Last Saturday (April 18th) was the latest tournament in Gian’s Recital at Mikado. It was a 3 on 3, and I entered with Charcoal and a Japanese player, Takakawa who’s got a good ryu. It was definitely the place to be for anything related to Super Turbo.
The entire floor of the arcade was packed with top players. Two head-to-head ST setups were used in the tournament, and I think four more ST’s available for others. That floor of Mikado also has the Vampire Hunter games (I forget which versions), and a few were playing that but just about everyone else was there to either watch the tournament or play ST. I got another chance to see the big names in Tokyo, as well as finally meet people from GGPO in person for the first time.
Our team played against Denki’s first. We managed to win --well, actually, Takakawa did all the work this match- however I totally won the rock paper scissors contest to determine which side got to choose P1 or P2. So my contribution to the “team tournament”… --was pointless here, nevermind.
While waiting for the next round, someone commented on this one hot chick walking around. There were actually a few good looking ladies present, but someone managed to bring one in particular, who was in a short plaid miniskirt. I think it was one of the Hawk players (K?) but I’m not sure. It was notable because-- well, besides that fact that any female was brought into a smokey arcade on a Saturday night-- absolutely NO one was paying any attention to her at all. Not just for like 15 minutes- I think she was there for the better half of two hours, at least, with all the guys staring only at the screens. This is one of those things that would only happen in Japan. Some other foreigners there had the same reaction, it just wouldn’t happen outside Japan.
The next round, we had to face a team with Pony, Mattsun (Mtsun), and I think Tsunoppi. We got through their Guile, and I actually managed to beat Pony’s Gief but it was close. Gian was commentating and even said I had some good plays that match-- very high praise from the Dhalsim master himself. Mattsun was after Pony, with his “read your mind” Ken. I didn’t stand a chance.
There were lots of great games in the finals. Gian’s team came close to winning, and I’d say Gian was favored but got upset by another Dhalsim player, actually so his team got 2nd. I suspect there was some plain old underestimating going on during the final round or two- most people familiar with tournament pressures have been there, but the other Dhalsim held it together. I think another highlight of the tournament was when Gian faced Pony’s team, or a team with another good Gief. The Gief player beat one of Gian’s teammates, and they stood there trying to decide who would face the Gief: either Shiro (ryu) or Gian (Dhalsim). They went with Shiro’s Ryu first, so Gian would be back up but if Shiro lost, Gian would have to take out the other player(s) too. Which is totally feasible, cause in the warm-ups Gian was crushing everyone. But I imagine the thinking was that, if Gian went first, he could likely beat the zangief but not the next opponent. Anyway, Shiro won the match vs the Zangief and also went on to defeat that team but it was a good match. Later on, I asked Gian to confirm the Arcadia magazine ST character ranking chart, that put Ryu slightly below Zangief. He said that yes, it was close, but Zangief is very very slightly ahead of Ryu in that matchup, of the two. (Personally I can’t quite see it yet- Zangief definitely has the tools with the lariat, and low roundhouse but I still feel like it’s a rock paper scissors match at worst for ryu, as long as he’s paying attention… but what do I know.)
1st place team “Dragon”:
Noguchi fei long, Hakase, YuuVega (dictator)
2nd place team "Mikado’s Last Box of 3 Guys"
Gian Dhalsim, Shiro ryu, Taira (dictator)
3rd place team "The Usuals"
Pony zangief, Tsunoppi Guile, Mattsun Ken
Oh- I saw hd remix for the first time, got a good look at hitboxes (is there one for the yoga flame or I just can’t see it cause of the color overlap? should have made fb’s hitboxes too, in green). Some of the artwork looks nice but what the fuck is up with Fei Long’s nipples?