Honest Gamers writes: "This is definitely a well-timed release. For fans, it's a nice "remember why you love KOF?" before the visually incredible King of Fighters XII hits later this year, a memory of the days when these characters were fresh and Athena was still hot. For series newbies, it's a fantastic way to build familiarity with the cast. It's such a complete package that I feel like I don't need another KOF game (probably not what Ignition or SNK Playmore wants to read), but I know I'll purchase KOF XII anyway. And they've got The King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match to thank for that".