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Billy Kane, Ripper, and Hopper from Real Bout Fatal Fury appear in the background of the Strolheim Tunnel stage.
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Ryuhaku Todoh from Art of Fighting appears in the background of the Skyscraper Restaurant stage, along with Sally and Elizabeth, the waitresses from the England stage in The King of Fighters '95.
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Tung Fu Rue, Jubei Yamada, Blue Mary, and Sokaku Mochizuki from Fatal Fury appear in the background of the Southtown Railroad at Noon stage.
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Goenitz's namesake comes from an alien character in the 1974 anime Space Battleship Yamato. His "Heavenly King" title is a reference to the opening theme of the 1979 anime adaptation of Cyborg 009.
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The game meant to introduce Whip into the Ikari Team. However, due to Leona's introduction in the same team, the developers waited until The King of Fighters '99 to add her to the cast.
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In the initial stages of development, Chizuru was referred to as the "Bell Girl", though she was soon nicknamed "Yuna", before finally receiving the more appropriate name that she has now.
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