Lost In Translation/King of Fighters '98, The - The Slugfest

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The King of Fighters '98
The Slugfest
Neo-Geo marquee.
No screen shot.
The King of Fighters '98 control panel.
Manufacturer SNK
Released 1998
8-way Joystick
4 Button(s)
Main CPU Neo-Geo
68000 (@ 12.000 MHz)
Z80 (@ 4.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
YM2610 (@ 8.000 MHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
320 x 224 pixels
59.19 Hz
4,096 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 27 ROMs
91,947,008 bytes (87.69 MiB)
MAME ID kof98 · kof98k · kof98n

About The Game

The King of Fighters '98 - The Slugfest is a one-on-one fighting arcade video game which is a special edition of the KoF series taking place outside of the established storyline with a whopping 38 selectable KoF alumni.

Additional Technical Information

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 4

=> [A] Weak punch, [B] Weak kick, [C] Strong punch, [D] Strong kick


Released in July 1998.

This game is known in Japan as "The King of Fighters '98 - Dream Match Never Ends".

It is said that this game is a 'dream match' for more reasons than one - this KOF is said to exist only in Shingo's dream - each character in this dream match was Shingo's impression of these characters, based on either personal experience or his notes in his notebook.

Yuri has a long record of taking movements from other characters, especially Capcom (see previous KOF entries). In this new opus : Yuri's new special attack 'Shin! Chou Upper' is a knock off of Ryu's Shin Shoryuu Ken. She also has a movement similar to Terry's burn knuckle. Finally, her Forward+A is a parody of Sakura's Flower Kick.

KOF98 contains pieces of music from older KOFs.

For example, the character select music when a second player joins in is straight from KOF 96 (it's called Roulette).

Here's a complete list of themes, the teams (or individuals) they belong to and the games they were taken from:

Team Source Game
Esaka? (Japan Team) KOF 96 (Japan Team's theme music)
Esaka (95-style Kyo Kusanagi) KOF 94 (Japan Team's theme music)
Kurikinton (Fatal Fury Team) Fatal Fury 2 (Terry Bogard's theme music)
Art of Fight (Art of Fighting Team) Art of Fighting (Ryo Sakazaki's and Ryuhaku Todo's theme music)
Rumbling in the City (Ikari Team) KOF 96 (Ikari Team's theme music)
Shin! Senritsu no Dora (Psycho Soldier Team) KOF95 (Psycho Soldier Team's theme music)
Fairy (Gals Fighters Team) KOF 96 (Chizuru Kagura's theme music)
Seoul Town (Korea Team) Real Bout Fatal Fury (Kim Kaphwan's theme music)
Bloody (New Face Team) KOF 97 (New Face Team's theme music)
Rhythmic Hallucination (Orochi Yashiro) KOF 97 (Orochi New Face Team's theme music)
C62 (Ryuji Yamazaki) Real Bout Fatal Fury Special (Ryuji Yamazaki's theme music)
Blue Mary's Blues (Blue Mary) Real Bout Fatal Fury Special (Blue Mary's theme music)
London March (Billy Kane) Real Bout Fatal Fury Special (Billy Kane's theme music)
Arashi no Saxophone (Iori Yagami) KOF 95 (Revenge Team's theme music)
Arashi no Saxophone 2 (Mature, Vice) KOF 96 (Iori Team's theme music)
Slum No. 5 (USA Sports Team) KOF 94 (USA Sports Team's theme music)
Still Green (Shingo Yabuki) KOF 97 (Shingo Yabuki's theme music)
Ketchaku R&D (Omega Rugal) First half from KOF 94 (Rugal Bernstein's theme music),
second half from KOF 95 (Omega Rugal's theme music)
Ne! ('94 Gals Fighters Team) KOF 94 (Gals Fighters Team's theme music)

Also to note that the music that is played prior to facing Rugal (Kettou R&D) is also from KOF 94 (as the theme for Rugal's first form).

When Choi Bounge appears, a 7 seconds sample from a song is played. This song is 'Choi Bounge Ondo', which appeared in the KOF 97 Arrange SoundTracks. The song became quite popular in Japan.

Mr. Big from "Art of Fighting" makes a small cameo appearance in the USA Wharf background, during the first rounds.

About Kyo Version 95 : Because the introduction of different versions for this character included as "hidden features" in KOF '97 was such a hit with fans, designers thought, another version of Kyo in KOF '98 would make the game more inviting. Designers also remember that both versions for Kyo Kusanagi for game tests were equally popular. This concept for different versions of this character subsequently became the basis for the 'Kyo clones'.

In the Japan Street stage, during the second round if you look in the middle of the background where some shops are, you can see tiny moving people who look like Iori, Mai and Terry Bogard. In the third and fifth round, you can see two people doing hand signals, they look similar to Kyo Kusanagi & Shingo Yabuki. In the fourth round, you can see Mai and Terry.

A serious bug : Using a USA bios rom if you insert a coin on the 'winners don't use drugs' screen on a single slot the games will use the neo+geo bios s1 tile-set rather than the game tiles, this causes most of the graphics to be hidden and the games to be unplayable, it will also end up using the main-board z80 bios so sound will be broken, the games should fix themselves if you let them run another attact loop after game over, on a multi-slot the games will reset. This is one of the first 4 'gigapower' games, the bug was fixed after that.

Leona, Ralph and Clark are playable characters in the Foma 90x Series Mobile Phones game 'Metal Slug Survivors'.

Pony Canyon released a 2 CD limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (The King of Fighters '98 - PCCB-00334) on 19/08/1998.


At the Intro music (CIPHER) and the Staff Roll BGM (ZERO) a sample used says 'mot*er fu**er'. Apparently, this sample was removed in some non-Japanese carts.

Tips and tricks

Orochi Team (Evil Chris, Evil Shermie, Evil Yashiro)

At the Character select screen, hold Start and press any button on the normal team (Chris, Shermie, Yashiro).

KOF94 Art of Fighting characters (Ryo, Robert, Yuri)

At the character select screen, hold Start and press any button on the Art of Fighting characters.

KOF95 Style Kyo

At the Character select screen, hold Start on Kyo and press any button.

Real Bout 2 Characters (Mai, Terry, Andy, Billy)

At the Character select screen, hold Start on the respective characters and press any button.

View Attitudes

Hold Start at the match-up screen to view the attitudes of your opponents.

Select Victory Pose

Immediately press A, B, C, or D after defeating your opponent.

Fight Vs Shingo Yabuki

You must win the first three levels by 3-0.

Special Endings

Finish the game using one of these combinations to see the special endings:

  1. Kyo, Shingo, Saisyu
  2. Kyo, Iori, Chizuru
  3. Kyo, Iori, Shingo
  4. Kyo, Saisyu, Chris
  5. Kyo, Terry, Ryo
  6. Benimaru, Andy, Robert
  7. Goro, Joe, Yuri
  8. Terry, Clark, Lucky
  9. Ryo, Yuri, Takuma
  10. Yuri, Mai, Athena
  11. Heidern, Ralf, Leona
  12. Yashiro, Chris, Yamazaki
  13. Rugal, Vice, Mature
  14. Shermie, Vice, Mature
  15. Shingo, Chris, Kensou
  16. Kim, Saisyu, Takuma
  17. Billy, Joe, Chang
  18. Chin, Chang, Choi


  1. The King of Fighters '94 (1994)
  2. The King of Fighters '95 (1995)
  3. The King of Fighters '96 (1996)
  4. The King of Fighters '97 (1997)
  5. The King of Fighters '98 - The Slugfest (1998)
  6. The King of Fighters '99 - Millennium Battle (1999)
  7. The King of Fighters 2000 (2000)
  8. The King of Fighters 2001 (2001)
  9. The King of Fighters 2002 - Challenge to Ultimate Battle (2002)
  10. The King of Fighters 2003 (2003)
  11. The King of Fighters NeoWave (2004)
  12. The King of Fighters Maximum Impact (2004, Sony PlayStation 2)
  13. The King of Fighters XI (2005)
  14. The King of Fighters Maximum Impact 2 / The King of Fighters 2006 (2006, Sony PlayStation 2)
  15. The King of Fighters Maximum Impact - Regulation A (2007)
  16. The King of Fighters '98 - Ultimate Match (2008)
  17. The King of Fighters XII (2009)


Takashi Nishiyama
Chief Director
Toyohisa Tanabe
Sub Director
Haruo Tomita
Hiroto Namada
T. Hosokawa
K. Hikida (Yanya)
Tomonori Kamio
System Editor
Khozoh Nagashima (as K. Nagashima)
Demo Designers
Kalkin Mizuno
M. Yokoyama
Special Effects
Nishida Mika
S. Fujinuki
Cyber Kondo
Souta Ichino
Tate Norio
Kiyoshi Asai
Hataboh de Go!
M-Panic! Plus
Bug Checker
H. Shimmei
R. Tsune
8097 :K.I (Non)

Front Designer

Kyo & Shingo
Akiko Yukawa
Mitsuru Kawasaki
Benimaru, Iori & Yamazaki
Miki Asakura
Robert & Lucky
Mitsuru Kawasaki
Daimon, Terry & Takuma
Shinsuke Yamamoto
Yuri & Brian
Mina Kawai
Leona, Ralf, Clark & Heidern
Dear Ichi Jerry
Andy, Athena, Chizuru, Mai & Rugal
C.A.C. Yamasaki
Joe & Billy
Hiroto Kittaka
Kim & Heavy D!
Kensou, Chin & Choi
Chang, Mary & Saisyu
Tahara Ujyu-
Shio Shio Shio
Shermie & King
Miho Uematsu
Hiroto Kittaka
Shio Shio Shio
Miho Uematsu
Akiko Yukawa

Back Designer

JPN-Street Stage
USA-Yard Stage
Tohru Nakanishi
China Stage
JPN-Temple Stage
Korea Stage
Tsugumi A.
USA-Wharf Stage
Tsugumi A.
Mid-East Stage
Muneki Raishi
Rugal Stage
Souzi Takamori
Spain Stage

Voice Actors

Masahiro Nonaka
Masaki Usui
Monster Maetsuka
Satoshi Hashimoto
Keiichi Nanba
Nobuyuki Hiyama
Mantaro Koichi
Kaori Horie
Masae Yumi
Yoshinori Shima
Haruna Ikezawa
Eiji Yano
Chin/Heavy D!
Toshikazu Nishimura
Akiko Saitou
Kazuhiro Inage (Key Inage)
Akoya Sogi
Hiroyuki Arita
Makoto Awane
Hazuki Nishikawa
Rio Ogata
Koji Ishii
Atsushi Yamanishi
Toshimitsu Arai
Eiji Tsuda
Keiichirou Sakaki
Harumi Ikoma
Hiroko Tsuji
Takehito Koyasu
Kunihiko Yasui

Cabinet and Artwork


SNK Neo-Geo CD (1998)
Sony PlayStation (1999)
SNK Neo-Geo Pocket Color ("King of Fighters Round-2")
Sega Dreamcast (1999, "The King of Fighters Dream Match 1999")
Sony PlayStation 2 (2006, "NeoGeo Online Collection Vol.5 : King of Fighters Nests Hen")

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
The King of Fighters '98 Arrange Sound Trax PCCB-00337[1] 1998-09-18 Pony Canyon CD version.
The King of Fighters '98 Drama CD PCCB-00339[2] 1998-10-07 Pony Canyon/Scitron CD version.
The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match Original Soundtrack KDSD-00205~6[3] 2008-05-14 Team Entertainment Inc. 2 CD version.
KOF 15th Anniversary Special Soundtrack N/A[4] 2009-07-30 SNK Playmore CD version.


The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
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