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Japanese fighting game veteran Hajime "Tokido" Taniguchi won the Street Fighter 5 tournament last night, beating 18-year-old American Victor "Punk" Woodley.

Boy, it sure does look like Smash Bros. outside of the character and level textures.

Icons: Combat Arena, as the new game is known, is set to be free-to-play, and is the work of Wavedash Games, a studio consisting of both former Project M developers and new talent from all across the games industry.

If the Nintendo element of the Smash Bros. series is what kept you involved in the games, Icons: Combat Arena might not be exactly what you're looking for.

In Project M, the gameplay of the Wii game Super Smash Bros. This begs the question: Why not just play Super Smash Bros.

The teaser trailer features five of the games unique playable characters.

Melee finals occurred at EVO 2017, fighting game fans and spectators alike were greeted with an unexpected surprise from Wavedash Games. At the time of writing, the trailer has about as many thumbs down as it does up. With any luck, Wavedash Games will be able to tweak the title to the fans' liking following the upcoming beta. Over on the official trailer that was uploaded to Wavedash's YouTube account, the comments have a resounding vibe of disappointment in the project.

However, if you're intrigued by what you see, you might like to know that Icons: Combat Arena is due to enter beta on PC this autumn, with a full release due sometime next year. A couple of glimmers of hope are found within the responses to the trailer, but many are heavily criticizing the art, animations, and sounds, three things that basically make up the entirety of what's been shown so far.

As of now, reception for Icons: Combat Arena is mixed to say the least.

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