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Who is Terry Bogard, and why is he in Smash Ultimate?

Published: 5/Sep/2019 21:00 Updated: 5/Sep/2019 21:18

by Virginia Glaze

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Controversy stirred in the Smash Bros community after potential leaks pointed to an SNK character joining Ultimate’s already giant cast of fighters – and those rumors were later confirmed, with Fatal Fury’s Terry Bogard announced as an upcoming fighter in September’s Nintendo Direct. But… who exactly is this blondie, and where does he come from?

Who is Terry Bogard?

Terry Bogard is the main protagonist of SNK’s “Fatal Fury” fighting game series, the first installment of which released for the Neo Geo in 1991.

An orphan and brother to Andy Bogard, Terry raised himself on the streets, later being adopted by Jeff Bogard to live in South Town – a city ruled by crime lord Geese Howard, who can be seen during Terry’s Smash Bros announcement trailer.

Toshaki Mori/Shinkiro, SNK PlaymoreTerry Bogard made his first appearance in SNK’s Fatal Fury games, going on to become a veritable mascot for the King of Fighters series.
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In fact, it was Geese who later killed Jeff and began the King of Fighters tournament series, which Terry and his team used as a way to defeat him in revenge for murdering their father figure.

Geese himself ultimately died as a result of his battle with Terry in Real Bout: Fatal Fury in 1995, despite Terry making a vain attempt to save him from falling off the side of Geese Tower – a scene humorously recreated in Terry’s Smash trailer.

“Hey, C’mon, C’mon!”

Terry made later appearances in SNK’s forthcoming King of Fighters titles, as well as Garou: Mark of the Wolves in 1999, which saw Geese’s son, Rock Howard, take the helm as the game’s main protagonist.

A popular mascot for the King of Fighters series, Terry Bogard is an iconic fighting game character within the fighting game community, making guest appearances in such games as Fighting EX Layer and SNK Heroines – and now, Smash Bros Ultimate.

Of course, this wouldn’t be his first stint with Nintendo: Terry has been featured in a slew of SNK ports to Nintendo systems, including such titles as Fatal Fury Special for the SNES, KOF ’95 on the Game Boy, and KOF EX 2: Howling Blood on the Game Boy Advance.

The King of Fighters series is also exceedingly popular throughout Latin America, sporting a massive fanbase for the game that gave rise to a healthy competitive community, which thrives to this day in the King of Fighters XIV.

SNK PlaymoreTerry Bogard as he appears in the latest King of Fighters title, KOFXIV.

Terry’s “burning knuckle” heats up the competition

Terry marks the third traditional fighting game character to be featured in Smash Ultimate, alongside Ryu and Ken from the Street Fighter series.

Thus far, Terry’s official moveset remains to be seen – but preemptive footage shows his iconic “power wave” and “burning knuckle” attacks have already made the cut, although how they’ll play with Smash’s meta is up in the air.

Thus far, many Smash fans are confused as to why the “Hungry Wolf” made the cut – but his relevance in the fighting game community cannot be understated, with many FGC members delighted about his appearance in such a mainstream title.

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Smash Ultimate pro Tweek unveils new 9.0.2 fighter tier list

Published: 30/Nov/2020 17:42

by Michael Gwilliam

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate pro Gavin ‘Tweek’ Dempsey has revealed his newest tier list for patch 9.0.2, and it includes some pretty surprising fighter placements.

Tweek has been one of the top Smash players for quite some time and has been known to change up his characters, making him one of the biggest threats in any tournament.

While global health issues have shut down most LAN events in 2020, the TSM star still practices and shocks fans with highlight-reel plays on social media platforms and Twitch.

On November 29, the 22-year-old uploaded his newest tier list. While he admitted to not have given it “much effort”, the list still contains his general thoughts. So it’s likely that some fighters could probably be switched around ahead of others while remaining on the same tier.

Joker with Arsene in Smash.
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Joker takes the top spot on Tweek’s tier list.

First and foremost, the Smash star gave the top slot on the whole roster to Joker, who remains an elite fighter despite some nerfs to Arsene.

Even though no one has achieved the same level of success on Joker as the world’s top player Leonardo ‘MKLeo’ Lopez Perez, the Persona character’s kit remains strong in the right hands. Not to mention that Arsene is one of the biggest threats and arguably the best passive ability in the game.

Just after Joker is Pikachu, who consistently remains a top tier in almost every Smash title. Thanks to his insane recovery and small hitbox, fighting a good Pikachu can be like trying to have a lightsaber duel with Yoda.

Surprisingly, Tweek placed Mario above Peach, Zero Suit Samus, and even one of his mains in Wario. It’s really unclear exactly why he feels this way, especially with Peach main Ezra ‘Samsora’ Morris being just behind MKLeo in the PGR.

Hopefully, he ends up making a more detailed video with his thoughts so he can dig into why Mario is ahead of some of the game’s most elite characters.

Going a bit further down the list, Tweek has both of the game’s newest fighters with Steve and MinMin in B-tier. Steve has been a bit underwhelming since release, but no one has really risen up the ranks with the Minecraft fighter yet. Meanwhile, MinMin may be a major sleeper, but her weakness to close-quarters brawls may be holding her back.

Min Min grabs the ledge
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Min Min is stuck in B-tier for now.

Finally, the C-Tier is as you’d expect: Little Mac, Ganondorf, and Dr Mario round out the bottom three and for good reason: they all seriously lack recoveries. Hopefully, the next time there is a big balance update, those fighters get some quality buffs to their recoveries so they move up a tier or two.

It’s unlikely that we see another balance update until a new fighter is released. With The Game Awards on December 10, one could very well be announced there and released soon thereafter. Until then, however, expect patch 9.0.2 to remain the current meta for a bit, especially if no new fighter is revealed before the end of the year.