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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.

Description

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!

Gameplay

The gameplay is the same as KOF '99, with some minor changes.

Striker System

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.

Move Legend

  • 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.
Striker
Attack
Effect
K'
Narrow Spike
Offensive Attack
Maxima
Maxima Gallows
Immobilizes the opponent for a brief
Benimaru Nikaido
Electrigger
Immobilizes the opponent for a brief
Shingo Yabuki
Leg Grab
Immobilizes the opponent for a brief
Terry Bogard
Dunk Geyser
Offensive Attack
Andy Bogard
Wind Slicing Shadow Fist
Offensive Attack
Joe Higashi
Here! Here! Megaton Punch
Offensive Attack
Mai Shiranui
Blossom Storm
Offensive Attack/Increase of Power
Ryo Sakazaki
Aerial Dragon Flame Punch
Offensive Attack
Robert Garcia
Tiger Rapid Rave
Offensive Attack
Yuri Sakazaki
Scalding Steam Blast
Offensive Attack/Increase of Power
Takuma Sakazaki
Deadly Demon Conqueror's Blast
Offensive Attack
Leona Heidern
Killer Touch
Offensive Attack
Ralf Jones
Regal Body Blow
Offensive Attack
Clark Still
Flashing Launcher
Offensive Throw
Whip
Valkyrie Killer
Offensive Attack
Athena Asamiya
Psychic Heal
Increase of Life
Sie Kensou
Meat Bun 4 U
Increase of Life and Power
Chin Gentsai
Willow Wallop
Offensive Attack
Bao
Paycho Ball MAX Striker Mix
Offensive Attack
King
Trap Rush
Offensive Attack
Blue Mary
Rapid Spider
Offensive Throw
Kasumi Todoh
Victory
Offensive Throw/Decrease of opponent's power
Li Xiangfei
Great Fierce Peach Tree
Decrease of opponent's power
Kim Kaphwan
Flying Kick
Offensive Attack
Chang Koehan
Iron Ball Great Plumment
Offensive Attack
Choi Bounge
Triple Dancing Dis
Offensive Attack/Decrease of opponent's power
Jhun Hoon
Charging Tiger Raid
Offensive Attack
Kyo-1 & Kyo-2
Overhauled Bouncer
Offensive Attack
Kyo Kusanagi
Serpent Shear
Offensive Attack
Iori Yagami
Vessels of 8 Elixirs
Immobilizes the opponent for a brief

Characters

Official Team Roster

Hero Team (A.K.A. K' Team or Protagonist Team)

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K'

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Maxima

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Benimaru Nikaido

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Shingo Yabuki

Fatal Fury Team (A.K.A. Garou Densetsu Team)

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Terry Bogard

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Andy Bogard

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Joe Higashi

Mai96.gif

Mai Shiranui

Art of Fighting Team (A.K.A. Kyokugenryu Team)

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Ryo Sakazaki

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Robert Garcia

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Yuri Sakazaki

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Takuma Sakazaki

Ikari Warriors Team

Leona99.gif

Leona Heidern

Ralf99.gif

Ralf Jones

Clark99.gif

Clark Still

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Whip

Psycho Soldier Team

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Athena Asamiya

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Sie Kensou

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Chin Gentsai

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Bao

Women Fighters Team

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King

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Blue Mary

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Kasumi Todoh

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Li Xiangfei

Korea Justice Team

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Kim Kaphwan

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Chang Koehan

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Choi Bounge

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Jhun Hoon

Boss

Krizalid in the first round. Krizalid in the second round onwards.

Krizalid (playable through roulette)

Single Entries & Special Bosses

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Kyo Kusanagi (Hidden Character)

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Iori Yagami (Hidden Character)

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Kyo-1

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Kyo-2


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)
  • Kyo-1
  • Kyo-2

Exclusive Stages

  • 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.
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