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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Street Fighter Cameo in Mortal Kombat Rejected by Capcom

A cameo by Street Fighter character in Mortal Kombat series was proposed but shot down by Capcom.

Video game crossover is an idea that is most commonly adapted in fighting games and a very popular among fans. Often times they would collaborate with inter-company franchises or bring out fighters from third-party series.

There was a time when Mortal Kombat creator has requested for characters from their rival series Street Fighter to make a cameo in their brutally violent fighting title but that proposal was eventually declined by folks at Capcom.

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Street Fighter Cameo in Mortal Kombat Rejected by Capcom

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It was revealed recently in an interview with Street Fighter producer Yoshinori Ono that Ed Boon has reached out for a cameo appearance of a character from Capcom's fighting games into one of NetherRealm Studios' own.

People working at Capcom back then was collectively uncomfortable with the idea of Street Fighter icons like Chun-Li or Ryu getting viciously murdered by Kitana, Scorpion or Sub-Zero with a deadly "Fatality" finishing move.

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Yoshinori Ono talked details about a collaboration effort between both parties and how it fell down in the end.

It's true that a proposal for a Street Fighter character in Mortal Kombat was rejected by Capcom. But it wasn't me personally! There were many people at the company that felt that it wasn't a good fit for our characters. I actually met Ed at the Brazil game show and spoke to him personally about it. So it's true - but I didn't make the decision!

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Characters from these two popular franchises have made a name for them within gaming industry and have appeared in many different games from other companies but they never crossed paths with each other yet.

Although their characters do not match well due to tonal differences, a possibility for future collaboration is not necessarily ruled out since they have fair share of crossover like Marvel Vs. Capcom and SNK Vs. Capcom series under their belt.

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Despite belonging to fighting games genre, both MK series and SF are popular among fans for distinct traits like addictive gameplay or gory combat moves with an established lore full of charismatic characters to back that up.

Once, both Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter games have totally dominated arcade era but that competition has cooled down when these titles found a new home in consoles to a wide range of audience from different ages.

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NetherRealm collided with Injustice franchise previously and brought heroes of DC Universe to their game. Even though it didn't work out this time, Capcom is always more than happy to work in partnership if they find something they like.

A more anime-esque world of Street Fighter would probably make not much sense in a darker world of Mortal Kombat for sure but that possibility is not completely out of the table yet as Capcom has not completely denied anything.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Won't Have Mai Shiranui

Mai Shiranui from Fatal Fury series is too sexy for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and won't be making an appearance.

With a 48-minute lengthy stream, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate game director Masahiro Sakurai introduced Terry Bogard from SNK fighting game series Fatal Fury and King of Fighters as latest DLC fighter for his largely popular title.

There were renowned characters like Andy Bogard, Blue Mary, Geese Howard and noticeable many other around his new stage during entire presentation except Mai Shiranui, who apparently is too sexy for Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Won't Have Mai Shiranui

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It's not like she was mistakenly left out but excluding her from SSBU was a conscious choice. At midpoint, Sakurai paused to clear out that "Smash Bros. Ultimate is for good boys and girls of many different ages" and so they decided not to add her.

Viewed often as a sex symbol of SNK fighting games, Mai is often considered as one of the hottest babes in video game. Even her official nickname was "The Alluring Ninja Girl" and would be featured in most promotional art.

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If you are not familiar with her character at all then have a look at her idle animation from King of Fighters XIII to get the idea.


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Looking at her, anyone surely can guess why but that is also a reason for her not to be a part of a family-friendly game. No one clearly needed an explanation from Sakurai over this matter since it is obviously because of her clothing.

Despite being a master of ninjitsu and Koppo-ken combat style, her skimpy outfit and bouncy features has always got the attraction of fans other than her fighting prowess, which has now cost her an appearance in Smash Ultimate.

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Eventually, this announcement on her Smash cameo has "Mai Shiranui" trending on Twitter and here are some good ones.







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Since Mai is not age appropriate for Smash Bros. audience in general, they couldn't feature her without putting her into a less revealing outfit but that sort of censorship may invoke a huge backlash from her fans, so there is no winning over this.

Then there is a question about how come other prominent characters like Bayonetta and Zero Suit Samus appear in SSBU for not just mere cameos but as fighters with their more mature designs and Mai couldn't even show up as a guest?

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Although her overall outlook may seem overly objectified and a bit too sexualized even for too many adult players these days, originally her design meant to represent traditional and ideal feminine beauty of Japanese woman.

Nevertheless, keeping Mai out of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate might be a well-thought decision from developer Bandai Namco Studios and publisher Nintendo to get a clear pass from rating board reviews for their crossover fighting game.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Becomes Best-Selling Fighting Video Game

Popular Nintendo Switch brawler Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is now best selling fighting game of all-time.

Despite getting leaked before launch, hotly anticipated 2018 crossover fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from developer Bandai Namco Studios and publisher Nintendo managed to make and break many sales records.

It was recently revealed in a half-year financial report that SSBU has surpassed lifetime sales of Wii U home console in less than six months and now became best selling fighting game of all-time, ousting previous title holder Street Fighter II.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Becomes Best-Selling Fighting Video Game

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SFII was released back in 1991 and by September 30, 2019, a total number of 15.7 million units have been sold and this is a significant victory for Smash Bros. Ultimate considering how little time it took to exceed that impressive number.

Also, Street Fighter II released a series of updated versions over the years and ports for many different platforms. Yet, it took less than a year and Nintendo Switch as a single launch platform for SSBU to beat lifetime sales record of SF2.

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More of its success can be pointed towards strong sales of Nintendo's eighth-generation hybrid console Switch. That record will keep expanding with recent release of Nintendo Switch Lite, which has been doing very well in all regions.

A title that brings together both casual and competitive players, SSB Ultimate is largely popular to a wide audience range due to its ensemble of fan-favorite fighters assembled from many third-party games that are not Nintendo property.

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More of these characters are frequently added to its roster through Fighters Pass DLC including themed music and stages. Post-launch content updates are another major factor that contributes to sales of Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Although Super Smash Bros. Ultimate did better than other Switch games such as Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it has yet to outdo Mario Kart 8 Deluxe and its overall sales of 19.01 million units.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Mortal Kombat 11 Free Trial Weekend for Consoles

NetherRealm Studios announces free trial weekend for Mortal Kombat 11 over the weekend on PS4 and Xbox consoles.

In April 23, 2.5D fighting game Mortal Kombat 11 from developer NetherRealm Studios and publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment came out on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, followed by Nintendo Switch on May 10.

Though it may sound crazy to many but MK11 throwing off a free trial weekend on PS4 and Xbox consoles that starts from October 11, 12:01 AM PDT/3:01 AM EDT and will run until October 14, 12:59 PM PDT/3:59 AM EDT.

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Mortal Kombat 11 Free Trial Weekend for Consoles

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Below is an official trailer that highlights select contents of MK11 playable over the weekend on major consoles.




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Aside from accessing all multiplayer game modes, players can get their hands on custom character variation system to customize kombatants. Cinematic story mode content will be limited to first two chapters within trial period.

All base character alongside newcomer DLC fighters Nightwolf, Shang Tsung and newly introduced Terminator T-800 model from upcoming live-action film Terminator: Dark Fate is available to go bloody brutal on your opponents.

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You can take these three Kombat Pack fighters in Towers of Time mode for a little test run. These long-anticipated characters, especially Arnold Schwarzenegger as Terminator is reason enough to draw anyone in for a tryout, right?

In order to access and play online contents like multiplayer matches, players would require membership to PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold. However, that will not be the case for downloading trial or going through single-player content.

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If you have kept yourself from joining the kombat arena and test your skills against heroes of NetherRealm, then now would be a very good time to step in and you can also carry over any progress you make to main game later.

A publisher sale is running during this promotion on Microsoft Store, Nintendo eShop and PlayStation Store, to let you purchase Mortal Kombat 11 and Kombat Pack for 40% off. So, get over here and join MK11 free trial weekend.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Mortal Kombat 11 Adds Terminator T-800

Gameplay reveal for DLC character Terminator T-800 comes in all-new official trailer of Mortal Kombat 11.

Drafted into Kombat Pack as a playable DLC character, Terminator is coming to 2.5D fighting game Mortal Kombat 11 from developer NetherRealm Studios and publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment next week.

Terminator T-800 model from Terminator: Dark Fate will take on its role of a cybernetic killing machine and start offing combatants off the arena. A gameplay trailer is dropped to give you an idea of what his move sets are going to be.

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Mortal Kombat 11 Adds Terminator T-800

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Arnold Schwarzenegger's classic T-800 model makes its entrance into MK11 in style to terminate all opponents.




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Terminator T-800 has an appearance that resembles to its recent portrayal in upcoming live-action movie Terminator: Dark Fate. It makes a similar entry like it did in Terminator 2: Judgment Day when it came to save John Connor.

Confronted by Jax, it asks whether or not he is a Cyborg and then remarks that he will be terminated regardless. Then it basically goes bashing the rival fighter repeatedly and shoot him off with a pump-action shotgun round.

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T-800 displays its unique ability to use short-distance portals in a confrontation with Kano and then completely loses skin when Scorpion spews fire on it, revealing a much tougher robotic skeleton underneath synthetic molten flesh.

Upon triggering Krushing Blow, it would shoot player in the guts after hitting you with the weapon and awkwardly show a thumbs up but would grab by the legs in mid-air while mockingly saying "GET OVER HERE!" and finish up.

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Smile and Chill Out

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When performing signature Fatality, Terminator will shoot down lower half of a rival and then activate a time sphere to send their upper body to future, where one of its brethren will find them and finish them off with a plasma rifle blast.

Before Schwarzenegger's iconic Terminator character was finally included in Kombat Pack DLC, there were several rumors for T-800 to join Mortal Kombat 11 and NetherRealm did an amazing fan-service by adding most iconic action hero of all time.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Samurai Shodown 2019 Free DLC Character Shizumaru Out Now

Shizumaru Hisame joins battle today in sword-based fighting game Samurai Shodown 2019 as free DLC character.

Already out for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, sword-based fighting game Samurai Shodown (2019) from developer/publisher SNK Corporation is waiting to arrive later on Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch and PC platforms.

Earlier, SNK announced to feature a new character to SamSho 2019 every month and will continue till February 2020. Today, newest blade-wielding warrior Shizumaru Hisame will be joining as free DLC character for all players.

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Samurai Shodown 2019 Free DLC Character Shizumaru Out Now

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Kid prodigy Shizumaru Hisame is cutting into action today to take stage for the month and make rain of blood.




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Debuted in Samurai Shodown III, this amnesiac lad has been a troubled youth looking for answers about who he really is. He has a unique fighting style that is a blend of skillful wielding his umbrella and a short sword.

Despite his innocent look, this young fellow possesses a murderous rage within him that he always fights to keep in check. In any fight, his opponent is moments away from getting wrecked soon as his demonic side takes over.

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Shizumaru Takes Stage

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His ability of softly floating down in-air is a great way to confuse opponents with their timing and keep them open for an attack. Not only does he look up to Haohmaru, Hisame has an uppercut move akin to his Kougetstuzan.

Shizumaru comes to Samurai Shodown 2019 today as latest free DLC fighter with many more to come in upcoming months. Be very aware when facing this veteran character because his looks are deceiving for his bestial nature.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

For Honor Standard Edition Free on Uplay Now

Class-based melee action game For Honor: Standard Edition for PC is free to download on Uplay until August 27.

Last year in August, developer/publisher Ubisoft offered a free copy of their 2017 third-person action game For Honor on Steam digital outlet and was listed in monthly games lineup for Xbox Live Gold, during its seventh season of content.

Most recently, PC version of the title was given out on Epic Games Store as part of their weekly free games giveaway and now you can head over to Uplay to grab a free copy of its Standard Edition before August 27, 6 AM PT/9 AM EDT.

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For Honor Standard Edition Free on Uplay Now

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All you have to do is to claim it on Ubisoft store with a free Uplay account and then proceed to checkout. Standard Edition allows you access into story-driven campaign and seven multiplayer modes to play online as part of its base game.

Once added, it will be yours to keep forever with your game library and so, you should hurry up until this offer is still on the table. Players can also earn in-game currency, Steel to purchase additional new heroes or cosmetic items.

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Earlier this year, both PlayStation Now and PlayStation Plus have offered the game for their members. So, here is another chance at become a valiant Knight or an honorable Samurai in medieval era without costing a single dime.

For Honor is currently in its third year and is usually sold for $39.99 in other digital storefronts for PC or consoles. Thus, a freebie offer on base content of this combat-focused action game is definitely a great deal for newcomers.

Monday, August 5, 2019

The King of Fighters XV Announced

SNK took stage at EVO 2019 to officially announce upcoming King of Fighters XV with a short teaser clip.

There was a time when Japanese video game developer/publisher SNK would come up with a new installment of King of Fighters franchise each year but following release of King of Fighters XIV back in 2016, they took a break.

They were actually working on a brand-new KOF title for some time to make a surprise announcement for upcoming King of Fighters XV at EVO 2019, which is currently in development phase and aiming for a 2020 release window.

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The King of Fighters XV Announced

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There was nothing more than an official logo over a background just to confirm fans that SNK has not given up on their long-running, iconic fighting game series and there are chances of dropping some in-game showcase very soon.

Each year, major fighting games find a platform at Evolution Championship Series annual event. KOF has been absent at EVO for past two consecutive years only to be taken over by Samurai Shodown 2019 at eSports stage this year.

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What we got out of EVO 2019 is a brief teased look of KOFXV ahead of a full official trailer by SNK on a later date.


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Despite giving any details on release platforms, it is highly likely for the title to arrive for consoles and PC. However, they might very well choose to release the game on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One first before launching on PC.

King of Fighters XV is stated to run on Unreal Engine 4, similar to most recent SNK project Samurai Shodown reboot for 2019 and their anticipated comeback to genre may even tie with upcoming next-gen Neo Geo console.