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Monday, September 08, 2008

King of Fighters 98 Ultimate Match Coming to XBLA


XBLA version of the updated 2D fighter appears on TGS games list.


Turns out Capcom isn't the only company sprucing up an old fighting game on Xbox Live Arcade. A list of games that'll appear at the Tokyo Game Show next month has been released online, and one delightful surprise it reveals is that SNK's King of Fighters 98 Ultimate Match is set for release over XBLA next year (translation via Siliconera).

Unlike Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix, though, Ultimate Match isn't a remake specific to a digital release -- the game came out in Japanese arcades back in March and on the PlayStation 2 in June. Along with the 2009 release on XBLA, the PlayStation 2 version of the game is set for release in North America next year as well. The remake cleans up the graphics, addresses some balance issues, and adds 10 new characters -- bringing the total up to 64.

As for what, if any, new features the XBLA version will get, we'll probably have to wait until TGS to find out. Hopefully SNK will recognize they are releasing a fighting game in the year 2009, and will add the almost-mandatory online feature everyone will be expecting.

Origin post from 1UP

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