King of Fighters Stadium

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Fatal Fury
King of Fighters Stadium
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Universe Fatal Fury
Appears in Ultimate
Home stage to Terry
Availability Downloadable
Crate type Normal
Maximum players 8
Music
Bolded tracks must be unlocked
Ultimate Fatal Fury series music
Main: Kurikinton - FATAL FURY 2
Alternate: Soy Sauce for Geese - FATAL FURY SPECIAL

King of Fighters Stadium (KOFスタジアム, KOF Stadium) is a downloadable stage for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It was released on November 6th, 2019 as part of Challenger Pack 4, being the home stage of Terry. The stage is a large arena themed around the King of Fighters tournament, which was featured in the Fatal Fury series before branching out into its own series with the same name.

Stage overview[edit]

Breaking one of the invisible walls on the stage will trigger Special Zoom.

The stage's layout is a simple flat ring, similar to most stages in the Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters series, which is slightly elevated above ground level. It takes place in a large, arena-like stadium close to the center of a gridiron football field. Similar to both Pokémon Stadium and Boxing Ring, a large jumbotron that records the on-screen action can be seen in the background. Invisible walls are on both sides of the stage, blocking the respective blast lines; these walls can be broken by dealing enough knockback to a fighter.

Background characters from Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters make cameos just outside of the ring, similarly to how they do while watching the fight in the early The King of Fighters games. There are 20 in total, but only three or four will appear in a single match. While they are normally random, the choice of music will guarantee specific characters to appear.

Several additional effects occur whenever a player scores a KO: the crowd cheers, background characters react, smoke machines on the football field deploy multicolored smoke trails, sparklers on the arena activate, and the "King of Fighters" logo above the jumbotron lights up in multiple colors.

Background Characters[edit]

The following characters cameo in the background of the stage.

  • Andy Bogard
  • Joe Higashi
  • Geese Howard
  • Billy Kane
  • Rock Howard
  • Tung Fu Rue
  • Kim Kaphwan
  • Blue Mary
  • Ryuji Yamazaki
  • Ryo Sakazaki
  • Yuri Sakazaki
  • King
  • Kyo Kusanagi
  • Iori Yagami
  • Goro Daimon
  • Chang Koehan
  • Choi Bounge
  • Athena Asamiya
  • Ralf Jones
  • Clark Still

Ω form and Battlefield form[edit]

The Ω form and Battlefield form are set far above the ground overlooking the field. The main platform resembles the ring of the normal form, but resized and reshaped to match Final Destination and Battlefield, respectively. The three soft platforms of the Battlefield form are metallic and are unique to this form. The invisible walls of the normal form are removed in keeping with the stages of their respective forms. The character cameos remain present in both forms, appearing in the background of the main platform. The additional effects that occur after a KO remain in both forms.

Hazards Off[edit]

No changes are made when hazards are turned off.

Cameos for specific music[edit]

During the "Mr. Sakurai Presents Terry Bogard" video, Masahiro Sakurai notes that some character cameos will always appear depending on the music track that is playing. The following is a list of confirmed cameos with accompanying music.

Song Cameo
Soy Sauce for Geese - FATAL FURY SPECIAL
Soy Sauce for Geese - KOF XIV
Geese Howard
Pasta - FATAL FURY 2 Andy Bogard
A New Poem That the South Thailand Wants to Tell - FATAL FURY 2 Joe Higashi
Let's Go to Seoul! - FATAL FURY 2 Kim Kaphwan
The London March - FATAL FURY 2 Billy Kane
Ne! - KOF '94 Yuri Sakazaki, King, Blue Mary
DESERT REQUIEM ~Operation02UM~ - KOF 2002 UM
W.W.III - KOF XIV
IKARI - KOF XIV
Ralf Jones, Clark Still
ESAKA!! - KOF 2002 UM
Esaka Continues... - KOF XIII
Yappari ESAKA - KOF XIV
Kyo Kusanagi, Goro Daimon
Stormy Saxophone 2 - KOF '96 Iori Yagami
New Order - KOF XIV Kyo Kusanagi, Iori Yagami
Tame a Bad Boy - KOF XIII Kim Kaphwan, Chang Koehan, Choi Bounge
Forest World - Athena
Psycho Soldier Theme
Psycho Soldier Theme (Overseas Version)
Athena Asamiya
ART of FIGHT - Art of Fighting
Art of Fighting Ver.230000000.0 - FATAL FURY SPECIAL
Ryo Sakazaki, Yuri Sakazaki

Origin[edit]

The daytime variant of the Stadium stage as it appears in The King of Fighters XII.

The stage is an original design based on the various arenas from The King of Fighters series. Its overall open-field design, along with the jumbotron bearing the King of Fighters logo, most prominently resembles the Stadium stage from XII. However, the bold green design of this logo is completely original to Smash. The circular design of the main platform appears closest to Kagura Stadium from '96, including the "KOF" logo in the center, which has a Smash logo in place of the "O". The construction of the stands and overall muted metallic tone bears strong resemblance to the Antonov Super Arena from XIV.

The layout of the stage is designed after a traditional fighting game like the Fatal Fury series, where the layout is flat and even, and ringouts are uncommon. The breakable walls are inspired by Real Bout Fatal Fury Special, which features a similar mechanic; unlike in that game, however, the walls do not permanently break.

"King of Fighters" is a recurring tournament in SNK's gaming universe. The concept was first introduced in Fatal Fury: King of Fighters, although canonically, the first time a King of Fighters tournament was ever held was in Art of Fighting 2. Recently, the tournament's most prominent appearances are in The King of Fighters series, which was based on the idea developed in both series, as well as Ryo Sakazaki's appearance as a secret extra opponent in Fatal Fury Special.

Gallery[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Banners in the background include the logos for Alpha and Arex⁠—recurring brands in the King of Fighters series⁠—as well Fatal Fury and King of Fighters themselves, many of which incorporate the Smash logo. One banner reads "Neo Challenger", as a reference to both the Neo Geo and Terry's status as a newcomer to Smash, and another is SNK's logo edited to read "SSB".
  • Mai Shiranui, despite being a prominent character in the Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters series, does not make a cameo appearance on the stage. According to Sakurai, Mai was excluded in order to keep the game's A rating from the CERO.
  • The back of Billy's jacket, alongside his No Smoking symbol, has text that reads "The Future Is Now", which is SNK's slogan. This slogan is also found on some of the banners in the background of the stage.
  • The designs of background characters encompass a variety of different games throughout their history; King, Yamazaki, Rock, and Blue Mary, for example, are the only characters to use their updated designs from The King of Fighters XIV, while Athena, Chang, Choi, and the Ikari Warriors use their older designs from The King of Fighters '94 and '95.
  • If the stage is chosen in any of the Mob Smash game modes, no background characters will appear.