IRVINE, CALIFORNIA -- NOVEMBER 22, 2011 -- ATLUS today announced that  THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII, the latest entry in the legendary fighting franchise, for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system (PS3™) and Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, is now available at retailers across North America.

Critics agree: THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII is the HD entry in the series that fans have been waiting for!  Fighting community hub calls KOF XIII "a wonderful game that any fan of 2D fighters should enjoy," praising its "varied roster, excellent pacing, and the inclusion of several 'quality of life' touches to make things easier for tournament play." gives KOF XIII a 9 out of 10 and writes: "With great visuals, multitude of modes, and a very robust gameplay system and a good netcode, this new KOF will surely make its place among these generation's best fighting games."  Eric L. Patterson from EGM Now asserts that KOF XIII is "the game that  KOFXII not only should've been, but also needed to be," giving it an 8.5 out of 10 and closing with "[ KOF XIII] is a return to the glory days of SNK fighters--and a game that makes up for the mistakes of the franchise's previous chapter."   VentureBeat's  review also awards KOF XIII an 8.5 out of 10, claiming the game is "one of the strongest and most relevant entries in the 15-year franchise" and adding that "not only will fans love it, but it may be the game that finally snags a few newcomers as well." gives KOF XIII a B, praising its "rocksolid gameplay, decent netcode and a ton of unlockables" and calling it "a phenomenal fighting game experience you won't find in many newer fighting games."

" THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII represents tremendous effort on the part of ATLUS and developer SNK PLAYMORE to deliver the finest, deepest  KOF game ever," stated Tim Pivnicny, Vice Present of Marketing and Sales at ATLUS.  "Building upon what was already a fantastic arcade fighter, ATLUS and SNK PLAYMORE have worked together and also with respected members of the KOF community to meticulously refine and balance the game.  Moreover, a great deal of time was spent testing the game's revamped netcode, ensuring players encounter the smoothest, most stable THE KING OF FIGHTERS online experience ever.  From all the attention paid to further improving the game to the terrific pre-order bonus and competitive $49.99 MSRP, we truly view this project as a love letter to fans of the series.  We are so thrilled to finally be able to put this highly anticipated new entry for such an esteemed series on store shelves and into the hands of its amazing community."

ATLUS also today again confirmed that the first DLC character, Iori with the Power of Flames, would be available on 12/7 via Xbox LIVE Marketplace and PlayStation Store for 400 MS points and $4.99, respectively.  The purchase includes not only the character, but his stage and background music as well. 

THE KING OF FIGHTERS XIII is out now in North America for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 systems. For more info, visit .  

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