While Athena may be considered SNK's first female character, what about their first fighting game character? This comes in term of accessible play BTW.
AoF 1 was released in Japan in September 1992, whereas Fatal Fury 2 (Mai's debut) was released in Dec. 1992.
Based off this King predates Mai, however what if there were promotional stuff for Fatal Fury 2 that revealed Mai long before AoF1 was released in arcades? Would promotions count as a factor in this case?
On the other hand, AoF1 would have been in development after Fatal Fury 1 and during that period it may have been decided to have the character of King a female and as such makes her the FIRST fighting game lady for SNK.
Your thoughts/inputs gentlemen?