This marks the debut of K', who serves as the new protagonist. He was intentionally designed to be a darker, brooding hero in contrast to Kyo, his predecessor.
This game marks the beginning of the NESTS Saga in the series timeline.
Whip was originally slated to appear in The King of Fighters '96, but was pushed back to this game due to Leona's debut.
Connection to Other Media
Maxima is based on Harry Ness, a cybernetically enhanced police officer in The Fallen Angels, an obscure arcade game. Shinichi Morioka was the artist responsible for designing both characters.
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