The TW Network King of Fighters Games Fighter ID Log-In:
King of Fighters '96, The
Produced by SNK
Release History
Neo Geo
Worldwide
7/30/1996
Neo Geo CD
Worldwide
10/25/1996
Saturn
Worldwide
12/31/1996
Playstation
Worldwide
7/4/1997
Nettou The King of Fighters '96 (Game Boy)
Worldwide
8/8/1997
The King of Fighters Orochi Collection (Playstation 2)
Compilation release
Worldwide
4/20/2006
Playstation Network
Worldwide
7/11/2007
The King of Fighters Orochi Collection (Playstation Portable)
Compilation release.
Worldwide
10/28/2008
The King of Fighters Orochi Collection (Wii)
Compilation release.
Worldwide
11/25/2008
WiiWare/Virtual Console
Emulation of Neo Geo version
Worldwide
12/15/2010
ACA NeoGeo: The King of Fighters '96 (PlayStation 4)
Japan
8/10/2017
ACA NeoGeo: The King of Fighters '96 (Xbox One)
Japan
8/10/2017
ACA NeoGeo: The King of Fighters '96 (Switch)
Worldwide
12/28/2017
ACA NeoGeo: The King of Fighters '96 (Windows)
Windows 10 release.
Worldwide
04/27/2018
The King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga (PlayStation 4)
Compilation release.
Worldwide
6/26/2018

Fighter Select
Kyo Kusanagi
Neo Geo
Benimaru Nikaido
Neo Geo
Goro Daimon
Neo Geo
Terry Bogard
Neo Geo
Andy Bogard
Neo Geo
Joe Higashi
Neo Geo
Ryo Sakazaki
Neo Geo
Robert Garcia
Neo Geo
Yuri Sakazaki
Neo Geo
Leona Heidern
Neo Geo
Ralf Jones
Neo Geo
Clark Steel / Clark Still
Neo Geo
Maki Kagura
Game Boy
Chizuru Kagura
Neo Geo
Goenitz
Neo Geo
Athena Asamiya
Neo Geo
Kensou
Neo Geo
Chin Gentsai
Neo Geo
Geese Howard
Neo Geo
Krauser
Neo Geo
Mr. Big
Neo Geo
Kim Kaphwan
Neo Geo
Chang Koehan
Neo Geo
Choi Bounge
Neo Geo
Kasumi Todoh
Neo Geo
Mai Shiranui
Neo Geo
King
Neo Geo
Iori Yagami
Neo Geo
Mature
Neo Geo
Vice
Neo Geo
Orochi Leona / Wild Leona
Game Boy
Mr. Karate
Game Boy
Orochi Iori
Game Boy

Gameplay
Clark Steel / Clark Still
Throw Moves

Death Lake Drive
(in air)(close)backward/down/forward+cbtn/dbtn
Clark simply snatches his opponent out of the air and tosses them unceremoniously to the ground.

Fisherman Buster
(close)forward/backward+dbtn
A variant of the brainbuster technique.

Pyramid Driver EX
(close)forward/backward+cbtn
Clark performs sort of a powerbomb piledriver thing.
Special Moves

Frankensteiner
(close)hcf+bbtn
Command throw with an extremely long whiff animation, owing to the elaborate nature of the frankensteiner. If not followed up with Flash Elbow, Clark will spread his arms and exclaim "HEY."

Napalm Stretch
dp+anypunch
Clark leaps up at a high angle in a cool pose. He locks up with the opponent and spins to the ground, slamming them. This move is in reference to Kinnikuman Soldier's technique of the same name.

Rolling Cradler
hcf+anypunch
Clark dashes forward with a grab attempt, then rolls backwards across the ground with his opponent in tow. Relegated to a Mount Tackle followup after the invention of that move.

Super Argentine Backbreaker
(close)hcf+dbtn
Clark tosses the opponent into the air to land on his waiting shoulders. Starting in 1996, could be followed up with an elbow drop.

Vulcan Punch
m-anypunch
Rapid punches at an upward angle.
Desperation Moves

Ultra Argentine Backbreaker
(close)hcbhcb+cbtn
Three successive Super Argentine Backbreakers are performed with different finishers over the years. 94-95: After the third drop, Clark ends with a shoulder buster. 96-98: Normally ends with a Death Valley Bomb. SDM version ends with "Clark Spark," Clark's take on Kinnikuman's Muscle Spark finisher.
Geese Howard
Throw Moves

Katate Nage / 片手投げ
(close)forward/backward+cbtn
After holding the opponent up by their throat, Geese slams them behind.

Shinkuu Nage / 真空投げ
(close)forward/backward+dbtn
Geese's signature backwards toss, with circular arm-rotation flourish.
Special Moves

Atemi Nage / 当て身投げ
hcf+bbtn/dbtn
Geese's multi-directional counter.

Evil Shadow Smasher / Jaieken, 邪影拳
hcb+anypunch
Charging blows.

Hisho Nichirin Zan / 飛翔日輪斬, Flying Sawblade Slicer, Soaring Sun Slash
dp+anypunch
Geese rises into the air then slashes downwards. Like Terry's Power Dunk.

Reppu Ken / 烈風拳, Strong Wind Slash, Wind Slice
qcf+anypunch
Traditionally the weak version produces a single Reppu Ken; in the hard version Geese combines two for a larger Double Reppu Ken.

Shippu Ken / 疾風拳
(in air)qcb+anypunch
An angled air fireball. Some have said Geese used this technique to save himself from his apparent falling death at the end of Fatal Fury. Maybe that's a joke?
Desperation Moves

Raising Storm / Raging Storm
dbackwardhcbdforward+anypunch
Geese thrusts his hands to the floor, erecting a cage of energy about himself.
Krauser
Throw Moves

Cliffhanger Drop
(close)forward/backward+cbtn
A high overhead press followed by an atomic drop.

Kaiser Driver '91
(close)forward/backward+dbtn
A high overhead press followed by a turn and piledriver.
Special Moves

Blitz Ball
qcb+anypunch/anykick
Krauser throws a fireball high with @term=anypunch@ or low with @term=anykick@.

Kaiser Dual Sobat
hcf+anykick
Krauser hops forward and performs a spinning double-kick.

Kaiser Kick
dp+anykick
A leaping forward dropkick.

Kaiser Suplex
(close)hcbforward+cbtn
A throw consisting of a backflip, landing opponent's-head-first.

Leg Tomahawk
qcf+anykick
Krauser leaps forward in a broad arc, swinging his leg.
Super Moves

Kaiser Wave
forwardhcf+anypunch
Krauser charges with arms outstretched, then unleashes a massive wave of energy.

Storyline
King of Fighters '96 / 1996
Unlike the mystery surrounding previous KOF competitions, KOF '96 has become a major international event sponsored by a number of huge corporations.

Preliminary contests have been held in various areas throughout the world, and among the top nine teams are, naturally, the usual KOF contestants who have been looking forward to test their abilities in an official competition.

This time, however, there is a team among them who cannot fail to raise eyebrows, composed of Geese Howard, Wolfgang Krauser, and Mr. Big. The three who once attempted to conquer the world are now but mere contestants in this tournament.

Is their object, perhaps, to do away with the Bogard brothers or the disciples of Kyokugen karate?

If that weren't enough to surprise...Iori Yagami appears once again, teamed up with a pair of mysterious women.

How will the rivalry between Iori and Kyo Kusanagi that has cursed their two families since ancient time play out this time around?

This is KOF '96, held as an official recognized sporting event, over which dark clouds have already started to gather....
Kyo Kusanagi is Yuki Kushinada's Companion

Credits
Worldwide
Announcer
Announcers in fighting games normally call out the character names, rounds, winners, and sometimes color commentary.
Harumi Ikoma
Producer
A producer on a project can have varying responsiblities, from a token credit to being incredibly integral to the work.
Takashi Nishiyama
Voice Actor

Keiichi Nanba as Andy Bogard
Monster Maezuka as Benimaru Nikaido
Hiroyuki Arita as Chang Koehan
Akiko Saitō as Chizuru Kagura
Monster Maezuka as Choi Bounge
Yoshinori Shima as Clark Steel
Kong Kuwata as Geese Howard
Yoshinori Shima as Goenitz
Masaki Usui as Goro Daimon
Kunihiko Yasui as Iori Yagami
Nobuyuki Hiyama as Joe Higashi
Masae Yumi as Kasumi Todoh
Eiji Yano as Kensou
Satoshi Hashimoto as Kim Kaphwan
Harumi Ikoma as King
BJ Love as Krauser
Masahiro Nonaka as Kyo Kusanagi
Masae Yumi as Leona Heidern
Akoya Sogi as Mai Shiranui
Masaru Naka as Mr. Big
Monster Maezuka as Ralf Jones
Mantarō Koichi as Robert Garcia
Masaki Usui as Ryo Sakazaki
Satoshi Hashimoto as Terry Bogard
Masae Yumi as Vice
Kaori Horie as Yuri Sakazaki