Fight Your Rival

A nerdy podcast about video games, comic books, movies and everything in between. Fight Your Rival began as a fighting game-centric show, and has since evolved into a raw, often silly look into the larger world of geek culture.
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Aug 2, 2016

We caught up with Mike "Mike Ross" Ross at Defend the North 2016, where he dished on Street Fighter V, the Capcom Pro Tour, and, of course, Floe. Mike also discussed a Marvel vs. Capcom 2 match 10 years in the making, gave his thoughts on New York, and picked some of his favorite players currently on the CPT. Enjoy!

Jul 30, 2016

FYR is back and ready to recap two of July's best events: Evo and Comic-Con! Come hang as we talk about the best fighting game matches of the weekend, Street Fighter on ESPN, that amazing Wonder Woman trailer and all of the big shows and movies launching this year. And, of course, Mike tells all about his growing Pokemon Go addiction.

Jun 25, 2016

The dust has settled on E3 2016, and Natal and Mike are ready to talk about their favorite games & moments from the big show. Also, Mighty No. 9 is finally out, but as we discover, that's probably not for the best.

Jun 8, 2016

With May behind us, we recap an amazing month of games that included Doom, Uncharted 4, and lots and lots of Overwatch. Also, we dish out some E3 2016 predictions, from new Sony and Microsoft consoles to the games we'd love to see from Bethesda, EA and more.

May 15, 2016

We saw Captain America: Civil War, we loved it, and we have a ton to say about it. Kick back as we discuss our favorite moments and characters from Marvel's latest masterpiece, as well as talk about where it ranks against the MCU's best movies.

Apr 22, 2016

On this week's episode, we talk about the deluge of recent movie trailers from Rogue One to Doctor Strange. Guile is finally coming to Street Fighter V, and he looks pretty damn awesome. Lastly, with the PlayStation 4.5 all but confirmed at this point, we talk about whether or not we're ready to upgrade to a new, more powerful PS4.

Apr 2, 2016

In this special interview from Spring Fighter 2016, we chat with Charles Pratt from the NYU Game Center. Come hang as we talk about Street Fighter V, NYU's Evo Scholarship, and what what makes fighting games so appealing for game designers. Enjoy!

Mar 25, 2016

Cancel your appointments, because we've got a lot to talk about. Natal saw Batman v Superman and wasn't pleased, but fortunately we both watched some Daredevil Season 2 to wash the bad taste away. Mike raves about Pokken Tournament, and we have a long discussion about virtual reality, the PlayStation 4.5, and what it all means for the future of console hardware.

Mar 15, 2016

This week we break down that amazing Civil War trailer, and discuss our thoughts on the brand-new Spider-Man. We also dish out tons of fighting game news, including Street Fighter V's March update as well as Lupe's new beef with the Mortal Kombat community.





Mar 8, 2016

Welcome to One on One, a new interview series where we sit down with your favorite members of the fighting game community! In our debut episode, we chat with Joseph "LI Joe" Ciaramelli, an all-around awesome dude who's been absolutely dominating Street Fighter V on the east coast. Come hang as Joe talks everything from competing and running tournaments to Dark Souls and the best pizza spot in New York. Enjoy!

Mar 4, 2016

In this jam-packed episode of Fight Your Rival, we recap all of the insanity from the Winter Brawl X fighting game tournament, from crazy exhibitions to our first real look at competitive Street Fighter V. Mortal Kombat XL is here, and there's a whole mess of bloody goodness to talk about. Also, get a sneak peek at our interview with Winter Brawl champion LI Joe!

Feb 20, 2016

Street Fighter V is finally here, and we've got some strongly mixed emotions on it. Join us as we praise the game's fantastic fighting, before getting heated over its ridiculous lack of launch content. Also, we recap Lupe Fiasco's big match against legend Daigo Umehara, and discuss the latest King of Fighters 14 announcements. Keep fighting!

Feb 5, 2016

In this extra-packed episode of Fight Your Rival, we get giddy over LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game, like real adults do. We also break down the EVO 2016 fighting game lineup, talking Street Fighter, Smash Bros, and... Lupe Fiasco!? Yep. Stay tuned.

Jan 22, 2016

This week's episode has more Mortal Kombat X news than you can handle, from the awesome new Kombat Pack 2 characters to the totally revamped online experience coming to the game. Also, we share our thoughts on the latest Suicide Squad trailer, and ponder just what the heck Jared Leto's Joker is all about. This is one you're gonna want to listen to all the way through :)

Jan 2, 2016

Now that 2015 is over, let's take a look back at what made it so damn awesome. Tune in as we pick our favorite shows, movies, comics, and (duh) games of 2015, and then go over the ones that ended up being pretty crappy. Also: our most anticipated games of 2016. Happy new year!

Dec 24, 2015

Here it is guys, our spoiler-tastic thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Grab some blue milk and kick back as we break down what we liked, what we didn't, and what we're dying to see in Episode VIII. Also, some quick talk on those nutty Dreamcast 2 rumors, as well as some crazy new guest characters in fighting games. Enjoy, and may the force be with you.

Dec 12, 2015

We've got a ton of nerdy stuff to catch up on during this extra-stuffed episode, starting with the Batman vs. Superman trailer -- which Natal hated and Mike loved. We also recap the big winners and losers of The Game Awards 2015, and talk about our favorite announcements from this year's PlayStation Experience. Enjoy.

Nov 26, 2015

It's time to slip into a turkey coma and enjoy our special Thanksgiving episode. We talk about what we'll be playing during the long, lazy weekend, as well as what we're thankful for in the gaming world. Also, we have an in-depth review discussion on Star Wars Battlefront, and talk about why the game might not be worth your $60.

Nov 18, 2015

In this jam-packed episode, we talk all of November's big games, including Rise of the Tomb Raider, Fallout 4 and Star Wars Battlefront. We also unpack a ton of big news, including the insane reveal of Final Fantasy's Cloud coming to Smash Bros. Enjoy!

Nov 5, 2015

Mike hasn't been able to put down Halo 5, just as Natal has been glued to WWE 2K16. We talk in-depth about how well both games lived up to our expectations. Plus, we talk about Sony's interesting move ahead of Xbox One's backwards compatibility, and unpack a ton of recent Street Fighter V news. Enjoy!

Oct 22, 2015

This episode is all about one thing: THAT Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer! We dissect every little detail of the new teaser, including possible character origins and just where the hell Luke might be. Enjoy!

Oct 16, 2015

On this week's episode, Natal, Mike and special guest Steve get together to talk all things New York Comic Con 2015, from the coolest games we played to the most insane cosplay we saw. We also got hooked on the Star Wars: Battlefront beta, and have plenty to say about it. Enjoy!

Oct 14, 2015

In this special interview from New York Comic-Con 2015, we talk to Capcom's Matt Dahlgren about all things Street Fighter V. We touch on everything from the character roster to Capcom's ambitious tournament plans, so tune in and enjoy!

Sep 30, 2015

With games like Rainbow Six Siege and the last-gen version of Black Ops 3 shipping without solo campaigns, we discuss how important (or not important) single player content is to first-person shooters. We also fantasize about life on Mars, and get really excited about all the awesome new features coming to Twitch. Keep Fighting!

Sep 25, 2015

This week's episode has a little something for everyone. We talk about the latest volume of one of our favorite comics, Saga, and discuss our mixed feelings on the season two premiere of Gotham. To bring things back to gaming, we discuss the best and worst special edition game consoles of all time. We're lookin' at you, Pokemon N64.

Play Mike's Mario Maker Levels!
Death Star: 9098-000-005F-67E4
Super Smash Bros: 9578-0000-004C-332B
Mario Fighter 1.0: 23D9-0000-003F-E7FA

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