The King of Fighters' Mai Shiranui Revealed as New Dead or Alive 6 Character; Deluxe Demo announced

Fatal Fury's Mai Shiranui, the most famous kunoichi in the world, is coming back in Team Ninja's Dead or Alive 6.

February 15, 2019

Update: The Dead or Alive 6 official site mentions the Deluxe Demo will only be available to PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold members.

Today at Evo Japan 2019, Koei Tecmo and Team Ninja started revealing the contents for Dead or Alive 6‘s Season Pass 1, which will be launching alongside the game. The Season Pass will include two characters from SNK’s The King of Fighters XIV, including the beautiful kunoichi Mai Shiranui. The second KOF XIV character’s identity will be revealed at a later date.

Moreover, a new time-limited trial version for Dead or Alive 6 was announced.  Unlike the usual “Core Fighters” trial versions, this  “Deluxe Demo” will let players try out all of the game’s characters, except for Nyotengu, who is available in pre-order copies, and Phase 4, available in the digital deluxe edition, for a total of 24 characters. This demo will only be available for a few hours: From February 22 to 24, and only for PlayStationPlus and Xbox Live Gold members, with no PC demo, probably because potential hackers and data miners could do potentially illegal things with it. The Deluxe Demo will include the beginning of Story Mode, all 4 Training Modes, and Online Mode.


Mai Shiranui already made a playable appearance in Dead or Alive 5: Last Round through one of the many DLCs the game got.

The first Season Pass will also include new costumes for NiCO and Nyotengu and a wedding dress and tuxedo for all characters in the game. Mai Shiranui and the other KOF XIV character will also have 5 unique costumes. Screenshots of the costumes can be found in the gallery below.

New details on the Dead or Alive 6 World Championship were revealed as well, the tournament will have a 10 million Yen cash prize, which is around 100K $,  and the Grand Final will be held in Japan.

The latest revealed character before Mai was Raidou, and the previous trailer explained the new mechanics found in Dead or Alive 6.

Mai Shiranui is SNK’s most famous female character and she has already appeared in many games not by SNK, like in the Super Robot Wars inspired Queen’s Gate Spiral Chaos on PSP,  or in dozens of mobile games through collab events with SNK games.  You can also dress your Phantasy Star Online 2 character in her costume.

Dead or Alive 6 was slightly delayed from its initially scheduled February release, and will now launch on March 1. The game will be available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Update: Added direct-feed screenshots, press release’s full details on the season pass, corrected the details on the demo (I only checked the Japanese press release at first out of habit and didn’t notice the note saying it’s exclusive to PS+ and Xbox Live Gold, my bad.)

DOA6 Season Pass 1

Planned Release Date: 3.1.2019
Retail price: TBA
■DOA6 Happy Wedding Costumes Vol. 1 (13 costumes)
■DOA6 Happy Wedding Costumes Vol. 2 (13 costumes)
■DOA6 New Costumes set Vol.1 (13 costumes)
■DOA6 New Costumes set Vol.2 (13 costumes)
■DOA6 Additional Character “Mai Shiranui” (1 character)
■DOA6 “Mai Shiranui” Debut Costumes set (5 costumes)
■DOA6 New Additional Character (1 character)
■DOA6 New Additional Character Debut Costumes set (5 costumes)
Season Pass 1 bonus contents:
■DOA6 NiCO Additional Costume
■DOA6 Nyotengu Additional Costume

– Contents may be made available for download on an ulterior date.

– Other contents than those mentioned above may be distributed during the same period as “DOA6 Season Pass 1”, however those would not be included in “DOA6 Season Pass 1”.
– Costumes and characters included in “DOA6 Season Pass 1” may be sold separately. Please be careful of not buying the same item multiple times in both set and unit.
– Having access to the corresponding characters is necessary in order to use their respective DLC costumes.
– Season Pass contents and contents download period may be modified without notice.

Koei Tecmo also recently published a summary of the game’s different versions.


Iyane Agossah

Living near Paris, Iyane (He/Him) is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been loving anime and Japanese games for over 25 years and plays Genshin Impact for its story and exploration. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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