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The King of Fighters '98: Ultimate Match
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Cover of the PlayStation 2 port of the game, showing Iori and Kyo.
Developer(s)SNK Playmore
Publisher(s)SNK Playmore
Release dateArcade
JP March 18, 2008
PlayStation 2
NA March 3, 2009
Microsoft Windows
INT December 16, 2014
GenreFighting game
Game modesSingle-player, multiplayer
Platform(s)Arcade, PlayStation 2, Xbox, 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 rebalancing 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 of 2014.

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


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