Nintendo has added a King of Fighters 99 Switch version to their new Nintendo Switch console, adding yet another fighting game to the console alongside other games like Ultra Street Fighter 2 and Garou: Mark of the Wolves. The game is available for $7.99 or your regional equivalent on the Nintendo eShop.
King of Fighters is one of the fighting game giants that is still going today, along side other franchises like Street Fighter, Tekken, Mortal Kombat, and more. Having such notable personalities as Terry Bogard, Geese Howard, and others, the series released its latest game, King of Fighters 14, in August of last year.
Players can go into the King of Fighters 99 Switch version in order to get a look at how the franchise used to be, including the mechanic of the “Strike Matches” that was introduced with this game. Strike Matches were a type of fight that allowed players to pick a fourth character to their team to serve as a “Striker”, an assist character that could be called in a limited number of times per match.
The mechanic never really took off, only lasting three games before SNK, the game’s developer, dropped it. However, with the game now ported to the Switch, you can see what it looked like when it was first created and implemented into a game.
The King of Fighters 99 Switch version is only the latest fighting game that’s on the Switch, and only the latest vintage game as well, along with a number of others available on the console. While the Virtual Console still not implemented on the Switch (though hopefully Nintendo will rectify that soon), if Nintendo keeps putting various older games onto the console the wait may not be as long.
If you want to play the King of Fighters 99 Switch version, all you have to do is find it in the Nintendo eShop, where it’s available, again, for $7.99.