Kick! Punch! Patch! For King Of Fighters ’98 UMFE

Look, I'm just gonna punch out blue waves of energy over here, and it's not my fault if any faces get in the way...

The King of Fighters ’98 Ultimate Match Final Edition may have launched on PC last week, but this week it might actually be worth your time, which is why I’m writing this here post about it. The revamp of the revamp of SNK’s vintage fighting game was in a bit of a sorry state at launch, see, suffering problems including fiddly controls and shoddy netcode. Pretty important when punching men in the face, those two things are. After a little public testing, porting wizards Code Mystics have now dropped a patch which makes KoF ’98 UMFE sounds like a reasonable way to punch faces.

If you want to see what they fixed up, check the patch notes for the public beta they shunted into the main release. To offer a whirlwind tour of the highlights, it tightens up the netcode, makes the controls a bit more like the old Neo Geo version, and adds an option to remove the border art padding out the screen.

If you’ve missed what KoF ’98 even is, it’s a version of ye olde SNK fighting game with bags of characters, ranked online play, tweaked balance, a remix-o-mode, and the original Neo Geo game thrown in t’boot. It’s £10.99 on Steam or £18.99 for two copies. Have a trailer:

I never did hear back from the (different) folks publishing BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend about why their own newly-released face-puncher isn’t on the European Steam Store, by the way.


  1. Baines says:

    Boo, no color edit. Sounds like it is missing other features that were present in the PS2 version as well.

    Ah… Code Mystics decided to use the Xbox 360 version as their base. The Xbox 360 version of KOF98UM was absent multiple PS2 version features in order to fit within the size limits of XBLA titles. Using the Xbox 360 version is also why they started the PC version with the hated overly strict controls of the XBLA version, which they’ve apparently been gradually patching out due to player complaints.

  2. J. Cosmo Cohen says:

    I’m sort of interested in this. Thanks for the update, Alice in Wunderlaand.

  3. Wedge says:

    Still sounds like a trainwreck of ineptitude. So par for the course with SNK, sadly.

    • Smoky_the_Bear says:

      It shows that they are dragging up titles from 16 years ago rather than do anything meaningful with their latest release because it is mostly a pile of drek. ’98 is probably the pinnacle of their achievements as a developer to be honest. The series back then was absolutely fantastic but they have fallen way behind the likes of Street Fighter and Mortal Kombat in recent years.

  4. gsilver says:

    Waiting for the patch that adds back in color edit so that I can change the colors of Yuri’s tights to look like she isn’t wearing any pants.

    • commentingaccount says:

      She’s like 14 tho.

      Yeah, seriously. She’s underage. Lot of folks don’t know that.

  5. Lionmaruu says:

    I like kof97 better for all thats worth, but 1998 and 2002 editions are very nice versions of the game.

    but I am devastated by the lack of a decent samurai spirits game since samurai spirits/shodown 4… and of course their forsaking nice franchises like last blade and fatal fury/ art of fighting.

    maybe they should just reboot the whole thing with a new fatal fury/king of fighter 1 and go from there, the new additions to the kof lore just made it stupider than ever…