The King of Fighters series started out as a crossover fighting game, featuring some of the most popular characters from SNK 's fighting game franchises: Fatal Fury and Art of Fighting , as well as classic SNK games such as Ikari Warriors and Psycho Soldier , splitting them up into teams of three four in the NESTS Saga , duking it out in one-on-one battles similar to its major competition at the time, Street Fighter. Although the first game was merely intended to be a simple crossover and Spin-Off , the series became more popular than the other series that inspired it, and an overreaching plot soon developed that took the other SNK fighters along for the ride. There are currently five major story arcs :. More detailed summaries of each arc and the individual games can be found in the Analysis section. The games were initially released on the ridiculously expensive Neo Geo home arcade system, so they had a hard time catching on with North American home gamers, but remained very popular in Japan, as well as with arcade gamers worldwide.
The King of Fighters (series)
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With a roster of 50 characters, it introduces a huge chunk of new names to the series that is already known for its massive library of characters. Ad — content continues below. Leona is Leona, whether her hair is blue or red. While that does mean Rock Howard and Fio are disqualified, it does save me from the rest of the Maximum Impact roster…. Not over who has the better infinite combos and all that jazz. There will also be many spoilers.
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This served as the main platform for the series until when SNK retired it in favor of the Atomiswave arcade board. Ports of the arcade games and the original The King of Fighters games have been released for several video game consoles. The games' story focuses on the title tournament where fighters from multiple SNK games take part.
For the next few games, the Atomiswave would be used, and later the Taito Type X2. The game and its two sequels use an alternate story for characters and settings from previous games of the series, leaning more towards the South Town -based series like FF and AOF. The producer of the Maximum Impact series, Falcoon , stated that the Maximum Impact games are in a different canon from the original series of games. Illustration by Hiroaki.