Monday 13 September 2004/... The localisation process has long been a cause for consternation amongst European gamers. Whilst the thorny issue of black borders and 50hz/60hz slowdown are becoming a thing of the past, other, more culturally significant changes can still offend some of the more dedicated followers of Japanese games.
Up until now, the uncensored version of KOF 00/01 was only available in Japan. Subsequent releases of these titles had some gore and, er, shall we say "bounce" from a select group of fighters removed. European gamers - less offended by such trivialities - will not have to suffer such molly coddling, as their versions will be completely faithful to the originals.
Mai will seek to distract her opponents with her feminine guile and Iori will draw blood as gamers enjoy the tried and tested gameplay that has been refined over a period in excess of a decade. With 10 years under its belt and fans still clamouring for more, the King Of Fighters series will be available in all its glory, as God intended. In fact, all future SNK titles will be free from censorship.
"The decision to revert to the original code was a fairly straightforward one," says Peter Rollinson, Product Manager, Ignition Entertainment. "To keep the game as it was intended is something that we, and more importantly the fans wanted."
The King Of Fighters 2000/2001 double pack will be available for PS2 and Xbox in early November '04, for the outrageously low price of £19.99
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