The SRK Rollback: Best of March 31 to April 6, 2017

By on April 7, 2017 at 10:00 am

Welcome to the Rollback: a frame-by-frame look back at our past week’s most notable news–and our favorite SRK articles–from March 31 to April 6, 2017!

Zavian “mushin_Z” Sildra, Editor-in-Chief:

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Go for broke! On-site report from Street Fighter Alpha 3’s “Ultimate Zero 12” Japanese tournament

I love Street Fighter Alpha 3–and I enjoy seeing how at least a portion of the Japanese FGC still love it too. Here, Jazz shows us all the best bits of this returning SFA3 event.

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soulcalibur 2 sc2 hd onlineStep-G in retrospect: Was SoulCalibur II a great game because of Step-Guard–or in spite of it?

Crow_Spaceboy’s in-depth look back at a defining glitch/mechanic/feature in SoulCalibur II really got readers’ nostalgia juices flowing. A fitting discussion of one of the all-time greats.

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Rising Up: Essential Street Fighter V matchup knowledge — Birdie

Bafael returns with an extensive guide on how to fight against Street Fighter V’s hungry, chain-swinging menace. This is a matchup I definitely need to study up on, too!

Sam “Trilby” Foxall, Assistant Editor:

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arika_kairi_750IT’S REAL! Check out Arika’s livestream of their new Street Fighter EX/Fighting Layer-based fighter

A happy surprise on April Fool’s Day, as Arika actually live streamed its proof of concept for a new Fighting Layer-esque fighter on YouTube. Based on the overwhelming support, there are possible plans for Arika to crowdfund this game in the future.

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UDON shirts 30th slideUDON Collectibles launches T-shirt line featuring classic win quotes for Street Fighter’s 30th anniversary

You can finally have Guile’s infamous winning line emblazoned on a t-shirt, thanks to UDON’s new product line.

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Gundam Versus Release DatewGundam Versus releases in Japan on July 6, 2017

While the Asian English release has yet to be announced, die-hard Gundam fans will be happy to know that Gundam Versus will be launching on July 6th. Due to its release date, AnimEVO 2017 will now be running Gundam Versus, instead of Versus Extreme Full Boost.

Keegan “Interrobang!?” Spindler, Features Editor:

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AntonovThe King of Fighters XIV’s version 2.0 patch is now live; SNK shares the balance change details

The King of Fighters XIV has been one of my favorite titles over the past few months. It’s loads of fun–but some of my best characters are terrible. Make that were–The King of Fighters XIV version 2.0 is here, and there are plenty of changes in store.

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Pavel Montreal TOUnderground Hype–Montréal’s Red Bull Proving Grounds TO: “We have no doubt that we’re the best in Canada”

The Red Bull Proving Grounds is a great series of events. opening our eyes to some scenes that aren’t always in the spotlight–like the Canadian scene, for example. Give this interview a read, and be sure to check out some of our interviews with other Proving Grounds TOs.

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Part of Capcom’s internal anatomy guide for designing character sprites is now available on the CFN Portal

Sometimes the most iconic parts of a series are trapped behind closed doors, but every now and then we get the chance to draw back the curtain. Capcom’s anatomy guide has been in use for almost 30 years, but this is the first time we get a glimpse. Don’t miss the opportunity.

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sf4 sfiv dan hibiki art cropStreet Fighter Alpha Competitive Collection? BlazBlue: Central Fiction Extend? Nope–Happy April Fool’s Day

This year we doubled down with two fake reports: an upcoming Street Fighter Alpha collection and an Extend update to BlazBlue: Central Fiction (despite promises to the contrary); looks like a lot of readers want both of these things–or in the case of Extend, some definitely do not want. I guess time will tell if these are just throwaway gags, or things we might actually see someday…

Editor’s note: The views expressed in this article and the selected posts are solely those of the writers, and do not reflect as a whole. Editor-in-Chief. Street Fighterin' since there was only a "II" in the title.