SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy is a competent fighter but its “busty and over-sexualized characters might not be to everyone’s taste in 2018” – as we noted in our September review of the game. SNK Producer Yasuyuki Oda even admit the fanbase was divided – with some delving deep into the game’s fighting systems and others not wanting to consider it at all due to the concept.
What really amazed Oda-san was how audiences reacted to Terry Bogard being transformed into a “fatal cutie” in the spiritual successor to SNK Gals’ Fighters on Neo Geo Pocket. Apparently, it was the first thing the development team decided about the game, so the element of surprise was never there on their own end. Oda went onto explain how Terry from the Fatal Fury series was always planned to become a female, due to his style, design, and identity being easy to recognise.
In regards to plot twists in the game, Oda-san said reactions were mostly positive in Japan, though not everyone necessarily agreed. Apparently, the aim was to create a game world based on a “dreamlike pocket dimension” filled with jokes and fun. The producer said some might judge the game based on its visuals alone and think it looks odd, but if you actually play it, you’ll see how the story works out with its “silly” flavour.
As for whether the female version of Terry will make an appearance in more games, it’s unlikely according to the SNK producer, as the surprise factor is now gone. There’s also Terry’s number one female fan Alice Nakata to fill the void. On a more promising note, the developers reportedly have plans for a second wave of DLC to support the game. SNK Heroines will also be joining the Japanese company’s eSports program.
What did you think of the fatal cutie Terry Bogard when the fighter joined the SNK Heroines roster? Did you purchase this title on release? Tell us in the comments.