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Hello, world! Welcome to SuperCombo.gg, the (new) home of competitive fighting games. While there’s a lot of new content to offer here, there’s also a lot of FGC history preserved here. Let’s talk about who we are and what we do. On EVO, Shoryuken, and RTS You may have heard that the joint venture between Sony and RTS purchased EVO. The press releases did not initially signal this but the overall Shoryuken brand was acquired in the purchase of EVO. One of the immediate decisions following that purchase was to lock the Shoryuken Forums until a future for the site could be planned out. The Shoryuken Wiki operated independently during that time. In October, a decision was reached to legally separate the contents of the Forums and Wiki sites so that they may be migrated for preservation and development. This is what lead to the establishment of the SuperCombo.gg website […]

“DEATH CRUNCH! – Smashing Through the Cage of Fighting Vipers 2 with Heidi “Zero-chan” Kemps and Heruru” by Jason Moses

In an article series dedicated to obscurities, Fighting Vipers 2 might exist in its own class. It never got an official release in North American arcades, its Dreamcast port was Japan- and Europe-only, and it being a 3D game running on Sega’s (for the time) extremely powerful Model 3 Step 2 hardware means you’re not going to be able to run it on that 8-year old laptop you play GGPO with.

But that just makes it even more important to unearth and talk about. Fighting Vipers 2 was Sega’s 3D fighting game design gods at their most crazy and inventive, with over-the-top moves and characters concealing a deeply technical game that rewards good reads, a varied offense, and fast decision-making. And if you really want to show off, you can punch someone through a wall and into a T-Rex’s mouth. Because.

“NUMBAH ONE! – Exploring World Heroes Perfect with Funkdoc, Keits, and Tuskdon” by Jason Moses

You’d be forgiven for not realizing how groundbreaking ADK’s World Heroes Perfect was. Released in May 1995 alongside a glut of similar-looking Neo Geo fighting games and against better marketed Capcom titles like Street Fighter Alpha, it was inevitable that WHP would get lost in the shuffle. It wasn’t until the mid-2000s, when Capcom had all but stopped developing new fighting games, that WHP was unearthed by players desperate for something new. What they discovered was a game shockingly ahead of its time: fast, with varied character designs, one-off mechanics, and an anything-goes attitude that somehow just worked.

“BALLOONO! – Breaking Apart Breakers Revenge with Lord BBH and ZandKun” by Luis H Garcia

The Neo Geo arcade system saw plenty of fighters that have either become celebrated or ignored. While some experimented with different play mechanics, Visco’s Breakers and Breakers Revenge games went for a more simple approach that made it easy to pick up and immediately have fun in the fight. I reached out to Matt “Lord BBH” Hall and Dustin “ZandKun” Cobb for information about this often-overlooked gem.

“Understanding Fighting Game Networking” by Mauve

So earlier today I was talking with Zinac about timing and synchronization issues in fighting games. More specifically, the cases that need to be handled with respect to packet loss and frame loss. These are actually very different things!

Then it occurred to me that I haven’t actually written an article on how fighting game netplay really works at a nuts and bolts level, and so here we are.