Sunday, 22 March 2015 sees the 2015 Newton Cup take place in Japan. This 5-on-5 team based tournament has roughly 30 teams currently registered with many notable players stacking up in some formidable teams! The action looks scheduled to start at 12:00 PM (midday) Tokyo time, and is expected to be streamed live on the Game Newton Nico Nico channel.
From Japan Today article Fans mourn Sega's exit from console video game market, news that "Sega Sammy Holdings, the parent company that now controls one-time video gaming pioneer Sega, is looking to seriously overhaul its structure and business operations, [...] but one of the first steps seems to be Sega ditching the console video game business to focus on what it considers the areas of biggest growth, mobile and online PC games." What this means for the arcade business and for the home VFer, remains to be seen.
In September 2014, a Japanese VF2 Tournament - Virtua Grand Prix V - was held online on the PS3. Footage from this tournament is available on YouTube and is worth checking out if you have around 45 minutes to kill. For some this may be a trip down memory lane, and others it might shed some new light on how this old game was once played. Either way, when compared to the version we all play today, it shows just how far we've come!
South Korean Fighting Game Community Cafe Id have recently announced Id Global Tournament 2015 which includes Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown in the official line up. Scheduled to take place in Incheon, Korea on 4 - 5 April 2015. For more information, check out the IGT2015 Facebook event page.
The Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown Complete Edition includes the full game in addition to all of the Character Customization Packs for the ultimate VF experience. Head on over to the PlayStation store and take advantage of this amazing 80% discount off the retail price, for a whopping low $6.00 (as shown in the US store). Prices and availability may vary due to region.
Virtua Fighter Best Tracks + One is a new VF album being released on 18th February 2015 with a selection of music from the VF series, all remastered. The bonus track is a remix of Ai Ga Tarinaize, the 2nd opening theme to the VF anime, with new recording for the vocals. There are 32 tracks altogether, but this would be one of those albums which leaves you wanting to go buy all the other soundtracks. Looks like the hype train is on the move...