This past Saturday saw 3 different fighting events going on in Houston. Nationally, there was the North East Championships happening in Philadelphia, PA. Additionally, there was some interesting news coming out of NEC about the new Super Street Fighter 4 2012 patch and Tekken Tag Tournament 2. I decided to escape my cave and take part in the Retro Battle 2011 at Planet Zero since it was featuring older fighting games that were closer to my interests.
At Retro Battle, they held 6 different events, which drew close to 100 total entrants. Vampire Savior was the main event featuring over $200 in cash and prizes. Results for the events are as follows, 3rd Strike saw former Evo top 10 Chris Dat take the title over longtime 3S Houston pro Harvey Chang. In Super Turbo it was Jumpsuit Jesse Cardenas taking out longtime training partner and former Stargate Arcade owner Chris “Cmutt” Wong. Vampire Savior had Stone Nguyen zoning his way to victory over Fernando “Raph Stryker” Jimenez and took home the $100 Gamestop giftcard. Project Justice ended with BlazBlue teammates Jason “Kid Viper” El Srouji and Kevin “Kensou” Turner finishing 1st and 2nd. UMvC3 ended with Sam’s Club winning over Jan Del Rio. AE came down to Jan Del Rio vs Chris “Crow” Villarreal, and in the end it was Capcom prevailing against Namco as Jan defeated the former Tekken champ.
Earlier in the day Smiley’s Sports Bar hosted their tournaments. These are those results, UMvC3 1st place was Jan Del Rio followed by Sam’s Club in 2nd, and Stone Nguyen in 3rd. For AE the results were 3rd place Rubeks, 2nd place Rose Kid and 1st once again Jan Del Rio. In NW Houston, Insomnia held a SSF4AE tournament of their own that brough out 32 players. The winners as follows, 3rd place was former SBO qualifer Alex Ennis, 2nd place Sean Yeager, and your champion Sean Wagner. And yes, they all got free pizza as advertised.
At NEC, local player and Evo T6 Champion DMG Rene “KOR” Maistry was in attendance. It was at NEC where some of the AE players noticed some additional changes that were made to the game that were not on the list of announced changes. This sparked some controversy on Twitter over whether or not it was right for Capcom to do so. Also announced was a list of arcades across the country that would be test locations for Tekken Tag Tournament 2. While at first it seems odd to be holding a test location for a game that was completed months ago, it remains to be seen how this differs from the machines already up and running in Japan. For those interested, one of the test locations will be at Austin’s Arcade UFO. Date and details are unknown at this time.
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