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The King of Fighters '97 (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Here it is, the first Neo Geo game to hit the Wii Virtual Console since Magical Drop 2 way back in 2010. The King of Fighters '97 is the fourth installment in the 15 year old franchise. This 1997 model adds multiple play styles (Advance and Extra), new characters (Chizuru, Ryuji, Blue Mary and the return of Billy Kane) and a brand new boss. Rating: 64%
The King of Fighters '97 (Virtual Console)
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What Is It? Here it is, the first Neo Geo game to hit the Wii Virtual Console since Magical Drop 2 way back in 2010. The King of Fighters '97 is the fourth installment in the 15 year old franchise. This 1997 model adds multiple play styles (Advance and Extra), new characters (Chizuru, Ryuji, Blue Mary and the return of Billy Kane) and a brand new boss. Thankfully the good, old-fashioned 2D fighting remains untouched. Fans of SNK's fighting franchise won't be disappointed with this long-overdue port.

Does It Still Hold Up? If you've played King of Fighters '95 or '96, then you largely know what to expect from this 1997 release. With the exception of the new play modes, very little has changed in this sequel. The graphics still look good, thanks in large part to its timeless hand drawn style. I find some of the music grating, but overall this SNK classic has managed to hold up.

Is It Worth The Money? Believe it or not, The King of Fighters '97 marks the first true two-player Virtual Console release since Mario Part 2 in December of 2010. Enjoy it while it lasts gang, because you never know when Nintendo is going to go on hiatus again. Now that the Neo Geo Station is up and running on the PlayStation Network (or is it Sony Entertainment Network now?), it's getting harder to justify these more expensive Virtual Console releases. The lack of an online mode hurts a game like this. On the other hand, it's about time Nintendo uploaded another 2D fighting game for the Wii.
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