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And the First team article goes to the team that has had the most roster changes in KOF history, The Womens team. As the name obviously implies, this team in most cases is the only all female team in any KOF installment with KOF 2003 being the only year when there was two all female teams ( High school girls team, Malin/Athena/Hinako). The Women’s team has been a staple of KOF since it began in 1994. as of today the Womens team has only failed to appear in one cannonical KOF (XI) due to all the Members either being on different teams or not participating.

Odd fact: in KOF 1994 when each team represented a country (I am glad they did away with this) the womens team represented england. which did not make sense considering the team: King is of french nationality and both mai and Yuri are japanese

Team themes/Background music: The womens team themes have mostly leaned toward big band and swing style jazz tunes. however they ventured from this once awhile. namely their 94 theme “NE!” and 2000 theme “come up smiling”. these songs went for a more pop rock sound. while not as memorable as their jazz tunes, these themes are still fun tracks to hear during the game.

theme list:
1994-NE!
1995-ground creeping bass
1996-get’n up
1997-team themes were not used
1998-fairy
1999-sha la la
2000-come up smiling
2001-the queen of fighters
2002-masquerade
2003- I’m hot for you
XI- team was not present that year
XII-team themes were not used
XIII-who is queen?

Roster: for the first installments of KOF the womens team stayed the same with what is considered the core of the Womens team. 1996 the third installment began a trend of consistant member changes for the womens team.
Core members:

King(pictured on left) first made her appearance in the first art of fighting video game as a bouncer in the L’amour club. After battling with Ryo sakazaki she then joined the search for Ryo’s kidnapped sister Yuri. She has always been one of my favorite characters to use in KOF. A player could easily switch between Zoning tactics or rush in to unleash devasting combos. Next up is Mai Shiranui (pictured right/top) the self proclaimed fiance of Andy bogard. Mai first appeared in Fatal Fury 2. Much like King , Mai can easily go from Zoning to close quaters combat with ease. I primarily use mai in KOF 98. After that installment i barely touched her. Then we have Yuri Sakazaki (pictured right bottom). Yuri has a interesting story. From damsel in ditress in The first art of fighting to trading punches with the best of them. Yuri was a case by case character for me personally. There was installments that i never used her, then there were some that she was a character I frequently used.

after KOF 95 the womens team roster began a trend of consistantly swapping out a member.

Kasumi Todoh was the first of the new recruits for the Womens team. Kasumi made her debut in the third art of fighting game and is the daughter of AOF 1 character Ryuhaku Todoh. Kasumi would fight on the women’s team three times. The first time in KOF 96 when Yuri was force to fight on the Kyokugen karate team in place of her father. The second and third times was in KOF99 and 2000 due to the new four man team rule introduced in KOF99. However in a interesting twist, In KOF XI kasumi instead fought along side the Anti-Kyokugen team with Eiji Kisaragi and Malin.I heavily favored Kasumi everytime she was in a KOF game.


Chizuru Kagura was the 1996 tournament host and one of that year’s boss characters. Chizuru is a member of the third family that aided in the defeat of the god Orochi and is trying to convince Kyo and Iori to put aside their rivalry and prepare to stop orochi again. Chizuru fought on the womens team in KOF 97 so that she could keep a eye on Kyo and Iori. She would not appear again in the series until KOF2003 where she fought alongside Kyo and Iori to find out who was disturbing the seal of Orochi. I barely used Chizuru at all. Her playstyle however seem to lean more towards ranged attacks.


Li Xiangfei made her debut in Real bout fatal fury 2. Xiangfei has fought on the Womens team twice, once in 99 and and again in 2001. Xiangfei was a close range heavy hitting character. I wish i would have actually put more time into using her.


Blue Mary was another fatal fury female that somehow found herself on the womens team. She would fight for the womens team twice. Once in KOF 99 and again in 2003. Mary first appeared in fatal fury 3. Mary was a odd mix of grappling and close quaters combat. despite this i found her playstyle very fun and amusing. Mary had previously fought on the KOF 97 special team with Ryuji yamazaki and Billy kane.

Hinako Shijou was by far the most out of the ordinary character ever placed on the Womens team. making her debut in KOF 2000, Hinako cought a lot of players off guard. A petite girl that useds Sumo as her fighting style. Snk definitely got points for originality with her. Hinako had two KOf appearances. the second one being on the High school girls team in KOF 2003 with Malin and Athena Asamiya.

Final thoughts: The Womens team has always been around in KOF. I was overjoyed to have them brought back for KOFXIII. A KOF without them should not ever see the light of day. I definitely think they could use a rival in the KOF world. A secondary Women’s team of young upstarts would be a interesting choice. Especially since their Story mentions a article where B.Jenet was interviewed and labelled part of the new “Queen of fighters” and the original womens team getting furious over the idea of being considered a thing of the past.

GEESE HOWARD, a name that brought fear and excitement to Fighting game world. Geese is a true legend in the SNK universe. Although Geese’s first appearnce ever was in the first FATAL FURY game, His story actually begins in another game called ART OF FIGHTING 2 by SNK. the ART OF FIGHTING series serves as a prequel to FATAL FURY. ART OF FIGHTING 2 documents GEESE’s rise to power from corrupt police commissioner to the rising star of the criminal world in South town (the fictional city where AOF and FF take place). IN AOF2, it is revealed that Geese was the mastermind behind the events of the first AOF game. Geese creates “the king of fighters” tournament to Lure out those that disrupted his plans. Some years later, Geese murders the father of Terry and Andy bogard the main characters of FATAL FURY. Many years later, The Bogard brothers come back to South town and enter The king of fighters tournament to face Geese and avenge their father. Ultimately it is the oldest brother Terry that confronts geese in the final round of the tournament and Defeats him. At the end of the battle Geese is knocked from the top of his own tower overlooking the city and dies hours later in a hospital, Or so it was believed. Geese made a appearance in FATAL FURY special. this game was derived as a dream match game not to have any continuity with the main story. However, in FATAL FURY 3 Geese makes his truimphant return revealing to the fighting world that he is very much alive. The story of FF3 revolved around a pair of scrolls that are somewhere in southtown that will grant its user immortality. A the end of a intense battle the scrolls came into Geese’s possesion. After thoroughly studying the scrolls Geese immediately wanted to test the scrolls power and Annouced another King of fighters tournament (Real bout Fatal fury). once again , the final match featured Geese VS. Terry bogard on top of geese’s tower.
Just like the first battle between the two men, Geese was defeated and knocked off his tower. This time however, Terry grabbed geese’s hand and attempted save him. Geese instead chose death over being saved by his nemesis and yanked his arm loose from terry’s grip and fell to his death. Although this was the final canonical appearance of Geese in FF, a more powerful ghost version of Him called “NIGHTMARE GEESE” could be fought in later games if certain conditions were met.

Geese is well known in fighting game circles as being one of the hardest fighting game bosses ever and this was before Companies starting creating bosses with unavoidable screen filling instant death special moves. Geese also deserves credit for bringing counter maneuvers to the forefront of 2D fighters. He seriously made you think twice about throwing a wild attack out there. Geese was also a popular choice for the crossover games that SNK were involved in with rival fighting game creator Capcom. Geese howard definitely has earned his spot the halls of fighting game history for proving that you don’t need cheap unblockable death beams or mid-battle resurrections to make a challenging boss battle. All you need is a cleverly designed offense which force players to react exactly how geese wanted you to. Which would lead to a brutal defeat and a “continue?” screen with Geese mocking your performance.

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Shingo Yabuki is a Lovable goofball fighter from “The King of Fighters” games.  Shingo made his first appearance in KOF 97 as a single Entry. Design purely as a Comedic Character Shingo’s entry went relatively unnoticed when KOf 97 first  hit arcades. This apparently was the intention of the design team.As time went on. Shingo started to standout among the KOF cast. 

Character History: Shingo Yabuki  is the number 1 fan of  KOF series icon Kyo Kusanagi. After learning that Kyo attends the same high school,Shingo preceeds to follow Kyo around begging him to teach him how to fight.Eventually Kyo gives in and teaches Shingo Martial arts(although rather poorly). Shingo enters KOF primarily to prove himself to his teacher and mentor Kyo. Recently Shingo was retrained by Kyo’s father and fans of Shingo are still waiting for a new and Improved Shingo.

Character gameplay overview:Despite the nature of Shingo’s personality and design, He is a great character to use. Shingo plays identical to the Series poster boy Kyo. However Shingo offense is intentionally handicapped by incomplete  and botched moves. One of his attacks has a high probability of Shingo landing face first on the ground even if the attack connects. Despite these gameplay setbacks. Shingo is a powerful character that deals good amounts of damage.that is when his attacks actually connect. If your new to KOF, I would advise against picking Shingo. If you have KOF experiance then i would definitley give Shingo a chance to win you over