The King of Fighters Neowave is among the first original Xbox titles to join backwards-compatibility on Xbox One

By on October 25, 2017 at 9:00 am
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The start of a renewed relationship with classic titles on Xbox One.

As of yesterday, owners of the original Xbox title The King of Fighters Neowave are able to take the fight to Xbox One — thanks to Xbox’s efforts in backwards-compatibility. Those who don’t own the game already can also purchase the title from the Xbox Marketplace.

The King of Fighters Neowave was first released in 2004 in arcades, and on Xbox in 2006. The game features characters from throughout the series’ history, as opposed to the traditional titles only including characters that were within the games’ story. KOF Neowave introduced a new mechanic known as Heat Mode, that increased the strength of characters at the sake of draining health. Battles focused on three character elimination matches, so learning multiple fighters was key to victory. Those looking for a classic fighting experience on Xbox should definitely give KOF Neowave a look!

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Those playing on their Xbox One or Xbox One S console will be greeted with improved visual fidelity, with 4X the pixel count found on the original Xbox. When Xbox One X releases on November 7 this year, all backwards-compatible Xbox titles will be playable with 16X the pixel count, thanks to its additional power.

The backwards-compatibility initiative is Xbox’s way of ensuring that their customer’s titles are playable now and in the future. According to Xbox Wire, the next batch of original Xbox titles will be added in Spring 2018, so let’s keep our fingers crossed that more fighters are added to the next list. Dead or Alive Ultimate and Marvel vs. Capcom 2 would certainly be nice additions from the original Xbox catalog. Are there any original Xbox titles you are hoping will come to Xbox One?

Sources: Xbox WireXbox Marketplace Associate Editor. Austyn James Roney began his gaming journey with Super Smash Bros. on the N64 but learned the ways of the fighting game genre with Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Loves all fighters, regardless of dimension or playstyle.