King of Fighters Stadium is a downloadable stage for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It was released on November 6th, 2019 as part of Challenger Pack 4, being the home stage of SNK characters such as Terry. The stage is a large arena themed around The King of Fighters tournament, which was featured in the Fatal Fury series before branching out into its own series with the same name.
The stage’s layout is a simple flat ring, similar to most stages in the Fatal Fury and King of Fighters series, which is slightly elevated above ground level. It takes place in what appears to be a large football/rubgy stadium and converted into a fighting arena for an event, similar to both Pokémon Stadium and Boxing Ring. Like those stages, a large jumbotron that records the on-screen action can be seen in the background. Invisible walls are on both sides of the stage, blocking the blast line. However, these walls can be broken by dealing enough knockback to a fighter. In that case, the fighter will immediately go into the blast zone and get KO'd. There are no such walls on the upper blast line. As there are no ledges or anywhere to fall down (thus no lower blast line), you cannot abuse a character's lack of good recovery or win by edgeguarding someone in this stage, and because of the side walls, you cannot bait someone next to a side blast line and throw them in for a cheap kill: you have to win off dealing strong hits and from that only. Characters from other games such as mostly from Art of Fighting/Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters make cameos just outside of the ring, similarly to how they do while watching the fight in various The King of Fighters games. There are 20 in total. While they are normally random, the choice of music will guarantee specific characters to appear.
Though the stadium is not directly lifted from any specific stage from the King of Fighters, Fatal Fury, or Art of Fighting series, it is most similar to the stadium used in King of Fighters '96 for the winner's ceremony in its endings, and to help draw upon the more "realism" rooted settings the triumvirate series is known for. The use of invisible walls and the need for high knockback to fully defeat foes is also evocative of the wall breaking mechanics used in Real Bout: Fatal Fury, where enough force can be used against blocking or juggled opponents to break apart the "walls" to open up a ring out zone, and to simulate traditional fighting game mechanics in defeating the opponent by depleting their life bar to empty.
Music Tracks Based on Cameos
Certain musics will be played for the specific cameos on the background of the stage.
|Pasta - FATAL FURY 2||Andy Bogard|
|A New Poem That the South Thailand Wants to Tell - FATAL FURY 2||Joe Higashi|
|The London March - FATAL FURY 2||Billy Kane|
|Soy Sauce for Geese - FATAL FURY SPECIAL
Soy Sauce for Geese - KOF XIV
|Let's Go to Seoul! - FATAL FURY 2||Kim Kaphwan|
|ART of FIGHT - Art of Fighting
Art of Fighting Ver.230000000.0
|Ne! - KOF '94||Yuri Sakazaki
|ESAKA!! - KOF 2002 UM
Esaka Continues... - KOF XIII
|Stormy Saxophone 2 - KOF '96||Iori Yagami|
|New Order - KOF XIV||Kyo Kusanagi
|Tame a Bad Boy - KOF XIII||Kim Kaphwan
|Forest World - Athena||Athena Asamiya|
|DESERT REQUIEM ~Operation02UM~ - KOF 2002 UM
W.W.III - KOF XIV