King of Fighters Android now on select Android devices for $4.99

Our initial reaction upon receiving the announcement for King of Fighters Android was something along the lines of, "Yes! Finally, SNK Playmore must have read all our letters and decided to make a special version of King of Fighters XIII with the Cell Saga androids from Dragon Ball Z! Yes."

Well, it turns out that's not what this is. Instead, King of Fighters Android is King of Fighters game for Google's Android OS, which is probably a more reasonable business decision in the long run. Judging from the screenshots below, it appears to be based on King of Fighters XIII, or at least heavily influenced by its art style. The game features 20 fighters, five different play modes and unlockable bonus content like trading cards and concept art.

Available now for $4.99, the game is officially compatible with the Galaxy S 2, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Xperia Acro HD, and Xperia Play, which should be a good fit for the title considering it has actual buttons. Compatibility with other Android devices is untested and should be attempted at your own risk; two marketplace reviews already indicate the game does not function on the Galaxy Nexus.%Gallery-151286%
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Mar 22, 2012 - SNK PLAYMORE USA CORPORATION (Corporate HQ: Suita-city, Osaka, Japan, Company President: Ryo Mizufune) is proud to announce the worldwide release of THE KING OF FIGHTERS Android for the Android devices through the Android™ Game Platform G-Gee.

Game features
Enjoy the complete KOF experience on your Android devices!
From art direction to gameplay, THE KING OF FIGHTERS Android brings the complete KOF experience to the Android platforms. 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 asimple, user-friendly play-style to easily perform special moves and combinations.

Five modes of gameplay!
"THE KING OF FIGHTERS Android" features five game modes: "Team Battle" for classic KOF 3-on-3 battles, "Single Battle" for 1-on-1 fights, "Endless" mode for an endurance challenge with just one life, "Challenge" mode where players needs to complete a variety of character-specific tasks, and "Training" mode where players can practice the Virtual Pad-based controls and learn combos.

20 legendary fighters battle for glory!
The formidable roster of "THE KING OF FIGHTERS Android" features 20 classic characters, including Kyo Kusanagi, K', Ash Crimson, and Billy Kane!

Unlock trading cards, illustrations and other bonus content!
Various bonus content can be unlocked during gameplay and viewed within the game's "Gallery" mode. Here players will find premium trading cards based on original SNK PLAYMORE illustrations, various art and rough sketches of KOF characters, KOF Team novel stories from the THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII and many more hidden treasures that fans can't afford to miss!


The game can be downloaded through the Android™ Game Platform G-Gee at
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ggee.vividruntime.gg_1403


TITLE DETAILS
Title:THE KING OF FIGHTERS Android
Release Date:Mar 22, 2012
Genre: Action
Compatible Systems:GalaxyS2, Galaxy Tab 10.1, Xperia acro, Xperia play
* If the device is not listed here, it might not have been tested
Qualifying Age:12+
Price:$4.99

COPYRIGHT INFORMATION
© SNK PLAYMORE
* "THE KING OF FIGHTERS" is a registered trademark of SNK PLAYMORE CORPORATION.
* All other company and product names used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.


About G-Gee
Headquartered in Tokyo, and member of leading Japanese Internet services consortium, GMO Internet Group, GMO GameCenter, Inc. is the operator of Android game platform, G-Gee.
G-Gee distributes high quality games to Android users, always pre-screening content to ensure it works properly and is safe. For game developers, GMO GameCenter, Inc. offers cross platform development tools and secure, simplified distribution.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.