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The King of Fighters '96
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher:
Developer:
Original system(s): Neo Geo
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (32 tracks)
Peripherals supported: Extended RAM Cartridge (1MB only)
Genre: Fighting































Number of players: 1-2
Official in-game languages:
  • 日本語
  • English
  • Español
  • Português
  • Release Date RRP Code
    Sega Saturn
    JP
    ¥5,800 T-3108G
    Sega Saturn
    JP
    (1MB RAM Set)
    ¥7,800 T-3109G




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    The King of Fighters '96 (ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ’96) is an entry in SNK's The King of Fighters series. It is the third in the series, and the sequel to The King of Fighters '95.

    Among other systems it was brought to the Sega Saturn in 1996, though this version was released exclusively in Japan. Despite this fact, it supports all the languages of the Neo Geo versions (Japanese, English, Spanish and Portuguese). The Saturn version was extremely late, being released on the 31st of December - almost missing 1996 altogether.

    The King of Fighters '96 requires a 1MB Extended RAM Cartridge in order to function correctly. The later 4MB cartridge is incompatible - while the game will boot, graphics will be corrupted.

    Gameplay

    Characters

    The King of Fighters '96 ups the character count to 27, with two extra bosses. Not all fighters return from The King of Fighters '95, and some team members have been swapped around (although like KOF '95, the player can make a three-person team from any available characters).

    As in previous games, characters are pulled from older SNK franchises; Garou Densetsu (Fatal Fury), Ryuuko no Ken (Art of Fighting), Ikari Warriors and Psycho Soldier.

    Shujinkou Team

    Kyo Kusanagi
    Benimaru Nikaido
    Goro Daimon

    Garou Densetsu Team

    Terry Bogard
    Andy Bogard
    Joe Higashi

    Ryuuko no Ken Team

    Ryo Sakazaki
    Robert Garcia
    Yuri Sakazaki

    Shin Ikari Team

    Leona
    Clark Still
    Ralf Jones

    Psycho Soldier Team

    Athena Asamiya
    Sie Kensou
    Chin Gentsai

    Shin Josei Kakutouka Team

    Kasumi Todo
    Mai Shiranui
    King

    Kim Team

    Kim Kaphwan
    Chang Koehan
    Choi Bounge

    Yagami Team

    Iori Yagami
    Vice
    Mature

    Boss Team

    Geese Howard
    Wolfgang Krauser
    Mr. Big

    Bosses

    Chizuru Kagura
    Goenitz

    History

    Versions

    The Saturn version of The King of Fighters '96 stems from the Neo Geo CD and shares its arranged CD audio soundtrack. Loading times are faster on the Saturn than on the Neo Geo CD, though sound effects have been lowered in quality and some stage introduction special effects are missing. Animations on the character selection screen are missing in all CD versions of the game, as are team reactions when the player is slammed into the ground during a fight.

    The Saturn compares favourably to its PlayStation counterpart, which in addition to the aforementioned cuts, lacks many character and background animations. The PlayStation port also manages to load slower than the Neo Geo CD at times, despite its disc drive being twice as fast.

    Production credits

    • Producer: T・Nishiyama
    • Chief Director: Kuwayan
    • System Director: Toyochan
    • Sub Director: Toyochan, Haruo Tomita, Namaan-Hiroto, T.Hosokawa
    • System Editor: K・Mac・Nagashima
    • Front Designer: Tatsuru-Man, C・Yamasaki, Goro Hamada, Akihiko Nasu, Kyow!Iori?Hiraki, Shagiko Hagihara, Naisyo・・・・, M・Asakura, Joe・Terry Sato, Toba, ・・・・・, Miho Uematsu, Akiko Yukawa, S.Yamamoto, Kal-Mizuno, Mitsuru Kawasaki, Kohrin, (Mika) Nisida, I-no-u-e, 44Oka, Aska Tahara
    • Back Designer: Etosan, Manoru, Bibidebabidebu, Tsugumi.A, Eri Koujitani, [214 Kusu], Souji Takamori, M.Yokoyama, Raishi
    • Program: Shinchan-R32, S・Fujinuki, Cyber・Kondo
    • Sound: Sha-V, Konny, Papaya, Shimizm, Yamapy-1, Tate-Norio, Brother-Hige, Ackey, Miwa
    • Voice: Masahiro Nonaka, Monster Maetsuka, Masaki Usui, S・Hashimoto, Keiichi Nanba, Nobuyuki Hiyama, Koichi Mantaro, Kaori Horie, Masae Yumi, Yoshinori Shima, Tamao Sato, Eiji Yano, T・Nishimura, Hiroyuki Arita, Harumi Ikoma, Akoya Sogi, Kunihiko Yasui, Yuko Tuji, Kong Kuwata, BJ Love, Masaru Naka, Akiko Saito
    • Special Thanks to: Y・Inui, Team Pow, Team Syunsuke 96, M.Yasuda, Kazu,Takinaka, and All SNK Staff
    • Produced by: SNK
    Source: In-game creditsMedia:KOF96_Saturn_JP_SSEnding.pdf[1]


    The King Of Fighters '96 サターン版移植スタッフ
    • (有)TUG
      • プログラマー: 林 高志, 小島 卓也, 村岡 敬, 黒川 昌昭
    • (株)夢工房
      • : 赤池 光雄, 井上 和俊, 近藤 和夫, 渋谷 麻紀夫
    • ミュージックスタジオ: ファースト・サークル
    • サウンド: 藤田 靖明
    Source: In-CD-ROM credits (HT_BIB.TXT)


    Magazine articles

    Main article: The King of Fighters '96/Magazine articles.

    Promotional material

    SSM JP 19961122 1996-20.pdf

    PDF
    Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1996-20: "1996-20 (1996-11-22)" (1996-11-08)

    SSM JP 19961213 1996-21.pdf

    PDF
    Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1996-21: "1996-21 (1996-12-13)" (1996-11-22)

    SSM JP 19961227 1996-22.pdf

    PDF
    Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1996-22: "1996-22 (1996-12-27)" (1996-12-13)

    SSM JP 19970117 1997-01.pdf

    PDF
    Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1997-01: "1997-01 (1997-01-17)" (1996-12-27)

    Physical scans

    Sega Retro Average 
    Publication Score Source
    100 More...[2]
    More...[3]
    78 №422, p31
    90 More...[4]
    90 More...[5]
    87 More...Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[6]
    Sega Saturn
    89
    Based on
    5 reviews

    Saturn, JP
    KoF96 Saturn JP Box Back.jpgKoF96 Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
    Cover
    TheKOF96 Saturn JP Spinecard.jpg
    Spinecard
    TheKOF96 Saturn JP Disc.jpg
    Disc
    TheKOF96 SS jp manual.pdf
    Manual
    Saturn, JP (1MB RAM Set)
    KoF96 Saturn JP Box Back 1MBpack.jpgNospine-small.pngKoF96 Saturn JP Box Front 1MBpack.jpg
    Cover
    TheKOF96 Saturn JP Disc Pack.jpg
    Disc

    Technical information

    ROM dump status

    System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
    Sega Saturn
    CRC32
    MD5
    SHA-1
    578,594,352 1996-12-11 CD-ROM (JP) T-3108G, T-3109G V1.001

    Track list


    1. [data track] ({{{time}}})


    2. IN 1996 (00:38)
    From: Title


    3. ESAKA? (02:02)
    From: Heroes Team Theme 1


    4. ESAKA? (01:22)
    From: Heroes Team Theme 2


    5. Big Shot! "Zyaku" (02:02)
    JP: Big Shot! "寂"
    EN: Big Shot! "Mellow"
    From: Fatal Fury Team Theme


    6. Kamikirimushi (02:02)
    JP: かみきり虫
    EN: Long-horned Beetle
    From: Art of Fighting Team Theme


    7. Rumbling on the City (02:02)
    From: New Ikari Team Theme


    8. Psycho Soldier REMIX'96 (02:03)
    From: Psycho Soldier Team Theme


    9. Seoul Road (02:02)
    From: Kim Team Theme


    10. Roulette (00:49)
    From: Player Select


    11. ORAORA (00:09)
    From: Victory Demo


    12. HERE COMES CHALLENGER (00:33)
    From: Intrusion Player Select


    13. Game Over (00:06)
    From: Game Over


    14. Get'n Up (02:02)
    From: New Women Fighters Team Theme


    15. Arashi no Saxphone 2 (02:02)
    JP: 嵐のサキソフォン2
    EN: Stormy Saxophone 2
    From: Yagami Team Theme


    16. Requiem in D Minor K.626 Dies Irae (02:02)
    JP: レクイエム ニ短調 K.626 ディス・イレ
    From: Krauser Theme 1


    17. Requiem in D Minor K.626 Dies Irae (01:26)
    JP: レクイエム ニ短調 K.626 ディス・イレ
    From: Krauser Theme 2


    18. Geese ni Katakori (02:02)
    JP: ギースに肩こり
    EN: Stiff Shoulders for Geese
    From: Geese Theme 1


    19. Geese ni Katakori (01:26)
    JP: ギースに肩こり
    EN: Stiff Shoulders for Geese
    From: Geese Theme 2


    20. Dust man (02:09)
    From: Mr.BIG Theme 1


    21. Dust man (01:25)
    From: Mr.BIG Theme 2


    22. Mamorisi Mono (01:13)
    JP: 護りし者
    EN: Protector
    From: Demo 1


    23. Fairy (02:13)
    From: Chizuru Kagura Theme 1


    24. Fairy (01:26)
    From: Chizuru Kagura Theme 2


    25. Kaze (01:41)
    JP:
    EN: Wind
    From: Demo 2


    26. TRASH HEAD (02:02)
    From: Goenitz Theme 1


    27. TRASH HEAD (01:26)
    From: Goenitz Theme 2


    28. Sora e (01:35)
    JP: 空へ
    EN: To the Sky
    From: Demo 3


    29. Den! (01:27)
    JP: でん!
    From: Ending 1


    30. Den! Den! (01:33)
    JP: でん!でん!
    From: Ending 2


    31. Den! Den! Den! (01:24)
    JP: でん!でん!でん!
    From: Ending 3


    32. SELF (01:59)
    From: Heroes Team Ending


    33. RISING RED (02:17)
    From: Staff Roll
    Running time: 50:40

    Extra content

    This game has an extra content which can be viewed when accessing the disc on a PC.

    Folder / File Type Size description
    HT_ABS.TXT TXT (Abstract) 26 Title
    HT_BIB.TXT TXT (Bibliographiced) 294 Production credits
    HT_CPY.TXT TXT (Copyright) 40 Copyright


    References


    The King of Fighters games for Sega systems / published by Sega
    Sega Saturn
    The King of Fighters '95 (1996) | The King of Fighters '96 (1996) | The King of Fighters '96 + '95: Gentei KOF Double Pack (1996) | The King of Fighters '97 (1998) | The King of Fighters Best Collection (1998)
    Sega Dreamcast
    The King of Fighters: Dream Match 1999 (1999) | The King of Fighters: Evolution (2000) | The King of Fighters 2000 (2002) | The King of Fighters 2001 (2002) | The King of Fighters 2002 (2003)
    Arcade
    The King of Fighters Neowave (2004) | The King of Fighters XI (2005)
    Sony PlayStation 4
    The King of Fighters XIV (2016)