Sept. 5-9th KOF XIII Events

West Coast Warzone 4

West Coast Warzone 4
Date: Sept 5-7th, 2014
Location: Orange, CA
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Air Capital Carnage

Air Capital Carnage
Date: Sept. 6th, 2014
Location: Wichita, KS
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Columbus, OH KOF XIII Ranbats

Columbus, OH KOF XIII Ranbats
Date: Sept. 12th, 2014
Location: Columbus, OH
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Summer Jam 8 KOFXIII Top 8 Stream

Team Kick-Punch-Block will be streaming the Top 8 for KOFXIII at Summer Jam 8 taking place in Philadelphia, PA at 2PM EST (11AM PST).

Brackets are here and here

The stream schedule for Sunday’s events is here as well
Watch live video from kpbfgc on www.twitch.tv

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Persona combo-maker releases KOF XIII Duo Lon combo video

He’s really out-done himself this time, good luck trying to follow this effort:

The King of Fighters XIII combo video showcasing what Duo Lon is capable of, be that old, new, practical or impractical.

If you thought KoF XIII combos were difficult, Duo Lon makes every other character look like easy mode. Even with the help of tool assist, Duo Lon was five times more difficult than any other character I did, even by hand. Without the help of tool assistance, this video would never come to existence. There’s mainly three main reasons why Duo Lon is much more difficult than any other character:

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Rhythm of Fighters is now free-to-play; paid players get free tracks

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If you were holding out on the Rhythm of Fighters because you were unwilling to spend $0.99, you can finally try out the new SNK music game as The Rhythm of Fighters is now a free-to-play app.

In order to compensate fans who purchased the paid version, SNK Playmore is offering 5 NeoGeo tracks for free!  In addition, they have also added 4 new music packs, so go check them out!

You can download the Rhythm of Fighters from the Apple Appstore or the Google Playstore from the links below:

App Store Download URL: http://itunes.apple.com/en/app/id838627331?mt=8

Google Play Download URL: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.snkplaymore.android009

Check out the official press release after the break for more details:

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Kyo, Iori, and Athena crosses over to MOBA Core Masters

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Korea’s Soft Big Bang announced that a collaboration with SNK Playmore.  In their upcoming game Core masters, characters from The King of Fighters ’98 will be appear in the MOBA as guest characters.  Kyo, Iori, and Athena are available to play today after  updates in the Japanese version.

Hit the jump for more concept art and trailers!

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Aug. 27-31st KOF XIII Events (UPDATED)

Summer Jam 8

Summer Jam 8
Date: Aug 29-31st, 2014
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Hyper Fighting
Date: Aug 30th, 2014
Location: Roseville, MN
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Summer Slugfest

Summer Slugfest
Date: Aug 27th, 2014
Location: Bronx, NY
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Shadowloo Shosdown V

Shadowloo Showdown V
Date: Aug 29-31st, 2014
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Guard Cancel: The Blackrose | Wisconsin

Guard Cancel is an interview series profiling KOF community members and players. The goal is to get to know the people behind the tags. Guard Cancel will be published every Monday. If you’d like to be featured, email [email protected] or PM me in the forum.

1. How long have you played KOF? Which KOF was your first? Which is your favorite?

The first KOF I ever touched was KOF98, which is my favorite. However, I never really got too hands on with KOF while growing up. I had more exposure to Fatal Fury than I did KOF.

I didn’t start getting into KOF proper until I started playing fighting games seriously again 4 years ago, where the local scene was screwing around with KOF2K2UM and RBFF2. When I learned about KOF13 from IPW streaming the old Southtown Arcade weeklies, I ended up watching a lot of it. Announcement of a console release guaranteed that I would be playing it.

2. Why KOF over all of the other fighters?

What always stood out to me was the pace of the game. It’s very offensive in nature with the ways pressure can be applied, but at the same time that pressure is not completely absolute and one-sided. Mobility is another strong point that works hand in hand with the offensiveness of the game. The ability to pick three characters is also a plus when I consider that KOF is one of the few series that makes me want to touch on all of the cast at some point.

I think the biggest draw at the end though is the community. Before, during, and after a tournament, you will meet a lot of people who just want to sit down and play the game. They’ll talk with you, play with you, impart knowledge if you ask, and all of it is without any sort of strings attached.

3. Are you a tournament player? If so, list your tournament rankings.

Unfortunately, due to recent forays into stream production work and commentary, playing in tournaments has taken a backseat. That being said, my record wasn’t stellar, but I wasn’t going 0-2 either.

4. Do you have a local scene or do you rely on online play?

While a local scene in Milwaukee exists, it is very fickle when it comes to staying stable in a game that is not Street Fighter 4. This means having to travel to Chicago if I want to get some practice against players for KOF13. Although for some strange reason, people are starting to pick up KOF2K2UM again. No complaints here.

I prefer to play offline more than online because I really like to dive into the nuances of some matchups, and I feel as though online does not currently allow for that.

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Community Tribute for the Kof 20th Anniversary

KOF-Tribute-American-Sports-Team-King-of-FightersOriginally published on August 25th, 1994 in Japan, today marks the 20th Anniversary of the King of Fighters Series.  The folks over at game-art-hq.com have organized a community tribute to celebrate the special occasion.  Over 30 Kof fans submitted original artwork to show their love for the series.  Head over to game-art-hq to check out the tribute!

http://www.game-art-hq.com/76782/kof-1994-2014-the-game-art-hq-community-tribute-for-the-20th-anniversary-of-the-king-of-fighters-series/

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SNK Playmore celebrates Kof 20th anniversary; all mobile games on sale for $0.99

BvlToI8IUAAz3La.jpg largeSNK Playmore is celebrating the 20th anniversary of The King of Fighters Series and are having a big sale for all of their paid mobile titles.  All paid titles can be purchased for $0.99.  So head over to the Google Play Store or Apple Appstore and grab a few titles that catches your eye!

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Guard Cancel: [ON]Vicio | Texas

Guard Cancel is an interview series profiling KOF community members and players. The goal is to get to know the people behind the tags. Guard Cancel will be published every Monday. If you’d like to be featured, email [email protected] or PM me in the forum.

1. How long have you played KOF? Which KOF was your first? Which is your favorite?

I’ve played KOF for 20 years. :p It’s evident which was my first. My favorite was ’96 since I played it just for fun, and fun it was!

2. Why KOF over all of the other fighters?

I started with other fighters, Karate Champ, Samurai Shodown, Art of Fighting, Fatal Fury, Street Smart, Pit Fighter, MK, SF just to name a few, but when KOF came out, it blew everything else away! The mood, the system, the music, the style everything was so fresh and cutting edge. Dat intro! I felt as if the game picked me, not the other way around. The scene was huge, just about every convenience store, gas station, shopping center, and arcade had KOF in it, it was impossible not to play KOF.

3. Are you a tournament player? If so, list your tournament rankings.

A constant top 3 in local tourneys, top 8 in Texas Showdown(2014), Top 8 in CEO(2014).

4. Do you have a local scene or do you rely on online play?

We do have a small, but strong local scene. I play online only to fill in on match-ups we don’t have locally.

5. Do you prefer pad or stick? Why is that your preference?

Stick, I’ve played stick since childhood. I’ve played pad in older games, but to me, it never compared.

6. What advice do you have for new players?

Play for fun first, always! The tournament scene will call you eventually, you’ll know when. Took me 17 years to even consider it.

7. How do you choose a character and team? How do you choose the order?

Aesthetics, feel, style everything has to be there; I have to like the character, regardless of tier or type.

8. Which type of character do you prefer?

I played Leona in ’96, I used to avoid charge characters at all costs before that. But when it comes down to it, rush down are my faves.

9. From a purely gameplay perspective, who is you favorite character?

Mature

10. How often do you practice or train in KOF alone?

I get bored really fast in practice mode, about 10/hrs a week at most before tournaments, too much time IMO. And this is why I lose! ;P

11. How do you gain new techniques, strategies, setups and combos? Do you watch match videos?

Match vids bore me to death(that’s why I’m free), I usually watch tech vids by Gutts CL, Mienai Kage(Leona!) and a little Juicebox on the side!

12. What would you like to see in a new KOF game?

A mixture of KOF 11/13 Game mechanics, KoF XIII sprites, more characters, KOF XII Art and backgrounds(minus the zoom), KOF ’96 style music. New Arc; Gaea!(Mother of Orochi?)

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