Japan and US dominate Shadowloo Showdown

Japanese and North American fighting game players dominated Shadowloo Showdown this weekend, winning more titles than any other country at the Melbourne fighting game tournament.

Professional players from all over the world from the US to the UK, China, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Kuwait, France, and Hong Kong gathered in the Australian city of Melbourne for the two-day tournament, which is the largest to be held in Australia and one of the final stops before the Olympics of the fighting game world, EVO, which will be held in Las Vegas in July.

Australian players were out in force but were overwhelmed by their Japanese and American counterparts, who cleaned up Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition ver. 2012 (Eita – Japan), Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (AG.MCZI Marlin Pie – USA), Soul Calibur V (MCZI Tokido – Japan), Skullgirls (EGI Justin Wong – USA), Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown (RZRI Fuudo – Japan), and Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition (THI Mov – Japan).

The few exceptions who were able to power through the barrier of skill set up by the Japanese and US players were MMT from Australia who won Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Unlimited, Gamberbee from Taiwan who won Street Fighter X Tekken, and eLivePro's QanbalDakou from China who won The King of Fighters XIII.

The tournament drew hundreds of spectators who stayed well past midnight on Sunday in Australia to watch the finals. The tournament's online viewing stream also attracted thousands of viewers from all around the world who joined in to watch the world's best fighting game players battle it out before EVO.

Australian players were out in force but were overwhelmed by their Japanese and American counterparts

Polygon was at Shadowloo Showdown and we will have a more extensive report of the fighting game scene in the weeks to come.

The top eight in each competition are listed below along with the character combinations they used. The country of origin for the players were put together using data from Shoryuken and Showdowloo Showdown's competitor's page. Some data is missing. The complete results can be viewed at Shoryuken.

Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition ver. 2012
1. Eita (Akuma) – Japan
2. Banbaban (Cammy)
 – Japan
3. Shungoku Neurosis (M. Bison)
 – Japan
4. MCZ|Tokido (Akuma)
5. Amiyu (Gen) – Japan
5. AVerMedia|GamerBee (Adon) – Taiwan
6. Naruo (Evil Ryu)
 – Japan
7. eLive.QanBa|Dakou (Ryu) – China

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
1. AG.MCZ|MarlinPie (C. Viper/Doctor Doom/Amaterasu) – USA
2. coL.CC|Filipino Champ (Magneto/Doctor Doom/Phoenix)
 – USA
3. EG|Justin Wong (Wolverine/Storm/Akuma)
 – USA
4. Dignitas|Zak Bennett (Firebrand/Dormammu/Amaterasu) – UK
5. 86′d|Knives (Spencer/Sentinel/Akuma)
 – USA
6. SL|Antman (Wesker/Vergil/Hawkeye)
 – Australia
7. Omega Red (Wolverine/Sentinel/Wesker) – Australia
8. MCZ|Tokido (Magneto/Doctor Doom/Phoenix) – Japan

Street Fighter x Tekken
1. AVerMedia|GamerBee (Julia/Ken)
 – Taiwan
2. EG|JustinWong (Rufus/Chun-Li)
 – USA
3. TH|Poongko (Ryu/Kazuya)
 – South Korea
4. MCZ|Tokido (Ken/Rufus) – Japan
5. EG|Momochi (Ryu/Kazuya)
 – Japan
6. KOK (Ken/Ryu) – Japan
7. TH|MOV (Kazuya/Hugo) – Japan
8. SL|ToXY (Ryu/Rufus) – Australia

Soul Calibur V
1. MCZ|Tokido (Viola) – Japan
2. Cafe Id|M.Lizard (Aeon)
 – South Korea
3. RZR|Fuudo (Natsu) – Japan
4. EG|Justin Wong (Pyrrha)
 – USA
5. Woody
 – Australia
6. Runis – ?
7. V1p3R – Australia
8. AlexMD – Australia

The King of Fighters XIII
1. eLive.QanBa|Xiaohai (Billy/EX Iori/Mr. Karate) – China
2. MCZ|Tokido (Mr. Karate/Kyo/Iori)
 – Japan
3. eLive.QanBa|Dakou (Andy/Clark/Kim, Clark/Kula/Kim, EX Iori/EX Kyo/Kim)
 – China
4. TH|Poongko (EX Iori/Duo Lon/Kyo, EX Iori/Kim/Kyo)
 – South Korea
5. WW.MCZ|Ryan Hart – UK
6. EG|Justin Wong
 – USA
7. Colonov
 – Australia
8. V1p3r – Australia

Skullgirls
1. EG|Justin Wong (Valentine/Parasoul)
 – USA
2. Pichy (Filia/Valentine/Double)
 – Australia
3. Solid Stef (Peacock) – Australia
4. Airtola (Cerebella)
 – USA
5. SL|Burnout (Valentine/Cerebella)
 – Australia
6. BKSama (Filia/Parasoul)
 – Australia
7. WW.MCZ|Ryan Hart (Cerebella)
 – UK
8. Tomo9 (Painwheel/Parasoul/Double) – Australia

Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown
1. RZR|Fuudo (Shun)
 – Japan
2. WW.MCZ|Ryan Hart (Kage) – UK
3. Iron Myke (Kage)

4. TH|MOV (Taka-Arashi)
 – Japan
5. Berzerk (Pai) – Australia
6. AlexMD (Aoi) – Australia
7. Kenny (El Blaze)
 – ?
8. Kisou (Goh) – Australia

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Unlimited
1. MMT (King/Armor King, Roger Jr./King)
 – Australia
2. Kantoro (Anna/Nina, Anna/Lili)
 – Australia
3. Meat (Bryan/Jack-6, Hwoarang/Bryan, Steve/Bryan)
 – ?
4. Dion (Lars/Jack-6, Lars/Lili)
 – ?
5. Saiyuk (Heihachi/Jaycee) – ?
6. Lord Silver (Jin/Hwoarang)
 – Australia
7. Talons (Devil Jin/Kazuya) – ?
8. WW.MCZ|Ryan Hart (Kazuya/Heihachi) – UK

Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike Online Edition
1. TH|MOV (Chun-Li)
 – Japan
2. MCZ|Tokido (Chun-Li)
 – Japan
3. EG|Momochi (Yun)
 – Japan
4. TH|Deshiken (Ken) – Japan
5. EG|Justin Wong – USA
6. Genki
 – Japan
7. Michael Tan – Japan
8. WW.MCZ|Ryan Hart – UK

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