SNK Playmore has announced “The King of Fighters-i 2012", the second installment in the ‘versus’ fighting series for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
The game offers a total selection of 32 playable fighters, of which 20 characters arrive from "KOF-i", the 4 new "ART OF FIGHTING", "PSYCHO SOLDIER", "KIM" and "IKARI" teams.
Players will get 6 bonus background stages from "THE KING OF FIGHTERS XII", including "Plaza of Snow" and "Blue Sky Open Cafe".
VS Battles in "KOF-i 2012" can be played via Wi-Fi network. In the "RANK VERSUS" mode, player ranking varies depending on the total number of victories and losses. There’s also a "FRIEND VERSUS" mode, where the player’s ranking is not reflected.
"TIME ATTACK" mode has players winning 10 matches as fast as possible. There’s an ending movie for each default team, as well as new Challenges, Trading Cards, Illustrations, and more.
SNK assures KOF fans that the control scheme is sublime.
“The Virtual Pad recreates perfectly reproduces KOF’s smooth controls,” says the developer.
In fact, “Even novice players in fighting games will be able to release various Special Moves, Super Special Moves, NEOMAX Super Special Moves, and other complex moves in one touch,” according to the company.
However, SNK does advice newcomers to refer to the Tutorial for explanation of some commands.
“Plenty of new Trading Cards (that can be acquired by using points earned during gameplay) along with new Illustrations (which can be viewed at any time by fulfilling certain conditions) have been added to this latest release!”, SNK continues.
“Moreover, ‘KOF-i 2012’ includes rough sketches and illustrations that can only be seen here, which fans cannot afford to miss!”
The game is compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad and requires iOS 4.2 or later.
"NESTS-Style KYO" and "IORI with the Power of Flames" will be released as DLC characters from launch, simultaneously, said SNK.