Nakoruru is a playable character from the Samurai Shodown fighting games by SNK. Nakoruru debuted in the first game, Samurai Shodown in 1993 and returned in all sequels and spinoffs and was also a guest character in the King of Fighters ’95 on the Game Boy.

Nakoruru was also featured as a secret character in Capcom vs SNK (2000) and returned in Capcom vs. SNK 2 (2001) as a playable character from the start. She was also chosen for NeoGeo Battle Coliseum (2005) an SNK only crossover fighting game.

Her latest appearance in a Samurai Shodown game was Samurai Shodown Sen in 2009. She is also a character in The Rhythm of Fighters (2014) and joined KOF in The King of Fighters XIV (2016) as part of the Another World Team. It looks like Nakoruru will also return in The King of Fighters XV as a DLC character if a leak turns out to be true. 

Nakoruru is a Japanese young girl who participates in the Samurai Shodown at the age of 15 already, she uses a small-sword as well as her pet-eagle Mamahaha which supports her in battle and can carry her.


Nakoruru from the Samurai Shodown Games: an Overview

Charactername: Nakoruru   Developed /Created by SNK
Gameseries: Samurai Shodown, King of Fighters, Crossover Fighters
  First seen on: Arcades  
First Game: Samurai Shodown   Year first seen in: 1993 
Last Game: Samurai Shodown (2019)
  Birthplace: Japan 
Role(s) and Characteristics: Fighting Game Character   Weapons: Short Sword
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Official Game Art like promotional Illustrations of Nakoruru

Nakoruru NGBC Art Nakoruru NGBC Profile Art

NeoGeo Battle Coliseum (2005)

Nakoruru CVS2 SNK ArtNakoruru CVS2 Capcom Art 

Capcom vs. SNK 2 (2001)



Nakoruru from Samurai Shodown drawn for the Game-Art-HQ Video Game Character Database

Nakoruru is one of the more popular female fighting game characters by SNK and I am sure that she found a lot more fans thanks to her being in KOF XIV. It was still a surprise that she got claimed so fast for our VG Character DB Art Collaboration.

Nash, aka Sphelon8565 learned about her in a much older crossover fighting game, the great Capcom vs. SNK where she was one of the unlockable secret characters that were not from Street Fighter or KOF. I am glad that he drew her eagle Mamahaha as well for this illustration!



Selected Fan Art and Cosplay Photos of Nakoruru

nakoruru and mamahaha

Nakoruru with Mamahaha

by Fredrik “fedde” Mattsson

Nakoruru from Samurai Shodown


by Samuraiblack




Updates and additions in Nakoruru’s Gallery and Character Overview

17.01.2018 – Lots of layout changes, small character info updates and the excellent art by sphelon8565 added.