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Shizawa Corp's twitter account (https://twitter.com/SHIZAWAcorp) has been tweeting out photographs of new vending machines featuring original Virtua Fighter character models, apparently commissioned by Sega! There are a number of designs up on the twitter account so far, with most of the characters from Virtua Fighter being represented! Hit the jump to see the rest.
VF3TB Battle Movies is an amazing video resource for all the VF3 Team Battle fans out there! It has been put together by twitter user @BUTANIKU and on there you'll find carefully curated playlists from famous, historical VF3TB tournaments and current ones too, as well as video channel links to popular Game Centers (Arcades) and players that still carry the VF3TB torch!
Did you know there have been references to Virtua Fighter in the X-Files TV Series? How about the Anime series Ben-To? Or the pop song "Ready to Go!" by Republica?
Pin-san and his fellow writers at Yuzumo Design have done several phenomenal self-published game history books about important titles like Space Harrier, Darius, Phantasy Star, and Wizardry. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Virtua Fighter, he's assembled a truly amazing book packed with interviews with key figures in the history of the VF community (including one with our own Myke!), features on aspects of VF's history, original artwork and manga, and stories about personal experiences with VF.
After a 4 year hiatus, the VFR 16th Beat Tribe Cup took place on Sunday 1st April 2018 in Tokyo, Japan. It saw 510 players in 102 (5-man) teams compete to determine the best of the best! The event was streamed live on Game Newton Ooyama's Twitch channel, and the 11 hour archive has been dissected, translated, timestamped and re-packaged for your consumption below.
If you're a pro-wrestling fan, then you already know who Asuka is. If not, I'll help you get you up to speed.
Recently streamed on the GODSGARDEN niconico channel, legendary VF players Ohsu Akira (now plays El Blaze) and Homestay Akira took part in some highly entertaining exhibition matches on console versions of VF5FS and VF2! Both players are mic'd up with the more vocal of the two being Ohsu Akira, and even if you can't understand Japanese you can certainly feel, and be entertained by, his struggle against the might of Homestay's Akira!
In the Exploring Fighting Games series, episode four describes an approach one might use when learning a 3D fighting game for the first time. While it uses Tekken 7 as the game to demonstrate the approach, you'll find that most of the ideas put forward apply to Virtua Fighter as well, especially for new comers to the game!
You may remember recently that Sega published a short, but great piece on the history of Virtua Fighter, and it's massive boom in popularity in Japan. Obviously, there's a bigger story to tell with Virtua Fighter's illustrious history, and part 2 of this piece has just been published.
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