Tekken X Street Fighter Face Off at GamesCom in Germany

Thursday, August 19, 2010, will be a day of reckoning. Tekken series director Katsuhiro Harada and Street Fighter series producer Yoshinoro Ono will battle it out at the GamesCom, Europe’s biggest video game convention in Germany.

According to Namco Bandai, “Harada vs. Ono” is going to be a bout you don’t want to miss that starts at 2pm on Thursday 19th August in Konrad-Adenauer-Saal of the Kölnmesse. They’ll duke it out on a session of Street Fighter x Tekken. There will also be an onstage tournament where eight fans will get a chance to compete with each other and against six Tekken 6 and six Street Fighter 4 community members. Everyone who attends will walk away with Tekken X Street Fighter goodies and winners of the tournament will get special prizes.

This is as close as we’re going to get to seeing video game heroes talk smack to each other like they do in boxing matches before the fight. If only there was a crossover with Dead or Alive, since series director Tomonobu Itagaki is known to express his dislike for Tekken. Too bad he isn’t part of Tecmo anymore.

“Our gathering of Street Fighter fans at the special occasion of ComiCon in San Diego was marred when Harada pathetically attempted to bribe everyone present with free copies of his games.” said Yoshinori Ono, Street Fighter Series Producer, Capcom. “Capcom, however, is an honorable company. We don’t just crash other companies’ events. So I’ve properly notified in advance that I will participate in the TEKKEN fan event planned for GamesCom. Since it is by invitation of the TEKKEN team, I expect Harada to have various underhanded surprises planned. Knowing this, I still plan to participate in the event while overcoming any obstacles he may have planned so that I can show them what a real fighting game is all about. I’ll also take with me the shaving oil I received from Hakan and the shaving razor from Vega so that I can erase that overgrown beard of Harada’s, exposing that baby face to go with his childish actions. It should turn out to be a great party!”

“After releasing Street Fighter III: Third Strike in 1999, Ono disappeared from the fighting game scene. Even though there were many requests for a sequel from fighting game fans, and even veteran fighting game developers like myself, Ono, Ryu, Chun Li, and crew failed to show their faces for 10 years”. said Katsuhiro Harada, TEKKEN Series Director at Namco Bandai Games Inc.“When they do finally show after a blank of 10 years, they don’t even bother to say a few words to the Mishima Zaibatsu, who helped maintain the fighting game scene for the 10 years they were gone. Not only that, they flee Japan to have their little gathering of fanboys at ComiCon in San Diego. So I made a sudden appearance at their little event, handed out a few free games to gain favor, and delivered a challenge to Ono. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to settle things at ComiCon but I’ll face him again this time in Europe – at Cologne! Blows are exchanged in place of civilities – that’s how it’s done at the Mishima Zaibatsu. ”

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