When Banjo-Kazooie was released on Smash, and we got to watch Sakurai play them for a little bit in the now-beloved “Mr. Sakurai Presents” series, the video ended with a teaser for the next character to join the Smash Roster: Terry Bogard, from the Fatal Fury series. We got a little bit of unfinished gameplay and a fun little Neo-Geo style trailer, but otherwise we weren’t given a whole lot to look at.
Which is why it came as a bit of a surprise when he was released yesterday with barely any warning and very little hype.
The video actually starts with Mr. Sakurai giving us a little gaming history lesson, talking about the Neo Geo, old Japanese arcade machines, and the Fatal Fury series itself, which was pretty interesting if you’re into that kind of thing. However, it doesn’t take long for us to get our first look at this now-released fighter.
Terry, like Ken and Ryu, is unique in that his controls and movements are much more similar to a proper fighting game than anything you’d typically see in Smash Brothers. He’s always facing his opponent, and like Ken and Ryu, he can use directional inputs to strengthen his special attacks, or give him invincibility frames. He’s even got a different side-special, depending on which direction you input in relationship to your opponent.
But Terry takes the differences once step further. For one, he’s got a spot-dodge counterattack that’s unique to his kit. Likewise, he can actually move-cancel and chain into a special attack, which means he can combo people really well if you’ve got the fingers for it, and he “unlocks” extra-powerful special moves once he hits 100% damage that require a very complex input (and can be moderately telegraphed), but are devastating if they hit.
And if that sounds good to you… then clearly you’re way better at this game than me.