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The King of Fighters 2002: Challenge to Ultimate Battle (Neo Geo)

The King of Fighters 2002: Challenge to Ultimate Battle Neo Geo Title screen

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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.

Screenshots

The King of Fighters 2002: Challenge to Ultimate Battle Neo Geo 1P and 2P Orochi Chris executing simultaneously their morphing HSDMs: Orochi is back for a while...
The King of Fighters 2002: Challenge to Ultimate Battle Neo Geo Kensou walks near Ryuji Yamazaki and attacks him with the full power of his 5-hit SDM Senki Hakkei!
The King of Fighters 2002: Challenge to Ultimate Battle Neo Geo Taking advantage of Whip's open guard, Kula strikes back with 3 frozen hits of her DM Diamond Edge.
The King of Fighters 2002: Challenge to Ultimate Battle Neo Geo To say the true, 3 hits of Joe Higashi's DM Ougon no Tiger Kick went too much for Athena Asamiya...

Alternate Titles

  • "KOF '02" -- Informal title

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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.
Terok Nor (19433) added The King of Fighters 2002: Challenge to Ultimate Battle (Neo Geo) on Mar 03, 2005
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