We thought that giant 45-minute presentation for Terry Bogard in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate would portend some sort of surprise. Instead, the reason for its length was literally just that Masahiro Sakurai had too much fun rambling about SNK and all the fun things they did with their franchises for this new update. That’s, uh, respectable. But we did get our big news: Terry Bogard and his level, King of Fighters Arena, are releasing later today for the typical $5.99 USD, or they come as part of Fighters Pass DLC #4.
Update: Terry and King of Fighters Arena are available to download right now with ver. 6.0.
Terry and King of Fighters Arena both come with many surprises
Like Ryu from Street Fighter, Terry can input all of his attacks with directional fighting game-style inputs, and he automatically orients himself to face his opponents. Terry has strong and weak versions of his special moves, and they are even stronger if you use fighting game inputs instead of the traditional Smash inputs. His special moves include Burning Knuckle, Crack Shoot, Power Charge, Triple Geyser, Power Dunk, and Buster Wolf, among others. And in fact, his Final Smash is a three-hit combo of Triple Geyser, Power Dunk, and Buster Wolf.
Additionally, when Terry goes over 100% damage or is at one-third HP stamina, he gets a “GO” next to his character logo and becomes more dangerous. He can unleash Super Special Move versions of his attacks, making him a major threat to keep alive.
King of Fighters Stadium is a pretty awesome addition to the stages. The edges of the screen are walled off, meaning characters bounce off of it instead of dying. However, when enemies accumulate enough damage, they will fall through the wall anyway. This is to make the game a bit more like a fighting game. Also, if a character gets hit hard too close to the wall, they still might fall through it.
There are around 50 music tracks from the SNK franchise included with King of Fighters Arena!
There are also 20 cameos from the SNK franchise at King of Fighters Arena: Andy Bogard, Joe Higashi, Tung Fu Rue, Billy Kane, Geese Howard, Rock Howard, Kim Kaphwan, Ryuji Yamazaki, and Blue Mary from Fatal Fury; Psycho Soldier‘s Athena Asamiya; King of Fighters‘ (and other series’) Kyo Kusanagi, Iori Yagami, Goro Daimon, Chang Koehan and Choi Bounge, Ralf Jones and Clark Still (Ikari Warriors, Metal Slug), Ryo Sakazaki (Art of Fighting), King, and Yuri Sakazaki. Mai Shiranui is absent because Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is for good boys and girls, (No, seriously, that’s Sakurai’s explanation.) and I suppose Mai is just a bit too sexy for Smash (ironic).
Are you hyped for Terry Bogard and King of Fighters Arena in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate right now? Let us know!