#Skullgirls 2nd Encore is alive, #Annie teaser trailer and an unannounced DLC character teased

General Information

Annie is a playable character in Skullgirls 2nd Encore. She was the sixth possible DLC character to be revealed in the Indiegogo campaign, at $120,000. While she failed to win the character voting (losing out to Eliza and Beowulf), she was announced for Skullgirls Mobile several years later on August 14th, 2020 and Skullgirls 2nd Encore on January 31st, 2021 after having been teased in February. Her home stage is Sound Stage 15.

Both Annie and her Parasite originally appeared in Alex Ahad‘s designs for a shirt for University of California, Los Angeles’s Japanese Animation Club. Sagan was originally named “Stan”, although this was changed due to similarities to Sam & Max.

Personality

Her mother’s wish not only made her forever young, but made her incapable of swearing.

Backstory

Her mother was a previous Skullgirl who wished Annie to be a child forever. Annie now stars in the Anti-Skullgirls children’s show and is much older than she appears. She hides her obvious immortality by changing her hairstyle, so nobody seems to notice and simply regard her as being an actress. Her show, Annie of the Stars, is based on the life of Annie herself many generations ago. 

Annie has fought the two previous Skullgirls (Queen Renoir and Selene Contiello) and maybe a few more before. Throughout the years she has used different weapons and abilities.

Both Peacock and Parasoul are fans of her show.

Team Hero for #kofXV is now complete with Benimaru and its gameplay trailer #snk

Benimaru Nikaido (二階堂 紅丸, Nikaidō Benimaru) is a The King of Fighters character and one of Kyo Kusanagi‘s friends. His straight hair stays up during fights due to a rather exaggerated case of electrostatics. His official nickname is The Shooting Star.

Personality

Benimaru, while sometimes outspoken and flamboyant, means business in battle as he’s very proud of his skills and doesn’t want anyone to look down on him for his good looks. He also respects ladies though he tends to be more than a flighty flirt. Although he seems to have an indecisive mind, Benimaru has a heart of gold. His loyalty and respect can go a long way.

Despite his American heritage, he carries many Japanese mannerisms. Though he would never openly admit it aloud, his pride as a professional fighter was shaken when Kyo beat him before 1994 and he secretly trains for a rematch.

Powers

  • Electrokinesis – Benimaru can control electricity.
    1. Static – Benimaru can create static around his body. This is what makes his hair upwards.
    2. Electric Fist – Benimaru can create an electric ball around his fist.
    3. Thunder – Benimaru can summon lightning from the sky. Benimaru can also form sparks on the ground and move them upwards.
    4. Discharge – Benimaru can release an electric discharge by touching his enemy.
    5. Electric Attacks – Benimaru can fuel his attacks with electric energy, especially from lightning he summons.
  • Super-Speed – Benimaru can move himself so quickly that he leaves several images of himself when he moves.

Skills

  • Cooking – Benimaru is an accomplished cook.
  • Modeling – Benimaru is a professional model by occupation.
  • Shooting – Benimaru has interests and has practiced shooting with rifles.

Fighting Style

Benimaru specializes in shooting techniques and electricity, though his fighting style is more focused on agility and less on actual submission and raw power, focusing on agile kicks and decent range.

His character also pays homage to the Tatsunoko character, Hurricane Polymar. The attacks Shinkuu Katategoma (Vacuum One-Handed Top), Handou Sandan Geri (Recoiling Three-Stage Kick) and Gen’ei Hurricane (Phantom Hurricane) take their names and functions directly from the aforementioned character.

Several other of his moves also take their namesakes from various anime and manga, including:

  • Benimaru Coleda/Benimaru Collider; from Gunbuster
  • Elec-Trigger; from Super Robot Red Baron
  • Flying Drill, Raijiken (Thunder Quiver Fist) and Raikouken (Lightning Fist); from Casshern, original move name is Denkou Punch (Voltaic Punch).
  • Iai Geri (Re-sheath Kick); from Kako Teito: Ore wa Shubei!.

Despite all of these anime-based references, Benimaru ironically dislikes otaku.

More of its story here:

Benimaru Nikaido | SNK Wiki | Fandom

Yoruichi launch trailer #jumpforce

Jump Force Releases Yoruichi Trailer | Game Rant

Jump Force DLC character Yoruichi Shihouin launches February 2 – Gematsu

Jump Force Yoruichi DLC Will Appear Everywhere Next Week – Siliconera

Yoruichi Shihōin (四楓院 夜一, Shihōin Yoruichi) is the former captain of the 2nd Division of the Gotei 13, as well as the former commander of the Onmitsukidō. Her Lieutenant was Marenoshin Ōmaeda. Having abandoned her command of both positions, she works with Kisuke Urahara and Tessai Tsukabishi, based in the Urahara Shop out in the Human World.

Those with the Character Pass 2 will get the Jump Force Yoruichi DLC on January 29, 2021.

The character pass runs at $17.99 and includes five characters total, while purchasing Yoruichi individually will set players back $3.99 but won’t allow them to use characters during early access periods.

Granblue Fantasy: Versus DLC character Anre #gbfvs

Granblue Fantasy: Versus DLC character Anre launches January 26 – Gematsu

Granblue Fantasy Versus Anre DLC Trailer and Release Date Revealed

Granblue Fantasy: Versus Announces Anre DLC Release Date

Granblue Fantasy: Versus Game’s New Promo Video Previews Uno/Anre – News – Anime News Network

A sage who wields the spear of the Eternals. He is always calm and has the air of a philosopher. He dislikes fighting itself, regardless of whether he wins or loses, and in order to eliminate conflict by possessing power overwhelming enough to act as a deterrent, he assembles the strongest users of the each of the 10 weapons to form the Eternals. He is also a bit obsessed with his beard. It is said that there is no one who can match his offense and defense in spearmanship, which is known to be the greatest in all the skies.

GUILTY GEAR -STRIVE- Game Modes Trailer #guiltygearstrive

Those who pre-order the game will get special colors for Sol and Ky. The Deluxe Edition includes the first season pass (with five new characters, five colors for each character, two stages, and extra story). The Ultimate Edition will include the first season pass, digital soundtrack and artwork, and Ultimate Edition special colors.

Daisuke Ishiwatari is the game’s general director, and Akira Katano is directing the game. Previously revealed characters include: Sol Badguy, Ky Kiske, May, Axl Low, Chipp Zanuff, Potemkin, Faust, Millia Rage, Zato-1, Ramlethal, Leo Whitefang, Nagoriyuki, Giovanna, and Anji. The game will have an initial roster of 15 characters at launch.

Guilty Gear -Strive- Game’s Trailer Previews Game Modes – News – Anime News Network

#SNK vs. #Capcom: The Match of the Millennium is going to be next one in the “Neo Geo Pocket Color Selection” series for #NintendoSwitch.

SNK vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium rated for Switch in Korea – Gematsu

NGPC classic SNK vs. Capcom: Match of the Millennium rated for Nintendo Switch

As listed by The Game Rating and Administration Committee of Korea, it’s not a 100% official but has been rated for Nintendo Switch, so ..

In this battle, the mightiest brawler is crowned!

It’s time to settle the score… 18* of SNK and Capcom’s most popular characters collide in the pivotal battle of game history! Truly a match of the Millennium!

  • Thrill to three battle formats: Single, Tag, and Team.
  • Select from three battle types to suit your playing preferences.
  • Can you play VS Mode battles and exchange various data? Of course!
  • Jump into the new SC Olympic Mode and strive to break all records.

*Eight additional characters are unlockable.

Play options includes 2-fighter tag teams, 3-fighter queue teams, and of course, fighting solo. After that, the player can choose either a Capcom-style level meter, an SNK-style charge meter, or a ‘neutral’ meter that enhances super attacks if full. Every character also has their own rival, whom they will fight at the fourth stage. The last two stages have the player’s selected character fighting the tag team of Geese and Bison, then, depending what the side opposite to their character’s is, Orochi Iori or Evil Ryu.

As a side feature, there is Olympic mode, where the player can play themed minigames such as blasting Mars aliens FPS-style (lifted from the final boss of Metal Slug 2) or helping Arthur from Ghosts ‘n Goblins hop pits to snatch up treasure, as well as there being time-attack, first strike, and survival events. The player’s performance in these games earns them special vs. points which they can use to unlock a special attack for each character.

The Match of the Millennium is capable of linking with such other games as the Card Fighters series and even the Dreamcast version of Capcom vs SNK, but the only purpose this serves is data transfer. The Japanese version could also transfer data to the Dreamcast port of The King of Fighters ’98 for character points.

The use of both companies’ material is quite extensive, from every character having their theme playing (not always from the first games they appeared in), to the featuring of stages from both universes. There is also interesting screens shown when this game is used in a monochrome Neo Geo Pocket, with such things as Alex and K’ staring at each other, Shermie dressed up as Morrigan (to Yashiro and Chris’ awe), Chun-Li doing her taunt pose while Li Xiangfei plays a Neo Geo Pocket, and Lilith and Kaede playing Neo Geo Pocket together.

Meitenkun gameplay trailer for The King of Fighters XV #kof15 #kofXV #snk

Story

Meitenkun is a sleepy young fighter who is always seen holding a pillow. Along with Shun’ei, he trained under Tung Fu Rue. He helps Shun’ei against Verse.

Personality

Meitenkun is a heavy sleeper who is very carefree and calm. He rarely exerts himself, often preferring to nap instead. Tung and Shun’ei consider him an exceptional fighter, but their praise doesn’t appear to go to his head. Whether this is due to cockiness or laziness is unknown; not much fazes his relaxed exterior.

Despite his behavior, he cares deeply for his master and best friend. He’s a brilliant strong fighter and often wins, as Shun’ei notes after losing to Meitenkun many times.

Powers

  • Ergokinesis: Meitenkun has an incredible power of energy, that he uses when gathering chi energy from Gaia.
    • Sleeping technique: Meitenkun’s sleeping technique has given him strong control over chi, even stronger than that of his master.
    • Energy Pillow: Meitenkun can infuse chi into his pillow for a projectile attack.
  • Multiple Kicks – Meitenkun can perform multiple kicks in succession as seen in his Ressenkyaku.
  • Superhuman strength: It is believed that brain limits most humans to using only 30% of their full strength but by making his brain fall asleep, Meitenkun can make use of 100% of his full strength.

Meitenkun gameplay trailer for King of Fighters 15 revealed

The King of Fighters XV Meitenkun trailer, screenshots – Gematsu

『KOF15』明天君のキャラクタートレーラーが公開。いつも眠そうに枕を抱える“八極眠眠拳”の使い手 – ファミ通.com

Bande-annonce The King of Fighters XV : Meitenkun sort de son sommeil – jeuxvideo.com

The King of Fighters 15 : Meitenkun, la panne de réveil – Actu – Gamekult

Meitenkun | SNK Wiki | Fandom

#Xenoverse2 will add one more character .. the game doesn’t want to die yet: Toppo

『ドラゴンボールゼノバース2』トッポ(破壊神モード)が登場 | ゲームよりどりサブカルみどりパーク

Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 update 12 to add Toppo (Hakaishin Mode) as playable character – Gematsu

I love my people! I love my land, and my planet! I love my Universe! Leader of the Pride Troopers, I am Top the Bold! Whether they’re small… or medium sized… or extra jumbo! My fist of iron justice… will smash evildoers in any size they come!
— Top first meeting Goku in “Goku Must Pay The Warrior of Justice Top Barges In!

Top (トッポ Toppo) is the leader of the heroic team, the Pride Troopers, guardians of peace within Universe 11. He is also a candidate to become Universe 11’s next God of Destruction. Top is a humble, hot-blooded, and respectful, fighter who strongly believes in justice.

First images of the movie Mortal Kombat #mortalkombat

Mortal Kombat first look: Inside the R-rated reboot with Lewis Tan, Simon McQuoid | EW.com

McQuoid is still editing the film, but he already knows “it’s definitely not gonna get a PG-13 rating.”

“Out of context this quote might seem incendiary, it’s not: The rules around ratings aren’t what a lot of people think they are,” he says. “It’s amount of blood, it’s amount of red, it’s interpretation of how you go about it. We had a lot of discussions about getting the balance right so there was gore and there was blood and there were fatalities.” He pauses to repeat what he just said. “And there is gore, blood, and fatalities.”

Fatalities, as in the dramatic finishing moves from the games that often involve severing someone completely in half or ripping out someone’s spine, will be realized for the first time in a Mortal Kombat movie. “There are some crazy fatalities,” Tan confirms. “We’ve picked a couple of iconic ones. There’s a lot of really cool signature moves that you’ll see, a lot of Easter eggs that we snuck into the film, but there are some really badass fatalities that I can’t wait to see on the big screen. They’re brutal, man. They, they don’t hold back.” At the same time, McQuoid “didn’t want to get into NC-17 territory.” He notes, “It’s amazing how quickly you can get there. It doesn’t take much.” At least, not for a Mortal Kombat movie.

Best part of the article, the talk about fatalities, first time in a MK movie, I have no hope about it, I’ll just wait and see.

Shun’ei gameplay trailer for King of Fighters 15 #kof15 #kofXV #snk

Shun’ei gameplay trailer for King of Fighters 15 revealed

The King of Fighters XV Shun’ei trailer, screenshots – Gematsu

A New KOF XV’s Shun’ei Trailer Has Him Face Off Against Kyo – Siliconera

『KOF15』シュンエイのキャラクタートレーラーを公開。幻影を操る八極聖拳の使い手 – ファミ通.com

The King of Fighters XV is due out in 2021 for unannounced platform(s).

Development

Shun’ei was designed to be a new hero who brings new impressions to players without adhering to the existing KOF series. In order to achieve this goal, they had a younger designer come up with the design instead of Ogura. Originally Shun’ei was going to have a stereotypical Chinese design, but the developers dropped the idea in favour of making something cool instead.

Nobuyuki Kuroki comments that it’s a design that’s meant to be more appealing to the female audience and it would be nice if this character was the reason they’d play the game. He also notes that the people who were involved in Rock Howard’s design were also involved in Shun’ei’s creation so players may see similarities between the two. When discussing about the roster, Oda mentions that Shun’ei and Meitenkun are closer to being Fatal Fury characters than KOF characters due to being Tung Fu Rue’s students.

In an interview before the games release, Yasuyuki Oda felt that people are all bored with the headband wearing aggressive type of characters. And that those characters are so common now, so the team wanted to include a shy character who doesn’t really show his emotions to add some variety.

Story

Shun’ei is a manipulator of illusions. Due to his mysterious powers, he was abandoned at a young age by his parents and was raised as a disciple of Tung Fu Rue. Through his training, Shun’ei learned how to control his powers. As Tung’s last disciple, he sets out to challenge other fighters from all over the world with his close friend Meitenkun.

It is revealed that Shun’ei contains a fragment Verse‘s power, which causes him to be a target of the entity. After Verse’s defeat, Shun’ei is advised by the veteran fighter Kyo to continue his training to keep his powers under control. Shun’ei agrees and vows to train harder.

Personality

Shun’ei is a nice and reasonable person due to Tung Fu Rue’s kindly teachings. He fondly calls his master “Grandpa”. He admits his cursed powers may endanger anyone near him and is worried about it. Due to his benevolent nature, he intends to continue his training to use his powers for good.