The King of Fighters '94: Re-bout
 

 

STORY:  Rugal Bernstein is an incredibly rich and notorious arms and drugs trafficker, as well as an incredibly skilled and ruthless fighter. Having become bored with the lack of competition, Rugal decides to host a new King of Fighters tournament. Rugal has his secretary travel to eight destinations around the world and invite fighters to his new tournament.
 
 

Happy 10 Year Anniversary KOF! 

 
ABOUT
The King of Fighters '94 Re-Bout is a remake of the first ever installment to the KOF series (King of Fighters '94), commemorating the 10th anniversary of the franchise. The remake features "upscaled and smoothed out" high-res character sprites and new backgrounds. KOF '94: Re-bout was released only on Playstation 2 in Japan on December 28, 2004. An Xbox port for North America was actually planned and completed, but was mysteriously canceled on March. 23rd, 2006. In January 2015, KOF '94: Re-bout was reported to be coming to PSN as a PS2 Classic. This means fans in other regions can digitally import and finally try out the game if they haven't! 
 

That's a lotta snowflakes... 

 
Clearly, KOF '94: Re-bout's main draw is the all new "remastered" high-def sprites, along with Team Edit, which the original didn't have. As you can tell from the screenshots, character sprites appear much larger and crisper onscreen than their late 1994 NeoGeo counterparts. However, the frame-counts have remained the same, so characters animate essentially the same as they do in the original game. Using both 2D and 3D elements, the new backgrounds feature some cool graphical effects and several character cameos from other SNK games. KOF '94: Re-bout on PS2 also includes Online Versus Mode and a new anime intro.
 

 
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Page Updated: January 22nd, 2015
Developer(s): SNK Playmore
Publisher(s): SNK
Artwork By: Hiroaki
Platform(s): Playstation 2, PSN
Release Date(s): Dec. 28th, 2004     ( PS2)
Jan. 20th, 2015 
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Characters Kyo, Benimaru, Daimon, Andy, Terry, Joe, Ryo, Robert, Takuma, Mai, King, Yuri, Ralf, Heidern, Clark, Athena, Kensou, Chin, Lucky, Heavy D, Brian, Chang, Kim, Choi, Rugal

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Related Games: KOF '94, KOF '95, KOF '96, KOF '97, KOF '98, KOF '98 Ultimate Match, KOF '99, KOF 2000, KOF 2001, KOF 2002, KOF 2002 Unlimited Match, KOF 2003, KOF XI, KOF XII, KOF XIII, KOF: Maximum Impact, KOF: Maximum Impact MANIAX, KOF: Maximum Impact 2, KOF: Maximum Impact Regulation A, KOF: Neowave, KOF EX Neo Blood, KOF EX2 Howling Blood, KOF R1, KOF R2, KOF Collection: Orochi Saga, Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo HD Remix
  

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Final Words:

KOF '94: Re-bout is pretty much the "KOF version" of Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix. No doubt hardcore fans of the original KOF '94 can really appreciate this title... even though a ton of beloved KOF characters don't appear in '94. (Iori anyone?). I think the ancient animation might outweigh the crispy new character sprites, but nonetheless, the classic sprites look pretty cool redrawn and all.

Unless you had access to a Japanese PS2, you've probably never played this game (me included). Thankfully, with a 2015 PSN re-release looming, fans who missed out on KOF '94: Re-bout can finally digitally import (at the least) and give it a go. However, as a "PS2 Classics" title, we most likely won't get online mode... but you never know, I suppose. 
~TFG Webmaster  
 

 
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