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The King of Fighters All Star (ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ オールスター) is a free to play, mobile beat’em up RPG game released for iOS and Android, developed by a South Korean gaming company Netmarble authorized by SNK. The game brings together all the characters of the KOF series up to The King of Fighters XIV.

While including KOF series fighters, the game also includes limited crossover events with other franchises and companies. Most notable crossovers have been Gintama (2018, 2020), Samurai Shodown (2019), Tekken (2019), WWE (2020), Seven Knights (2020), The Seven Deadly Sins (2021), Dead or Alive (2021), and Guilty Gear (2021). Netmarble stated that more crossovers are in discussions. In addition to crossovers, the game also holds special events that introduces fighters with holiday themes and genderbent characters.

Release History

The game initially released in Japan in July 26, 2018.

After high demand from South Korea, the game was released there in May 9, 2019 having gone through tests at events there since the end of 2018 and holding special venues for promotion.

Netmarble announced a release for a global server (including Americas, Europe and China) in October 22, 2019 with pre-registering being available until then.

The game was ultimately a success for all servers and has been one of the most successful mobile games for The King of Fighters franchise up to date.

Crossover History

  • Dead or Alive 6 - First updated in July 29th, 2021, which adds Kasumi, Marie Rose, Nyotengu, and Honoka, along with the "Angel of Paradise" variant of themselves. Original variant of both Marie Rose and Honoka are unlockables; while original variant of Nyotengu, and Angel Paradise versions of Kasumi and Honoka are included at Volume 2 in early August 2021.

Story

The player wakes up in the world of The King of Fighters without any memory to remember. With the help of an energetic girl named Noah, the player must participate in the tournaments from The King of Fighters '94 (and onward), and wins the tournaments in order to regain their memory. Starting from the very beginning (KOF '94), the player must go through each chapters (categorized in specific years) for each saga with NESTS saga being the most recent update.

Features

While including all fighters from the main KOF series, the game implements a gacha system where certain characters are only available for a limted time. These "festa" characters are only obtainable through summons and not by regular unlocking.

Another feature is the battle card system, where certain special moves are unlocked by equipping a matching battle card suited for the specific fighter. Depending on the card, it unlocks super skills that may cost from three bars to five bars of power with having weaker stats for lesser costs. Most cards need to be pulled or manually selected (with the use of tickets), but some are unlockable through Epic Quests (usually costs three bars).

The game also features multiple remixes of BGM's from previous installments depending on the character or his/her team. In addition to soundtracks, the game also includes many stages reminiscent of previous SNK series and respective franchises (for crossovers i.e. Tekken).

Characters

Official Roster

Orochi Saga

NESTS Chronicles

  • K' ('99, XIII, Summer Vacation and Special Signature variants)
  • Maxima ('99, Pretty and Phantom Invader variants)
  • Whip ('99 and Merry Christmas variants)
  • Li Xiangfei ('99 and Halloween variants)
  • Jhun Hoon ('99 variant)
  • Bao ('99 variant)
  • Krizalid ('99 and Boss Syndrome variants)
  • Vanessa (2000, Wonderland and Baseball variants)
  • Ramón (2000 variant)
  • Lin (2000 variant)
  • Seth (2000 variant)
  • Hinako Shijou (2000 and Sakura Festival variants)
  • Kula Diamond (2000, Halloween Party, Summer Vacation, Valentine and Special Signature variants)
  • Clone Zero (2000 and Pretty variants)
  • May Lee Jinju (2001 and Valentine variants)
  • Ángel (2001, Halloween Party and Summer Vacation variants)
  • Zero (2001, Pretty, Boss Syndrome and Phantom Gatekeeper variants)
  • Igniz (2001, Boss Syndrome and Phantom Ruler variants)
  • Nameless (2002 UM and Boss Syndrome variants)

Tales of Ash

Shun'ei Saga

Original & NPCs Characters

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Noah

(ノア, noa)

The first individual the main character encounters after a coma. She helps the MC by providing tutorials and tips.


CV: Kana Hanazawa

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Ryugo

(リューゴ, ryuugo)

The "PLANNER" of the trio. Sees the MC as a bug in the system and plans to get rid of it.


CV: Tomokazu Sugita

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Ein

(アイン, ain)

The "DEBUGGER" of the trio. Sees the MC as a bug in the system and plans to get rid of it.


CV: Saori Hayami

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Kaya

(カヤ, kaya)

The "ARTIST" of the trio. Sees the MC as a bug in the system and plans to get rid of it.


CV: Ayane Sakura

Crossover Characters

Gintama (Shueisha)

Samurai Shodown IV: Amakusa's Revenge

Tekken 7 (Bandai Namco)

WWE

Seven Knights (Netmarble)

The Seven Deadly Sins: Dragon's Judgement (Kodansha)

Dead or Alive 6 (Koei Tecmo)

  • Kasumi (Special Signature/DOA6 and “Angel of Paradise”/Seaside Eden variants)
  • Marie Rose (Special Signature/Classic and “Angel of Paradise”/Cymric variants)
  • Nyotengu (Special Signature/Classic and “Angel of Paradise”/Seaside Eden variants)
  • Honoka (Special Signature/Classic and “Angel of Paradise”/Newcomer variants)

Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2 (Arc System Works)

Trailers

Promotional Trailers

SNK Characters Trailers

Gallery

Trivia

  • This game is the first game to include all characters with new or recurring voice actors.
    • Some voice actors of this game also appears in the more recent KOF mainline entries.
  • The game is also the first to use 3D assets rather than sprites in a mobile KOF game.
  • It is also the first game to introduce both Bandai Namco (Tekken) and Koei Tecmo (Dead or Alive and modern Ninja Gaiden reboot) characters along side with SNK characters (SNK being the home game).
    • It also marks the first time both manga/anime series from respective another Shonen companies to fight along side each other. In this case, Gintama from Shueisha/Shonen Jump and Seven Deadly Sins from Kodansha/Shonen Magazine.
  • Collaboration-based franchises, except Gintama has the more than one rarest features. Not counting both Game Start and Finish icon designs:
    • Gintama:
      • Appearances: The warriors are based on their first appearances on costume-based, as evident on Kagura's costume, but after Kabukicho Four Devas Arc, due to Kamui and Takasugi's alliance. Only Gintoki to receive his past Joi War variant prior to his series' main events.
    • Samurai Shodown (except Nakoruru):
      • Appearances: The warriors are based on prior to Samurai Shodown II event. By extend, their costumes are based on prior to the event of PlayStation game Samurai Shodown: Warriors Rage.
      • Announcer: Provided by Daiki Nakamura (Haohmaru’s current Japanese voice actor and voice actor in 64 series) instead of Hiroshi Naka (Jubei Yagayu and Kuroko’s Japanese current voice actor).
      • BGM: Rather than their reused latest BGM from Samurai Shodown (2019), all characters except Amakusa shares two BGMs based on their respective genders.
    • Tekken:
      • Appearances: The fighters uses their current appearances in Tekken 7, as of its arcade update/console version Tekken 7: Blood Vengeance. Only Jin and Xiaoyu being given alternate variants from prior to Tekken 7.
      • Voice Clips: The fighters reuse current achieved voice clips from Tekken 7, rather than also reusing voice clips from Tekken Tag Tournament 2 or/and Capcom-developed crossover fighting game Street Fighter X Tekken (particularly Japanese one).. It is possibly due to the death of Unsho Iishizuka (Heihachi's Japanese voice actor from 3D Prime Edition - 7) in 2018.
      • BGM: Fighters’ BGM reused from Tekken 7 stages. Possibly due to the death of Heihachi's seiyu from Tekken 3D Prime Edition - Tekken 7 in 2018.
      • Announcer: Also from Tekken 7.
      • Hit Sound: Reuse the current sounds which are heard in Tekken 6 onward.
      • Super Move Battle Card: Rage Art (also universal Rage Drive and 10-Hit Combo Supers) on specific still have no official move name(s) for each characters. Although some characters’ official super move name already existed in crossovers featuring playable Tekken characters like Street Fighter X Tekken and Namco X series, yet not used in Tekken 7 nor KOFAS.
      • Unique Trait: Rage Mode which first appear in Tekken 6 onward. When health is low.
    • WWE:
      • Appearances: The wrestlers are based on their appearances prior to the recent event in 2020, such as COVID-19 pandemic, Becky Lynch's pregnancy, The Rock and the Undertaker's full retirement from wrestling careers in respective years. The Rock and John Cena's variants are opposite between their past and present-selves, whereas the former's primary wrestling get up in since 2003 as his default variant, while John Cena's Doctor of Thuganomics (2003–2004) appearance is his alternate variant.
      • Voice Clips: Because the wrestlers are made silent like the current WWE mainline video games, the current commentator, Michael Cole provides commentary voices for the wrestlers’ attacks. This is because due to asking the WWE wrestlers to directly voice themselves would shoot the licensing fee to the stratosphere.
      • BGM: Wrestlers reuse their current wrestling BGM themes, while John Cena being given a BGM from his early post-WWE debut incarnation. If they won, their themes will play.
      • Announcer: Also by Michael Cole.
    • Seven Knights:
      • Appearances: The warriors are based on their classic younger appearances from Season 1.
      • Voice Clips: The warriors reuse achieved voice clips the first game. It has English, Japanese, and Korean languages. However, as overseas uses English voice clips only, while Japanese and Korean voice clips are exclusive to their respective language, there isn’t an option to change the characters’ language voice clips.
      • BGM: Like Samurai Shodown warriors, Seven Knights only have 2 BGMs based on their affiliations between Team Light and Darkness.
    • Seven Deadly Sins:
      • Appearances: The warriors are based on their classic younger appearances prior to the end of the series in the timeline depicted in its sequel, Four Knights of the Apocalypse.
      • Voice Clips: The warriors reuse the voice clips from its Grand Cross mobile game adaption.
      • BGM: All characters only have one BGM.
    • Dead or Alive:
      • Appearances: The fighters are based on their recent appearances. Most visible one on costume-related are Kasumi (all variants) and swimsuit variant of Nyotengu, because Kasumi is a classic veteran to the series, while the rest who debuted as DLC fighters in update titles of Dead or Alive 5 (Ultimate/Last Round) are canonically debut in the sixth game's storyline.
      • Voice Clips: Dead or Alive fighters uses Japanese voices. While most grunts are coming from Dead or Alive 6, some dialogues are brand new.
      • BGM: Like Samurai Shodown and Seven Knights warriors, Dead or Alive fighters only have 2 BGMs based on their affiliations between Special Signature and Angel of Paradise.
      • Unique Trait: Some of their special moves immediately regenerate when one special move with this effect is used once.
      • Super Move Battle Card: Fatal Rush (once known as Power Blow) on specific still have no official move name(s) for each characters. Although some characters’ official super move name already existed in Dead or Alive 5, yet not used in Dead or Alive 6 nor KOFAS. This is similar to Tekken cast’s Super Move Battle Card.
    • Guilty Gear:
      • Appearances: The warriors are based on their playable appearances in Guilty Gear Xrd, which is prior to Guilty Gear -Strive-. However, their appearances are heavily based on Guilty Gear Xrd R updates, due to the collaboration logo colors, and regarding of Elphelt Valentine's recent appearance.
      • Voice Clips: Mostly reuses Japanese voice archives from Guilty Gear Xrd R updates, due to Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- was a standalone first release and had English voice prior to the voice over's return and credited in the next game, Guilty Gear -Strive-. This is because Baiken (prior to becoming playable DLC in Season Pass 1) and Dizzy were non-speaking NPCs in GGST storyline.
      • Announcer: Also from Guilty Gear Xrd. However, if these characters won, the announcer will announce "Destroyed!" instead of "Slash!".
      • BGM: Also from Guilty Gear Xrd and its updates. As the announcer announce "Destroyed" (Dizzy's case is "Surrendered", due to her non-violent nature) instead of "Slash", if these characters won, the Instant Kill theme will play, similar to WWE cast.
  • Few SNK cast use pre-existing voice clips from previous installments of each franchises.
  • This marks the first KOF game which Wolfgang Krauser is voiced by a Japanese voice actor.
  • The Question Mark on Characters’ Original Team CODEX designates for the characters or/and their variants who have yet to be included in the game will arrive in the future updates, such as 2002 Iori and Kukri. This includes license issue-based KOF-related SNK characters like Love Heart and K9999.
    • Oddly, there are variant versions of the characters already in the game that have yet to be officially included as playable, such as True Rugal (as a Round 2 boss), both '98 Leona and Chizuru (Valentine Storyline), and '99 Shingo (John Cena's WWE storyline).

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The King of Fighters series
Mainline '94'95'96'97'98'992000200120022003XIXIIXIIIXIVXV
Remakes Dream Match 1999'99 Evolution'94 Re-Bout'98 Ultimate Match2002 Unlimited Match
Offshoots R-1R-2EX: Neo BloodEX2: Howling BloodNeowave
Spin-offs Quiz King of FightersThe King of Fighters: KyoBattle de ParadiseKOF: Maximum ImpactKOF: Maximum Impact 2KOF Maximum Impact Regulation "A"KOF Sky StageOnline'98 Ultimate Match WebSNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy
Mobile The King of Fighters -Mobile- / R-2-Volleyball-KOF Gals MahjongThe King of MillionaireThe King of ReversiMahjongKOF Kentei - Mezase Cult Quiz Ou!Moeyo! KOF DaiundokaiKOF x Garou DensetsuBattle Festa-i/AndroidEncounterThe Rhythm of Fighters'98 Ultimate Match OnlineBeast Busters featuring KOFWorldDestinyAll StarOrochi GoM: Fighting Stars AssemblyKOF: Chroniclefor Girls
Pachinko The King of FightersChapter of NESTSMaximum ImpactIIICR The King of Fighters
Compilations Orochi CollectionThe Orochi SagaNESTS Collection
Cancelled Online (UnoTechnology)Fighters' WorldKOF MI "A2"KOF: Maximum Impact 360Online (DragonFly/Triple A Games)
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The King of Fighters games
Prologue The King of Fighters '94
Orochi Saga The King of Fighters '95The King of Fighters '96The King of Fighters '97
NESTS Chronicles The King of Fighters '99The King of Fighters 2000The King of Fighters 2001
Tales of Ash The King of Fighters 2003The King of Fighters XIThe King of Fighters XIII
Shun'ei Saga The King of Fighters XIVThe King of Fighters XV
Dream Matches The King of Fighters '98The King of Fighters 2002The King of Fighters XII
Remakes The King of Fighters: Dream Match 1999The King of Fighters '99: EvolutionThe King of Fighters '94 Re-BoutThe King of Fighters '98 Ultimate MatchThe King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match
Maximum Impact series KOF: Maximum ImpactKOF: Maximum Impact 2KOF Maximum Impact Regulation "A"
Offshoots King of Fighters R-1King of Fighters R-2The King of Fighters EX: Neo BloodThe King of Fighters EX2: Howling BloodThe King of Fighters Neowave
Spin-offs Quiz King of FightersThe King of Fighters: KyoThe King of Fighters: Battle de ParadiseKOF Sky StageThe King of Fighters Online (DragonFly)The King of Fighters '98: Ultimate Match WebSNK Heroines Tag Team Frenzy
Mobile The King of Fighters -Mobile- / R-2The King of Fighters -Volleyball-KOF Gals MahjongThe King of MillionaireThe King of ReversiMahjongKOF Kentei - Mezase Cult Quiz Ou!Moeyo! KOF DaiundokaiKOF x Garou DensetsuBattle Festa-i/AndroidEncounterThe Rhythm of FightersThe King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match OnlineBeast Busters featuring KOFThe King of Fighters: WorldThe King of Fighters Destiny (Game)The King of Fighters All StarOrochi GoThe King of Fighters M: Fighting Stars AssemblyKOF: ChronicleThe King of Fighters for Girls
Pachinko The King of FightersChapter of NESTSMaximum ImpactIIICR The King of Fighters
Compilations The King of Fighters Orochi CollectionThe King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi SagaThe King of Fighters NESTS Collection
Cancelled The King of Fighters Online (UnoTechnology)The King of Fighters' WorldKOF Maximum Impact Regulation "A2"KOF: Maximum Impact 360The King of Fighters Online (Cancelled)
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