Falcoons fate is a mystery. Sime say he left for personal reasons, yet others say he was fired due to fan backlash.
At any rate… I really like Nagase. How many arrogant, brainy chicks does KoF have? I like her much better than Malin, because Malin just seems to be “cute” like so many other KoF Females (Kula, Momoko, Hinako, Newer Athena), Nagase actually had an edge to her attitude. The whole “we don’t like her because she has Falcoons hair!” stuff was pretty stupid. She sounded SO much like what would happen, if a cocky fighting game tourney player, was able to “input” move data into a gauntlet, and gain those abilities. (And the whole “Analyzing of other fighters” aspect is pretty similiar to Maxima. So it doesn’t seem out of place in KoF.)
Alba and Soiree where a bit too Final Fantasy looking in some ways, But I rather liked Alba’s moves. Soiree was like a cocky Bob Wilson… which makes his character role less interesting.
Lien was gratuitious fanservice, but I actually liked her moves, too. In MI2, I felt like they redesigned her well.
Luise and Elisabeth could make a team together. Dial down her design JUST a bit, and she’d fit right into a team with with Chizuru, too. All 3 seem like they’re the female accessories to male-driven plots, lol.
I think Duke was one of the most “reasonable” SNK bosses I’ve fought. I never felt like he was REALLY cheap… just very powerful. I think he’d be fun to have on some kinda new “Boss” team. Team him up with Silber, and some other macho boss, and we’d have a nice team of serious men.
Maximum Impact provide some character Archetypes that we don’t get to see in KoF that much, especially with it’s females. Some of the alts costumes were nice (I have no problem with K’s, and you gotta see how Leona’s inspired her XII look. Ikari Ralf was nice, too), and I even liked some of the new moves characters got.
A bit of MI in KoF wouldn’t be Bad, just how SNKP’s redesigned Nameless is a good addition to 2002 UM. If the mod the designs a bit, to make them aesthetically more like 2D KoF characters, then I’d welcome them.