Pre-E3 09: King of Fighters XII tournament inside look

Destructoid put our Terry Bogard hats on and raided the King of Fighters XII championship tournament, hosted by Ignition Entertainment, SNK PLAYMORE, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) and the EVO Championship Series, here in Los Angeles, the weekend before E3 kicks off.

The tournament was to promote the launch of the console version of the game, set to hit retail in July for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Over one-hundred players gathered to fight for the grand prize, a King of Fighters XII arcade cabinet, imported from Japan. Several PS3 consoles were running the console version, freely open for play, all manned by tournament players who had likely never played the game before today.

We caught up with Ignition’s Shane Bettenhausen at the event to chat a bit about the tournament and the upcoming console game release. We talked a bit about the sexy 2D hand-drawn game sprites as well as the differences between the Xbox 360 and PS3’s online modes, all while DJ Anoop spun tunes and sexy undead nurses flirted with guests.

Video interview after the jump.

Dale North