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Thread Author: Murikov
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The King of Fighters EX: Neo Blood / Howling Blood. What do you think of them?
GBA? And even the N-GAGE?! Count me out! GBA? And even the N-GAGE?! Count me out! 0%[0 Votes]
Can't tell, never played them. Can't tell, never played them. 14%[1 Vote]
The absolute low-points of the franchise, just bad. The absolute low-points of the franchise, just bad. 0%[0 Votes]
Not that bad, but still not as good as on the Neo Geo. Not that bad, but still not as good as on the Neo Geo. 29%[2 Votes]
Quite good, with Howling Blood being the better one! Quite good, with Howling Blood being the better one! 43%[3 Votes]
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The King of Fighters EX: Neo Blood / Howling Blood - Game of the Week
Murikov
Welcome to the Game of the Week!

This week it's again time for some handheld action, the Gameboy Advance in particular. In 2002 and 2003, while SNK Playmore still was young, the company released two KoF installments for the GBA, namely KoF EX: Neo Blood and KoF EX2: Howling Blood. Both games offered new, exclusive characters such as Moe Habana, Reiji Oogami, Miu Kurosaki or Jun Kagami. Actually both games were kind of remakes of KoF '99 and 2000, although there are new stage backgrounds or boss characters.

Howling Blood was even ported to the N-Gage, under the new name The King of Fighters: Extreme. I almost forgot that ugly duckling from Nokia...

The King of Fighters EX: Neo Blood / Howling Blood

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Genre: Fighting
Players: 2
Size: n/a
Released on: GBA, N-GAGE

Brief Description:

Between 2002 and 2003 SNK Playmore released two spin-offs of the King of Fighters series on the Game Boy Advance. First there's The King of Fighters EX: Neo Blood from 2002, an adaptation of KoF '99 for the Game Boy Advance, with an exclusive character named Moe Habana. Geese Howard is the final boss with Iori being a sub boss. The King of Fighters EX2: Howling Blood from 2003 on the other side is kind of a remake of KoF 2000, with Moe Habana returning with a few new characters, Reiji Okami, Jun Kagami, Miu Kurosaki and Sinobu as the final boss, and a new background.

Screenshots:

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Reviews:

The King of Fighters EX: Neo Blood review by Genki-Akuma
The King of Fighters EX2: Howling Blood review by Kyo Takagen
The King of Fighters EX2: Howling Blood review by werD
The King of Fighters EX2: Howling Blood review by MilkManX

Videos:

YouTube Video

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High Score Challenge:

Sadly there's no score system or whatsoever in these two GBA installments, but if you guys still want a Speed Run HSC, then please let me or Priest know!

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The eccentric cat
The EX series is actually really good. The first Neo Blood was just a subpar port of 99, it just didn't feel natural for the GBA.

Howling Blood, however, is easily the best fighting game on the GBA. It adds new characters of their own, with good controls and sound, and even has a new boss for the series. Some of the characters are only found here, so I'd recommend it to curious players who are interested and have a GBA.
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DarakuTenshi
It was really the only way I could play KOF at work (at that time) so I enjoyed it. I agree with The Eccentric Cat that it really didn't feel natural for the GBA, but fighting games on the GBA were all in that same boat.
 
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