Street Fighter legend Daigo smashes EVO 2012 champ at Tokyo Game Show

Daigo "The Beast" Umehara beats Street Fighter 25th Anniversary and EVO 2012 Champion Lee "Infiltration" Sun Woo 10-2 during a Tokyo Game Show showmatch.

Weeks after Street Fighter and fighting games legend Daigo Umehara dismantled current EVO Champion Kun "Xian" Ho 10-0 in Street Fighter IV AE 2013 during a showmatch at PAX Prime, Umehara has done it once again to last year's champion at this past weekend's Mad Catz Unveiled event at Tokyo Game Show.

While not a complete shutout, Umehara's Ryu handily defeated Sun Woo Lee's Akuma 10-2. This is the first time Umehara has defeated Sun Woo Lee in their last four meetings, with Sun Woo Lee eliminating Umehara from EVO 2013, defeating him in the finals of the Street Fighter 25th Anniversary tournament, and sweeping him in the winners bracket of EVO 2012.

"Ever since I became a pro, I've been to a lot of tournaments, but this exhibition match was the one match where I thought about 'how to win' the most," Umehara said, discussing the match after it was over. "I was thinking 'If I've come this far and still lose…, I'd have to throw away all of my past experience and start again from zero.'

"I watched videos of Infiltration, and myself, and I noticed when watching myself 'Oh, this has become a habit,' or 'I should've done more of this,' and tried to work on it."

"Daigo's performance has rarely been witnessed outside the tournament scene and goes to show how dominant he really is," fellow fighting game legend and Ryu-player Alex Valle tells GameSpot. "He beat 2 EVO champions back to back by landslides victories which caught the world by surprise. This is a message for all generations to step up your true skill and not rely on gimmicks or system mechanic exploits for glory."

Valle was able to give some insight on how Umehara has changed his game with Ryu to accommodate for Sun Woo Lee's defensive style.

"Infiltration relied heavily on knockdowns and focus dashing vs fireballs in previous matches" he says. "His ground game was also slightly better which gave him an edge. Daigo also chose unreliable counter attacks such as guess Shoryuken's during relentless pressure which were all blocked. At TGS, Daigo focused only on Infiltration and took his game apart. I've noticed the spacing changes, superior ground game, and ex fireball pressure vs focuses for starters.

"I also noticed Daigo not getting knocked down as much to avoid vortex (mix ups) and counter-poking strategies vs. Infiltration's pressure. Lastly, Daigo saved a lot of meter for ex-fadc fireball and super opportunities which he landed frequently. The match was more than amazing watching from my point of view because I understand the decisions and pinpoint spacing only a few players in the world can master."

In the second day of showmatches, Umehara also defeated longtime American rival Justin Wong from Evil Geniuses 3-1. Umehara would lose in the second round of the Japanese Capcom Cup qualifier later that weekend.

Watch the matches between Umehara and Sun Woo Lee, and Umehara and Justin Wong below.

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87 comments
Santaclaus
Santaclaus

Daigo is the greatest player the FGC has ever known. There can be only one BEAST

megamatics
megamatics

Capcom need to release a fresh new mash up fighter. SF4 and MVC3 are both stale in all versions and anti hype games now. At tournaments you see more people standing up and cheering for Smash probably only because it's a fresh site to see at a tournament. 

dashboardman
dashboardman

Street fighter iv is DEAD...Long leave the new KILLER INSTICT 3!

frylock1987
frylock1987

A wild Virgin has appeared!

*Frylock pushed a random womans titties into Virgins face*

*Its not very effective....*

StonerDemon
StonerDemon

Every time an awesome combo is unleashed, the narrators start to scream as if they were having an orgasm...

OOOOOUUUUUHHHHH.... OH MY GOD!!
YEAH... WOOOOOOOOWWWWW.. OOOOOOHHHHHH


Batmanager
Batmanager

At first he 10-0's Xian, then he 10-2's Infiltration? I think Daigo sold his soul to the devil :-|

sagejonathan
sagejonathan

Daigo is a BEAST when he comes to prepared to play just one person.

BranKetra
BranKetra moderator

That was an overwhelming victory against Infiltration.

Rammone-X
Rammone-X

I like Daigo, but I'll take PRBalrog any day to him.

vegasdan30
vegasdan30

I can't believe this game is still popular after 25 years... Wow.  It's basically the same with graphics upgrades.  


berserks
berserks

Anyone saw the shirt daigo weae in the pick sold somewhere ? Look awesome .

oscurokey
oscurokey

diago is street fighter. Best player in fighting game history

deafwing
deafwing

GET BODIED INFILTRATION !!! LOL ... 

Daigo .. always my favorite to watch :D

WeWerePirates
WeWerePirates

This was really exciting watching live.

I kind of feel like Infiltration has been targeting Daigo so I was really looking forward to seeing what would happen when the Daigo had prepared for him too. I expected Daigo to win but I didn't expect it to be such an overwhelming margin. I also expected him to dust off his Yun as everyone knows or at least though the Ryu/Akuma match up was overwhelmingly in Akuma's favour.

Even though I expected the result it was still surprising match to watch.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

wow... I knew ryu had all the tools I never seen them used like how Daigo uses them. What a great fighter. I can see why he is so popular in Japan. 

sugrim
sugrim

I wonder who will win if they fight for real?

Halloll
Halloll

is there a way to not get E-sport articles to appear for me?

cashandcarry
cashandcarry

anybody think Daigo face quite similar with vincent from game catherine.

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

Daigo has blown both Xian and Infiltration the f**k up. SF4 should be really great at EVO2K14.

dashboardman
dashboardman

Seriously? This is a 5 year old game! Who gives a crap about it? Most guys I know are waiting for Killer instinct 3…Street fighter IV was a huge deal back in 2008 but now it’s simply out of date no matter how many “different” versions you get to see it’s still the same crap wrapped in a new cover…


bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

@megamatics usually they never take off. You can look at other games they tried MVC3, SFXT Tatsunoku vs Capcom, Darkstalkers too. Not only that they only got 100m in the bank. They wasted all their money remaking resident evil games and now they are broke. I wouldn't be surprised to hear that someone bought capcom in the future. 

angeloponekad
angeloponekad

@dashboardman KI cant even touch SFIV moron ... SSF IV is the most popular and played fighter out there and will forever be . There is nothing you or that piece of KI crap can do about !!!!

Santaclaus
Santaclaus

@Rammone-X you mean you like PRrog better or you mean you think PRrog IS better at sf than daigo?

SillySkeleton
SillySkeleton

@vegasdan30 Some games are almost timeless and don't need to be reinvented to stay relevant. A few tweaks and a fresh coat of paint is enough. Others are perfect and don't ever have to change. (see: tetris, chess, etc.)

Rammone-X
Rammone-X

@vegasdan30 What you just said is absolutely not true. Yes SF retains it's core mechanics, but it plays a lot differently than say Street Fighter Turbo on Super Nintendo.

If you played SF on Nintendo, can you pick up this game and compete? Yes absolutely, and that's one of the things that makes it popular. They add to it, without changing it entirely, making it still appeal to oldies of the franchise, and still provide that new edge for the later generation. To me, it's something a lot of fighting franchises have failed to do. But to respond to your comment, it is definitely not the same game as 25 years ago.

Jebril
Jebril

@vegasdan30 Ultras, Supers, Focuses, FADCs, and EXs are all new from the original.

dashboardman
dashboardman


@jaykho213

Well if that is your best argument on the topic then I m glad that you posted it…it only strengthens my statements…


Queuingreturns
Queuingreturns

@bunchanumbers 

Daigo won EVO twice with Ryu back to back in 2009 and 2010. He got owned in 2011 by Poongko's Seth. In 2012, he got smashed by Infiltration. The same happened at this year's EVO. : )

anakvunky
anakvunky

@Halloll you commented to this article? and yet you still ask for it to dissapear.... seriously....

dashboardman
dashboardman

@Halloll 

Yea sure, just turn off your internet connection, that should do the trick...

Queuingreturns
Queuingreturns

@Senor_Kami 

Infiltration will get the better of Daigo again. He can switch characters and really take it to Daigo. Besides, he was bound to lose to him sooner or later. Now, with the pressure of winning gone, he can focus on being awesome again.

Blue_Postman
Blue_Postman

@dashboardman Of all the games you use to argue this, you use KI3? Endless combo breakers that kill momentum? 5 minute rounds ending in time outs do to how low damage everyone is?


That game?

anakvunky
anakvunky

@dashboardman no offense, but  i love all kind of fighting game including brawl game like SMB or Jump's SuperStar, but you just compared SF to Killer instinct.... oh my... this guy.... loss my word...

wetblanketparade
wetblanketparade

@dashboardman Nobody is going to play Killer Instinct outside of the USA because nobody outside the USA is going to buy an Xbox One.  Go make a Killer Instinct tournament in your moms basement/crack den and see who shows up. 

TylerDurden83
TylerDurden83

@dashboardman Your ignorance is disgusting. SFIV has been the most popular game on a competitive level and in the fighting game community. There are thousands of people around the world who still play this game and compete in tournaments, in which SFIV is always the main event. 
 Killer Instinct 3 hype will be gone like 3-6 months after its release, just like any other non-capcom fighting game out there, like Injustice: Gods Among Us, Dead Or Alive 5, Soul Calibur 5, Mortal Kombat 9. etc

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

@dashboardman SF4 puts up numbers in fighting game stream.  KI3 will be a flash in the pan just like MK9 was.  You and yours boys might be into it but the gaming world is a hell of a lot bigger than you and your boys.

SamehH99
SamehH99

@Queuingreturns But EVO is 2/3 format, anything can happen. Plus Daigo is the only player to make top 8 5 years in a row.

dashboardman
dashboardman

@anakvunky @dashboardman

So what if I did? Are you annoyed by a simple comparison between SFIV and KI3? I strongly believe that the new KI3 is far superior and it’s my right to do so and make a statement about it. If you disagree it’s your right to do so but your disagreement doesn’t prove me wrong. 

dashboardman
dashboardman

@wetblanketparade

Maybe I should host a killer instinct tournament in your mom’s vagina…and wait there until someone shows up…

dashboardman
dashboardman

@TylerDurden83 @dashboardman

My ignorance led me to the conclusion that buying the same game over and over again doesn’t offer anything new to you or your wallet. Besides that Capcom stated that a new street fighter game will NOT be released during the next gen…so good luck in playing the same crap for another 5-8 years…while the rest of us enjoy NEW fighting games.

honeycomb06
honeycomb06

@Senor_Kami @dashboardman Only if KOF could blow up as big as Street Fighter then we could really see some Intese fighting....now that's a game that require smart thinking and skills....you can't jus throw shit out there and expect good result everytime......KOF is much like chess if that make any sense to anybody out dere who understands

dashboardman
dashboardman

@Senor_Kami @dashboardman

Well according to the reactions of the public i don't think it will be a flash...i think it will be more of a thunder...besides that KI3 was requested by the fighting community for more than a decade! So think before you speak…

anakvunky
anakvunky

@dashboardman @anakvunky i never said you're wrong, i'm just... like... dissapointed when you compared those two... IMO MK is better to be compared to KI which i can say MK is a great game too... 

dashboardman
dashboardman

@TylerDurden83 @RJLateralus @dashboardman 

That’s because you have no actual arguments…I just justified my opinion with marketing facts…look at your messages and you will understand that you did NOT justify your answer with facts…So in a sense the only one wasting his time around here is me! 

dashboardman
dashboardman

@TylerDurden83

I don’t mean to wake you up but we live in 2013! Smartphones and tablets are competing against consoles and development time is reduced IN HALF! The fact that Capcom adds “new” content is only a marketing tactic that stands for “getting more out of your own product”. In other words, they squeeze the money out of you with minimum effort and expenses from their turn. They are the only ones that benefit from all this DLC crap. So do you still think that they couldn’t release a new street fighter game if they wanted to? You are more casual than me…and a blind fanboy…

TylerDurden83
TylerDurden83

@dashboardman Dumb argument. When Capcom updates SFIV, they release it as DLC and the retail version, so those who already have the game arent forced to buy it again. 

And you know why they keep releasing more content for this game even 5 years after its release? Because the fighting game community keeps asking for more characters, stages and features. Its not aimed to the casual player like you.

The game is so complex that even after all this time theres still stuff to explore and it never gets old. Same happened with SFII & III and thats why they take so much time to release a new game in the main series.

You dont know anything about the FGC and Im not expecting you to understand since you're clearly a casual/noob who only plays the latest trendy game, gets his ass kicked online, buy a new game and repeat the process.
But hell, enjoy your glorious K.I.3 for two weeks

Rammone-X
Rammone-X

@honeycomb06 Street Fighter is the same way, in fact, I would argue that out of the three (KI, KOF, and SF), Street Fighter is probably the most technical. I realized this not just by playing these games, but specifically from commentary on them. When you have a great commentator describe the mind games and technicalities of certain games - especially street fighter, you see that there's much more to it than just mashing buttons.