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KOF XV Shingo Yabuki DLC Launches Next Week

KOF XV Shingo Yabuki

The next DLC fighter for The King of Fighters XV arrives next week. The latest announcement from SNK confirmed that the first DLC fighter for Season 2 of KOF XV is Shingo Yabuki. He joins the playable roster on January 17, 2023.

The company also released a trailer for Shingo Yabuki in KOF XV to give fans a taste of what he’ll be like.

In KOF XV Shingo Yabuki wears a sleek track suit in blue, black and white. It’s a contrast from the more school uniform-derived look he’s sported since his debut in The King of Fighters ’97. Players who obtain the DLC will also unlock a second costume for Shingo based on his original look. In play Shingo is a powerful “rushdown” character, closing distances quickly and applying pressure aggressively with fast combos.

Originally conceived as a light-hearted comic foil to KOF main character Kyo Kusanagi, Shingo admires Kyo, treating him like a superior. Some of his moves even mimic Kyo’s fighting style, though without the same supernatural mastery of fire. Shingo became a Kyo fan after watching the KOF ’96 tournament on TV, and began following his “idol” around once he found out they studied at the same school. Initially acting as a mere gofer for Kyo, Shingo obsessively studied Kyo’s moves, practicing every day in order to somehow replicate Kyo’s pyrokinesis. He received a pair of fighting gloves from Kyo after his debut in KOF ’97, and has worn them ever since. Even after a costume change in KOF XV, Shingo Yabuki still prominently displays the same gloves.

The King of Fighters XV is available on the PS4, PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. Shingo arrives on January 17, 2023.

Josh Tolentino
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