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And the First KOF title on Atomiswave is...

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Other then KOF2k3, which is just being ported over. The first "Original" KOF game is...King of Fighters NeoWave >_<
[First Image is after the Quote]

SNK/Playmore have officially announced that the current KOF title still in development will be renamed The King of Fighters NEOWAVE, and will be the final title the company will be producing for the NeoGeo arcade platform.

The Japanese developer will now be producing all future arcade titles on Sammy's Atomiswave, and already have announced three titles to be released on the arcade hardware this year, two of them being fighting games: The King of Fighters 2004 and Samurai Spirits AW. The announcements were made by SNK/Playmore's chief of development Kazuya Hirata.

“The NeoGeo's games have been played worldwide, but it ran on a 16-bit board that had reached its limits. Producing under a better environment should make the development easier and allow leeway for a higher-quality [game],” commented Youichi Watanabe, chief of Sammy's marketing division. “Within Japan, the AWNET should be able to attract a base of fans in ways that weren't possible with the NeoGeo. In global terms, we should be able to make stable title releases in Asia, Central America, and South America.”
“As you may know, we've made 10 installments in the King of Fighters series. This will be the 11th sequel,” said Kazuya. “To be honest, this game [series] has been pretty hard to create. We've been adding variations to it, remaking the system each and every time. We've completely remade it when it went into a new chapter in the last game, [KOF] 2003. We're currently in the middle of porting the [game's] system since we're moving to the Atomiswave. We're going to start planning out [for KOF2004], but there's been a lot of ideas that we couldn't do on the NeoGeo, so hopefully we can realize them on the Atomiswave. Graphics and sounds will obviously get better, but we also want to strengthen the gameplay itself. We will be adding new characters this time as well.”
“Samurai [Spirits] is a game where the characters really stand out. It has a different aspect from the King [of Fighters]. Samurai [Spirits] Zero Special is coming out around April, and we're hoping that it will showcase the last of the NeoGeo [platform],” said Kazuya. “The next one on the Atomiswave will mark the sixth release, just like Metal Slug. And similarly to the Metal Slug, the development team seems like they want to give it all they've done from the past, so there might be some interesting changes. The details aren't concrete enough to be talked about, but it seems like we'll be making some dynamic changes to the characters.”
“We've worked with the NeoGeo for 13 years. That's a lot to think about. There have been talks in the past about when we'll stop supporting the NeoGeo, but this is going to be the real end. And that's really an indescribable feeling,”

On my view, its just another Dream Match (!) With possibly all characters from past KOF's. Good, Bad? I say bad, because I was really hoping for KOF2k4 to be the first (and original Sammy) KOF game on it. Execpt all we get is 7 year old rehashed sprites with 3D backgrounds :/ Can you say KOF2k1 PS2 edition? Cuz I can.

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Edited by K`dash, 27 February 2004 - 09:35 PM.


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Any new KOF game is good in my eye. We don't really know much about the game though so I can't really comment on it. Where does it say it is a rehash of all old characters with new 3D backgrounds?

Now they need to release some screenshots and give more detail on what it is.

Viva la KOF!

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Edited by GryphonKlaw, 27 February 2004 - 09:11 PM.


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They released a screenshot of the box. It was seen on GameFaq's KOF2k3 board.

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I think it will be a nice send off for the Neo Geo this new Kof title. After all, KOF has been the MVS's most successful series and its a nice way for it to go out.

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Yeah so much for kof2k3 being the last title on the Neo Geo...I remember ppl giving that as an excuse for wanting it so much but now it seems we'll get AT LEAST two more games before the trickle dries up completely.

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Yeah so much for kof2k3 being the last title on the Neo Geo...I remember ppl giving that as an excuse for wanting it so much but now it seems we'll get AT LEAST two more games before the trickle dries up completely.

dude, that is not the mvs hardware you see on that game. That is Atomislave graphics...but..idk why, but Playmore isn't taking advantage of Atomislave's power. Anyways, yeah, look at the backgrounds

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Those screens look pathetic, wow ooo, 3D backgrounds, they still don't compare to guilty gear x2. Look at the character sprites, kof 2000 quality, ugh.

Edited by NeoMaster, 28 February 2004 - 12:42 AM.


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I was just talking about this in a hub not too long ago. Seriously, the sprites need to be updated. The gameplay is already top notch, the graphics just need to catch up. That and next Kof game needs some of SNK's better characters. I'd trade Kensou for Rock Howard any day. Kain, Grant, and Gato wouldn't be all that bad either.

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I was just talking about this in a hub not too long ago. Seriously, the sprites need to be updated. The gameplay is already top notch, the graphics just need to catch up. That and next Kof game needs some of SNK's better characters. I'd trade Kensou for Rock Howard any day. Kain, Grant, and Gato wouldn't be all that bad either.

Well Gato's in KOF now. :P And the story has to flow properly. In time Kain and Grant will show up. Right now, Rock is still a child so you'll have to wait a few more KOFs.

And I don't think they're getting rid of Kensou anytime soon for I think him and Bao are important to the plot now. I actually enjoy Kensou only when he has the Psycho power.

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Those screens look pathetic, wow ooo, 3D backgrounds, they still don't compare to guilty gear x2. Look at the character sprites, kof 2000 quality, ugh.

What screens? You mean the box shot scan? How can you make a proper judgement on a crappy scan?! Wait to see some real pictures and then biatch about it. From what I see on that scan, they have improved the portraits, the bars, and intro screen. But then again, this picture sucks. So wait, and then compare to Guilty Gear.

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Agozer, I was referring to the part of the article that said this:

The King of Fighters NEOWAVE, and will be the final title the company will be producing for the NeoGeo arcade platform.






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