Baiken by Namakemono

Baiken by Namakemono

Now that Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- is out, Jonio has changed the Mikado GG tournament schedule to accommodate the influx of new players! It is now
Tuesday: GGXX AC+R 3on3
Wednesday: GG Xrd Beginner and Intermediate players tournament
Thursday: GG Xrd singles
Saturday: GG Xrd 3on3

It’s really nice to see Mikado still supporting AC+R. Especially since many GG players cannot play their main character in Xrd.

In addition, the Mikado nico community has now been upgraded to a nico channel! The main effect of this is that Mikado nico streams will no longer be on the stupid 30 minute limit. They can now stream as long as they want, which is pretty convenient for everyone.

The GGXrd Player’s Guild site is up, and it functions exactly like the +R version. It has win/loss and other statistics of everybody who has a player card registered, and also shows the player ranks by sheer number of wins and risk rating(aka PSR). The Xrd player’s guild has something very special though, and it is in the addition of voice comments! Players who have a card registered can log in and have their character congratulate them on their performance in matches and for unlocking medals. Kurushii was able to figure to rip the contents of the entire site, including the voice comments. You can find the download links on Dustloop. I am currently being serenaded by Millia’s voice and it is lovely.

Sourenga has been adding English subs to the GGXrd arcade story videos. Unfortunately, his Youtube account has recently been suspended for this very reason, but he is continuing his work on Dailymotion. Definitely worth checking out if you’re into this kind of stuff.

Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- has made its debut in arcades, and Day 1 was certainly crazy as tons of arcades were streaming the game. I’m pretty sure at one point, there were five streams going on simultaneously. But before that, ArcSystem Works did a special Day 0 stream with Pachi, Daisuke Ishiwatari, Akira(the Potemkin and Tager player), and Tomomi Isomura who is mostly known for voicing Makoto in Blazblue as well as May’s friend April. The stream had a brief system explanation as well as a tournament featuring ASW staff members! Shoutouts to Kurushii for ripping the video and making it available.

Mikado had a singles tournament on release day, and Jonio had the videos up in record time. The tourney brought back a number of old faces like Nemo and Kusoru so it’s worth a watch, even though everybody is still figuring out stuff. I’ve embedded the full playlist below: it contains 6 videos.

Okayama Fantasista did not have a tournament, but streamed a ton of casual matches on ustream. The stream archive is now available on their Youtube channel! You can see a lot of players trying to figure out stuff here, most notably U-Zen who is mostly playing I-No and Millia.
Part 1
Part 2

a-cho did not have a tournament as well. But they did record almost 2 hours worth of casual matches!

GGXrd at Jaepo

Ky Kiske by Kanata

Ky Kiske by Kanata

Japan Amusement Expo 2014 has been going on this weekend, showcasing all of the upcoming arcade titles. The main stage was streamed on Nico, and there was a decent amount of gameplay footage for Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN-! Daisuke joined the hosts on Friday and Saturday, and there was an interview with him which may be translated in the future. One of the most noteworthy things he said was that the Guilty Gear series was too difficult for newcomers to get into, which was the philosophy behind many of the system and character changes introduced into Xrd.

On Friday, Akira, a known BB Tager player was a guest player on stage and had some matches vs the stage hosts. You can see him play Bedman, May, and Faust. The female host plays Millia, while both of the male hosts play Sol. All credit goes to Kurushii for ripping and re-uploading these stream videos.

GGXrd Jaepo 2014 Stream Clip from Kurushii on Vimeo.

On Saturday, a special tournament was held, in which 8 press representatives competed in a single elimination bracket! Some of them actually had an idea of how to play the game, so this is probably the best footage we’re going to get of the game before its eventual release. Speaking of release, Xrd has been officially announced to drop on February 20, so it will be coming in less than a week now. You can find the tournament footage in the Youtube clip below.

Last thing I will mention is site related. I am still lost as to how the fix the site comments, and for now I’ve pretty much given up. So instead, Norematch will now be using a third party commenting system called Disqus. I have heard that it increases page load time, so I hope that the effect won’t be too significant on this site. I apologize in advance, because it requires registration before making any comments. A slight inconvenience, but it’s still better than having no comments!

Ramletherl Valentine by Kanata

Ramletherl Valentine by Kanata

Before I talk about the loketests, I’d like to mention that there is currently a problem with comments on this site. For whatever reason, comments are completely broken. Not only are all of the old comments gone, but it is also impossible for anyone to make new comments. I think that this was caused by a recent flood of spam comments. Either way, I have no idea how to fix it, so comments are pretty much going to be nonexistent for the time being.

Back to real news! Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- has been announced to come out sometime this month, and in a somewhat surprise announcement, there is going to be one last location test! It will be going on throughout the entire week of 2/3 to 2/9. No new characters have been announced, but there has been a fair amount of new footage released. First off, the arcade opening has been unveiled on the official ASW Youtube account. Daisuke Ishiwatari made an appearance on the newest episode of Blueraji, and they showed some brief footage of every character along with May’s instant kill. Finally, Pachi was a guest on the Nico stream show Denjin Getcha and did a quick demo of Zato’s first match in his Arcade Mode. Kurushii ripped the clip, which can be accessed here.

The only new information we have is a clarification on YRC: only certain moves can be YRCed, and they can only be done on whiff during an attack’s startup frames. In addition, YRCs can only be performed when the opponent is in a neutral state: meaning, they must not be blocking or getting hit.

New translation

Well, it is now the end of January and GG Xrd is set to come out sometime during February. I’d really like to apologize for not bringing the entire Millia section of the site up to speed for +R. I got unexpectedly busy and I also wasn’t anticipating Xrd to come out so quickly. As of now, the only Millia sections that got the +R upgrade are Combos and the Videos page. And given Millia’s history in the series, all of the combos will probably become obsolete in the next version!

But that’s not the main reason I’m writing this post. The old Millia doujin “Black in Shadow of Millia Rage in Mind” has gotten an English translation! And here I was thinking that nobody other than me cared about GG doujins. Shoutouts to SaHa for the translation. You can visit his site or go to the Doujins section here to check it out.