The King of Fighters 2003
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|The King of Fighters 2003|
|Series||The King of Fighters|
|Release date(s)||December 12, 2003|
|Mode(s)||3-on-3 Tag Battle; Up to 2 players simultaneously|
|Arcade system||Neo Geo MVS System|
The King of Fighters 2003 is a fighting game produced by SNK Playmore for the Neo Geo arcade and home platform. It is the 10th game in The King of Fighters series and the first KOF game to become a tag tournament. It is also the first KOF to be published by SNK Playmore and is the final KOF game developed for the Neo Geo MVS and AES hardware. This has been the primary platform for the series since the first game, KOF '94. The game was ported to PlayStation 2 and Xbox. Both versions were released in North America as a two-in-one bundle with it's preceding KOF 2002 game.
The 3-on-3 Team Battle Format is used once again, and the game uses a Multi-Shift format that allows players to change characters during the middle of battle as the 3-on-3 Tag Battle Format. When the "Change OK" sign is displayed above the Power Gauge, the player can do a Quick Shift and change characters immediately, or perform a Switch-Off Attack against the opponent, which will consume one Power Gauge stock.
The game also features a Tactical Leader System, in which one of the members of the team is designated as the Leader, giving the character access to an exclusive move known as the Leader Super Special Move (in addition to the regular Super Special Moves). This usually requires two Power Gauge stocks to perform.
As in the previous game in the series, the players Power Gauge can hold up to three stocks at the beginning of a match, but unlike the previous game, the player starts with a full gauge of three stocks. When one team loses one of its members, the maximum capacity of Power Gauge stocks is increased by one, giving the losing team a handicap against the opposing team. Unlike the previous KOF games, each hit only earns the player 100 points.
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The game revolves around 'The King of Fighters', an elite fighting competition. This competition is where Rugal was defeated and the Orochi were sealed away. The tournament which the game is set around was sponsored by an unknown patron, whose identity became a matter of interest in the country. Perhaps as a result of this publicity, it attracted a large number of contestants.
With the inception of the new "multi-shift" rule in this KOF tournament, where competitors can freely tag off during battles, the competition developed into a social phenomenon and monopolized discussions around the world. This also simultaneously required a speedy execution of the match and a unified team strategy.
The venues of local competitions were determined, the schedules were completed and the spectators moved from one location of the preliminary matches to another. To create the atmosphere of a true street fight, venues were established in city centers and the events of the competition were broadcast live on giant screens. Various stadiums scaled to hold tens of thousands of people were procured from the cities across the world during the tournament.
- Kim Kaphwan
- Chang Koehan
- Jhun Hoon
- Ralf Jones
- Clark Still
- Benimaru Nikaido
- Shingo Yabuki
- Goro Daimon
Three Sacred Treasures Team
- Maki Kagura (Sub Boss with Chizuru Kagura)
- Mukai (Main Boss, can be accessible by during different objectives)
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