For Christmas, Namco Bandai and Capcom got you an angry Japanese girl.
The latest cinematic trailer for Street Fighter X Tekken surfaced late last night and instead of offering fans what they really want (more bear farts), it marks the official debut of Tekken's Asuka Kazama.
Unfamiliar with the young lady? Fighters Generation offers the following biography:
Asuka has been taught the Kazama Style Ancient Martial Arts by her father since she was an innocent child. Due to her sense of justice, she likes to intervene in any troubles and got to be known as a meddler in her city of Osaka. One day, when she came home, students of her Kazama dojo looked troubled. She found out a Chinese Martial artist appeared and had fought her father, who was now hospitalized with severe injuries. A few days later, Asuka was told by a detective of the Hong Kong international police this fighter would compete in The King of Iron Fist Tournament. Asuka made the decision to enter the tournament.
So, y'know, it's a pretty typical story really; "Young girl enters international fighting tournament full of demons, cyborg ninjas and half-leopard alcoholic Mexican priests/wrestlers to avenge the honor of her father." We've all been there.
The cinematic trailer does a good job of showing not only Asuka's fighting skill, but the brash spirit that has made her a fan-favorite among the stereotypically sexually repressed male fanbase which is all too willing to anthropomorphize virtual ladyfolk. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying there's anything wrong with having romantic feelings toward a fighting game character, but yes I am, and there is.
Oh, and while I'm speaking directly to fighting game geeks, how many of you (aside from the creepy ones I already addressed) are all that excited for Asuka's inclusion in Street Fighter X Tekken? I mean, I guess she's sorta cool, but wouldn't you rather have seen Kunimitsu or Jun Kazama?
Or is that just me being overly esoteric?
Regardless, Street Fighter X Tekken hits the Xbox 360, PS3, Vita and Windows platforms on March 6, 2012.