Yuhki Kidaka homage in KOF ‘98 UMOL

In the free mobile game “KOF ‘98 UMOL” there’s a mini game called “Ultimate Trial” where you have to climb a tower by fighting enemy teams waiting for you in each floor. Every time you beat a new personal record, this image will appear:

We don’t know if it was a big coincidence or a tribute, but the fact is that it’s very similar to this fanart, by the artist Yuhki Kidaka:

Note that the characters trying to cockblock Iori and Kyo are the same in both images and they even have similar poses and expressions… the fanart dates from the early 2000s so it’s more than a decade older than the game.

Either way, watherever Iori and Kyo were doing alone in the last floor of that tower was completely ruined… 

SNK Limited Store Festival!!

Starting on December 22, 2018, five stores in Tokyo will sell exclusive SNK thematic items featuring the characters: Iori Yagami, Haohmaru, Kyo Kusanagi, Marco Rossi and Terry Bogard. There’ll also be a stamp rally and a new thematic cafe! 

Limited items:

Can badges: Ten models (color and black and white), you can buy a whole set or try your luck buying them individually.

Acrylic Key Holders: Five models that also can be bought randomly or in a full set.

Limited Tote Bag: A4 size, cotton.

Stamp rally prize – Limited tapestry: Customers will get a stamp for every
2000 yen (approx. 20 USD) they spend in one of the participating stores. After collecting three stamps, they can be exchanged for this event’s limited B2 tapestry.

Locations, dates and bonus:

NEOGEO LAND Limited Shop in Akihabara (THE AKIHABARA CONTAiNER

  • Period: December 22, 2018 ~ February 20, 2019
  • Items: Event-limited goods, SNK-related goods and NEOGEO mini
  • Bonus: Customers who purchase more than 10,000 yen (approx. 
    100 USD) will get a bonus glass.

SNK Limited Store in Ikebukuro (Tokyu Hands Ikebukuro store)

  • Period: December 25, 2018 ~ January 31, 2019
  • Items: Reprint of the last collaboration goods, SNK-related goods and  NEOGEO mini.
  • Bonus: For every 2000 yen spent (approx. 20 USD), customers will get one of the postcards below:

SNK Limited Store in TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN 

  • Period: December 26, 2018 ~ February 1, 2019 
  • Items: Reissue of KOF Cafe goods, SNK-related items, SNK collaboration cafe (thematic food and drinks).
  • Bonus: Customers who spend more than 2000 yen (approx. 20 USD) will get an exclusive sticker.
  • SNK Collaboration Cafe Bonus: Customers who spend more than 1000 yen (approx. 10 USD) will get a SNK art coaster and a commemorative birthday coaster of Mai, Leona or Geese. 

Exclusive sticker 

SNK art coaster 

Mai, Leona and Geese birthday coasters

SNK Limited Store in Tokyo Ginza (Hakuhinkan TOY PARK) 

  • Period: January 12, 2019 ~ March 17, 2019 
  • Items: Event-exclusive goods, SNK-related items and  NEOGEO mini
  • Bonus: At each 5000 yen spent (approx. 50 USD), customers will get one of the following sticker packs:

Comic Market 95 SNK Booth (East 7 Hall 7422)

  • Period: December 29, 2018 ~ December 31, 2018 
  • Items: Various SNK goods. However, the event-limited goods will not be sold here. Keep it in mind!