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Rugal is so infamous around The King of Fighters scenes that even a Mexican Governor warns against picking him

El Bronco may have had some salty experiences at the arcade in the past

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • October 20, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. PDT • Comments: 24

If you weren't around to experience the arcade fighting game scene of yesteryear, you may have heard tales of certain moves like throws being prohibited at certain locations, but that often times expanded to entire characters as well.

Rugal from The King of Fighters series may be the most infamous of them all, and even a Governor of Mexico recently warned his constituents against picking the notorious SNK boss.

Jaime "El Bronco" Rodríguez Calderón shared a post to celebrate Gamer's Day with an image of himself apparently edited into a Twitch streamer setup with a message telling players to invite their friends to play online instead of going to a bar.

"I want to congratulate the NL gamers for being their day, have a great time and celebrate from home," said El Bronco's post as translated by Google. "Do not invite your friends to a dive bar, invite them to play Call of Duty, Pokémon Unite or some challenges in the KOF online, but without using Rugal."

Rodríguez Calderón is the now former Governor of the northern state of Nuevo León, but he was still in office when the post was made.

It is exceedingly rare for a government official to mention a fighting game by name, especially in a positive light, so it's cool to see that he or someone in his office is at least in the know about KOF.

As to why Rugal is so often singled out, most of the issues lie in The King of Fighters 2002 where Omega Rugal appears as a hidden character.

Problem is, this version of Omega Rugal is almost unchanged from his Arcade mode boss fight where he has a superpowered Genocide Cutter and a multitude of bustedly strong moves — so he's not really balanced to play against other people like at all.

The first KOF boss' playable appearance in The King of Fighters '98 is more toned down, but I wouldn't be surprised if many places still barred his use due to the bad memories of boss fights and 2002.

Some players have even shared images of the modern day where arcade cabinets are tagged with a physical sign that states Rugal is prohibited, so you know they mean business.

SNK bosses in general are known for being overpowered often times coupled with cheap AI.

Fighting game content creator and KOF mega fan ShoryuGame ranked KOF2002's Omega Rugal as the hardest boss in the series' history, so you can probably see why playing him against other people would present a problem and plenty of salt / arguments.

As a politician, El Bronco's message could also be seen as a bit of a political slam against Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who is apparently quite open about his criticism against video games.

Either way, it's still funny to think about a Governor getting salty after fighting against Omega Rugal.

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