I did play against one good Kage. I was using Lion, and barely one (it was a fluke, really -- he had me down to about 10 pts in the last round, and I came back). I've seen no new combos or attacks, although I know they're there. The guy I played stuck to the old stuff. He does have a mid kick which I believe to be a replacement for his /versus/images/commands/df.gif/versus/images/commands/k.gif which has a totally different motion -- his knee bends. Didn't see anyone get a throw in after this. Not sure if it's possible or not. The only Kage item I saw was something that resembled a backpack on his back, of course.