User Score
8.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 31 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 31
  2. Negative: 4 out of 31

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  1. Apr 5, 2017
    10
    One of the many SNK masterpieces, and arguably one of the greatest 2D vs fighters ever created.

    Having this title on the go, along with those two little detachable joycon that function perfectly as 2-player micro arcade sticks, is the likely the closest we're likely ever going to get to having a portable arcade machine.
  2. Apr 27, 2019
    8
    Arguably the best entry in the KOF series, The King of Fighters '98 is a ton of fun for classic 2D fighting game fans. Movement is smooth and fluid; special moves are easy to pull off; and the signature three-member tag teams can easily be mixed and matched for a ton of variety and replayability.
  3. May 30, 2017
    9
    Soy un Fan asqueroso de la serie KOF y el 98 está en el Top 3 de mis favoritos. Si traen el 2000 y el 97 para poder llevarlos a todas partes en mi Switch, me podré dar por muy bien servido.
  4. Apr 30, 2017
    9
    Playing with your friends anywhere using only the joycon is the best, really, perfect game to play vs at school or work, I hope kof - 97-99-200-2001 and 2002
  5. Aug 24, 2019
    9
    Perfectly crafted KoF on the go. The game is as it was launched many years ago
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 4 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. 80
    King of Fighters ‘98 is one of the better fighters you’ll find on the Switch right now. It’s large roster and vibrant graphics brought me into the game, and its simple, intuitive gameplay gives you a lot to work with. There will probably be better fighting experiences for the Switch in the future, but right now King of Fighters can take its throne as one of the top fighters on the console..
  2. 80
    If you’re here for the fighting however, you’re in luck. King of Fighters 98 is one of the most robust 2D fighters ever made. Game balance is impeccable, and each character has a solid amount of offensive and defensive options to make them viable. Matches are decided entirely upon skill, so this game is best experienced with a few friends who are willing to learn the strategies and get good enough to compete. You’re sure to be playing this one for a long time.
  3. Apr 3, 2017
    70
    The King of Fighters '98 looks, sounds and plays as great as ever, but there is no denying that its lack of modes that come as standard in just about every other fighter, including later versions of KOF '98, is a detriment to its broader appeal. That said, this is a faithful arcade port of one of the most prestigious fighting games and adds quality to the Switch's early selection of titles.