This past July, SNK Playmore surprised everybody by releasing The King of Fighters-i [$4.99], a mobile version of their popular fighting series, into the App Store. Until that time, Capcom’s Street Fighter IV Volt [$6.99] had been the pinnacle of touch screen fighters, but just like the 90s arcades that I grew up in, King of Fighters gave Street Fighter a worthy opponent for the title of best iOS fighting game. We gave the nod to The King of Fighters-i in our review, but just barely, and in reality both titles are extremely evenly matched when it comes down to gameplay and features. It really may just boil down to personal preference which one you like more, or if you’re like me, you just play and enjoy both. Problem solved.

Anyway, The King of Fighters-i has just gotten even better with a brand new update that adds 6 new playable fighters as well as an interesting new Challenge Mode. The new fighters are Iori Yagami, Mature, Vice, Elisabeth Branctorche, Shen Woo, and Duo Lon, bringing the total character count to 20, the same as in Street Fighter IV Volt. I’m not as familiar with The King of Fighters series' characters as I am with the Street Fighter ones, so I don’t have any real attachment to any of these new additions, but I am pretty stoked to have 6 new people to learn how to use.

The next big addition in this update is a single player Challenge mode. Here you are given a list of tasks to complete using whichever character you want. You can earn extra coins in this mode to spend inside the in-game shop on various bonus items like collectible cards or gallery art. The selection of these items has also been expanded as part of this update. Challenge mode is a bit similar to Street Fighter IV’s Dojo, and is a cool way to spend some time with the game solo when you don’t feel like playing the regular Arcade mode ladder of opponents.

Finally, to celebrate this latest update SNK Playmore has slashed the price of The King of Fighters-i from $7.99 to $4.99. If you haven’t yet, now is a great time to grab one of the two best fighters on the App Store in The King of Fighters-i, now even better following this pretty awesome update.

  • http://twitter.com/xemchua Samuel Chua

    When will a HD version for the ipad ever be release?

  • Rococoman

    Not to be overly negative, but how can this compare to Street Fighter when it doesn't have online multiplayer? Maybe I should try it first, but I just can't compare the two when Street Fighter Volt has human opponents available. Heck, Street Fighter: The Movie: The Game could be the best IOS fighter if it had online multiplayer.

    • Rgfangmunroe

      Considering how laggy SF IV Volt's MP is... I think this is still a contender. I turn challenges off in SF IV Volt, cuz it interrupts every match and the lag is ridiculous 9 times out of 10.

  • TylerG

    This is hands down the best fighting game on the iPhone!!

  • TylerG

    This is hands down the best fighting game on the iPhone!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/myeo81 Melvin Yeo

    yeah...i am seriously tired of waiting for the HD version so I just download the current iPhone version to play on my iPad

  • http://www.facebook.com/myeo81 Melvin Yeo

    yeah...i am seriously tired of waiting for the HD version so I just download the current iPhone version to play on my iPad

  • http://twitter.com/SPLIFFINGT0N Herbert Spliffington

    The ONLY thing SF4V has over KOFi is the online multiplayer (which lags 80% of the time anyway).  IMO in EVERY other aspect KOFi is superior, especially graphically.  Nothing beats a hand animated sprite for a 2d fighter.

    • UmbraVir

      It only lags because you're too poor to buy better internet. 90% of the people I play with never lag.

      • Duffman

        Nevertheless, playing online to an ugly game is useless. KOF rules SFIV kid.

      • RoderickThe13

        I am more of a SF fan, but I have to admit that this KOF is a better game.

      • http://twitter.com/SPLIFFINGT0N Herbert Spliffington

        What makes you assume it's my internet?  And why would I only play a mobile phone game in my house?  It's mobile, that's the whole point.  

  • Jeremy

    King of Fighters-i is leaps and bounds better than Street Fighter 4: Volt!

  • RoderickThe13

    Excellent news! I was waiting for this update and Iori :D