Nuki, the last of Japan's five fighting game gods, returning to the craft? Signs point towards yes, video featuring Nuki's Chun-Li vs. Uryo's Cody

Posted by Nicholas 'MajinTenshinhan' Taylor • March 13, 2014 at 8:13 a.m. PDT

To people who've been in the fighting game community for a long time, the concept of Japan's five gods is hardly forgotten. Back in the era before Street Fighter 4, there were five players in Japan whose skills were simply seen as so exceptional, they were a cut above the rest of the competition.


Four out of these five so-called gods, MCZ|Daigo Umehara, MCZ|Tokido, HORI|Sako and Haitani, went on to produce strong results in the Street Fighter 4 series, as well. But one of them never embraced the new game properly, and is relatively unknown to new audiences, compared to the other four. But that might all be about to change.

Recent activity suggests that Nuki may well be throwing his hat into the ring. After receiving large vocal support from his fans, Nuki has begun playing regular Street Fighter 4 sessions online and at arcades and made declarations that he's returning to fighting games and might possibly be aiming for EVO.

Perhaps the most telling tidbit, though, is that on the 3rd of March, Nuki's Player Points in online Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition v2012, were at 2800. A mere week later, his PP had risen to above 4000.

Hit the jump for some more information, as well as a highlight video featuring Nuki's signature Chun-Li going up against Uryo's... Cody?!

This YouTube highlight video comes courtesy of Tokidoblog. If you happen to own a NicoNico account, you can catch the full matches, as well as more fresh footage, uploaded right here by Sasuga-ani.

Massive thanks to 趙★ヌキンクス who provided me a with a tremendous amount of information and motivation regarding this story on Twitter.

Also thanks to donkeylol for sending us the video.

Do you remember Nuki's glory days? Or are you unaware of the magnificence this top player once let us all behold? Whatever the case may be, sound off in the comments with your hopes and expectations for this grand revival.

Sources: TokidoBlog, blog posts from Chigenga Blog.

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