Good news today for SNK fans, as Atlus has confirmed a console release for the game in Japan. While that may seem less exciting for us console owners outside of Japan, the fact that Atlus is publishing it means there%26rsquo;s an excellent chance it%26rsquo;ll find its way into the rest of the world. And yes, Mai Shiranui and hermassive, undulating beach balls have returned.
We%26rsquo;ve seen the game in action at a local arcade, and from the looks of it, a port should be fairly effortless, as even the arcade version has a fully featured training mode and what looked like combo trials built into it. Atlus%26rsquo; localization is some of the best in the business, leaving the game%26rsquo;s online netcode the only remaining x-factor, pun intended. KOF XIII%26rsquo;s console port will feature an exclusive character, Fatal Fury%26rsquo;s Billy Kane, though there might be more announced since the game doesn%26rsquo;t ship until October in Japan.
Above: SHE'S BACK YOU HORN DOGS
As of now, here%26rsquo;s a complete character list:
Billy Kane (Console exclusive)
Evil Ash aka Blood Spiraling into Insanity Ash
KOF XIII will apparently wrap up Ash%26rsquo;s storyline, which makes sense given the appearance of the deliciously Japanese "Blood Spiraling into Insanity Ash". That's right folks, an "Evil" version of a character in a fighting game! KOF XIII hits consoles in Japan on October 25th, and we%26rsquo;ll keep you posted if/when there%26rsquo;s a global release.
July 6, 2011