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Street Fighter 5 director draws his guess for The King of Fighters 15's next character who's actually a clever Samurai Shodown joke from 27 years ago

The old meme of Shigeru lives on

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • March 24, 2021 at 12:24 p.m. PDT • Comments: 8

SNK fans are going in hard with their detective hats and memes trying to dig into the identity of the mystery silhouette of The King of Fighters 15's next character, but this certainly takes the cake by a wide margin.

Street Fighter 5 director Takayuki Nakayama decided to join in on the fun by drawing over the shadowy figure with a man holding a fish, who so happens to be 27-year-old joke tying back to the Samurai Shodown series for good reason.

The interpretation Nakayama came up with likely is one that no one else would have thought of since what we though was the character's head is actually what appears to be a projectile coming out of a fish being held by bald guy.

This odd man's name is Shigeru, and his origin story is a similar tale to today except instead of KOF15, we've gotta travel back to the early-mid '90s for Samurai Shodown 2.

SNK at the time apparently released teaser art or silhouettes for SamSho 2's newcomer additions, and the Japanese magazine Gamest created their own parody characters based on their outlines taken to some ridiculous conclusions.

Out of Genjuro, Cham Cham, Sieger and Nicotine, it was the metal-armed fighter's parody who garnered the most attention considering he was replaced with a man with one boot holding a giant fish over his head.

He was thereafter dubbed Shigeru, possibly for the similar Japanese pronunciation of Sieger, and became something of a legend among fans who would occasionally pop back up whenever SNK would tease future characters with silhouettes.

It's nice to see after almost three decades, Street Fighter 5's director is the one to help keep the tradition alive out of all people.

What's also cool is to see Capcom and SNK apparently on friendlier terms again considering they just recently re-released SNK vs. Capcom: Match of the Millennium on the Nintendo Switch.

Both companies, including Nakayama, have been participating in the Japan Fighting Game Publisher Roundtable events, and while Capcom vs. SNK 3 may not be on the horizon right now, some of their characters can still battle each other in Tekken 7 and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

The actual reveal for KOF15 is likely going to take place later tonight, so we'll get to see who is actually behind the silhouette rather shortly.

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