A classic 2D fighting game icon is making his way to Nintendo's platformed arenas! Terry Bogard, of Fatal Fury, King of Fighters, and Fatal Fury fame, is coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to give Mario the Shining Knuckle of his life.
No gameplay was shown yet, as Terry is the fourth of five fighters set for the first Challenger Pack in Smash Ultimate. Nintendo announced that he's set for November 2019 however, so we won't have to wait long to see what happens when a Buster Wolf hits a Falcon Punch. I imagine it's like seeing the origin of the universe.
Rumors of Terry's inclusion had circulated some parts of social media over the past couple days, but it still feels like a huge surprise. Terry's inclusion makes him the first playable representative of SNK, a company that was as essential to fighting game development in the early years of the genre as Capcom. Though he's not necessarily as high-profile as Banjo or the Dragon Quest Hero, Terry Bogard represents a foundational stone in gaming. If you view Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as a playable museum, meant to shove some of gaming's most recognizable icons into an arena and ask "what if," Terry's inclusion is a nice nod towards SNK's history in the industry.