The King of Fighters '99: Evolution, A.K.A. KOF EVO or KOF Evolution is a remake and port of The King of Fighters '99 that was released for the Dreamcast in March 30, 2000 in Japan, and in North America in May 8, 2001. This game also is available in PlayStation 2, as part of The King of Fighters NESTS Collection, and for Microsoft Windows in December 22, 2000. Like it's predecessor, the game was never released in Europe. Like it's predecessor, the game was never released in Europe.
This game reunite elements from both KOF '99 Neo Geo version and The King of Fighters 2000, released in July of that same year, and introduce the Special Strikers, an item that didn't exist in the original game. As a result, some characters of the roster (Vanessa and Seth), as well as characters from other franchises and originals that appear as strikers in KOF 2000, appear as special strikers in this game.
The changes from the original game include 3D stages and the addition of striker characters. In the Japanese version, the game is compatible with the Neo Geo Pocket/Dreamcast Setsuzoku Cable, which allows the player to transfer their points won in The King of Fighters: Battle de Paradise to speed up the leveling process for Extra Strikers. In this game, the version of the stages are selectable and separate.
- 1 Description
- 2 Gameplay
- 3 Striker System
- 4 Characters
- 4.1 Official Team Roster
- 4.2 Boss
- 4.3 Single Entries & Special Bosses
- 4.4 Special & Extra Strikers
- 4.5 Special Edit Team
- 5 Exclusive Stages
Welcome back to the King of Fighters tournament! With this, the latest installment of the legendary SNK fighting game series! Taking elements from both KOF '99 and the new KOF 2000, KOF Evo brings hardcore fighting game action, slick characters, newcomers, oldcomers, and everyone in between back for one of the greatest fighting game experiences you'll ever see!
The gameplay is the same as KOF '99, with some minor changes.
A new rule in this game is the Striker System. All teams are required to have 3 fighting members and 1 supporting member known as the Striker. As you select the order of fighters during each match, the first 3 serve as your fighting members while the 4th one is deployed as your team's striker for that match. This member can be called into battle for a limited number of times.
Strikers require one Strike Bomb in order to be called. Press BC at a time to wage to summon your Striker.
- You can only summon a Striker when standing still.
- Use a Strike Bomb to make a Striker show up and support you.
- Strikers vary in performance depending on the character chosen.
- The default number of Strike Bombs is 3, and the maximum number is 5.
- A Strike Bomb is awarded when a team loses a round.
- Offensive attacks directly inflict damage on the opponent.
- Life-Up heals a bit of life on the player's gauge.
- Power-Up builds a bit of power on the player's gauge.
- Power-Down depletes a certain amount on the opponent's gauge.
- Immobilization holds the opponent in place and open to attack.
Striker Attacks & Effects
- Note: Krizalid isn't used as a striker.
Official Team Roster
Krizalid (playable through roulette)
Single Entries & Special Bosses
Kyo Kusanagi (Hidden Character)
Iori Yagami (Hidden Character)
Special & Extra Strikers
Special Edit Team
These ending for the All Kyo Team can be accessed only in this game.
All Kyo Team
- Kyo Kusanagi (Both Player and Striker versions)
- Amusement Park: In one of the versions, the fight occurs next to a carousel, a ferris wheel and a viking boat. In the other, near to the same caurosel, a castle and the entrance of a tunnel of terror. In both versions, can be seen a light post, people and park workers, barracks and fireworks.
- Cuckoo Clock Tower: In one of the versions, the fight takes in the outside. Can be seen cuckoo dolls, a gargoyle and a mountain, in the background. In the other, the fight takes near to the gears of the clock.