The Newcomer Ninja Kimberly and Thrill-Seeking Juri Joins Street Fighter 6!

Aug 08, 2022 // Andy Wong

Bring in the motorcycle and put on those beats! Kimberly and Juri are coming to Street Fighter 6 when it launches in 2023. Tasty Steve and James Chen join the Real Time Commentary Feature to help hype up your matches. Learn more about our Evo 2022 announcements below.

The Ninjastar is Here

Kimberly, the newest ninja in the Street Fighter series, had an ordinary upbringing, but she’s a prodigy who graduated college early and now wants to be a full-fledged ninja. Because of this, Kimberly invited herself to become Guy’s student. She is infatuated with ’80s pop culture hence why she always carries a portable cassette player with her.

As a devoted student to Bushinryu, Kimberly has trained body and mind in order to execute traditional ninja techniques. Street Fighter fans may recognize a few of Kimberly’s special moves from Guy or Zeku’s kits such as Sprint, a swift dash forward, which can be followed up with a variety of moves depending on the situation. Nue Twister is an air throw where Kimberly grabs an airborne opponent and smashes them into the ground below.

Being a spunky new ninja, Kimberly incorporates an urban twist to reimagine what Bushinryu means to her. She uses Genius at Play to stock up on a spray can, which can then be thrown to the ground as a Shuriken Bomb. During Hidden Variable, Kimberly conceals herself in colorful smoke before instantly appearing in front of the opponent for a surprise attack.

Kimberly’s Super Arts are all a rhythmic mix of quick ninja moves and the vibrant city life.

Bushin Beats (1 Stock) – Kimberly rushes forward and knocks down an opponent, then follows up with a flurry of attacks. If a Shuriken Bomb is stocked up, Kimberly uses it to add additional damage.

Bushin Scramble (2 Stocks) – Kimberly sends the opponent into the air and parkours along the edge of the stage pelting them with mid-air attacks, then ensnares them with a dive bomb-like attack.

Bushin Ninjastar Cypher (3 Stocks) – Get ready to drop the beat! Kimberly detonates an arsenal of spray cans around the opponent culminating in a chromatic graffiti tag on the ground.

The Thrill Isn’t Gone

First appearing in Super Street Fighter IV, Juri remains a sadistic thrill-seeker who enjoys the suffering of others, taking immense joy in obliterating her foes. Previously, her main motivator was revenge against M. Bison, but since his fall in Street Fighter V, she now whittles away, waiting for the next thrill to come along.

Juri’s signature Fuhajin returns where she performs an upwards kick and stores Fuha stocks upon completion. Saihasho, Ankensatsu, and Go Ohsatsu are special moves that can be performed without Fuha stocks, but they become more powerful and can be chained together with when Fuha stocks are available. This opens up more creative options for Juri’s playstyle and can take an opponent off guard.

All of Juri’s Super Arts come from her previous appearances with a Street Fighter 6 polish.

Sakkai Fuhazan (1 Stock) – Juri fires multiple ki blasts with a kick and follows it up with another giant ki blast to knock an opponent away.

Feng Shui Engine (2 Stocks) – First appearing as an Ultra Combo in Super Street Fighter IV then a V-Trigger in Street Fighter V, Feng Shui Engine returns as a Super Art. Juri unleashes the power of the Feng Shui Engine embedded in her eye, allowing her to cancel normal moves into other normal moves or even unique moves.

Kaisen Dankai Raku (3 Stocks) – Straight from Super Street Fighter IV, Juri unleashes the full power of the Feng Shui Engine to perform a brutal sequence of attacks fitting for the vengeful sadist.

In the trailer, you’ll notice a new stage called Tian Hong Yuan, a fantastic area illuminated by the lanterns hanging around. People enjoy playing musical instruments and chatting with each other in this nighttime, downtown area. Tian Hong Yan is sure to enliven each fight with its festive decorations and ambience.

Announcing Two New Commentators

Street Fighter 6 has a new Real Time Commentary Feature where notable names in the fighting game community lend their voices to commentate your matches. Joining the previously-announced Vicious and Aru are two legends in the FGC, James Chen and Tasty Steve!

During tournaments, there are usually two commentators that work in tandem to provide a well-rounded approach to each match. The Play-by-Play Commentator usually covers the action while the Color Commentator provides additional insight and analysis. Tasty Steve will be a Play-by-Play Commentator along with Vicious and Aru. James Chen is the first Color Commentator to join the Real Time Commentary Feature. We’re honored to have them both on board.

That’s it for Evo 2022! We’ll see you later this year with more information on Street Fighter 6.