|Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters character|
Mai Shiranui in The King of Fighters 2001
|First game||Fatal Fury 2 (1992)|
|Designed by||Art: Shinkiro, Falcoon and others in the various games
Animation: C.A.C Yamasaki (KOF '94—KOF 2003)
Sarah Sawatsky (Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle)
Lisa Ann Beley (Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture)
Akoya Sogi (Fatal Fury Special—Wild Ambition, The King of Fighters '94—XI, KOF: Another Day)
Kotono Mitsuishi (Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle, Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture)
Megumi Hayashibara (CD dramas)
Reiko Chiba (image song)
Ami Koshimizu (KOF Sky Stage onwards)
|Portrayed by||Tomomi Miyauchi (Fatal Fury 2 TV commercial)
Miki Hareyama (Fatal Fury Special TV commercial)
Maggie Q (film)
United States (2010 film)
Japanese American (2010 film)
|Fighting style||Shiranui ninjutsu (不知火流忍術 Shiranui-ryū ninjutsu), judo|
|Weapon||"Fire Butterfly Fan" (花蝶扇 Kachōsen)|
Mai Shiranui (Japanese: 不知火舞 Hepburn: Shiranui Mai) (alternatively written しらぬい まい) is a player character in the Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters series of fighting games by SNK. She has also appeared in other media of these franchises and in a number of other games since her debut in 1992's Fatal Fury 2 as the first female character in an SNK fighting game. She also appears in the games' various manga and anime adaptations, and plays a leading role in the live-action film.
In the series' canon lore, Mai is a modern-world young female ninja and the granddaughter of the ninjutsu master Hanzo Shiranui, with the ability to create and control fire. She is a founding member of the King of Fighters Tournament's Women Fighters Team and is madly in love with the American fighter Andy Bogard who is ambiguous about their relationship but she chases him endlessly.
Largely due to her sex appeal, Mai has become one of the most popular, recognizable and celebrated female characters of the fighting game genre and video gaming in general, especially in Japan, China and some other East Asian countries, and often being compared to Capcom's Chun-Li. She has also become SNK's primary sex symbol and mascot character featured in many merchandise products and representing the company in several crossover and spin-off titles, in addition to licensed appearanced in several games by other companies, as well as becoming a trendy subject of cosplay and modeling.
- 1 Character
- 2 Appearances
- 3 Reception
- 4 See also
- 5 Notes
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Characteristics and portrayal
According to the SNK universe's early canon, Mai Shiranui was born on January 1, 1974, though the year was later omitted due to the sliding timescale of the games. Usually relaxed, enthusiastic, uninhibited and cheerful, Mai has a charismatic, flamboyant and flirtatious personality, as well as exhibitionistic tendencies. She is a practitioner of her family's ancient Shiranui-ryū ninjutsu, the empty-handed art of koppo-ken, and has also been taught additional close-combat techniques by her grandfather's friend judo master Jubei Yamada. Mai has been madly in love with Andy Bogard, an American who studied the arts Shiranui ninjutsu with her grandfather Hanzo, since her and Andy's early teens. She is also a friend of Joe Higashi and Andy's older brother, Terry Bogard. Mai deeply cares for her family's traditions, including battle outfits and ceremonial clothing, but also is fond of modern foreign things, such as American style casual fashion and heavy metal music (her favourite band being Pantera). As a girlfriend, she is gentle, kind and enjoying cooking, and only occasionally losing her temper.
Her first name, "Mai", is the Japanese word for "dance", and her surname is the title of a Japanese optical phenomenon similar to will-o'-the-wisp, in reference to the character's pyrokinetic abilities. These powers enable her to cloak herself in fire; channel it through her clothes, weapons and anything she touches; and cause explosions. She can to change her clothes in an instant, as well as to temporarily stay airborne, float, glide and control her movements and change directions in mid-air, and is also a master of climbing and stealth. Her fighting style is to "float like a butterfly, sting like a bee." Mai's weapons are her "Fire Butterfly Fans" that can be used in close quarters and as projectiles. She furthermore has a variety of hand-to-hand combat maneuvers, such as a diving attack ("Flying Squirrel Dance") and a rushing cartwheel kick followed by an elbow strike ("Deadly Ninja Bees").
In most of the games, Mai's Japanese voice actress has been Akoya Sogi (dubbed by Sheryl Stanley in the English versions of The King of Fighters: Maximum Impact series), until she was gradually replaced by Ami Koshimizu since the 2010s. Kotono Mitsuishi voiced Mai in the Fatal Fury anime films, with English dubbings provided by Sarah Sawatsky and Lisa Ann Beley, and Japanese voice actress and singer Megumi Hayashibara portrayed Mai in a series of drama CDs during the 1990s.
Conception and overall design
Mai Shiranui became SNK's first female playable fighting game character upon her Fatal Fury series debut in 1992. SNK had originally conceived two different characters—a male ninja and a Japanese idol—for Fatal Fury 2 prior to her creation. The ninja character's working name was just Ninja Master and he had been around 60% completed before being scrapped; his long scarf was turned into her "tails" and the female character's original name was also Mai. Further inspiration for Mai's appearance and attributes came from a number of sources. According to the Neo Geo publication Neo Geo Freak, Mai's bust was modeled on Fumie Hosokawa and her buttocks on Ai Iijima, while her breast "jiggle" was inspired by the tales of kunoichi using their bodies for seduction and distraction. Designer of the fighting game Battle Master claims Mai's overall looks and costume might have been modeled after his game's character Ranmaru, as he had unsuccessfully pitched it for SNK to have it published for the Neo-Geo before Toshiba-EMI eventually released it for the SNES.
In SNK games, Mai represents a traditional ideal of a Japanese woman. In her profile, her measurements are 87 cm (34 in) – 55 cm (22 in) – 91 cm (36 in); she is 1.64 m (5.4 ft) tall, and weighs 50 kg (110 lb) (later 48 kg (106 lb)). Her official character description in the games is listed as "The Gorgeous Ninja" or "Knock-out Ninja", and sometimes as "Red Ninja". The King of Fighters: Maximum Impact character Lien Neville conceptually began as a contrast to Mai Shiranui: while Mai represents a "sexy and beautiful kunoichi," Lien represents the "sexy Western femme fatale" and her outfits were purposely designed to be "tight and constricting" to contrast Mai's clothing, which is made to allow for easy and quick movements. Shinkiro, an illustrator who worked on The King of Fighters, considered the character Leona Heidern with her "ice queen" persona as a complete opposite of Mai.
Animation and costumes
As described by the Entertainment Software Rating Board, "the character wears a revealing outfit that accentuates her buttocks and displays large amounts of cleavage." Mai has been subjected to regional censorship in some games' export versions. In particular, her famed and influential breast-bounce animation was partially (idle pose) or entirely removed in several releases, including the international home version of The King of Fighters '94, in the European version of The King of Fighters '95 for the Sega Saturn, and in the U.S. versions of Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury Special, The King of Fighters 2000, and The King of Fighters 2002.[NOTE 1] Her usually very large breasts are smaller in some games, such as SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos, and in some other media, especially in the live-action film.
Mai's appearance changes only slightly through most of the Fatal Fury and King of Fighters games. She has long hair (usually brown or red, but sometimes black) tied in a ponytail, with long bangs framing her face, and normally wears a sleeveless red uwagi with a decorative waistband—sometimes with long, decorative tails, and a loincloth with a thong (shorts in the U.S. version) around her crotch. In Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury Special (1993) and The King of Fighters, Mai Shiranui wears a pair of soft-soled tabi. From Fatal Fury 3: Road to the Final Victory to Real Bout Fatal Fury (both in 1995) she wears instep guards, exposing her heels and toes. In the former, she also wears a red vest and eye shadow. Mai's hairpin is her beloved grandmother's keepsake.
In KOF: Maximum Impact (2004), Mai has much shorter and darker hair, and ninja clothing resembling that of Kasumi in the Dead or Alive series. Shinkiro said that Mai was the most difficult character to draw as he "thought she was going to burst out of her costume."[NOTE 2] In KOF: Maximum Impact 2 (2006), one of Mai's color schemes matches Andy Bogard's and she has blonde hair. Another outfit of Mai's with long green hair, tiger-print clothing and a hairpin with horns resembles that of Lum Invader from the manga and anime series Urusei Yatsura and is based on Cham Cham from SNK's Samurai Shodown series. The Maximum Impact series' producer, Falcoon, said that designing Mai's alternate look was "unforgivable" as he was uncertain of fan reaction to the changes. SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy (2018) introduced an advanced character customization for Mai as well as the others in the game.
Gameplay-wise, Mai is known as a very quick and mobile fighter, however the tradeoff is she is dealing only limited damage with her attacks. She has been noted as the fastest yet physically weakest fighter in her first game, Fatal Fury 2. In opinion of Super Juegos, "despite her fragile appearance," Mai is one of the more effective contenders in Fatal Fury Special. According to a GamePro guide to Fatal Fury 3, "Mai's excellent speed and air superiority give her an advantage over some fighters, but her moves inflict little damage" and thus Mai players need to constantly keep on attacking their opponents in order to prevail. Furthermore, she might be easy to pick up play for new players, for example having been described as one of the easiest characters to master in Real Bout Fatal Fury by Sega Saturn Magazine. In Dead or Alive, Mai remains a speed type of character who is relatively easy to handle, and as such Famitsu recommended her as a good character for DOA beginners.
In video games
In fighting games
Mai Shiranui has first starred in Fatal Fury 2 where she goes to help Andy face the new host of The King of Fighters tournament, Wolfgang Krauser. She loses to Lawrence Blood, who takes her hostage to lure Andy. She also plays a supporting role in Fatal Fury 3: Road to the Final Victory and Real Bout Fatal Fury, gathering information to help in the fight against Geese Howard—the criminal who killed Andy and Terry's father, Jeff Bogard. The following games in the series, Real Bout Fatal Fury Special (1997) and Real Bout Fatal Fury 2: The Newcomers (1998), do not contain a storyline. Mai was also added to the roster of Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition (1999), a 3D remake of Fatal Fury: King of Fighters which originally did not feature Mai.
The King of Fighters series tournament also features Mai as a regular character participating in the annual tournaments in the Women Fighters Team (also known as the Woman Fighters Team, the Fighting Gals Team, and the Gorgeous Team), which she founds in The King of Fighters '94 after Andy refuses to let her enter and form a team with her. Initially, the team is composed of Mai, King and Yuri Sakazaki from the Art of Fighting series, with Mai aiming to help encourage King and her fellow team members and to prove to Andy the error of his ways. In The King of Fighters '99, the teams were expanded to four members, and so Mai goes to the Fatal Fury Team composed of Terry, Andy and Joe, being finally able to join the tournament in the same team as Andy. In the following tournament in The King of Fighters 2000, however, Mai is asked to step out to allow Blue Mary investigate a case. Denied again, she is angered by the request and joins the Women Fighters Team again and has remained a reoccurring member ever since. In the various team endings, she is often celebrating the team's victory at King's bar or fantasizing about Andy.
Mai eventually leaves the KOF tournament competitions in The King of Fighters XI (2005) to search for Andy who was absent in The King of Fighters 2003 (she appears in KOF XI only as an unlockable character in the PS2 version). In The King of Fighters XII (2009), Mai is completely absent from the game itself (except a mention in Andy's profile) and appears only in the tie-in manga series, even as she has been was "teased" in a trailer and official website, and has been rumored to be added through DLC for the home version. In The King of Fighters XIII (2010), Mai returns to the series when she feels that the KOF tournament is not complete without her and so decides to enter it along with the other two original members of KOF '94's Women's Team. She is not upset at Andy while making her choice, content to enter a tournament with both her and him in it once more. Mai returns in The King of Fighters XIV (2016), in which the new character Banderas Hattori is obsessed with her but she is not interested and Andy is now in relationship with Mai.
Outside the main Fatal Fury / KOF titles, Mai has appeared playable in every game in the SNK vs. Capcom series of crossover fighting games since 1999.[NOTE 3] She is also playable character in the portable console fighting games SNK Gals' Fighters (2000) and NeoGeo Battle Coliseum (2005), and in a number of SNK mobile fighting games such as The King of Fighters (2003), Fatal Fury Mobile and Garou Densetsu vs Fighter's History Dynamite (2007), and The King of Fighters-i (2011). In the fan service fighting game SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy (2018), where she is dressed up as a cow in her default costume, Mai is fighting to be granted a wish to finally marry Andy. In I.O. Entertainment's free-to-play Lost Saga, Mai is a premium character that was added in both female and male variations, originally in the Japanese version in 2012 and for the Chinese and Spanish-language versions in 2015. In 2017, Mai joined the cast of Koei Tecmo's fighting game series Dead or Alive via DLC in Dead or Alive 5 Last Round (PC, PS4, and XOne versions only).
In other games
Mai is further featured as a playable character in the console shooter games KOF Sky Stage (2010) and Neo Geo Heroes: Ultimate Shooting (2010), and the quiz game Quiz King of Fighters (1995), also appearing in the 1999-2006 SNK vs. Capcom spin-off crossover card battle series SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters Clash. In Bandai Namco's crossover tactical RPG Queen's Gate: Spiral Chaos (2011), Mai is a rival to Street Fighter character and fellow in-game playable Chun-Li. She is also one of the heroes in the Thailand-exclusive MOBA game The King of Fighters Online. In the upcoming MMORPG The King of Fighters World, Mai is to be featured in person as a non-player and tutorial character, but the players will be able to use her Shiranui style for their own characters.
She features, usually as a playable character, in many various non-fighting KOF mobile games either developed or licensed by SNK, including The King of Fighters Mahjong, The King of Millionaire, The King of Fighters Volleyball, KOF Gals Mahjong, KOFM for Kakao, The Rhythm of Fighters, Mini King of Fighters, and The King of Fighters '98: Ultimate Match Online (a tactical RPG version). Some of them are beat 'em up games, such as The King of Fighters '97 OL and The King of Fighters Destiny Mobile. Not strictly Fatal Fury/KOF mobile games having Mai among other SNK characters include SNK Dream Battle, SNK Beach Volley Gal's Attack, SNK Gal's Open: Cutey Shot, SNK Gals Island Dokidoki Puzzle Shock! and its sequel, Neo Geo Tennis Coliseum, You Are the Hero!, and Dai Shingeki RPG! Sister Quest. She is also featured in Samurai Shodown Slash (a beat 'em up crossover of Samurai Shodown and The King of Fighters) and in Metal Slug Defense (a tower defense crossover of KOF and Metal Slug), as well as in a mobile remake of SNK's rail shooter Beast Busters (in a nurse outfit).
In the 1998 visual novel game The King of Fighters: Kyo, set in the KOF timeline between The King of Fighters '96 and The King of Fighters '97, Mai is a non-player character who provides the protagonist Kyo Kusanagi with information and help during his trials. Mai also makes cameo appearances on her "younger brother" and Andy's disciple Hokutomaru's stage in the SNK fighting game Garou: Mark of the Wolves (with Andy), as well as in character endings in the fighting games Samurai Shodown and Art of Fighting 2, and in the Neo Geo CD version of the Samurai Shodown series' role-playing video game Shinsetsu Samurai Spirits Bushidō Retsuden. In the North American release of the original Art of Fighting it is implied that the ninja Eiji Kisaragi has feelings for her, but this does not occur in the original Japanese version. In the 2000s dating sim series Days of Memories, Mai Shiranui retains her name and general design but is an otherwise unrelated character with a different role in each game (a rich maiden and protagonist's neighbor in Boku to Kanojo no Atsui Natsu, an office lady by day and a masked ninja vigilante by night in Koi wa Good Job!, a popular school beauty and the protagonist's classmate in Kaze Maou Miyako de Tsukamaete!, and a school beauty with strange motives in Sekai de Ichiban Atsui Fuyu).
Mai Shiranui has been furthermore featured as an usually playable guest character in many various games in the mostly Asian markets, such as China-only dance game Dazzle Dance. To celebrate the 15th anniversary of The King of Fighter in 2009, Mai joined the Chinese MMORPG Yuyan Online. She was added as a player character to the Korean multiplayer beat 'em up Dungeon Fighter Online in 2010, and also joined the character roster of two more Korean video games: the action game Mad Blade (formerly Bladecraft) and the endless runner Kal Kal Kal All Together in 2013. Mai was featured as an avatar replacement model to promote the Japanese MMORPG Wizardry Online in 2014. In 2015, Mai was added to several Chinese games, including the MOBAs 300 Heroes and The King of Solider II, the action RPG Ultimate Heroes, the beat 'em up Fantasy Fighter, and the real-time strategy Dragon Throne: Battle of Red Cliffs, and was also featured as a variant of the character class Kunoichi in the Korean MMORPG Black Desert to promote it in Japan. In 2016, Mai was licensed as a bonus hero to at the time the world's most popular video game - the MOBA King of Glory, additionally starring in its official tie-in webcomic, and was included in collaboration events in Brave Frontier and Game of Dice. In 2017, other collaboration events included a Mai avatar in the MMORPG Mabinogi Heroes, as well as her various guest appearances in many mobile games such as Clash of Kings, Crash Fever, Crusaders Quest, Grand Summoners, Everybody's Marble, Rival Arena VS, Saishu Senkan with Lovely Girls, Tower of Saviors, Valkyrie Connect, Venus Eleven Vivid!, World Cross Saga, and Yamato Chronicle. She further appeared in HIT and The Fellowship of The Dragon, and joined Puzzle & Dragons in celebration of the game's fifth anniversary in 2018.
In film and animation
Mai Shiranui is a protagonist in the 2009 live-action film The King of Fighters, which is loosely based on the games. She was played by Maggie Q, who performed her own stunts. Like the other series characters in the film, Mai bears little resemblance to her in-game incarnation, in that she is instead an undercover CIA operative and a girlfriend of Iori Yagami. In the film, Mai fights together with Iori and Kyo to defeat the villain Rugal Bernstein in an alternative dimension.
Mai has made her first anime appearance in Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle (1993), where she follows Andy on his search for Krauser in Germany. She is approached and later attacked by Laurence Blood, but Andy defeats him and rescues her. In Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture (1994), Mai is present with Terry, Andy and Joe when a girl named Sulia gives them the quest to find the Armor of Mars and stop her brother Laocorn Gaudeamus. After the villain Hauer fails to seduce Mai, he takes her hostage after a fight, but she is again saved by Andy. Mai then defeats the henchwoman Panni and participates in the final battle against Laocorn, which ends with Laocorn dying to save her from the god of war, Mars.
Mai has only a minor role in the first episode of original net animation The King of Fighters: Another Day (2005), voiced by Akoya Sogi and Sheryl Stanley, wherein she and Athena Asamiya save Soiree Meira and a little girl from a collapsing building in USA. She is more prominent in YouTube computer-animated series The King of Fighters: Destiny (2017), voiced by Ami Koshimizu. In KOF: Destiny, after beating up some lecherous punks in London, Mai joins up with Yuri and King, the as the leader of their new Queens Team to "let men know that women are the ones who rule the world." She quarrels with Andy while Benimaru tries to use this to seduce her, and joins the KOF tournament hoping to face Andy in the finals. Before that can happen, however, Mai and her teammates come under control of Rugal Bernstein's evil power, making them attack the Fatal Fury Team. Andy is forced to fight and defeat her, after which she comes back to her senses to witness the final fight between Rugal and Kyo.
In other media, promotion and merchandise
Mai appears in Dengeki G's Magazine drama CD series Fatal Fury, and in many manga, manhua and yonkoma comic books based on both the Fatal Fury and King of Fighters series, as well as adapting the SNK/Capcom crossover games. She is the main character in one of the Queen's Gate erotic gamebooks published in 2008 as part of the Queen's Blade series, in which she hopes she will be finally able to conquer Andy's heart if she proves herself the top female fighter of all time.
Mai's image was additionally licensed as a roulette character for pachislot machines.[NOTE 4] (In 2003, SNK sued machine manufacturer Aruze for copyright infringement after Mai's and Terry Bogard's likenesses were used without permission for their pachinko game "Iregui".) Mai is prominently featured in the Universal Fighting System collectible card game, and GungHo Games offered their users a Mai avatar skin. Reiko Chiba's single Non Stop! One Way Love includes the vocal track Kachou Fuugetsu Otome Mai (included in some SNK music compilations). In 2018, Chinese actor Xiong Ziqi released his single KO about Mai and Kyo.
The character of Mai Shiranui was used extensively by SNK for the purpose of promoting their games, other products, and the company as a whole. She was featured in live-action television commercials for Fatal Fury Special and Fatal Fury 2 in 1993. Multiple Mai "booth babe" models have been fixtures at the Tokyo Game Show, noted for their popularity there, and at other events in Japan and elsewhere in East Asia. Asian celebrities, such as Korean idol Kyungri of Nine Muses and Chinese actress Li Bingbing, have also appeared in costume as Mai to promote the games, and Mai's original voice actress Reiko Chiba too dressed up as Mai for an early official poster. Japanese actress and pinup model Sayuki Matsumoto was hired by SNK as an "image girl" to portray Mai for promotion of The King of Fighters XIII; Mai's other image models included Taiwanese actress Dou Hua Mei and Chinese model Ye Zi Xuan. Maggie Q's own promotional photoshoot of Mai for the live-action movie showed her looking different than how she appeared in the film.
A 2005 fan-voted "Ultimate Mai Shiranui Cosplay Tournament" promotional event in Taiwan exhibited nearly a hundred women who dressed up as the character. One of SNK's attractions at the 2005 E3 was the signing of limited edition posters of Mai Shiranui by Falcoon. In 2009, Capcom also teased UDON's SF20 art book by showing Akira Yasuda's image of Chun-Li and Mai Shiranui "almost kissing and almost punching each other". Mai featured heavily in promotional materials for The King of Fighters XIII, and an exclusive Mai Shiranui T-shirt given to all registered participants in the KOFXIII championship at the fighting game event EVO 2012. The King of Fighters IV Premium Edition included a soundtrack with a Mai Shiranui illustrated case and the game's pre-order bonuses included a Mai PlayStation 4 theme.
Scores of figures, statuettes and dolls have been made in her image (according to Brian Ashcraft of Kotaku, there have been "literally a gazillion" Mai Shiranui figures and "when you think of SNK figures, you think of curvy Mai Shiranui figures"). Such figures include those made by A-Label, Aizu Project, Alphamax, Daiki, Gantaku, Hobby Japan, Max Factory, Volks, and SNK themselves. Some of them can be stripped topless, and an exclusive Volks figure was sold in an auction for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in 2009. Two action figures of Mai were made in the Cy Girls series, and her figurines were included in the Pinky:St and Nendroid series. Various other licensed Mai-themed merchandise include several official T-shirts, including one from a special edition of SNK Heroines: Tag Team Frenzy, and a Neo Geo joystick controller for PlayStation consoles decorated with Mai-related imagery.
Mai Shiranui (and other KOF characters) became especially popular among the young people in Hong Kong during the late 1990s, when their character design impacted on local youth culture, including the so-called 'MK look' that "has penetrated Hong Kong street fashion, action figures and martial arts comics." The character of Mai has become highly popular in the cosplay community around the world. 1UP.com described Mai as "everyone's favorite cosplay choice," GamePro noted her as being "notable for being the favoured costume choice for cosplay attention-floozies," and eldiario.es called her and Chun-Li "true icons of cosplay." Mai was subject of cosplay by Yuuri Morishita, a Japanese booth companion turned a gravure idol, and many mainland Chinese and Taiwanese models, actresses and singers.[NOTE 5] The host of Chinese version of the TV show Cybernet between 2011-2012 was too dressed as Mai Shiranui. Kotaku's Brian Ashcraft noted in 2012, "In Asia—especially China and Taiwan—models keep popping [up] in non-gaming related events," arguing that rather than showing a following for the King of Fighters games, the character became popular because "the outfit is skimpy and revealing and has become a uniform of sorts." Singaporean pop-culture site Lollipop commented: "[The] Mai Shiranui outfit demands a special kind of physique, which is probably why it seems to be the go-to cosplay of models." In the West, British entertainer Cheryl Cole appeared in a Mai-inspired costume on her 2009 television special Cheryl Cole's Night In. Mai has additionally been depicted in dōjinshi fan comics (often erotic) and other fan productions, as well as in unofficial Japanese adult films.[NOTE 6]
Kotaku's Patricia Hernandez wrote "one of Fatal Fury 2's biggest contributions to the medium was that it was the first game to introduce a character with breasts that moved on their own ... though Fatal Fury may not be a huge franchise nowadays, its legacy is very much alive: many top fighting games include a similar jiggle effect." French magazine Hardcore Gamers commented that by 2002 "Mai has become a leading figure in fighting games to the point that many fighting games characters feature characters looking odddly like her," such as Jam Kuradoberi in Guilty Gear and Kasumi in Dead or Alive. The character Kali's look in the Korean game Dragon Nest was partially inspired by Mai, as was an alternative costume for Chun-Li Super Street Fighter IV. The red kunoichi costume of Kasumi in the arcade version of Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate was created as an official homage to Mai (who herself also later appeared in the Last Round edition of the game). Giovanni Simotti, designer of Akane the Kunoichi, intended look of the titular character on the game's cover as "a small tribute to two of the most famous kunoichi from the history of the videogames – a mix of Mai Shiranui with a bit of Ibuki."
Critical reception and popularity
Mai Shiranui's sex appeal escalated her popularity in Japan and worldwide, while the character herself is regarded as a female icon of SNK. Play Time claimed that "already a cult" of Mai had existed in Japan by 1994, two years after her debut. According to Kotaku's Ashcraft writing in 2010, "Mai is one of the most popular and recognisable fighting game characters. Her image has been recreated in countless figurines and endless fan art." Japanese arcade gaming magazine Gamest named her as one of the best characters for at least five consecutive years in its annual awards, placing her second in 1994, tenth in 1995, 21st in 1996, 28th in 1997, and 25th in 1998. It was similar in the Japanese magazine Neo Geo magazine Neo Geo Freak, where she was for example third in 1998. Mai was the most-illustrated character in a 2009 fan art contest held by SNK Playmore and art website Pixiv to commemorate the fifteenth anniversary of the King of Fighters series. In 2015, Japanese magazine Famitsu declared Mai the 11th top video game heroine from the 1990s.
UGO Team commented in 2008, "the over-endowed, perpetually jiggling Mai has become not only a mascot for SNK's King of Fighters series, but also for the whole company. ... Mai is an unapologetic sex symbol ... While some decry Mai's ubiquitousness as pandering fan service, we're more than happy to pick up the yearly iterations of the King of Fighters franchise just to get fresh hands on this fetching fighter. Destructoid's editor-in-chief Dale North named "Terry and Andy Bogard, and the ever-bouncy Mai Shiranui" as the most popular of all characters from the Fatal Fury series, while China's Xinhua News Agency called Mai the most important female role in the history of SNK. In Brazil, Megagames retrospectively included her among the seven female characters who "dominated" the PlayStation 1 era in 2002 and Nintendo World rated her as the best female character in the GameCube fighting games in 2003, rating her a perfect 10/10. Kotaku's Luke Plunkett included her among the possible candidates for the title of the greatest video game character of all time in 2010, and Pembroke Daily Observer chose her among the 32 contenders for the title of "ultimate fighting game champion" in 2012. Similarly, in 2013, Spanish magazine Games Tribune described her as not only one of the most admired characters of SNK but also in the entire history of video games. Chilean publication CerUno ranked Mai as the sixth-most memorable heroine in their 2008 top-ten listing, In 2010, China's Mop.com included Mai on their list of ten strongest women in video games while Vietnamese website XãLuận.com included her among the five most famous heroines in gaming, and the Spanish edition of IGN ranked Mai as the eight top female video game character in 2012 and further described her as "one of the biggest legends of the '90s." Engadget's Colin Torretta opined "The King of Fighters games come heavily recommended … if only for Mai Shiranui," and IGN Italy stated they "all love" her.
Mai Shiranui has drawn comparisons to the fighting-game genre's other early female icon, Street Fighter's Chun-Li, with whom she shared the "Top Girls" entry in a 1994 ranking of fighting games by a Spanish magazine Hobby Consolas. UGO Networks declared Mai the "Chun-Li of the SNK universe", and Ed Laurence of Sinclair User wrote in 1993 that she was able to "out-Chun Li Chun Li." Previewing Capcom vs. SNK 2, GameSpot's Justin Speer wrote about its "beautiful and powerful females such as Chun-Li and Mai," and Rich Knight of Complex pitted the characters against each other in his 2011 "battle of the beauties" feature, stating: "Breasts or legs? Personally, we'll take 'em both." In ScrewAttack's "Death Battle!" series the same year, Mai, dubbed "the queen of fighters", defeated Chun-Li due to her greater nimbleness and superior ranged attack abilities. Mai Shiranui is also popular in Korea, where she received 62% of votes to Chun-Li's 19% in a 2009 South Korean online poll held on White Day, in which fans voted for their "most wanted" female fighting-game character. According to Crunchyroll's Nate Ming in 2016, Mai has continued to represent "SNK, Fatal Fury, and KoF in the same way that Chun-li [represents] Street Fighter." That same year, Aleksander Borszowski of Polish magazine CD-Action described Mai as the "second dame" of 2D fighting behind Chun-Li. Joystiq's Richard Mitchell stated: "There is one thing Street Fighter will never have, and that's Mai."
Mai has additionally drawn comparisons to other mainstream female game characters such as Lara Croft (Tomb Raider) and Ivy Valentine (Soulcalibur), as well as to some others such as Sailor Mars (Sailor Moon). A 1997 article in Game On! USA, highlighted Chun Li, Mai Shiranui, Michelle Chang (Tekken) and Jill Valentine (Resident Evil) as "video game characters who have marked the near absurd level of popularity of females in video games." Mexican publication Chilango grouped "Lara Croft/Chun Li/Mai Shiranui" together at the top of their list of "the women we have dreamed of in the nineties." Sara Sundman of ScrewAttack Magazine used Mai as an example of well-animated fan service breasts that move around realistically as she moves in games, unlike in some other cases such as that of DOA's Kasumi, and GamePro likened her with Taki from Soulcalibur as "a gravity-defying marvel of science and physicality." Kurt Katala of Hardcore Gaming 101 called the Street Fighter's Maki Genryusai a "sexy Mai Shiranui ripoff", despite Maki having debuted only in Final Fight 2 in 1993. Comparisons between Mai and Maki have been made by other sources, including GameSpot, CNET, and IGN. Iroha from SNK's own Samurai Shodown VI was described as this game's "equivalent of Mai Shiranui" by Siliconera. Márcio Pacheco Alexsandro of Brazil's GameHall placed Mai at number one spot in his list of top female ninja characters in games, comparing her to Mortal Kombat's Kitana in regards of their shared use of fans as a weapon, and also noting her as an equal of Chun-Li within the fighting genre. Mai has also appeared on several other lists of top ninja characters in video games, including by CrunchGear in 2008, GamePro in 2010, and Arcade Sushi in 2013. UGO listed her among the "hot ninja girls" in all entertainment, Gelo Gonzales from the Filipino edition of FHM included Mai among the nine "sexiest ninja babes in games", and Complex placed her at number one in its list of "hot female killers" in video games.
In addition to her popularity with male fans, Mai as been also been a personal choice for some female gamers, such as Dawn Hughes of The Lakeland Mirror, who favorited Mai due to her costumes and being "fast, agile, and sexy," and Seraphina Brennan of Joystiq, who wrote in 2009 that "throughout all of the countless MMOs that we've played, we've always asked ourselves one important question: Where is Mai Shiranui and why can't I be her?" SNK Playmore's decision to feature Mai only in an unplayable cameo in 2009's The King of Fighters XII was met with media criticism and an fan backlash sparking the meme phrase "no Mai, no buy". Shane Bettenhausen, director of business development for game publisher UTV Ignition Entertainment, likened the omission to Capcom leaving Chun-Li out of the original release of Street Fighter III, while Destructoid's Jim Sterling compared it to "releasing Street Fighter without Ryu." GameSpot's Andrew Park noted "the conspicuous absence of SNK's iconic female ninja/geisha girl" and Siliconera opined that "SNK isn't going to make that mistake again" in omitting Mai from future releases. Adam Biessener of Game Informer said of Mai's return: "Sometimes fan service is all a franchise needs to stay relevant—and SNK Playmore is certainly delivering that."
Mai Shiranui was described as a "buxom fan-favorite" by Wired.com's Daniel Feit and the KOF "series' bosomy fan (service) favorite" by Michael McWhertor of Kotaku. Salehuddin Husin of GameAxis Unwired wrote in 2007: "Sex sells, and everyone knows it. Mai Shiranui from Fatal Fury first stumbled into this magical power when she captivated thousands of Ah Bengs the world over with the heaving bosoms during her matches." Mai was awarded the title of "Hottest Game Babe of 1994" by the staff of Electronic Gaming Monthly, and was chosen as the "Hottest Videogame Babe" of the year for the Video Game Awards '95 by readers of German magazine Mega Fun after receiving over half of all votes. Previously, Mega Fun also called Mai "a favourite of the editors that could leave the likes of Cammy from Super Street Fighter II or Blaze from Streets of Rage downright pale with envy." A 1996 review of Fatal Fury 3 in German magazine Video Games called her "the hottest babe in the universe" in English, and in 1998 they wrote she has still remained the prettiest "Fighting-Game-Babe" yet. In 2011, French website JeuxActu chose her as one of the game heroines they would like to repopulate the Earth, alongside Lara Croft and Bayonetta, and in 2012 Brazilian website Tribuna Hoje included her among the ten game heroines and villainesses they would like to come in flesh and blood. China's NetEase used her to as an example of a "sexy personality" in their 2011 article about the eight ingredients for an ultimately attractive female game character, and in 2014 Chilango described her as the very "sex symbol of video games".
Since her introduction, Mai has been featured in numerous lists of the sexiest female video game characters. Brazilian magazine Ação Games put her second on their list of "Top Girls" in 1997. In 2000, German magazine Video Games featured Mai in their "Console Pageant" article, rating her "VG Sexy Factor" at 95% as number one in Japanese games and tying her with Lara Croft. Bryan Johnson of GameSpy in 2003 ranked Mai the fourth-"top babe in games" in 2003: "With sexy babes being a part of fighting games, SNK set out to design a sexy fighting babe of their own. They probably went a little over the top." UGO Team placed Mai seventh on their list of top "girls of gaming" in 2008, as GameDaily's Robert Workman ranked her as the "sixth-hottest game babe", while Johnny Firecloud of CraveOnline listed her fourth in his "hottest video game girl of all time" list in 2010. GameDaily also featured Mai in several "babe-of-the-week" galleries, including "Outrageous Boobs", "Asian Beauties", and the special "Mai Shiranui". In 2009, MSN declared Mai the "fifth-hottest babe" in video games, and the staff of Complex included her in their list of the top ten "hottest video game girls". In 2011, UGO listed her among the 25 finest female characters from fighting games, and ranked her as the "sixth-hottest videogame hottie". That same year, China's NetEase ranked her as number one top "eye candy" game character due to her beautiful face and body, skimpy outfits, sultry poses and jiggly movements, while China Radio International included her among seven most beautiful pair of legs in video games. Mai was also ranked as the "19th-" and "18th-hottest" video game character Japan's GIGAZINE and by Larry Hester of Complex, respectively, and placed seventh in a similar list by Kristie Bertucci of Gadget Review. She was spotlighted in the 2012 listings of ten "sexiest girls of games" by Polish web portal Onet.pl, twenty "hottest women in video game history" by MSN Malaysia, and ten sexiest game characters by Brazil's TecMundo, who also noted her as one of the most "sympathetic" characters in fighting games. In 2013, João Vitor de Oliveira of Brazilian edition of Official Xbox Magazine ranked Mai as the number one sexiest woman in fighting games and expressed satisfaction that she was created instead of a male character as it had been originally planned for her fighting style. Mai placed second in the 2013 ranking of "most sexually charged" female characters in gaming history by Stuart W. Bedford of WhatCulture, and was given the first place in the 2014 list of sexiest female video game characters as compiled by GameHall's Portal PlayGame.
Adam Wears of Cracked.com described Mai as "a fighter with so little clothing covering a pair of breasts so meticulously animated that we suspect they're constantly huddling together for warmth." According to Sherilynn Macale of The Feed in 2011, "if there's one female fighter who really is just the Queen of the Bosom, it's Mai Shiranui from King of Fighters. She is boobs." Including SNK Vs. Capcom among top five crossover games, 1UP.com's David Wolinsky wrote it "made for much more convenient ogling of Mai Shiranui's ample bosom regardless of a player's fighting-game allegiance." GameDaily discussed her in their 2007 article "Boobs Through the Years", stating that "when it comes to 2-D breasts, no character tops Mai Shiranui." In 2011, Ross Lincoln of GameFront ranked her bust as the fifth-best in gaming history, Rich Shivener of Joystick Division ranked her first in his list of "incredible chests" in video games, and NetEase's Game Channel placed her among top ten busty game heroines. In 2012, Mai's breasts placed first and second in similar lists by French edition of Tom's Games and by Drea Avellan of Complex, respectively, while Zachary Miller of Nintendo World Report ranked Mai as his third-favourite "chesty heroine" on Nintendo systems, calling her "arguably the queen of gaming cleavage." Ranking Mai as the 23rd-most dominant fighting game character in 2012, Complex noted she is "mostly known for having the most ridiculous pair of baby feeders in gaming history. She still moves faster than the wind and puts up a good fight with those things." The magazine's Rich Knight commented: "Mai Shiranui is the queen mother of outlandish bouncing breasts. She was the first animated babe to really have them featured in a game and is still considered by many to be the female game character all bouncing breasts are judged off of." French Retropolis placed Mai and her "heavy artillery" third in a 2013 ranking of the sexiest fighting-game girls that was judged on their busts. ChinaByte stated in 2015, "If you want to count down the TOP10 busty action heroines, Mai Shiranui is certainly among the best."
Korean website GameMeca pointed out to Mai's "breathtaking" kunoichi costume as the main reason for her lasting popularity. Chinese edition of FHM placed her on the cover in 2008. In 2010, Mai topped machinima.com's list of "gaming's top cleavagey characters" and PLAY placed her third in its list of top "side-boobs" in games. Craig Skistimas of ScrewAttack's Top 10 rated Mai's "Everyone-Pleaser" costume from the original Fatal Fury the second-"sexiest outfit" in 2011, and it placed third in a similar list by ZoominGames in 2012. Role-playing video game designer Brian Mitsoda imagined "Continue?, a little joint on the Sunset Strip where the game development crowd goes to get away from the public" with "ninja bartenders passing along a mix of vodka and spree to the waitress in the Mai Shiranui outfit." MSN commented in 2009: "There is no denying the fact that most gamers know of Mai Shiranui … The developers may have created a character that will upset every feminist out there, but the guys ain't complaining."
However, some have commented negatively about the perceived sexualization of the character. Heavy.com described Mai as "notable for having one of the sluttiest costumes in video game history." In citing Mai and Dead or Alive characters Kasumi and Ayane as "the 'fan favourite' lady ninjas", Kotaku's Matthew S. Burns said: "Why are the costume designs for female ninja often so…fanservicey? A lot of [game] creators seem to feel that female ninja are ok to treat as sex objects." Chris Heyward of SNES N-Force commented in his 1994 review of Fatal Fury 2, "Unfortunately … Mai Shiranui's boobs are the only interest in this game. And it's not just me; everyone who had a go retorted, 'What a crap game…nice pair though.'" Lyle Masaki of NewNowNext said in 2008: "Fighting games have a long history of sexualizing female characters (remember Mai Shiranui's 'Me Bouncy!' victory cry?), but the same doesn't happen as often with the male characters". Chris Jager of PC World remarked in 2010: "How she manages to stay upright with those things grafted to her chest—let alone engage in martial arts—is a mystery for the ages." In 2011, Winda Benedetti of NBC News included Mai's classic costume in her list of top five "most preposterous getups in games", and wrote, "Oh Mai! When you arrived on the scene in the early '90s, you set womankind back decades." Comic book artist Adam Warren drew a picture of his own character Emp cosplaying as Mai Shiranui; the drawing shows the character saying, "This goofy costume would be even more potentially mortifying that my own stupid supersuit!" and declaring her "sincerest sympathies" for Mai.
Debating the merits of polygonal fighting games in 1998, Hyper used a question whether "Would Mai Shiranui be as bouncy in polygonal form?" as an argument "that some aspects of the 2D fighting medium cannot be replicated into 3D." Nevertheless, in a review of the 3D The King of Fighters: Maximum Impact six year later, the staff of Official Xbox Magazine opined opined that "Mai Shiranui's heaving bosom redesigned to fully utilise the immense funbag recreating power of the Xbox" was "exactly what the doctor ordered." David Clayman and Jeremy Dunham from IGN applaued "a wonderful job" done redesigning the Maximum Impact characters "to the modern age", including "Mai's new shorthair look", and opining they "all look great -- and in some instances, surpass the classic designs that were established so many years ago," meanwhile Hardcore Gamer positively noted how "Mai Shiranui's bouncy, laid-back personality [still] shows in her stance." In 2016, GameZone's James Wynne wrote that with the inclusion of Mai, the 3D fighter "Dead or Alive 5: Last Round wins our brand new award for most appropriate fighting game cross-over in history, demolishing Akuma's appearance in Tekken 7" and the game features so far "the best looking iteration of the Mai Shiranui character." Adam Beck from Hardcore Gamer opined that as "Mai is a ninja in her own series, she seems to fit perfectly within the Dead or Alive ethos."
The character has received mostly negative reception in regards to her film appearances. GamesRadar's Henry Gilbert commented in 2014 that Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture director Masami Ōbari "never miss[ed] a chance to fill the screen with her heaving chest" while devoting more attention to her shower segment than to the film's fight scenes. In The Complete Anime Guide, Trish Ledoux noted that "the animation of modern-day ninja girl Mai Shiranui gave an all-new meaning to *bouncy* anime girls." John Funk of The Escapist wrote that Mai's costume in the live-action The King of Fighters was "not nearly as cleavage-tacular as it needs to be" and recommended "getting some members from Tecmo's Team Ninja as consultants." Jeff Gerstmann of Giant Bomb remarked in 2009, "Maggie Q … as Mai Shiranui? Let me be the last to say 'that seems like an awful choice.' That seems like an awful choice." Tein Hee Seow of Stuff.com described the "oddball" casting as "quite a departure from how the amply endowed character is portrayed in the game." However, Peter Rubin of Complex placed Mai second in his 2011 ranking of the "hottest women in video game movies": "We're sold. Beautiful, badass, and more proof that 'SNK Games' stands for 'Sexy with No Klothes.'"
- List of Fatal Fury characters
- List of The King of Fighters characters
- Ninja in popular culture
- Mai's breast motion as well as blood effects in some games (including KOF'94 and KOF '95) can be restored through the use of special cheat codes.
- Conversely, when asked which character from which game he was happiest with, King of Fighters logo designer and illustrator Nao Q answered: "You know full well it's Mai from Fatal Fury! As a fan of full-figured females, I can't do without her!"
- Including as one of the four playable characters in the demo version of 2003's SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos.
- Including "Garou Densetsu The Legend of Wild Wolf", "Garou Densetsu Special", "The King of Fighters", "The King of Fighters III", and "Maximum Impact".
- Including Deng Ting, Isabella Yang (Yang Qi Han), Jenny (Gui Jingjing), Lara (Su Xinning), Mia (Lan Fenghuang), Pan Chun Chun (Japanese AV idol Yu Namiki vowed to make a better Mai than she did), Shan Shan Maity (Li Meng Tian), Qibao (Liu Yu-chi), Wang Sijia, Wu Xi Er, Ye Zi Xuan, YoYo (Xu Xiangting), and YUKO (Yourong Ma). Wet Lulu (Wu) became famous after dressing as Mai at the Hainan International Auto Show and another model impressed visitors of China International Internet Culture Expo. Mai's costumes, including for male dancers, were also used in the performances by Chinese dance group OL (Office Lady).
- Japanese adult model and actor Ran Asakawa appeared in a naked cosplay session during the 1990s, as Misaki Hanamura (considered one of Japan's most famous cosplayers at the time) did in 2013. Another Japanese pornographic actress, Misa Nishida, appeared in an homage video titled Queen of Fighters 2005.
- "Mai Shiranui - IGN". Uk.ign.com. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
- "Code Vault (2001-12) (IDG Communications)". Archive.org. Retrieved 2014-06-07.
- "Interview with C.A.C Yamasaki". King of Fighters 10th anniversary. Archived from the original on 2008-04-18.
- "Characters - Voice Of Mai Shiranui". Behind The Voice Actors. 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
- "不知火 舞 | CHARACTER | KOF SKY STAGE - ゲーム情報GAME - 株式会社SNK". game.snk-corp.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2017-08-11.
"電撃 - SNKの人気キャラが集結するSTG！ 『NEOGEO HEROES』7月29日に発売". Dengekionline.com. 2010-05-11. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
"PSP用ゲームソフト | クイーンズゲイト スパイラルカオス | キャラクター". psp-queensgate.channel.or.jp (in Japanese).
"『KOF スカイステージ』不知火舞役の小清水亜美インタビュー (Interview with Ami Koshimizu)". Famitsu (in Japanese). Retrieved 2009-11-08.
"『KOF '98UM OL』×『KOFXIV』コラボで草薙京（声優：前野智昭）や不知火舞（声優：小清水亜美）が登場 - 電撃App" (in Japanese). Dengekionline.com. 2016-08-09. Retrieved 2016-08-29.
- "Kof Successive Characters : The King Of Fighters Official Web Site" (in Japanese). Kofaniv.snkplaymore.co.jp. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
- The King of Fighters Universe: Revista Official 1, page 12.
- DEATH BATTLE! : Chun-Li VS Mai Shiranui, ScrewAttack, 29 August 2011.
- "胸猛女神来袭 英雄大乱斗获拳皇授权角色_游戏_腾讯网". Games.qq.com. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "Exploring KoF XIII dialogues: Mai and the Shiranui legacy – Dream Cancel". Dreamcancel.com. 2015-06-29. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- KOF Characters. Geibunsha. 1998. p. 84. ISBN 4874654061.
- SuperGamePower issue 7 page 25.
- "要白臀还是要摇乳？ 不知火舞性感COS亮裸背 - 新闻中心 - 游久网". News.uuu9.com. 2011-10-09. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "经典游戏《拳皇》角色不知火舞诱惑Cosplay(组图)-搜狐滚动". Roll.sohu.com. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "草薙京や不知火舞など選び抜かれた8人のキャラが至高のバトルを繰り広げた「KOFコスプレコンテスト FINAL STAGE」". Gigazine. 2011-06-13. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIV | PlayStation®4". Snk Playmore. Retrieved 2016-08-29.
- "Fatal Fury Special (1994) (SNK) (Garou Densetsu Special)" (in Japanese). Archive.org. Retrieved 2014-06-07.
- "Sega Visions Issue 22". Archive.org. Retrieved 2014-06-07.
- Retro Gamer 54, page 81.
- "PCMania 35". Archive.org. Retrieved 2014-05-04.
- "80后90后的满满回忆！拳皇系列女性角色盘点_游侠网". Ali213.net. 2014-03-31. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "SNK HISTORY | 株式会社SNK". SNK Japan (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- KOFキャラクターズ―KOF'94~'97 全45キャラ設定資料完全収録 (in Japanese). Neo Geo Freak. 1998. ISBN 978-4-87465-406-4.
- "Ninja Chicks are So Freakin' Hot". UGO.com. January 5, 2011. Archived from the original on January 11, 2011.
- SNK Playmore (2000). ALL ABOUT SNK対戦格闘ゲーム〈1991‐2000〉 (in Japanese). SNK Playmore. ISBN 978-4-88554-677-8.
- "蘭丸". Powudon.com. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- "THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIV | PlayStation®4". Snk Playmore. Retrieved 2016-08-29.
- "Fatal Fury 2 (1994) (SNK) (Garou Densetsu 2 - Aratanaru Tatakai)". Archive.org. Retrieved 2014-05-04.
- "Official Neo-Geo Newsletter, The - Issue 4 (1993-05) (DGM Ltd)". Archive.org. Retrieved 2014-05-04.
- "『クイーンズゲイト スパイラルカオス』PSPで新たな闘いが始まる". Famitsu.com. 2010-12-17. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
- "Queen's Gate: Spiral Chaos Recruits Mai Shiranui For PSP Gals Strategy RPG". Siliconera. 2010-12-14. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
- Falcoon. "February 2006 Entries" (in Japanese). Falcoon Blog — KOF Maximum Impact 2 Develo-Diary. Archived from the original on 2008-03-08. Retrieved 2008-03-21.
- "Interview with Nao Q". King of Fighters 10th anniversary. Archived from the original on 2008-04-18.
- チーム紹介 女性格闘家チーム (in Japanese). SNK Playmore. June 18, 2011. Retrieved August 10, 2011.
- "King of Fighters '94 – Developer Interview (originally featured in the "All About KOF'94" mook)". Shmuplations.com. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- Ashcraft, Brian (August 31, 2010). "SNK Shooter, Character In 'Revealing Outfit' Coming To North America". Retrieved January 1, 2016.
- Michael McWhertor (13 May 2009). "The King of Fighters XII ESRB Rating All But Rules Out Mai Shiranui". Kotaku.com. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
- "Successive characters: Mai". King of Fighters 10th anniversary. Retrieved 2009-01-22.
- Computer & Video Games 188 (July 1997), p. 76.
- "Import Roundup With Digimon World - The X Button". Anime News Network. 2016-05-05. Retrieved 2016-06-25.
- "Mega Fun Magazine (April 1995)". Archive.org. Retrieved 2014-05-04.
- "Computer and Video Games - Issue 168 (1995-11) (EMAP Images)". Archive.org. Retrieved 2014-05-04.
- "Gamers - Ano II No. 9 (199x) (Editora Escala)" (in Portuguese). Archive.org. Retrieved 2014-05-04.
- AZNO 1, page 13.
- "Kof Maximum Impact 【不知火 舞】". Game.snkplaymore.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- David Martínez (July 26, 2013). "Top chicas Dead or Alive" (in Spanish). Hobbyconsolas.com. Archived from the original on June 27, 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-30.
- "Interview with Shinkiro". King of Fighters 10th anniversary. Archived from the original on 2008-04-18.
- アナザーコスチュームのこと （一回目） (in Japanese). Falcoon's official blog. Retrieved 2009-01-21.
- "《SNK女主大乱斗》拍照模式 快来为妹子解锁新姿势！_电视游戏-新闻_新浪游戏_新浪网". 2018-04-26. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- Sega Visions 18 (April–May 1994), page 78.
- Super Juegos issue 36 page 38.
- GamePro 72 (July 1995), page 107.
- Official Sega Saturn Magazine 13 (page 19).
- "『DOA5』についに参戦！ 不知火舞のプレイインプレッション＆最速攻略". Famitsu.com. 2016-08-23. Retrieved 2016-08-29.
- "Una Ninja muy candente: Mai Shiranui". Sopitas.com. Retrieved 2016-06-25.
- "Arcade Game Manual: The King of Fighters Neowave by SNK and Sammy". Archive.org. Retrieved 2014-06-07.
- "Tips & Tricks - Volume III Issue 12 (1996-12) (LFP)". Archive.org. Retrieved 2014-06-07.
- Andres Rojas (July 20, 2001). "King of Fighters EX: Neoblood Preview - Preview". Nintendo World Report. Retrieved 2014-06-24.
- Kalata, Kurt (2006-07-17). "The King of Fighters XI". Siliconera. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
- Des, Nick (2008-03-15). "King of Fighters XII Home Characters Revealed: News from". 1UP.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-16. Retrieved 2014-06-24.
- Brian Ashcraft, Mai Tease In The King Of Fighters XII Legacy Trailer, Kotaku, July 16, 2009.
- "アッシュ編がついに完結！ 舞にユリ、キングも参戦する『KOF XIII』は夏稼働 - 電撃オンライン" (in Japanese). Dengki Online. 2010-03-25. Retrieved 2010-03-25.
- Michael Grimm, King of Fighters XIII coming to consoles, and don't worry, Mai Shiranui is back, GamesRadar, July 6, 2011.
- "King of Fighters 14's Newest Character Fights Mai Shiranui". Gameranx.com. 2016-04-15. Retrieved 2016-06-25.
- "The King of Fighters XIV 'Fatal Fury Team' gameplay trailer". Gematsu.com. 2016-06-14. Retrieved 2016-06-25.
- GameAxis Unwired. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
- ": Official XBOX Magazine - Issue 040 (2005-03) (Future Publishing)". Archive.org. Retrieved 2014-05-04.
- "盘点你可能不知道的拳皇相关系列游戏_游戏_cnBeta.COM". Cnbeta.com. 2014-04-17. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- Famitsu. ネオジオキャラが大暴れ! 『ネオジオ テニス コロシアム』 . Famitsu (in Japanese). Retrieved February 7, 2008.
- Mobiles Magazine. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
- "Hardcore Gamer Magazine Volume 2 Issue 5". Archive.org. Retrieved 2014-05-04.
- "The King of Fighters-i Takes on the iPhone". Kotaku.com. 12 July 2011. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
- "SNK Heroines gets tag team brawls right - with local co-op multiplayer | Everybody Plays". Everybody Plays. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- "Are Girl Fighters More Than Just T&A? - Cheat Code Central". dispatches.cheatcc.com. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- "重现经典！不知火舞登场《遗忘英雄传说》_网络游戏新闻". News.17173.com. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "【韓国】LOST SAGA、SNKのセクシーなヒロイン「不知火舞」傭兵のアップデートを実施 OnlineGamer" (in Japanese). Onlinegamer.jp. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "《英雄大亂鬥》Season II 取得《拳皇》授權角色「不知火舞」「草薙京」《Lost Saga》 - 巴哈姆特". Gnn.gamer.com.tw. 2013-01-09. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "Mai Shiranui ingresa a Lost Saga de Softnyx". Ar.globedia.com. 2015-02-06. Retrieved 2015-04-23.
- Romano, Sal. "Dead or Alive 5: Last Round to add The King of Fighters' Mai Shiranui via paid DLC in September". Gematsu. Retrieved 2016-07-10.
- "Mai Shiranui Returns In King Of Fighters Sky Stage". Siliconera. 2009-11-02. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
- Brian Ashcraft. "Mai Shiranui Playable In SNK Shooting Game". Kotaku.com. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- Heidi Kemps, NeoGeo Heroes Ultimate Shooting review, GamesRadar, December 23, 2010.
- "PSP不知火舞打飞机游戏角色详细介绍_游戏_腾讯网". Games.qq.com. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "Official website for Queen's Gate: Spiral Chaos" (in Japanese). Bandai Namco Games. Retrieved February 5, 2011.
- Mallory, Jordan (2013-09-13). "King of Fighters 13 Steam Edition out for PC". Joystiq. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
- Mike Fahey. "The King of Fighters Online Flouts Its Mai". Kotaku.com. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- Gg Goodgame. "The King of Fighters Online". Kof.gg.in.th. Archived from the original on 2014-05-27. Retrieved 2014-05-25.
- "《拳皇世界》事前登錄展開 「不知火舞」3D模組圖火辣登場 | 遊戲新聞 | 找新聞". udn.com. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- "KOF Gals Mahjong - Wireless". GameSpy. Archived from the original on October 10, 2012. Retrieved July 29, 2013.
- "더 킹오브파이터즈 M, 진짜 '시라누이 마이도' 울고 갈 코스프레 컷 공개 | 게임동아". Game.donga.com. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- "京、庵、テリー、ナコルルなどSNKプレイモアの人気キャラクターがリズムアクションでバトル―iOS/Android「ザ・リズム・オブ・ファイターズ」インプレッション｜Gamer". Gamer.ne.jp. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- "摇乳妹子！《迷你拳皇》火舞萌呆演绎-搜狐游戏中心". Mgame.sohu.com. 2014-10-13. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "不知火舞再現風華 拳皇98終極之戰開打 | NOWnews 今日新聞". Nownews.com. 2015-10-15. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "【試玩】街機改編手機遊戲《拳皇97 OL》試玩體驗 - 巴哈姆特". Gnn.gamer.com.tw. 2015-11-03. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "不知火舞_手游手游攻略-中关村在线". Sy.zol.com.cn. 2015-05-07. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- Tencent-CP. "格斗家站-拳皇命运手游". kofd.qq.com (in Chinese). Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- ""SNK Dream Battle" Announced for Japanese Mobile Phones". Crunchyroll. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- SNK Playmore. "スポーツ：SNK WORLD-i". SNK Playmore (in Japanese). Archived from the original on July 28, 2009. Retrieved February 27, 2008.
- "2009年[平成21年] | PRESS RELEASE | 株式会社SNKプレイモア". game.snk-corp.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- "2009年[平成21年] | PRESS RELEASE | 株式会社SNKプレイモア". game.snk-corp.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- SNK Playmore. "NEOGEO TENNIS COLISEUM". SNK Playmore (in Japanese). Archived from the original on September 14, 2007. Retrieved February 7, 2008.
- "「君はヒーロー」で「KOF」シリーズとのコラボが実施". 4Gamer.net (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-05-18.
- "お正月は不知火舞が大和撫子に【君はヒーロー】 | スマホのたのしみを見つけよう". AppBank (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-05-18.
- "「大進撃RPG！シスタークエスト」が「KOF」とコラボ。不知火舞がガチャに登場". 4Gamer.net. 2015-02-26. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "iOS/Android「大進撃RPG！シスタークエスト」格闘ゲーム「THE KING OF FIGHTERS」とのコラボが開催！不知火舞もガチャに新登場｜Gamer". Gamer.ne.jp. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- "Absolute Values - The X Button". Anime News Network. 2014-10-01. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "하라네닷컴 :: 다 같이 칼칼칼 경리 시라누이 마이 코스프레". 하라네닷컴. Archived from the original on 9 October 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
- Shaun Musgrave (2013-12-06). "Update Mondays: 'Clash Of Clans', 'Combat Monsters', 'Marvel Future Fight', 'Out There', And More". TouchArcade. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
- "iOS/Android「メタルスラッグ ディフェンス」舞、キング、ユリの女性格闘家チームが参戦！複数デッキ登録＆新エリア追加なども順次実施｜Gamer". Gamer.ne.jp. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- "iOS/Android「BEAST BUSTERS featuring KOF」新たな武器やスペシャルミッションが追加されるバージョンアップが実装！｜Gamer". Gamer.ne.jp. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- Jonathan Oyama (2011-02-21). "Gamers' History: Fighting game story evolution | GamesBeat | Games". Venturebeat.com. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
- "Ending for ''Samurai Shodown''-Haohmaru(Neo Geo)". Vgmuseum.com. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
- "Ending for ''Samurai Shodown''-Gen An(Neo Geo)". Vgmuseum.com. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
- "Ending for ''Art of Fighting 2''-Eiji Kisaragi(Neo Geo)". Vgmuseum.com. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
- "Days of Memories". Hardcore Gaming 101. Retrieved 2014-06-24.
- Osamu Takizawa, SNKヒロインたちが登場する恋愛SLG第2弾SNKプレイモア、DS「Days of Memories 2」, GAME Watch, April 17, 2008.
- "Days of Memories". Hardcore Gaming 101. Retrieved 2014-06-24.
- "Days of Memories". Hardcore Gaming 101. Retrieved 2014-06-24.
- "不知火舞VS八神庵 拳皇名角PK《炫舞吧》_网络游戏新闻". News.17173.com. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "《预言Online》版不知火舞 性感喷血图_天极网". gameonline.yesky.com. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
- "766DNF模型团新作 格斗变身不知火舞DNF_地下城与勇士_766DNF专区". Dnf.766.com. 2013-04-24. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "72G女神抖奶出演 《狂刃》公测微电影上集首发_互联网_中国信息产业网". Cnii.com.cn. 2013-11-05. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "Mai Shiranui Joins Korean Running Title with Sexy Cosplay". News.mmosite.com. 2013-07-18. Retrieved 2013-11-28.
- "ウィザードリィオンライン、「不知火舞」「服部半蔵」がアバターとなって登場！SNKプレイモアとのコラボレーションが開始 OnlineGamer". Onlinegamer.jp. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- "Mai Shiranui y Hanzo estarán presentes en Wizardry Online". GameSpek. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- "这胸器不科学!《300英雄》最不科学的名器盘点 _多玩游戏新闻中心". News.duowan.com. 2015-02-28. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "野外脱光光！ 《兵王2》4.10超级国战换衣新玩法 _多玩游戏新闻中心". News.duowan.com. 2015-03-31. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "不知火舞爆衣《热血拳皇》惊现KOF爆气绝招_网页游戏资讯_太平洋游戏网". web.pcgames.com.cn. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- "跨越历史隔阂 不知火舞降临《天天炫斗》-腾讯游戏用 - 心创造快乐". game.qq.com. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- "肤浅一回只看脸 盘点《赤壁之战》那些精美时装 _多玩游戏新闻中心". News.duowan.com. 2015-04-17. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "Check Out Mai Shiranui in Black Desert Online". Nichegamer.com. 2015-11-11. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "《黑色沙漠》联动《拳皇》不知火舞 开衩装秀美腿_全球新网游_新浪游戏_新浪网". Games.sina.com.cn. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "「黒い砂漠」大型アップデート「砂塵の彼方へ駆ける影」が本日実装。「不知火 舞」のコラボアバターも". 4Gamer.net. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "王者荣耀不知火舞值得买吗 不知火舞购买价值详解_搞趣网". Gao7.com. Retrieved 2016-06-25.
- "《王者荣耀》刺客英雄解析 强力刺客英雄盘点_玩家聚焦_新浪游戏_新浪网". Games.sina.com.cn. 2016-05-26. Retrieved 2016-06-25.
- "王者荣耀不知火舞成长日记官方原创同人漫画_魔方网王者荣耀专区". Lh.mofang.com. 2016-05-13. Retrieved 2016-06-25.
- By Jenni (2016-07-19). "The King Of Fighters' Competitors Are Headed To Brave Frontier". Siliconera. Retrieved 2016-08-29.
- "「ダイスの神」に「KOF '98 Ultimate Match」の不知火 舞と麻宮アテナが登場". 4Gamer.net (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-05-19.
- "쿄와 마이가 되어보자, 마영전 '킹오파' 아바타 출시" (in Korean). Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- "【COK】燃えたろ? 『KOF '97』と駄菓子屋と草薙京の思い出[PR]". AppBank (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-05-19.
- "「クラッシュフィーバー」，"KOF'98"コラボが6月23日開始". 4Gamer.net (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- "《克魯賽德戰記》×《拳皇'98》聯名合作 Round 2 不知火舞登場". 巴哈姆特電玩資訊站. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- "『グラサマ』×『KOF'98』コラボ決定。草薙京・八神庵・不知火舞がやってくる!". AppBank (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-05-19.
- "《LINE 旅遊大亨》x《餓狼傳説 2》聯名合作登場 女忍者「不知火舞」現身". 巴哈姆特電玩資訊站. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- "スーパーアプリ、『ライバルアリーナVS』でSNKの『KOF』とのコラボを開催！ 「草薙 京」「八神 庵」「不知火 舞」などコラボユニットが登場". Social Game Info (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-05-19.
- "［コラボ］『最終戦艦 with ラブリーガールズ』、『THE KING OF FIGHTERS』コラボで「不知火舞」". Gpara.com (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-05-20.
- "不知火舞代言安全套？SNK这些年把版权都授权给了什么鬼东西……_八卦趣闻_新浪游戏_新浪网". 2017-10-25. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- 立青 (2017-09-07). "極致幻想RPG巨作「神域召喚」「拳皇」的不知火舞等等人氣角色參戰！ - MTGamer 全球華人最強多方位遊戲資訊平台". MTGamer 全球華人最強多方位遊戲資訊平台 (in Chinese). Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- "iOS/Android「ビーナスイレブンびびっど！」にて「THE KING OF FIGHTERS」とのコラボが開催！舞やアテナ、クーラたちが登場｜Gamer". www.gamer.ne.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- "「ワールドクロスサーガ」，「THE KING OF FIGHTERS」とのコラボキャンペーンを開催". 4Gamer.net (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- "「ヤマトクロニクル覚醒」にて開催中の「ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ」コラボに不知火舞が登場！｜Gamer". www.gamer.ne.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- "ネクソン、『HIT』が対戦格闘ゲーム『THE KING OF FIGHTERS '98』とのコラボキャンペーンを実施 コラボアバターや限定装備が登場". Social Game Info (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-05-19.
- "《The Fellowship of The Dragon》韓國正式上架，《KOF》不知火舞跨台參戰". gamebase 遊戲基地 (in Chinese). Retrieved 2018-05-19.
- "【パズドラ】不知火舞のテンプレパーティ/不知火舞パ". AppMedia : みんなのソーシャルゲーム攻略情報サイト！ (in Japanese). 2017-12-20. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- Serkan Toto (2009-11-27). "They made a King of Fighters live-action movie and the trailer looks terrible". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
- "拳皇改编电影公映 MaggieQ出演不知火舞_天极网". Tvgame.yesky.com. 2012-10-25. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "SMEH - Casting Maggie Q as Mai Shiranui". Revo-Emag. Archived from the original on March 22, 2012. Retrieved July 29, 2013.
- "Las 10 peores películas de videojuegos". Hobby Consolas (in Spanish). 11 October 2014.
- "陈嘉上《拳皇》曝花絮 MaggieQ演不知火舞– Mtime时光网". News.mtime.com. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- Fatal Fury 2: The New Battle. Viz Video. 1999.
- Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture. Viz Video. 1999.
- snkGame (2017-09-06), THE KING OF FIGHTERS: DESTINY – Episode 6.
- snkGame (2017-09-20), THE KING OF FIGHTERS: DESTINY – Episode 8.
- snkGame (2017-10-18), THE KING OF FIGHTERS: DESTINY – Episode 11.
- snkGame (2017-12-06), THE KING OF FIGHTERS: DESTINY – Episode 19.
- snkGame (2017-12-20), THE KING OF FIGHTERS: DESTINY – Episode 21.
- snkGame (2017-12-27), THE KING OF FIGHTERS: DESTINY – Episode 22.
- snkGame (2018-01-17), THE KING OF FIGHTERS: DESTINY – Episode 24.
- "Garou Densetsu 2". Arcade Gear. 1992-12-10. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
"Garou Densetsu Special". Arcade Gear. 1993-09-16. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
- "The King of Fighters '94". Arcade Gear. 1994-08-25. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
"www.jap-sai.com - The King of Fighters '95". Arcade-gear.com. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
- "The King of Fighters '97 #8". Comicvine.com. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
"The King of Fighters '99: Millennium Battle #7". Comicvine.com. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
"The King of Fighters 2000 #32". Comicvine.com. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
"The King of Fighters Zillion #21". Comicvine.com. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
- "Capcom vs. SNK: Millennium Fight 2000 #8". Comicvine.com. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
"SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos #13". Comicvine.com. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
- クイーンズゲイト公式ホームページ (in Japanese). Queensblade.net. Retrieved 2013-10-09.
- Ashcraft, Brian. "Mai Shiranui Ravaged". Kotaku.com. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "「CR狼伝説 双撃」合同記者発表会レポート". Daiichi777.jp. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- "★『餓狼伝説スペシャル』SNKプレイモアプレス発表会レポ！｜パチンコ パチスロ 総合攻略機種情報サイト【まんさいパチ＆スロ】". Mansai777.com. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- by てんさん. "SNKプレイモア5号機第2弾『ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ』発表 概要:スペシャルレポート:777@nifty(3ページ目)". 777.nifty.com. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- "ＫＯＦ３ | リーチアクション | パチンコやパチスロならパチンコ倶楽部 | パチンコ攻略やパチスロ攻略の情報満載". Pachinko-club.com. Archived from the original on 2016-02-07. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- "Screen Action|Maximum Impact". Slot.snkplaymore.co.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- "プレイモア、パチスロ機「イレグイ」についての著作権侵害などでアルゼを告発・告訴 - 電撃オンライン" [Playmore, accusations and complaints of copyright infringement for "Iregui"]. Dengekionline.com. February 26, 2003. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- "Universal Fighting System: SNK Playmore". Boardgamegeek.com. 2010-05-26. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
- "UFS: The Universal Fighting System's Photos - UFS: The Universal Fighting System". Facebook.com. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
"UFS: The Universal Fighting System's Photos - UFS: The Universal Fighting System - Facebook". Facebook.com. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
"UFS: The Universal Fighting System's Photos - UFS: The Universal Fighting System". Facebook.com. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
"UFS: The Universal Fighting System's Photos - UFS: The Universal Fighting System". Facebook.com. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
- "「餓狼伝説」アバターアイテム提供中！｜ガンホーゲームズ" (in Japanese). Archived from the original on May 10, 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
- "Hobby Consolas 065" (in Spanish). Archive.org. Retrieved 2014-06-07.
- "熊梓淇新歌《KO》首发 久违的热血与格斗进行曲-搜狐音乐". music.yule.sohu.com. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- Electronic Gaming Monthly 51 (October 1993), page 80.
- Michael McWhertor. "Lets TGS! Oh, Mai, Mai, Mai, Mai, Mai". Kotaku.com. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "Famitsu: The Best TGS 2008 Booth Babes Were... | Kotaku Australia". Kotaku.com.au. 2008-11-07. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "TGS 2007: Destructoid's booth babe review". Destructoid. September 25, 2007. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
- "パチンコビスタ（パチビス） パチンコ・パチスロ業界ニュース SNKプレイモア『餓狼伝説スペシャル』プレス発表会". Pachinkovista.com. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- "電撃 - 【AMショー】KOFがRE・BIRTH！ ゲームの紹介とプロデューサーのトークをお届け". Dengekionline.com. 2008-09-18. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- "WKOF XIII OFFICIAL PREVIEW / ARCADIA". Famitsu.com (in Japanese). 2010-03-27. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- "春丽不知火舞斗乳！亚洲游戏展2011现场PS擂台_网易游戏频道". Play.163.com. 2011-12-20. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "没有Girl只有Show 中国手游Cosplay秀翻ChinaJoy全场！ - 新闻中心 - 电玩巴士". Ol.tgbus.com. 2015-07-31. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "2015 ChinaJoy十大热门事件终极排行榜_游戏频道_中华网". Game.china.com. 2015-08-07. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "《拳皇97高清版》明星赛收官 格斗大神齐聚CJ - 新闻中心 - 电玩巴士". Ol.tgbus.com. 2015-10-08. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "겜툰-카툰으로 보는 재미있는 게임이야기". Gamtoon.com. 2014-06-25. Retrieved 2015-04-23.
- "나인뮤지스 경리의 다같이칼칼칼 촬영 현장 (시라누이 마이 코스프레)". YouTube. 2013-07-18. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- "极致魅惑《拳皇97OL》李冰冰全新造型霸气登场_广州频道_凤凰网". Gz.ifeng.com. Archived from the original on 2016-01-08. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "オタクなアイドルの元祖千葉麗子がゲームにハマったきっかけ - ログミー". Logmi.jp. 2014-06-20. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- "KOF XIII PLAYERS' GUIDE / ARCADIA". Famitsu.com. 2010-05-27. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- Gantayat, Anoop (2010-03-25). "King of Fighters XIII Formally Announced - IGN". Uk.ign.com. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
- "The Secret of Mai Shiranui's Revealing Outfit?". Kotaku.com. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
- "豆花妹自認很色 女女壁咚尬性感 | 即時新聞 | 20151015 | 蘋果日報". Appledaily.com.tw. 2015-10-15. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "《拳皇97OL》写真集花絮 美腿够你玩三年 - 新闻中心 - 电玩巴士". Ol.tgbus.com. 2015-07-14. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- Ashcraft, Brian (July 11, 2009). "King of Fighters Movie Promotional Images". Kotaku. Retrieved August 16, 2009.
- "除了脸剩下都一样 奇葩厂商的不知火舞cos活动_八卦趣闻_新浪游戏_新浪网". Games.sina.com.cn. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "台湾举办"不知火舞COS争霸赛" 谁胸大谁夺冠？_游戏频道_中华网". Game.china.com. 2015-10-14. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "98名正妹Cos不知火舞 網友票選最像的是她們 | 即時新聞 | 20151014 | 蘋果日報". Appledaily.com.tw. 2015-10-14. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "ClassicGaming - the home of classic gaming on the net". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on October 10, 2012. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- JC Fletcher, Udon releasing Street Fighter art book this September, Joystiq, July 22nd 2009.
- "春丽不知火舞斗奶图原作者安田朗作品欣赏_网易游戏频道". Play.163.com. 2011-10-28. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- Daniel Feit (2010-06-28). "King of Fighters XIII Lands in Japan's Arcades July 14 | Game|Life". WIRED. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
- "KOF XIII debuts at EVO, Atlus bringing Persona 4 Arena". Destructoid.com. 2012-07-05. Retrieved 2016-07-15.
- "Press Releases - Ramon, Angel, and King of Dinosaurs Will Bring Lucha Libre Pageantry and Momentos Dramáticos to THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIV!". Gamasutra. Retrieved 2016-07-15.
- "'The King of Fighters XIV' pre-order details released | SciTech | GMA News Online". Gmanetwork.com. 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2016-07-15.
- Brian Ashcraft. "Oh Mai, This Figure Could Be Better". Kotaku.com. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- Brian Ashcraft (28 August 2009). "King of Fighters XII Figures Fight Fight Fight". Kotaku.com. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
- "Mai Shiranui" search results at MyFigureCollection.net.
- "还是长发更给力 短发版不知火舞手办即将发售-eNet游戏资讯". Games.enet.com.cn. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- Michael McWhertor, More Mai Shiranui = More T&A, Kotaku, April 16, 2007.
- "Mai Shiranui, All Cheeky | Kotaku Australia". Kotaku.com.au. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "名厂名作 拳皇13不知火舞超精美手办预售_网络游戏新闻". News.17173.com. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- Michael McWhertor. "More Mai Shiranui = More T&A". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on October 25, 2010. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "Oh Mai God!". Andriasang.com. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
- "『KOF14』の不知火舞を"玩拓"がスタチュー化！". ファミ通.com (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- ""不知火舞"が『ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ XIV』仕様、27cmのボリュームで立体化 - ファミ通.com". ファミ通.com (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- Michael McWhertor. "King of Fighters Figure Does T&A Right". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on January 20, 2012. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- Brian Ashcraft. "You Cannot Stop Mai Shiranui Figurines". Kotaku.com. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "More Mai Shiranui T&A Figures For The Pile". Kotaku.com. 5 December 2008. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
- "Mai Shiranui Toy Stripped Topless". Web.archive.org. 2012-09-22. Archived from the original on September 22, 2012. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- Brian Ashcraft. "Nothing Says Charity Auction Like Mai Shiranui". Kotaku.com. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "Mai Shiranui ( 7" )". Bbicollectible.com. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
- "Mai Shiranui ( 12" )". Bbicollectible.com. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
- "Video game figurines take a walk on Pinky Street". Siliconera. 2008-07-03. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
- "「ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ」不知火舞がフィギュア化！大胆すぎる衣装、魅惑の豊満ボディを「ねんどろいど」で表現 - エキサイトニュース" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-05-19.
- "電撃 - 『STEINS；GATE』やNEOGEOなどのグッズが！ TGSコスパブース". Dengekionline.com. 2010-09-07. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- Moyse, Chris (2018-01-12). "SNK Heroines gets more details and a Diamond Dream Edition". destructoid. Retrieved 2018-05-17.
- "NEOGEO STICK 3 -扇-version" (in Japanese). Exar.jp. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
- Larissa Hjorth and Dean Chan (ed.) (2012). Gaming Cultures and Place in Asia-Pacific (page 87). Routledge. ISBN 0415535891.
- "Top chicas" (in Spanish). Hobbyconsolas.com. Retrieved 2014-03-22.
- "史上最性感的女忍者 不知火舞COS大合集-动漫-人民网". Comic.people.com.cn. 2011-06-22. Archived from the original on 2016-01-08. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- Daniel Moreno (2014-10-27). "La chica Playboy que se convirtió en Bayonetta". Eldiario.es. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- Flausino, Rodrigo (July 11, 2016). "Cosplay: uma linda Mai Shiranui, de The King of Fighters". GameHall.uol.com.br (in Portuguese). Retrieved May 19, 2017.
- Tassi, Paul (May 19, 2012). "An Italian Cosplayer as Mai Shiranui". Unrealitymag.com. Retrieved May 19, 2017.
- Pigna, Kris (2009-11-28). "See the 'King of Fighters' Live Action Movie Trailer". 1up.com. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
- GamePro, Top Ten video game ninjas, PCWorld, August 6, 2010.
- "El sexo explícito en los videojuegos". Eldiario.es. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- Brian Ashcraft. "From Booth Babe To X-Rays". Kotaku.com. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "台湾萌妹秒杀国内Show Girl". Wangyou.pcgames.com.cn. 2013-07-29. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "游戏厂商无下限营销 嫩模2000元起拍卖初夜-图闻- 东南网". News.fjsen.com. 2014-02-06. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "足球宝贝杨棋涵性感完美演绎"不知火舞"_网络游戏_新浪游戏_新浪网". Games.sina.com.cn. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- Brian Ashcraft. "Behind this Mai Shiranui, There's Tragedy". Kotaku.com. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "Rubrica Hot Play: Hot Play #6: Mai Shiranui, Giorgia Cosplay e molto altro ancora!". It.ign.com. 2012-11-09. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "足球宝贝G奶夹pad 化身不知火舞被称新"乳神"_娱乐频道_中华网". Ent.china.com. 2014-09-18. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "不知火舞真人版！巨乳拉拉蘇心甯跳「腰束奶澎操」辣翻". Ettoday.net. 2014-11-19. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "【"拉拉"苏心宁 cos乳摇女神"不知火舞"】太原旅游网|太原新闻网|苏心宁 拉拉苏心宁 城市小姐 职撞大赛 D罩杯 不知火舞". Tynews.com.cn. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "Taiwanese model bounces into spotlight with game character cosplay | Welcome to Lollipop - Your front-seat to showbiz". Lollipop.sg. 2013-01-17. Retrieved 2013-11-28.
- "李宗瑞迷奸60女艺人名单曝光 惨遭迷奸还被拍下人体艺术照（图）_股票频道_华讯财经". Stock.591hx.com. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "女优并木优挑衅乳神潘春春 称不知火舞自己更好_游侠网". Ali213.net. 2013-11-07. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "90后G奶乳神潘春春 演绎不知火舞". Gameonline.yesky.com. 2015-07-13. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- Brian Ashcraft. "Another Real-Life Mai Shiranui Has Appeared!". Kotaku.com. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "国内嫩模"不知火舞"大尺度COS 童颜巨乳身材惹火_游戏频道_中华网". Game.china.com. 2015-05-06. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "国产H杯"萌神教主"COS不知火舞PK"I级艳后"_游戏频道_中华网". Game.china.com. 2012-03-07. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "台湾女艺人写真拼命 挤乳COS不知火舞_电视游戏_新浪游戏_新浪网". Games.sina.com.cn. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- Brian Ashcraft (2012-07-16). "Mai Shiranui Can Sure Sell Cars". Kotaku.com. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "《拳皇97OL》叶梓萱领衔顶级COSER_游戏视频_新浪游戏_新浪网". Games.sina.com.cn. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "宅男女神叶梓萱化身不知火舞 胸部若隐若现性感爆表_游戏频道_中华网". Game.china.com. 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "Mai Shirunai jak żywa". Gry. 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- Brian Ashcraft. "Mai Shiranui, Brought to Life". Kotaku.com. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "Her Mai Cosplay Has Made Otaku Crazy". Photo.mmosite.com. Retrieved 2014-03-19.
- "湿露露不知火舞装火辣上阵 疑没穿内裤_电视游戏_新浪游戏_新浪网". Games.sina.com.cn. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "嫩模脱衣大闹医院COS不知火舞走红_宅人宅语_太平洋游戏网". Zhai.pcgames.com.cn. 2014-10-08. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "真空"屁股妹"性感COS不知火舞引爆网博会_游戏频道_中华网". Game.china.com. 2014-10-22. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "【 更新】深夜的不知火舞 「走光算觀眾賺到」| 即時新聞 | 20141231 | 蘋果日報". Appledaily.com.tw. 2014-12-31. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "史上最辣！台湾超人气宅男女神安心亚COS不知火舞 - 新闻中心- 178游戏网". News.178.com. 2011-05-16. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "辣!安心亞cos不知火舞 性感身材全都露!". News.wayi.com.tw. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- Brian Ashcraft. "Models Sure Love Wearing Mai Shiranui's Clothes". Kotaku.com. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "Taiwanese model bounces into spotlight with game character cosplay". Lollipop.sg. Singapore Press Holdings. 2013-01-17. Archived from the original on 2014-04-18. Retrieved 2013-11-28.
- "Cheryl Cole dresses as Mai Shiranui from King of Fighters". Gamezplay.org. December 12, 2009. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "幻灯：科尔娇妻大走日本风 不知火舞效仿武藤兰-搜狐体育". 2010.sohu.com. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "Select your fighter". Hardcore Gamers (in French). June 2002. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
- Brian Ashcraft (4 July 2012). "When Video Games and Dirty Movies Clash". Kotaku.com. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
- "春丽肉搏不知火舞 电视游戏乱入AV电影_电视游戏_新浪游戏_新浪网". Games.sina.com.cn. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "Gwiazda porno gwiazdą cosplayu" [Celebrity cosplay and porn star]. Gry. 2012-01-17. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- Brian Ashcraft. "Thank this Japanese Porn Star for Edgy Cosplay". Kotaku.com. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "The Beautiful (And Bloody) Cosplay Of Misaki Hanamura | Kotaku Australia". Kotaku.com.au. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "求把扇子移开点:全裸下限少女版不知火舞". Play.163.com. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- Ashcraft, Brian. "Kotaku - The Queen of Fighters - Oddities". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on February 6, 2010. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "How Video Game Breasts Are Made (And Why They Can Go Wrong)". Kotaku.com. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
- "《龙之谷》2.0舞娘性感不输不知火舞_国内新闻_电脑之家PChome.net". Article.pchome.net. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "「これ北米や欧州で買えるの？」 バトルコスの春麗が"めちゃシコ"すぎる『ストV』海外進出は大丈夫か｜おたぽる" (in Japanese). Otapol.jp. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- Anderson, Lark (2009-01-26). "Street Fighter IV: Alternate Costume Showcase". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
- "電撃 - 石渡太輔さん、早矢仕洋介さん、寺田貴治さんの3人が格闘ゲームを熱く語る！ "JAEPO2014"で開催された格闘ゲーム座談会の模様をお届け". Dengekionline.com. 2014-02-16. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- "Amazing Princess Sarah Game Review". Jellyfish Station. 2014-07-20. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
- Play Time 10/1994, p. 107.
- "Mai Shiranui Confirmed For King Of Fighters XIII | Kotaku Australia". Kotaku.com.au. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- Staff (February 1994).
[Best Character Award]. Gamest (in Japanese). Shinseisha (107): 32.
Staff (30 January 1995). ベストキャラクター賞 [Best Character Award]. Gamest (in Japanese). Shinseisha (136): 50.
Staff (30 January 1996). ベストキャラクター賞 [Best Character Award]. Gamest (in Japanese). Shinseisha (162): 48.
Staff (30 January 1997). ベストキャラクター賞 [Best Character Award]. Gamest (in Japanese). Shinseisha (188): 54.
Staff (30 January 1998). ベストキャラクター賞 [Best Character Award]. Gamest (in Japanese). Shinseisha (212): 102.
- "第7回ネオジオキャラオフィシャル人気役票". Neo-Geo Freak. 1998-08: 60–61. August 1998.
- "The Most Popular Characters in KOF Art Contest". news.mmosite.com. Retrieved 2018-05-20.
- "《拳皇》15周年插画征集赏！不知火舞最具人气 – 新闻中心- 游久网". News.uuu9.com. 2009-05-21. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "1990年代ヒロインリスト｜エンタミクス". Famitsu.com. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- "Children of Ico and Shadow of the Colossus - The X Button". Anime News Network. Retrieved 2016-07-15.
- "Mai Shiranui - Top 11 Girls of Gaming | UGO.com". Web.archive.org. 2008-03-06. Archived from the original on 2008-03-06. Retrieved 2016-07-15.
- "Review: Fatal Fury: Battle Archives Volume 2". Destructoid. April 8, 2008. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
- "儿时的记忆还剩多少SNK游戏品牌-新华网". News.xinhuanet.com. 2015-08-16. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "Elas dominaram...". Megagames PlayStation. 1: 14–15. 2003.
- "Quadro Comparativo". Nintendo World. 60: 46–47. August 2003.
- Luke Plunkett (1 June 2010). "Who Is The Greatest Video Game Character Of All Time?". Kotaku.com. Retrieved 2014-02-07.
- nurun.com. "Ultimate fighting game champion crowned | Pembroke Daily Observer". Thedailyobserver.ca. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- Games Tribune special edition 1/2013 (Retro Madrid 2013), page 60.
- "Top 10 de heroínas: Liberación Femenina". CerUno 6, page 9.
- "春丽PK不知火舞 十大最有个性女性游戏角色- 猫扑游戏". Game.mop.com. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "Những nhân vật nữ nổi tiếng nhất trong làng game. Gamer Worlds - XãLuận.com Tin Nóng". Xaluan.com. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- "Wii: Top 25 de tías buenas de videojuegos". Es.ign.com. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- Torretta, Colin (2007-05-31). "Massive SNK-themed PS1 update hits the Japanese PSN today". Engadget.com. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
- "Rubrica Hot Play: Hot Play #6: Mai Shiranui, Giorgia Cosplay e molto altro ancora!". It.ign.com. 2012-11-09. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "La mujer como objeto en la industria". Gamestribune.com. Archived from the original on 2016-02-07. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- "Super Stars". Nintendo Accion. 120: 58. November 2002.
- "Hobby Consolas 022" (in Spanish). Archive.org. Retrieved 2014-05-04.
- "33 Video Game Hotties: Who's The Hottest?". UGO.com. October 27, 2011. Retrieved December 14, 2008.[permanent dead link]
- "Fatal Fury 2 arcade game review". 1993. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
- Speer, Justin (2001-06-12). "Capcom vs. SNK 2 Preview". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
- Knight, Rich (2011-11-19). "Battle of the Beauties: Gaming's Hottest Female Characters Face Off". Complex. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "原味不知火舞登场 访《拳皇OL》开发者_网络游戏新闻". News.17173.com. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "不知火舞成为玩家最想表白的角色 COS赏_网络游戏新闻". News.17173.com. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "FEATURE: Fanart Friday - S to the N to the K Edition". Crunchyroll.com. 2016-04-29. Retrieved 2016-06-25.
- Aleksander 'Cross' Borszowski. "Dead or Alive: Fani Attack on Titan, VR oraz Mai Shiranui, radujcie się / CD-Action". Cdaction.pl. Retrieved 2016-07-15.
- Richard Mitchell, SFII is lame, Fatal Fury hits Live Arcade, Joystiq, September 5, 2007.
- "Profilas: Mai Shiranui". Dragao Games. 3: 12.
- PSX Extreme 151 (2010-03), page 85.
- "Guerrera ninja Sailor Shiranui". Revista KOF Universe. 2: 84.
- "Overexposed! Women In Video Games". Game On! USA. 3: 78.
- "10 videojuegos a los que le entraste de chavito (Si no te trabaste con ellos, no tuviste ...)". Chilango.com. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- ScrewAttack Magazine 14 (March 2012), page 85.
- Katala, Kurt. Hardcore Gaming 101: Final Fight. GameSpy. Retrieved on 2008-07-01.
- "Capcom vs. SNK 2 EO Review - Xbox Games - CNET". Reviews.cnet.com. 2003-02-14. Retrieved 2013-07-20.
- Smith, David. (2001-11-02). Capcom vs. SNK: Mark of the Millennium 2001 Preview. IGN. Retrieved on 2008-07-02.
- "Samurai Shodown VI to make it's US console debut on Samurai Shodown Anthology". Siliconera. 2008-02-24. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
- "Top 10 – Kunoichis (Ninjas Femininas) dos Games « GameHall Network" (in Portuguese). Gamehall.uol.com.br. Retrieved 2014-04-12.
- "CrunchArcade: Top Ten Video Game Ninjas". TechCrunch. 2008-03-31. Retrieved 2016-08-29.
- Jon Ledford (2013-06-15). "10 Best Video Game Ninjas". Arcadesushi.com. Retrieved 2013-12-21.
- Gelo Gonzales, 9 Sexiest Ninja Babes in Games, FHM, March 29, 2012.
- "10 Hot Female Killers From Video Games". Complex. 2012-06-06. Retrieved 2014-06-07.
- The Lakeland Mirror 3/2007, page 11.
- Seraphina Brennan, King of Fighters Online proves you can kick butt in short skirts, literally, Joystiq, June 18th 2009.
- Stephen Totilo. "Fan-Favorite Mai Definitely Not In Next King of Fighters, Could Be DLC". Kotaku.com. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "King of Fighters XIII coming to consoles, and don’t worry, Mai Shiranui is back". GamesRadar. 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- Michael McWhertor (10 April 2009). "Are These Your New King Of Fighters XII Fighters?". Kotaku.com. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
- JC Fletcher, King of Fighters XIII brings Mai back this summer, Joystiq, March 25th 2010.
- Eric L. Patterson, EGM Feature: 5 Ways Japanese Gaming Still Rules: Dragon’s Crown, EGMNOW, December 29, 2011.
- Gelo Gonzales, Games Review: King of Fighters XIII, FHM.com.ph, November 24, 2011.
- Ciolek, Todd (November 4, 2009). "The X Button Strange Days". Anime News Network. Retrieved November 4, 2009.
- Carter, Chris (September 6, 2016). "Remember 'No Mai, No Buy?' Check her out in Dead or Alive 5". Destructoid. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
- Jim Sterling, King of Fighters XIII bringing back Mai's breasts, Destructoid, March 25, 2010.
- Park, Andrew (2009-07-31). "The King of Fighters XII Review". GameSpot. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
- "Mai Shiranui Makes Triumphant Return In The King Of Fighters XIII". Siliconera. 2010-03-25. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
- Biessener, Adam (March 25, 2010). "King of Fighters XIII Stays Classy With Naughty Ninja Mai - News". Game Informer. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
- Brett Elston, Game babes: A history (The era: Early '90s), GamesRadar, December 14, 2007.
- "The First King of Fighters XIII Screen Shots Bust Out". Kotaku.com. 26 March 2010. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
- Husin, Salehuddin (April 2007). The Way of the Quarter Circle Punch. GameAxis Unwired. p. 24. Retrieved October 6, 2014.
- "Electronic Gaming Monthly's Buyer's Guide". 1995.
- Mega Fun 9/1995, page 94.
- Mega Fun 12/1994, page 86.
- Video Games 8/1996, page 11.
- Video Games 6/1996, page 96.
- "Fin du monde: les 10 plus belles héroïnes de jeu vidéo pour repeupler la Terre" [10 most beautiful video game heroines to repopulate the Earth]. Jeuxactu.com (in French). December 21, 2012. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
- "As heroínas e vilãs dos games que gostaríamos que fossem de carne e osso" [Gaming heroines and villains we would like to be in flesh and blood]. Tribuna Hoje. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- "什么才算是性感？游戏美女的八大性感准则_网易游戏频道". Play.163.com. 2011-01-14. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- Montoia, Paulo (April 1997). "Lindas Gatas Invadem os Games". Ação Games. 114: 22–23.
- Video Games 2/2000 p.60.
- Johnson, Bryan (May 4, 2003). "Top Ten Babes in Games". GameSpy. Archived from the original on March 2, 2008. Retrieved July 29, 2013.
- "Top 50 Hottest Game Babes on Trial". GameDaily. Archived from the original on June 3, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-29.
- "The Hottest Girls in Gaming". CraveOnline. 2010-11-16. Retrieved 2016-07-15.
- "Babe of the Week: Outrageous Boobs". GameDaily. Archived from the original on October 15, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-29.
- Workman, Robert (2009-02-06). Babe of the Week: Asian Beauties. GameDaily. Retrieved on 2009-02-09.[dead link]
- "Babe of the Week: Mai Shiranui". GameDaily. Archived from the original on March 27, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-29.
- Gaming's Hottest Babes: Mai Shiranui, MSN, September 7, 2009.
- The 10 Hottest Video Game Girls, Complex, March 2, 2012.
- Sitterson, Aubrey (2011-01-14). "Fighting Games' Hottest Women - Mai Shiranui". UGO.com. Retrieved 2014-06-07.
- "宅男福音 秀色可餐 细数游戏中的5大"凶器"_网易游戏频道". Play.163.com. 2011-09-14. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "盘点游戏中勾人魂魄的裸腿美女-游戏频道_中华网". Game.china.com. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- "最も美しい闘う女性ゲームキャラクタートップ25". Gigazine. 2011-04-23. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- Hester, Larry. "Mai Shiranui - The 50 Hottest Video Game Characters". Complex. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- Kristie Bertucci, 20 hottest female video game characters (list), Gadget Review, 5 July 2012.
- "10 najseksowniejszych dziewczyn z gier" (in Polish). Gry. 2012-06-20. Retrieved 2014-06-07.
- xinmsn (2012-09-21). "Gaming's leading ladies - The hottest women in video game history - Malaysia Tech Photos". Tech.malaysia.msn.com. Retrieved 2014-06-07.
- "As 10 personagens mais sexy dos video games" (in Portuguese). Tecmundo.com.br. December 7, 2012. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
- João Vitor de Oliveira, "Ranking: As lutadoras mais gatas". Revista Oficial No Xbox 12/2013, page 88.
- "10 Most Sexually Charged Women in Gaming History » Page 10 of 11". Whatculture.com. 2012-10-25. Retrieved 2014-01-16.
- "TOP 100 – As personagens mais gatas dos games" [Top 100: The hottest characters in games]. Portalplaygame.com (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on January 23, 2015. Retrieved April 23, 2015.
- Wears, Adam (June 9, 2015). "6 Annoying Gaming Gimmicks (You Didn't Know Were Super Old)". Cracked.com. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
- "Boobs In Video Games: The Well-Rounded Gamer". G4tv.com. 2011-03-25. Retrieved 2014-06-29.
- "Top 5 Videogame Crossovers from". 1UP.com. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "Boobs Through the Years". GameDaily. Archived from the original on December 21, 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-29.
- Ross Lincoln (May 5, 2011). "The Greatest Boobs In Video Game History (Gallery)". GameFront.
- Rich Shivener, 10 Incredible Chests in Video Games, Joystick Division, August 1, 2011.
- "胸器足够大！盘点游戏中的十大性感女神_网易游戏频道". Play.163.com. 2011-05-09. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- Tom's GamesTom's HardwareUtente (2013-09-09). "Mai Shiranui - Fatal Fury e King of Fighters - Tom's Hardware". Tomshw.it. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- Drea Avellan, The 20 Best Pairs Of Boobies In Video Games, Complex, June 20, 2012.
- Zachary Miller, Fave Five... Chesty Heroines on Nintendo Systems, Nintendo World Report, February 24, 2012.
- Elton Jones, The 50 Most Dominant Fighting Game Characters, Complex.com, May 17, 2012.
- Knight, Rich (2012-02-06). "The 10 Most Ridiculous Uses of Jiggle Physics in Games". Complex. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
- "Retropolis". March 2013. pp. 45–46.
- "八神秒杀长腿欧巴 《拳皇97OL》角色身高大起底_中小企业_比特网". Smb.chinabyte.com. 2015-04-18. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- 게임메카 바람소리 (2008-12-12). "캐릭터 스토킹 - 신비한 인술, 재빠른 몸놀림. 그 이름은 닌자 게임메카, 대한민국 1등 인터넷 게임신문". Gamemeca.com. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- "不知火舞登上男人装 细数具备封面气质游戏女郎- 猫扑游戏". Game.mop.com. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- "Top 10 Cleavagey Characters". YouTube. 2010-05-29. Retrieved 2016-07-15.
- "Top 10 side-boobs in games | PLAY Magazine". Play-mag.co.uk. 2010-11-22. Retrieved 2013-09-05.
- Skistimas, Craig (August 15, 2011). "Top 10 Sexiest Outfits". ScrewAttack. ScrewAttack's Top 10. Rooster Teeth. Archived from the original on September 25, 2011. Retrieved June 15, 2014.
- "Top 5 - Sexiest game outfits". YouTube. 2012-10-19. Retrieved 2016-07-15.
- Developer Diaries - TORN: Volume #5, GameSpy, June 1, 2004.
- "An Observation of the Sexualization of Females in Fighters". Shoryuken. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
- Moreno, Daniel (2014-08-28). "Mai Shiranui, de The King of Fighters, tiene los pechos grandes por un motivo muy simple…" [Mai Shiranui, from The King of Fighters, has big breasts for a very simple reason ...]. Eldiario.es (in Spanish). Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- "The 20 Hottest Cosplay Girls". HEAVY. April 15, 2010. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
- Burns, Matthew (November 1, 2015). "The Truth About Ninjas". Kotaku.com.au. Retrieved 2016-01-01.
- Heyward, Chris (June 1994). "As Fatal as a balloon". SNES N-Force #09. Retrieved May 4, 2014.
- Masaki, Lyle (July 30, 2008). "The Week in Gay Geek: The Legion goes to 'Smallville', Milestone set to return and more!". NewNowNext.com. Logo TV. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
- Winda Benedetti, Top 5 most preposterous getups in games, msnbc.com, August 29, 2011.
- Adam Warren, EMPOWERED cosplaying as MAI SHIRANUI, deviantART, June 29, 2012.
- "Adam Warren Sketches Gainax Girls". Crunchyroll.com. 2012-07-09. Retrieved 2016-02-06.
- Hyper issue 59, page 35.
- "King of Fighters: Maximum Impact Maniax review - CVG". Web.archive.org. 2014-10-11. Archived from the original on October 11, 2014. Retrieved 2015-07-09.
- "King of Fighters Maximum Impact Maniax - IGN". Uk.ign.com. Retrieved 2015-09-27.
- "Hardcore Gamer Magazine Volume 1 Issue 2". Archive.org. Retrieved 2014-05-04.
- Wynne, James (2016-07-09). "Mai Shiranui comes to Dead or Alive 5: Last Round in September". Gamezone.com. Retrieved 2016-07-15.
- "Mai from The King of Fighters Coming to Dead or Alive 5: Last Round". Hardcore Gamer. 2016-07-10. Retrieved 2016-07-15.
- Gilbert, Henry (January 25, 2013). "9 far-flung game-to-anime adaptations". GamesRadar. Retrieved February 7, 2014.
- Trish Ledoux, The Complete Anime Guide: Japanese Animation Film Directory and Resource Guide, page 100.
- Funk, John (October 9, 2009). "The King of Fighters Movie Trailer Is Confusing". Escapistmagazine.com. Retrieved June 19, 2014.
- Gerstmann, Jeff (March 30, 2009). "The King of Fighters Movie Will Be Silly, Bad, or Both". Giant Bomb. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
- Seow, Tein Hee (December 12, 2013). "Hall of Shame—10 abysmal video game to movie adaptations". Stuff.tv. Haymarket Media Group. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
- Rubin, Peter (February 16, 2012). "The 15 Hottest Women In Video Game Movies". Complex.com. Archived from the original on December 1, 2014. Retrieved January 1, 2016.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Mai Shiranui.|