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Star Cup was a tournament that ran in Nagoya, Japan from 2006 to 2014, and now it’s back in 2019 for a special occasion: the 25th anniversary of its featured game, Super Street Fighter II Turbo. The exact date of the anniversary is Saturday, February 23 — although some video footage shows how the first beta versions of game actually arrived to the arcades in the USA around the end of March in 1994.
What makes Star Cup special is that it’s a singles tournament; traditionally in Japan, all of the Super Turbo majors are always team tournaments like the 3vs3 X-Mania (now renamed to X-EST) or the 5vs5 Kakerugo (formerly known as Gian Recital). Even though it’s a singles tournament, it still comes with a twist where players have to lock in which 3 different characters they are going to use beforehand. This year, they are allowing use of the same character 3 times, whereas in the past, competitors could only use the same one twice.
The last time Star Cup tournament took place was in 2014 for the 20th anniversary, and it had one of the best finals ever witnessed between the two best players in Japan, Otochun and MAO. We might see the same outcome this time as well. You can see the 2014 final here:
For the last two months, qualifiers have been running all around Japan to fill the final 16-player bracket for this Saturday. Well-known names like Mattsun, Yuuvega, and Murasaki are among those players. Details of the qualifiers:
Here are the results and videos of the qualifiers from last week plus all the details of the upcoming Star Cup tournament which starts on Friday at 7pm (PST time)https://t.co/j3vREIArSd
Plus: Zangief gets a Luchador mask in Menat’s Fighting Chance!
Even more Crossover Costumes are sliding their way into Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, as the latest blog post from Capcom-Unity reveals that Ryu will be receiving a Mega Man Crossover Costume, while Sakura will gain her first such outfit by donning the attire of Roll Caskett from Mega Man Legends. You’ll be able to turn these Shotokan brawlers into super fighting robots on February 26th, which each Premium attire setting you back $3.99.
Finally, Alex isn’t the only grappler getting some new duds, as the next Fighting Chance Costume will be for Zangief, as he’ll be donning a luchador mask in a (fairly minimal) effort to conceal his identity, becoming “The Gief.” You’ll be able to try your luck at getting this outfit from Menat’s fortune readings starting February 26th. You can see more detailed descriptions of the outfits — as well as screenshots and a trailer, where they battle Guts Man Balrog and Air Man Rashid in a Dojo full of E-Tanks — below.
Mega Man for Ryu (Mega Man) – Mega Man needs no introduction, as the Blue Bomber and hero of 20XX is just as iconic as Ryu. In fact, if you look really closely, a charged Mega Buster shot almost resembles a Hadoken, making this costume a perfect fit for Ryu! This costume is available for purchase for MSRP $3.99.
Roll for Sakura (Mega Man) – Those familiar with the Mega Man series are probably familiar with Roll, Mega Man’s “little sister” and Dr. Light’s assistant. In the Mega Man Legends games, Roll Caskett is a different character entirely – a genius mechanic and best friend of Mega Man Volnutt who’s searching for a grand treasure. This costume is available for purchase for MSRP $3.99.
Leo for Alex (Red Earth) – Leo is one of four playable characters in Red Earth, a Capcom fighting game series first released in 1996. As the king of Greedia, Leo was cursed to become half-lion half-man by unknown invaders. He has now accepted his fate and holds this curse as a symbol of strength. This costume is available in Extra Battle Mode starting March 15! During this time, you can also obtain Leo’s Theme to be used as background music.
The Gief – He wants to be a bit more humble and hide his true identity in the ring with a mask. But let’s face it, it’s not hard to figure out who’s behind the mask. This costume is available in Fighting Chance on February 26!
Robot Bundle – Keep those circuits going, because we’re putting the previous robotic-themed costumes from Extra Battle Mode into a shiny new bundle for a limited time. The Robot Bundle is available for $9.99 and includes Mech Zangief, Mech F.A.N.G, Mech Juri, Mech Abigail, the Jin Saotome costume, and the Cyberbots background music.
That seems to wrap things up for the upcoming February update to SFVAE. Are you looking forward to grabbing any of these new costumes? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!
As rooflemonger notes in his video, there are several Trophies for performing both Fatalities for each specific character. These include already-confirmed fighters like Skarlet, Baraka, D’Vorah. Raiden, Kabal, Kano, Sonya, Scorpion, and Sub-Zero, but also reveals initials for unannounced characters that are potentially returning in the newest title as follows:
ERR – Erron Black
FRO – Frost
JAD – Jade
CAS – Cassie Cage
KOL – Kotal Kahn
JAC – Jacqui Briggs (or Jackson Briggs/Jax?)
LIU – Liu Kang
KUN – Kung Lao
TER – The Terminator? Newcomer?
KOT – Possible Newcomer
CET – Possible Newcomer
Other Trophies potentially confirm the return of Mercies, a mechanic introduced in Mortal Kombat 3 that allowed a victorious player to revive their fallen foe with a small sliver of life to continue the battle. This was primarily done as a necessary requirement to perform an Animality once the resurrected opponent was defeated a second time, though we have nothing that indicates their specific return. Perhaps this will be used to allow a second chance to finish opponents off with a Brutality? These Trophies also confirm the return of The Krypt, with various goals to complete within it such as running five miles or spearing 100 hanging bodies. There is also one for spilling 100,000 pints of blood, in addition to completing battle tutorials, a set number of Towers, collecting 200 pieces of Gear, and playing ten “A.I. Sets.” Whether this means facing the Computer, or perhaps creating A.I. fighters and sending them out to battle for Gear, à la Injustice 2, is currently unknown.
Perhaps most interesting is that NetherRealm Studio’s Ed Boon reacted to the possible leaks on Twitter, asking Sonya on Sunday what she thought of leaks, with a GIF of her performing her Fatal Blow on Scorpion, as well as announcing that the “latest leak,” is that we won’t be throwing Blanche anymore. The old woman was a popular intractable in the Outworld Marketplace stage in Mortal Kombat XL — whom could be thrown at opponents, and could even perform Stage Brutalities when certain conditions were met — by tweeting out artwork of her in the style of official MK11 character renders.
Back in 2017 we saw an Injustice 2 base roster leak that turned out to be 100% correct, and as rooflemonger points out, the Steam Database tends to be mostly infallible, so this list of characters is looking very likely. We’ve also got another female character reveal on the horizon on this Thursday’s Kombat Kast, so we can see if this leak begins to come together. You can hear rooflemonger’s thoughts on the situation in the video below.
What are your thoughts on this potential roster list? Are you excited for these returns, or were you hoping to see someone else? Tell us what you think in the comments.
The battle for Earth is about to reach maximum intensity!
After eight months of hype following its announcement at E3 last June, it’s nearly time to unite to fight: Bandai Namco Entertainment’s massive 3V3 arena fighter — featuring some of the most legendary characters in Weekly Shonen Jump — is nearly upon us. To further prepare players for Friday’s release (or yesterday’s, if you were granted Early Access via the Ultimate Edition), Bandai Namco has released the game’s official launch trailer.
The video sees the likes of Vegeta, Rukia, Kakashi, Sanji, Asta, Deku, Luffy, Blackbeard, Frieza, Trunks, Boruto, Aizen, Ichigo, Sasuke, Naruto, Piccolo, Ryo Saeba, Kenshiro, Jotaro, DIO, Yusuke, Goku, Gon, Zoro, Pegasus Seiya, Yugi, Kenshin, and Dai unleash their spectacular signature attacks while the villainous Kane and the devious Light Yagami enact their dark plans. JUMP FORCE Director Glover narrates the beginning of the game’s story. You can see the full trailer below.
Last month at the Taipei Games Show, a Story trailer was also released, giving us further insight into Kane, Galena, and Light Yagami’s plans — which you can also check out below.
JUMP FORCE will be officially released for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam on Thursday, February 14th in Japan, and worldwide this Friday, February 15th. Early access for players who purchased the Ultimate Edition began on February 12th.
World War Z is a forthcoming XBox One, PlayStation 4 and PC game that pits cooperative teams of four against zombies. However, players will also be able to stretch their PvP muscles with the multiplayer “PvPvZ” mode that sends two teams of four out hunting each other while also being hunted by zombies. This new trailer from Saber Interactive gives a taste of what players can expect.
Last week, Dragon Ball FighterZ Season 2 kicked off with a bang, as a new balance patch was released that heavily tweaked the game’s system mechanics — and the first pair of FighterZ Pass 2 characters, Jiren and Videl, were released to much fanfare.
Unfortunately — as can be the case with new DLC characters being added to a game — it seems the new pair are already packing some nasty, literally game-breaking glitches. As rooflemonger demonstrates, it is possible for the duo of Videl and Goku to easily cause the entire game to glitch out and freeze, effectively ending the current match on the spot. To achieve this, a player must cancel Videl’s Rainbow Storm into her medium Frankensteiner special, then immediately Ultimate Z-Change to Goku’s Kaioken, performing a 2M into the Kaioken Finisher, which will be hit by Videl as she’s exiting the screen — causing the screen to glitch out, rendering the opponent completely immobile while the initiator can still move around but can’t directly interact with their foe. This definitely needs to addressed with the quickness.
Additionally, the mighty Pride Trooper from Universe 11, Jiren, also possesses a glitch that will allow him to freeze Cell (and possibly other characters) in place, allowing him to both move about freely while his foe can only wait to be hit so they can return to a normal position… but Jiren can even walk out of the screen, traveling a good distance into the darkness of the Null Realm. This phenomenon is caused by Jiren’s air 2H, which can Clash with other aerial normals, such as Cell’s j.2H. However, if you can hit it low enough to cause a trade with your foe, then you will cause them to freeze mid-air in an outstretched T pose, that can only be escaped from by the Jiren player making contact with the opponent. Thankfully, unlike the glitch with Videl and Goku, this one is much more difficult to replicate in the middle of an actual match — though it’s obviously just as unintentional — and will hopefully be addressed as well in an upcoming update. (And maybe they can give Golden Frieza his post-transformation meter gain back while they’re at it!)
You can see both videos demonstrating the glitches below.
With the continuing growth of competitive fighting games and esports in the United States and beyond, the pursuit of a career in these fields is becoming more viable every day. Even high schools such as Lambert High in Suwanee, Georgia are getting in on the action.
In this mini-documentary produced by well-known FGC cosplayer and competitor, Amanda “Romanova” Rose, she interviews a group of students from the Lambert High School Esports Club, who play competitive fighting games such as SoulCalibur VI, Dragon Ball FighterZ, and several others. In the video, they talk about how they got into competitive fighters as well as what they plan to do involving fighting games in the future, after graduation. Some of them also talk about how they balance their school life with the club activities, and what the goals of the team are in general.
I talked to Romanova about how and why she produced this video to highlight the Lambert High School Esports Club, and what the future might hold for these teens in the world of competitive gaming. You can watch the video and read the interview below.
Marcos “El Cubano Loco” Blanco: How and when did you come across this high school esports club in Suwanee?
Romanova: First of all, thank you for giving a chance to give these teens more exposure. They deserve it.
I came across the Lambert High School Esports Club by just attending my weeklies. Funny enough, my first encounter was their leader Ajax playing me at the Gwinnett Brawl weekly. He barely beat me, but popped off and I was like ‘Who is this young kid popping off like a maniac?’ He later came up and apologized for the excitement claiming he was actually a big fan of my streams and me playing DBFZ, and told me a bit about what they do (him and the team).
Their one member, Synebon, frequents my streams and was the one to officially invite me to come guest coach them. They have had a few people from our locals (like Max Blackwerk) come to give advice to help them get better at fighting games by sitting with their players individually and working on strengthening areas of their gameplay.
El Cubano Loco: Why did you choose to do this mini documentary on them in particular? What made them stand out and strike a chord with you?
Romanova: I chose to do this because there is always content being pumped out in the FGC and it’s amazing, but you don’t get to see too many of these inspiring tales. This may not inspire most people but seeing what these people were doing was so pure and heartwarming I wanted to share it with the FGC. I never had a team like this when I was younger. I know I would’ve felt so much better about being a nerd in high school if I had a group like this to kick it with for practices and gaming. I hope that it inspires other high schools to do the same. I know the other people who have come to coach them would agree also.
The way I did this all was using Twitch to raise the money to hire a videographer to come with me to interview them. I wanted it to be grassroots, but also good quality video. I also learned more about them while doing this doc, which made me end up including Ajax’s father in the video as well. I thought one of the most heartwarming things was seeing his dad say how his son was into esports so he ended up working on fight sticks and arcade cabs instead of cars with him and wouldn’t have it any other way. I really hope for the parents out there who see this video see how much it means to their children when they can support the hobbies their kids want to partake in, like gaming.
El Cubano Loco: Do you have any projects planned with them in the future? If so, what are they exactly?
Romanova: I do not currently have any future projects planned with them, but one big thing I’d love to do is this: some of them graduate next year, and it would be cool to raise money and send two of them to Evo next year if we could get a project going for it and to film their experience at Evo, since it will be their first time at an event of that grandeur. Another thing I’d love to do would be to send them to Combo Breaker, one of my personal favorite FGC events.
El Cubano Loco: Do these kids plan to grow their club into something bigger, and maybe branch out to compete at majors at some point as they mature?
Romanova: I think some of them want to continue to support each other even after they become alumni to the club. I really hope to see them come more often with time to the monthlies and weeklies as well. I see a lot of potential in them to grow as fighting game players as do my fellow players from the local scene here. I think the future looks bright for this group of teens.
With Bandai Namco Entertainment’s massive 3V3 arena fighter JUMP FORCE set to release in a matter of days, it was time to finally pull back the curtain on a much-requested pair of beloved Shonen Jump characters that have appeared to close out the game’s launch cast. The main protagonist and antagonist of Hirohiko Araki’s Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 3: Stardust Crusaders, Jotaro Kujo and the villainous DIO, have finally stepped into the JUMP FORCE ring.
Wielding their iconic Stands, Star Platinum and The World, respectively, Jotaro batters foes with his signature barrage of rapid-fire punches, the Star Finger, and what appears to be his time stop as his Ultimate. DIO also battles in a similar melee style (they are both close-range Stands, after all), while mixing in The World’s ability to stop time, the vampire’s ability to drain the blood of his enemies, as well as his iconic knife barrage and infamous Road Roller to squash his adversaries in style.
It seems that these legendary Stand users will close out the game’s base roster of characters, as Bandai Namco Entertainment tweeted that there are no more fighters left to be revealed. However, there will be nine additional DLC characters released post-launch via a Season Pass. You can see the bizarre reveal trailer below.
This brings our final base roster count to 42 playable characters from 16 Weekly Shonen Jump series, including:
Dragon Ball’s Son Goku, Vegeta, Frieza, Perfect Cell, Piccolo, and Trunks,
Naruto’s Naruto Uzumaki, Sasuke Uchiha, Kakashi Hatake, Gaara, and Kaguya Ootsutsuki
Boruto: Naruto Next Generation’s Boruto Uzumaki
One Piece’s Monkey D. Luffy, Roronoa Zoro, Vinsmoke Sanji, Marshall “Blackbeard” D. Teach, Sabo, and Boa Hancock
Bleach’s Ichigo Kurosaki, Rukia Kuchiki, Sosuke Aizen, and Renji Abari
Hunter x Hunter’s Gon Freecs, Killua Zoldyck, Hisoka Morrow, and Kurapika
Yu Yu Hakusho’s Yusuke Urameshi and Younger Toguro
Saint Seiya’s Pegasus Seiya and Dragon Shiryu
Rurouni Kenshin’s Kenshin Himura and Makoto Shishio
Fist of the North Star’s Kenshiro
City Hunter’s Ryo Saeba
Yu-Gi-Oh!’s Yugi Muto
Black Clover’s Asta
My Hero Academia’s Izuku “Deku” Midoriya
Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai’s Dai
Akira Toriyama-designed original characters Kane and Galena. Death Note’s Light Yagami and Ryuk will also be in the game as major Story NPCs.
IGN also released some gameplay, featuring Jotaro, Deku, and Asta battling DIO, Kaguya, and Boruto.
A character reveal trailer for Boruto, Dai, Gaara, Kakashi, and Kaguya also recently dropped.
Firefly Studios has announced its “cooperative grand strategy MMO” Romans: Age of Caesar. The game allows thousands of players to work to rebuild Rome in a classic city-builder game and to “trade with everyone on the same map”. The game features an infinite number of cities consisting of sixteen players each. The goal of each city is to work to establish government, form trading alliances and routes, and to create a collective army for city protection.