Daigo Umehara's Event Schedule 2015

- Canada Cup's Master Series [January 9-11]
- 5th Niconico Shotenkaigi [January 18]
- Yonpahi radio show [January 23]
- 6th Niconico Shotenkaigi [January 25]
- Taipei Game Show [Jan 31]
- Tokaigi 2015 [Feb 1]

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

[Video] Garireo vs. Kami-chan FT5 in Kohime Enbu

This's a Koihime Enbu exhibition match between Garireo and GODSGARDEN's Kami-chan from the monthly Koihime Enbu tournament on Sunday at Leisure Land Akihabara 1 game center.

We rarely see Kami-chan play fighting games nowadays, but his main fighting game is now Koihime Enbu. Garireo is the man who won Evo 2014 with a big comeback in BlazBlue grand finals.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

[Video] Tokido Drift

Someone at Beast Note apparently had too much time for a parody video.

Click here to download

Niitsuma "no longer involved with fighting games"

The UMvC3 producer Ryota Niitsuma confirmed as of today that he's no longer involved with fighting games.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Saint Seiya LoS BD/DVD coming December 5, with English sub

It's announced last week that the Blu-ray and DVD of Saint Seiya: Legend of Sanctuary will be released on December 5.

From the product description, the BD/DVD will feature English subtitle.

Saint Seiya is a legendary series from the manga that was first published in 1986. This film is a reboot of the entire Sanctuary saga (first saga of the series), with new storytelling and redesigned saint armors (called Cloth).

Due to its nature, Saint Seiya is made into a fighting game from time to time. The last one was Brave Soldiers (2013), and Ultimate Cosmo (2012) before that. Seiya is also playable in J-Star Victory Vs (2014).

New Shining Resonance info (Excela, Kizuna Diagram, Dating)

The official site of Shining Resonance is updated with these information.

  • Her title is "Dragon Knight Princess of Divine Song."
  • Her class is Dragon Master.
  • She excels at supergravity magic.
  • She appears to have Armonix lance that also works as a flute.
  • Her enemy is Diva Magica and 7 Armonix users.
  • She has 3 dragon minions.
  • Her goal is to capture all dragons.
  • One of her sample voices reveals that she has a soft spot and that she's all alone and can only trust dragons.

Kizuna Diagram
  • Each character obtains a new unique personality from a scenario.
  • A bad relationship is developed if both characters' personalities don't match. Vice versa, a good relationship is developed when setting matching personalities.
  • These relationships are called Kizuna(s).
  • In an example, Yuma and Agnum are showed to have "Negative Power" Kizuna.
  • In another example, they're showed to have "Let's Go, Brothers!" Kuzuna.
  • Kizuna(s) affect party member's actions in combat.

  • Resonance randomly occurs in combat.
  • It allows two character to perform a unique action (attack or support) together, depending on their Kizuna or personalities.
  • Yuma and Agnum are showed to perform an action called Rival Break when their Kizuna is Eternal Rival.

Field Chat
  • In the field, a party member will say something, including giving an advice.
  • Sometimes it's a question, which you must answer using L1 (YES) or R1 (NO).

  • You can camp at certain places. The places will also act as a save point.
  • Camping will restore all HP and MP.
  • It seems like camping will cut to night time instance where you can talk to a character or Stare (command) at them.

Night Event and Dating
  • Using Stare command, there's a chance that Night Event will occur. This's a chance to develop a relationship. This also applies to two male characters.
  • Night Event can lead to M.O.E.S (Mind Over Emotion System). It's basically question with time limit to answer. Good answers will improve relationship. You can also choose "Do not answer."
  • At the end of a Night Event, there's a chance that you'll be asked for a date. This will also improve the relationship.
  • It appears that personality can trigger a unique event in a date.

Twitter icons and headers

PS3 RPG Shining Resonance will be released on December 11. Sonia is expected to be playable in Beast Note's most anticipated fighting game Blade Arcus.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Shining Resonance TGS2014 promo posted

PS3 RPG Shining Resonance will be released on December 11. Sonia is expected to be playable in Beast Note's most anticipated fighting game Blade Arcus.

The 4th TOPANGA League stream links and tickets

Round 1 (September 25)
Round 2 (September 26)
Round 3 (September 27)
Round 4 (September 28)
Round 5 (October 5)
Round 6 (October 12)
Round 7 (October 13)
Round 8 (October 17)
Round 9 (October 18
Round 10 (October 19)
Round 11 (Play-off tournament) (October 25)

Round 1 (November 7)
Round 2 (November 8))
Round 3 (November 9)
Round 4 (November 14)
Round 5 (November 15)
Round 6 (November 16)
Round 7 (November 22)
Round 8 (November 23)
Round 9 (November 24)
Round 10 (December 5)
Round 11 (December 6)
Round 12 (December 7)

Buying tickets

How to buy TOPANGA League ticket

Note that the ticket gives you the access to both live stream and recorded stream. You'll be able to rewatch as many time as you like until January 12, 2015.

[Video] First Shining Resonance gameplay

Shining Resonance gameplay was introduced by the producer himself on Sunday.

New things we found in the video
  • It has "preemptive strike" called Advantage Battle for approaching enemy from behind.
  • Yuma's MP will continue to decrease when in dragon form (Shining Dragon Ilban). As MP decreases, the dragon will risk going into Rampage status–attacking everyone both sides.
  • It seems like Yuma cannot transform back to human form without a Rune Song to calm him down. (In other words, use Rune Song to calm him down before his MP runs out.)
  • You can assign up to 4 Force moves to 4 buttons (Circle, Cross, Triangle, Square). (To use, press the button while holding L.)
  • You can escape a battle by leaning toward the invisible wall.

See also:

Shining Resonance will be released on December 11. Sonia is expected to be playable in Beast Note's most anticipated fighting game Blade Arcus.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

New Shining Resonance info: Excela's song by Nana Mizuki

This's the first look of Excela's song by Nana Mizuki, in a scene that appears to be the first encounter between Yuma/Sonia group and Excela.

(The video has been removed by request of Sega)

Shining Resonance will be released on December 11. Sonia is expected to be playable in Beast Note's most anticipated fighting game Blade Arcus.

[TGS2014 Day 4] MadCatz tournament

Momochi (Ken/Jur) 1-2 Kim1234 (Dic)
1-2 *timeout in 3R
1-2 *Momo changed to Juri *Momo won by timeout in 1R

Pepeday (Fue) 2-0 Kim1234 (Dic)

Fuudo (Fei U1) 0-2 Inco (Ruf U1)
0-2 *almost perfect in 2R, nice Ultra counter reaction

Itabashi Zangief (Zan) 2-0 Taku@Ratio4 (Bla)
2-0 *almost perfect in 2R

Tokido (Aku) 1-2 Itabashi Zangief (Zan)
0-2 ItaZan stole 1R

Umehara (ERy U1) 2-0 Tsuna (Jur U2)
2-1 *almost perfect in 1R

Umehara (ERy U1) 2-0 Shinchan (Ele U2)
2-0 *dominated in 1R
2-1 *combo drop save Shinchan in 2R

Uriajjo (Zan U1) 2-0 Justin Wong (Ruf U1)
2-0 *convincing 2R
1-2 *perfect in 2R by Uriajjo
2-0 *Uriajjo stole 1R

Nemo (Rol U1) 1-2 Uriajjo (Zan U1)
2-0 *almost perfect 2R
1-2 *close 1R
0-2 *timeout in close 1R

Mago (Yan U2) 2-1 Kenzo (Aku U2)
2-0 *close 1R
0-2 *almost perfect in 2R
2-1 *nice U2 in 2R from Kenzo

Kazunoko (Yun U1) 2-0 Pugera (Ibuki U2)

Kazunoko (Yun U1) 0-0 Matsuzaka-sedai (Gouken U1)

Bon-chan (Sag U2) 2-0 Lap Chi (Bla U2)

Umehara (ERy U1) 0-2 Pepeday (Fue UW)
1-2 *Arigataya finish in 2R *combo drop cost 3R

[TGS2014 Day 4] Umehara vs. Nemo

Daigo Umehara (ERy U2) 2-5 Nemo (Rol U1)
  1. 2-1 *perfect in 3R
  2. 1-2 *close 1R *Nemo's convincing 2R *close 3R (Ume dropped combo)
  3. 0-2
  4. 1-2 *very lose 1R
  5. 0-2 *almost perfect in 1R by Nemo *combo drop cost 2R
  6. 2-0
  7. 0-2 *SRK cost 2R

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Super Play in GIF: Umehara's 20 hit combo on Justin Wong at TGS2014

This's a super play from MadCatz exhibitions at Tokyo Game Show 2014 today.

The match attracted 5,000 more viewers in 20 minutes and total 19,000+ viewers at the end.

[TGS2014 Day 3] USF4 Omega Edition announced

It's announced today on Capcom's USF4 stage show that a new mode, called Omega Edition, will be added to Ultra Street Fighter IV.

The new mode is said to change the game as we know completely, as it will feature new sets of character moves exclusive to this mode.

Update: Official information in English is added below. The Omega Edition will come with a new balance patch.

we will be releasing the version 1.04 patch in October.

We’re not stopping there however! In our ongoing effort to make sure that Ultra SFIV is the greatest version of SFIV yet, we bring you a completely new, completely free and most importantly completely fun version of your favorite 44 characters in Omega Mode! 

For those wondering, Omega mode is a completely new mode in which every character has been modified and outfitted with new normal and special attacks, resulting in a refreshing take on the characters you’ve come to know and love over the last six years. As the primary goal for this mode was fun, we placed more emphasis on making the characters feel new, than on their balance. This means that strong, fan favorite attacks such as Ken’s Shinppu Jinrai Kyaku and Sagat’s Tiger Raid make their return while other characters such as Zangief gain new abilities, like being able to combo into his command throws.

Now I know the next question that comes to mind is, “will this be playable online?” My answer to that is “it most definitely will be!” But as this mode is for fun, Omega mode will be restricted to unranked matches only. Additionally all official Capcom tournaments and Capcom Pro Tour affiliate tournaments will use the default Ultra balance, not Omega mode, as the tournament standard.

[TGS2014 Day 3] MadCatz Exhibitions

Mago (Yan U1) 5-3  Mike Ross (Hug U2)
  1. 1-2 *nice frame trap tech in 2R from MR
  2. 2-1 *dominated in 2R by MR
  3. 2-0
  4. 1-2
  5. 2-0
  6. 2-1 *Ultra saved MR 2R
  7. 0-2 *nice backdash read finish in 2R
  8. 2-0

Umehara (ERy U1) 5-3 Justin Wong (Ruf U1)
  1. 0-2
  2. 2-0 *nice frame trap hado in 1R (very close)
  3. 2-1 *perfect in 1R by Ume *dominated in 3R
  4. 2-1 *Ume couldn't close 2R *exciting 3R
  5. 1-2 *nice RD finish in 1R *miss input? cost Ume 2R *nice U1 reaction from JW in 3R
  6. 2-1
  7. 1-2 *Ume Copter miscalculated and cost Ume 3R
  8. 2-1 *dominated in 1R by Ume *19000+ viewers

Tokido (Aku U2) 5-4 Jayce the Ace (Vip U1)
  1. 2-0
  2. 1-2 *close 2R *failed chip cost Tokido 3R
  3. 2-0
  4. 0-2
  5. 2-1 *convincing 3R
  6. 0-2
  7. 2-1
  8. 1-2 *perfect in 2R by J *almost perfect in 3R
  9. 2-0

[TGS2014 Day 3] Umehara vs. Bon-chan

At Alienware booth.

Bon-chan (Sag U1) 1-5 Umehara (ERy U1)
  1. 1-2 *intense 1R *almost perfect in 3R
  2. 2-1 *nice option select DP in 2R by Ume?
  3. 0-2 *nice EX DP follow in 1R *nice FA punish in 2R
  4. 1-2
  5. 1-2 *Arigataya finish in 3R
  6. 1-2 *big combo in 3R

- Umehara said Evil Ryu makes this matchup easier than Ryu.
- Umehara played rock-paper-scissors to give away signed rough sketch from the artist of his manga.
- There're so many people coming to watch him at the booth.

Friday, September 19, 2014

DBFC T-shirts announced

Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax T-shirts from a collaboration between Sega and Cospa has been announced today.

These T-shirts, priced at 6,000 yen ($55) each, will be released in late November, although four of them (Asuna, Kirito, Shizuo, Miyuki) will be sold in advance at Dengeki Bunko Autumn Festival 2014 on October 5.

If you want to import, keep checking your favorite online export shops on Monday or so. Don't wait, because these things will sell out fast and you don't want to win DBFC tournament at Evo 2015 without wearing one!

Valkyria Chronicles joins DBFC

It's announced today at Tokyo Game Show that Selvaria Bles and Alicia Melchiott from Valkyria Chronicles will be added to Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax on PS3 and PS Vita.

The characters will first appear as a boss, and are playable after unlock. (Selvaria as main, Alicia as support)

Note that the producer and the director refused to show the character select screen at the announcement, there's a chance that more characters will be added.

Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax will be released on PS3 and PS Vita on November 13.

[TGS2014 Day 2] Umehara is always fighting

Q: Do you have a girlfriend?
A: I do, but we're having a fight.

New Shining Resonance info

A new Shining Resonance promo that focuses on showing characters and some gameplay was showed yesterday at Tokyo Game Show 2014. Although we have the video but let's wait for the official one.

This's the imperial princess Excela (voiced by Nana Mizuki) that was revealed yesterday. She's said to be "cool and beauty twin tail character" by the producer. It's also hinted that her theme song will be revealed this Sunday.

Shining Resonance will be released on December 11. Sonia is expected to be playable in Beast Note's most anticipated fighting game Blade Arcus.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

[TGS2014 Day 1] Rare photo of ASW Mori actually playing USF4

Arc System Works' Mori (using Ryu) was caught playing Ultra Street Fighter IV with voice actor Mitsuhiro Ichiki (using Sakura).

[TGS2014 Day 1] Umehara meets e-sports Square

Pictures of Daigo Umehara from e-sports Square (e-sport cafe) staff.

[TGS2014 Day 1] Team MadCatz feat. Kana Ueda

The popular voice actress Kana Ueda posted these pictures from Tokyo Game Show today. (The person who took this picture is Arc System Works' Mori!)

[TGS2014 Day 1] Umehara vs. Reiko Mihashi

Reiko Mihashi has met with Daigo Umehara at MadCatz booth today at Tokyo Game Show 2014. (We haven't seen any girl posing with him this often. Are they dating?!)

See also:
Mihashi posing with Umehara at Taito Station
Mihashi reading Umehara's book
Mihashi's team plays against Umehara's team

New Shining Resonance info

Our speculation was true. It's confirmed that the silver hair girl on the box art is in fact the princess of the empire, and is voiced by Nana Mizuki (Japan's highest-earning singer voice actress). She's songstress of the enemy side. Inevitably, she's Kirika's rival and will most likely have her own song.

Additionally, Kizuna Diagram system is revealed. From the pictures, it seems like you can set a personality to a character which will affect relationship between party members and can trigger an event.

Shining Resonance will be released on December 11. Sonia is expected to be playable in Beast Note's most anticipated fighting game Blade Arcus.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Umehara on TOPANGA TV tonight

Daigo Umehara came to TOPANGA TV tonight, to promote his activities at Tokyo Game Show 2014 (beside Capcom's stage show and MadCatz's tournament and exhibition, he'll also promote Dell computer). As usual, he also played some Ranked Match.

(skip to 02:03:50 for the matches)

Akiba's Trip 2 coming to PS Plus Free Play

It's announced that PS Vita version of Akiba's Trip 2 (Japanese version of Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed) will be added to Free Play section for Japan's PlayStation Plus members starting today. The game will be available to pick up from September 17 to October 14.

Akiba or Akihabara district not only is the holy ground of otaku, but also plays important role in JFGC. The legend of young Daigo Umehara started here 20 years ago (as you probably already read from his manga). A fighting game location test usually takes place here. And you'll see even more fighting game event here after the opening of e-sports cafe early this year.

Akiba's Trip is an adventure game set in virtual Akihabara district so this's one of the best opportunities to get to know and navigate the place without having to actually go there.

(Note that the English version of this game is already released on PS3 and Vita, and will be released on PS4 this Holiday season.)

Sunday, September 14, 2014

[Video] JFGC people play Wonderland Wars

Fuudo, Bunbunmaru, Kami-chan, Sentosu, Nagisa, Shiki "Maou" Aoki were invited to play Sega's arcade MOBA game Wonderland Wars at Japan Gamer's Live on August 31.

Although Sega says that this's the world's first arcade MOBA, we say it's not quite true. Square Enix's Lord of Vermilion III already did this in 2013. LoV series introduced MOBA-like gameplay to the arcades since 2008.

Anyway, Wonderland Wars is quite different from Dota or LoL. You don't need to destroy Nexus. Your team only needs to have more "life" than opposing team after 6 minutes.

There're 3 things you can do to reduce the life of opposing team.
  • Attack opposing team's castle (A.K.A. Nexus)
  • Destroy an opposing team's turret
  • Kill a member of the opposing team
Other differences
  • You use stylus to control your character, and also to draw the line of your projectile.
  • You can summon a giant who can instantly destroy a turret if let live long enough.

Wonderland Wars is currently under development. This location test version only had 4 characters (out of 12 planned?). The release date is currently "February 2015."

The videos above show viewpoint of Bunbunmaru who was in the same team with Fuudo and Maou. The team is full of serious gamers so another team couldn't even get a single win out of around 7 games.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Shining Resonance gameplay & new PV planned for TGS

It's announced that Sega plans to show Shining Resonance gameplay and new promotion video for the first time at its booth during Tokyo Game Show 2014.

Those who attend will also get a special edition of Famitsu magazine called Shainitsu which features only Shining Resonance information. A photo session with Kirika cosplayer is also planned.

Those who can't attend can still watch some gameplay during 30 minute Shining Resonance corner on Sega's TGS stream on the last day (15:00-15:30 JST).

Tokyo Game Show 2014 will be held between September 18-21. Sega will be streaming stage shows from its booth all four days.

Shining Resonance will be released on December 11. Sonia is expected to be playable in Beast Note's most anticipated fighting game Blade Arcus.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Umehara vs. Justin Wong planned for TGS2014

It's announced today by MadCatz's MarkMan that Daigo Umehara is scheduled to play against Justin Wong during Tokyo Game Show 2014.

New Shining Fan Festa 2014 info

New information of Shining Fan Festa 2014 event has been revealed today via the official site.
  • Lia is announced as a performer in the concert part. (Lia is the singer of the legendary song Tori no Uta.)
  • Performers of concert part: Nana Mizuki, Souichirou Hoshi, Asami Shimoda, Satomi Akesaka, Saori Hayami, Asami Seto
  • Sale of tickets begins on September 13.
  • Theme song of Shining arcade game will be showed. Our speculation is Blade Arcus theme song sung by Asami Shimoda who voices Pairon in the game.
  • It doesn't appear that Satomi Akesaka involves anything at all, so it's possible that she'll sing Blade Arcus theme song together with Shimoda. Since her main job is voice actress she most likely voices an unannounced character. They sing Shining Force Cross theme songs.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Capcom to stream USF4 stage show feat. Umehara

It's announced today that Capcom will stream its stage shows during Tokyo Game Show 2014 on September 20-21.

This means Daigo Umehara will be on stream for the USF4 stage show on September 20 (16:00-16:40 JST).

2014 TOPANGA League B detailed

Full details of 2014 TOPANGA League B are all revealed on tonight's TOPANGA TV.

Players and characters
  1. Akutagawa (Dudley)
  2. Ooitajin (Chun Li)
  3. EX Pugera (Ibuki)
  4. Itabashi Zangief (Zangief)
  5. Katakana de Aoki (Decapre)
  6. KojiKOG (T. Hawk)
  7. Mago (Yang)
  8. Nemo (Rolento)
  9. Ninomae (Rose)
  10. Nishikin (Blanka)
  11. Sako (Elena)
  12. Santarou (Sagat) 
  13. Sasaki (Cody)
  14. Tokido (Akuma)
  15. YHC-Mochi (Dhalsim)
  16. Yossan (Juri)

Change of rules

With the announcement of Wao quitting TOPANGA League A, up to six players will be promoted to TOPANGA League A this season. The 5th and 6th place will play a FT7 4-man round-robin play-off tournament with Fuudo and Dashio to determine two players who will play in League A.

Promotion and Relegation
1st place - To League A
2nd place - To League A
3rd place - To League A
4th place - To League A
5th place - Round-robin play-off
6th place - Round-robin play-off

Fuudo will have one game advantage over Dashio
5th place will have one game advantage over 6th place.


League B
1st place - 100,000 yen
2nd place - 50,000 yen
3rd place - 30,000 yen

League A
1st place - 1,000,000 yen
2nd place - 300,000 yen
3rd place - 150,000 yen

Ticket pricings

League B
One day ticket - 300 yen
Season ticket (11 days) - 1,500 yen

League A
One day ticket - 500 yen
Season ticket (12 days) - 3,500 yen

League A and League B package (23 days) - 4,500 yen

The tickets will be sold starting next week.

Monday, September 8, 2014

New Shining Resonance info

From the official site that is renewed today.

Two unknown characters
  • The character on the right belongs to Lombardia Empire. This supports our speculation that the silver hair girl is indeed the queen of the empire and is voiced by Nana Mizuki.
  • The character on the left is most likely the long hair samurai-looking man in the opening movie. Interestingly, he doesn't belong to any country.

Armonix tuning
  • It looks like this's point allotment system for the weapons. You can raise the magic potential for an ability such as raising max MP. Vice versa, you can raise physical attack potential for an ability such as add damage.
  • You can rank up specific tuning via combat.
  • You can add Skill Piece to an Armonix. Skill Piece such as Vital can raise max HP 10%. 
  • Update: Please read new information about Tuning here.

  • His class is "Majuukenshi" (magic "gunblade" user).
  • He just wants to fight a strong opponent. His sample voice reveals that he gives up on a fight just because the opponent is too weak.

  • Her class is Ninja Master.
  • She's actually a childhood friend of Kirika and Rinna.
  • Her sample voices show that she's more or less Tsundere character. (She says something like you're too nice for believing me like that.)

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Shining Resonance will be released on December 11. Sonia is expected to be playable in Beast Note's most anticipated fighting game Blade Arcus.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Umehara qualifies for Capcom Pro Tour Asia Finals

From the result of today's Capcom Pro Tour Asia: Taiwan, Daigo Umehara has qualified for Capcom Pro Tour Asia Finals in Singapore on October 25-26.

Umehara won the Taiwan qualifier by defeating GamerBee (Adon) 3-0 in the grand final, without losing a round.

TOPANGA League B 2014 officially revealed

It's revealed today that The 4th TOPANGA League's B league will be held between late September to late October.

The recently announced online tournament (this Saturday) will act as the qualifiers. Two players, one from the afternoon and one from the evening, will be invited to compete in the B league.

B league schedule
  1. September 25
  2. September 26
  3. September 27
  4. September 28
  5. October 5
  6. October 12
  7. October 13
  8. October 17
  9. October 18
  10. October 19
  11. October 25

Friday, September 5, 2014

PS3/Vita DBFC promo posted

Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax will be released on PS3 and PS Vita on November 13.

Shining Resonance OP posted

The opening movie of Shining Resonance is posted today by Sega. This's also the first ever video of the game.

The song in the video, Niji no Senritsu (Melody of Rainbow), is sung by Saori Hayami (Kirika's voice) and Asami Seto (Sonia's voice). This's the first female duo song of the series.

Shining Resonance will be released on December 11. Sonia is expected to be playable in Beast Note's most anticipated fighting game Blade Arcus. 

Kotobukiya announces new Xiaomei figure

It's announced that Kotobukiya will release "Xiaomei & Rinrin" figure in January 2015. The 19 cm tall 1/8 scale figure is priced at 9,000 yen.

Note that this's actually the second Xiaomei figure from Kotobukiya. The first one was in 2012.

Shining series is known for being successful in its merchandises, especially its figures.

Xiaomei will be playable in Beast Note's most anticipated fighting game Blade Arcus.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Umehara going Capcom Pro Tour Taiwan

It's reported by GamerBee that Daigo Umehara will compete in Capcom Pro Tour Taiwan on September 6. The tournament acts as one of four qualifers (China, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore) that will lead to Capcom Pro Tour Asia Finals on October 25-26 in Singapore.

The winner of Asia Finals will earn a spot in Capcom Cup.

Preorder bonus revealed for Shining Resonance

It's announced today that the preorder bonus of Shining Resonance will be product code for idol's "Marching Band" costume for Yuma, Kirika, and Sonia.

Shining Resonance will be released on December 11. Sonia is expected to be playable in Beast Note's most anticipated fighting game Blade Arcus.

Umehara confirmed for Capcom's TGS stage show

It's revealed today that Daigo Umehara and Mago will participate Capcom's USF4 stage show in Tokyo Game Show on September 20.

[Video] Daigo Umehara (ERy) vs. Fenrir (Yun)

We usually don't pay attention to Ranked Matches, because fame seeking players tend to upload only their winning matches–you can't really tell who's good or bad. But this's an exception because these are all the matches that happened on Tuesday night between them, and we got it directly from Fenrir's own stream.

New Shining Resonance info

From Famitsu

  • Two new antagonists have been revealed: Zest and Beatrice.
  • Armonix tuning is revealed.

  • He's the strongest member of Beowulf.
  • His weapon is magic rifle.
  • He's voiced by Souichirou Hoshi (Kira Yamato from Gundam SEED, Keiichi from Higurashi, Rage in Blade Arcus).

  • She's a female ninja who specializes in swift attack.
  • Her task in Beowulf is to provide secret information and assassination.
  • Being a dark elf, she was affected by persecution in the past.
  • She's voiced by Houko Kuwashima (Tomoyo from Clannad, Uka-sama from Inakon, Roselinde in Blade Arcus).

Shining Resonance will be released on December 11. Sonia is expected to be playable in Beast Note's most anticipated fighting game Blade Arcus.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

First week sales: P4U2

Media Create, the well-known Japanese console game market researcher, revealed today that the PS3 version of Persona 4 The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold has sold 89,468 copies in its first week.

As always, we have chart so you can compare.

First week sales of fighting games between 2008-2014 in Japan by Media Create
  1. [PSP] Dissidia Final Fantasy (Square Enix) {2009.12.18} - 489,100 / NEW
  2. [PS3] JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle (Bandai Namco Games) {2013.08.29} - 425,718 / NEW
  3. [PSP] Dissidia: 012 (Duodecim) Final Fantasy (Square Enix) {2011.03.03} - 286,117 / NEW
  4. [PS3] Persona 4: Arena (Atlus) {2012.07.26} - 128,485 / NEW
  5. [PS3] J-Stars Victory Vs (Bandai Namco Games) {2014.03.19} - 118,240 / NEW
  6. [PS3] Tekken 6 (Namco Bandai) {2009.10.29} - 103,105 / NEW
  7. [PSV] J-Stars Victory Vs (Bandai Namco Games) {2014.03.19} - 97,821 / NEW
  8. [PS3] Persona 4 The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold (Atlus) {2014.08.28} - 89,468 / NEW
  9. [PS3] Naruto Shippuden: Narutimate Storm 3 (Bandai Namco Games) {2013.04.18} - 87,661 / NEW
  10. [PS3] Street Fighter IV (Capcom) {2009.02.12} - 86,000 / NEW
  11. [PS2] Fate/Unlimited Codes (Capcom) {2008.12.18} - 82,900 | NEW
  12. [PS3] Super Street Fighter IV (Capcom) {2010.04.28} - 80,882 / NEW
  13. [PSP] Naruto: Shippuden Narutimate Accel 3 (Namco Bandai) {2009.12.10} - 76,596 / NEW
  14. [PSP] Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable: The Battle of Aces (Namco Bandai) {2010.01.21} - 76,088 / NEW
  15. [PS3] Soul Calibur IV (Namco Bandai Games) {2008.07.31} - 74,607 / NEW
  16. [PS3] BlazBlue: Chronophantasma (Arc System Works) {2013.10.24} - 72,464 / NEW
  17. [PS3] Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (Capcom) {2011.02.17} - 67,187 / NEW
  18. [PS3] Dead or Alive 5 (Koei Tecmo) {2012.09.27} - 66,586 / NEW
  19. [PS3] Naruto Shippuden: Narutimate Storm Generation (Bandai Namco Games) {2012.02.23} - 65,758 / NEW
  20. [PS3] Naruto Shippuden: Narutimate Storm 2 (Bandai Namco) {2010.10.21} - 63,675 / NEW
  21. [PS3] Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (Bandai Namco Games) {2012.09.13} - 62,630 / NEW
  22. [PS3] Street Fighter X Tekken (Capcom) {2012.03.08} - 58,471 / NEW
  23. [PS3] Dragon Ball: Raging Blast (Namco Bandai) {2009.11.09} - 57,972 / NEW
  24. [PSP] Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable: The Gears of Destiny (Bandai Namco) {2011.12.22} - 57,320 / NEW
  25. [PS3] Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (Capcom) {2011.06.30} - 54,924 / NEW
  26. [PSP] Naruto Shippuden: Narutimate Impact (Bandai Namco Games) {2011.10.20} - 53,148 / NEW
  27. [PS3] BlazBlue: Continuum Shift (Arc System Works) {2010.07.01} - 49,871 / NEW
  28. [PS3] Dragon Ball: Raging Blast 2 (Bandai Namco) {2010.11.11} - 47.610 / NEW
  29. [3DS] Super Street Fighter IV: 3D Edition (Capcom) {2011.02.26} - 44,649 / NEW
  30. [PS3] Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi (Bandai Namco Games) {2011.12.08} - 44,593 / NEW
  31. [PS2] Melty Blood: Actress Again (Ecole Software) {2009.08.20} - 44,292 / NEW
  32. [PS3] Naruto: Narutimate Storm (Namco Bandai) {2009.01.15} - 44,065 / NEW
  33. [PS3] Ultra Street Fighter IV (Capcom) {2014.08.07} - 42,327 / NEW
  34. [360] Street Fighter IV (Capcom) {2009.02.12} - 38,000 / NEW
  35. [360] Soul Calibur IV (Namco Bandai Games) {2008.07.31} - 34,786 / NEW
  36. [PS3] Soul Calibur V (Bandai Namco Games) {2012.02.02} - 34,328 / NEW
  37. [PSP] Fate/Unlimited Codes Portable (Capcom) {2009.06.18} - 34,205 / NEW
  38. [PS3] BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (Arc System Works) {2009.06.25} - 33,768 / NEW
  39. [PS3] BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend (Arc System Works) {2011.12.17} - 32,992 / NEW
  40. [PS3] Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z (Bandai Namco Games) {2014.01.23} - 30,192 / NEW
  41. [PS3] Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers (Bandai Namco Games) {2013.10.17} - 29,314 / NEW
  42. [360] Super Street Fighter IV (Capcom) {2010.04.28} - 28,454 / NEW
  43. [PSP] Tekken 6 (Namco Bandai) {2010.01.14} - 25,131 / NEW
  44. [360] BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (Arc System Works) {2009.06.25} - 24,812 / NEW
  45. [WII] Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Cross Generation of Heroes (Capcom) {2008.12.11} - 24,100 / NEW
  46. [PSP] BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II (Arc System Works) {2011.03.31} - 23,808 / NEW
  47. [3DS] Dead or Alive: Dimensions (Koei Tecmo) {2011.05.19} - 23,078 / NEW
  48. [PSV] Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z (Bandai Namco Games) {2014.01.23} - 22,901 / NEW
  49. [PS3] Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 (Capcom) {2011.11.17} - 22,436 / NEW
  50. [PS3] The King of Fighters XIII (SNK Playmore) {2011.12.01} - 21,525 / NEW
  51. [PS3] AQUAPAZZA (Aquaplus) {2012.08.30} - 20,935 / NEW
  52. [PSP] Dragon Ball Z: Tenkaichi Tag Team (Bandai Namco) {2010.09.30} - 19,080 / NEW
  53. [PS3] Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate (Koei Tecmo) {2013.09.05} - 18,608 / NEW
  54. [PS3] Arcana Heart 3 (Arc System Works) {2011.01.13} - 17,219 / NEW
  55. [360] Dead or Alive 5 (Koei Tecmo) {2012.09.27} - 14,811 / NEW
  56. [360] Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds (Capcom) {2011.02.17} - 13,779 / NEW
  57. [PSV] Dead or Alive 5+ (Koei Tecmo) {2013.03.20} - 13,291 / NEW
  58. [360] Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition (Capcom) {2011.06.30} - 12,326 / NEW
  59. [PS3] Darkstalkers Resurrection (Capcom) {2013.03.14} - 11,591 / NEW
  60. [PSV] BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma (Arc System Works) {2014.04.24} - 10,709 / NEW
  61. [360] Phantom Breaker (5pb.) {2011.06.02} - 9,960 / NEW
  62. [360] Persona 4: Arena (Atlus) {2012.07.26} - 9,801 / NEW
  63. [3DS] Tekken 3D: Prime Edition (Bandai Namco Games) {2012.02.16} - 9,421 / NEW
  64. [PS3] Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late (Arc System Works) {2014.07.24} - 9,171 / NEW
  65. [360] Street Fighter X Tekken (Capcom) {2012.03.08} - 8,527 / NEW
  66. [360] Soul Calibur V (Bandai Namco Games) {2012.02.02} - 7,679 / NEW
  67. [PSP] Saint Seiya Ω: Ultimate Cosmo (Bandai Namco Games) {2012.11.29} - 6,448 / NEW
  68. [PS3] Arcana Heart 3: Love Max!!!!! (Arc System Works) {2014.05.29} - 6,273 / NEW
  69. [PSV] Street Fighter X Tekken (Capcom) {2012.10.25} - 5,420 / NEW
  70. [360] Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate (Koei Tecmo) {2013.09.05} - 4,862 / NEW
  71. [PS3] Shin Koihime Musou: Otome Taisen Sangokushi Engi {2014.02.20} - 4,794 / NEW
  72. [PS3] Phantom Breaker: Extra (5pb.) {2013.09.19} - 3,102 / NEW

Shining Resonance box art shows mysterious character

The box art of Shining Resonance is revealed today. But the most important thing is the new silver-haired female character that is showed along side the heroes on the right.

Our speculation is she is the queen of the empire who is voiced by Nana Mizuki.

Shining Resonance will be released on December 11. Sonia is expected to be playable in Beast Note's most anticipated fighting game Blade Arcus.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

New TOPANGA online tournament revealed, stream planned

It's revealed today that TOPANGA will hold an USF4 online tournament on September 6 (starting 14:00 JST). Two rounds (afternoon and evening) of 64-man tournament are planned. Niconico will be streaming free of charge.

Win trip to Evo 2015 in MCZ's TGS tournament

It's announced today that MadCatz's 64-man USF4 tournament at Tokyo Game Show 2014 on September 21 will award a trip to Evolution 2015 to the winner.

Daigo Umehara already confirmed for this tournament.

New Shining Resonance info

From Famitsu.

Opening chapter
  • Sonia, princess of Astria, breaks into the prison to rescue Yuma from the empire.
  • Since Astria is at war with the empire, it needs to befriend with the dragon in order to gain momentum.
  • At the prison, Sonia's small team found Yuma, but they need to find the way out.
  • Kirika protects Sonia and creates diversion.
  • Imprisoned for so long, Yuma lost willpower. But after seeing two brave women, he intends to fight the empire again.

  • Her class is Magic Cannon Knight.
  • Her weapon is Divine Cannon.
  • She excels in healing magic and supportive magic.
  • "Purge target lock on.... divine punishment enforcing. That dragon soul, let me offer it to the god."
  • She was secretly created by the church as experimental bio weapon. She carries on her task with cold expression.
  • It seems her demon eye (left eye) allows her to use magic-operated heavy weapon at will.
  • She looks young but possesses superhuman strength.
  • She's under Joachim's mind control, and suffers dissociative identity disorder. She can switch between Marion and Eto.
  • She first met Yuma when he was captured.

  • His title is the Alchemist of Judgment.
  • His class is Dark Priest.
  • He excels in dark magic.
  • His weapon is blade called Psycholops (Cyclops).
  • "Your sinful body, let me recreate as divine creation."
  • He leads the study of ancient magic. He's also master of biology and medicine.
  • He's interested in nothing but experiments.
  • Several bio weapons were created from the study of dragon power, starting from Marion.
  • Because Marion is his best creation, he's strongly attached to her.

B.A.N.D. system
  • BAND requires at least one bar of Party Gauge to activate. Gauge then gradually depletes to zero where effect wears off.
  • Even in the same Rune Song, the effect can change accordingly the "Center" of the BAND.
  • Kirika as Center in Rune Song of Spring will provide damage reduction and bad status effect immunity.
  • Lesty as Center in Rune Song of Spring will provide damage reduction and boost guard effect.
  • Agnum as Center in Rune Song of Spring will greatly boost evasion.
  • Kirika will sing as Center, but will play her Armonix bow when non-Center.

Shining Resonance will be released on December 11. Sonia is expected to be playable in Beast Note's most anticipated fighting game Blade Arcus.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Umehara interview on Careeful

A employment website Careeful recently posted an interview with Daigo Umehara.

[Video] Blade Arcus (location test build 2) gameplay from JGL

Blade Arcus was introduced shortly during Japan Gamer's Live (JGL) event on August 31. This's location test build 2. It's played by an MC and random people so don't expect any high-level play.

New thing we see so far in these videos is Fenrir's assist can inflict Poison status to opponent.