The following is a core part of the storyline to The
King Of Fighters 99, donated in part by a member of the SSI.
While the New KOF tournament
was announced, Heidern had his suspicions and decided to send Ralf and
the others to the tournament. Meanwhile, Benimaru Nikaidou was invited
as a special guest to the tournament, as a member of a special team. However,
in his member rooster were listed two names which the world of martial
arts have never heard until now... Maxima, and an initial: K'.
While News release is still staggering, the following
are coallated and partially updated pieces of information released
by SNK regarding The
King Of Fighters 99.
1- Five New Characters to Be
It has been confirmed that out of the 30 characters to
be in KOF99, 5 are new
characters. One of the five, is the new main
character as mentioned in previous articles. While no specific information
has been released on the new main character, he is to follow the tradition
of the game series and be a stylish handsome
character. There is a new female character
confirmed to be in the game as well. In addition to the 5 characters, the
last boss itself is confirmed to be a new
2- Kyo and Benimaru Confirmed
It has been confirmed that Kyo and Benimaru will not
be in the same team in KOF99. Thus so, this
also means that the two characters are confirmed
to be in the game.
3- Iori also to be present..?
In another interview done with Hiroyuki Kawano, it has
been mentioned that "while the main character
is new, the former characters are present... and the new character does
have some connection". While no comments have been made directly
on names, this can possibly taken as Iori, as well as Kyo- who himself
has been already confimed.
4- Females in KOF99
While no names have been mentioned, KOF99 is to have
7 female characters in total, out of the 30
characters in the game.
5- The Form of selecting a Striker
The player can select the striker for the battle at the
time of the match's order select screen.
6- Striker Stocks
Likewise to the DM stocks of Advanced mode in KOF98,
the stocks to calling out the striker begins from 3,
and can be stocked up to 5. Unlike the
assists in previous KOF series, the strikers do inflict damage
when they attack on the screen.
Not all teams have new characters- some consists of only
Indifferently so, no teams consist
of only new characters.
While a good effort has been put into the new
characters and their designs, also a number of characters from the
past have concentrated changes in costumes.
9- KOF99 -The DreamCast Version
While not new news, The Dreamcast's
version of KOF98 also named "KOF99" supports connection to the NeoGeo
Pocket Color and its KOF-R-2 game.
In playing the NeoPColor game, secret gallery images
can be unlocked for viewing in the DreamCast KOF98.
While this may seen unrelated to the arcade
version of KOF99, SNK has hinted that the
new main character in the Arcade version of
KOF99 is hidden within the gallery.
Whether or not this also means that SNK will not release information on
the New main character until after 6/24 -the
release date of the DreamCast KOF99, is not known as of the present.
10- The Future of KOF99
While not definite, Hiroyuki
Kawano had spoken that it is highly possible that KOF99
may not be the last KOF game, as it is the beginning of a new start.
The new KOF may continue on as a new series, and the storyline and game
system may develop by the years, likewise
Be on the lookout for more information within the coming
days and weeks, at The Madman's Cafe.
On an indirectly related note, KOF99's Producer Hiroyuki
Kawano mentioned in the previous KOF99 article is also one of the project
leaders to the upcoming SNK vs Capcom line-ups,
as can be seen from the phtoto below taken during the last Tokyo
The SNK vs Capcom announcement in March
(Note: this KOF99 article pertains to the Arcade
version, and is different from the DreamCast version of King Of
Fighters 99 scheduled for release on 6/24. The DreamCast version is based
on the MVS KOF98.)