The King of Fighters All Star

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The King of Fighters All Star
Promotional cover of The King of Fighters All Star
Developer(s)Netmarble Games
Platform(s)Android, iOS
ReleaseJuly 26, 2018
Genre(s)Beat 'em up, role-playing game

The King of Fighters All Star is a beat 'em up role-playing game developed by Netmarble Games and published by SNK. It was first released in Japan on July 26, 2018 for the iOS and Android.[1] The game is a retelling of SNK's The King of Fighters games with the player being able to create his or her own team as they battle across multiple annual tournmanents. It was released in English regions on October 22, 2019.[2]


Gameplay featuring Kyo Kusanagi as playable character and Benimaru Nikaido as Striker. The bottom right options indicate what special moves he can perform.

The game is a beat 'em up with elements of a role-playing game. The player controls one character as he engages multiple enemies until reaching the boss of the stage.[3] The character possesses normal techniques and special moves as well as Desperation Moves. The last two cannot be used consecutively as the player is given time to prepare for the next usage of the move. When first playing, the game offers the player a choice of the characters Kyo Kusanagi, Terry Bogard and Ryo Sakazaki. However, upon passing the first stage, the player can select randomly new characters developed by SNK. All characters carry a number of stars depending on how strong they can become and from what title they originate. For example, the first Kyo is his incarnation from The King of Fighters '94 but can be replaced by other incarnations of Kyo who possess more stars. Every time a stage is cleared, the player obtains different types of objects for multiple purposes such as increasing experience and raising stats, as well as rubies to summon more characters or restore their health.

The game often offers alternative versions of the characters that can only be obtained through events such as Halloween versions of Yashiro Nanakase or Kula Diamond.[4]


Main event[edit]

The player meets a young woman named Noah who is concerned of his amnesia. Knowing that the player can fight with great skills, Noah invites him to participate into the tournaments "The King of Fighters" in hopes of regaining his idenity when crossing paths with rivals. There are also three other characters overseeing Noah's role but their identities remain in secret: Ryugo, Kaya and Ein. The player is able to alter time across the future due to visions he has. However, after Kyo Kusanagi, Iori Yagami and Chizuru Kagura defeat and seal the demon Orochi, Noah goes missing. In the next tournament, the player meets Kaya who is related to Noah. Kaya guides the player through the 98 fighting competiton. Following his fights, the player meets Noah once again who has become distanct towards and claims she is only using him. The player then becomes possessed by Orochi but manages to reach the finals. Noah releases the cyborg Rugal Bernstein in the finale where Kaya becomes about what is Noah's true mission and why she became associated with Ryugo. Although the player defeats Rugal, he is unable to follow Noah due to his wounds as she leaves the area.

Crossover with Tekken[edit]

A martial artist named Jin Kazama and his antagonistic relatives, Kazuya Mishima and Heihachi Mishima, are invited to Rugal's tournament. Jin takes advantage of the tournament in order to kill both of his relatives and end the war between the generations. Across the tournament, Jin is pursued by the competitors from the King of Fighters tournament who believe that Jin's Devil Gene that causes him to mutate is related to Orochi. As Jin goes through the tournament, he is successful in defeating Heihachi and Kazuya. However, before he is able to kill Kazuya, Rugal interrupts him and fights him. After the final battle, Jin finds himself back in his own original dimension where he receives a letter from his uncle Lars Alexandersson in regards to the chaotic war and that he needs to finish it.

Playing the crossover with Iori Yagami results in the character being sought by other people from Tekken who believe he possesses Jin and Kazuya's Devil Gene rather than the Orochi curse known as Riot of the Blood that causes him to go berserker. Seeking to find his rival Kyo, Iori goes through the tournament facing members from Mishima family as well as people related to them. As he is about to kill Jin, Iori finds himself back in his own dimension where Kyo challenges to a fight.

Development and promotion[edit]

The game was first announced in Chokaigi 2017 where the developers stated they would bring the franchise composed of fighting games to role-playing games.[5] The first teaser was released in May 2018.[6] Global version manager Ying Chen states that the developers aimed for players to make their own types of teams per preference. In regards to the timing between the original Eastern and Western versions, Chen said that the developers wanted Westerns to receive the same treatment.[7] SNK wanted to create a mobile game offering fun of control. They focused on letting our players to enjoy multiple combination and powerful sense of hitting through simple moves. The cards were added in order to provide a sort of strategic feeling. It was developed be appealed by a wide range of players. In order to make the game stand within other mobile phone games, the team added multiplayer options, something rare in the market. SNK stated that Netmarble already had a large experience within mobile phone games worldwidely and wanted them to continue with this tradition.[8]

The translation from the fighting game system to a side-scrolling game was felt be well executed by the developers. The game was created with the Unity engine with SNK wishing to create appealing graphics in the process. While the game offers the player the idea of buying different features, the company wanted to still give them freedom in regards to what they could do.[9] The development team has been putting lots of work into making everything seem unique, that the basic attacks seem like signature moves.[10] Writer Akihiko Ureshino stated SNK will not use characters from the EX spin-off games from the Game Boy Advance and instead Maximum Impact characters from the PlayStation 2 as the former were noted to be less popular than the latter.[11]

All Star has made crossovers with other series. One is Samurai Shodown, another franchise by SNK involving Haohmaru, Genjuro Kibagami, Ukyo Tachibana, Charlotte Christine de Cold, Rimururu and Shiro Tokisada Amakusa. In promoting the cellphone game, Kyo was portrayed by Yuichi Nakamura for a commercial alongside Hiroshi Fujioka as Haohmaru. Nakamura reflects enjoying this work due to admiring his superiors, most notably Fujioka.[12][13] The next one is Hideaki Sorachi's manga series Gin Tama in October 2018.[14] For this promotion, the characters of Gintoki Sakata, Kagura, Shinsuke Takasugi, Isao Kondo, Sougo Okita, Toshiro Hijikata appeared as guest characters.[15] In July 2019, Jin Kazama, Heihachi Mishima and Kazuya Mishima from Namco Bandai's Tekken series were revealed to be playable characters in the game.[16] More characters from Tekken were revealed and made their debut in November 2019 including Armor King II, Paul Phoenix and Ling Xiaoyu.[17]


All Star got a 16 out of 20 by Jeux Video.[18] Multiplayer scored it a 7.3 out of 10.[19] Kotaku praised the presentation and gameplay but noted that the usage of microtransactions might leave players with mixed thoughts in regards to the need of collecting as many fighters they want.[3]

All Star also made it to Apple's Best of 2019.[20]


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  20. ^ "Best of 2019". Apple. Retrieved December 6, 2019.

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