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The King of Fighters '96 is a 2D 3-on-3 fighting game developed and released by SNK for the Neo Geo. It is the third installment in the King of Fighters franchise, featuring new gameplay mechanics, changes in the character roster, and a new plot involving Kyo Kusanagi, Iori Yagami, and the power of the demon Orochi. (Though it is the second installment in the "Orochi Saga") Unlike the previous King of Fighters games, the tournament is a major international event instead of an unknown, obscure tournament. The tournament is run by Chizuru Kagura, who uses it to find and recruit Kyo and Iori in order to stop the Orochi threat.
The character roster underwent some changes in this installment. Heidern and Takuma Sakazaki retired and were replaced by newcomer Leona and Yuri Sakazaki. Yuri's missing spot in the Women Fighters Team was replaced by Kasumi Todoh from Art of Fighting 3: The Path of The Warrior. The Rivals Team ( Iori Yagami, Eiji Kisaragi, and Billy Kane) was replaced by the Iori Team (Iori Yagami and Rugal Bernstein's two former assistants: Mature and Vice). A new team, the Boss Team, entered the tournament, featuring Fatal Fury bosses Geese Howard and Wolfgang Krauser and Art of Fighting boss Mr. Big.
All of the characters received improved graphics in a style that would remain all the way to King of Fighters XI. The movesets for most of the characters were also changed, where some characters play radically different from the previous installments. Dodging from the previous installments was replaced by a rolling technique, allowing the player to dodge attacks while moving forward or away from their opponent. Players can now also perform a more powerful version of their Super Special Move when the player has 25% on the life gauge remaining or less (as indicated by the gauge flashing red) and has a full power gauge.


Japan Team

Fatal Fury Team

Art of Fighting Team

Ikari Warriors Team

Psycho Soldier Team


Women Fighters Team

Korea Team


Iori Team


Boss Team


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