The King Of Fighters by Japanese outfit SNK was one of those truly great Arcade beat-’em-ups during the nineties. As has been the case for many classic games from decades passed, it’s getting a second innings on mobile.

Usually, iOS gets first dibs on new titles, but The King of Fighters has launched today for Android, and features 20 fighters from the KOF series – which made a name for itself in the mid to late nineties – as well as five different game modes. In order to keep things interesting, there are unlockable achievements and goodies throughout the story, including a gallery mode and trading cards.KOF logo

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SNK stated in the game’s release notes:

The gorgeous graphics of the world-famous fighting series have been faithfully recreated, taking full advantage of the latest Android hardware. The use of the Virtual Pad/Joystick perfectly reproduces KOF’s controls, creating a simple, user-friendly play-style to easily perform special moves and combinations.

In a recurrence of what has been Android’s Achilles heel, The King of Fighters is not compatible with a large portion of devices. Ice Cream Sandwich, Google’s latest mobile OS, has only just been officially rolled out to the Samsung Galaxy S II, which in turn is only the second Android device behind the Galaxy Nexus to run the new software.

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It seems, from what we can gather, that The King of Fighters only works with a couple of Samsung and Sony Ericsson devices at this moment in time, including the Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, and Xperia Play. Other devices may work – and you might want to check the comments of downloaders to see if you’re in luck. Otherwise, it’s advisable to wait for official support.

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If you’re feeling a little nostalgic (and you own one of the aforementioned devices) then head over to the Google Play Store and download your copy. It will set you back $4.99, which although seems rather high, is supported by strong reviews from the usually critical early adopters.

Download The King Of Fighters for Android [Google Play Link]

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