King of Fighters stories

Nagoriyuki's reveal, Daigo's big CPT win, Street Fighter 5 Season 5 and more: Click Burgundy's fighting game art covers the latest FGC happenings

If you couldn't tell before, Click Burgundy is one of our absolute favorite artists in these parts in no small part for keeping up with the fighting game community and drawing what we're all seeing and hearing around the scene.

Now that we've got big announcements, tournaments and more for fighting games for the first time in a while, Burgundy's recent works are a great way to experience what's been going on in games like Street Fighter 5: Champion Edition, Granblue Fantasy: Versus and Guilty Gear Strive among others.

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Who are the ten mainstay characters of King of Fighters who haven't missed a single game since their first appearance? Some omissions may surprise you

With King of Fighters 15 on the horizon, one of the main things on everyone's mind is of course which characters are going to make it. It's no wonder — SNK has some of the most iconic fighting game characters known to man, and more importantly they have a heavily rotating roster, with instances of highly popular characters not appearing for over 10 years from time to time. When talking with a friend, I started thinking about who are the actual mainstays of the King of Fighters series — the ones who never miss a single game. This made me sit down and actually research which characters this applies to, and the results were actually shocking for a few of them.

Of course, you can't count instances of a character who was introduced in a later game not showing up in King of Fighters '94 (it's difficult to appear before you even exist, after all), but even with that rule in mind, there was just one single character who was introduced after King of Fighters '94 who's managed to stay a part of the main series' roster in every title since then. As you can see from the banner, highly popular characters like K', Mai Shiranui, Kula Diamond and Leona Heidern who showed up a few games into the series have actually each been removed from at least one title after their inclusion.

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MVSX Home Arcade cabinet revealed with 50 classic SNK titles including King of Fighters, Samurai Shodown, Fatal Fury, World Heroes and more

SNK's original NeoGeo hardware with the Multi Video System arcade units and home Advanced Entertainment System were truly innovative to the video game industry when they launched 30 years ago, and now players will get to bring some of its glory back into their homes.

The longtime game developers announced the MVSX Home Arcade earlier today which comes packing 50 classic SNK titles including dozens of the biggest fighting game entries of the '90s making up a majority of the catalog with King of Fighters, Samurai Shodown and so many more like Kizuna Encounter.

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King of Fighters R-2 and Samurai Shodown! 2 now available on Nintendo Switch as part of the NeoGeo Pocket Color Selection

SNK's NeoGeo Pocket Color wasn't exactly a roaring success in the western hemisphere though we now have the chance to go back and try out its classic fighting games over 20 years after its release.

The King of Fighters R-2 and Samurai Shodown! 2 are now available to download digitally on the Nintendo Switch as part of the NeoGeo Pocket Color Selection.

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Major reveals expected at Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable, check out the live stream here at 5 p.m. PDT

Today is the big day as the fighting game community has been excitedly counting down the hours to the Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable which is slated to kick off this evening at 5 p.m. PDT.

Representatives from Capcom, Bandai Namco, Arc System Works, SNK, Arika, and Koei Tecmo will be in attendance to discuss the genre, eSports, and reveal some hot new content.

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King of Fighters 15 is still officially slated for 2020, but I really don't think a release this year seems realistic for SNK's next fighting game

King of Fighters 15 has been in the works for a while at this point and been in the public eye for at least the last year or so, gaining traction with fans ever since last year's EVO (which was almost exactly a year ago) where SNK showed off the game's logo during a cavalcade of Samurai Shodown news. What a lot of people may not remember, though, is that SNK actually confirmed development and officially announced during an investor relations meeting that King of Fighters 15 was coming as far back as December of 2018.

While they didn't specify anything about the game at that time, and indeed they haven't done so in the year that's passed since the logo unveiling in Las Vegas either, they did list a 2020 release date for it at the time. With us being halfway through 2020 and still not having seen even an image of the game outside of the logo, it's seeming increasingly likely that the game must have been delayed to at least next year. Let's take a look at the realities affecting King of Fighters 15 and its proposed retail date for this year and what may be working for and against said release window still holding true.

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Debut trailer for The King of Fighters: Awaken film released

SNK has built up The King of Fighters series for almost three decades now, filling their titles with lore that's a pretty great fit for exploring further in other forms of media.

The King of Fighters: Awaken looks to take advantage of all of that history, as the first trailer for the upcoming CG movie has now been released and takes the franchise back to its past.

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Capcom, Bandai Namco, SNK, and more fighting game publishers holding roundtable live stream on August 1, Guilty Gear Strive reveal confirmed

Several major fighting game publishers are gathering together this weekend for a roundtable discussion live stream. Representatives from Capcom, Bandai Namco, Arc System Works, SNK, Arika, and Koei Tecmo will sit down together on Friday/Saturday at 5 p.m. PT (July 31) / 8 p.m. ET (July 31) / 9 a.m. JST (August 1) for the “Japan Fighting Game Publishers Roundtable.”

The broadcast will see fighting game producers and directors discussing topics chosen by fans before the live stream — which will be airing on the Tekken, Arc System Works, Capcom, and Dead Or Alive YouTube channels. According to Gematsu, we'll be hearing about things such as the fighting games themselves, eSports, and more.

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The wacky forces of Gintama are the latest to invade King of Fighters Allstar in new crossover campaign

While SNK fans are still eagerly awaiting any news regarding The King of Fighters 15 after almost a year since its public unveiling, there is at least one more recent title around to help quench our thirst for a little while longer.

The King of Fighters Allstar now has a new crossover collaboration event currently which brings in the unlikely heroes of the Gintama into the fray, who are a surprisingly fitting addition.

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Who has the most breathtaking fighting game gals, Capcom or SNK? This gorgeous gallery from X_Chitch makes it hard to decide

This artwork from X_chitch features iconic characters from two of fighting games' biggest names: Capcom and SNK.

We've perused through the Japanese artist's portfolio and put together a gallery half-filled with ladies from Street Fighter and half-filled with femme fatales of King of Fighters.

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Nom's drawing of R. Mika is the best I've ever seen of the character

I'm all but certain this batch of excellent fighting game drawings from Japanese artist Nom1207 will be well received across the board as I've found myself going back to further appreciate many of them more than once.

Characters from across the Street Fighter landscape are joined by a few SNK and Darkstalkers guests as Nom shows off his subtly unique style that's sure to quickly grab and hold your attention.

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The King of Fighters joins forces with Senran Kagura: New Link to bring the ladies of SNK in for special Beach of Fighters crossover event

SNK's been pushing their crossover and collaboration sentiment quite hard these past couple of years to leverage their fighting game characters to would-be rivals or even other genres entirely, and now there's another aimed at a slightly different audience.

Marvelous Games recently announced and released a special King of Fighters crossover event in their fan service-filled mobile / PC title Shinobi Master Senran Kagura: New Link which they've aptly dubbed Beach of Fighters.

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Ken gets dragged to the depths by Raptors, Mai looks as beautiful as ever, Chun finishes a hard workout... we can't stop staring at Ironpinky's art

We're back with more of Edwin "Ironpinky" Huang's beautiful artwork as the contributor to both UDON and Pop Culture Shock has a wealth of fighting game pieces in his impressive portfolio.

Today's gallery features characters from Capcom franchises like Street Fighter, Marvel vs. Capcom, and Darkstalkers but also sees characters from SNK's Fatal Fury, Arc System Works' Guilty Gear, and Nintendo's Super Smash Bros.

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We'd be mad if The Rock wasn't this overpowered in King of Fighters All Star; watch him destroy Benimaru with an especially satisfying TOD combo

Most of the time when we find a fighting game character has a touch of death or infinite combo we're reporting so that developers can see and better balance an issue within their game.

We're sharing this particular TOD delivered from The Rock to Benimaru in The King of Fighters All Star simply to say thank you and good job to SNK.

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Sony may not have their sights set on purchasing SNK's parent company after all

Recent reports began to circulate that suggested Sony, through a new potential business acquisition, may end up with the ownership of SNK, but that doesn't appear to be the case after all.

Leyou Technologies, the Chinese corporation Sony is reportedly weighing a bid for, is not the parent company for SNK though the circumstances surrounding their connections are a good bit confusing.

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Rumor: Sony is considering bid to own SNK's parent company

According to Bloomberg, Sony is currently considering a bid for Leyou Technologies, the parent company for SNK Corporation. Back in August 2015, Leyou Millenium, now known as Leyou Technologies, purchased SNK Playmore, later renamed to SNK Corporation.

The anonymous sources supposedly from within Sony Corporation told Bloomberg that they are working with a financial adviser on a potential offer for Lenyou Technologies. Sources are said to be anonymous since the matter is supposed to be private. Should an offer be accepted, then this would make Sony the new parent company of SNK Corporation.

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Kirbcen's fighting game art gallery is made up of stunning reworked 3D renders

I recently came across Kirbcen's gallery of fighting game artwork. Although these are 3D renders that have been painted over, you can tell that a great deal of time has been spent on each piece.

One of the first illustrations that you'll see on his Twitter depicts Spider-Man and Dante shaking hands. This is clearly meant to pay homage to the Marvel vs. Capcom series.

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