Friday, April 11, 2008

Super Turbo Trickery - Near Corner vs. Far Corner

So I needed to define a bit of terminology for a future post and I thought I'd discuss some related trickery while I was at it. Info from T.Akiba, Harahi, KG (also his Gief vid below) and Leynos.

UPDATE 10/2/09: Added a couple items courtesy of Riz0ne.

When you're on the 1p side of the machine, the near corner is on the left and the far corner is on the right. For 2p, the near corner is on the right and the far corner is on the left. This doesn't change as characters move around the screen: the far corner is always the one farthest away from your life bar.

Here's some trickery where the direction you're facing makes a difference.

Ken HCF Funky Kick (Vs: Ryu, Ken, Akuma)
Ken can use his ←↙↓↘→ + Kick move to cross up a Shoto opponent under the following conditions:
- Ken is right up against them. As close as possible.
- Opponent is crouching.
- Ken is facing the far corner.

Blanka Ball (Vs: Blanka)
When a mirror match opponent has been knocked down in the far corner, use a horizontal ball to cross them up.

You can cross up Honda after he's been knocked down in either corner.

Zangief Roundhouse Grab (Vs: Ryu, Ken, Akuma)
When you've got a Shoto backed into the near corner, it's possible to cross them up after a bite by simply walking past them.

This trick works on Claw and Honda independent of left-right issues. Chun and Cammy can be crossed up when they're close to (not in) either corner.

Dictator Psycho Crusher (Vs: Ryu, Ken, Akuma, Guile, Dhalsim, Boxer, Claw, Dictator)
After knocking your opponent down in the far corner, cross them up with a fierce Psycho Crusher.

The rest of the cast (less Chun and Cammy, who are immune) can be crossed up on either side of the screen. Versus T.Hawk, timing is a little tricky.

Psycho Magic is a general term for Psycho Crusher corner trickery of which this is one type. Stay tuned for more in the future post mentioned above.

Dictator Jump (Vs: Honda)
It's possible to simply jump over E.Honda when you've got him backed into the far corner.

Also, Ryu and Ken can use an air Hurricane Kick to go past Honda into the far corner.

Shoto Hurricane Kick (Vs: Dictator)
After knocking Dictator down in the far corner you can use a Hurricane Kick to squeeze past him. Here are a couple examples:

Ryu, O.Ryu, Akuma: hit with a short Hurricane Kick then do another short HK to go past Dictator.

O.Ryu, Akuma, Ken, O.Ken: crouching roundhouse cancel into medium HK.

This trick works to a lesser extent against Claw in the far corner. Also vs. Fei-Long and Dhalsim (point blank medium Hurricane Kick with O.Ryu) on either side.


  1. For more "Psycho Magic" check out "Risk Never Sleeps" on youtube by Giga-msx.


  2. Cool, I never knew about this... last night was the Tougeki qualifier and I saw the winning team (Goto Ryu and a Boxer player) vs. BUY's team; towards the end of a match point round, the boxer player blocked (BUY)Dictator's pyscho crusher, but before Dictator could recover from it on the other side, boxer's super came out. I think this was not only deft timing but imagine it was initially performed facing the other way, or at least charged the direction it actually came out. (I'm no expert on those kind of subtleties though!)

  3. Gotoh's teammate was SuperStar (I thought that was the team name at first). They almost didn't win their block, as there was a 3-way tie of the 4 teams in it. They won the extra innings of it though and made it all the way through the finals. Shinryu was in attendance at the beginning, but he didn't play at all. btw I've read a little on srk ppl mentioning daigo but I don't think he's been around the scene for a good 6 to 9 months.

  4. Thanks for the scoop, David!

    Were Nomura and Taura teamed up? I wonder if they'll try their luck at some out-of-town qualifiers...

  5. Yes, Taura and Nomura were paired, Taura finally using Dictator in a tournament (his best probably, with the big damage combos). I didn't see too many of their matches though. I kinda doubt either one of them would be likely to travel too far but you never know. btw it was a no-show for Suzuki (Hawk) this time, I think he would have done well.