King of Fighters XV trailer spotlights bringer of JUSTICE, Kim Kaphwan

He of Billowing Pants returns

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SNK has released a new trailer for the next fighter headed to its great 2022 release The King of Fighters XV — And, for KoF fans, this boy needs no introduction, as spring will see the return of one of the most notable, stoic, and JUSTICE-ridden characters in SNK history, the taekwondo king: Kim Kaphwan!

Having made his debut in 1992’s Fatal Fury 2, Kim fast became one of the universe’s most reliable and beloved characters, as well as one of the KoF franchise’s most solid fighters. Hailing from South Korea, Kim utilizes his incredible martial arts abilities to better the world, bestowing a sense of honor into all he meets and ensuring justice is seen to be done for those who have strayed from a path of enlightenment. Kim’s role in KoF famously saw his endless efforts to rehabilitate criminals Choi Bounge and Chang Koehan. Despite his boy scout nature, Kim is a respected character among the SNK community.

As the above trailer demonstrates, Kim is bringing his iconic and acrobatic range of kicks to the King of Fighters XV party, including his range of devastating flying axe kicks, his gravity-defying headstomps, and his incredible, lightning-speed Supers. Sadly, Kim’s iconic pants aren’t quite as billowy as they were in his 2D days, but anybody picking up Kim as DLC will at least receive his classic costume as a bonus skin. Kim Kaphwan will be available this spring, with further characters expected later in 2023.

The King of Fighters XV is available now on PlayStation, PC, and Xbox Series X.

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