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The King of Fighters '94

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This is the first game of the series that conquered legions of fighter fans from all over the world. The King of Fighters '94 joins together fighters from other SNK Corporation franchises: Art of Fighting (Ryo Sakazaki, Robert Garcia, Takuma Sakazaki, Yuri Sakazaki, King), Fatal Fury (Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard, Joe Higashi, Mai Shiranui, Kim Kaphwan) and Ikari Warriors (Ralf Jones, Clark Steel, Heidern), as well as totally new fighters such as Kyo Kusanagi, Benimaru Nikaido, and Goro Daimon (from the Japanese team).

The King of Fighters '94 is notable in that it is one of the first known fighting games that pits a team of fighters against each other in single combat. Each team consists of three fighters for each player, the winner being the player who is able to eliminate the other team first. Each active character can charge up "Art of Fighting" style in order to gain access to "Desperation Moves", or "DMs" (moves which operate very much like Street Fighter's Super Combos). Playing against the computer, the player must defeat all 8 teams in the game in order to reach the final boss, Rugal Bernstein.


The King of Fighters '94 Arcade Quite common practice of kicking
The King of Fighters '94 Neo Geo Ryo Sakazaki's Ko Ou Ken meets Terry Bogard's Power Wave...
The King of Fighters '94 Arcade Painful slide
The King of Fighters '94 Neo Geo Rankings screen with the "R" invite...

Alternate Titles

  • "拳皇94" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "KOF '94" -- Informal title

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Hobby Consolas Neo Geo Feb, 1995 95 out of 100 95
The Video Game Critic Neo Geo Mar 14, 2009 A- 91 Neo Geo Mar, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Neo Geo Nov, 1994 8.5 out of 10 85
IGN Wii Feb 20, 2008 8 out of 10 80
neXGam Neo Geo Jan, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Nintendo Life Wii Nov 24, 2007 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
All Game Guide Neo Geo 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Thunderbolt Games Wii Feb 03, 2008 6 out of 10 60
Defunct Games Neo Geo Feb 15, 2004 C 50


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Rugal Bernstein, the final boss, was originally intended to be a super boss who had the skills of all the characters in the game; however, space limitations prevented that, so the designers decided to give him two moves from the deadliest characters in the SNK universe at the time: Geese Howard's Reppuken, and Wolfgang Krauser's Kaiser Wave.
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