I think I went a bit overboard here, but I decided it was time the internet know more about this underrated character.
Warning though: I've decided to leave the images as being somewhat large vertically, so there's a lot of scrolling to be done on this page. As mentioned before, the lower half of this sprite is cut off and not fully viewable (since you can't crouch in boss rooms), so it's safe to assume that nobody else (outside of the SNK team that worked on the game) ever got to see the full body images of everything. And I think they're worth sharing.
Mouseover the images if you want some more explanation on what each frame is, yada yada yada.
No, seriously. I'm not joking here. I wouldn't lie about something like this.
Standard white! (booooring)
But anyway... if ANYBODY out there knows what causes the game to select a certain panty color (and I know that's a long shot), PLEASE let me know! It's most likely random, but the fact that they put this in at all has always made me wonder if there's something more to it.... and it annoys me that I still don't know the answer.....
And hey, whaddya know! When knocked all the way backwards, it results in ANOTHER pantyshot (although the sprite would be scaled down quite a bit making it more difficult to see, in these pictures she's scaled up to the size where she's right in front of the player). |
Here's the rest of the colors, of course. Strangely enough though, the extra polka dot colors don't show up properly in these frames - the white with red polka dots is identical to the regular white, and the red with yellow polka dots is just a solid red color. Perhaps they realized these extra frames weren't going to be used and didn't want to bother marking polka dots? Just a guess...
I've since confirmed that there are other enemies/bosses that were supposed to have animations like this too, although you'll never see all the frames - you'll still only see one frame very briefly before they go back into their side-walking animation. I guess they planned on having full "wounded" animations like the one above in their attack routines, but then scrapped them for whatever reason.
Unfortunately the page has been lost to the sands of time, but I do remember this much - one of the first Stupid Gaming Facts added to the page back in 1996 was actually about Pink, saying something to the effect of "Did you know that when the female boss in the Neo-Geo game The Super Spy kicks you, you can see her underwear? But then again, who actually bothered to play the game that far in the first place?".
And accompanying it was a few pictures. I may not have saved the webpage, but I saved those pics! And those pics have survived since then across several computers and hard drives. They're not much to look at now but keep this in mind - in 1996, there was no such thing as Neo-Geo emulation yet. Not many people owned capture cards for taking screenshots, so being able to grab images like this was a rarity.
Like I said... simple stuff. Unfortunately, the Stupid Gaming Fact section was phased out when Joyshtick relaunched later on, although a gallery of Pink pics was retained for the Mean Screens section of the site. I actually ended up sending some updated screenshots to replace the above ones since by then the Neo-Geo had been emulated so it was easier to get clean screenshots. This was the internet's one and only source of Pink-related media... but then the site was later closed for good, so for the last decade or so there's been no place to find this stuff. I know this entire page in general seems like overkill, but I'm trying to make up for all this time that the internet has been lacking in this information!
But alas, wasted potential. Wouldn't it be great if she showed up as a playable character in something like a sequel to Neo-Geo Battle Coliseum? I mean hey, if they can bring back something like Cyber-Woo from King of the Monsters 2, why not go with some even more obscure characters from the Neo-Geo's history? Oh well, dare to dream...