"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.