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The King of Fighters '96 (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . Only a few months we were talking about The King of Fighters '97, and now here we are looping back around to fill in the missing 1996 edition. The last thing we need is another King of Fighters game on the Virtual Console, let alone one that is out of order. SNK loyalists will point to the consistent production value and strong line-up of characters, but it's hard to get excited about this 1996 model when you already own The King of Fighters '97. Rating: 57%
The King of Fighters '96 (Virtual Console)
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What Is It? I did a double take when I booted up The King of Fighters '96. Only a few months we were talking about The King of Fighters '97, and now here we are looping back around to fill in the missing 1996 edition. Why run the games out of order? It's a baffling decision that leaves me completely lost for words. But don't worry, it won't take long for me to gather my thoughts and be able to talk again.

By now you know the drill, fighters from a wide assortment of SNK games (Fatal Fury, Ikari Warriors, Art of Fighting, etc.) come together in a three-on-three battle. Outside of the usual roster changes and team switches, this 1996 edition offers new techniques, a whole host of amazing backgrounds and the ability to dodge. New characters include Kasumi Todoh from Art of Fighting 3, as well as Leona, who joins the Ikari Team. Fans of SNK fighting games would have a lot to be excited about ... if The King of Fighters '97 wasn't already available on the Virtual Console.

Does It Still Hold Up? Chances are you don't need me to tell you that SNK's fighting games are stiff and occasionally chaotic, but the King of Fighters fans wouldn't have it any other way. As always, the presentation is top notch and there's an impressive roster of characters to master. Unfortunately, it's hard for The King of Fighters '96 to get out from under the already available 1997 model. Playing through this game feels like a step back, even if it's an otherwise solid fighting game.

Is It Worth The Money? The last thing we need is another King of Fighters game on the Virtual Console, let alone one that is out of order. SNK loyalists will point to the consistent production value and strong line-up of characters, but it's hard to get excited about this 1996 model when you already own The King of Fighters '97. This upload is only for the hardcore fans that collect each and every SNK release, and I'm not so sure there are a lot of those people left on the Wii.
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