King of Fighters XIII coming to consoles, and don’t worry, Mai Shiranui is back

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’s an excellent chance it’ll find its way into the rest of the world. And yes, Mai Shiranui and her massive, undulating beach balls have returned.

We’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’ localization is some of the best in the business, leaving the game’s online netcode the only remaining x-factor, pun intended. KOF XIII’s console port will feature an exclusive character, Fatal Fury’s Billy Kane, though there might be more announced since the game doesn’t ship until October in Japan.


As of now, here’s a complete character list: 

Andy Bogard
Ash Crimson
Athena Asamiya
Billy Kane (Console exclusive)
Benimaru Nikaido
Chin Gentsai
Clark Steel
Duo Lon
Elisabeth Blanctorche
Goro Diamon
Iori Yagami
Joe Higashi
Kyo Kusanagi
Leona Heidern
Mai Shiranui
Ralf Jones
Robert Garcia
Ryo Sakazaki
Shen Woo
Sie Kensou

Boss Characters

Evil Ash aka Blood Spiraling into Insanity Ash

KOF XIII will apparently wrap up Ash’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’ll keep you posted if/when there’s a global release.

July 6, 2011


  • kareem_rabie - May 13, 2012 11:58 a.m.

    Hello Guys Nice game new to it .. no idea how to do special moves .. any idea how to do it .. is it posted somewhere ... can you help me ?. thanks alot
  • Robusken - July 7, 2011 3:54 p.m.

    "SHE'S BACK YOU HORN DOGS " Great Quote. Glad this is coming to consoles but I kinda thought everyone was expecting someone to pick it up to publish for consoles sooner or later. Ah well, as long as Terry is in there its hard for me to have complaints.
  • Higgins - July 7, 2011 10:29 a.m.

    Yay for Art of Fighting characters! And melons!
  • mattdark - July 7, 2011 6:17 a.m.

    Certainly looking better then the previous title. I think they realisede they couldnt just get rid of a bunch of characters and have put them stright back it. And at least its atlus, and not someone like Ark System Works (BlazBlue), else we'd be missing a quarter of the cast, and be expected to pay £5/$5 per character if we want the full experience...
  • taterboob - July 7, 2011 5:30 a.m.

    Hopefully, it'll have more going on than the bare bones XII. I had buyer's remorse like a mofo for that one.
  • moneyman48 - July 7, 2011 2:40 a.m.

    It been confirmed for NA. I don't know about the rest of the world.
  • GayforGilbert - July 7, 2011 1:48 a.m.

    I want a hand-drawn sequel to Samurai Shodown II.
  • JusticeColde - July 6, 2011 11:39 p.m.

    For Me, This news is pretty meh, The characters still look terrible though. Why can't SNK make great games anymore?
  • UsernameLoser - July 6, 2011 11:37 p.m.

    No Mai, No Buy. Better be true, or I get NURD RAGEEEE!
  • locaos - July 6, 2011 10:23 p.m.

    KOF FTW!
  • fatdog12300 - July 6, 2011 9:52 p.m.

    Never played a KoF game i'll have to try this.

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