Update 2: Hank pointed out that there will be a DLC bonus for Japanese pre-orders – but it doesn’t state what the DLC will be….! Update 1: Now updated with image of Billy!

A few days ago I discussed the lack of answers from SNKP with our contact in Japan and he told me that the new editions of Famitsu/Arcadia were about to be released. He was waiting to see if they had any new information. It occured to me that if SNKP had given them anything, if they released the information to anyone else, that would deem the magazines worthless.

So, with the news now breaking, as the new Famitsu hits the shelves, that Billy Kane will be in the console release, you can see that’s exactly what happened.

Silicon Era posted this first.

Thanks to Ken Oink, PrinceHeir and Hank for sending this in! Thanks to Xavier and Don Vecta for the images!

14 Response Comments

  • Xavier NogueraJune 29, 2011 at 10:00 am

    scan of famitsu


    it’s official! Hope to see Blue Mary with him. And I really hope extra character have been well balanced with the rest of the cast…

  • giga_dJune 29, 2011 at 10:50 am

    nice, I think shin dragon wanted billy kane in this :)

  • dobiqwolfJune 29, 2011 at 11:47 am

    fuck billy, where is oswald

  • KusoGakiJune 29, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    “fuck billy, where is oswald”

    Dead, hopefully :D

  • Toxic AvengerJune 29, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    To be honest is “kinda disheartening” having the extra character being a character that was half completed in XII. That would hint other characters that are going to be included are simply going to be what wasn’t included for XII and didn’t made the cut for XIII, someone shiny and brand new would have made for better speculations / hype.

  • Mystery GJune 29, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Making new characters would be even more waste of time imo (save that for kof14 if it happens), Billy Kane and likely Iori’98 will be banned anyway, just like every other console port character has been in the past.

  • GunsmithJune 29, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    Cmon Mystery G, you thought the console version would never be released, it’s time to be a little less cynical!

  • delmore schwartzJune 29, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    hope this means ryuji yamazaki might make a return

  • Mystery GJune 29, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    I’m hard man to please GS :P

    If the cherry aint on my cake, men get beaten nWo style.

    I dont even hate Billy, it’s just Im not that excited by him being in the game, if it gets other people hype in some way then cool.

  • YagamiJune 30, 2011 at 5:18 am

    Fazendo novos personagens seria desperdício de tempo ainda mais imo (guardar para kof14 se isso acontecer), Billy Kane e provavelmente Iori’98 será banido de qualquer maneira, como qualquer outro personagem porta de console tem sido no passado.

    Para ser honesto é “meio desanimador” ter o caráter extra sendo um personagem que foi concluída em meia XII. Que dica outros personagens que vão ser incluídos são simplesmente vai ser o que não foi incluído por XII e não fez o corte para a XIII, alguém brilhante e nova marca teria feito para especulações melhor / hype.PQP parem de falar merda seus gringos do kraio,cs se acham os fodas sendo que nem sabem jogar KOF,graças aos céus a Atlus ñ ouviu o chororó de vcs qd ficaram na emice no forum deles pedindo por dublagem em inglês ¬¬

  • Void-000000June 30, 2011 at 11:44 am

    I wasn’t hyped for Billy Kane at first either. However I’ve left and come back to it, taking another look at that wicked artwork and now I’m nodding my head.

    If this game is going to be the last, be it last ditch effort to win fans. Last time to prove SNK knows what they’re doing. Or the last KOF game released (God forbid..) Then I think Billy Kane deserves to be in this.

    I, too, support the idea of Blue Mary being thrown in as his partner. Yamazaki has quite the following but he’s been out of it for a while, hard to say what SNK’s priorities are.

    Hwa Jai. Raiden. Billy Kane. Andy. We’re getting a real strong Fatal Fury presence.

    I’m already sold on this game. I don’t think it can be “ruined” at this point. Sure, maybe the console exclusive guys won’t make tournament play. But come on, as awesome as tournaments are, that’s not the only thing we do with The King of Fighters.

    I’m getting this game upon release, come hell or high water, and I’m going to cherish it for a VERY long time.

    And Billy will be right along with me going “Hey! Hey! Hey!”

  • Robocop TwoJune 30, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Having 1 new character is nice but if he’s junk and never used then there isn’t much point to him apart from fan service.

    Wouldn’t time be better spent making this game about 30 fun and competative characters instead of 5 characters and just adding Billy? If this is all they are doing you’ll still have to put extra rules in place just to stop people picking Raiden, K’ +1 and when you get down to it, that’s all you’ll see online if they remain the way they are. Adding Billy just means it might be 6 characters you see online.

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