Remember last month when Super Smash Bros. Ultimate director Masahiro Sakurai said the all-star fighting game was for "good boys and girls of many different ages" when he explained why Mai Shiranui from SNK's Fatal Fury and King of Fighters series wasn't featured.
While she might not have made the cut in Nintendo's brawler on Switch alongside Terry Bogard, over in Japan she'll soon be receiving her very own "all ages" event and pop-up shop (from 26th December 2019 until 9th January 2019) to celebrate her birthday.
Mai was born on 1st January 1974, which means she's technically in her mid-'40s now. Despite this, her age in-game tends to be around 19-25 years old.
The special limited-time shop will be located at The Akihabara Container in Tokyo and includes a range of different products featuring Mai on them. There'll be cheaper items like SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy pins, Mai posters, towels, t-shirts, and more expensive items like special artwork. Individuals who spend over 6,000 yen will get Shiranui rice with Mai's face on it, and a 10,000 yen purchase on Mai's birthday scores you a Mai tote bag.
Below is a look at some of the items up for grabs (you can view the rest on 4Gamer.net):
Feel free to wish Mai a happy birthday in the comments below.
[source siliconera.com, via gonintendo.com]
Lol, only a couple of months older than my mum. Good lord.
@nessisonett : Sigmund would like a word with you.
I'm so sorry...
Well, that sure is... something
What makes this "all ages"?
Surely only good boys and girls will be the ones attending such a shop.
Only 17 days older than my birthday. Geez, we could have been siblings! ; _ ;
@SMEXIZELDAMAN she isn't showing too much skin, so it's close enough in Japan? You know the Japanese have different standards when it comes to all ages.
That fan is cool.
Wait, I thought Sakurai's actual statement was that CERO wouldn't let her in with an A rating and that the "good boys and girls" line was just how it was localized for people outside of Japan.
@SMEXIZELDAMAN Well the fan thing shows a lot of different versions of her. Different aged versions maybe? Ha ha.
Up for grabs, you say?
the chang and amano standees are the real standout things here
I want that fan. I want to throw it at people.
That it's not in the game.
@SMEXIZELDAMAN Mai appeals to all age demographics
from 12 year olds with uncontrollable horomones to 25 year olds with uncontrollable horomones to everyone in between
I am one of those people
all ages my butt lol, how much?
Spongebob: "Who's a good boy, who's a good boy, who's a good boy"
She's overrated and weeb materials
If I'm a good boy, I get to take her home and keep her. If I'm a naughty boy, what does she do to someone like me?
Just give us the rest of KoF games and KoFXV on Switch.
What’s all ages about it? She appears to be dressed just as provocatively in the images as always.
Hell yeah, you had me at SNK.
Who knows what this is all about when it comes to the "all ages" aspect?
Mai is looking quite good for a woman in her 40's.
Remember, the real reason for her not appearing in Smash was because it would raise the game rating. Japan's censors wouldn't allow a character with the risk of panty shots at the all ages level. The "good boys and girls" translation was actually the translator mistranslating.
I know the reason it's called a "pop up" shop 😂
I see what ya did there.
@Dakotastomp : They do have different standards, but they routinely give higher ratings for games that expose skin. Even the Olympics game was rated B (12 and over) for that reason alone! The game allows you to customise the outfits for all events individually, so perhaps the possibility of being able to make characters wrestle while being almost naked bumped the rating up, as opposed to the mere presence if swimsuits per se (as the A rated Pokémon games contain scantily clad swimmers without raising the rating).
It's for all ages because everyone loves bewbs!
I love those silly pop up shops they do over there. Urusei Yatsura ones are my favorites
Such a well rounded character.
@mikegamer She's actually a fun fighter to play as well from what I recall.
@DarkLloyd lol it was kinda like Brie Larson hosting Jimmy Kimmel with the breasts popping out and going into feminism. I think these terms are just used to get attention. All Ages Mai Shiranui (lol thought of Mai Valentine from yugioh for a sec) is like All Ages Resident Evil, just no. The fan looks nice I admit.
@Dakotastomp She's showing the same amount of skin that made Sakurai decide not to bring her to Smash xD Methinks this shop is not one for "good boys and girls" at least if Sakurai is right.
Sshhh! Don't tell Sakurai! Or Sony....
@MrVariant ah yes the fans..... two fans look great
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