There were so many cool fighting games that came out back in the 90’s that were considered to be very popular including the Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat and Tekken series. Back in the 90’s 2D fighting titles were considered to be big attractions in arcade centers. However, there are many people who would probably agree that a lot of SNK’s fighting titles were overlooked back in 90’s such as Fatal Fury (1991), Fatal Fury 2 (1993), King of Fighters ’94 (1994) and a few others. While SNK has produced many solid fighting games during the 1990’s decade games like Fatal Fury: Special along with King of Fighters ’98 were considered to be among the best that the company has ever developed.
While many people are divided on which game was more popular in arcade centers following their respective releases some would probably choose King Of Fighters ’98 over Fatal Fury: Special. King Of Fighters ’98 was arguably the best 2D fighting game of the 90’s decade with highly refined graphics in comparison to its predecessors dating back to 1994. The roster for King Of Fighters ’98 was robust with the inclusion of characters such as Ryo Sakazaki, Joe Higashi, Mai Shiranui, Kyo Kusanagi and others which became an arcade smash hit before it was ported to console such as Neo Geo, PS1 and Sega Dreamcast between 1998-1999. While King Of Fighters ’98 is considered to be a classic it remained a Japanese exclusive following its release back in the Summer of ’98 and did not come to America until it appeared on Dreamcast in the Fall of ’99.
As popular as KOF ’98 was during the late 90’s the game could have easily been overshadowed by titles such as Street Fighter: Alpha 3 (1998) and Marvel vs Capcom (1999) in America. Also, you had the growing popularity of 3D fighting games such Tekken 3 (1997) and Soul Calibur (1998) which were also very big in the United States back in the late 90’s. As competition grew within the fighting genre of gaming SNK seemed to have been unfortunately overlooked which is probably while King Of Fighters ’98 was not as popular as it should of been back in the day.