One or two players choose from either Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard, or Joe Higashi and fight eight opponents, including the crime boss, Geese Howard.
You (and friend at the first round) play the role of one of the Bogard brothers (Terry and Andy) or their friend Joe Higashi as they travel to South Town in order to to compete in the King Of Fighters tournament. Your first four opponents are Richard Myer, Duck King, Tung Fu Rue and Michael Max. You can select the order of the first four battles.
After defeating the first four opponents, you must face off agaisnt Hwa Jai, Raiden and Billy Kane (in that order) before fighting the current champion, Geese Howard, the crime boss responsible for the death of Jeff, Terry and Andy’s father.