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The King of Fighters '96

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The King of Fighters '96 is a 2D fighting game released by SNK in 1996.

Introduction

"A new King of Fighters tournament is announced, though the letters of invitation sent out to the fighters are no longer sent by Rugal Bernstein.


There are many changes in the tournament's approach. Since the previous year, the tournament's fame has grown immensely, turning it into a major international event. Huge corporations transform the King of Fighters tournament into something widely televised, commercialized, and celebrated, drawing in many crowds from around the world.


The tournament is now held by Chizuru Kagura, a descendant of the ancient Yata Clan responsible for sealing the Orochi demon along with the Kusanagi and Yasanaki clans (the clans from Kyo Kusanagi and Iori Yagami, respectively). Chizuru uses the tournament in hopes of finding and recruiting Kyo and Iori in order to stop the upcoming Orochi threat, but Kyo and Iori aren't willing to work together on friendly terms.


The character roster underwent major changes since the previous game. The Rival Team was disbanded, with only Iori Yagami returning, while Heidern and Takuma Sakazaki retired from the tournament.


Takuma's spot in the Art of Fighting Team is taken by his daughter Yuri Sakazaki, formerly with the Women Fighters Team. New characters include Kasumi Todoh from Art of Fighting 3, who takes Yuri's place in the Women Fighters Team; Leona, who joins the Ikari Team in place of her mentor and adoptive father, Heidern; Mature and Vice, two of Rugal's assistants who join Iori Yagami as members of the new Yagami Team; and the Boss Team, composed of Geese Howard, Wolfgang Krauser, and Mr. Big, all villains from the Fatal Fury and Art of Fighting series. The new boss character is Goenitz, a servant from Orochi who wants to stop Chizuru's plans of sealing his master."


Wikipedia's quote

Community Links

  • RedGGPO : https://redggpo.com A newer alternative to Fightcade with better emulation than Fightcade
  • FightCade : https://www.fightcade.com An online plateform for arcade gaming, where people gather to play online and chat about the game

Game Mechanics

Notations

  • Controls and basic notation of KOF 96

Joystick Notation

                    .- up (u)
                    |
  up-back (u/b) - 7 8 9 - up-forward (u/f)

       back (b) - 4 5 6 - forward (f)

down-back (d/b) - 1 2 3 - down-forward (d/f)
                    |
                    `- down (d)

Primary Note: These numbers can be easily referenced by looking at your keyboard numpad. Think of it as a joystick/controller that is facing to the right. "5" is used to signify "neutral".

Secondary Note: These notations are based on the assumption that the character is on the "Player 1" side of the playing field. These notations remain relative to the character based upon this assumption.

Motion Abbreviations

  • qcf - 236 - Quarter circle forward/Hadouken/Fireball motion - In one smooth motion move to down -> down-forward -> forward.
  • qcf - 214 - Quarter circle backward - In one smooth motion move to down -> down-back -> back.
  • hcf - 41236 - Half circle forward - In one smooth motion move to back -> down-back -> down -> down-forward -> forward.
  • hcb - 63214 - Half circle backward - In one smooth motion move to forward -> down-forward -> down -> down-back -> back.
  • dp - 623 - Dragon Punch motion - In one smooth motion move to forward -> down -> down-forward.
  • rdp - 421 - Reverse Dragon Punch motion - In one smooth motion move to back -> down -> down-back.
  • Charge - Hold the given direction (usually back/down) for around 1 second, before moving to the next command (usually forward or up a button).
  • tk - 2369 - Tiger Knee Motion - qcf, then move to up-forward.

Attack Notation

  • A - LP - Light Punch
  • B - LK - Light Kick
  • C - HP - Hard Punch
  • D - HK - Hard Kick
  • CD - Blow back attack, press C and D simultaneously.
  • P - Any punch
  • K - Any kick

Other common abbreviations

  • j. - Jump/jumping - Press up-back, up, or up-forward.
  • nj. - Neutral jump - Referencing specifically for directly upward jump, especially for specific attacks that only occur in this state.
  • sj. - Super jump - Tap down, down-back, or down-forward, then quickly press up-back or up-forward.
  • sh. - Short hop - Lightly tap up-back, up, or up-forward.
  • hh. - Hyper hop - Tap down, down-back, or down-forward, then quickly and lightly tap up-back or up-forward.
  • cl. - Close, as in a close normal attack.
  • cr. - Crouching, as in a crouching normal attack.
  • st. - Standing, as in a far standing normal attack.
  • f. - Forward, and relative to the direction the character is facing.
  • b. - Back, and relative to the direction the character is facing.

System

A+B: Back Roll
f+A+B: Forward Roll
C+D: Blowback Attack
B+C: Taunt (Decreases opponents meter)
A+B+C: Charge meter
b/f+C : Throw
b/f+D: Throw (Except for Choi Bounge)
f, f: Dash Forward (Hold last forward for Run)
b, b: Backdash
f+A+B or A+B (While Blocking): Guard Cancel Evasive Roll (Uses meter)
(Any Button): Throw Escape (Normal Throws only, Doesn't work on command throws)
(While dizzy or in grab) A+B+C+D: Team Assistance (Teammate must be undefeated, visible on screen, and 1 or 2 in Assistance Chart)
Hold Back in Air During Neutral or Backwards Jump: Aerial Guard (Blocks Special Moves, Aerial Attacks, SDM/DM but doesn't block Grounded Normal Attacks.)


Desperation Move can only be performed when the lifebar is 20% and flashing red or power bar is maximum. They can be done as many times as needed during red life.


When the power bar is maximum and the lifebar is 20% and flashing red. A Desperation Move becomes a Super Desperation Move.


The links involved with normal attacks (typically light ones) in King of Fighters '96 are actually just quick inputted chains. So while in the advantage it shouldn't 'combo' The frame advantage may still remain.

Team Assistance

Likelyhood of characters helping in an Assist Attack

0=Never helps
1=50% chance of helping
2=Always helps


Character Kyo Ben Gor Ter And Joe Ryo Rob Yur Leo Ral Cla Ath Sie Chi Kas Mai Kin Kim Cha Cho Ior Mat Vic Gee Kra Big Chz Goe
Kyo NA 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Benimaru 1 NA 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0
Daimon 1 1 NA 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Terry 1 1 1 NA 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Andy 1 1 1 2 NA 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Joe 1 1 1 1 1 NA 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Ryo 1 1 1 1 1 1 NA 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Robert 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 NA 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Yuri 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 NA 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Leona 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 NA 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Ralf 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 NA 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Clark 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 NA 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Athena 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 NA 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Kensou 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 NA 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Chin 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 NA 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Kasumi 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 NA 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Mai 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 NA 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
King 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 NA 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Kim 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 NA 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Chang 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 NA 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 1 2
Choi 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 2 NA 2 1 1 2 2 2 1 2
Iori 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NA 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
Mature 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 NA 1 0 0 0 0 1
Vice 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 NA 0 0 0 0 1
Geese 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NA 0 0 0 0
Krauser 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NA 0 0 0
Mr.Big 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NA 0 0
Chizuru 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 NA 0
Goenitz 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 NA

Basic Strategy

  • Use neutral hops(and jumps) attacks as means sometimes to defend yourself. In the Fatal Fury and KOF games it can look like your ground normals are terrible/not as strong. Using neutral hops and jumps this can make the difference for stopping air attacks where your ground attacks wouldn't do the job. As well as tag grounded attacks with hops. Finding the sweet spot and timing for certain air attacks will take practice.

Basic Tools and Advanced Techniques

  • Run

Tap forward twice quickly. Hold the second tap to keep running. When you tap "f., f." to run, you will run a certain distance before you stop.


This can be canceled by jumping or attacking. You can use this period to buffer moves such as command throws. For example with Clark, you can tap "f., f.", then do the hcf motion for their command grab while you are moving forward, without having to keep holding forward over that first couple character spaces.


After this set distance the character is forced to run, the player could continue to hold "f." or "df." to keep running and letting go to neutral, to crouch, or whatever else would stop any further running.


Also, there is a small recovery when you release f. to stop a run. When running in to attack, keep holding forward if you're going to do a standing attack, or move to df. for a crouching attack. This makes attacking from a run seamless. You can also hold d/f to keep charge a charge-down special move while running.


  • Roll

Press A and B simultaneously. Holding back while pressing A+B rolls backward and holding forward or just pressing A+B without input rolls forwards. You can also roll while running to roll a further distance.


Rolls are invulnerable from the very start and vulnerable at the end. You can be thrown out of rolls at any point.


Since they are invincible at startup, you can use rolls as a wakeup 'reversal', but unlike in later KOF games you cannot mash the input. If you are not fully recovered from something and try to input A+B, you will get a standing A attack. Using that as a reversal will get out hit on counter, so be accurate with your roll timing.


  • Recovery roll (tech roll)

Press A and B simultaneously as you are touching the ground from getting knocked down. Some moves/knockdowns are not rollable. You can mix this up with staying on the ground to mess with your opponent's setups on wakeup.


  • Throw break

Press back/forward with any button immediately after you are thrown. Some mashable throws are not breakable, and instead, you can mash all the buttons and directions to lessen the damage and get out faster.


  • MAX Mode

Press A, B, and C simultaneously to charge MAX Mode's power bar. Once the bar reaches full capacity, you will enter MAX mode for a short time. While in MAX mode you get a damage bonus (25% increase), more pushback on hit for all attacks, increased hitstun for all air normals, gain access to the "Guard Cancel Roll", and can perform one Deadly Move (see below).


  • Deadly Moves and Super Deadly Moves

A Deadly Move (DM) can either be performed when you are at low health, or when you are in MAX mode. When both your health is low (you can tell when it's low enough because it will flash red) and MAX Mode's power bar is fully charged, you can perform a Super Desperation Move. These SDMs are enhanced versions of the normal DMs and will do more damage/hits, have different properties, etc. Performing a DM/SDM while in MAX mode will end MAX mode immediately.


  • Guard Cancel Roll (Emergency Roll)

Press A and B simultaneously while guarding a move. This uses Max Mode's power bar.


It's a great tool for punishing specific block strings as you roll and recover before the opponent recovers from the attack that was canceled into. Also a great way for avoiding defeat by chip damage. GC rolls go further than normal rolls.


  • Dodge

By pushing B, C, and D together, you can dodge your opponent like KOF94's AB, but only Goro Daimon and Clark Still can perform it in this game.


  • Taunt

Press B and C simultaneously to taunt and reduce your opponent's MAX Mode's power bar by ~40%. You can cancel the taunt at any time.


It's generally effective after rushing down the opponent and after successfully hitting DM/SDM Moves on the opponent because all moves made on hit and block increase the opponent's MAX Mode power bar.


  • Running Backward Glitch

This can be done with any character. In order to do this, initiate the character to run then tap the directional up back then hold forward again extremely quickly.


Although the character is supposed to jump or hop backward, the frames for it never come out so the run animation overrides it. You can use this for running mind games by double tap run then tap up back to pretend running or do a mini dash backward with fewer recovery frames"


Running Backward Glitch Tutorial


  • Multi-Hits

If you perform certain normal moves and attempt to cancel them into a DM while you are unable to use DM moves, a glitch occurs where that normal can hit multiple times. Some examples are Terrys st.D, Ryos st.C, and Ioris st.C.


Multi-Hits Tutorial

Game Versions

Tier List

The Characters

Hero Team Fatal Fury Team Art of Fighting Team
New Ikari Team Psycho Soldier Team New Woman's Fighter Team
Kim Team/Korea Team Yagami Team Boss Team

Semi-Boss (Selectable only through dipswitches using Universe Bios cheat menu by enabling 1-3 at the How to Play screen)

Final Boss (Selectable only through dipswitches using Universe Bios cheat menu by enabling 1-3 at the How to Play screen)