So wait, it wasn’t Mr. Big, was it?
SNKs had been on a streak for several weeks now, unveiling brand new characters for The King of Fighters 15, but they’ve finally gone back to give fans a peek at a series mainstay that’s sure to make people happy.
As I’m sure everyone guessed from the silhouette this morning, Mai Shiranui is the latest character to receive her full gameplay trailer.
Like most of the returning cast, Mai players will likely feel right at home in KOF15, with most of her moves and specials appearing to perform about the same as in the latest entry – just with a new graphics overhaul.
Many had assumed that Mai would be the last member of the Women Fighters Team, but since there was no confirmation at the end of the trailer, as was the case with Hero, Fatal Fury, and Sacred Treasures, it probably means that the original group is not. get the band back together anyway.
Mai, King and Yuri formed the first women’s team in ’94, although they would only fight together a handful of times with the latter in KOF13.
The Women Fighters team was among those in the series with the most changes between entries. While Mai and King have typically remained as consistent members over the years, Yuri has sat back and forth between them and the Art of Fighting team, which has opened the door to other members in the past, including Blue Mary, May Lee Jinju , Kasumi Todoh. , Hinako Shijou, Alice Nakata and Li Xiangfei.
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With King and Mai as the most consistent members over the years, the apparent denial likely means that Yuri has a much better chance of rejoining Team Art of Fighting alongside possibly Ryo and Robert – though neither are at the moment confirmed.
That also opens the door for previous members to re-join the ranks, or maybe SNK is following the pattern of matching the veterans with a budding entrant as we just saw in KOF14.
Mai was one of the characters featured in the first announcement trailer for KOF15, where K ‘and Leona are the only fighters not yet in the spotlight.