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The King of Fighters XIV DLC Najd Trailer Released

SNK has just released a trailer of Najd, a new mysterious Saudi Arabian fighter who was designed by a contest winner a few months back.

Najd is a very quiet person dressed with an Abaya (traditional Saudi garment) with extraordinary powers. At night, she puts on her Abaya and turns into a vigilante to protect her fellow citizens. In contrast to her mysterious appearance, she is a college student during the day.

Also released is a video of Najd’s voice actress explaining more about the character, and has footage from a recording session:

Post your thoughts in the comment section below!

Saturday Shodown #8: Samurai Shodown Tournament Results

The Samurai Shodown discord tried something different this go around. Through vote on the discord we decided to play the Original Samurai Shodown on fightcade. Very fun showing this time around really gave me a new appreciation of the Samurai Shodown 1. Clash can go rot in the ground though really dumb mechanic that did get better with time.

Here are the results for Saturday Shodown #8

  1. from beyond(Kyoshiro)
  2. Sugoi(Haohmaru)
  3. Beansprouts(Jubei,TamTam)
  4. XuneLeka(Ukyo,Wan-fu,Hanzo)
  5. Tsunderstruck(Gen-an,Nakoruru)
  6. juggy(Earthquake)
  7. fluffycoyote(Galford)
  8. doctamario(Hoahmaru, Ukyo)
  9. wormyjester(Jubei)

The Tournament bracket

http://challonge.com/samsho1boi

Sugoi sending Beansprouts to losers in a comeback was one of the many highlights this time around. Many thanks to all that made it this time around. Was fun watching and playing a “new” samurai shodown game. Most of us are samurai shodown V special players but have been giving other samurai shodown games a shot (samurai shodown 64 please). We will be back with Moonlight Mayhem our themed tournament usually with a quirky set of rules.

 

Video of stream

(forgive the audio the technically difficulties end around 44:49)

We usually stream our tournaments on https://www.twitch.tv/torn_atsunder or https://www.twitch.tv/ah_ping but this time around I myself had to stream on https://www.twitch.tv/juggy_fgc

 

What Is The Neo-Geo World Tour? Los Angeles Event Recap By Reiki-Kito

You sit down at an arcade cabinet, settle in, and get ready to play some “King of Fighters 98: The Slugfest”. The tournament is about to start and you’re getting that much needed practice in before you go on stage. In the station adjacent, a little boy is mashing away at a HRAP fight stick with an adorable obliviousness in the King of Fighters XIV. His mother is not too far away, but is keeping her distance to let him play on his own. He fumbles with the controls and enters into options. The little boy seems confused as he accidently hits the Playstation home button to take him out of the game. Breaking away from practice, you get up and adjust the controller for him and set him into training mode with your favorite character. You see the little boy’s eyes light up after you explain the controls the best you can and let him try out something new. The boy comes up to you 10 minutes later to ask how to play a different character or play the computer. You smile and oblige him, getting him setup with story mode. That was one of many memorable experiences I had at Retro City Festival.

When & Where was it held?

On January 20th, the NeoGeo World Tour kicked off at Retro City Festival in Pomona, California. The event was exciting from start to finish while highlighting NeoGeo classics as main features.

People came with a passion and love for each game from Samurai Shodown II to King of Fighters 98. That passion was shared by prominent players like Laban9898 to the commentators like Phil Moore, host of the Nickelodeon game show “Nick Arcade”. The event was very enjoyable because of the experiences players received, the production and staff were amazing, and the tournaments made every game matter.

What is Retro City Festival?

Retro City Festival is a homage event to an era of arcade cabinets, SNES, and N64 games. Rows of Neo Geo and Taito machines were set to gameplay from Metal Slug to Galaga. The NeoGeo World Tour is managed by Retro.HK, an organization that facilitates the largest retro convention in Hong Kong called the Retro HK Gaming Expo.

What games can people play there?

Each tournament, except XIV, was run on arcade versions of the games. Samurai Shodown II, Fatal Fury Special, KOF 98, and KOF 2K2 were using Neo Geo MVS cartridges. Arcade Works Omega provided two of their company’s “NeoGeo Omega” systems. This hardware brought the arcade experience with a console size. All the retro games were played on CRTs as well. From 9AM to 8PM, people could walk right up and play whatever game was available. It was fun watching people who’d never played any of these games before pick them up and have a good time.

Luis Cha and TC Y05HI, world-class players in the Southern California area, came to compete and play as well. It was hilarious to watch Luis Cha attempt glitches in 2K2 or perform difficult combos with his favorite characters. The King of Fighters XIV setups were updated, but did not have all the DLC.

How was the event presentation?

Spectators were able to enjoy the tournament whether they were in the venue or away from it. NeoGeo World Tour presented all the games from their twitch account: www.twitch.tv/neogeoworldtour.

Sean Aldas and Phil Moore commentated from 10AM to 8PM. What made the two so much fun to watch was how much fun they had with participants and watching the game. Hiccups in production or scores were corrected quickly and tournaments concluded on time or ahead of schedule. The competitors came up on stage with two cameras trained on them. Whether you were in the rows of seats at Retro City Festival or at home watching from twitch, you could see participants (like me) get frustrated at loses or excited at winning.

Competitors, like Laban98, were exciting to watch as they displayed their skill and personality up on the big stage. The Neo Geo World Tour occupied the main stage of the venue for all of Saturday. Announcements about the Top 4 participants duking it out were made on the loud speaker to draw people in.

How was the tournament experience for players? What prizes were given out?

The tournament for participants was a great experience from start to finish. The games featured at the Retro City Festival stop on the World Tour were the following: Samurai Shodown II, Fatal Fury Special, King of Fighters 98: The Slugfest, King of Fighters 2002, and The King of Fighters XIV. All games played down to the top 4 in a single-elimination tournament with the top 4 playing on stage. The tournament ran smoothly. When top 4 was being run, a new qualifying round for a game was happening. Hand-drawn paper brackets and staff members cheering on players whether they won or loss was welcome and nostalgic.

Sign-ups were taken the day of the tournament. People from the surrounding areas came to participate and had been there since 9AM to play their game of choice. If you were at the festival, your entry was free. Luis Cha and YO5HI came during the 2002 tournament and showed off their world-class talent.

The prizes ranged from SNK E-sports items like postcards and folders to NeoGeo Omega consoles, MVS cartridges, and a PS4! The exhibition participants won hoodies and jackets with the NeoGeo World Tour logo as well. The tournament ran seamlessly except for a few hiccups in scores and hardware. At one point, a clean PS4 had been used for the first top 4 match of KOF XIV. Stream viewers caught it, the setup was switched out, and the match was replayed soon after.

There were some “Steve Harvey” moments that were both memorable and humorous. It was all in good fun. The finale was the first ever: “King of King of Fighters” exhibition where runner-ups and champions competed in a 3 on 3 team slugfest through 3 different titles. The challenge was fun because it took the skilled players out of their strategies and showed the audience something they may never have seen before.

Sum it all up, the experience I had during the event was positive, the production was sound, and the tournament was exciting to both watch and participate. I would be glad to see the King of King of Fighters Exhibition format be used more and refined. I would also love to see what the future holds. Retro HK would like to explore more of the Americas. I would be happy to see events in the East Coast like CEO in Florida become a stop. I would also be glad to see events in Mexico like ThunderStruck VI becoming a stop as well as more events in South America.

I had a great time at the Neo Geo World Tour at Retro City Festival. I hope that more SNK fans worldwide will get to experience the things I did as well!

James “Reiki Kito” Alderson

Photos by –James “Reiki Kito” Alderson, Laban, Neo Geo World Tour

Saturday Shodown #7: Samurai Shodown V Special Tournament Results

This week’s Saturday Shodown had some terrific matches all around. We played Samurai Shodown V Special on Fightcade, the rules we had this tournament was 3v3 KOF style meaning that the players would choose 3 characters and when they lose they would rotate to their next character similar to the King of Fighters series.

Here are the results for Saturday Shodown #7:

  1. ah_png (Yunfei, Gaira, Yoshitora)
  2. Dyne (Haohmaru, Hanzo, Basara)
  3. XuneLeka (Rimururu, Yoshitora, Hanzo)
  4. Doctamario (Amakusa, Haohmaru, Jubei)
  5. Nekhronos (Jubei, Rasetsumaru, Sogetsu)
  6. Sugoi (Genjuro, Kyoshiro, Ukyo)
  7. Tsunderstruck (Yunfei, Rera, Charlotte)
  8. mysti6 (Nakoruru, Suija, Haohmaru)
  9. Kain (Ukyo, Yoshitora, Shizumaru)

The Tournament Bracket

http://challonge.com/satsho7standinedition

Appreciation goes to everyone that watched the stream and participated in the tournament.

Next Tournament should be on February 17th Time: Around 2:00PM-3:00 on Fightcade. I will also mention that Samurai Shodown #8 should be a throwback to the original: Samurai Shodown. Newcomers and Veterans are all welcome to join

Video of stream

We do our streams on either https://www.twitch.tv/torn_atsunder (Tsunderstruck) or on https://www.twitch.tv/ah_ping (_png)

 

Saturday Shodown #6: Samurai Shodown V Special Tournament Results

Although Fightcade gave us some technical difficulties at the start we did manage to play some Samurai Shodown V Special and proceed with the tournament. The rules for this tournament required character lock meaning the participants were allowed to choose only 1 character meaning they were not allowed to switch after losing.

Here are the Results for Saturday Shodown #6

  1. from beyond (Zankuro)
  2. sufferdark (Enja)
  3. Nekhronos (Jubei)
  4. Sugoi (Kyoshiro)
  5. Shunt (Gaoh)
  6. XuneLeka (Rimururu)
  7. DoctaMario (Amakusa)
  8. Tsunderstruck (Rera)
  9. juggy (Galford)

The Tournament bracket

http://challonge.com/satsho6boigetinthere

Much appreciated to all that came to play with us and watch the stream we’re an open community that welcomes all no matter the skill level.

We do plan to play some other Samurai Shodown games available on fightcade with the original Samurai Shodown being one that might make it out on the vote on the discord. Get ready to see some clunky Heavy Slashes and Oki setups after dashing throws .

 

Next Tournament should be on Feburary 3rd Time: TBD

Video of stream

We usually stream our tournaments on https://www.twitch.tv/torn_atsunder provided by our lovely Bulgarian Rera player Tsunderstruck

 

Introducing Saturday Shodown Biweekly Tournament

Hello everyone!!

I’d like to introduce Saturday Shodown a Biweekly Tournament held on Fightcade for Samurai Shodown V special hosted by the Samurai Shodown Discord. The tournament welcomes players of all skill level to join in. Players from North America, South America and Europe are allowed to join (Sorry Asia players). Some of our tournaments have special rules such as character lock or 3v3 KOF style tournaments, the rules for the tournaments will usually be on challonge page of the tournament. We are also thinking about the possibility of doing other Samurai Shodown games that are on fightcade. Most of the discussion for the tournaments will be done on our discord and we have a bot that sets reminders on when the next tournament happens. We usually stream it on twitch too

We will be posting tournament results and Youtube VOD on DreamCancel. Feel free to join the discord and ask questions about the game and its mechanics.

 

 

Past Hype Shodowns

 

 

 

Thanks beansprout for creating the banner and creating vids on our youtube

Thanks to tsunderstuck for doing the streams with these fine thumbnail

SNK Announces King of Fighters XIV Version 3.0, New Upcoming DLC Character To Be Playable At EVO Japan 2018

SNK has recently announced that a King of Fighters XIV Version 3.0 will be on the way, with a playable new DLC character to be featured at Evo Japan 2018 at their SNK booth, January 26th to 27th!

For a while, many players have been concerned about upcoming support of King of Fighters XIV, but now with the past announcement of the new Saudi Arabian female character, it makes sense now that a version 3.0 will be released sometime in 2018! There aren’t any details on version 3.0 at the moment.

The joker in the poster is bringing speculation to many players wondering if it will be a different, NEW DLC character to be playable or announced, or if it will be just the Saudi Arabian Character.

Here are some wishlists for version 3.0

Post your thoughts in the comment section below!

Rest In Peace Ars Magna aka ImbuedGold

Dream Cancel will like to express our deepest condolences to the recent passing of an EXTREMELY important KOF/SNK community member, Ars Magna aka ImbuedGold. He frequently shared many great fighting game videos on his youtube channel, especially those of the SNK brand.

For myself, his channel was one of the first KOF/SNK YouTube channels that I subscribed to years ago when I first started playing King of Fighters. I frequently checked his channel for obscure high level gameplay videos that I had trouble finding anywhere else on YouTube.

Below are tweets from the SNK/KOF community giving their condolences:

SNK Classic Neo-Geo Titles King of Fighters 98, Waku Waku 7, Metal Slug 3, World Heroes Perfect & Shock Troopers Will Be Released On The Nintendo Switch

Famitsu has reported that King of Fighters 98, Waku Waku 7, Metal Slug 3, World Heroes Perfect, and Shock Troopers will appear on the Nintendo Switch system soon! The Nintendo Switch will be released in March!

Do you think more SNK Neo-Geo titles will appear on the Nintendo Switch?

Source: Famitsu via Gato Ray Twitter

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