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The King of Fighters '99
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  opened by paleface at 05:05:06 09/07/09  
  last modified by paleface at 05:16:54 09/07/09  
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  "Disc shot."
 
This arcade fighting game by SNK was called KOF '99 "Evolution" when ported to the Dreamcast (see entry 1284), and I guess the "Evolution" was the unlockable "Extra" strikers in the DC version, because they're absent from the PS1 port. Regular strikers--and I assume all the other gameplay innovations of '99--are still here.
 
Load times are much better in this than in SNK's early PS1 KOF ports, but while the gameplay initially seems quite brisk, it can really bog down depending on what's going on in a fight. Yuck. Also, in team mode, your teammates aren't shown in the background watching you fight, which sounds like a small detail, but it WAS a staple for most of the series, and it's kind of a bummer not to see them.
 
There is a "single all" quasi-survival mode here. The real cool extra mode is the art gallery, though, which has a large section of unused KOF art, including alternate designs for some of the new characters (a *lot* for would-be new poster boy K'...looks like they had a tough time settling on what he was going to be), alternate costume designs for new and old characters, and even designs for possible new characters who never made it past the "gleam in the eye" stage. If you like this gallery, check out the PS1 port of KOF '98 (see entry 143), which has a similarly cool one.
 
Not really so fun to play with the slowdown in this version, though.
 
  paleface 05:16:54 09/07/09
           
Oh yeah, there's also a Color Edit mode here. Heck, the Dreamcast version didn't have any such thing, so if you're a sprite coloring wizard, this would be your version to get...eh except probably for some later PS2 port or something.
    
downloads:
· disc.jpg
 
references:
· Bakumatsu Roman Dai Ni Maku: Gekka no Kenshi Final Edition (DC)
· The King of Fighters '95 (PS1)
· The King of Fighters '96 (PS1)
· The King of Fighters '97 (PS1)
· The King of Fighters '98 (PS1)
· The King of Fighters '99 Evolution (DC)
· The King of Fighters NESTS Comp. (NeoGeo Online Collection v.7) (PS3)
· The King of Fighters NESTS Comp. (NeoGeo Online Collection v.7) (PS2)

 
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