EVO 2016 Lineup Announced!

EVO Event Organizer, Joey “Mr. Wizard” Cuellar, took to the Red Bull eSports Twitch channel to announce the official lineup of fighting games to be played at this year’s EVO Tournament (Evolution Championship Series).

EVO 2016 Lineup

These nine titles are the main focus for EVO 2016, with four of them coming out later this year to consoles. Newcomer titles include Street Fighter V, Pokkèn Tournament, Tekken 7: Fated Retribution, and Guilty Gear Xrd -REVELATOR-. Past titles coming back from last year’s EVO include Killer Instinct, Mortal Kombat X, and both Super Smash Bros. for the Wii U and Super Smash Bros. Melee.

EVO 2016 will be taking place on July 15-17 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

EVO 2016

Final Smash Bros. 3DS/Wii U Direct Rundown

Final Smash Presentation
Ever since E3 2013, game director Masahiro Sakurai has been constantly giving the public various trailers for Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS & Wii U, revealing new characters and stages along the way. Now, a year after the game has been released Sakurai has released one final presentation demonstrating the new content soon to be released.

To start, it was announced that Corrin, the protagonist of the upcoming 3DS game Fire Emblem Fates, will be a brand new playable character. This makes Corrin the sixth playable character from the Fire Emblem series. The character does have a swappable gender, like Robin from Fire Emblem Awakening and Wii Fit Trainer, so you can choose to play as a boy or girl. Outside of standard sword slashes, Corrin’s main draw is various temporary dragon transformations. Corrin’s Final Smash, Torrential Roar, sucks in anyone nearby and blasts them away with a giant whirlpool of water. Corrin won’t come with a new stage, but two new music tracks from Fire Emblem Fates will be added to the existing Fire Emblem stages. Corrin will be available for download in February 2016.

As announced in a previous direct, Cloud from Final Fantasy VII, will be added to the roster as well. Cloud was revealed to be the most requested character from the Final Fantasy series. He will appear in both his FFVII outfit, as well as his look from FFVII: Advent Children. Cloud’s attacks feature wide, fast slashes from his Buster Sword, and a Limit Break that works similar to Little Mac’s KO meter. Unlike Little Mac, however, Cloud can charge his Limit Break meter through his Down Special. Bringing the Limit Break meter to full charge will allow one Limit Break attack, stronger than his normal attacks. His Final Smash is Omnislash, which works very similarly to Ike, which will bring an opponent to the air and thrusted back down after a volley of attacks.

Cloud will come along with a new stage based on Midgar. In the stage, Materia will appear randomly. If a player collects enough Materia, they’ll be able to bring forth a Summon, which will cause various destructive hazards to appear. Ifrit, Ramuh, Odin, Leviathan, and Bahamut Zero are all confirmed to appear. The Midgar stage and all its functionality is confirmed to appear in the 3DS version of the game. Unlike Corrin, Cloud and Midgar will be available immediately.

Sakurai then showed off a wealth of new Mii Fighter costumes, as this will be the last wave in the Mii Fighter releases. This time around, we have Geno from Super Mario RPG, Chocobo hats from the Final Fantasy series, Bionic Armor for the Brawlers, Takamaru from The Mysterious Murasame Castle, Ashley from WarioWare, Inc., Gil from The Tower of Druaga, and Tails & Knuckles from the Sonic The Hedgehog series.

In one final announcement, Sakurai revealed one final character, and the winner of the previously held Smash Bros. Fighter Ballot: Bayonetta. Unlike most of the roster, Bayonetta is a combo fighter as she is in her respective game. She can fire her guns in the middle of combos, grant herself midair combos with Witch Twist and AfterBurner Kick, and summon Madama Butterfly through her Smash attacks. When countering opponents, Bayonetta can use Witch Time to slow them down and get the upper hand. Her Final Smash, Infernal Climax, puts everyone under Witch Time, allowing you time to strike your opponents enough times to summon Gamorrah to chomp at anyone who opposes her. Like Cloud, Bayonetta comes with a stage: the Umbra Clock Tower, a platform of a falling broken clock tower seen in the first stage of the original Bayonetta. Bayonetta and the Umbra Clock Tower stage will be available for download alongside Corrin in February 2016.

To close out, it was announced that amiibos of Roy, Ryu, and Famicom R.O.B. will be released on March 18, 2016, with Cloud, Corrin, and Bayonetta amiibos currently in development.

While development of overall productivity of the game is winding down, it was revealed that all DLC was created after development of the main game was finished, a rarity in this current gaming climate. With a game that is already so feature rich on its own, the announcement of today’s DLC, as well as all previously released stages and characters, made for a fitting send off to a well-produced game. We thank and salute you, Sakurai.

Now let’s start campaigning for Shantae to appear in the next Smash…


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EVO 2015 Underway!

EVO LogoYesterday marks Day One in the EVO Championship Series Tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada. Not familiar with EVO? It’s a fighting game tournament where the best in the world compete for fame, recognition, and $300,000!

This year’s biggest titles include Ultra Street Fighter IV, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Super Smash Bros. Wii U, Gulity Gear X3rd Sign, Killer Instinct, Mortal Kombat X, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, Super Smash Bros. Melee, and Tekken 7!

EVO 2015 RosterYou can catch all the action here on Twitch’s website, where the main page will have all of the stream links of all the fighting games shown!

EVO 2015 Fighting Game Championship runs from July 17th to July 19th in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Me Chibi!Grayson M. is the Editor in Chief of Teh Lunchbox Publications and he isn’t too sharp with his fighting game skills. For more news, up to date information, previews, and reviews, keep it here on tehlunchbox.wordpress.com and LIKE and FOLLOW us on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, YouTube, and Twitch!

 

 

Soon… Soon

images2.wikia.nocookie.net Mewtwo_MS016Back in October, it was confirmed that Nintendo would allow Wii U and Nintendo 3DS owners of Super Smash Bros. to download Mewtwo as a DLC character for free. Unfortunately, those who own only one of the two would have to pay for the DLC. Of course, none of that mattered as people were just happy to see him back anyway.

Flash forward to today and It seems as though “soon” is now the operative word when it comes to the return of one of Super Smash Bros. most beloved characters. A recent event for the game saw Director Masahiro Sakurai being quoted as saying they are “pretty much done” with him and will be adding him as a DLC character in due time. Now its just a countdown until one of the franchises most popular fighters joins the battle and wreaks havoc on the rest of the Smash Bros. roster.


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October Message From The Editor-In-Chief

With witches on brooms, spirits on edge, and monsters under the bed, it can mean only one thing… it’s October! Bumps in the night, the funk of forty thousand years (Yes, I pulled a Michael Jackson there), and candy won’t stop us from doing and enjoying our jobs.

For gaming, we have our 3DS’s fully charged and Super Smash Bros. busting our fingers and the scary moments from PT and The Evil Within. Speaking of those two horror games, we will have a livestream with the latter two titles and a commentary video of our reactions as well, so stay tuned later this month!

For movies, we’ll be watching Annabelle & Dracula: Untold to creep us out of our seats, and John Wick for the action thrill seekers.

Television has our attention with the series premiere of The Flash and Constantine, as well as season premieres of Regular Show, The Legend of Korra, and The Walking Dead.

Our ear buds are ringing on music, with albums from Steve Aoki’s Neon Future and Taylor Swift’s 1989.

Our main focus at the moment is still building the company and the release of our newly designed website, which is schedule to have its official launch in the first week of November. We can’t wait to start posting all our reviews, gameplays, and livestreams in one place over using individual social media outlets, which will still be available for you to get in contact with us.

So, lock your doors, close your blinds, and stick with us as we save you from the horrors of bad games, movies, television, music, and comics… but we can’t protect you from the mad man wearing a leather mask, wielding a chainsaw, and hiding in your backyard. You’re on your own for that one.

Boo!

Grayson M.
Editor-In-Chief