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!

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.

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 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!

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 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

Sep 18, 2015

On this episode, we recap a whole bunch of crazy fighting game reveals including King of Fighters 14 (!) and Street Fighter V's awesome new fighter Rashid. Mike raves about why he can't stop playing Super Mario Maker, and, following the announcement of Pokemon Go, we talk about what other video games we'd like to experience in the real world.

Aug 20, 2015

Now that Disney's D23 expo is in the books, we break down the wealth of crazy Star Wars and Marvel announcements from the big show (yes, including that fugly Darth Vader PS4). We also talk about the potential Mortal Kombat movie reboot, and, with the insane fall gaming season about to begin, we pick our top three most anticipated games for the rest of the year.

Aug 5, 2015

This week, we dish out our predictions for Gamescom 2015, break down Vega in Street Fighter V, and have a long talk about whether or not video games have gotten too easy. Also, hands-on impressions with Windows 10, Rare Replay, Rising Thunder and more!

Jul 23, 2015

The world's biggest fighting game tournament has come to a close, and we've got a ton to say about us. Join Mike, Natal and special guest Rob as they talk all things Evo 2015, from the early celebrations to the crazy comebacks to the matches that made people cry. We also dissect all the new info revealed at Evo, including the new Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat characters and upcoming game Rising Thunder!

May 20, 2015

On this week's episode of Fight Your Rival, we break down the trailers for DC's Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow TV shows, analyze the tantalizing new set pictures from Captain America: Civil War and Suicide Squad, and discuss our most shocking video game moments, from major in-game twists to crazy reveals and announcements.

Apr 29, 2015

On this week's Fight Your Rival, we talk Jared Leto's crazy Joker, dissect the new Batman vs. Robin animated movie, and ponder the possibilities of Telltale's future Marvel game. Also, we break down the new trailers for Black Ops 3 and Arkham Knight.

Apr 29, 2015

Our debut audio podcast is all about the year's biggest fighting game: Mortal Kombat X! Tune in as we discuss everything from the story mode to our favorite nasty Fatalities, and ponder whether or not the game's infamous microtransactions are really a big deal.