August 29th, 2014
Killer Instinct Season 2 Change Log, Video Summary

The official change log for Killer Instinct Season 2 is now live. If you want to read up on all the details, check out the full change list posted on the Ultra-Combo.com forums. Maximilian also posted a video summary of all of these changes, which will be added to the game on September 23rd. Iron Galaxy Studios also mentioned that some of these changes are subject to change between now and then.

August 26th, 2014
New Bandai Namco Fighting Game, POKKEN TOURNAMENT Announced, First Details & Trailer

Well this was unexpected... so the rumored "Pokemon fighting game" some gaming sites were talking about a few months back is actually a thing! Coming to Japan arcades in 2015, POKKEN TOURNAMENT is a collaboration by Pokemon Company and Bandai Namco Games (with supervision by Tekken creator Katsuhiro Harada & Soul Calibur lead programmer, Masaaki Hoshino). Without further ado, check out the first gameplay trailer & details!

August 26th, 2014
SNK Registers Trademarks For The Last Blade, KOF, Maximum Impact & Athena Asamiya

All this month, SNK has been celebrating the 20th anniversary of The King of Fighters franchise. The first title, KOF '94 is now exactly 20 years old (released Aug. 25th, 1994 on MVS). While SNK hasn't officially announced anything new (besides hinting a new 3D KOF title), trademark_bot picked up on some recent trademark filings from SNK, which include: The Last Blade, KOF, Maximum Impact & Athena. This doesn't "confirm" any new titles, but we can hope something is in the works!

August 25th, 2014
Persona 4 Arena: Ultimax Console Opening Movie

Atlus just uploaded the full introduction movie for Persona 4 Arena: Ultimax (known as P4U: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold in Japan, of course). The 1 & 1/2 minute console opening shows off anime-style sequences of returning characters and newcomers alike. Persona 4 Arena: Ultimax will be released in Japan this Thursday (Aug. 28th) and is coming to North America on September 30th.

August 23rd, 2014
4 Classic Capcom Fighting Games Coming To Taito's NESiCAxLive Arcade Platform in Japan

Today at the Isshun Sengeki Cup fighting game tournament in Japan, Capcom announced that 4 of their classic titles will be making their way to Taito's NESiCAxLive arcade platform. Hyper Street Fighter II, Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, Street Fighter Alpha 3 and Vampire Savior will become available on the network, complete with widescreen support. All 4 titles will also support player name display, and a mobile site will track battle records.

August 22nd, 2014
All 22 Colors For Ultra Street Fighter IV's Summer Vacation DLC Costumes in One Video

You've probably seen the official trailer and screenshots for Ultra Street Fighter IV's Summer Vacation DLC costumes from weeks ago. Now for a more comprehensive look at Ultra SF4's latest DLC costume set, check out this well-edited video from NYC Kreeds, which runs through every costume and all 22 color variations. Cool soundtrack too!

August 21st, 2014
Persona 4 Arena: Ultimax Margaret Trailer

Atlus Japan has released the first gameplay trailer for the recently unveiled post-DLC character, Margaret. In addition to showing off some of her special moves, super moves, and personas she can use, the trailer also gives a short preview of Margaret's story (in Japanese).

August 20th, 2014
Soul Calibur's Sophitia Appears in Her Own Trailer For Warriors Orochi 3: Ultimate

What is Bandai Namco's Sophitia Alexandra doing in a Tecmo Koei "one versus tons" 3D brawler? ...Who the heck knows... but Tecmo Koei's latest trailer for the game finally shows off some Sophitia action. Back in August 2013, we first reported that Sophitia would be a guest character in Warriors Orochi 3: Ultimate (alongside several other guest characters). Now Sophitia fans can have a look at her in-game appearance via Tecmo Koei's new trailer for Warriors Orochi 3: Ultimate.

August 19th, 2014
Arc System Works Reveals Limited Edition Guilty Gear Xrd SIGN 6-Button PS4/PS3 Fighter's Pad 

Arc System Works has announced a limited edition version of Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- for Playstation 4 in Japan, which will come packaged with an exclusive 6-button fighter's pad (that works with both PS4 & PS3). The Japanese PS4 limited edition will also include a Guilty Gear Vocal Collection CD (first print bonus) along with another item that has yet to be revealed. The limited edition will be priced at 10,778 yen (about $105 USD). Here's an image of the GGXrd SIGN fight pad.

August 19th, 2014
Blazblue: Clone Phantasma Arrives in Nintendo 3DS eShop This Thursday, August 21st

It's possible you haven't heard of the 3DS eShop title, Blazblue: Clone Phantasma... since Arc System Works hasn't said much about the cutesy, chibi style "action battle" spin-off in North America (until recently). Clone Phantasma is the sequel to 2010's 3D arena brawler / action title, BlayzBloo: Super Melee Brawlers Battle Royale. Clone Phantasma was released in Japan in Dec. 2012 and will finally hit the 3DS eShop in North America this Thursday, priced at $5.99.

August 19th, 2014
Daisuke Ishiwatari Talks Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- Tech With Siliconera, Planning To Expand Roster

Siliconera recently met up with Guilty Gear series creator, Daisuke Ishiwatari, to discuss the process behind transitioning 2D sprites to 3D models in Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- (among other topics). In the interview, Ishiwatari not only provides some details on how GGXrd's catchy 2.5D graphics and art style became a reality, but also confirms his plans to expand Guilty Gear Xrd's roster in the future. Read the full interview over at Siliconera.

August 18th, 2014
Guilty Gear XX #Reload Comes To Steam Sept. 5th

KISS Ltd. and Funbox Media are bringing Guilty Gear XX #Reload to Steam next month. GGXX #Reload will join the only other title in the series currently available on Steam, Guilty Gear Isuka. The decision to re-release a "middle" installment in such a long-running, heavily-updated series is questionable (and likely disappointing to some), especially since #Reload was already ported to PC in 2004-2006. Nonetheless, it might be worth picking up for hardcore fans of this particular installment.

August 16th, 2014
MKX Kano Variations Images & HD Screenshots

NetherRealm Studios recently uploaded images of Kano's 3 Variations in MKX on the official Mortal Kombat Facebook page. Like the previous Variations images, these give a brief description of each Variation and show the visual alterations. We saw Kano's reveal trailer a few days ago at Germany's Gamescom 2014... now take a closer look with 6 "HD quality" in-game screenshots highlighting Kano (as well as the new jungle stage).

August 14th, 2014
Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Lobby System Avatars & Arcades (Video), Plus New Margaret Screenshots

Atlus released a new trailer revealing Persona 4 Arena: Ultimax's innovative new online battle lobby system! The lobby system enables players to freely control character avatars around virtual arcades to find opponents. Each arcade represents a different location within the Persona 4 universe. In addition, check out some new screenshots featuring DLC character Margaret, which reveal that she can use a ton of different Persona cards (up to 9).

August 12th, 2014
Killer Instinct Season 2 Coming October 15th

If you're looking forward to picking up Season 2 of Killer Instinct on Xbox One, you'll finally be able to get your hands on T. J. Combo and Maya on October 15th. With Season 2, Killer Instinct will also receive a new interface and (eventually) 8 new fighters. Season 2 will be offered in two different packages, Ultra Edition ($39.99), which comes with all fighters, costumes & accessories along with a copy of KI2, and the Combo Breaker pack ($19.99) which includes only the 8 fighters.

August 11th, 2014
Kano Revealed For Mortal Kombat X in New Trailer

Today, another veteran Mortal Kombat character joins the growing MKX roster. NetherRealm Studios has unveiled Kano via a new trailer, which not only shows Kano's 3 Variations in action, but a new jungle stage for the game. Creative Director Ed Boon also provides his commentary throughout the video.

August 10th, 2014
Peripheral Transforms 3DS XL Into Arcade Stick

Even though the Nintendo 3DS doesn't have nearly as many fighting game options as Playstation Vita, there's a new accessory coming out (Oct. 31st) that will transform a 3DS XL into a mini arcade stick. The Cyber Arcade Stick is an easy-to-attach peripheral exclusively for the 3DS XL, adding an arcade style joystick over the D-pad and slightly larger buttons (still only 4 buttons). It probably won't have "true" arcade quality accuracy, but it looks kinda neat.

August 9th, 2014
Raphael Unlockable in Soul Calibur: Lost Swords 

The vampire swordsman Raphael has arrived in Soul Calibur: Lost Swords as an unlockable character. Bandai Namco Japan released a new trailer providing an early look at Raphael's Lost Swords incarnation.

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