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In this eighth installment of the King of Fighters series, ten different teams once again battle it out in several countries to decide which team will be this year's King of Fighters. However, the NESTS organization is once again standing in the participant's way; they have deployed their own team of four fighters, lead by two individuals of high-rank within NESTS: a man claiming to be the original Zero and Igniz, the CEO of NESTS.

The character roster has been updated yet again for this release in the series. Counting the new characters (May Lee, Angel, K9999, Original Zero, Igniz) and returning fighters (such as Heidern and Goro Daimon), The King of Fighters 2001 has 40 normal characters and 2 boss characters to choose from. In terms of gameplay, the system used in The King of Fighters 2000 remains more or less unchanged with the exception of the striker system, which has been redeveloped since that last KOF release. The number of strikers you may have is now fully customizable; you can have as many as 3 characters assigned as strikers and one as a fighter, or assign all 4 of your characters as active fighters. The number of strikers and fighters can be changed after each battle. In addition, the amount of power you can store for special maneuvers and Desperation Moves increases with each character assigned as a striker. A fully active fighting team has only one Power Stock to play with, while a team that is striker-dedicated (save for the single fighter) can access up to four Power Stocks.


The King of Fighters 2001 Neo Geo Ralf Jones executes the Emergency Evade command and gets to avoid Joe Higashi's Slash Kick move.
The King of Fighters 2001 Neo Geo Kyo Kusanagi runs to attack Maxima, but he's suddenly hit-stopped by a M4 Kata Vapour Cannon...
The King of Fighters 2001 Neo Geo Joe attacks Bao and Takuma "Mr. Karate" Sakazaki with the 2 initial hits of his DM Screw Upper.
The King of Fighters 2001 Neo Geo While Foxy attacks Chin Gentsai using a sword-swinging move, Ralf Jones only executes his taunt.

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The King of Fighters 2001 Wallpaper
The King of Fighters 2001 Wallpaper
The King of Fighters 2001 Wallpaper

Alternate Titles

  • "拳皇01" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "KOF '01" -- Informal title

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Insert Credit Dreamcast Jan 09, 2003 8.9 out of 10 89
GameSpot Neo Geo Mar 29, 2002 8.7 out of 10 87 Dreamcast Feb 25, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Neo Geo Sep 15, 2005 8 out of 10 80


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Version differences

Exclusive to the Dreamcast version is a puzzle-fighting mode that allows the player to unlock further bonus features.
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