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The King of Fighters '98: The Slugfest (Neo Geo)

The King of Fighters '98: The Slugfest Neo Geo Title screen


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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 Neo Geo Character selection.
The King of Fighters '98: The Slugfest Neo Geo Mature fills her Power Gauge at the exact time of Rugal Bernstein's Gravity Smash move execution...
The King of Fighters '98: The Slugfest Neo Geo With his long-range High Kick, Lucky Glauber was able to pass Athena's Nu Psycho Reflector limit...
The King of Fighters '98: The Slugfest Neo Geo P2 Mary uses her Hammer Arch against P1 Mary, that strikes back using her move M. Reverse Facelock.

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 Video Game Critic Mar 15, 2009 A 100
MaXoE Games 2000 9.5 out of 10 95
Defunct Games Feb 22, 2004 B+ 83
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Sep 10, 2005 7 out of 10 70


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