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(Quarter 1 - 2021)

March 31st, 2021
King Revealed for The King of Fighters XV, Trailer + Screens

Tonight, SNK officially revealed King for The King of Fighters XV. The Art of Fighting and KOF series veteran demonstrates her iconic Muay Thai style in her KOFXV reveal trailer. King's gameplay trailer also debuts the brand new "Haunted House" stage. Check out the latest trailer along with HD screenshots of King, inside: 

March 31st, 2021
Fighting EX Layer: Another Dash Out Now in Japan, Coming Westward on April 15th

The Nintendo Switch port of Fighting EX Layer is now available to download in the Japan eShop. The core game is free to download and includes Kairi, Shirase, Darun Mister, and D. Dark, along with Arcade and Offline Versus mode. An add-on package priced at $25 adds the full roster to the game (14 additional characters including Terry Bogard), along with Training Mode and Online. The new trailer for FEXL: Another Dash shows the new EX-Dash / EX-Arrow systems... 

March 31st, 2021
SFV: Champion Edition Spring Update Stream Revealing New Season 5 Info on April 6th

Capcom announced their Street Fighter V: Champion Edition Spring Update livestream on April 6th, 2021 will reveal new info on upcoming Season 5 content. Director Takayuki Nakayama and Producer Shuhei Matsumoto will appear on stream to deliver the latest news. It's possible the stream will show new footage of Rose, Oro, or maybe even Akira Kazama. The stream will air next Tuesday, April 6th at 3pm (PDT) / 11pm (BST).

March 30th, 2021
The Fighters Gen Podcast - Episode 2

In Episode 2 of the brand new monthly Fighters Gen Podcast, TFG Webmaster and long-time TEKKEN competitor Frank Joseph (AKA Mr. Yagami / FYagami) reveals "10 Tips" to Improve your TEKKEN skills... with an emphasis on "having fun" playing TEKKEN 7. Even though this is a TEKKEN-themed podcast, all 10 of these Tips & Tricks can also be applied to other fighting games, as well. By becoming a member on Patreon, you'll instantly unlock Episode 1 of the Podcast. 

March 30th, 2021
Guilty Gear STRIVE Early Access for Deluxe / Ultimate Editions Now Include All 15 Characters and Modes

Arc System Works updated their availability of game modes for the upcoming Ultimate and Deluxe Editions of Guilty Gear STRIVE. Before, the early access bonus only included Offline Modes, Story (Prologue) and 13 playable characters (excluding I-No and Anji). Now, early access will include full access to "all modes" including Online as well as all chapters of Story Mode, in addition to all 15 launch characters. 

March 28th, 2021
KOF XV Fatal Fury Team Idle Stances Video / Team BGM

On Twitter, SNK posted a new preview video showing the idle stances for Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard, and Joe Higashi in The King of Fighters XV. The video is accompanied by the Fatal Fury Team's KOF XV official in-game theme song, titled "Ride The Big Wave". It appears KOFXV's remake of Fatal Fury 1 stage, Sound Beach, is the unofficial backdrop of Team Fatal Fury and their bangin' OST. 

March 24th, 2021
Yashiro Nanakase Revealed for The King of Fighters XV

It's Wednesday night and you know what that means... SNK has dropped another character reveal trailer for The King of Fighters XV. Returning KOF '97 veteran Yashiro Nanakase is finally back from retirement! This marks Yashiro's first appearance in a fighting game with 3D graphics. Yashiro's 1-minute KOFXV gameplay reveal trailer previews some of his trademark normals, specials, and super move. Also check out HD screenshots of Yashiro, inside! 

March 24th, 2021
TEKKEN 7 Lidia & Island Paradise HD Screenshots

If you're not already enjoying Lidia's awesome Polskie Karate in TEKKEN 7 Season 4, Bandai Namco recently posted a new batch of HD screenshots showing the final Season 4 character and stage. Due to TEKKEN 7's continued success (now selling 7 million copies worldwide recently confirmed by Katsuhiro Harada on Twitter), I think it's safe to say that we're in store for an upcoming Season 5

March 23rd, 2021
Karate Sensei Recreates Lidia's Moves in TEKKEN 7

One of TEKKEN's defining attributes since its inception has been its close relationship with authentic martial arts. Not every fighting game nor fighting game player appreciates this attention to detail... but real-life martial artists have been drawn to TEKKEN for years due to this level of authenticity. A Karate Sensei and YouTuber named Yusuke Nagano recently posted a video recreating some of Lidia Sobieska's awesome techniques in TEKKEN 7

March 22nd, 2021
TEKKEN 7 Ver. 4.10 Full Patch Notes

Ahead of Lidia Sobieska's release date tomorrow (March 23rd), Bandai Namco posted the full patch notes for Version 4.10 which is now available to download. Update 4.10 brings a variety of balance adjustments for several characters, including some nerfs for powerful characters like Fahkumram and Steve Fox. New features were also added to Player Match such as being able to share battle data in chat. Take a look at the full 4.10 patch notes inside:

March 21st, 2021
TEKKEN 7 Lidia Sobieska Gameplay Reveal Trailer

Today, Bandai Namco dropped the gameplay reveal character for upcoming TEKKEN 7 Season 4 newcomer and Polish Karate expert, Lidia Sobieska. Lidia's 4-minute gameplay reveal trailer is a demonstration of her awesome Karate-based fighting style, focusing on her hard-hitting strikes and impressive variety of counter techniques. Alongside Lidia, the brand new "Island Paradise" stage is revealed in the trailer. Lidia joins TEKKEN 7 on March 23rd, 2021. 

March 21st, 2021
Rare Samurai Shodown 64 Prototype Discovered

The Hyper Neo Geo 64 was originally released in September 1997 and was SNK's first and only hardware capable of rendering 3D graphics. It was originally meant to be the successor of the Neo Geo MVS during the rise of 3D fighting games in the late 90's. The failed hardware was pulled out of use in 1999. Only a small handful of games were created on the platform, Samurai Shodown 64 being one of them. Recently, a machine repair specialist discovered a rare prototype of SS64. 

March 18th, 2021
Sony Has Acquired EVO Championship Series

The largest fighting game competition in the world, EVO Championship Series, has been purchased by Sony Interactive Entertainment. Newly-formed eSports organization RTS joins Sony in the acquisition of EVO. "Fighting games have been a vital part of PlayStation's legacy and our community since the very beginning, and we've been thrilled to partner with Evo over the years, said Sony's vice president of competitive gaming, Steven Roberts.

March 17th, 2021
Terry Bogard Revealed for The King of Fighters XV

Big surprise right? Tonight, SNK finally revealed iconic Fatal Fury protagonist Terry Bogard for The King of Fighters XV. Terry's 2-minute gameplay trailer demonstrates some of Terry's iconic special moves and even shows off a few combos and cancels. The trailer also confirms "Team Fatal Fury" made up of the classic trio: Terry, Andy, and Joe. Finally, the end of the trailer shows some bonus gameplay featuring a Team Fatal Fury sparring session. 

March 17th, 2021
Capcom Pro Tour 2021 Announced, New Trailer Reveals Upcoming SFV:CE Costumes and Stage

Tonight, Capcom announced the Capcom Pro Tour 2021 which will feature 32 online events across 19 territories with a prize pool of over $200,000. The CPT 2021 announcement trailer also reveals new costumes, colors, and the new "Ring of Galaxy" stage. Like past CPT in-game content, this DLC helps fund the CPT prize pool. The winners of the online premiers will auto qualify for Capcom Cup 8 which will take place in early 2022. The next CPT season kicks off April 17th. 

March 17th, 2021
NEOGEO Pocket Color Selection Vol. 1 A Digital Compilation of 10 Titles Now Available on Switch

Today, SNK announced a digital Nintendo Switch compilation of 10 classic NEOGEO Pocket Color titles. NEOGEO Pocket Color Selection Volume 1 includes the following games: SNK Gals Fighters, Samurai Shodown! 2, The King of Fighters R2, The Last Blade: Beyond The Destiny, Fatal Fury: 1st Contact, SNK Vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium, Metal Slug: 1st Mission, Metal Slug: 2nd Mission, Dark Arms Beast Buster 1999, and Big Tournament Golf

March 17th, 2021
Costume Design Contest Winners' Juri Costumes Come to Street Fighter V: Champion Edition on March 18th

Last year, Capcom held a Street Fighter V costume design contest spawning a ton of awesome creations from the community. The winning designs of the contest, both costumes for Juri Han, will finally join Street Fighter V: Champion Edition on Thursday, March 18th, 2021. On Twitter, Capcom recently posted new screenshots and gameplay footage showing off both Juri costumes and some of their alternate colors. 

March 17th, 2021
Samurai Shodown Xbox Series X|S, Cham Cham DLC Live

Originally launched in June 2019, the latest installment of Samurai Shodown is now available on the Xbox Series X|S platform. The Xbox Series X|S version boasts 120 FPS and also supports Smart Delivery, allowing owners of the Xbox One version to upgrade to Xbox Series X|S for free. Samurai Shodown Season 3 officially launched on March 16th, 2021, with the latest DLC character Cham Cham now playable. Check out some new screenshots of Cham Cham, inside: 

March 16th, 2021
TFG Exclusive: TEKKEN 7 Bandai Namco Care Package Unboxing, New Details on Lidia Sobieska!

TFG Webmaster here... I was one of the select few to receive a mysterious TEKKEN 7 care package from Bandai Namco in the mail containing hot new details on the upcoming Season 4 DLC character! We now know TEKKEN 7 Season 4's next character is named Lidia Sobieska, and that she uses Polskie Karate as her fighting style. Please enjoy my full unboxing video revealing all of the contents inside the care package from Namco as well as my reaction and impressions! 

March 15th, 2021
Epic Stop-Motion Video: Chun-Li Vs. Red Bull Can

Japanese YouTuber Kenta Shinohara (AKA "Animist") is known for creating epic stop-motion videos featuring poseable action figures and inanimate objects. Animist's latest (must watch) video is a super-smooth fight scene featuring Chun-Li versus a can of Red Bull. It sounds silly at first, but animation appreciators and Chun-Li fans definitely don't want to miss this one. Using the SH Figuarts Chun-Li figure, post-processing effects, and epic video editing skills... 

March 14th, 2021
TEKKEN's Katsuhiro Harada Opened a Bar in Tokyo

TEKKEN producer Katsuhiro Harada just opened up his very own bar in Tokyo, Japan. To celebrate the grand opening of the bar, Harada has planned a "talk & variety show" featuring special guests from the gaming industry. In the first episode of Harada's Bar, PlayStation founder Ken Kutaragi joins Harada to share memories working in the gaming industry. Episode 1 of Harada's Bar is now live on YouTube (with English subtitles). 

March 12th, 2021
Kabal Confirmed for Mortal Kombat (2021) Movie

The new Mortal Kombat (2021) movie by director Simon McQuoid is set to simultaneously release in theaters and stream on HBO Max starting April 16th, 2021. A recent tweet from the movie's official Twitter profile has confirmed MK3 veteran Kabal for the movie. The new promotional poster reveals a first look at Kabal's appearance in the upcoming live-action film. 

March 10th, 2021
Yuri Sakazaki The King of Fighters XV Reveal Trailer

Tonight, SNK unveiled series veteran Yuri Sakazaki for The King of Fighters XV. Yuri is the first Art of Fighting team member to join KOF XV. Not only does the latest KOF XV gameplay trailer demonstrate a good bit of Yuri's moveset, it also reveals the all new Pao Pao Cafe stage. Enjoy Yuri's trailer and some new HD screenshots from SNK, inside. 

March 9th, 2021
Samurai Shodown Ver. 2.10 Full Patch Notes

Ahead of Cham Cham's upcoming release on March 16th, 2021, SNK released the patch notes for version 2.10 of Samurai Shodown Season 3. The latest update adds significant updates to the gameplay system, including an all new Guard Crush mechanic. After a disarm, dropped weapons can also now be picked up when scrolled off screen. In addition to the major system updates, there are a slew of individual character tweaks to take note of. 

March 7th, 2021
Eustace Joins Granblue Fantasy Versus in Late April 

Cygames and Arc System Works announced the latest DLC character coming to Granblue Fantasy Versus during the 7-year anniversary stream for the Granblue Fantasy series. The fifth character of GBVS Season 2 is named Eustace, a member of the Society and a gunslinger the first character to use a gun in GBVS. In addition to his lightning-slinging gun, Eustace also fights with knives and grenades and is described as a strong "mid-range" fighter. 

March 7th, 2021
Gogeta (SS4) Joins Dragon Ball FighterZ March 10th

Another version of Gogeta will join the roster of Dragon Ball FighterZ as DLC this week. Super Saiyan 4 Gogeta arrives in DBFZ on March 10th for FighterZ Pass 3 holders and releases on March 12th worldwide. Check out Gogeta SS4's official launch trailer from Bandai Namco, in addition to a new Dramatic Finish sequence and combo movie, inside: 

March 4th, 2021
New Guilty Gear -STRIVE- I-No, Anji Gameplay Trailer

Following the announcement of Guilty Gear -STRIVE- being delayed 2 months (to June 11th), today Arc System Works posted a brand new gameplay trailer revealing more I-No and Anji Mito gameplay footage. The latest 2-minute gameplay trailer highlights each character for about 1 minute, with an emphasis on combos, Overdrives, and the beautiful in-game camera angles / cinematics of Guilty Gear -STRIVE-

March 3rd, 2021
Andy Bogard Revealed for The King of Fighters XV

SNK revealed KOF series staple Andy Bogard for The King of Fighters XV. Andy's 1-minute gameplay trailer expectedly shows off many of Andy's classic techniques and attacks, and even features a quick cameo by Mai Shiranui. Watch Andy's official reveal trailer below and continue scrolling down to see some official HD screenshots courtesy of SNK.  

March 3rd, 2021
Guilty Gear -STRIVE- Delayed to June 11, 2021

Tonight, Arc System Works announced on Twitter that Guilty Gear -STRIVE- has been delayed from April 9th, 2021 to June 11th, 2021. In the tweet, Arc System Works mentions they require extra time to polish some aspects of the game specifically the online lobbies and server stability. The development team also mentioned they received valuable feedback from beta participants and will use the extra time to improve the game's overall quality. 

March 3rd, 2021
TEKKEN Tag Tournament, TEKKEN 4 Vinyl Soundtracks by Laced Records Releasing July 2021, Pre-Orders Open

Laced Records recently announced two upcoming vinyl soundtracks coming to their remastered TEKKEN collection, TEKKEN Tag Tournament and TEKKEN 4. The TTT1 vinyl even includes both the PS2 arrange and arcade version OST. Each physical TEKKEN vinyl cover features unique sleeve artwork by illustrator Samuel Donato (AKA DXSinfinite) and will release in July 2021. Preview images and additional details inside! 

March 3rd, 2021
Samurai Shodown Cham Cham Character Render

This month, Samurai Spirits 2 veteran Cham Cham joins the latest installment of Samurai Shodown as the first new DLC character of Season 3. SNK has released Cham Cham's final character artwork / render, which you can check out inside. Cham Cham joins Samurai Shodown (2019) on March 16th, 2021. She will be joined by Last Blade guest character Hibiki Takane and an unannounced Guilty Gear series character later this year. 

February 28th, 2021
Announcing The Fighters Gen Podcast - Episode 1

TFG Webmaster here... I'm very excited to announce Episode 1 of the official Fighters Gen Podcast is now Live! This is a brand new monthly podcast I'll be doing exclusively on TFG's newly opened Patreon. The Fighters Gen Podcast will feature my personal take on the latest fighting game news & talking points, Q&A / fan requests from Patrons, and a variety of other topics. In Episode 1, I talk about my backstory, my 30-year martial arts career, and the origins of TFG. 

February 27th, 2021
SNK and Darkstalkers 2021 Kotobukiya Bishoujo Character Statues Announced

Kotobukiya is well-known for their high-quality Bishoujo statues spanning a wide variety of franchises, including Street Fighter, TEKKEN, and Marvel  designed from the beautiful art direction of Shunya Yamashita. Today, Kotobukiya announced a new line of Bishoujo Statues based on SNK's The King of Fighters '98 and SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy. Kotobukiya also recently announced a line of 2021 Darkstalkers character statues, including Morrigan and Felicia. 

February 25th, 2021
Skullgirls: 2nd Encore Season Pass 1 Announced, Four New Characters Joining the Roster

Autumn Games recently announced new character Annie for Skullgirls: 2nd EncoreThis week, Autumn Games confirmed 3 additional characters will join Annie in Skullgirls: 2nd Encore's Season Pass 1. The Annie DLC will be released on Steam in Early March as "early access" followed by her final release in May 2021 (complete with her Story mode) on PS4 / Steam. The Digital Art Compendium and Soundtrack are also coming in March.

February 25th, 2021
Fighting EX Layer: Another Dash Announced for Nintendo Switch

Akira Nishitani, legendary Capcom designer / director of Street Fighter 2 and Final Fight was in attendance during the recent Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable stream. During the stream, he announced a new Nintendo Switch version of Fighting EX Layer, called Fighting EX Layer: Another Dash. This version will remove the "Gouji deck" system and give characters new EX moves and systems (EX-Dash, EX-Arrow and EX-Illusion). Check out the announce trailer. 

February 22nd, 2021
SFV: Champion Edition V-Shift Patch Notes, New Dan Trailer

Season 5 of Street Fighter V has officially begun, with the first new character Dan Hibiki now playable. Season 5 introduces the new "V-Shift" defensive mechanic and a plethora of character balance changes. That said, today Capcom has released the official patch notes to get players acquainted with all the new changes. In addition, Capcom released a brand new trailer for Dan Hibiki on YouTube. 

February 21st, 2021
New TEKKEN 7 Character Teased, Joins Roster in Spring 2021

Announced during the Japan Fighting Game Publisher Roundtable #2, Katsuhiro Harada and Bandai Namco confirmed a new character will be joining the fight in TEKKEN 7 this Spring. A short teaser trailer appears to provide a glimpse of this female newcomer. TFG's inside sources have said this new character may be joining the game as early as March 2021. More to be revealed soon... 

February 21st, 2021
I-No Announced for Guilty Gear -STRIVE-

During the Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable #2, Arc System Works revealed returning character I-No as the 15th and final character of Guilty Gear STRIVE's launch roster. After previewing I-No's moveset, special moves, and combos... the end of the trailer highlights I-No's fighting against both Sol and Ky. 

February 21st, 2021
Chizuru Announced for KOF XV, Second Team Reveal

SNK announced series veteran Chizuru Kagura is coming to The King of Fighters XV during the Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable stream. Chizuru's gameplay trailer shows many of her classic attacks returning in her KOF XV iteration. The second official KOF XV team has also been revealed... Kyo Kusanagi, Iori Yagami, and Chizuru Kagura make up "The Sacred Treasures" team. Watch Chizuru's official reveal trailer inside: 

February 21st, 2021
Guilty Gear Character Coming to Samurai Shodown Season 3

During the Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable #2, SNK's Yasuyuki Oda showed a new Samurai Shodown Season 3 gameplay trailer for Cham Cham and announced her release date for March 16th. Following that announcement, Oda announced a Samurai Shodown x Guilty Gear crossover! Following Season 3's DLC characters Cham Cham & Hibiki from The Last Blade... one out of the two remaining S3 characters will be a guest from Guilty Gear

February 20th, 2021
Arc System Works Extends Guilty Gear -STRIVE- Beta

To compensate for the server downtime yesterday (and Thursday), Arc System Works announced they will be extending the Guilty Gear -STRIVE- open beta for a full two days! All beta participants can continue playing -STRIVE- until February 23rd, 2021 at 6:59am (PST). Arc System Works noted that the Open Beta Test game data can only be downloaded until Feb. 21st at 6:59 AM PST. So there's still time to jump in! 

February 19th, 2021
Ryu and Chun-Li Joining Fortnite in Street Fighter Crossover

I believe this is the first time I'm writing an article about Fortnite. I hear it's a very popular game. Since its release in 2017, Fortnite has become known for its plethora of crossovers with other franchises, including: Marvel, DC, Star Wars, GI Joe, Terminator, Predator, Tron, and many others. The news today confirms Street Fighter will join Fortnite's catalog of crossovers, with series icons Ryu and Chun-Li joining the mayhem. Check out the teaser trailer inside. 

February 18th, 2021
Mortal Kombat (2021) Movie First Official Trailer

The first official trailer for the upcoming live-action Mortal Kombat (2021) film went live this afternoon! "The Mortal Kombat reboot from director Simon McQuoid features the defenders of Earthrealm Liu Kang, Sonya Blade, Jax Briggs and more entering the Mortal Kombat tournament to save the world from Shang Tsung, Sub-Zero, Mileena and other supernatural kombatants." Watch the full 2-minute trailer inside! 

February 17th, 2021
The King of Fighters XV Kyo Kusanagi Gameplay Trailer

It's Wednesday night and you know what that means... SNK has posted another King of Fighters XV character gameplay trailer on YouTube. Original KOF poster-boy Kyo Kusanagi shows he's still got it in the fifteenth installment of The King of Fighters, demonstrating special moves, combos, and MAX cancels in his official KOF XV trailer. Watch Kyo's trailer and take a look at some new HD screenshots from SNK, inside: 

February 16th, 2021
Street Fighter V Celebrates 5th Anniversary Today

On this day 5 years ago (2016), Street Fighter V was released on PlayStation 4 and PC. SFV will go down as one of the most ambitious titles in the history of the franchise, reimagining many Street Fighter icons in vibrantly-animated 3D graphics utilizing Unreal Engine 4. SFV's launch was met with mixed results with many fans feeling SFV lacked content. Since 2016, Capcom's numerous updates redefined and practically relaunched SFV several times over... 

February 15th, 2021
Guilty Gear -STRIVE- Basic Actions Tutorial Video

After posting starter guides for all 13 characters appearing in this weekend's Guilty Gear -STRIVE- open beta, Arc System Works uploaded a "Basic Actions" video guide covering the all-important mechanics shared by all characters. The 5-minute video quickly runs through and explains all shared system mechanics, like Instant Block, Faultless Defense, Instant Faultless Defense, and Roman Cancel.

February 13th, 2021
Guilty Gear -STRIVE- Leo Whitefang, Ramlethal, Nagoriyuki & Giovanna Starter Guides / Movelists

Arc System Works has released the official Guilty Gear -STRIVE- starter guides #10 and #11 for returning Xrd characters Leo Whitefang and Ramlethal Valentine on YouTube, along with #12 and #13 for newcomers Nagoriyuki and Giovanna. Each video guide is around 4-minutes in length and provides great preparation material for players planning on joining the upcoming open beta on PS4 / PS5. The end of each video also displays each characters movelist!

February 12th, 2021
Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable #2 Streaming Feb. 20

Back in August of 2020, a historic Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable stream brought together developers from Capcom, SNK, Bandai Namco, Arc System Works, Koei Tecmo, and Arika for the first time ever to talk about fighting games. The second Roundtable was just announced and will be streaming on February 20th (9:00pm PST) on various official channels. Confirmed guests include Bandai Namco's Katsuhiro Harada & Naoya Yasuda... 

February 11th, 2021
SFV: Champion Edition Eleven & Oro Teaser Videos

Today's Street Fighter V: Champion Edition Winter Update stream was packed with many minutes of all new gameplay footage starring Street Fighter Alpha era fan-favorites, Rose and Dan Hibiki. If you didn't watch the stream in its entirety, you might've missed the teaser clips of upcoming Season 5 DLC characters... Oro and Eleven. For your convenience, below are the official teaser videos of Oro and the newly confirmed, Eleven!  

February 11th, 2021
SFV: CE Rose & Dan Hibiki Gameplay Preview, New Defensive Mechanic: "V-Shift", Oro & Eleven Revealed

During today's SFV Winter Update stream, Capcom revealed new gameplay of Dan and debuted the first ever footage of Rose! The stream previewed a decent portion of Rose's moveset, along with her reimagined SFA2 stage, "Marina of Fortune". The stream features over 5 mins of Dan gameplay as well, revealing more details on his fighting style and combos. The later part of the trailer announces a new defensive mechanic for SFV called "V-Shift".  

February 11th, 2021
Guilty Gear -STRIVE- Zato & Millia Starter Guides

Last year, Arc System Works posted a series of Guilty Gear -STRIVE- character starter guides to prepare for the PS4 open beta. The upcoming PS4 / PS5 beta launching on Feb. 17th (or 18th if you didn't pre-order) will include a much larger roster than the first beta. That said, Arc System Works' #8 / #9 starter guides , which provide a basic idea of how Zato and Millia function in gameplay and show each character's movelist, are now live! 

February 10th, 2021
Joe Higashi Announced for The King of Fighters XV

SNK has announced Muay Thai expert Joe Higashi for The King of Fighters XV. The old school Fatal Fury veteran, sporting his usual trademark traditional Muay Thai attire, shows off some of his special moves and combos in the latest KOF XV character trailer. The setting for the trailer appropriately takes place on Sound Beach, which as you might know is an iconic stage from Fatal Fury 1. Check out Joe's official trailer and HD screenshots from SNK, inside! 

February 9th, 2021
Capcom Confirms Rose Reveal for SFV: CE Livestream Feb. 11

Over the past several days, Capcom has been hyping up their upcoming SFV: Champion Edition livestream on February 11th. Alongside Dan Hibiki, Rose is the next Season 5 DLC character coming to the game this year. Today on Twitter, Capcom posted a tarot card-inspired illustration of Rose (part of a set which came with some special editions of SFV:CE), confirming Rose will indeed be appearing in some form during the Capcom Fighters stream. 

February 9th, 2021
First Fighters Gen Vlog of 2021, Patreon Now Live

TFG Webmaster here... I'm usually working behind the scenes every day on this website to bring you the latest fighting game news, artwork, and entertainment. This month, I finally had some time to sit down for a new Fighters Gen Vlog! In my first vlog of 2021, I talk about recent SNK news, including my "reaction" to Iori's KOF XV trailer and I even make a few announcements: #1) I'm doing an interview with Arc System Works. #2) TFG now has a Patreon! 

February 9th, 2021
Arc System Works Posts Guilty Gear -STRIVE- Match Videos Featuring Giovanna, Nagoriyuki, Ramlethal, Sol, Ky & Axl

Following Gamespot's 9 minutes of new Guilty Gear -STRIVE- gameplay footage from earlier this week, Arc System Works posted three brand new match videos previewing the latest build of the game. The matches include: Sol-Badguy Vs. Nagoriyuki, Ky Kiske Vs. Giovanna, and Axl Low Vs. Ramlethal. In addition to high level gameplay, these official match videos offer a closer look at two of the newest stages introduced in Guilty Gear -STRIVE-

February 9th, 2021
SFV: Champion Edition Character Artwork by Tamio

Tamio is a character designer and illustrator who has worked on several Capcom games over the last decade, including Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, Darkstalkers Resurrection, and most recently Street Fighter V: Champion Edition. Tamio's illustrations were featured in the Capcom x UNIQLO t-shirt collaboration and the recent Street Fighter x Pocky collab. To celebrate 2021, Tamio created gorgeous new character art for SFV:CE's "boss" characters. 

February 8th, 2021
SFV: Champion Edition Dan Hibiki Render / English Voice Sample

Today, Capcom revealed Dan Hibiki's Street Fighter V: Champion Edition official character render / artwork on Twitter along with a voice sample (of Dan's English voice actor) promoting the upcoming Capcom Fighters Winter Update stream coming on February 11th which will reveal new information about Season 5. Take a look inside to see Dan's official SFV character artwork and have a listen to his SFV English voiceover.  

February 8th, 2021
KOF 2002: UM Now Available on PS4 with Rollback Netcode

SNK has released The King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match on PlayStation 4 enhanced with rollback netcode. This "fully tuned up version" features the largest roster of characters in KOF history and plenty of modes such as Challenge Mode with 50+ missions and Endless Mode (Survival). SNK posted a new trailer to announce the release of the game on PS4 today. 

February 7th, 2021
Awesome New Guilty Gear -STRIVE- Gameplay (Gamespot)

Guilty Gear -STRIVE- is undoubtedly one of the most visually stimulating 2.5D fighting games ever created. If you've been waiting to see the latest build in action, Gamespot just posted some brand new  "high level" gameplay in crispy 1080p / 60fps featuring action from Zato-1, Nagoriyuki, Ky Kiske, Sol-Badguy, and Axl Low. The new gameplay footage also reveals Ky Kiske's Dragon Install, which is a visual treat in and of itself. 

February 6th, 2021
Bandai Namco Shares Siegfried SoulCalibur 6 Concept Art

To celebrate series protagonist Siegfried Shtauffen's birthday (today), Bandai Namco shared some new concept artwork of Siegfried's SoulCalibur 6 design via Twitter. The beautifully-drawn illustrations include several unused (yet really cool) concepts along with Siegfried's final armor and clothing design. The concept artwork is accompanied by some commentary from Bandai Namco on Siegfried's SC6 iteration. 

February 5th, 2021
Guilty Gear -STRIVE- PS4 / PS5 Open Beta Set for Feb. 17-21

Arc System Works announced an upcoming open beta test for Guilty Gear -STRIVE- taking place on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Newcomers Giovanna and Nagoriyuki will be playable in the new build along with 11 other characters. For those who pre-order the digital version of the game on PS4 or PS5, the open beta begins early on Feb. 17th (7pm PT). The open beta will then become available for everyone on Feb. 18th - 21st. 

February 4th, 2021
SNK Vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium Headed to Nintendo Switch eShop on February 17th

Tonight, SNK officially announced NEOGEO Pocket Color classic, SNK Vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium, is on the way to Nintendo Switch confirming our earlier report on the recent South Korean ratings board listing. The first ever fighting game crossover featuring playable SNK and Capcom characters under the same roof hits the Nintendo eShop later this month on February 17th, 2021 as part of the NEOGEO Pocket Color Selection.  

February 3rd, 2021
Iori Yagami Revealed for The King of Fighters XV

SNK officially revealed series veteran Iori Yagami for The King of Fighters XV. The fourth KOF XV character trailer confirms Iori will retain his classic purple flames and many of his trademark special attacks. Though quick, the trailer even shows some actual combos and a portion of Iori's new super move. Iori's KOF XV design has him in a long black coat, similar to his classic Striker appearance from KOF2000. See Iori's reveal trailer + screenshots inside! 

February 2nd, 2021
KOF XV "Team Hero" Theme Song and Idle Stances

On Twitter, SNK recently shared a preview of the first King of Fighters XV BGM theme song to give fans an early listen of the game's soundtrack. The track (titled "Under the Control of...") is the official theme of the newly revealed Team Hero made up of Benimaru, Shun'ei, and Meitenkun. Additionally, SNK shared another tweet tonight showing off the KOF XV idle stance animations for each of the team members. 

February 2nd, 2021
SFV: Champion Edition Winter Update News Coming Feb. 11

Today on Twitter, Capcom USA announced an upcoming livestream planned for February 11th (9am PST) will reveal new information on Street Fighter V: Champion Edition's Winter Update. Judging from the tweet, it looks like we can expect new gameplay of Season 5's Dan Hibiki, details about the "new gameplay mechanic", and more. The SFV development team will also be accompanied by some (unannounced) "special guests" on the stream. 

February 1st, 2021
New DLC Character Annie Coming to Skullgirls: 2nd Encore

Autumn Games announced a new DLC character is on the way to Skullgirls: 2nd Encore. "Fiercer than she looks, bravest in the cosmos, she is ANNIE OF THE STARS!" Already available in Skullgirls Mobile, Annie will be joining Skullgirls: 2nd Encore in early 2021. It's pretty cool to see a fighting game first released in 2015 still getting new DLC character here in 2021. Without further ado, check out Annie's Skullgirls: 2nd Encore reveal trailer

January 31st, 2021
Vice News Presents: Inside The World of Fighting Games | RESET

A new series by Vice News called RESET dives deep into the culture of eSports and video gaming. The fighting game genre and community even got its very own episode now available to watch on Youtube. From the humble beginnings of fighting games to the current generation of eSports, the fighting game episode of RESET runs through the history of the genre and how much it has grown. There's also a great interview with FGC veteran, Alex Valle. 

January 27th, 2021
The King of Fighters XV Character Trailer #3: Benimaru

SNK posted the third character trailer for The King of Fighters XV tonight, this one starring old school series veteran who debuted way back in '94, Benimaru Nikaido. Like the past two KOF XV character trailers, the latest one teases just a few seconds of gameplay and previews some of Benimaru's moveset. The new trailer also reveals Benimaru is the third member of "Team Hero"... joining Shun'ei and Meitenkun. 

January 26th, 2021
The King of Fighters 2000 Getting Physical PS4 Edition by Limited Run Games

Another fan-favorite KOF installment is getting a limited physical PlayStation 4 edition. Limited Run Games announced a beautiful PS4 boxed version of The King of Fighters 2000, SNK's first entry of the KOF series from this millennium. KOF2000 is distinguished by its exciting Striker system, with two unique Striker characters available for each playable fighter. Pre-orders for the PS4 physical edition begin this Friday, January 29th at 10am and 6pm ET. 

January 25th, 2021
Guilty Gear -STRIVE- New Trailer Previews Game Modes: Story, GG World, Gallery, Tutorial, Online

Arc System Works dropped a new new trailer for Guilty Gear -STRIVE- revealing all new details on the game's various modes, including: Story, Arcade, Tutorial, Gallery, Guilty Gear World, Mission, Training, and Online. The full 6-minute trailer provides a new in-depth look at all of these modes and shows off brand new gameplay and visual footage from each mode! It's also been confirmed that players can enter an Online match while in Training mode. 

January 23rd, 2021
Capcom Girls 2021 B-SIDE LABEL Collab. Art by Jbstyle

Back in July 2020, freelance illustrator Jbstyle (who you might know from his ultra-stylish TEKKEN 7 character panels) drew stunning illustrations of Capcom heroines (including Chun-Li, Morrigan, Roll, and Jill Valentine) for an official line of Capcom x B-SIDE LABEL collaboration merchandise. Jbstyle recently shared his all new 2021 artwork starring a different group of Capcom gals... including Cammy, R. Mika, and Felicia. 

January 23rd, 2021
Granblue Fantasy Versus Anre Gameplay Reveal Trailer

Today, Arc System Works and Cygames released the official gameplay reveal trailer for the newest character to join Granblue Fantasy Versus Season 2's roster, Anre. The elderly leader of the Eternals, Anre is a keep-away style character with far-reaching priority attacks and strong defensive mechanics. Anre's trailer is a full 2-minutes in length, demonstrating a good chunk of the newcomer's moveset and unique abilities. 

January 22nd, 2021
SNK Vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium Coming to Switch

Before Capcom Vs. SNK released in the year 2000, the original crossover series began on SNK's NEOGEO Pocket Color with SNK Vs. Capcom: Match of the Millennium in 1999 featuring a roster of 26 playable characters from Street Fighter, Darkstalkers, KOF, and Samurai Shodown. According to a new listing on the South Korean ratings board, SVC: MOTM is on the way to Nintendo Switch. It seems like perfect timing for SNK to finally release this fan-favorite... 

January 20th, 2021
KOF XV Second Character Trailer Reveals Meitenkun

Tonight, SNK dropped the second character-focused KOF XV trailer revealing a returning King of Fighters 14 veteran who didn't appear in the original reveal... Meitenkun. If for some reason you thought the first KOF XV character trailer was a snooze-fest, just wait until you see Meitenkun's trailer. Disciple of Master Tung Fu Rue, the kid who fights half-asleep is back and makes his KOF XV debut on the gorgeous new China stage. 

January 20th, 2021
Garou: Mark of the Wolves 2 Unofficial Mock-up by Streets of Rage 4 Artists (Video)

As you might know, a direct sequel to Garou: Mark of the Wolves was in development by SNK in the early 2000's, but the project was canceled. Many years later, unfinished 2D character sprites from MOTW 2 surfaced, unveiling several new characters who were planned for the sequel. Two artists from Lizardcube Games (Streets of Rage 4, Wonderboy: The Dragon's Trap) created a fan-made mockup for MOTW2 including a canceled character planned for the sequel. 

January 20th, 2021
Capcom Vs. Osamu Tezuka Artbook Coming in April 2021

Last Fall, we reported on the "Capcom Vs. Osamu Tezuka" characters exhibition event that took place in Takarazuka City, Hyogo, Japan. For the event, artists from both Capcom and Tezuka drew special illustrations of characters from the opposite side (including Shinkiro, Bengus, Keisuke Mizuno, and Tsunogai). It's been announced that an official Capcom Vs. Osamu Tezuka art book featuring these illustrations will be released in Japan in April 2021. 

January 16th, 2021
Capcom Cup February 2021 Event Canceled, Now Online

Due to the worsening state of COVID-19, it's no surprise that Capcom made the decision to cancel their Capcom Cup 2020 finale, a live event that was planned to take place in the Dominican Republic on February 19th - 21st . In their official statement on Twitter, Capcom said they strongly believed they could've put on a safe event with limited risk to attending players, but decided to change plans due to the rising spread of the global pandemic. 

January 15th, 2021
Mortal Kombat 2021 Live-Action Movie Screens, First Details

The first screenshots of the new 2021 Mortal Kombat movie surfaced online today. The film's director Simon McQuoid confirmed via Entertainment Weekly that the new MK film will have "blood, gore, and fatalities." Regarding the film's rating, McQuoid said "The rules around ratings aren't what a lot of people think they are. It's amount of blood, amount of red, it's interpretation of how you go about it. We had a lot of discussions about getting the balance right." 

January 15th, 2021
Harada Interviewed on TEKKEN 7's Development History, eSports Success, Online Improvements

Bandai Namco uploaded a new video interview with TEKKEN series creator and producer, Katsuhiro Harada, who recalls the challenges and history behind the development of TEKKEN 7. Harada mentions Bandai Namco initially had no plans to expand T7 past Season 2 but due to the game's popularity and success at tournaments, player participation, and passionate community, TEKKEN 7 continued to receive expansions into its fifth year. 

January 15th, 2021
Guilty Gear -STRIVE- Offline Modes Detailed, New Screenshots & Stage Revealed

Arc System Works just revealed new details on the 6 confirmed Offline Modes of Guilty Gear -STRIVE-, which include: Arcade, Versus, Tutorial, Mission, Training, and Survival. If you're a fan of single player content in fighting games, GGStrive appears to have you covered. The official website was also updated with some new screenshots, one revealing a warm and inviting "Polar Star Coffee" stage. 

January 13th, 2021
The King of Fighters XV Shun'ei Gameplay Trailer

SNK dropped the first character-focused trailer for The King of Fighters XV tonight starting with KOF XV's lead protagonist, Shun'ei. Shun'ei's official trailer offers a quick look at KOF XV's new graphics engine (in 4K quality) and demonstrates a small bit of Shun'ei's moveset, plus a quick cutscene interaction with Kyo Kusanagi. We can expect this style of trailer for all confirmed KOF XV characters in the weeks ahead! 

January 13th, 2021
BlazBlue: Alternative Dark War Smartphone RPG Coming in February 2021, Developed as a Legitimate Sequel

Today, Arc System Works director Minoru Kidooka announced a mobile RPG spin-off of Arc's other 2D fighting game franchise that isn't Guilty Gear... (yeah, BlazBlue). Developed by Linked Brain Co., BlazBlue: Alternative Dark War is a smartphone RPG launching in February 2021 and is reportedly being developed as a "legitimate sequel" to the fighting game series, continuing the main storyline. Check out the first official artwork & details inside: 

January 13th, 2021
Beautiful New Illustration by Kinu Nishimura Revealed for 2021 Capcom Store Merch Line

Legendary female artist, Kinu Nishimura, is well-known and beloved among fighting game fans for her beautiful Capcom illustrations over the decades. Famitsu reported a brand new illustration by Kinu, depicting a variety of fan-favorite Capcom characters, will be the centerpiece for a official 2021 line Capcom merchandise soon to go on sale at Capcom Store Tokyo and Capcom Store Osaka. 

January 12th, 2021
KOF XV Anime Short by Masami Obari in Development

Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture (1994) is a cult classic and easily one of the best fighting game anime adaptations ever made. One of the most memorable aspects of the film is the incredible art direction, made possible by legendary Japanese anime director, Masami Obari. During the KOF XV reveal, SNK's Yasuyuki Oda and Creative Director Eisuke Ogura announced that Masami Obari will be directing a KOF XV anime short to coincide with the release of the new game. 

January 12th, 2021
Arcade1Up Unveils Killer Instinct and Capcom Legacy Home Arcade Cabinets

During CES 2021, Arcade1Up revealed their latest home arcade machines planned for release this year, including a Killer Instinct / Rare legacy cabinet that includes: Killer Instinct 1 and Killer Instinct 2, along with Battletoads and Battletoads / Double Dragon. Like other recent Arcade1up releases, these games will include Live WiFi-enabled online matches. Additionally, Arcade1up revealed new Capcom Legacy cabinet featuring a selection of classics. 

January 11th, 2021
SFV: Champion Edition Akuma x Garuda Crossover Costume

Joining Kairi, Hokuto, Blaire, and Skullomania... Garuda joins the line-up of Street Fighter V: Champion Edition x Fighting EX Layer crossover costumes. Akuma and Garuda faced off in the original Street Fighter EX, so it makes sense that Akuma will acquire Garuda's appearance in SFV. The Akuma x Garuda crossover costume becomes available in SFV:CE's Extra Battle starting Tuesday, January 12th, 2021. Check out the official trailer for Akuma's Garuda costume. 

January 9th, 2021
Numbskull Designs TEKKEN Kazuya & Heihachi Ducks Available for Pre-order, Coming Feb. 2021

Numbskull Designs announced a new line of officially licensed TEKKEN merchandise launching in February 2021, starting with Kazuya and Heihachi Mishima TUBBZ cosplaying ducks. (Yes, rubber ducks!) The TEKKEN TUBBZ are made of high quality PVC, measure 9cm (3.54"), and come with their own bathtub display box and retail for $12.99 each. Both Mishima ducks are available for pre-order at Geek Store online. 

January 9th, 2021
KOF 2002: UM Coming to PS4 with Rollback Netcode

During the KOF XV reveal, SNK announced a new version of The King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match is coming to PS4. With 66 combatants, KOF2002: UM boasts the largest character roster in the series history and is still a fan-favorite for competitive players. The PS4 version will include Rollback Netcode to reduce online latency along with "rearranged" graphics and music. The PS4 version also has Challenge Mode with 50+ missions and Endless (Survival) Mode. 

January 8th, 2021
Capcom Vs. SNK 3 was in Development, SNK Devs put Ryu, Ken, and Goku in KOF '98 (Polygon)

Polygon's deep dive into the history of Street Fighter is back for another edition: Capcom Vs. SNK: An Oral History. A return to the historical moment when Capcom and SNK's rivalry culminated into an epic crossover series unveils crazy new details straight from Capcom and SNK devs, revealing jaw-dropping facts and new details! "CVS3 was in development," Capcom's Hideaki Itsuno confirmed. KOF '98 devs even created Ryu, Ken, and Goku in a later version! 

January 7th, 2021
KOF XV and Samurai Shodown Season 3 Officially Revealed

Tonight, SNK officially revealed The King of Fighters XV and confirmed the game is coming in 2021. Confirmed characters in KOF XV include: Kyo, Benimaru, Shun'ei, K', Leona, and Mai Shiranui. The KOF XV world premiere reveal trailer also includes appearances and commentary from producer Yasuyuki Oda and Creative Director Eisuke Ogura. Additionally, Cham Cham and Hibiki from The Last Blade are coming to Samurai Shodown Season 3

January 7th, 2021
The King of Fighters XIV Ultimate Edition Coming to PS4

After postponing their KOF XV reveal yesterday, SNK uploaded a trailer for The King of Fighters XIV: Ultimate Edition a "complete" version of the game with all DLC content releasing on PlayStation 4 this month. The digital version releases in Europe today, with a physical version releasing Spring 2021. The digital version hits North America Jan. 20th, 2021. KOF XIV: Ultimate Edition includes 8 DLC Characters, 10 DLC Costumes, and 10 PS4 Home Themes.  

January 6th, 2021
Capcom Releases 2021 Video Policy for Content Creators

Today, Capcom posted their new Video Policy for fans planning to create content, videos, or livestreams containing material from Capcom games. Capcom's list of guidelines is similar to that of YouTube or Twitch, but may now impact creators who lock content behind Patreon (for example), post gameplay without commentary, or post videos containing PC mods that Capcom deems inappropriate. If you're a content creator, be sure to read Capcom's new guidelines. 

January 6th, 2021
SNK Postpones KOF XV Announcement Hours Before Reveal

The fighting game community and SNK fans around the world were excitedly looking forward to SNK's previously announced KOF XV world premiere tonight. Unfortunately, SNK postponed their announcement without giving an official reason, telling fans to stay tuned until a new date and time has been confirmed. SNK was also supposed to reveal new information about Samurai Shodown Season Pass 3, which has also been postponed. 

January 4th, 2021
Reminder: KOF XV and Samurai Shodown Season 3 Announcements Coming This Week

Get ready SNK fans! The first official look at the latest installment of The King of Fighters series is just a couple of days away. SNK plans to unveil the world premiere gameplay trailer for KOF XV on Wednesday, January 6th, 2021 (6pm PST / 9pm EST). In the same presentation, SNK also said they will be sharing new details about Samurai Shodown's Season Pass 3 (and possibly showing a reveal character trailer or two). 

January 2nd, 2021
Capcom Retro Station Releasing in March 2021, Comes with 10 Pre-Loaded Games

Legacy arcade cabinets have a become a popular trend in recent years. SNK's NEOGEO Mini and Sega's Astro City Mini being two high-selling mini cabinets, each containing fighting games. The newly announced Capcom Retro Station is a Mega Man-themed console sharing the colors and style of The Blue Bomber. In addition to 5 classic Mega Man titles, the system also has 4 classic Street Fighter 2 titles, along with Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo

January 1st, 2021
Street Fighter: Duel High-Res Character Illustrations

First off... Happy New Year 2021 and welcome to TFG's first article of the year. Last year, we posted an article all about Street Fighter: Duel a mobile RPG spin-off of the series in development. Street Fighter: Duel was originally announced with a main visual resembling Persona 5's main menu, but the art style for the game has changed quite dramatically since then. Inside, check out new SF:Duel character art for Ryu, Chun-Li, Cammy, Ken, Akuma, M. Bison & others! 

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