This Holiday Season The King Of Fighters XIII Reigns On PS3 And Xbox 360

By Spencer . June 7, 2011 . 5:01am

The_King_of_Fighters_XIII_logo SNK Playmore has a home version of The King of Fighters XIII ready and the company publishing the title in North America may surprise you. No, it’s not Ignition. It’s Atlus! The King of Fighters XIII adds fan favorite characters like Yuri, King, Kula, K’, and Mai back to the ring. All of fighters, new and old, have NEOMAX supers and rebalanced move lists.


When The King of Fighters XII came to consoles the game had issues. SNK assures fans they addressed problems from the previous title. The King of Fighters XIII is faster, has more than six different play modes, and characters that better stand out from the game’s vibrant backgrounds. Most pressing are online issues and SNK claims The King of Fighters XIII is vastly improved, thanks to community feedback.


"We view KOF XIII as an oppertunity to deliver a high definition KOF game that meets and exceeds fan expectations. We have worked very hard to listen to all of their concerns and suggestions, to incorporate all of their feedback and ideas, Ryo Mizufune, President of SNK Playmore said. "We are excited to work with Atlus to bring The King of Fighters XIII to North America."


Atlus has The King of Fighters XIII slated for a holiday season release on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

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    • ( ; A ; ) Took the words right out out of my mouth.

      All those nights of praying for this payed off.

    • They must not care for SNK Playmore much if they can’t even publish their own titles here.

    • PrinceHeir


    • KyoyaHibari


  • OneOkami

    I like to see publishers actually pricing their releases competitively instead of falling in line with the artificial “console standard” MSRP BS.

  • Souji Tendou

    Bah, took you long SNK. As for Atlus, thank you.

  • !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    My heart just jumped out of my body !

    this is the news i have been waiting for !

    i hope it comes out in europe !

  • Ladius


    *takes a deep breath*

    Atlus USA’s two E3 announcements have been exceptional, keep up the good work :)

  • mikanko

    Well, glad it’s finally coming.  Just need to answer questions on who is actually porting it to console from arcade.  Saying the online is “Vastly improved” means nothing until they confirm the netcode uses rollback instead of input delay.  There’s absolutely no excuse for still using input delay in a 2d fighting game in 2011.

    • Exactly. I want to know who ported the game too, although I’d still get the game


      In all seriousness though that is good question. Knowing the publisher is good but it would be nice to know who is doing the console port. KoF XIIs online was so bad saying its vastly improved can mean its still below other fighters >_>

    • This. It seems like with every release they’ve done this gen, they always claim “Oh guys, the netcode is totally better this time!” and never deliver. I’ll believe it when I see it.

    • Apollonis

      Has Atlus really released anything that substandard by such an objective measure though? They have a reputation to maintain even if SNK really doesn’t.

      • mikanko

        They don’t have any reputation for releasing 2d fighting games other than the first Arcana Heart, which was published by AQ interactive in Japan.  Like I questioned, there’s no way of knowing who is even doing the port.  You’d think Capcom has a reputation to uphold as well, but it doesn’t stop them from releasing MvC3 with trashy online quality.

        It goes without saying it’ll be better than KoF XII’s release, but XIII is a game bunches better in the arcade to start with and Ignition’s localization efforts are the bottom of the barrel as well.

        I’m getting the game, but it’s hard to get hyped knowing AH3, BBCS2, MvC2, Skullgirls and SF3O are all on console using a rollback method in their netcode and are games I could be playing instead.

  • z_merquise

    Wow. Just wow.

    And I just found it in Neogaf just a few minutes ago and sent this link to Siliconera: 

    So KOF XIII is going to head-butts with the “super-mega-hyped-Hollywood-blockbuster-budgeted” games this holiday season. But you know what, SCREW’EM!!! This is the game I’ll definitely buy.

    Thank you, Atlus. And thank you, SNK-Playmore. We may heard a lot of things that were not good from SNK-P but I’ll still going to support them as long as they would release games that we fans would really love.

    • kroufonz

      yeah, most of people getting kof will not give a damn about those block buster after all (including me).

    • Exkaiser

      You know, though, I don’t really think KoF is really a direct competitor with the “‘super-mega-hyped-Hollywood-blockbuster-budgeted’ games.”

      People who will buy KoF will buy KoF.

      • mikanko

        To add to that, I’d say that Fall is the best time of the year for KoF to release considering they won’t have any competition from Mortal Kombats, Marvel vs. Capcom 3s, CS2 or AE patches.

      • Guest

        Whatever happened to that KoF RPG they were working on….

    • PrinceHeir

      this is freaking day 1 for me.

      every game can wait. this is the game I NEED!!!!!!

    • We’ve known about this for awhile. No one needed to send us links :P

  • All those E3 commotions doesn’t matter anymore. THIS MADE MY DAY!!! Freaking-Finally THX SNK/ATLUS ^_^ -man3k

  • RagnaXBL

    i see its coming this year real soon :), soo happy

  • HistorysGreatestMonster


  • kroufonz

    recently i am a bit disappointed with atlus move (like more focusing on western game and barely localize their japanese games, not include jp voice on catherine etc)

    but this news definitely a great news make me like atlus again

    • Ladius

      Yeah, I’m still sad about the lack of jrpg localizations compared to the past (even if Devil Survivor 2 is quite a bold move, considering the DS’s current state), but this announcement is so full of win, beauty and super cancels that I am in love with Atlus USA at the moment :D

      I really hope there’s a juicy limited edition, too XD

      • daizyujin

        Mai tittie pillows ftw.

  • Venus in Furs.

    Way to dig yourself deeper into my heart Atlus! Can’t wait to polish my K’ skills – it’s been too long.

  • Ever since I played the arcade version, I’ve been so amped to actually play the full game. Thank you so much Atlus ….you guys made this little girls dreams come true.

    Looks like it’s time for me to start practicing with Ash again!

    • How is it compared to the home version (last game)?

      • 12 felt like a dream match game, so I’d have to say 13 is pretty entertaining and a much better game overall because it has an actual story. Game play wise, I’d have to say it felt more balanced but I have heard that there are some imbalances for certain characters combos/ect (I don’t remember which ones.)

      • It’s a lot more balanced, with the exception of Raiden and K who are too strong. Kula might be up there too. Anyway, the game takes a lot more skill to play, and in my opinion, is an incredibly good fighter.

  • KOF redone with the characters we all want.  Thank you.  My $60 is yours my friend.

  • IceRomancer

    Yes!! You can always count on atlus! Was starting to think this was never gonna make it to the consoles!

    • Guest

      Now Alus please release:

      Gatchitora! A Roughneck Teacher in Highschool
      Akiba’s Trip
      Kenka Banchou 5

  • puchinri

    Oh, Atlus. You know you can have my money whenever you want it. Now SNK gets some of it too~. Win-win-win. :’)

  • GOD yes. I’ve been waiting for this!

  • Apollonis

    Yes Mai yes buy?

  • XypherCode

    Mai!!! :P

  • Advent_Andaryu

    Please don’t let us down this time SNK!

  • Guest

    *aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah*  FINALLY

  • thundergodCN

    well the kof bosses are a real bitch

  • neo_firenze

    Wow, that’s a great surprise.  I was just thinking last night that we would never get a KOF XIII port.  Really came out of nowhere, great news. 


    Sorry Aksys, this means I won’t be buying AH3… 

  • AzureNova

    Now if only I could get them to make another Rival Schools, and a Power Stone….. Just saying guys, just saying. =)

  • raymk

    Well damn thank you atlus you never fail for me.  This is why I continue to support you thought the thick and thin times. 

  • PrinceHeir

    though it would have been awesome if Arc System Works localize this instead :P

    imagine gallery mode, tower mode, abyss mode, tutorial and challenge mode, dual audio, ability to change resolution to fit the screen or stretch, ability to change text to english or japanese(regardless of any version), a awesome network code, and the most important of all, ability to pick any music and stage.

    oh new characters please!!!!! bring back Vanessa, Oswald, XI, and 2002 UM characters!!!!!

    still i wouldn’t doubt Atlus in terms of content not to mention the bonuses on a normal price? Mai Poster PLEASE!!!!!!!:P

    oh make another Power Instinct game?

    now if Sega localizes Virtua Fighter 5 FS on consoles my life would be COMPLETE!!!


  • I hope they add new characters too.

  • Atlus is back baby


    OMG!!!!!!!!!!! FINALLY!!!! I’VE BEEN HONING MY SKILLS IN KOF 2002 UM FOR THE PAST 5 YEARS! I had to run outside my office building to scream for this

  • dont have high expectations but hope im proven wrong.

  • KyoyaHibari

    Atlus is officially my favourite gaming company of all time, Persona, Demon’s Souls and now King of Fighters XIII for PS3 IN NORTH AMERICA, Atlus, my money…take all of it…

    • kroufonz

      i believe bleach is nisa published game

      • KyoyaHibari

        Yea I forgot to fix that ;P

  • KyoyaHibari

    Lol Kratos for Mortal Kombat, Cole for SFxT, are we gonna see Jak in the PS3 North American version? XD

  • Remember #NOMAINOBUY?  Glad SNK got the memo.  >:3

  • HistorysGreatestMonster

    How long before Nathan Drake is announced as a guest character for the PS3 version? lol

    • daizyujin

      Nah they decided to use Sully instead.  The cigar ups his cool factor by 10.

  • daizyujin

    Ah so it is coming soon and from a competent publisher.  This is great news.

    To be fair though Ignition’s treatment of XII was not my main problem, it was the fact that XII was halfassed in every single way possible.  That blame lies on SNK all the way.

  • Atlus delivers yet again.

  • blah blah

    What about SNK US?
    If it keeps getting third parties to publish, what does that branch do?
    I’d prefer games like Days of Memories and maybe Doki Doki Majo Shinpan but nope.

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