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The King of Fighters 2002: Challenge to Ultimate Battle

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Description

The second plotless "dream match" in The King of Fighters series, this game sports 39 normal characters and 5 hidden characters, some of whom haven't appeared since KOF98. The King of Fighters 2002 also has five characters exclusive to the X-Box, the PS2 and/or Dreamcast systems: Shingo Yabuki, King, Geese Howard, "Riot of the Blood" Iori and Leopold Goenitz. Shingo and King are available on all the non-Neo Geo systems, while Geese and the rest are only available on the PS2 and X-Box platforms.

The gameplay system has also changed. The striker system and four-character teams found in the last three KOF releases have been totally removed. In their place are the old-school three man teams and the "Advanced system" from The King of Fighters '97 and The King of Fighters '98.

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The King of Fighters 2002: Challenge to Ultimate Battle Neo Geo Athena Asamiya uses her Psycho Reflector with a goal: change Rugal Bernstein's Kaiser Wave route...
The King of Fighters 2002: Challenge to Ultimate Battle Neo Geo Main menu
The King of Fighters 2002: Challenge to Ultimate Battle Neo Geo Character selection
The King of Fighters 2002: Challenge to Ultimate Battle Neo Geo Demonstration Match crucial moment: Iori Yagami "detonating" Angel with his Ura 316 Shiki: Saika...

Alternate Titles

  • "KOF '02" -- Informal title

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The Press Says

Consoles Plus Dreamcast Aug, 2003 94 out of 100 94
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 2 Sep 12, 2005 15 out of 20 75
Jeuxvideo.com Xbox Dec 05, 2005 15 out of 20 75
Defunct Games Neo Geo Oct 16, 2005 75 out of 100 75
Insert Credit Dreamcast Jul 04, 2003 6.8 out of 10 68

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Version differences

The Dreamcast port adds King and Shingo to the character selection, and the PS2 version adds both of them plus Geese Howard Orochi Iori and former KOF 96 boss Goenitz.
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