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Fatal Fury's Mai Shiranui was too sexy to be in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

20 SNK cameos appear on Terry's new King of Fighters stage

Posted by Steven 'Dreamking23' Chavez • November 6, 2019 at 6:15 p.m. PST • Comments: 51

Nintnedo fans were treated to a massive wave of information this morning as Super Smash Bros. creator Masahiro Sakurai sat down to present Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's newest DLC character. The 45-minute broadcast showcased everything there is to know about Fatal Fury's own Terry Bogard in the crossover fighting title, and his moves, stage, and the music you'll get for purchasing him were all detailed here.

While talking about the new King of Fighters stage, Sakurai walked viewers through the numerous cameos from other SNK characters you'll spot in the background. He concluded the segment by noting that the very popular Mai Shiranui of Fatal Fury fame was not included, and the reason? She was just too sexy.

"By the way, you may have noticed that a very important character from the Fatal Fury series was not included," Sakurai started. "Yes. Mai Shiranui."

"Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is for good boys and girls of many different ages, so we decided not to feature her. Please forgive us," Sakurai explained while laughing a bit.

For those unfamiliar with Mai, this fighter is a fire-wielding ninja who made her debut in Fatal Fury 2 (1992). She is one of fighting games' most popular female characters, and it's no secret that her overt sex appeal is baked into her design — some of her features were inspired by popular Japanese idols and stories of female ninjas called "kunoichi" that utilize seduction as part of their techniques.

Mai's costume features a low-cut dress that shows quite a bit of skin, which is likely why Nintendo and the Smash Bros. crew opted not to include her in the SNK cameos. Though, one has to wonder about this decision considering Bayonetta's inclusion as a playable character.

At the end of the day, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate brought in a staggering 20 classic SNK fighters as supporting characters in the King of Fighters arena. Sakurai noted during the stream that even developing these background characters took a lot of time, but it was something that was done for the fans.

You'll spot numerous familiar faces when playing on Terry's stage, including adoptive brother Andy Bogard, Blue Mary, Iori Yagami, King, Ralf Jones and Clark Still, Rock Howard, and many others.

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