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SEGA Cup 2013 – The Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Challenge

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The SEGA Cup is coming this April, offering Virtua Fighter fans from around the world a chance to complete for top honors in a SEGA-sponsored tournament. Along the way, we’re doing something fun – we’re taking an established 2D fighting champion and challenging him to compete in Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown.

The Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Challenge

Justin Wong
Meet Justin Wong. Active in the fighting game community for over 10 years, Justin is an absolute Pro fighting game player. His tournament background will tell you he excels at 2D fighters, bringing in top honors at a variety of major tournaments, such as EVO, for games like Marvel vs. Capcom 2, Marvel vs Capcom 3, Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike, Street Fighter IV, and more. Justin is a fighter through and through, and like any strong competitive player, he likes to challenge himself to be the very best.

“I look forward to playing Virtual Fighter 5 Final Showdown. I have played just about every fighting game that’s out besides it. It’s definitely a hard game that takes a lot of dedication and I would love to see if I can learn the game and play with the players that have enjoyed it for so long.”

The Road to SEGA Cup 2013

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While Justin is great at 2D games and occasionally 3D fighting games, he’s not played Virtua Fighter 5 in a competitive format. Ever. We’re giving Justin the keys, letting him set his training regimen and we’re inviting everyone along for the ride.

Want to see what character he picks? Follow his twitter at @JWonggg for all the up-to-the-minute details. Want to see him spar online against other players in matches? Catch the streams and see how he’s progressing. Want more details on the training and playing? Read the SEGA blog regularly to grab an in-depth look at key areas of the game.

Look for more info on The Virtua Fighter Challenge right here on the blog, we’ll have more info as we get closer to the tournament.


SEGA Holiday Sale!

Season’s Greetings, SEGA friends! To celebrate the Holidays — where perhaps the depths of Winter make staying in and playing a bit more video games seem like a grand idea — we have for you a very mega holiday sale: behold! Games on Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, Android and iOS are all going on sale. Here’s a rundown.

PlayStation Network

Date:Dec 18th – Jan 8th Please note that games will be on sale for all PlayStation Network members in North America, and that North American members of PlayStation Plus will receive an additional discount. Both are listed below. Also, please note some of these games are packaged bundles. Check the description for full info! PlayStation Network games are on sale for North America only.

Game Titles Original Price Sale Price (PSN) Sale Price (PSN+ members only)
Virtua Fighter 5 FS $14.99 $9.99 $6.99
Sonic 4: Ep1 & 2 Full game Bundle $24.98 $14.99 $12.49
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 $14.99 $9.99 $7.49
SEGA Holiday Bundle! (Jet Set Radio + Nights + SA2 + SA2 DLC & theme) $36.95 $19.99 $14.99
Hell Yeah Full game $14.99 $9.99 $5.99
Hell Yeah DLC Pimp My Rabbit Pack $2.99 $1.99 $1.00
Hell Yeah DLC The Virtual Rabbit Mission $4.99 $2.99 $1.49
After Burner Climax $9.99 $4.99 $2.99
Crazy Taxi $9.99 $4.99 $2.99
Daytona $9.99 $4.99 $2.99
Sonic Rival 1, PSP $6.99 $4.89 $3.43
Sonic Rival 2, PSP $6.99 $4.89 $3.43
Sega Mega Drive Collection, PSP $9.99 $5.00 $3.50
Crush, PSP $9.99 $4.99 $2.99
Sonic Rivals 1 & 2, PSP $19.98 $6.99 $4.99

Jet Set Radio HD

Xbox Live Arcade

Date:December 18th – December 31st All games are on sale worldwide!

Game Original Price Sale Price
Sonic The Hedgehog 2 400 160
Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 2 1200 600
Jet Set Radio (Worldwide except Asia) 800 400
Virtua Figther 5 Final Showdown 1200 600


Mobile Titles: Android & iOS

Date:December 20th – January 3rd Android and iOS titles are on sale worldwide!

Platform Game Original Price (USD) Discount Price
Android Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Ep 1 $3.99 $0.99
Android Sonic CD $4.99 $0.99
Android Total War Battles $4.99 $1.99
Android Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Ep 2 $6.99 $0.99
Android Jet Set Radio $4.99 $1.99
iOS Crazy Taxi $4.99 $1.99
iOS Total War Battles $4.99 $1.99
iOS Jet Set Radio $4.99 $1.99
iOS Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing $1.99 $0.99
iOS Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Ep 2 $6.99 $0.99
iOS Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Ep 1 HD $3.99 $0.99
iOS Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Ep 1 $2.99 $0.99
iOS Sonic CD $4.99 $0.99
iOS Altered Beast $2.99 $0.99
iOS ChuChu Rocket! $2.99 $0.99
iOS ChuChu Rocket! HD $4.99 $0.99
iOS Golden Axe 2 $2.99 $0.99
iOS Golden Axe 3 $2.99 $0.99
iOS Gunstar Heroes $2.99 $0.99
iOS Streets of Rage 2 $2.99 $0.99
iOS Streets of Rage 3 $2.99 $0.99
iOS Super Monkey Ball $2.99 $0.99
iOS Super Monkey Ball 2 $2.99 $0.99
iOS Super Monkey Ball 2: Sakura Edition $2.99 $0.99
iOS Sonic the Hedgehog 1 $2.99 $0.99
iOS Sonic the Hedgehog 2 $2.99 $0.99

Chu Chu Rocket


SEGA Announces Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Tournament

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Today we are happy to announce the Sega Cup: Virtua Fighter Tournament 2013! The tournament, in partnership with Level Up, will take place in Los Angeles at the Super Arcade on April 20, 2013. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 16 players. The version for the PlayStation3 computer entertainment system will be used for the competition.

Based on the latest arcade version of the celebrated Virtua Fighter 5 series, Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown launched in June 2012 for PlayStation Network (PSN) and for Xbox LIVE Arcade (XBLA). It was a critical and commercial success and maintained the Virtua Fighter 5 series’ reputation of being the “fighting game fan’s fighter.”

Sega Cup: Virtua Fighter Tournament 2013 will be an annual competition and will be open to all Virtua Fighter fans. To assist fans in training for the event, SEGA will launch the official Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Guide on the App Store today. It is available for $0.99, pick it up today!

For more information please visit the Level|Up website.


Virtua Fighter 5 Official Soundtracks Now Available on iTunes!

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While Virtua Fighter 5 may not be available everywhere you go, the music that drives you and your games is! Now available on iTunes, the soundtracks for the original Virtua Fighter 5 , Virtua Fighter 5 R, and Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown are all available on iTunes! Download today and get a mix ready that keeps you in the Virtua Fighter groove all day long!

Virtua Fighter 5 Official Soundtrack

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Virtua Fighter 5 R Official Soundtrack

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Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Official Soundtrack

Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Official Soundtrack
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Available in the Following Countries

Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, USA, Japan


Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Tutorial Videos

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Here they are, the remaining 5 character tutorial videos for Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown! Our final two videos feature moves and techniques for Akira, Vanessa, Brad, Goh, and Kage.

Akira & Vanessa

Master in the art of Hakkyokuken, Akira Yuki uses this martial art style to dismantle his adversaries with lighting-quick, hard-hitting strikes. Akira’s game relies heavily on reading the opponent and solid execution rather than strings or tricky tactics. Thus, he is recommended for advanced players.

Brad, Goh, & Kage

From the Ducking stance Brad can perform the Ducking Rush. While the first two attacks are high, they’re uninterruptible and the soonest the Opponent can attack is on the third hit. However, since the third hit is a Mid attack, it will counter hit an Opponent attempting either a standing or crouching punch, allowing for the final hit to be guaranteed!


Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Tutorial Videos

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We hope you’ve enjoyed our recent tutorial videos for Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown – we’ve got two new videos up to help guide you through your fights online! Our two newest videos feature moves and techniques for Aoi, Lei-Fei, El Blaze, and Eileen.

Aoi & Lei-Fei

Aoi has the ability to automatically parry most linear and half circular high and mid attacks using her inashi stance. Use this when you feel your opponent will try to poke with small attacks or is desperate to take back the advantage. Your goal should be to get the opponent to respect the power of the inashi which then reduces their attacking options and makes it easier for you to control the momentum.

El Blaze & Eileen

High flying and extremely nimble, El Blaze brings Lucha Libre style wrestling to the world of virtua fighter. He has a large amount of close range strings that can lead to combos as well as a few deceptively long range attacks that can make even the strongest adversaries fearful.


Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Tutorial Videos

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We’ve got a new batch of videos available today to give you and edge on the competition in Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown. Our two newest videos feature moves and techniques for Wolf, Jeffry, Lion, and Shun Di, enjoy!

Lion & Shun Di

Harnessing the power of Drunken Kung Fu, Shun Di shows the rest of the VF cast that you’re never too old to fight. His style is tricky and elusive with many odd-looking attacks, and the more he drinks the stronger his attacks become. This last aspect makes Shun unique in the sense that he has the ability to dictate the pace of the round even if he has less energy than the opponent. Even the threat of Shun drinking can alter the opponent’s game.

Wolf & Jeffry

Wolf arguably possesses the best throws in the game and is the only character in Final Showdown with a throw damage of 100 points! Your success is determined by how well you can either throw your opponent or instill the fear of a throw into them. Even experienced players will respect Wolf’s throw game, so be sure to use it to your advantage.


Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Tutorial Videos

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In our last batch of videos, we showed off some techniques to help get you into Virtua Fighter 5 and hold your own in any online match. Today we are featuring three new videos featuring tips and tricks focused on individual characters. We’ve created these videos to appeal to both the beginner and the intermediate player – we hope you enjoy them!

Jean Kujo & Taka Arashi

The first video features information on the two new characters in Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown:

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“Another great Jean move is his rolling kick performed with back forward kick plus guard. It is long range, safe on guard and causes stagger on normal hit. If your opponent is unable to shake of this heavy stagger, you can get foward punch, punch kick as a free combo. Eventually players will learn to shake out of this and guard your combo. Use this opportunity to throw your opponent or any other strategies you have learned in the previous section.”

Jacky & Sarah Bryant

The next video features tips for the siblings, Jacky and Sarah Bryant.

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One of Sarah’s main advantages over her opponents is her flamingo stance. The Flamingo is a tricky stance that leaves Sarah at an advantage even if the opponent blocks her attacks. This breaks the normal rules of Virtua Fighter and can completely destroy an opponent who is unfamiliar with her flamingo moves.

Lau & Pai Chan

In this video, we discuss father and daughter with Lau and Pai Chan:

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Much of Pai’s game is based on her elbow-class move, which looks like a quick chop, and can be performed by simply pressing forward and punch. Although this isn’t the only elbow class attack in the game that can reach an opponent from a moderate distance, it is one of the only ones that will leave you out of the opponents low punch range after you land the hit.

We hope you enjoyed these videos! If you have the time, let us know your feedback, the folks crafting them would love to hear how they are being received.


Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown – The ROAD to EVO 2012

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The following blog was written by Frank Hom, Senior Producer on Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown at SEGA of America.

This is Frank “I can’t talk about it” Hom on how Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown made it onto the big stage at EVO 2012. The ROAD wasn’t easy and we met a lot of great people who hooked onto our bandwagon as we made the journey. I’d like to give some highlights from my perspective now that EVO has passed.

It all started in August 2010 when I was asked internally to produce the International console version of Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown since I was already working with AM2 on Daytona USA. The goal was to make the console version the best home experience possible while giving the community a tournament level fighter. Once Production details were finalized with AM2, it was time to hit the tournament road.

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Our communication to new players: Virtua Fighter is fun, exciting, and easy to get into. We also wanted to let VF fans know that SEGA was listening and didn’t forget about them. The first tournament stop was in our own backyard at South Town Arcade in San Francisco where we met Art and Haunts. They are huge supporters of the VF series and both of them came to PAX Prime 2011 on their own to stream our announcement event. We used the official arcade boards for the South Town tournament… heavy suckers. It was here where we met Shidosha, the dude with the shirt on his head. He had taken a 3-day bus ride (one way) across the country to play in this tournament. He ultimately took 3rd, but in the process he became our go to commentator on stream. We are grateful to have him.

The next stop was Final Round XV in Atlanta. It was a great turnout from the VF community down South and we showed off the console version for the very first time publicly. Final Round was also an emotional event. When Jeff and I landed the night before we were told that Larry’s mom had just passed, but Larry and his family wanted to keep Final Round XV going for the community. Larry was especially kind to us and got VF on the main stream for our tournament finals. It was touching to see that the Fighting Game Community is more than money matches, being salty, and USA vs Japan…it is family too.

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The ROAD turned to our backyard again at NorCal Regionals. It was surreal for me as I attended San Francisco State and to be there for work had that “full circle” feeling. Renzo was the tournament champion; he also won the first 2 South Town tournaments. At NorCal we had another person join our merry band– Westtrade. My first conversation with him went something like this… “I’m Westtrade, I heard you have access to the only 2 Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown cabinets in America. I’ve got money in my pocket and I ain’t leaving here without one of them.” He was dead serious but they weren’t mine to sell, although I do have the keys to them in my pocket as I type this. It’s supporters like Westtrade that make our job a pleasure to do.

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There were two non-tournament events that happened before EVO, the Pre-Launch Event and E3. I missed the Pre-Launch Event due to prior commitments but it was a fantastic celebration and an awesome Virtua Fighter display of how the game is meant to be played at a high level by Chibita and Fuudo. After watching the video recap and hearing how Talis found love through Virtua Fighter, I can’t help but conclude that good times were had by all. Shout outs to our Host Alex Valle and the LevelUp crew, as well as LA Akira for helping make the event fun and continuing the momentum with Wednesday Night Fights in LA. Trust LA. Also, special thanks to Myke of VFDC who flew all the way from Australia to be part of this celebration. We appreciate everything you do for VF.

The final stop before EVO was UFGT8 in Chicago. The VF faithful from the region came to support us, including Akai, a long-time player and VFDC moderator. It was at this event that I first saw the change in the community’s attitude toward VF. We easily hit the 64 player limit for our tournament; in fact we had to turn people away. There was also honest cheering and support from the audience when VF was on the main stage. We want to thank Keits for organizing a fun and well-run event; he even made VF medals and gave $100 to our winner Denkai.

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This brings us to EVO 2012 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. It was a massive event with all that you expect from the biggest FG tournament. Mr Wizard (Joey) was a great host; he always came by to check on us in between the madness one can expect from running such a large event. We had numerous players come up to myself, Mai and Jeff thanking us for bringing VF back. It felt good but it also reflects on the VF community as a whole. The VF community is incredibly nice and helpful. Case in point, Jaxel volunteered to stream our tournament and did a fantastic job for us and the VF community. We ran a side tournament with $15,000 added, spread across the top 16. Art from South Town came to help with our 193 player tournament.

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Some of best players from Japan entered but a pleasant surprise came from the US. Gentleman Thief, who had owned the game for only a month, used new fighter Jean Kujo and stormed through the tournament to finish 6th, behind Kamaage. He got all the players talking and he showed that like any other game, with practice comes success. The eventual winner of our tournament was Fuudo, last year’s EVO champion and our number 1 seed. Congrats Fuudo!

You mainly see me on stream but much thanks to Patrick, Mai, Jeff, and the rest of the SEGA team who worked tirelessly doing their part to help make these moments possible. You can watch the full stream right here on YouTube.

My hope is to see Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown selected as an official tournament for EVO 2013. I know our community can make it happen.


Don’t call it a comeback, Virtua Fighter was never gone.

The Leaderboard

Thanks Frank for that awesome write up of the EVO activity and the long road to get there. The final leaderboard from the EVO event is as follows, big thanks to everyone who supported Virtua Fighter 5, attended EVO, competed, and everyone at home who watched the stream!

1. Fuudo $3,529.04
2. Shironuko $2,352.69
3. Itazan $1,764.52
4. Kissa $1,411.61
5. Kamaage $1,176.35
6. Gentleman Thief $1,058.71
7. aopai $941.08
8. Prodigal Son $705.81
9. Tokido $588.17
9. Chief Flash $588.17
9. JunoSynth $588.17
9. Gamerbee $588.17
13. masang_lion $588.17
13. GoatCheeseBlues $588.17
13. Jide $588.17
13. R_Panda $588.17


Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Tutorial Video #3

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Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown is out and we want to help you get better! If you are new and learning the ropes on the game, we have a series of Tutorial Videos to help you get in and start winning against the online players. Don’t be intimated by online play! These tips and tricks will have you winning games and playing with the best in no time at all – and hey – even if you are hardcore you are bound to find something here that will help you, so take a look!

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Don’t forget to check out Tutorial Video #1 and Video #2!