King of Fighters Allstar will battle into the App Store this month


King of Fighters All Star 1
Coming soon to an iPhone near you.
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Eight months after it launched in Japan, King of Fighters Allstar is arriving in the West.

As its name suggests, King of Fighters is best known as a fighting game franchise. However, King of Fighters Allstar adds to this with new action-RPG elements. It gives you the chance to play as more than 50 fighters from the series in a game that pits you against waves of enemies, bosses, and rival teams. Your mission is to build the best team of fighters possible.

This week, pre-registrations for the game went live, ahead of it launching on October 22. iOS gamers get access to Iori Yagami as an early pre-registration bonus. Yagami first appeared as a character in The King of Fighters ’95 as leader of the Rivals Team. Android users, meanwhile, get access to Kyo Kusuanagi.

The game promises “cutting edge graphics, bold colors, and lightning-fast animations.” There will be a “wealth of content and nostalgia for fans of the franchise and offer hours of fun for gamers who are new to the action.”

King of Fighters Allstar has some promise

I have poured hundreds of hours into King of Fighters games over the years, particularly during high school. I’m therefore definitely interested to see how it will shape up. The concept of enjoying King of Fighters action on an iPhone sounds pretty darn sweet.

Nonetheless, as the recent arrival of Mario Kart Tour showed, not all gaming experiences translate perfectly to mobile. Especially not ones that are loaded to the gunwales with in-app purchases.

I’ll be keen to find out which of those two options this will present. If you’re interested in finding out, too, you can pre-register your interest for King of Fighters Allstar here.


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