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Killer Instinct

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In the distant future, a monopolistic and technological corporation called Ultratech organizes a fighting tournament known as "Killer Instinct". Many fighters answer the challenge to participate, including several of Ultratech's experimental warriors. To increase the tournament's challenge, Ultratech utilizes a technology that can create bridges between alternate dimensions, releasing a creature known as Eyedol. Eyedol is a two-headed ancient warrior that was imprisoned along with his bitter rival, Gargos. Some warriors enter the tournament to seek glory or escape. Other fighters are attempting to bring an end to Ultratech's corruption.

Killer Instinct is a 2D versus fighting game that features 3D rendered sprite based graphics. Players choose from ten characters: Orchid, Cinder, Jago, Glacius, Fulgore, Riptor, Sabrewulf, Spinal, T.J. Combo, and Thunder. The game is known for its heavy combo-based fighting system, allowing players to pull off moves that land a high number of hits on their opponent, the highest being the "Ultra Combo". The game also features combo breakers, finishing moves and stage fatalities, double energy bars, and a dance-music inspired techno soundtrack.


Killer Instinct Game Boy Now, a frozen ball is following in direction of the target.
Killer Instinct SNES Everyone has their own reasons to compete
Killer Instinct Game Boy Character select
Killer Instinct Game Boy Continue

Alternate Titles

  • "KI" -- Official abbreviation
  • "Brute Force" -- Working title

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User Reviews

The Gameboy manages to inject some life into this dead horse Game Boy Zovni (9321)
Combo Instinct is more like it! SNES PCGamer77 (3008)
A must have, never mind the age SNES ThE oNe (178)
This Game Should Be Buried In The Middle Of Nowhere And Never Be Spoken Of Again SNES MasterMegid (897)
Good and Bad Game Boy Kartanym (10751)
A wonderful fighting game. Game Boy Dark Lord (46)

Critic Reviews

All Game Guide Arcade 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
All Game Guide SNES 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Mega Fun SNES Sep, 1995 86 out of 100 86
Total! (Germany) SNES Sep, 1995 1.75 out of 6 85
The Video Game Critic SNES Oct 17, 2003 B+ 83
GamePro (US) Game Boy Feb, 1996 4 out of 5 80
GamePro (US) SNES Sep, 1995 4 out of 5 80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games SNES Sep 13, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Total! (Germany) Game Boy Apr, 1996 2.75 out of 6 65
All Game Guide Game Boy 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


Topic # Posts Last Post
New Platform 4 Foxhack (12652)
Dec 10, 2009
Odds Of Killer Instinct Appearing On The Wii VC? 3 Guy Chapman (1743)
May 26, 2007


1001 Video Games

Killer Instinct appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


Killer Instinct was originally developed for arcades as a prototype to the Ultra 64, later renamed the Nintendo 64. When the 64 project was delayed, Nintendo went ahead and released the SNES port instead.

Gameboy version

Missing from the Gameboy version are, of course, every animated cutscene, plus two characters: Cinder and Riptor. Also, the Game Boy version included in the box a metallic pendant with the Killer Instinct logo engraved on it.

SNES version

For the transition to the SNES, the only major item missing is the 3D animated cut-scenes. They are replaced here by stills of the animations for the VS. and winner screens. The SNES version also comes packed with a soundtrack CD, titled Killer Cuts, which features remixed music based on the background and main themes found in the game. Another unique feature of the SNES version of Killer Instinct is that the game itself is a black colored cartridge. Most SNES games were a plain, gray color.

Information also contributed by Guy Chapman, Kartanym, and Kohler 86

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