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The King of Fighters '98 takes a break from the Orochi plot line and instead is presented as a "Dream Match" game where the KOF roster duke it out for the top spot (similar to Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, but without the storyline component). Most of the characters from the past four years return, thus providing the player with a very large roster containing 38 characters. Many of the characters have been altered in an attempt to make the game balanced regardless of the player's choice of fighter. Rugal Bernstein is provided as a non-secret character for the first time in KOF '98, and several regular characters have hidden "alternate" versions that may also be used in-game.

KOF '98 uses the same gameplay system present in The King of Fighters '97, so players may still choose between Extra and Advanced modes. In addition to the Survival battle mode and the ability to choose between Single Play or Team Play, versions of the game on console systems that use CDs to contain their media (PSX, Neo-Geo CD) also include an Art Gallery one may look at.


The King of Fighters '98: The Slugfest Arcade Red finish
The King of Fighters '98: The Slugfest Arcade Vice vs Athena
The King of Fighters '98: The Slugfest Neo Geo CD Title screen (US)
The King of Fighters '98: The Slugfest Neo Geo After a forced-time-over win over Chang Koehan, Rugal Bernstein performs one of his winning poses...

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Alternate Titles

  • "拳皇98" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "The King of Fighters '98: Dream Match Never Ends" -- Japanese title
  • "KOF '98" -- Informal title

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The series finally honors its title! PlayStation Zovni (9312)

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Neo Geo Mar 15, 2009 A 100
Video Games PlayStation May, 1999 4 out of 4 100
MaXoE Games Neo Geo 2000 9.5 out of 10 95
Defunct Games Wii Mar 08, 2013 A- 91
Nintendo Life Wii Mar 20, 2013 9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars9 Stars 90
Video Games Neo Geo Oct, 1998 85 out of 100 85
Defunct Games Neo Geo Feb 22, 2004 B+ 83
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Neo Geo Sep 10, 2005 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic Neo Geo CD Mar 15, 2009 D- 16


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