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The King of Fighters: Heat of Battle

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Title Screen

The King of Fighters: Heat of Battle

Also known as: Nettou The King of Fighters '96 (JP)
Developer: Gaibrain
Publisher: Takara
Platforms: Game Boy, Super Game Boy
Released in JP: August 8, 1997
Released in EU: 1998


GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
DebugIcon.png This game has debugging material.
SoundtestIcon.png This game has a hidden sound test.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


The King of Fighters: Heat of Battle is a Game Boy port of the Neo Geo fighting game.

DIP Switches

Upon startup, the game checks de,C000 three times to see 00 if the first two bytes are set to 01 then DIP Switches are enabled. The third bit tells what the DIP Switch value is. Enable bits are written to 0x1A0, and 0x1A4. Set value FF to 0x166, or use GameShark code 01FF00C0 to enable the Super Game Boy sound test or a new border depending on the value; 70 will enable the Super Game Boy sound test and 80 shows the alternate border.

Alternatively, Game Genie codes 011-A0F-E6A, 011-A4F-E6A, and FF1-66F-E6A will enable the DIP Switches set to FF which will enable and all said features.

DIP Switches can be activated in game by pressing certain button combinations at the Takara logo, However, the SGB Sound Test cannot be enabled. Hold A and B and press select once which will set the DIP Switches to 20. To activate the second set of DIP Switches setting them to 40, hold down A and B while pressing select 10 times. Press Select twice more to set the DIP Switches to 60. Press Select 25 additional times to set the DIP Switches to C0, which will enable the second alternate Super Game Boy border. While letting go A and B, press Select 11 more times to set the DIP Switches to E0. A Game Boy and Super Game Boy sound will confirm correct entry as each DIP Switch is activated.

Alternate Super Game Boy borders

It looks all muddy and weird.

Set the DIP Switches to 80 in order to show the first alternate Super Game Boy border.

Purple!

Set the DIP Switches to C0 which will show the second alternate Super Game Boy border.

SGB Sound Test

Why was this disabled?

Japanese exclusives Nettoh Real Bout Special Fatal Fury and Beast Wars contain a sound test allow all of the sound effects used by several Game Boy games, notably The Pagemaster, Animaniacs, PokoNyan Yume no Daibouken, and others.

Setting 0x166 to 10 will only enable the Super Game Boy sound test. Tetris 2 Super Game Boy enhanced version also has a Super Game Boy sound test hidden in the debug menu; though very incomplete. Single-digit ones change the speed and volume of the sound effect when played, ranging from 0-F.

(Source: nensondubois)

Regional Differences

Title Screen

The King of Fighters: Heat of Battle Nettou The King of Fighters '96
KOF Heat of Battle Title.PNG Nettou KOF '96 Title.PNG

When Nettou King of Fighters '96 was released in Europe, its name was changed from The King of Fighters '96 to King of Fighters: Heat of Battle. As this change carried onto the title, the change is somewhat inconsistent with the year naming that KOF '95 had preceded it with. When the SGB capabilities were adapted, the SGB border got the same treatment as King of Fighters '95. It was darkened and the title changed accordingly.