It’s finally time to see the last character closing out the second season of content for The King of Fighters 15, and a lot of fans are hopefully going to be pretty happy with the reveal.
SNK announced tonight that Hinako Shijo as the final addition to KOF15 Season 2 with a new trailer.
Unfortunately, there was no actual gameplay shown off in the new video, but we do get to see what looks like Hinako’s pre-battle introduction where her design is looking pretty darn close to her classic outfit.
Despite her small stature (standing at only around 5’1″), she is powerful Sumo wrestler, so we can expect she’ll probably be keeping her signature slaps and grabs while hopefully some new toys to play with too.
Hinako was first made playable all the way back in King of Fighters 2000 as part of the Women Fighters Team alongside Mai, Yuri and Kasumi although she hasn’t been included in a roster since KOF 2002 Unlimited Match — so it’s been going on 14 years at this point.
No release date was provided, but since she’s still listed for Winter, a trailer drop now means Hinako is likely coming sometime in December.
Hinako joins the likes of Shingo Yabuki, Kim Kaphwan, Sylvie Paula Paula, Najd and Duo Lon plus Goenitz to close out Season 2 for KOF15.
Although there’s no confirmation of a Season 3, SNK’s latest post seems to suggest more will be coming with the “next DLC character announcement coming this Winter!” — but perhaps it’s just awkwardly phrased to mean Miss Shijo.
— SNK GLOBAL (@SNKPofficial) October 10, 2023
You can check out the reveal trailer for Hinako below.