Description"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.
- "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
Part of the Following Groups
- Arcade Archives series
- Games with classical music
- Genre: Versus fighting
- King of Fighters series
- PlayStation the Best series
|Changes, some good, some bad....but still KOF. Plus: worst boss ever in a fighting game.||PlayStation||Zovni (10646)|
|The Video Game Critic||Neo Geo||Mar 14, 2009||A||100|
|Total! (Germany)||Game Boy||Apr, 1998||1.25 out of 6||95|
|Pixel-Heroes.de||Neo Geo||Mar, 2004||9 out of 10||90|
|Digital Press - Classic Video Games||Neo Geo||Sep 14, 2005||9 out of 10||90|
|Daddelkingz||Neo Geo||Jan 11, 2002||80|
|Nintendo Life||Wii||Jul 19, 2012||70|
|All Game Guide||Neo Geo||1998||70|
|Defunct Games||Neo Geo||Feb 21, 2004||B-||67|
|Defunct Games||Wii||Aug 01, 2012||C+||58|
|The Video Game Critic||Neo Geo CD||Mar 14, 2009||D-||16|
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- As a bonus for every home port (PSX, NeoGeo CD, etc.) not only you can choose via codes to play as the bosses, but you also get a special ending if you choose your team to include Kyo, Iori and the first boss: Kagura. The sequence actually makes sense when you consider the future KOF plotlines, and is not available on the original arcade version.
- The now classic music theme for the Psycho Soldier team did not include lyrics on its original arcade incarnation.
- The Game Boy version adds Mr. Karate from the Art of Fighting series as an unlock-able character.
Related Web Sites
- Wikipedia: The King of Fighters '96 (Information about The King of Fighters '96 at Wikipedia)
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