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The final King of Fighters game released by SNK in its original state, The King of Fighters 2000 expands on the story and gameplay presented in The King of Fighters '99. This year's tournament is sponsored by the Ikari Warriors in an attempt to discover more about the NESTS organization, and to derail the plans of potential NESTS agents K' and Maxima. Not everything is as straight-forward as it usually is, however, and even the Ikari Warriors themselves are at risk of being betrayed from within by the end of the tournament.

The King of Fighters 2000 features a roster of 34 fighters plus 2 unlockable boss characters. The four-man teams and the striker system introduced during the previous year return in this year's tournament, with the striker system itself receiving significant improvement. One change in particular is the "alternate" striker system, where every fighter in the game now has another character linked to him or her that may be chosen instead of the normal character for striking purposes. For example, one may elect to use Iori Yagami's alternate striker instead of using Iori himself; in his case, the player could elect to choose and use his old teammates Mature and Vice for striker duty instead. Some characters also have hidden "maniac" striker with strange (but potentially useful) abilities.


The King of Fighters 2000 Neo Geo Iori Yagami's DM Ura 327 Shiki: Yami Sugi being complemented by Goenitz's whirlwind move Yonokaze.
The King of Fighters 2000 Neo Geo The next offensive is lead by Terry's Body Blow Attack and Ryuhaku Todo's Kasane Ate: sorry, Mary...
The King of Fighters 2000 Arcade Vanessa's kiss
The King of Fighters 2000 Neo Geo At the same time that escapes from Kasumi's Kasane Ate, Shingo tries to hit her with an air kick.

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The King of Fighters 2000 Screenshot
The King of Fighters 2000 Screenshot
The King of Fighters 2000 Screenshot
The King of Fighters 2000 Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "拳皇2000" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "KOF2K" -- Informal name
  • "KOF '00" -- Informal name

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Critic Reviews

Digital Press - Classic Video Games Neo Geo Sep 09, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Game Over Online PlayStation 2 Mar 25, 2004 86 out of 100 86 Dreamcast Jan 24, 2003 8.6 out of 10 86
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Dec 15, 2003 8.2 out of 10 82
Game Chronicles PlayStation 2 May 14, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Video Games Neo Geo Jul, 2001 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Neo Geo Jul 06, 2001 7.8 out of 10 78
IGN PlayStation 2 Dec 11, 2003 7.8 out of 10 78
Digital Entertainment News (den) PlayStation 2 Jan 08, 2001 7.5 out of 10 75
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Dec 30, 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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