(Quarter 3 - 2020)

July 28th, 2020
Virtua Fighter x Fist of the North Star: ReVIVE Crossover

Sega announced Virtua Fighter series veterans Akira Yuki & Pai Chan will be upcoming guest characters in their mobile game based on the Hokuto No Ken series, Fist of the North Star: ReVIVE (now available on iOS / Android). Sega also released a trailer featuring the first gameplay of Akira. Interestingly, there will be 2 versions of Akira... 1 based on his VF5 appearance and a "retro" version using original VF1 polygons. 

July 27th, 2020
Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable Stream Announced for August 1st

A historic fighting game event was just announced for August 1st, 2020. The Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable will bring together Capcom, SNK, Bandai Namco, Arc System Works, Arika, and Koei Tecmo... for the first time ever. A variety of Directors and Producers from each company will be sharing the latest information and announcements on their respective series! Confirmed guests include: Katsuhiro Harada, Motohiro Okubo, Daisuke Ishiwatari... 

July 25th, 2020
SNK Allstar Animated 2D Sprites / Artwork Preview

Seriously, did you check out these 2D Sprites yet? It might not be a traditional fighting game, but SNK Allstar is a game that will have 70+ playable characters... (2D sprites, that is)! It's no surprise that many "2D sprite / art enthusiasts" of age may not actually play fighting games, anyway. (Let's be honest.) With that being said, I'm positive that many old school fighting game players (who might suffer from wrist cramps) may get a kick of using Billy Kane or Ukyo... in a mobile RPG / beat-em-up. 

July 24th, 2020
Storm Collectibles Reveals New Action Figures: Demitri Maximoff, E. Honda & Motaro

Storm Collectibles recently unveiled 3 of their latest poseable action figures based on fan-favorite fighting game characters. Darkstalkers fans rejoice... as Storm Collectibles has acquired the Darkstalkers license and is kicking off the line with a fully poseable figure of Demitri Maximoff. In addition to Demitri, Storm Collectibles also released photos of their beefy E. Honda "SFV Nostalgia Costume" figure, as well as a menacing Mortal Kombat Motaro. 

July 24th, 2020
Samurai Shodown x Honor of Kings DLC Guest Fighter Will Be Free, Character Silhouette Shown

SNK recently announced a collaboration with the Tencent-developed Honor of Kings series and Samurai Shodown (2019). Today, SNK revealed on Twitter that the upcoming Honor of Kings DLC guest character will be 100% FREE of charge to download and add to Samurai Shodown 2019's roster. While the guest character hasn't officially been revealed, SNK posted a teaser in the form of a character silhouette

July 23rd, 2020
SNK Allstar Official Website Live, Artwork & 2D Sprites Preview

Last week, we reported on upcoming "KOF spin-off" mobile title headed to North America and Europe, SNK Allstar. The official website for the game is now live (as of today), showing off a stylish and nostalgic arcade cabinet design and new gameplay trailer. The official site features a full character select option with profiles, artwork, and animated 2D sprites for all playable fighters in the game so far, including fan-favorites from KOF, Samurai Shodown, and The Last Blade

July 23rd, 2020
An Incredibly Rare Street Fighter II: Champion Edition Blanka Cardboard Standee

It seems like a lifetime ago when upcoming video game releases were celebrated with beautiful character artwork, sometimes "blown up" in the form of a stunning, life-size cardboard standee. Steven "Dreamking23" Chavez of Eventhubs recently shared an immaculate Street Fighter II: Special Champion Edition cardboard standee of Blanka, drawn by North American artist known for his famous character illustrations, Mick McGinty. 

July 22nd, 2020
SFV:CE HD Screenshots of Laura's CPT '20 Costume & New Stage

HD screenshots of Laura's Capcom Pro Tour 2020 "Champion's Choice" DLC costume and the Ring of Prosperity stage have been revealed. Naturally, iconic Street Fighter III boss Gill makes a cameo appearance in the Ring of Prosperity stage, which seems to suit his style well. In the new screenshots, we get a closer look at the statues based on other Street Fighter characters appearing in the background. Also take a closer look at Laura's CPT 2020 schoolgirl costume. 

July 21st, 2020
SFV: Champion Edition Laura Champion's Choice Costume & Ring of Prosperity Stage Revealed

Today, Capcom revealed new Capcom Pro Tour 2020 DLC content for Street Fighter V: Champion Edition. For the fifth year in a row, CPT content brings a new costume for 1 character and a new tournament-setting stage. Shown in the new trailer, Laura Matsuda's CPT 2020 "schoolgirl" costume will cost $5.99. The new Ring of Prosperity stage has a Roman Colosseum theme, featuring statues of Street Fighter characters along with Gill & illuminati members. 

July 16th, 2020
"SNK ALLSTAR" KOF Spin-Off Mobile Game Announced

SNK ALLSTAR is an upcoming KOF spin-off mobile title being developed by SuperPrism Games and is launching soon in North America and Europe. The game is said to feature "over 70" characters from iconic SNK series, including: The King of Fighters, The Last Blade, and Samurai Shodown. SNK ALLSTAR is described as a deck-building card-battle game with arcade beat-em-up style fighting mechanics. Pre-registration for SNK ALLSTAR is now live on Google Play. 

July 11th, 2020
HORI Reveals Nintendo Switch Fighting Commander Pad

Play fighting games on Switch? HORI announced a Nintendo Switch version of their high quality 6-button Fighting Commander series fightpad. The Switch Fighting Commander Wired Controller is now available for purchase at various retailers including Wal-Mart - with an attractive $39.99 price point. As an owner of several Fighting Commander Pro Pads for PS4/PS3, I can already prerecommend this pad to Nintendo Switch owners looking to stick their inputs. 

July 9th, 2020
Garou: Mark of the Wolves Gets Limited Physical Release & Collector's Editions on PlayStation 4

The iconic and era-defining SNK 2D fighter Garou: Mark of the Wolves is getting some more love on PlayStation 4. Limited Run Games has announced they will be publishing a beautiful physical edition for the PS4 version of Garou: MOTW and it will be available for purchase later this month. Additionally, Pix'n Love and SNK announced two (yes, two) Collector's Editions of Garou: MOTW, including an "Ultimate Grant Edition" with signed artwork by Eisuke Ogura. 

July 7th, 2020
Jbstyle Draws Capcom Girls in New B-SIDE Label Collab

You may know Japanese artist, Jbstyle, from his vibrantly original character illustrations appearing in TEKKEN 7. As a freelance artist, Jbstyle has done work for various other brands and events over the years. In his latest collaboration with a Japan-based sticker design / manufacturing company, B-SIDE LABEL, Jbstyle has drawn several fan-favorite Capcom heroines in his stunning art style. These officially licensed Capcom stickers are now available on e-Capcom. 

July 7th, 2020
Sega Reveals Astro City Mini Arcade Cabinet with 36 Games Built-in, Including Virtua Fighter

Today, Sega unveiled an upcoming miniature version of their iconic Astro City arcade cabinet hardware (first released in 1993). The Astro City Mini features a fighting game-friendly 6-button setup, joystick, USB, HDMI, and will be fully loaded with 36 classic titles, including the first Virtua Fighter. Sega's mini console will launch in Japan for 12,800 yen (about $117) later this year. A Western release has not yet been confirmed. More details inside!

July 4th, 2020
Guilty Gear -STRIVE- Developer's Backyard - Part II

Arc System Works just posted the second installment of their Guilty Gear -STRIVE- blog, "Developer's Backyard". In the second volume, GGStrive Director Akira Katano talks in depth about the updated Roman Cancel mechanic. In addition to detailed descriptions of various Roman Cancel techniques & effects, the blog includes handy video guides on the subject. The latter half of the blog includes fan-questions answered by Director Daisuke Ishiwatari. 

July 3rd, 2020
Capcom France Shares Street Fighter V Lucia Concept Artwork

Throughout Street Fighter V's evolution, Capcom has been transparent in showing many early concept designs for new and returning characters. On Twitter, Capcom France shared some costume concept illustrations for Lucia Morgan of Final Fight 3 fame to further promote the ongoing fan costume concept for SFV Season 5. In the tweet, Capcom France mentioned that one of these Lucia concepts served as the basis for her default SFV costume. 

July 2nd, 2020
EVO Online 2020 Officially Cancelled, Statements from Capcom, Bandai Namco, NetherRealm Studios

If for any reason you were looking forward to the EVO Online 2020 event, you'll be disappointed to learn that the entire event has been officially cancelled. The reason for the sudden cancellation is due to serious abuse allegations made against EVO event organizer, Joey "Mr. Wizard" Cuellar. This evening, Capcom, Bandai Namco, and NetherRealm Studios have all confirmed via social media they have removed themselves from the event. 

July 1st, 2020
Street Fighter: Duel Preview, Official Artwork, New Trailer Features Virtual Yoshinori Ono

Street Fighter: Duel is an upcoming action RPG by Tencent Games featuring some stylish 2D artwork and 2D sprites. Early images of Street Fighter: Duel seemed to take heavy visual inspiration from JRPG, Persona 5. However, the latest vibrant artwork, screenshots, and trailers have a more distinguished vibe, with character designs, locations, and music based on Street Fighter IV and SFV. Also check out a new trailer featuring none other than CG Yoshinori Ono! 

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