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Why Dragon Ball FighterZ is this generation's Street Fighter II

The Guardian

As a teenager in the early 90s, there was only one real threat to my academic future. It wasn't drugs or alcohol and it certainly wasn't a doomed love affair (if only!). It was Street Fighter II.

Fighting game extravaganza Evo is heading back to Vegas in July 2017


Get ready Las Vegas, the best fighting game players in the world are heading back for the biggest fighting game tournament in the world. The 2017 Evolution Championship Series is returning to the Mandalay Bay convention center in Las Vegas July 14-16, hosting tournaments for a handful of fighting games with thousands of contestants. Evo released a trailer (above) to get the fighting game community hyped for the 2017 event. Evo 2017 returns to Las Vegas, July 14-16, 2017 at Mandalay Bay! Get Hype! SEE ALSO: 'Street Fighter' champ Darryl'Snake Eyez' Lewis: Have fun, then win Evo is the most prestigious fight game tournament in the world and regularly pulls in the biggest names in the biggest fighting games including Street Fighter, Super Smash Bros., Killer Instinct and Mortal Kombat.

Spider-Man and Frank West join latest 'Marvel vs. Capcom' roster


Like comic books, fighting games are ripe for the crossover treatment. Nintendo has done it with good success in the Super Smash Bros. series, bringing characters from disparate franchises like Street Fighter and Fire Emblem together to brawl on the Wii U and 3DS. Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe mixed up heroes from video games and comic books into its arenas, as well. Really, any announcement of new playable characters in upcoming fighting games are sure to please fans across the board. Now we're seeing a couple of big-name reveals at Comic-Con for two upcoming games, Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite and Dragon Ball FighterZ.

Gamers donated over $70,000 to get 'Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3' to Evo 2017


The fundraising war is over and the ninth game at the biggest fighting game tournament in the world is decided: Ultimate Marvel Vs. Multi-title fighting game event Evo 2017 is hosting nine different fighting game tournaments in July -- eight chosen by the Evo tournament organizers and one chosen by the community. Instead of holding a simple multiple choice vote, though, Evo asked players and fans to vote with their dollars, with all proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish International charity. Capcom 3 (UMVC3) came out on top, generating $71,690 in donations from 1,487 people over 15 days. SEE ALSO: Inside the White House's first-ever competitive gaming event Along with UMVC3, the nine games available to vote for were Pokkén Tournament, Killer Instinct, Mortal Kombat XL, Windjammers, Skullgirls, Nidhogg and two games for the upcoming Nintendo Switch: Super Street Fighter II Turbo and Arms.

Fighting Games Like Mortal Kombat Have Come a Long Way


These classic video games have more in common than just being part of the fighting game genre. Their rosters are all full of different faces from vastly different places. Predating more recent calls for greater diversity in game protagonists and characters, these games presented players with the choice to play as someone who truly resonated with them on a multitude of levels. Diverse casts quickly become a fighting game must-have feature, and are now recognized as a defining staple of the genre. Unlike the majority of video games, which sport a single main cast, fighting games feature a plethora of faces that players are able to choose from in deciding who their protagonist will be.