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These 7 Bosses are Perfect for 'The King of Fighters XV's' Boss Challenge

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"SNK Boss Syndrome" is a real thing. And it's officially defined by TV Tropes as the following - "a type of AI opponent in a Fighting Game who breaks the rules that enforce Competitive Balance to such an absurd degree that they are considered to be vastly superior to every other character in the game."

For all the unlucky individuals who poured all their quarters into an SNK fighting game back in the day, they know that term all too well. 2D fighters such as Fatal Fury, Samurai Shodown, and The King of Fighters present the ultimate challenge at the end of every arcade ladder in the form of a super cheesy, unrelenting boss that can destroy players in seconds. SNK fans were simultaneously overjoyed and panic-stricken when they learned that Omega Rugal was coming to The King of Fighter XV as a free DLC character and the first member of the game's "Boss Challenge" mode roster.

And judging by the footage of the original King of Fighters boss in action, it's clearly going to take a herculean effort to put him down. Since today's fighting games are known for having a years-long lifecycle with post-launch content, it's clearly evident that SNK will throw new bosses into the fray over the coming months.

With all that being said, here are six punishing SNK bosses we'd love to try out luck against in The King of Fighters XV.

1. Nightmare Geese

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Geese is already confirmed to be joining the KOF XV roster alongside Billy Kane and Ryuji Yamazaki (Team South Town). Terry Bogard's arch-nemesis invokes fear in everyone that hears his name, which is why it makes all the sense in the world for him to return to his final boss duties in Boss Challenge mode. More specifically, he should appear in that mode in his infamous "Nightmare" form. Seeing as how Omega Rugal has an extra unlockable suit tied to his Boss Challenge rendition, Nightmare Geese should come decked out in his "zombified" skin. It'll feel oh so right (yet so infuriating after fighting him a few times!) to do battle within a redone rendition of the "Geese Tower" while "Soy Sauce for Geese" blares in the background.

2. Wolfgang Krauser

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"You're good. You fought well." Anyone that's ever gotten bested by Geese's half-brother was left extra salty after hearing that shockingly respectful victory quote. Catching an L from this towering behemoth was all the more infuriating because his compliment stung so much.

As a glutton for punishment, we'd welcome the chance to take on the famed Wolfgang Krauser in KOF XV. Omega Rugal can't be the only super tall fighter SNK making a comeback in 3D - Krauser also has to get a shot at getting his face back as one of the most intimidating bosses in fighting game history. Since Rugal doesn't use the "Kaiser Wave" super move in KOF XV, it makes all the sense in the world for Krauser to take his move back and beat us and plenty of other players into submission with it.

We also can't wait to do the same to some worthless bums online!

3. Goenitz

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The King of Fighters '96 marked the debut of one of the cleanest-looking bosses fighting game players have ever had the pleasure (or displeasure) of coming up against. The individual we're alluding to is Goenitz, who once held a high position within the dreaded "Hakkesshu" as the strongest member of the "Four Heavenly Kings of Orochi."

This dude always beat the breaks off of us due to a wealth of wind-based specials and super moves. It's been a good while since Goenitz has gotten to body some unlucky victims in a KOF game, so we think he should get a proper placement within KOF XV's Boss Challenge roster. Plus we're already envisioning us playing with an extremely overpowered boss team consisting of Geese, Krauser, and Goenitz (yes, let those salty tears flow...).

4 and 5. Orochi Iori and Orochi Leona

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Longtime KOF fans know that Iori and Leona are stricken by something called the "Riot of the Blood." Due to both characters' having Orochi ancestry contained within their family tree, they have been afflicted with a rage-induced power that turns them into wild beasts on the battlefield. It's pretty dope to see these two versions of Iori and Leona get referenced in a special KOF XV battle cutscene and team ending.

We think the game should take those appearances by Orochi Iori and Orochi Leona even further by putting them in the game as bosses/playable characters. Having both characters arrive in 3D with some altered movesets will definitely give us a tough time in Boss Challenge mode, but we're fully prepared to get punished by those two Orochi-fueled maniacs.

6. Adelheid Bernstein

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Rugal Bernstein's son just has to get a nod as a part of KOF XV's Boss Challenge lineup. Just like his father, Adelheid Bernstein is a fearsome fighter that relies on devastating grabs and slick kick combo specials that look incredible in motion & hit extremely hard. The theme of father and son duos would be so dope to contain within KOF XV via teams that feature Geese/Rock Howard on one side and Rugal/Adelheid on the other. And of course, we'd be more than happy to go head to head with Adelheid while he's rocking some sort of suit that's similar to the one his pops wore in The King of Fighters '94. This young king making his welcome comeback in KOF XV is a must.

7. Krizalid

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The original version of the fiery badass known as K' is the bossman you're looking at right now. He made his debut in The King of Fighters '99 and made sure to infuriate a whole lot of players when it was time to confront both of his intimidating forms. His cockiness is on full display as he puts his fire-based arsenal and other ruthless maneuvers to good use during some insanely hard-fought battles.

We're totally open to picking K', Maxima, and Whip (which is a fitting team for such a boss encounter, right?) to try our hardest to give Krizalid a proper beating. Unfortunately, we know deep down in our hearts that he'll defeat us a million and one times before we finally get one up on him. Here's hoping Krizalid comes adorned in his signature suit and without it in his final form for this dream KOF XV resurgence.

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