Good news today for SNK fans, as Atlus has confirmed a console release for the game in Japan. While that may seem less exciting for us console owners outside of Japan, the fact that Atlus is publishing it means there’s an excellent chance it’ll find its way into the rest of the world. And yes, Mai Shiranui and hermassive, undulating beach balls have returned.
We’ve seen the game in action at a local arcade, and from the looks of it, a port should be fairly effortless, as even the arcade version has a fully featured training mode and what looked like combo trials built into it. Atlus’ localization is some of the best in the business, leaving the game’s online netcode the only remaining x-factor, pun intended. KOF XIII’s console port will feature an exclusive character, Fatal Fury’s Billy Kane, though there might be more announced since the game doesn’t ship until October in Japan.
Above: SHE’S BACK YOU HORN DOGS
As of now, here’s a complete character list:
Billy Kane (Console exclusive)
Evil Ash aka Blood Spiraling into Insanity Ash
KOF XIII will apparently wrap up Ash’s storyline, which makes sense given the appearance of the deliciously Japanese “Blood Spiraling into Insanity Ash”. That’s right folks, an “Evil” version of a character in a fighting game! KOF XIII hits consoles in Japan on October 25th, and we’ll keep you posted if/when there’s a global release.
July 6, 2011