will be released worldwide soon. Just posted today, check out Taki's reveal trailer along with some HD screenshots.

April 16th, 2014
Ultra SF4 Decapre Alternate Costume Artwork

Capcom revealed a concept artwork of Decapre's alternate costume in Ultra Street Fighter IV this evening. Like the other USF4 alternate costumes, this costume was designed and drawn by UDON Comics. UDON's re-imagined version of Decapre is clearly a very different and "bizarre" take on the Cammy clone, and almost seems a bit "Guilty Gear inspired".

April 15th, 2014
Pop Culture Shock MK9 Baraka Statue Preview

Pop Culture Shock Toys have unveiled their latest fighting game statue, Mortal Kombat's Baraka. This 17.5 inch statue will be released in Q1 of 2015 and will come in two versions: PCS exclusive & regular. The exclusive version comes with an extra set of arms and is limited to 200 pieces ($370), while the regular version is limited to 350 pieces ($360). Pre-orders for the statue open on April 21st. For more info, visit: PopCultureShock.

April 15th, 2014
Someone Wrote A Book About EVO Moment #37

It's been 10 years since Daigo Umehara's legendary comeback against Justin Wong in that faithful SFIII: 3rd Strike match at Evolution 2004. "Evo Moment 37" is regarded by many as one of the most epic moments in competitive video game history, and now there's a book about it. Kotaku interviewed the author, Glenn Cravens, about his recently published book, reflecting on the past 10 years of fighting games.
  (via Kotaku)

April 13th, 2014
Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma Hits Playstation Vita on June 24th in North America

Arc System Works recently confirmed the North American release date for the PS Vita port of Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma. While Japan gets the Vita version April 24th, Vita owners in NA can get their hands on the portable version exactly 2 months later on June 24th. As previously reported, the Vita port contains an exclusive beach / island storyline featuring Ragna, Noel, Kagura, and Celica. Fore more details:

April 12th, 2014
Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist - Ryu Trailer

A brand new teaser trailer for Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist was released this weekend. This 1 and 1/2 minute trailer revolves around Ryu's growth as a fighter and learning how to control his powers. The Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist series will debut on the Machinima youtube channel in May 2014, before hitting TV, On-demand and DVD/Blu-ray.

April 12th, 2014
DOA5: Ultimate "Million Fighters" Character & Costume Pack Available For $19.99 on PSN

If you're like me and haven't picked up DOA5: Ultimate yet, PSN still has a big discount going on for DOA5U: Core Fighters. There was some confusion regarding the price of this pack early on, but currently, the "Million Fighters Set" (25 characters + 81 costumes) can be purchased on PSN for $19.99, a huge markdown from the full game price ($34.99). Note that this pack does not contain Marie Rose and is only for PS3.

April 10th, 2014
Ultra Street Fighter IV Final Change List

Ultra Street Fighter IV will be arriving in Japanese arcades very soon, followed by a worldwide console release later in early June. Capcom has just compiled the full change list for the game, which includes all the system changes and individual character changes you could ask for. If you're the type of player who likes to study a game before it's even released, look no further than the Ultra SF4 final change list (via SRK).

April 10th, 2014 [UPDATE]
KI (2013) Fulgore Classic Costume Leaked, Shadow Jago Ultimate Combo, New Character Teased

Continuing the trend of costume reveals in the new Killer Instinct, Fulgore's classic costume was recently leaked. Check out some screenshots of classic Fulgore, along with a video demo. In other news, Shadow Jago has been confirmed as the boss of the game's new arcade mode and has received new moves, along with an Ultimate Combo finishing move. A mysterious new character known as "ARIA" was teased as well.

April 8th, 2014
Killer Instinct Fulgore Update Now Live on Xbox One

The downloadable update that adds Fulgore to Xbox One's Killer Instinct has arrived a day early. Players can now download the patch which finally adds Arcade Mode, Online Battle Lobbies, and of course, gives players access to series veteran, Fulgore. Note that the update weights in at a hefty 6.8 GB, so it may take a while to download. And in case you missed the Fulgore reveal trailer from a couple weeks back, check it out here.

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