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The King of Fighters '96 (Neo Geo)

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"Violent fighting to come again!"

SNK's flagship series returns for another year. Many of the changes in this year's KOF release come in the form of improved graphics, sound effects, music and totally redone character sprites. The gameplay of the system has been altered with the addition of "Rush" multi-hit combos and new moves for practically every character. The storyline of the series receives heavy focus in this release with the Orochi Saga swinging into high-gear.

The King of Fighters '96 has 27 regular characters plus 2 boss characters (who can be unlocked with the use of a code). Newcomers to the tournament include Mr. Big from the Art of Fighting series, the bosses from Fatal Fury (Wolfgang Krauser and Geese Howard), and completely original characters like Leona Heidern, Mature and Vice. Other features carried over from the previous year include the ability to choose between the default "Team Fighting" mode or the traditional "Single Fighter" style of gameplay, plus the "Versus" and "Survival" gameplay modes.


The King of Fighters '96 Neo Geo Benimaru Nikaido strikes back... and attacks Leona Heidern using his shockin' move Benimaru Koreda!
The King of Fighters '96 Neo Geo Chizuru Kagura hit-damaging Geese successfully with his anti-air move Hyakkatsu: Tenjin no Kotowari.
The King of Fighters '96 Neo Geo Robert Garcia's counterattack opportunity being interrupted by Iori Yagami's Hyaku Shiki: Oniyaki.
The King of Fighters '96 Neo Geo Setting the battle order.

Alternate Titles

  • "拳皇96" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "KOF '96" -- Informal title
  • "ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ'96" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Mar 14, 2009 A 100
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Sep 14, 2005 9 out of 10 90 Mar, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Daddelkingz Jan 11, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
All Game Guide 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Defunct Games Feb 21, 2004 B- 67


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The now classic music theme for the Psycho Soldier team did not include lyrics on its original arcade incarnation.

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