The King of Fighters '98: Ultimate Match


STORY:  In terms of plot, KOF '98: Ultimate March does not have a story and was developed as a "dream match" with characters from all previous installments of King of Fighters.

The definitive version of King of Fighters '98.

Originally featuring a total of 38 characters, The King of Fighters '98 was no doubt a fan favorite installment to the series due to the great character roster and quality 2D gameplay. 10 years later, the Ultimate Match edition of enhances the classic title with 7 new playable characters, special EX versions of characters not featured in the original version, and several brand new stages.

One more Powaa Gyssaaaa for old times sake.

Along with the "Advance" & "Extra" play options from the original, a new "Ultimate" mode is now selectable, which is a customizable style that lets players choose between features from Advance or Extra mode, such as which kind of power gauge to use. A "Neo Geo" mode is also available in the package, which is a direct port of the original Neo Geo console version. The home package of Ultimate Match also includes Gallery Mode with a variety of classic artwork to browse through.

Eiji is so ninja, he wasn't even in the original KOF '98


Page Updated: December 16th, 2014
Developer(s): SNK
Publisher(s): SNK
Platform(s): Playstation 2, PSN (), Xbox 360, PC
Release Date(s): Mar. 3rd, 2009         ( PS2)
Dec. 16th, 2014
      (Steam - as KOF '98: UM Final Edition)
TBA 2015
                   ( PSN)
Characters Kyo, Benimaru, Daimon, Andy, Terry, Joe, Ryo, Robert, Mai, King, Yuri, Ralf, Leona, Clark, Athena, Kensou, Chin, Chizuru, Yashiro, Shermie, Chris, Mature, Vice, Iori, Chang, Kim, Choi, Yamazaki, Blue Mary, Billy Kane, Heidern, Takuma, Saisyu, Heavy D, Lucky, Brian, Shingo, Eiji, Kasumi, Geese, Krauser, Mr. Big, Goenitz, Orochi, Rugal, Omega Rugal

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Related Games: KOF '98, KOF 2002: Unlimited Match, KOF Collection: Orochi Saga, KOF '94, KOF '94: Re-bout, KOF '95, KOF '96, KOF '97, KOF '99, KOF 2000, KOF 2001, KOF 2002, KOF 2003, KOF XI, KOF XII, KOF XIII, KOF: Maximum Impact, KOF: Maximum Impact MANIAX, KOF: Maximum Impact 2, KOF: Maximum Impact Regulation A, KOF: Neowave, KOF EX Neo Blood, KOF EX2 Howling Blood, KOF R1, KOF R2

Gameplay Engine

 7.5 / 10

Story / Theme

 7.5 / 10

Overall Graphics

 6.0 / 10


 6.0 / 10

Music / Sound Effects

 6.5 / 10


 6.0 / 10

Art Direction

 7.0 / 10


 8.0 / 10

Options / Extras

 8.5 / 10

Intro / Presentation

 8.0 / 10

Replayability / Fun

 7.0 / 10

"Ouch" Factor

 7.5 / 10


 8.5 / 10


 7.8 / 10

 Review based on PS2 version


Final Words:

For a 2D fighting game that's 10 years old, KOF '98 holds up rather well, but really does look and sound it's age in this high-def era of gaming. For fighting game fans looking to be "wowed" by graphics or animation, this game isn't for you... then again, if you've never checked out the legendary KOF '98, this remake is a great way to experience the classic and get you acquainted with some of the KOF series' most iconic characters! For hardcore KOF fans, Ultimate Match is pretty much a "timeless" and "must own" title. ~TFG Webmaster

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