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July 12, 2003
Special Street Fighter #0 at SDCC | Source
Newsarama

The official press release:


Image Comics has announced that a special edition of STREET FIGHTER #0 will be available exclusively at San Diego Comic-Con International 2003.

STREET FIGHTER #0 is a special stand-alone prequel to the highly anticipated STREET FIGHT series debuting in September. It features an original nine-page story exclusive to this issue, plus an extensive character profile section with vital information on all your favorite Street Fighters! This issue is limited to 3000 copies and will be available at the UDON booth (#1920) in the Image Section. A free limited edtion promo poster will be given out as a bonus to those who purchase the book, while supplies last.

STREET FIGHTER writer Ken Siu-chong and artists Alvin Lee will be at the convention, signing for the fans throughout the weekend. Other UDON artists that will be available to sign your books include: Long Vo, Charles Park, Locke, Christina Chen and Jo Chen.

A special note to the cos-play and masquerade attendees: Those who dress up as STREET FIGHTER characters can come to the UDON booth and get a FREE copy of STREET FIGHTER #0!

June 13, 2003
Street Fighter Gallery | Source
Gamespot

From the Gamespot site:

Capcom has opened an art gallery dedicated to Street Fighter as part of the 15th anniversary of the series. The Street Fighter gallery, which opened today in Akihabara's Asobit City, featured artwork used in the series starting with the original Street Fighter. Most of the pictures on display were nothing new--most of them have been used for ads, manuals, and other official purposes. The gallery did feature some rare developer sketches, but close-up shots were forbidden. One of the highlights of the gallery was a re-created scene of an artist's desk at Capcom, most likely that of Chun-li's creator Akiman (Akira Yasuda) as suggested by the illustrations and the Gundam merchandise all over the desk. The gallery was also selling lithographs of Akiman's work for around 200,000 yen ($1,700), and while the price may seem high, customers were seen ordering them.

Other merchandise featured at the gallery included Street Fighter credit cards, Street Fighter cell phone stickers, and an ad announcing a new art book to be released on June 28. The gallery's lounge featured a shop that sold Chinese meat buns, with a lady dressed as Chun-li holding the menu and escorting the customers. The gallery will be open until June 15 in Tokyo and will continue to tour through other areas of Japan.


Booth | Gallery 1 | Gallery 2 | Aikman's Desk | Aikman's Computer | More of Aikman's Desk | Sketches | Poster | SF Underwear | Capcom Figures | Chun-Li Cosplayer | Menu | Food Booth | Cell Phones | Action Figures | Poster | SF Credit Cards | Artbook Ad


June 05, 2003
Capcom Comic Books | Source Wizard Magazine

According to the latest installment of Wizard: The Comics Magazine (Issue 142, July 2003), Dreamwave and Capcom Entertainment have inked a deal that will bring several popular Capcom universe characters into their own comic book series. Ready to launch this August, the new line of Capcom books total five series in all with more unannounced titles in the works.

"A lot of the guys here, including myself, are Capcom freaks," said Dreamwave man-in-charge Pat Lee. "We were interested in Devil May Cry because we thought it was a really interesting concept for a comic book. So we contacted Capcom and showed them some pieces of Dante art, and they were excited about it, and it just sprung from there! We want to make sure that we're doing these properties justice, because we're big game fans, and we have a good understanding of the properties from an artistic level and from a storytelling level."

The list below consists of the first wave of Capcom/Dreamwave titles:



Mega Man
Written by Brian Augustyn
Art by Michael Fong
Expected Release: September 2003

The new Capcom line will debut with the 15-year old birthday boy, Rockman in his own ongoing monthly series. Based on the original set of games (with a few elements of Mega Man X and Mega Man X2 tossed in for good measure), Mega Man will follow our little blue hero as he struggles to be a successful student at school and juggle his role as robotic super hero in his off-time. Protoman, Dr. Light, Rush, and Dr. Wily are just a few of the many familiar characters to appear in the series.

"We'll be playing with the whole Pinocchio theme" said Augustyn. "He's trying to fit into the world of humans without being discovered as a robot. It's going to be fun and light - but with plenty of through-the-metal danger and action!"


DarkStalkers
Written by Beau Smith
Art by Lou Kang
Expected Release: October 2003

This four-issue mini-series will serve as an origin story for the DarkStalkers mythos, and feature nearly all of the prominent fighters from Capcom's 2D classic (including Demitri, Morrigan, and Jedah). The book will be mostly action with a plotline scattered between each knockdown, drag-out battle.

"It's going to be action packed with some brutal fighting, but I also want to show the readers why these guys are fighting," Remarked Beau Smith. "It's almost like a street gang battle for turf. Demons, monsters, and other spooky things want earth as their playground, and the good guys want to stop that from happening. Butts will be kicked, tails will be cut off, and horns will be locked."


Maximo
Written by Beau Smith
Art by Alan Wang
Expected Release: October 2003

Little is known about Beau Smith's second Capcom title Maximo other than the fact that it will be a single issue one-shot gig and that it will be used to fill in the gaps left by the videogames Ghosts to Glory and Army of Zin. In case you weren't aware, Smith also wrote the script for the second videogame, so he definitely knows what he's doing.

"I'm going to haul as much of the game's story in as possible," Beau says.


Devil May Cry
Written by Brad Mick
Art by Pat Lee
Expected Release: February 2004

In this three-issue mini-series, Brad Mick and Pat Lee will retell the events of the original PlayStation 2 game with the added benefit of Lee's extraordinary digitally painted artwork. Little details and tidbits that weren't possible to reveal in the videogame will further enhance the truth behind Dante's past, and expand upon his mythos.

Writer Brad Mick was quoted as saying "This is a fanboy's dream come true for us! The series closely follows the story of the original PS2 title, and we follow the exploits of Dante as he uncovers the truth about his past, present, and ultimate destiny."


Rival Schools: United By Fate - Spring Break Spectacular!
Written by TBA
Art by Rumil Sunga
Expected Release: April 2004

This one shot special will star the female squads from Rival Schools as they kick butt all over their spring break destinations. No other details are known at this time.


May 25, 2003
Marvel vs DC? | Source SNK-Capcom.com

SNK-Capcom recently conducted an interview with Chris Jelinek, Vice President of Capcom, at the recent E3 convention. The interview touches on points of the often debated Marvel license, the reasons for the non Live version of Marvel vs Capcom 2 for the X-Box, as well as plans, or no plans for a new Street Fighter game, the next Capcom vs SNK game, or even thoughts of a Marvel vs DC game.

Check out the site for the full interview.

May 19, 2003
Palisades Street Fighter toys cancelled | Source
Palisades Toys

From Palisades website:

We have some news regarding the license to produce Street Fighter action figures and collectibles.

First of all, thank you for continuing to support Palisades. While we're justifiably proud of the attention and detail that goes into manufacturing our products, we know that it's our fans that make us #1. The Street Fighter fans that have come to visit our site have really reminded us yet again how passionate people are about their favorite characters and licenses. Your passion certainly gives the Muppet fans a run for their money!

We've combined the results of a lengthy contract review with many of your comments. The conclusion is that we have reached is to discontinue development and production of a “Street Fighter” line. This decision was made due to our inability to reach a set of mutually agreeable terms with the licensor, Capcom. Rather than bore you with the details, we’ll just leave it at that. Believe us when we tell you, NOBODY is as disappointed as we are. It was something we have been really looking forward to proceeding with.

We will be removing our Street Fighter section of the forum today, and moving all the most recent posts to Other Topics.

Thanks again for your continued support and keep your eyes peeled for even cooler titles in the future



April 17, 2003
King of Fighters 2002 DC extras | Source
The Sugoi

Playmore has updated their site with some additional details for the upcoming port of the King of Fighters 2002 for the Dreamcast. 2 additional characters not found in the arcade version, King and Shingo, will be added. A challenge mode will also be added to the Dreamcast port. The scheduled release date is on June 19.

April 08, 2003
Street Fighter 2 Live Action Movie? | Source Moviehole

Moviehole reports that Van Damme, in an attempt to save his dying career, has struck a deal to make a sequel to the "blockbuster" Street Fighter movie. Reports also indicate that Australian singer Holly Valance would co-star next to Van Damme (apparently by playing as Cammy).

No additional details have been given and to all Street Fighter fans lets hope it never arrives.


March 21, 2003
SNK vs Capcom Chaos announced | Source
The Madman's Cafe

Playmore has updated their site with a new page for their next game, SNK vs Capcom Chaos. No other information is currently available on the site, but thus far from the splash page Ryu, Ken, Chun-li, Kyo, Iori, and Mai are pretty much confirmed as playable characters. You can view the page here

March 20, 2003
Capcom vs SNK 2 Patch | Source Gamespot

According to Gamespot Capcom has released a patch for the Xbox version of Capcom vs SNK 2. Thus far the patch has been confirmed to fix a music glitch that occurs when a super move was performed. No other details of the patch are known. Gamespot also mentions that cheating has reportedly begun taking place, but no solid details about it.

March 10, 2003
Guilty Gear XX #Reload announced | Source Game Watch

Game Watch has gotten the first details about the latest in the Guilty Gear series. Titled Guilty Gear XX #Reload, the game is an upgraded version of the original Guilty Gear XX. The biggest difference is the inclusion of Robo Ky, who was included in the PS2 version, but not in the original arcade release. Their have also been tweaks and modifications to other characters to balance gameplay.

With this and the previously announced Guilty Gear X 1.5, an upgrade for the original Guilty Gear X arcade version, it seems like Sammy is starting down the road that Capcom follows.

March 03, 2003
Capcom Fighting All-Stars not cancelled | Source Gamespot

According to Capcom, the recent announcment of Capcom Fighting All-Stars being cancelled was not true and currently is still in development. The game is still on schedule to be released in Japanese arcades sometime in the Spring, no word on US or home versions.


February 27, 2003
Playmore release schedule | Source
Playmore

Playmore has updated their site with the following release schedule:

April 24 - PS2 - Metal Slug 3
May - PS2 - King of Fighters 2001
July - GBA - Metal Slug Advance
July - GBA - King of Fighters Advance
July - cd. - King of Fighters 2002
2003 - GBA - SNK vs Capcom Advance
May 29 - MVS - Shin Gouketsuji Ichizoku ~Matrimelee~
July - MVS - Metal Slug 5
2003 - MVS - SNK vs Capcom

Acclaim to publish KoFEX2 | Source IGN

Acclaim quietly announced on its website this week that it will publish the sequel to Sammy's King of Fighter EX: NeoBlood, titled King of Fighter EX2: Howling Blood later this year.
This fighting game for GBA will feature 21 different fighters within seven different teams, as well as six modes of play including three-on-three Battle mode, two-player VS mode, and a GBA-specific Story mode.
The company hasn't revealed a release date, but then again, the company hasn't made its usual public announcement on the game, either. We're sure the press release is coming shortly...and while we wait, here are four new screenshots of the game in action.


February 26, 2003
Capcom Fighting All-Stars Cancelled | Source Gamespot

According to Japanese game magazine Dorimaga, Capcom has decided to cancel Capcom Fighting All-Stars. No additional reason was given for the cancellation.

February 25, 2003
New Street Fighter toys | Source Action Figure

At the recent Toyfair, Palisades has announced that they have signed a deal with Capcom to produce new Street Fighter figures. It was also mentioned that Darkstalkers characters would be produced as well. There were no prototypes of the figures at the show, but Palisades did put up a few Capcom drawings showing what the first few figures might be, so far the following figures are planned for the first and second series, but note that this isn't absolute and may change:

1st set: Ryu, Guile, Cammy, Dhalsim, M. Bison, Lord Raptor
2nd set: Ken, Chun-li, Gen, Gill, Donovan, Morrigan

You can read the details in their press release below.

In the world of video-game combat, no game in history is as widely recognized as the king of the world than Street Fighter™. Palisades is very pleased to announce that they recently reached an agreement with Capcom, producer of the hugely successful video game franchise, to release action figures and PolyStone collectibles of the unforgettable universe of Street Fighter characters.

Beginning late in the year, Palisades will release their first assortment of six figures, in a 4 to 5- inch scale, fully articulated and ready for intense play action. Also around that time they will begin to introduce special limited edition PolyStone busts and statues that they are designed to be both amazingly detailed yet also more affordable than the typical PolyStone product.

Since the signing of the agreement is so fresh, no prototypes will be shown at Toy Fair 2003, but Palisades expects to start showing some images in the summer of this highly anticipated line.

"We're going for great articulation but in an affordable size," said Michael Horn, President and CEO of Palisades. "A few years ago, ReSaurus did a great job with Street Fighter at around 8 inches. In today's climate, we just can't afford to continue that series where they left off. So our plan is to take that style (angular, essentially) and integrate it into a more affordable size. Plus, we'll add lots of articulation that those figures never had."

This line is a personal favorite for Ken Lilly, Director of Product Development, since he worked on those Street Fighter figures in his ReSaurus days. "I can't wait to get started on this line," reports Lilly. "There were so many things that we wanted to do, in PolyStone and plastic, and SO many characters that we wanted to take a crack at. It's awesome to be re-visiting a license that has so much un-tapped potential."

Expect the first assortment of these figures, and the first mini bust, in the fourth quarter of 2003

February 14, 2003
Sega and Sammy to merge | Source Reuters

Japanese video-game software maker Sega Corp. plans to integrate its operations with those of Sammy Corp., a maker of slot machines, to become more competitive in the amusement gaming business, the companies said Thursday.

Video-game software makers are suffering from rapidly rising costs of developing new game software for next-generation video game machines. Sega and Sammy have yet to decide how to merge, such as whether to swap shares, but they expect to integrate their operations by Oct. 1. Sammy president Hajime Satomi, who is currently the largest shareholder in Sammy with a 24.3 percent stake, will become president of the new entity.

The integration is expected to help ease the companies' development costs and accelerate the development of technologies for new software. The announcement comes on the heels of a similar combination announced between Japanese computer game software makers Square Co. and Enix Corp. They plan to combine operations April 1. Sega garnered about 40 percent of its sales from the consumer game business in the fiscal year ended last March.

Sammy is a major maker of pachinko slot machines, a popular vertical pinball game found in parlors across Japan. It is trying to develop new businesses such as commercial video game machines and video game software. Sega posted a group net loss of 17.8 billion yen ($148 million) last fiscal year, its fifth straight annual loss. Sammy posted a group net profit of 23.9 billion yen ($199 million). Separately, Sega reported a profit for the first nine months of its fiscal year but cut its forecast of profit and revenue for the full year that ends March 31.

For the nine months ended Dec. 31, Sega reported a group profit of 3.98 billion yen ($33.2 million) on revenue of 150.70 billion ($1.26 billion). No comparative figures were available. But it slashed its group profit estimate to 500 million yen ($4.17 million) from an earlier forecast of 5 billion yen ($41.7 million). It also cut its revenue forecast to 195 billion yen ($1.62 billion), from 200 billion yen ($1.67 billion). It cited disappointing game software sales in the United States and delayed launches of new software titles in Japan.



January 07, 2003
Street Fighter Alpha 2 Anime sketch | Source
Manga Ent.

Manga Entertainemnt has updated their front page with a showing of their latest titles. As of interest is a small sketch of the upcoming Street Fighter Alpha 2.

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