King of Fighters vs. Street Fighter: This Battle is About to Explode!
That’s right, fighting game fans, Evo 2013 was this past weekend! The greatest fighters from around the world gathered at fabulous Las Vegas to throw down in virtual arenas of all shapes and sizes. They had Mortal Kombat 9, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Injustice: Gods Among Us, Street Fighter IV, and King of Fighters XIII, just to name a few. King of Fighters and Street Fighter are two of the oldest franchises at Evo, both being Japanese-born 2D fighters with histories stretching back to the beginning of the genre, so what better time to compare the two to see which franchise’s fighting spirit burns brightest?
Best game: Street Fighter III: Third Strike
Number of entries in main series: Four
Biggest total jerk final boss: Gill. This wang-chung can spam cryo/pyrokinesis all day, summon meteors, and, oh yeah, resurrect himself once you beat him!
Fattest character: Rufus
Most famous attack: Hadouken!
KING OF FIGHTERS
Best game: King of Fighters ’98
Number of entries in main series: Thirteen
Biggest total jerk final boss: Orochi… no, wait, Goenitz. Hmm, the King of Fighters series sure does have a lot of douchebag final bosses to choose from. So many, in fact, that it’s hard to pick who is douchiest.
Fattest character: Chang Koehan. Special shout-out to Chang’s partner, Tiny Freddy Kreuger.
Most famous attack: Burn Knuckle!
Winner: Street Fighter
King of Fighters has a long and wonderful history, but while most of their games tend to get rated by the critics and general public as B+ at best, Street Fighter tends to bring home an A+ on the report card. Plus it did help popularize fighting games as a genre.