King of Fighters Goes 3D PS2 Exclusive. Also - New Arcade Offering Revealed

SNK Playmore brings peace offering to SCEA as coin-op front held.

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King of Fighters Goes 3D PS2 Exclusive. Also - New Arcade Offering Revealed
Today is a big day for King of Fighters news, as two new games in the massively popular series come to light, both of which are strong examples of SNK’s somewhat belated forward thinking approach to the games market.

The first offering carries the name King of Fighters NeoWave and is the first game to snub the ancient MVS arcade platform in favour of Sammy’s Dreamcast-based AtomisWave 3D-friendly board.

The game will be a traditional 2D affair, albeit with 3D backgrounds and video resolution that will finally reflect the last decade of hardware development. Little was announced in terms of the play structure of the game, though the KOF ’98 three vs. three system will remain in place. Interestingly, the defence system will be lifted from Garou: Mark of the Wolves – whether that is a good thing or not will be a point of debate until the game hits arcades this autumn.

Next up is perhaps the most interesting thing to happen in the King of Fighters series ever – a fully 3D version of the game! Carrying the name King of Fighters: Maximum Impact, the game will be a completely three dimensional affair a la Virtua Fighter, and exclusive to PlayStation 2.

This unprecedented move by SNK Playmore is most likely a reaction to the firm’s difficulty in having certain games accepted for PlayStation 2 publication by Sony Computer Entertainment America. A 3D update that is exclusive to the market-leading home console makes a rather tempting peace offering and may smooth the way for future 2D MVS ports.

Expect Maximum Impact to launch in Japan this summer with a western release expected before Christmas.

Comments

Richard Oxer 1 Mar 2004 13:49
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Does any one here actually play King of Fighters?
Pierre Pressure 1 Mar 2004 14:36
2/13
dyne wrote:

>Does any one here actually play King of Fighters?

What is King of Fighters? A game, yes?

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TigerUppercut 1 Mar 2004 15:12
3/13
Pierre Pressure wrote:

>dyne wrote:
>
>>Does any one here actually play King of
>Fighters?
>
>What is King of Fighters? A game, yes?
>

King of Fighters has been one of the top-earning arcade franchises since 1996. Perhaps try visiting an arcade. When you go in, one of the busier non-gimmick machines will be an incarnation of King of Fighters.

In Japan at this moment in time, it is second in earnings to Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution, which, given it runs on ten year old hardware, says something about the gameplay offered.

Also, can anyone explain how forum users illustrating glaring, embarrassing ignorance helps to generate a decent conversation about what is a pretty big news piece? I’d be really interested to know…

Richard Oxer 1 Mar 2004 16:01
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TigerUppercut wrote:

>King of Fighters has been one of the top-earning
>arcade franchises since 1996. Perhaps try
>visiting an arcade. When you go in, one of the
>busier non-gimmick machines will be an
>incarnation of King of Fighters.
>
>In Japan at this moment in time, it is second in
>earnings to Virtua Fighter 4 Evolution, which,
>given it runs on ten year old hardware, says
>something about the gameplay offered.
>
>Also, can anyone explain how forum users
>illustrating glaring, embarrassing ignorance
>helps to generate a decent conversation about
>what is a pretty big news piece? I’d be really
>interested to know…
>

Look, don't be insulted just because some of us actually DON'T play King of Fighters. The arcades aren't the be all and end all of video games. It may be a "big news piece", but not to everyone.

There may have been a hint of sarcasm in my post, but my question was sincere. King of Fighters isn't THAT mainstream.
TigerUppercut 1 Mar 2004 16:38
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dyne wrote:

>Look, don't be insulted just because some of us
>actually DON'T play King of Fighters. The arcades
>aren't the be all and end all of video games. It
>may be a "big news piece", but not to everyone.
>
>There may have been a hint of sarcasm in my post,
>but my question was sincere. King of Fighters
>isn't THAT mainstream.

Mainstrean no. Big, yes!
Pierre Pressure 1 Mar 2004 17:51
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>TigerUppercut wrote:

>King of Fighters has
>been one of the top-earning
>arcade franchises
>since 1996. Perhaps try
>visiting an arcade.
>When you go in, one of the
>busier non-gimmick
>machines will be an
>incarnation of King of
>Fighters.
>
>In Japan at this moment in time,
>it is second in
>earnings to Virtua Fighter 4
>Evolution, which,
>given it runs on ten year old
>hardware, says
>something about the gameplay
>offered.
>
>Also, can anyone explain how forum
>users
>illustrating glaring, embarrassing
>ignorance
>helps to generate a decent
>conversation about
>what is a pretty big news
>piece? I’d be really
>interested to
>know…
>
My Englesh is not so good but i understand you are to try to humilate me as a person, with "glaring, embarrassing ignorance". I put these words in Translation as to make me appear a fool because i do not know Kingo Fighters. You are a bad man and a fat cow
almondVanHelsing 1 Mar 2004 19:37
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TigerUppercut wrote:

>Also, can anyone explain
>how forum users illustrating glaring,
>embarrassing ignorance helps to generate a decent
>conversation about what is a pretty big news
>piece? I’d be really interested to know…

Only embarrassing if you care! I'm not embarrassed I know nothing about Barbie games!
almondVanHelsing 1 Mar 2004 19:43
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TigerUppercut wrote:

>Mainstrean no. Big, yes!

Yeah! Just like Norton Anti-Virus! That game rocks! Been at the top of the charts for ages too!

Where is Fighter King in the charts? Or any fighting game? I'll tell you, no.16, Soul Calibre 2. It's even behind Looney Tunes, dude. Face it, nobody plays fighting games anymore except people who can't outthink a monkey in a ball!
Rod Todd 1 Mar 2004 19:49
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almondVanHelsing wrote:

>Only embarrassing if you care! I'm not
>embarrassed I know nothing about Barbie games!

You ought to be embarrassed! How can you call yourself a gamer, dude, when you know nothing about such a large and venerable franchise. Let me educate you.

The Barbie series has been going since 1993, when corporate fascists, and sexual stereotypographers, Mattel, decided thay could squeeze and extra buck out of the anorexic's role model by shovelling out some crap on SNES.

"Barbie Super Model" was the result. It sold sufficiently unbadly for them to shove out another, Barbie Vacation Adventrue in 1994. But sales were not impressive enough (and nor were the games) to encourage another outing until the year 2000, when the advent of dancing games, combined with the (imagined) hoards of new girl computer gamers spurred the creation of Generation Girl Barbie Gotta Groove (then go to the bathroom and vomit).

Since then, Barbie games have been appearing with alarming regularity, each one worse and more desparate then the last.

I have friends with Barbie mad daughters (with Barbie themed bedrooms) who turn their nose up at the games.

But a Barbie skin for Quake would go down well, esp if all the baddies were (the soon-to-be-discontinued from Barbie's lezzer universe) Ken. In fact, a Quake TC set in Barbie's universe would own!
Rod Todd 1 Mar 2004 19:52
10/13
almondVanHelsing wrote:

>nobody plays fighting games anymore except people
>who can't outthink a monkey in a ball!

And who can't actually fight.

I used to go round arcades offering cocky SF2 and MK "champions" a fight.

As they accepted, and palmed their 50p pieces, I said, "No.. a fight, outside, jackets off, last man standing... you should own with all the theory practice you've done". They never accepted the offer. Wusses!
Mayor_McCheese 2 Mar 2004 11:49
11/13
"i do not know Kingo Fighters. You are a bad man and a fat cow "

LOL!!
scanman 2 Mar 2004 12:38
12/13
I havent been in city an arcade for years - they're all full of gambling machines. When they do have games, they either beat em ups that are being monoplized by the local clique or Namco racers that take your 2 quid for 30 seconds of frustration.

A trip to Blackpool reveals some gems in the dark, dust corners of the arcade. I remember playing Propcycle at 2am, pissed out of my head. Great fun.
Rod Todd 3 Mar 2004 18:47
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scanman wrote:

>A trip to Blackpool reveals some gems in the
>dark, dust corners of the arcade. I remember
>playing Propcycle at 2am, pissed out of my head.
>Great fun.

What is Blackpool?

Do anyone know if there is a Tempest arcade game in the wild NEwhere in the world? I will travel any distance, and kick anyones ass at Tempest.

*Delete 'Fighting' in my sig and replace with 'Tempest'.
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