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Winter Showdown 3, KOF XIV KCO Pedro vs ON Vicio, and KOF XIII Vids!


In one more month we will see one of the most competitive KOF-centric tournaments to date. A tournament that has surpassed all expectations with its exponential growth and quality of players in attendance; and not to mention one of the first Street Fighter V tournaments. We are talking about Winter Showdown 3 hosted by the Kings of Co at Denver Colorado, where the first Dream Cancel Cup Finals will be held at. The tournament will host Super Smash Bros.,  Guilty Gear Xrd, Street Fighter V, KOF 98 UMFE, KOF 2002 UM, and KOF XIII as main tournaments. These are some of the elite KOF XIII players who will be in attendance:

Team Chaos. Yoshi, RealKim and ChrisKOF




Team Chaos is indisputably, LA’s strongest and most well established KOF community and team. They always have a tournament presence in important KOF events. Team Chaos members have made it to top 8 in KOF XIII at multiple past Evos so keep an eye out for them at Winter Showdown 3.

MadCatz | Luis Cha

Luis has proven himself over the years as a top contender in big KOF events, most KOF players are familiar with his insane setups and short but deadly Ex-Iori combo “the Luis Cha”.

EGN | El Rosa



From Mexico City, this contender has shown in many occasions that he will give the most elite players a great fight. He constantly makes it to top 8 in Evo, SCR, and any other big tournament he attends.  His team is always wearing pink.

Violent Kain and Animal

Animal, aka Kahnibalito, one of the most creative combo makers out there, he understands the game like no other, this is why he stands out in skill to whatever tournament he attends, he placed 2nd in Evo 2015. His Mr. Karate’s mastery is fearsome and he recently set Vice in his main team.

Violent Kain, also known as Mr. Rekkas, is a renown player from Mexico city Furia Tica’s champion over the best of the best Misterio and in several occasions a top contender at Evo. Everyone fears getting caught by his rekka loops, which not many people have documented proficiency to do them at Violent Kain’s level. if you ever beat his Iori, watch out for his true secret weapon.



The Taiwanese warrior and fearsome Clark player. The vortex is real, just ask anyone who has played against him. Top player at multiple Evos and many other international tournaments.

I can already feel the tension, this tournament is going to be of the greatest quality in skill and character variety. Don’t miss it for the world! KOF XIII has a pot bonus of $600 and growing. Street Fighter V has $300.

You can register here! pre-registration is still open.

Visit the event page for more details!

Ps; Please help Kings of Co by buying a limited edition t-shirt! All profits made from this will be used for pot bonuses or to bring an out of state(or country) player. There are three designs to choose from so pick the one you like. Kings of Co will thank you for the support! T-shirt 1. T-Shirt 2. T-Shirt 3! Hurry!! There’s still time to bring an international player at a somewhat reasonable price.

Fundraiser tees!

Exclusive! Yes! this never before seen footage of KCO Pedro vs TxC [ON] Vicio going all out in their last possible match of KOF XIV at PSX. Check it out!

The Texas Crew would like you to enjoy these previously unreleased KOF XIII matches from the day before LoneStar Admonition III.

AC Albanna vs TxC [ON] Vicio

ST|TL Animal(Kahnibalito) vs TxC [ON] Vicio

ST|TL Animal(Kahnibalito) Vs AC | Albanna


#KOFXIV Live Discussion Stream NOW

Join us here


Looks like we will have guests from Brazil, EU and Pakistan! The google hangouts link is here.

And if you’ve missed it, here’s a repost of yesterday’s news:


There will be a tournament for KOF & DOA!

While Marwan and Albanna (2nd place at 98UM Cannes) will visit Lonestar Admonition!

Speaking of tournaments:  This weekend is Xperience Gaming!

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And let’s not forget!!!

If you haven’t checked our #FGCMag you can read it after the video!  Don’t forget you can download the pdf from the store (you can put in some fake details but please tell me which country you are from).

KOF XIV: The 2nd Trailer

So here it is.  With the inclusion of two characters, one we expected and one we weren’t really sure we would ever see again.  How do you feel about this?


Some interesting points:

  • Chang’s back reads “South Town Jail Breaker”.  Breaker being written in a similar font to Breaker’s Revenge.
  • Iori doesn’t have any flames in this trailer, but is using his scraping moves again.  Does this mean there’s a DLC version or a combination of both styles in one?
  • Iori has the same red flash for his… neomax?
  • Leona’s moves seem pretty intact
  • Kyo can do crouch B, Stand C

Well, we’d all like to hear what you think.  Leave a comment!


Yes, we’re probably sticking with this name.  Remember you can download the PDF, it’s free!  Just click on the icon below.

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#KOFXIV 2nd Trailer

Just some news before we get to the main course! Hold onto your hats!


There will be a tournament for KOF & DOA!

While Marwan and Albanna (2nd place at 98UM Cannes) will visit Lonestar Admonition!

Speaking of tournaments:  This weekend is Xperience Gaming!

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And let’s not forget!!!

If you haven’t checked our #FGCMag you can read it after the video!  Don’t forget you can download the pdf from the store (you can put in some fake details but please tell me which country you are from).

KOF XIV: The 2nd Trailer

So here it is.  With the inclusion of two characters, one we expected and one we weren’t really sure we would ever see again.  How do you feel about this?


Some interesting points:

  • Chang’s back reads “South Town Jail Breaker”.  Breaker being written in a similar font to Breaker’s Revenge.
  • Iori doesn’t have any flames in this trailer, but is using his scraping moves again.  Does this mean there’s a DLC version or a combination of both styles in one?
  • Iori has the same red flash for his… neomax?
  • Leona’s moves seem pretty intact
  • Kyo can do crouch B, Stand C

Well, we’d all like to hear what you think.  Leave a comment!


Yes, we’re probably sticking with this name.  Remember you can download the PDF, it’s free!  Just click on the icon below.

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#Hypespotting4 + The Future of FGC?


Hypespotting has cemented its place as THE premier event in the UK, with a swish location, international guests and finally as a Capcom Qualifier.  The entrance badges were awesome and join my collection with rather a lot of pride hehe.

In Ultra, Mago took the qualifier, beating his Mad Catz comrade Tokido.

Xian (pronounced ‘Shen’) withdrew from the KOF tournament to focus fully on Ultra. Other players such as Ryan Hart & BigFool, not to mention Tokido, were on the other hand able to show their versatility, competing in both games; Tokido went on to win KOF. That said, Xian did also enter Marvel, going on to win 2nd place, Faisal Dante taking 1st.  Full brackets for all games here.

The Scottish KOF players had a good showing, with 4 placing Top 8, and had a long session with Tokido, with the veteran kindly answering questions and giving advice. Milligano came joint 9th at Ultra.

Big thank you to Walter Fraser for everything, including giving out copies of the FGC Yearbook as prizes for the pub quiz, which every year I think I’m gonna avoid because it sounds boring and then regret not being part of, as I hear the laughter while I’m playing casuals (and I knew some answers this year, and there were SNK questions!!!!).

Shout outs to ON.BigFool, TSS.Atma, David Cameron, Palladin, Samurai Pizza Ken, Abdul, Vexaxiousidler, Quaka, Sprint and Alan Wong and everyone at the KOF area of course, not to mention Tokido!  YES THERE ARE PEOPLE PLAYING KOF SO JUST GET ON STEAM!!!

It was of course nice to see Ryan, Sean & Xian again.  Banana Juice anyone?

Here are some photos I took, you can see loads more here.

Hypespotting did cause me a few thoughts, which caused me to write about the future of the FGC…

So what’s next for the Fighting Game Scene?

Some thoughts I cobbled together on what’s happening to the scene right now, in other words, money, why we need it and how it’s going to affect everyone.

First of all, I’m considering dropping the acronym FGC when promoting the scene, because ‘community’ to me feels closed, and the scene needs to be accessible, with open doors.  I feel there’s still a sense of ‘us’ versus ‘them’ while the word ‘scene’ is just there, like a park, you can just walk in and check it out.

X Cup

With Mortal Kombat X just about released (14 April), Warner Bros will surely be looking to promote the game, but the summer season is about to begin with the lead up to EVO, so that may not feature much in Europe. However, there is Community Effort Orlando in June. Warner Bros spent a good deal on Injustice, with custom arcade cabinets and such, and then we have the Kombat Cup with a 20,000 Euro pot for the EU finals.  This could mean a lot of cash being pumped into events, MK and Ultra fighting over the spotlight and smaller games being squeezed into obscurity.

‘Filthy’ Casuals

Yes, Cups and other league format tournaments like it, are the new business model for promoting games.  With such huge prizes on the line, the competitive fighters and those with a versatility will surely a) buy the game and b) compete for the glory.  It’s really not the latter that is the priority for the publishers.  Casual players will simply be concerned with the question of whether the game is fun and can be played online.  Game companies just want to sell as many copies as possible within that 3 week sales window, before another A-list title draws attention away.  The Fighting Game Community, while growing, is still a niche market, and while those casual players who trade in a game after 3 weeks might be regarded as ‘filthy’ or ‘fickle’, they are still a very important customer base – publishers at this point can’t rely on FGC sales to survive in a market of FPS and other games.  The FGC needs to help promote the games they like because of course new members generally come from the mainstream.

Sponsorship  & ROI

In order for the FGC to thrive, it needs money.  Money from donations would be best, as usually everyone has the same aim: for players to play games and tournaments in a comfortable venue with a stream.  However as the FGC grows larger, bigger venues are needed, with better equipment, not to mention upgrades.  This costs money.  Inviting star players costs money.  One avenue is sponsorship.  But how does this affect the event and the community?  Let’s look at some examples.

One sponsor is an electronic cigarette company.  Should organisers be promoting activities that could damage player health?   It’s not really a hard question to answer (or should that be a grey area?)  but money talks louder.  Speaking of money, did you see Red Bull Kumite?  Do you think those types of drinks are safe?  Do you think players even follow the recommended guidelines during a tournament?  That being said, Red Bull has targeted the FGC, or rather Esports, and they do make a good fit.  If you consider sports such as Monster Trucks and surfing, these kinds of audiences aren’t exactly mainstream and yet are quite targetable.  So we can have advertising!  You know, that thing that gets in the way so you turn on adblock.  But you can’t do that when it’s a video inserted as part of a stream.  And so we have adverts for sticks, pc components, cars, deodorant and things like that.  Of course Monster, the other energy drink, is sponsoring players too.

The thing is, how does an advertiser know they are getting a Return On Investment? How does Mad Catz know people are buying sticks from seeing the adverts?  Discount codes can help track this data but discount codes can get shared to random people.  How does anyone know a car was bought just from seeing the ad on a fighting game stream?  They shouldn’t but the point is exposure helps a product and 20,000 viewers is not something to turn their nose up at.  Won’t stop some advertisers not having faith however, and that’s a problem the FGC need to address, if they want that support.

One problem to consider is the independence of an organisation that has a paying sponsor.  Let’s look at what happened with RedBull Kumite.  You may have recognised various staff and stream teams but under which name did it fall under and who got all the credit?  Who got 20,000 viewers on their twitch channel?  Why, Red Bull.  And why not?  They paid for it.  But what does that mean to the team who built up a community, a stream and reputation that had their own set of values?  Is this what they call ‘selling out’?  Or is it actually in the best interests of the community?

Only the future will tell.

Streams and TV

In the future who will even watch TV anymore?  What is the impact of streaming and Twitch’s place in all of it?  Twitch is actually sponsoring FGC events because it is aware of the future and does notice those tens of thousands of people watching.  They can get a return on all that server burning, as long as viewers aren’t all blocking the ads.  Twitch, more than ever, needs to keep an eye on events, and keep organisers loyal, because while they (and Justin.tv before them) have worked hard to get streaming off the ground (to supplement or even replace TV), other companies such as Hitbox offer the same service with less broadcasting buffer delay, which means casters and chatters can talk more in real time, for example.  Google of course, hasn’t sat around idle, and youtube can now stream in 720p 60 fps.  Youtube doesn’t have the community or a good chat function, but it’s the most device-accessible format with a subscriber base that could easily dwarf the others.  All it takes is a leap of faith.

People watch streams on their laptop, phone, desktop or tablet and even gaming device.  People are using devices such as Chromecast to stream the stream to their living room TV.  I still have no idea why a laptop isn’t plugged into the living room TV but I guess I’m just a minority.


People bet on sporting events.  These people are not a minority and Esports is no exception. The only thing holding it back is gambling law and the low turnout to make it worth the book keeper’s while.  However, certain flags have been raised to show that there is a future here.  Salty bet is probably best remembered for people bragging over their cash wins. While it’s dropped in viewing numbers, it’s still running, with 18 million views in total.  If gambling laws change, watch those virtual bucks turn into very very real notes.  Or perhaps bitcoins.  There  are other smaller sites that allow you to bet “funny money” on esports events but imagine gambling sites that allow you to bet on live events, would that be more thrilling?  Many seem to feel that way, and many of them have energy drinks and buy team merchandise.  Evolution hasn’t gone that way yet, but considering it’s held in Las Vegas….

And speaking of gambling, many IPs (Intellectual Properties) are being used by companies using to create pachinko machines, how long will it be before we see slot machines with Ryu’s face all over it? While illegal in France and some states in the US, sites like slots heaven could generate revenue for publishers and even streamers.

Spectator vs Competitor

So what brings in more money to expand that community?  Viewers or competitors?  It’s both.  Many competitors don’t stay for casual games as soon as they lose, preferring to watch (and learn).  While streams cater for pools, when only the cream of the crop is presented, it makes for a high quality programme.  Don’t be surprised if broadcasting leads this way, with competitors being hidden in other rooms (or eliminated in previous stages held elsewhere).

tl;dr – RUOK?

Buster wolf! Is everything ok?  For the spectator? Sure! Many compared RedBull Kumite to a UFC or wrestling event.  Well of course, it’s fighting. It’s extreme, but it can still be PG13 and have people buying popcorn and paying for a ticket to be there in person.  This can only lead to growth of the scene as a whole (a community is something different).

For the player, the hardcore gamer, who wants to have casuals with international stars and others who just like playing the game, the future is … also bright.  Well, as long as there is someone who is prepared to bring their equipment to a venue where people can play together, things will be the same, but if that person is more interested in running a professional esports event, well…. it may be more difficult but if the scene is so big, everywhere will have a place to play!

If you’re interested in keeping your game and scene alive, and want to run events, check out this guide.

The Gulf King of Fighters Tournament @Muscat, Oman

This week on Friday 9th of January the FGC in Oman are organizing the first middle east tournament in 2015 at Chief-inn resturant hall, Muscat, Oman

The main event would be The king of Fighters XIII tournament (Double elimination) Tournament rules
also there will be side tournaments for Ultra Street fighter VI, Tekken tag tournament 2 and Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3
Entry is free for all tournaments.

It’s expected to feature 30+ players from the Gulf Neighboring countries including Top players from Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Qatar

Follow the Event Facebook page for more details and Live stream URL

Looking forward for this event and best of luck for all the players.

Cannes Winter Clash / Gamecon 2014 #CWC #GC2014



The successor to WGC, IVGC has been announced. And what a shocker!!!!

  • USF4
  • KOF13
  • GGXRD on PS4





Is this the future of the FGC?

Ha, to be honest I actually thought Fifa might take over, so this is fine!

I’m trying to imagine all those CRTs going to Cannes though….

And woah gonna need a PS4 stick!!!

Here’s the official announcement in French then English:

Nous sommes fiers de vous annoncer la première édition du Cannes Winter Clash (CWC) qui se déroulera à Cannes du 27 février au 1er mars.

L’évènement prendra place au très célèbre Palais des festivals et congrès de Cannes durant le festival international des jeux. (1 boulevard de la croisette, 06400 cannes)

Nous serons accompagnés par l’association « LeFrenchMelee » pour la gestion des tournois Smash Bros et bien d’autres.

Les tournois disponibles seront les suivants :

Ultra Street Fighter 4 (Solo et 2vs2): 256 participants maximum (Xbox 360)

Super Smash Bros 4 (solo): 256 participants maximum) (Wii U)

Super Smash Bros Melee (Solo): 128 participants maximum (GameCube)

King Of Fighters13 (Solo): 64 participants maximum (Xbox 360)

Guilty Gear Xrd (Solo): 64 participants maximum (Ps4)

En plus de cela, nous organiserons un ITC (International Team CUP) pour USF4, KOF etc…

Nous vous proposerons des « Salty Rooms » pour la plupart des jeux, des défis, des invités et de nombreuses surprises.

Le roster des jeux n’est pas définitif. 

Restez connectés !

Par ailleurs, nous vous conseillons de réserver vos billets afin de bénéficier des tarifs les plus bas de la SNCF.”

We are proud to announce that the first iteration of Cannes Winter Clash will take place in Cannes from February 27th to March 1, 2015!

The event will go down in the famous Palais Des Festivals in Cannes, during the “Festival International des Jeux” (International games festival – a good way to have fun side activities at the venue!).
We will be helped by the association “LeFrenchMelee”, which will take care of Super Smash Bros tournaments.
The games that have been confirmed being held as main tournaments are as described below.
Note: this is a tentative list and is likely to be incremented over the next few months. Stay tuned to see what will be added!
Ultra Street Fighter IV – 256 players bracket
Super Smash Bros Wii U –256 players
Super Smash Bros Melee –128 players
King Of Fighters XIII –64 players
Guilty Gear Xrd –64 players
Team tournaments:
Ultra Street Fighter IV – 2v2
We will also have an International Team Cup tournament for USFIV and KOFXIII, in 5v5 format!
Side events will include salty suites, exhibitions, international guests and many more to come!
Stay tuned for more details!
Travel tips: You can from now on book either a plane to Nice (32 km/20 miles – 30 minutes by train from the airport) or a train directly to Cannes (10 minutes away from the venue)


More info as it happens, but the real question is:


Which games do YOU want to see there? I know there are other organisations that can run side tournaments, if there is demand!

What, no Blazblue/ Uniel/ Persona/ DOA!!?!?!?!

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Gamecon 2014 feat Bala and Chris G


I know the banner is in Spanish, but we will like to invite you all to the Gamecon Costa Rica 2014, a charity event for the poor children in CR, this coming Dec 13-14th in San Jose Costa Rica, we will be having Christopher G and MX Bala in the event. We can help all the interested people with the accommodations. Further details on request.
Es un honor para nosotros ser parte una vez más del Gamecon 2014, la convención nacional de Videojuegos más grande de Costa Rica, en la que se une a todos los mejores cosplayers, los fans del anime y todos aquellos amantes de los videojuegos, PS, Xbox, Nintendo, PC, Arcade; todos unidos para una gran causa: llevarle un juguete y una pequeña ayuda a los niños de escasos recursos, y así poder lograr una sonrisa en esta navidad.
Y para dar nuestro granito de arena en esta GRAN causa, nos complace mucho anunciar que tendremos a dos de los más grandes jugadores: MX Bala y Chris G. Grandes campeones y ProPlayers reconocidos mundialmente por su nivel excepcional. De ahí que nos unimos a Tvirus, Cms Producciones y Critical Hit, ya que nuestra misión no es echarnos las flores sino hacer un evento de categoría mundial. Nos falta mucho aún, seguimos buscando ayuda y patrocinios. Y más que todo necesitamos la ayuda de todos los gamers para poder hacer de este un evento espectacular.
Así que muchachos A PRACTICAR FUERTE ellos van a competir y hacer FT’s en:

  • Ultra SF4
  • MK9
  • UMvC3

Y cualquier otro juego con bastante asistencia.
Gracias, (disculpas por el post tan largo, TCCR│Joe)

Don’t forget I’m streaming all this week apart from Friday for an hour! Come join in 21:00 GMT+2 on youtube and hitbox!

metal slug x


 Now Available on STEAM (PC)

Action-Shooting Masterpiece “METAL SLUG X” released today on STEAM !

SNK PLAYMORE CORPORATION (Corporate HQ: Suita-city, Osaka, Japan, Company President: Koichi Toyama)  is proud to announce the worldwide release of “METAL SLUG X” on the Steam PC gaming platform.

“METAL SLUG X”, a masterpiece in SNK’s emblematic 2D run & gun action shooting game series, still continues to fascinate millions of fans worldwide to this day for its intricate dot-pixel graphics, and simple and intuitive game controls. One of the most highly praised titles in the series among Metal Slug fans for its refined balance and game volume, heads out to the Steam gaming platform with a number of extra features!

【Game Features】

◆Arcade Mode (Main Mission)

Play the original arcade version of “METAL SLUG X” from Missions 1 to 6, and fight your way through the battlefield to foil General Morden’s new coup attempt!!

◆Mission Mode (Stage Select)

Play your favorite stages at will and train alone or with a brother-in-arms on the missions you have unlocked so far!

◆Online Multiplayer Mode

Connect to Steam and clear missions with friends far away via Online Co-Op Play. Find a fellow countryman or foreign ally and let the mission begin!

◆Game Settings

Configure control, language, video display, and sound volume settings.


Check your current rank and score in “METAL SLUG X” at any time, and compete with other players to become the world’s No. 1 soldier!

More info here http://store.steampowered.com/app/312610/


【Title Details】


■Release Date : October 2nd, 2014

■Genre : Action-Shooting

■Platform  : PC    * Please check the store page for recommended PC configurations.


■Price : $7.99 USD


  *Steam name and logo are registered trademarks of Valve Corporation.

SNK PLAYMORE Official Website http://www.snkplaymore.co.jp/us/ 

#UNIEL online tournaments + #ROF is FREEEEE!!!

Tournament #1 by ON

Registration: 21:00 (french time) 20:00 (uk time) then start!

Join the Twitch channel chat or leave a comment with your PSN ID (faire registration dans le chatroom ou par lesser un commentaire avec ton PSN ID)

Watch live video from Gunsmith_ON on www.twitch.tv


3 Rounds FT2 Simple Elim, Finale en FT3

Brackets: TOUS LES NOMS SONT PSN IDs / All the names are PSN IDs



Tournament #2 by Oro #3 by Chocobotiger

Aller et faire registration dans le UNIEL groupe francais


Watch live video from chocobotiger on www.twitch.tv



rof press release

iPhone & Android game application

『THE RHYTHM OF FIGHTERS – SNK Original Sound Collection』

App price changes from $0.99 to free!

Limited tracks offered to paid app users!

SNK PLAYMORE CORPORATION (Corporate HQ: Suita-city, Osaka, Japan, Company, President & CEO: Koichi Toyama) is proud to announce the release of new additional track packs and a new price to the iPhone & Android application “THE RHYTHM OF FIGHTERS”.

“THE RHYTHM OF FIGHTERS”, the ultimate blend of rhythm & fighting game genres gathered in one game, will be now available to download for free. Following this price change, the users who bought the paid version of “THE RHYTHM OF FIGHTERS” will be offered 5 limited NEOGEO tracks for free. Moreover, “KOF Selection Vol.2”, “REAL BOUT”, “RECOMMEND”, and “ROF PACK” 4 new DLC track packs will be available to download from August 28th, 2014 on Android and later on on iPhone. Stay tuned for more news regarding “THE RHYTHM OF FIGHTERS” to come in the following weeks.

About the new app price:

■Price changes:  $0.99 (tax included)⇒free-to-play (presence of in-app purchase items)

■Change date:  August 28th, 2014 (Android), TBD (iPhone)

■Others:  The following 5 NEOGEO original tracks will be offered to the owners of the paid version of “THE RHYTHM OF FIGHTERS”*  Track List: 1.ESAKA -NEOGEO ver.-/ 2.Fairy -NEOGEO ver.-/3.Exceed The Limit -NEOGEO ver.-/

  4. Diet-NEOGEO ver.-/5.Banquet of Nature -NEOGEO ver.-

*These limited tracks will be added to devices with a save data of the paid version of “ROF” above 1.30 ver. Please note that these limited tracks won’t be installed to the game in the case you uninstall the paid version of “ROF” to install its free-to-play version.

Additional Track Pack details:


Pack name

KOF Selection Vol.2 Pack



ROF Pack

Track list


Blue Mary’s BLUES

Mikoshi Ondo (Remix ver.)

Psycho Soldier “K.O.F Version”


It’s Seoul

The Last Blade

~ Decision at Dawn ~




~ Kyobashi ~



Each Promise

Get The Sky -With Your Dream-

Yussa Yussa You

Stormy Saxophone

Secret Track*





*Secret tracks are unlocked in the Arcade Mode of their respective additional track pack.

■Release Date: August 28th, 2014 (Android), TBD (iPhone)

■Price :  $2.99 (tax included)

TITLE DETAILS:     “THE RHYTHM OF FIGHTERS – SNK Original Sound Collection”

■ Release Date : June 25th, 2014 (iOS & Android)

■ Genre : Rhythm & Action

■ Compatible OS : iOS 7.0 and later / Android 4.0.3 and later

                     * Please check the app store page regarding the recommended devices.

■ Price : $0.99

■ Marketplace : Apple App Store / Google Play


*All company and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

“ROF” Official Website:  http://www.snkplaymore.co.jp/us/games/apps/rof/ 


For further information, please contact us at: www.snkplaymore.co.jp/us/ 


BBCP Kimaf vs Dedg FT5

Well, Sakura Otoko didn’t turn up, so we had a Ft5 between Kimaf and Dedg, as they tried out their subs: Bullet and Relius.

Sorry about the looping intro music, that was a bug that I couldn’t hear.


Dedg used Kokonoe afterwards for a bonus round but obviously hadn’t learnt any combos 😮


Running two tournaments at once is fine!

Running two tournaments with strong players in both = slow! Not recommended…

uniel charas



Cash Tournament Grand Finals


Free Tournament Grand Finals



CASH Tournament

1. Neophos (Gordeau)
2. Hale (Gordeau)
3. Huitzil (Akatsuki)

FREE  tournament

1. Hale (Gordeau)
2. Huitzil (Akatsuki)
3. Kimaf (Vatista)






You don’t need a kindle, but you do need the app for pc, mac or smartphone.
The FGC Pro
Ever thought about running your own event, or wanted to know what goes on behind the streams?
Check out this guide, available from amazon for only $0.00 FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY!


KOF13 General vs Mtk.Hokuto

Some very close matches here!


MOARRR Tournaments in UK & France: 3500€ Prize @ ROF

… *can’t breathe*

The funny thing is that within one day of playing with everyone, my level went up. Now I feel it’s going to go down, of course, so to keep it up, I will have to go to tournaments- there better be freeplay areas! (I talk about the importance of this is in my upcoming book…)


March 29-30 in Scotland but you knew that already.


Republic Of Fighters

17 et 18 mai 2014.

Woah PREMIUM event.

Excellent news : cash prize will exceed 3500€ plus prizes offered  by our different sponsors !

List of tournaments :

  • Super Street Fighter 4 AE solo + 3v3
  • The King of Fighters XIII solo + 3v3
  • Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate solo + 3v3
  • Tekken Tag Tournament 2 solo + 3v3
  • Super Smash Bros Melee solo + 2v2
  • Injustice Gods Among Us solo + 3v3
  • Soul Calibur 5 solo + 3v3
  • Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 solo + 3v3

2 solo tournaments + 1 team are authorized for each player. No registration limit, but team tournament will need at least 8 teams to go.

The rules of the different tournaments are all available on our Rules & Regulations page (also avalaible in french on the page de règlements)

Schedule :

  • Saturday : 10AM – 10:30PM
  • Sunday : 10AM – 9PM

Fees :

  • Venue fee (access to showroom, animations & freeplay spots) : 15€
  • 1 tournament  10€
  • Team 3v3 : 5€/player

For more informations, you can contact us via twitter (@RepOfFighters), facebook (Republic of Fighters) or e-mail (hazu@basgrospoing.fr)

Apocalyse In Paris



  • Date : Dimanche 16 Mars 2014
  • Participation : 10 € sur place
  • Horaires : début des inscriptions 13h /début des tournois 14h
  • Cash Prize : 60% pour le 1er, 30% pour le 2sd et 10% pour le 3ème
  • Support : Xbox 360
  • Page Face Book : Apocalypse in Paris
  • Stream : A Venir




  • Date : dimanche 06 avril 2014
  • Lieu : Café Manga Shikai
  • Facebook event
  • Adresse : 120 rue Gabriel Peri, 93200 Saint-Denis
  • Entrée / Participation : 7€ ( entrée + participation à un tournoi) – 4 € pour visiteur
  • Cash Prize : 50 € minimum + lots
  • Support : Xbox 360

Contact – Inscriptions – Informations :
Wez : 06 52 77 13 94


2,3,4 MAY

They’ve raised over 25,000 euros from crowdfunding.  What will they do with it?????  It’s going to be very interesting.  Or just a bunch of arcades, retro consoles, superplays, cosplays, computer music gigs and all that other geeky game related stuff, stuffed into a convention floor.


Le 28 et 29 Juin : Double Ko : Summer Event 2014

Centre d’Activités Culturelles Henri Savale – Rue Longpaon – 76160 DARNETAL

More info soon!




Super Vs Battle 2014, (SVB) is returning this summer!


Friday 8th August 2014
Saturday 9th August 2014
Sunday 10th August 2014


The Byron Hall
Harrow Leisure Centre
Christchurch Avenue


Ultra Street Fighter 4 (Xbox 360)
Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (PS3)
The King of Fighters 13 (Xbox 360)
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 (xbox 360)
Super Smash Brothers (versions to be confirmed)
Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo (Arcade version)
Street Fighter III 3rd strike (Arcade version)
In The Groove (Arcade version)

There’s also a KOF weekend coming up soon but no more details have been released as yet.



Hokuto No Ken / UNIB / P4U2 tournaments


20131215 a-cho UNDER NIGHT IN BIRTH ExeLate ランダム2on2大会 終了後 野試合

by GAMEacho

2013年12月15日に開催した a-cho UNDER NIGHT IN BIRTH ExeLate ランダム2on2大会 終了後 野試合の模様を収録。 2013.12.15 UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH ランダム2on2大会結果 http://www.a-cho.com/ac/201307_12/uni20131215.html


20131214 a-cho 北斗の拳AC 1on1大会 終了後 野試合

by GAMEacho

2013年12月14日に開催した a-cho 北斗の拳AC 1on1大会 終了後 野試合の模様を収録。 *権利保護の観点から一部演出をカットしております。 2013.12.14 北斗の拳AC 1on1結果 http://www.a-cho.com/ac/201307_12/hkt20131214.html





Source: http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm22465090

Interview with the best Ralf in Japan: MYU


(English and Japanese)

As part of our interview series, our next is with Japan’s resident Clark and Ralf specialist, Myu, talking about character love, running tournaments and extra special cosplays.  He also plays Third Strike!

1. Hello Myu-san, what’s happening with you?

I’m doing well and playing. My local arcade just closed, so I’m wondering where I should play from now on.

2. On your bio, you list your favourite characters as “Shermie and Clark”, the same as Gunsmith! I think that means he is your soul mate lol ;p You also list “XIII Ralf and female characters” Why XIII Ralf? Is he much better than the other versions?

I’ve used Shermie and Clark in past iterations of the KOF series. I like the way they move, and seeing Ogosho’s gameplay in Tougeki/SBO’s KOF2002 really had an impact on me. As for KOF13’s Ralf, t he character has quite a bit of significance to me because most of my combos and setups were things that I discovered on my own.

3. Why do you continue to use Ralf when everyone said he was mid/low tier?

When I first saw him, I saw that he was a character with pretty interesting moves, and his potentials weren’t being pulled out. I really got into him after I started to use him. I think Ralf is a character that can go into the top tiers as long as you take advantage of his strengths.

4. So do you like every female character?

Yes, all the female characters in KOF are charming.

5.What was the hardest thing about learning KOF XIII?

When KOF13 first came out [meaning Vanilla], I thought it was a game where going on the offence was strong, while defence was weak. Also, Raiden was a total pain. After the console version, backsteps were improved and there’s no characters that are as broken, and I think it’s pretty well balanced.

6. Did you play XII and do you think going back to the old system was a good idea?  If you could change something about KOF XIII what would it be?

Sorry, I’ve never played KOF12. I’d balance its (XIII’s) damage. It’d also be good to have some additional characters!

7. Which is your favourite KOF and why?

KOF13. I’ve played it the most, and I’ve become friends with many people through the game.

8. Do you like wrestling?

8. Sorry, I don’t watch much wresting.

9. What is your favourite move?

I like KOF2002UM’s Shermie F Capitude the most. I want to get sucked in by it.

10. The scene in Tokyo has many strong players and regular tournaments but has there been any events to expand it, eg. a tournament for beginners?

Yes, for example Dune hosts console sessions and an “KCE Fight Club”, and I run a beginner & intermediate tournament. If there was also a coaching session for beginners, I think that will help things even more.

11. How is that going?

Console sessions will make you new friends in the scene, which I think is a huge plus. The KCE Fight Club raised its student’s motivations and also raised their skill levels. The beginner & intermediate tournament got a lot of participants and it was really exciting. I think it’s very important that these kinds of events will keep on taking place.

12. Cafeid will run a tournament which is only for players who have never been in a tournament. Orochinagi is thinking about using this idea. What do you think about it?

That’s a pretty interesting idea! It’s hard to say how it’ll turn out until it takes place, but I think it’s a good opportunity to have more people get interested into participating in tournaments. However it’ll be full of people who’ve never entered a tournament, so running it might be a tad of work.

13. It can be stressful to run a tournament. How do you feel about entering and running a tournament at the same?

Running the tournament needs to be given first priority, so concentrating to win matches might be difficult.

14. Is there a country + tournament would you like to visit?

I want to enter EVO, so America. Also Chile, because I have a lot of friends there. However my workplace has changed, so right now it’s hard for me to get days off.

15. What made you start playing fighting games?

The first fighting game that I played was Street Fighter 2 that my nephew owned. I started playing in the arcades from KOF94.

16. What are your favourite gaming moments (in games or in real life).

It’s really awesome when heat of excitement gets high at tournaments.

17. How do you train?

I try to study my opponent’s habits when I play them.

18. What do you think is more important and why? : playing people with bad netcode, training combos on your own.

Combo practice will never fail you, and if you get used to lag, it’ll hinder your gameplay in lagless matches. So I think combo practice is more important.

19. You were recently married (congratulations again), and there was something special about the wedding, that SNK fans would appreciate. Can you tell us more?

Thank you very much! It’s already been an year since I’ve got married. The marriage ceremony was standard, but we cosplayed as Athena and Kensou during the after-party. We also had some casuals and a tournament at the after-after-party. We had a lot of KOF players participate too.

20. Are there any photos we can see?

Please check attachment.


Wowwwww thank you so much, Myu-san!!!

21. Has your KOF life changed since you were married?

It was expected, but my playing hours have dramatically decreased. To cover for that, I concentrate on thinking a lot more during my matches.

22. If you had children, at which age would you start training them?

I don’t have a kid yet but if I do, I’d like to train my kid from around age 5.

23. There may be a 3 on 3 tournament in April (1 character per player). Who would you like to team up with?

It’ll depend on what character my teammakes would pick, but… I’d like to use Ralf. I’d want to team up with Haregoro and Hisa, but I’ve already done so at the 6th KCE Cup tournament, so it’d be interesting to team up with other people too.

24. When did you start playing 3s, and why?

– I’ve played it a few times in the arcade but it wasn’t until about a year and 4 months ago that I got into it with the Online Edition on Xbox. – I got interested in it because a friend of mine was playing it. I had the opportunity to play with a top level player when I started off, and that got me going.

25. Why do you think 3S is still a popular game?

I think that 3rd Strike’s game system is more simple compared to recent games, but every chracter has a chance of winning because of the strong parrying system, And because if it, you can have really dramatic turnarounds like the famous Justin Wong vs Daigo match. It’s probably the thing that gets the player’s interest.

26. What would you change in 3S?

The game can be enjoyed aplenty even as of now, so I don’t think it really needs major changes, though it’d be good if the bug(s) that breaks the game’s PCB can be fixed.

27. Are you interested in SF4Ultra?

I’m not sure if I’ll play USF4. I’ll check some videos and play it if I feel up to it.

28. How can we know when you are streaming?

– I stream on Niconico. I make tweets when I stream, so please check my account. Also, you’ll get a notice on Niconico’s site if you’ve already joined as a member of my community/channel.

29. Who should I interview next? And what question would you like me to ask?

I’ve rarely seen Haregoro use female characters. I’d love to know why.

30. Do you have anything you would like to say to the readers?

Thanks for reading my interview! KOF13 is a really fun game, so let’s play together!

Thank you very much Myu-san!

Here’s the Myu Concept Match Video, where you can watch premium Ralf and Clark in action!


Thanks to Professor of http://MMCAFE.com for the English translation

Japanese version:

Orochinagiインタビューシリーズ第二弾は「チームON」所属のクラーク&ラルフ スペシャリスト、日本のミュー選手です。キャラ愛、大会の運営、とても特別なコスプレなど、数々の話題に注目してください。彼は3rdも遊びます!

1. こんにちはミューさん! 最近はいかがですか?


2. プロフィールで好きなキャラクターは”シェルミーとクラーク”と書かれていましたが、私Gunsmithも同じです!




3. 皆がラルフが弱キャラ/下位キャラと言っている中で、貴方は彼を使い続けました。何故ですか?


4. ところで、全ての女性キャラが好きなのですか?


5. KOF13を習う際に一番難しかったのは何でしたか?


6.1. KOF13で何か変更できる点があったとしたら、何を変更しますか?

6.2. KOF12は遊びましたか?もし遊ばれた場合、昔のシステムに戻ったのは良い考えだったと思いますか?


7. KOFシリーズで一番好きな作品は何でしたか?何故その作品が一番好きだったのですか?


8. プロレスは好きですか?好きな場合、一番好きなレスラーは誰ですか(現役/引退構わず)


9.2 一番好きなKOFの技は何ですか?


10. 東京のKOF界はとても強いプレイヤーが揃っていて大会も定期的に開かれています。しかし、もっと層を広げるイベントなどは開かれているのでしょうか、例えば初心者などに?


11. (ミューさんの初/中心者大会を開いた話を#10で書くのを前提とした質問です) そのイベントはどうでしたか?また開きたいですか?


12. Cafeidは’一度も大会に出た経験の無いプレイヤー’ 用の大会を開きます。Orochinagiでもこのコンセプトの大会を考えています。このコンセプトはどう思いますか?


13. 大会を開くのはとても大変です。自分で運営しながら、同時に自分も参加する大会はどう思いますか?


14. 訪れてみたい国+大会はありますか?


15. 格闘ゲームをはじめたきっかけは何でしたか?


16. ゲームを遊んでいて一番好きな瞬間はどんな時ですか?(ゲーム内の話でも結構ですし、リアルの話でも結構です)


17. どのようにKOFのトレーニングをしていますか?


18. 次のどちらの方が大切だと思いますか?それは何故でしょうか? 1/一人でコンボ練習 2/酷いネットコードでも、人と対戦


19. ミューさんは最近ご結婚されました(おめでとうございます!)SNKファンが喜びそうな、ちょっと特殊な結婚式だったと聞きます。どのような式だったのか、お聞かせ頂けますか?


20. その時の写真をお見せできますか?



21. 結婚されてからKOFとの付き合いは変わりましたか?


22. もしお子様がいたとしたら、何歳からKOFのトレーニングをはじめますか?


23. 私は4月に”一人1キャラ制”の3on3大会を開こうと考えています。その場合、どのキャラクターを選んで、他のチームメンバーの2名は誰にしたいですか?

24. 3rdストライクは何時頃遊び始めたのですか?

ちゃんと始めたのはXBOXのONLINE EDITIONで、1年4カ月くらい前です。

25. 何故遊び始めたのですか?


26. 3rdは何故、今でもあれほど人気があるのだと思いますか?3rdで変えるとしたら、何を変えますか?

また、Justin Wong vs Umeharaの試合に代表されるようなインパクトのある逆転劇も起きやすいです。

27. ウルトラSF4(ウル4)に関心はありますか?


28. ミューさんが配信している時はどのようにわかりますか?


29. 次に誰をインタビューしましょうか? その方に特に質問して欲しいことはありますか?


30 ・最後に、読んでいる皆様にメッセージがありましたら!


Cannes #IVGC Update #sidetournaments

International Video Game Cup 2014 – First Announcement Palais des Festivals et des congrès de Cannes – February 28th to March 2nd 2014

ivgc logo

The Event The Palais des Festivals et des congrès de Cannes is a place famous for a lot of reasons: movies, television, music, board games, but for a lot of us it’s just the place where we get to spend a few days with those friends we only get to see there. A place we’re all happy to come back to because we get to play with the best video game players on the planet under the sun of the croisette. The WorldGameCup filled a void when it was created in 2004, year after year it created a tradition that got players from the world over to gather around the same passion. The International Video Game Cup (IVGC) wants to continue to feed that beautiful idea, an event where the champions get to see who’s the best and their fans can enjoy the show at the venue or from the comfort of their own homes. The Official Games of the International Video Game Cup – The FGC Arena where old time fans happy will get to enjoy some of the best fighting games of this generation:

Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition v.2012 – Singles & 3v3

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 – Singles & 3v3

The King Of Fighters XIII – Singles & 2v2

SoulCalibur V – Singles & 3v3

Each game will have a dedicated steward to help “top players” to come, in coordination with our sponsors and partners. The final phases of each tourney will be live streamed! —– Registration Our partner Gametoo.fr will open registration on Monday November 25 2013, you will then be able to register for the various tournaments before February 15 2014, the last registration day. ATTENTION: Registration won’t be available at the venue. —–

The Side tournaments

To unwind between two big matches, many mini-tournaments will be available to (re)discover some of the treasures of the fighting games’ history.

  • SoulCalibur II HD
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle
  • The King Of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match
  • Virtua Fighter 5: Final Tuned
  • Dead Or Alive 5 Ultimate
  • Super Street Fighter II X: Grand Master Challenge
  • Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike
  • Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R
  • Street Fighter Zero 3
  • Garou: Mark of the Wolves

and many more surprises to come! All the side tournaments will be played the same way: – Registration will only be available at the venue (with a very limited number of spots!!!). – 2€ per player & per tourney. – Single elimination tournaments with 2/3 matches all the way! The “Gwak Live Show” Asenka,Gwak.fr & the Versus Dojo will mess with your mind with the Gwak Live Show, three days of non-stop live stream fighting game madness! For the first time you’ll get to see top level competition with “out of this world” commentary! What’s good in the Gwak Live Show Cannes 2014 menu?: A big SoulCalibur tourney: the 8v8 Team Special and a lot of challenges on:

  • Breakers Revenge
  • BishoujoSenshi Sailor Moon S – Jougai Rantou!?
  • Shuyaku Soudatsusen Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Fighting Edition Power Athlete
  • Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa’s Revenge (Samurai Spirits: Amakusa’s Descent)
  • Karnov’s Revenge (Fighter’s History Dynamite)
  • Fighting Masters
  • SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos Super Plus
  • Dragon Ball Z: Super Butōden 2
  • Hokuto no Ken (Fist of the North Star)
  • Super Muscle Bomber: The International Blowout (Ring of Destruction – Slam Masters II)

And more fun & wacky blasts from the past: real hits and what could only be called bakage or kusoge fodder… All the Gwak Live Show events are FREE! —–


Check out the guide we made for WGC In a nutshell, stay at the Pierre & Vacances BEACH with us! 1 euro a day bus ride! —-

The International Video Game Cup 2014 is organized by MT Events, for more information or to contact us, please follow these links:

Website: cannesivgc.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CannesIVGC

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CannesIVGC



Alexandre Tortarolo (MT Events): Email: Alex.MTevents@gmail.com Twiter: https://twitter.com/MTevents1 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/MTevents/441306325893064

Aurélien “kurama_tengu” Laureau (Communication & Coordination Manager): Email: thetengulair@gmail.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/kurama_tengu Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aurelien.kuramatengu.laureau

@Haregoro Interview part 3


This is the third and final part of our interview with Haregoro, talking about the past, the future and the Olympics!  Did you miss part 1 or part 2?


What made you start playing fighting games?

I loved video games to begin with [as a kid] and I played a lot of fighting games too, like Fatal Fury and Street Fighter 2 on the Super Famicom/SNES. Then when I was in junior high, there was a toy shop in my neighborhood that had an MVS cabinet with KOF97. That’s where I first played KOF. I made a friend at the toy shop, and we started going to the arcades. That’s how I got into fighting games!



What do you think about prize money for tournaments? Do you think it would bring more people to the arcades if it was legal in Japan? Or do you think it’s a bad thing?

I think it will help the arcades. There’s going to be a clear reason for winning, so it’ll motivate the tournament participants. The arcades will also make more effort to bring in participants as well.


What are your plans for competitions? Is there a tournament you really want to go to? Also, will you keep the same team?

I don’t have any plans for now. But even if I do chance my team composition, I won’t take out Joe and Shen!


Many people learn from videos, how did you improve at KOF?

One of the employees at my arcade during highschool was a true KOF fan and really good at playing. I talked with him a lot and he taught me a lot things. I met him back when MOW was out, played KOF2000 with him the most. He held a lot of KOF tournaments and events, so that brought in a lot of strong players and I was able to play at a very good enviornment. I’m like this today because I was fortunate to have a place to meet with players like that. Also, he really liked Ryo and he always picked him when playing KOF. I might’ve been influenced by his style, which would explain why I keep on using my favorite character.


How do you feel about your playstyle two years ago compared to now?

I don’t get tense at tournaments any more. How should I say it– I can play to my fullest. KOF13’s system is about landing the first [big] combo, and it helps me get a lot more wins. I don’t have matches where I lose in a regrettable fashion any more.


What do you think about tier whoring (picking the strongest rather than your favourites) in Japan?

I think there’s a lot [of players]. Probably because there’s more people that simply want to win, rather than to have fun playing with the characters that they like. It can’t be helped that people think about wins and losses as their first priority, and it’s more often that people who dwell on results end up making a better performance at major tournaments. But there’s also many players like me that ambitiously try to win with the characters that we like (In KOF13, that’ll be players like Myu, Moa, and Tenkawa). Please look forward to our future performances!


In 2020 the Olympics will come to Tokyo, do you think you will still be playing KOF then?

That’s quite a bit into the future so it’s hard to say, but I’d like to keep playing as long as new KOF titles come out!


What is KOF to you?

I really value my friends whom I’ve gained through KOF, as well as the many fun and salty memories I’ve had throughout my years. This year in particular, I went overseas just to play KOF. I really can’t imagine how I would been like if I didn’t play KOF. To me, KOF is really that huge and important of an existence.


Well, thank you!  That brings us to the end of the interview.  Any final words for the readers?

As long as I keep playing KOF, I’ll continue to use my favorite characters with Joe as my main focus, and keep my style for winning! I hope that I can convey the fun of fighting games and KOF to everyone, even if it’s just a little bit. Thank you for your support!


– そもそも格闘ゲームをはじめたきっかけは何だったのでしょうか?



-もし日本で賞金関係の法律が緩和されて参加費から賞金を出せるようになった場合、ゲーセンの活性化に繋がると思いますか?それとも逆効果になると思いますか? それは何故でしょうか?


-EVO以外に世界で出場してみたい大会はどこかにありますか? その場合、今のチーム構成を維持しますか?


– 最近KOFをはじめた人はインターネット動画を観て学ぶのが当然になってきています。しかし、ハレごろ~さんの世代に動画はありませんでした(しかも家庭版も充実していませんでした)。ハレごろ~さんはどうやってKOFで上達していったのでしょうか。


– 今の自分と1~2年前の自分を比べると、メンタル面などを含めどうレベルアップしたと思いますか?




– 2020年に東京オリンピック開催が決まりました。その頃もまだKOFを遊び続けていると思いますか?


– あなたにとって「KOF」とはどんな存在ですか?






Thanks to Haregoro for the interview and we wish him all the best!  You can follow him @haregoro (Japanese).

Stay tuned for the next interview with our other featured members!  Follow, like, subscribe!

Special thanks again to Professor from MMCAFE for translating everything!

Interview with @haregoro part 1


In English and Japanese.

Here’s the first of our series of exclusive interviews with players, giving you a chance to get to know what makes them tick, what inspires them and makes them world class!

Our first interview is with the stunning Joe Higashi user, Haregoro, member of Team Orochinagi, who can be seen regularly at tournaments in Japan, winning at Nishinippori, and finishing high at Evo 2013.  Here is the first of a three part interview where we talk about his name, what made him a fighter, what he thinks about tier whoring and more!

Orochinagi.com 独占インタビュー シリーズ第一弾!
世界級のKOFプレイヤーはなぜ世界級になったのか。 彼らを突き動かし、 感化させ、 現在に至る理由を探ります。

インタビュー第一弾はTeam Orochinagi所属の至高のジョー・東プレイヤー、 「ハレごろ~」さん。
彼の活躍は日本の大会や西日暮里紅白戦で見られ、 今年はEVOで上位入賞も果たしました。
今回は3パートに分けたロングインタビューで、 彼のハンドル名の由来、 格闘ゲーマーになった理由、
強キャラ房をどう思うか、 など数々のトピックをカバーします。


PART 1 of 3 : JOE

Why’s your name Haregoro?

I used to play Alex on STREET FIGHTERⅢ 2nd IMPACT, and my friends called me “Ale-goro”. I kept that name until the tournaments for KOF2000. When KOF2001 came out I decided to change my name, so mixed my real name (Haruya) in there and it became Haregoro. And that’s how it’s been ever since.

Why do you like Joe so much?

I like Joe because he’s hot blooded and he also has a cool voice. I especially like Real Bout Fatal Fury’s Joe, and I’ve been using him since my arcade debut in KOF97 up until now with KOF13.

Did you pick Hwa because he is a head swap of Joe? 

It’s not because he’s similar to Joe nor because he’s a bald Joe. When I decided to take out Maxima from my team, I thought that Hwa is a perfect character for me because he’s good at forcing the opponent to keep blocking and he also does damage.

You used to use Maxima but now you’ve dropped him. What happened?

I really like Maxima as a character. Back in Ver1.1 (vanilla), I used him as a core member of my team since he was really good at breaking down the opponent, he could do a lot of damage, and he was also great at passing down stocks to the next character. It was because of Maxima that I could use my beloved Joe and Shen at their best conditions back in ver1.1. But Maxima couldn’t be used in the same way in CLIMAX, so I gave up on using him as one of my main characters. I still use him as a secondary/sub character.

-- ハンドルネーム(ハレごろ~)の由来は何ですか?
ハレごろ~:  STREET FIGHTERⅢ 2nd IMPACTでアレックスを使ってたことから仲間に『アレごろ~』と呼ばれるようになり、 KOF2000の大会まではその名前を使ってました。KOF2001稼動時名前を変えたくなり、本名のハルヤをミックスさせて『ハレごろ~』へ変更。 現在に至る。

-- ジョーが好きな理由は何ですか?
ハレごろ~:  好きな理由は熱血漢であること、 声がかっこいいことです。 RB餓狼伝説のジョーが特に好きで ゲームセンターデビューのきっかけとなったKOF97からKOF13までジョーを使っています。

-- ホアを選んだ理由はジョーの頭を変更しただけのキャラだからですか?
ハレごろ~:  ジョーに似てるからでも髪の毛が無いからでもありません。マキシマを外すと決めたとき、攻撃力と固め能力に優れたホアが自分に合ってると思い使い始めました。

-- 以前はマキシマを使っていましたがどうしたのですか?
ハレごろ~:  マキシマはキャラクターとしても好きで、 ver1.1では攻撃力と崩し能力が高く、 ゲージを次のキャラに引継ぎしやすいためチームの要としてこのキャラを使っていました。 ver1.1で大好きなジョーとシェンが常に最高の状態で戦えたのは マキシマのおかげでした。

Part 2

Translation by Professor (muchas gracias)!

Interview : BubblanAB7

Shadowloo Showdown was such a good weekend, witnessing great players and heart pounding matches in KoF XIII. I was fortunate enough to meet BubblanAB7 and hit him up with some questions.


DC: Hi BubblanAB7, great to finally meet you! Tell us a little bit about yourself.

BubblanAB7: Hi I’m bubblanAB7, I live in Sweden and I’ve been playing fighting games for a little over 5 years. I started out with Street Fighter: Third Strike and CvS2 but have since moved on to KoF XIII and Marvel.

DC: Is KoF XIII you first KoF game? If not, which KoF was?

BubblanAB7: KoF XIII is the first KoF i started playing seriously but i really like 98. I’m not that big a fan of 2k2 even though i kinda feel XIII is based off that.

DC: What made you want to pick up and play KoF XIII?

BubblanAB7: I really love SNK games for their design in general and I’ve always had an interest in KoF so when XIII came along it was a good chance for me to start getting into the series.

DC: Describe your local KoF scene. How many players you have? You have local meetup or tournaments?

BubblanAB7: We have a local hangout here in Stockholm were players meet up about twice a week (Wednesdays and Fridays if there are any Swedes reading this). For KoF, we have about 8 players in total playing. We usually only run smaller tournaments for the new games since that’s a good chance for newcomers to get introduced, people don’t tend to hang around for ranbats etc.

DC: What was the impact of KoF XIII: Steam Edition for you personally? Has your local scene changed for better or worse?

BubblanAB7: For me personally, it’s so much easier to record combo videos since I can do it by myself. KoF has been kinda dead outside of Stockholm because the netcode was so bad before and they had no local scene but I’ve been able to find new people who’re interested in playing and at least within Europe KoF XIII: Steam Edition feels almost like playing offline.

DC: You mentioned that your training partners are as good as you or maybe better. Who are they and do they travel?

BubblanAB7: First I have Yagami who’s currently the 2nd best in Sweden. He’s also a very strong SFIV player and he’d be a real threat in KoF XIII if he’d put more work into it. Then I also have Xzi who’s an old GG player but he doesn’t travel at all. For those who follow smashdrama and know who leffen is (the first guy to get banned from smash) he’s pretty much my pupil and I’m confident he’s gonna be a top player by next year.

DC: What made you want to play in tournaments? Have you won any?

BubblanAB7: Traveling is the absolutely best part about fighting games so I try to get to as many tournaments as possible. In KoF XIII, my best performance internationally is getting 3rd at the latest Red Fight District but I guess I’m more well known for my combo videos. In marvel I’ve won some tournaments internationally but I’m still looking to improve at KoF XIII and hopefully start winning eventually.

DC: Describe your typical training plan to ready yourself for tournaments?

BubblanAB7: Before a tournament i usually start practicing setups and look up how to beat certain moves while normally i tend to just practice combos.

DC: Do you watch vids or read any info from forums at all about characters or gameplay?

BubblanAB7: I tend to watch combo videos and tutorial videos a lot more than other stuff.

DC: In your opinion, who are the best 5 characters in the game and why?

BubblanAB7: First of all, I think Benimaru is near broken with the infinite. For point i think that Duo Lon is the best but he has issues once people get in on him. Then in no specific order I’d put EX Iori, Karate and Kim.

DC: Who are your worst 5 characters and why?

BubblanAB7: I think that Maxima, Mai, Leona and Mature are the weakest characters in the game and it’s all because their toolsets are so limited. It’s hard for those characters to adjust to certain matchups. While I feel that characters like K’ and Kula are also weak they at least have the tools necessary to win, just that they have to put down more work than the better characters.

DC: You mentioned that Benimaru is broken because of his infinite, do you believe having a high difficulty of doing the infinite is a fair trade off?

BubblanAB7: Nope =)

DC: In your 2 combo vids, you showcase his infinite as well as some hard combos with Ash. How long it take you to learn how make these vids?

BubblanAB7: The first video took me a really long time to make since i was just learning Benimarus infinite during that time so not counting the practice i spent at home i probably spent about 20 hours recording at my friends house, over 10 of which was that Ash combo. The second video didn’t take nearly as long and I probably spent 10 hours recording it by myself at home with Steam Edition. For the second video i didn’t have to spend that much time practicing I just went straight to recording it.

DC: In your opinion, who is the best player right now in KoF XIII?

BubblanAB7: When I played casuals with Tokido during Shadowloo Showdown he earned my respect as being the absolute best in the game after just demolishing me, hopefully he’ll start showing it in tournaments as well.

DC: Is this your first time to Australia? You enjoying it?

BubblanAB7: I’m loving it here, haven’t had time to check out the city but I’m having a great time just hanging out with the Aussies and other guys from all around the world.

DC: Would you comeback?

BubblanAB7: I’d love to make it back, have to win the next qualifier as well.

DC: Any shoutouts you would like to make?

BubblanAB7: Huge shoutout to Veggey and Phenom and all the KoF players in Sweden.

DC: Thanks for your time and hope you have lots of success in the future.

BubblanAB7: Thanks!

Be sure to check out BubblanAB7 Youtube page for his quality combo vids and more future releases. Also check out his Money Match with Xian pre-SS2k13 below.

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Classic SNK game footage

After a forced break lasting 6 months courtesy of youtube copyright violation, the youtube account ImbuedGold [ http://www.youtube.com/user/ImbuedGold/videos ] is back into operation. This youtube account is one of the many out there that “dedicates” to nab japanese footage from niconico douga, and put it up in youtube, so that the matches will reach a wider audience. If you happened to watch footage from that account before the break, it might be good to keep it in mind not that pause period is gone.

There is not only classic footage, but also KoF XIII footage; like some “new” sets of matches from Game Spot Versus 21 :







Obviously, there is classic game footage, such as tournaments from Mikado :



Matches from “teams” such as “I’m not a boy” or “get in the ring”, Garou Densetsu focused communities :







Classic KoF Action :









There are even some anime MADs (what got the account the copyright clams in the first place!) :


Who is Team Danger?

TD Logo

ON: Who are you?

TD: Team Danger is based in Northern Mexico. It covers Juarez, Chihuahua, and the Durango area of Mexico. The Team is probably better known by Kane9999 performance during Evo and a couple of his online videos on his YouTube channel.

ON: What year was it established?

TD: The Team was founded in 2012 around Evo time. There was a growing trend in Mexico since the inception of SFIVAE. Juarez although it had high level players for KOF 2002, none of them really had a team, if anything they represented Juarez in every Tournament they went outside of the City, they either went by (example) Alexis from Juarez, or KOF Juarez Alexis… So we decided to make something formal, start a Team and start a series of Ran bats.

ON: What happened to the ran bats?

TD: Juarez as many of you may or may not know is a very violent city in recent years. Team Danger began its ran bats under the name of Salty Series. Everything was going fine with the first 2 ranbats, but when the third one was in planning stages, the owners of the gaming cafe were asked money to keep the cafe running, or it wasn’t going to end well. So instead of getting their head cut off or  worst, they decided to close down the place.

ON: So, what about the team?

TD: Since then I have decided, to keep the Team still alive and competitive but at underground status. KOF players such as Kane9999, Setsuna, Ismael and a couple of others would still get together to play at each other’s pad, or making a trip down to Chihuahua (the next closest city) to compete. Due to what happened to the gaming cafe it was decided to protect Team Danger members from any possible threat, that’s why the team never really went full public.

ON: So what are the current plans?

TD: It was brought up by TD|Bucano that we as a Team should challenge other teams in 3vs3 matches on SFIVAE via Xbox Live. Right now every Sunday the team challenges other teams online to play the matches to get known a little bit better. So right now the plan is to do that, and by the end of the year start a formal league with the rest of the Teams in Mexico, similar to Topanga (online part).

ON: What games do you guys play?

TD: Aside from SFIVAE and KOFXIII, there is 1 league of legends team.  A couple of the players play UMVC3 and a couple play Third Strike. Although the majority focus on the first 2 games I mentioned.


ON: So what are the future plans?

TD: Aside from adding a YouTube, Twitch, and Twitter account (at least more active). We want to finish the SFIVAE project. There is a big tournament in Mexico in October called Coliseo, we’ll see if we have representatives over there. The same goes for Revolution as well in November. We will be at Evo as well, we’ll see you guys there.

ON: How did you guys do at Evo?

TD: Bucano made it out of his pool on winner’s side in SFIV. Kane9999 made it to top 32, and Setsuna made it to top 64 both in KOFXIII.

ON: What other tournaments have you guys attended?

TD: As Team Danger Evo 2012, Evo 2013, Coliseo (in Guadalajara)… A few regionals in Mexico City, Puebla, and Veracruz.

ON: Who are the players?

TD: To name a few…

  • Kane9999
  • Setsuna
  • Fory
  • Bucano
  • Darioh
  • Kihara
  • Lufe
  • Dani
  • Gigante
  • Boy Scout
  • KOFMath
  • Lecter

There are a couple more members we would like to bring in that were once real good in past KOF that are from Juarez, people like Alexis, Ismael, Esteban, Lalo to name a few.  We would like also for KOFMath to come back to KOF he found a new love for FIFA, but trust me he was a beast in KOF2002.

ON: Anything you guys want to add?

TD: The Team is still a working progress, we are supporting our local players making competition online and offline. We are hoping to make more appearances in future tourneys in both Mexico and the US.  One thing is for sure we will be at Evo, that I can guarantee. See you guys in Vegas!

360GamingUK Triple Header: TTT2, Injustice and UMvC3 – Sun 2nd June 2013

The hype of Marvel (UMvC3) bounces back to the 360Gaming line up, along with TTT2 and the new fighting sensation Injustice.

Will Asim win his ninth title? Will Hollow keep his name and continue his streak with the Injustice title? And whilst KoF takes a break for a month, who will be the next UMvC3 champion?!

Remember you have to be in it, to win it.

Full details below and on the 360GamingUK website.
Also join the Facebook Event Page for this event.

Address: Tooting Tram and Social, 46-48 Mitcham Road, SW17 9NA
Directions from tube station: http://g.co/maps/t3k89
It’s just round the corner from the tube station (Tooting Broadway, Northern Line, Zone 3), which you can easily get to, from most of London.
Best bet is to follow the above Google Maps link once you come out of the station. Then look for a big black gate between McDonalds and the Gala Bingo Hall.
But give us a shout below if you need any further details/directions.

Date: Sunday 2nd June 2013
Doors open: 1PM
Tournament Registration Ends: 3.15PM
Finish: around 7PM

BRING YOUR OWN CONTROLLERS!!! (for the relevant console(s), including any required USB cables)
CONSOLE: PS3 for Tekken Tag 2 & Injustice, xbox360 for UMvC3.
PLAYER CAP: Max 32 entrants for each tournament.
FORMAT: Double Elimination (no groups), Best 2/3 games, all standard time limits.
TEKKEN-SPECIFIC RULES: 80sec time limit, Random Stage Selection, Motion Blur ON (unless both players agree otherwise)
OTHER RULES: No character lock for a new set, but within a set you can only change character after losing.
Blind pick available, coin toss available for 1p/2p side disputes.
You MUST check button config before your match starts, then restart the match.
Pausing (or pressing Home button) for any reason (including button config) means you forfeit the current round.
You MUST switch off any wireless controllers after finishing your match and leaving the station.
Seeding (by ranking/region) is usually only available for players signed up online.

Entry Fee (at the door):
£10 for venue entry + one tournament, £15 for venue entry + two tournaments, £20 for all 3 tournaments, £5 for venue entry + casuals/spectator only.
We accept Cash only (unless you sign up online).
Prize: Half of the pot goes towards prizes, winner take all!!!

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