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The King of Fighters '98: Ultimate Match
250px-Cover The King of Fighters 98 Ultimate Match
Cover of the PlayStation 2 port of the game, showing Kyo, Iori, Athena, Billy, Mr. Big, Chang and Vice. Illustration by Hiroaki.
Developer(s)SNK Playmore, Ignition Entertainment (PS2), Code Mystics (Steam)
Publisher(s)SNK Playmore, Taito (Arcade), Valve (Steam)
Release dateArcade
JP March 18, 2008
Final Edition:
JP January 24, 2011
PlayStation 2
JP June 26, 2008
NA March 3, 2009
Xbox Live Arcade
INT July 1, 2009
Microsoft Windows
Steam:
INT December 16, 2014
Humble Bundle:
WW January 9, 2016
GenreFighting game
Game modesSingle-player, multiplayer
RatingsPlayStation 2
Teen (ESRB)
12 (USK)
Xbox 360
Teen (ESRB)
Platform(s)Arcade, PlayStation 2, Xbox Live Arcade, Microsoft Windows

The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match is a remake of The King of Fighters '98 which includes all characters that were present up to The King of Fighters '97. Additionally, new alternate versions of characters were added (such as EX Blue Mary and EX Yamazaki). New adjustments to stages (as well as new stages themselves) come along with adjustments to gameplay via re-balancing and new moves (such as Extra Mode now having a manual MAX Mode of its own and having a stock at full charge, thus no longer entering a MAX Mode automatically via this method).

A new and notable mode of play for this game is known as Ultimate Mode, where similar to the EX Grooves of Capcom vs. SNK 2, players are able to customize their gauge systems and the mechanics that go along with them, with it being able to select between Advanced or Extra (the gauge style, the method of dodging, and method of quick forward movement).

The game was released in Japanese arcades on March 18, 2008 and later on the PlayStation 2. Ultimate Match is also available on Xbox 360 Live Arcade. The American port was released by Ignition Entertainment March 3, 2009 and packaged with an extra DVD containing trailers and wallpapers for the game and King of Fighters XII.

The home version of the game, similar to The King of Fighters Neowave for its home version, uses full 3D-rendered versions of its backgrounds (though an option exists to convert them back into the classic-styled backgrounds in the original '98). The home version also comes with its own arranged soundtrack of the original '98 and most of the game's new soundtracks for UM, as well as a new Neo Geo mode, which allows for a demo of the original Neo Geo-port perfect version of the classic KOF '98.

A Final Edition of the game (containing various tweaks to the characters and game mechanics) has been released as well, initially for the arcades, and has been released to the PC through Steam in December 16, 2014. Also was released a version for Humble Bundle, in January 9, 2016.

An animated intro included with the Dreamcast port of the original can be accessed as an unlockable extra in Ultimate Match.

Characters

Playable Characters

Hidden & Alternate Characters

Special Edit Teams

Sacred Team

Shingo Team

Rugal Team

SNK Heroes Team

  • Kyo Kusanagi
  • Terry Bogard
  • Ryo Sakazaki

No. 2 Team

  • Benimaru Nikaido
  • Andy Bogard
  • Robert Garcia

No. 3 Team

  • Goro Daimon
  • Joe Higashi
  • Yuri Sakazaki

Baseball Team

  • Ralf Jones
  • Blue Mary
  • Lucky Glauber

Father Team

  • Saisyu Kusanagi
  • Takuma Sakazaki
  • Kim Kaphwan

Rapid-punch Team

  • Billy Kane
  • Chang Koehan
  • Joe Higashi

Severely Burned Team

  • Kyo Kusanagi
  • Saisyu Kusanagi
  • Orochi Chris

Sakazaki Family Team

  • Takuma Sakazaki
  • Ryo Sakazaki
  • Yuri Sakazaki

Teen Team

  • Shingo Yabuki
  • Sie Kensou
  • Chris

Orochi Ladies Team

  • Shermie
  • Vice
  • Mature

Orochi Men Team

  • Yashiro Nanakase
  • Chris
  • Ryuji Yamazaki

Kusanagi Style (?) Team

  • Kyo Kusanagi
  • Saisyu Kusanagi
  • Shingo Yabuki

Comedy Team

  • Robert Garcia
  • Sie Kensou
  • Choi Bounge

Other Art of Fighting Team

  • Robert Garcia
  • Yuri Sakazaki
  • Takuma Sakazaki

Sexy Team

  • Choi Bounge
  • Chin Gentsai
  • Chang Koehan

Cap Team

  • Terry Bogard
  • Lucky Glauber
  • Clark Still

Young Hero Team

  • Shingo Yabuki
  • Benimaru Nikaido
  • Goro Daimon

Other Ikari Team I

  • Ralf Jones
  • Leona Heidern
  • Heidern

Other Ikari Team II

  • Leona Heidern
  • Clark Still
  • Heidern

Other Heroine Team

  • Athena Asamiya
  • Mai Shiranui
  • Yuri Sakazaki

Other Power Team

  • Ralf Jones
  • Brian Battler
  • Chang Koehan

April 8th Birthday Team

  • King
  • Mature
  • Shingo Yabuki

Former Art of Fighting Team (KOF '94 Mexico Team)

  • Ryo Sakazaki
  • Robert Garcia
  • Takuma Sakazaki

Former Ikari Team (KOF '94 Brazil Team)

  • Heidern
  • Ralf Jones
  • Clark Still

Shingo Detests Team

  • Iori Yagami
  • Yashiro Nanakase
  • Ryuji Yamazaki

Former Women Fighters Team (KOF '94 England Team)

  • Mai Shiranui
  • Yuri Sakazaki
  • King

'96 Women Fighters Team

  • King
  • Mai Shiranui
  • Kasumi Todoh

Skin Heads Team

  • Chris
  • Sie Kensou
  • Iori Yagami

'96 Leona Team

  • Leona Heidern
  • Mature
  • Vice

'95 Rival Team

  • Iori Yagami
  • Eiji Kisaragi
  • Billy Kane

Bald Head Team

  • Chang Koehan
  • Choi Bounge
  • Mr. Big

Orochi Heavenly Kings Team

  • Goenitz
  • Next two members can either be:
    • Orochi Yashiro
    • Orochi Shermie
    • Orochi Chris

Stages

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Gameplay of Mai vs. Chin in one of the stages repaginated in 3D.

In addition to the original scenarios in a repaginated version in 3D (only in PlayStation 2), SNK also added the scenarios of the finals of '96 (Bosses Team and Goenitz) and '97 (Orochi Team and Orochi), and some new scenarios:

  • China 2: Part of The Great Wall of China. The fight takes in one of the pillars, where can be seen a flag with words in Chinese, in the right. In the background, can be seen changes: in 1st round, he is empty and inthe start of the morning; in 2nd and 3rd rounds, people watching the fight; and in the last rounds, can be seen a sunset.
  • Hong Kong: A comercial center, with various vehicles. Changes: in the 1st and 2nd rounds, it's morning, with few people watching the fight, inside and outside the train; in the 3rd and 4th rounds, a crowd in the background in the afternoon; and in the last round, it's already night, and people can be seen only in the train next to the characters. The batle takes next to train tracks.
  • Taiwan: A plaza in Taipei. The fight takes next to some statues. Can be seen flags and a temple, in the background. Changes: in the 1st round, people is cheering and holding a flag with words in Chinese, besides a woman sitting at a table with a sun umbrella, with a sunny climate; in the 2nd round, the stage is empty and cloudy; from the 3rd round, the stage gets full again, with the same people of the 1st round and in the light of the sunset.
  • Saudi Arabia: The fight takes next to a mosque in the desert. Can be seen palm trees, sheikhs and burkina women. Changes: in the 1st round, the weather is sunny; in the 2nd round, can be seen a sunset, and more sheikhs in the left and the right; from the 3rd round, it's already night and more sheikhs can be seen in the background, and bonfires on both sides.
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Gameplay of Kasumi vs. Ryo in one of the new stages.

  • China 3: A village near to a river, where can be seen two bridges on both sides, and some houses in the background. Changes: in the 1st round, people and pandas are cheering with the fight, holding posters with the game's name, and the weather is sunny; in 2nd round, the stage is empty and the sky is cloudy; from the 3rd round, it's already night and few people are in the stage.
  • China 4: The fight takes near a river source. Can be seen some leafless trees, on both sides, a stone with Chinese writing and a temple and moutains, in the background. Changes: in the 1st round, can be seen some people next to the river, and the weather is sunny; in the 2nd round, can be seen a sunset; from the 3rd round, the stage is empty and it's already night; also can be seen some lights coming from the temple.
  • Bousou: The bloody version of China 3 and Saudi Arabia, like the stages in KOF '97. Associated with Wild Iori and Wild Leona, respectively.

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