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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 Meanwhile, Yuri Sakazaki does her Saiha move simultaneously to Takuma Sakazaki's Haou Shoukou Ken.
The King of Fighters '98: The Slugfest Neo Geo Yamazaki trying to strike back a just-recovered Kim Kaphwan through his "dust spray" move Suna Kake.
The King of Fighters '98: The Slugfest Neo Geo Joe Higashi perceives Yashiro Nanakase's attack Missile Might Bash at time to avoid it successfully!
The King of Fighters '98: The Slugfest Neo Geo Demonstration match: Ryuji Yamazaki is about to attack Clark through his move Hebi Tsukai (Chuudan)!

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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 Video Game Critic Mar 15, 2009 A 100
MaXoE Games 2000 9.5 out of 10 95
Video Games Oct, 1998 85 out of 100 85
Defunct Games Feb 22, 2004 B+ 83
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Sep 10, 2005 7 out of 10 70


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Terok Nor (23111) added The King of Fighters '98: The Slugfest (Neo Geo) on Mar 03, 2005
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