Today’s Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct detailed King of Fighter’s Terry Bogard and his playstyle.

The direct began with Masahiro Sakurai thanking gamers, and touting that Smash had won several gaming awards. He then went on to detail the Neo Geo – Terrys home system – and the consoles history in gaming, especially the arcade MVS varient that lead to King of Fighters popularity. He also covered the rise of King of Fighters as an arcade – and later home console – hit. He felt this overview was needed due to some fans response to his inclusion, citing that he recalled many people wondering who Samus was when the original Smash Bros. released.

Terry always faces his opponent, like Ryu, but he attacks slower than Ryu. His neutrals are jab, body blow, and high blow – similar to the original King of Fighters. He also has a ‘weak’ and ‘strong’ version of most of his attacks, to reflect the Neo Geo’s two-punch button input.

Most of his attacks are close range, but his side specials, like Buster Knuckle, help to close distance. His down special, Power Dunk, is a rising attack that then shoots diagonally downwards – think Incineroar’s chop.

His Final Smash, Triple Gyeser, will automatically lead into a Power Dunk and Buster Wolf in a very cinematic beatdown.

Terry’s stage is the King of Fighters Stadium. The stage doesn’t look it, but its actually walled off at the sides – these walls can eventually be broken through, much like the towers on Shadow Moses Island. It is possible to be KO’d through a wall if youre close enough, though. The stage has many guest characters, like Andy Bogard, Joe Higashi, Tung Fu Rue, Billy Kane, Geese Howard, Rock Howard, Kim Kaphwan, Ryuji Yamazaki, and Blue Mary. There’s also other series characters like Athena Asamiya, Kyo Kusanagi, Iori Yagami, Goro Daimon, Chang Koehan, Ralf Jones, Clark Still, Ryo Sakazaki, King, and Yuri Sakazaki. They decided not to include Mai Shiranui, due to concerns about her…appropriateness for the title.

After detailing the above, Sakurai played a few matches as Terry, showing off his swift and brutal playstyle.

Terry’s music spans the entire franchise, as well as side series – from original tracks to arrangements from the latest title. A whopping 50 songs are accompanying the fighter; Sakurai cited that this was a very special situation where no-one could pare the choice list down, so just included all of it.

Additionally, Sakurai announced some Mii Fighter costumes: Nakoruru (Samurai Shodown), Ryo Sakazaki and Iori Yagami (Art of Fighting), as well as Akira and Jacky (Virtua Fighter) are represented in the fourth Mii Fighter pack. There are, of course, new spirits to challenge too.

Some Arena changes have also been made for the next patch – players are now able to make arenas for Elite players only, and can make their arenas truly public if they desire, allowing anyone from around the globe to join.

That was all for this Smash Direct. If you want to watch it yourself, the archived version can be found embedded below (the presentation starts at around 29:30 in).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnRTtA6S1Pk

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