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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 Neo Geo The situation was incited. In these difficult hours, any fight method is helpful...
The King of Fighters '94 Neo Geo Select your game mode: Team Play or Single Play
The King of Fighters '94 Neo Geo A simple taunt before the next battle. That's normal!
The King of Fighters '94 Neo Geo No chance, China Team...

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The King of Fighters '94 Screenshot
The King of Fighters '94 Screenshot
The King of Fighters '94 Screenshot
The King of Fighters '94 Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "拳皇94" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "KOF '94" -- Informal title
  • "ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ '94" -- Japanese spelling

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Hobby Consolas Neo Geo Feb, 1995 95 out of 100 95
Video Games Neo Geo Oct, 1994 91 out of 100 91
neXGam Neo Geo Jan, 2011 8 out of 10 80
Mega Fun Neo Geo Oct, 1994 80 out of 100 80
IGN Wii Feb 20, 2008 8 out of 10 80 (UK) Wii Nov 24, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Diehard GameFan Wii Jan 07, 2008 7 out of 10 70
Thunderbolt Games Wii Feb 03, 2008 6 out of 10 60
Defunct Games Neo Geo Feb 15, 2004 C 50
The Video Game Critic Neo Geo CD Mar 14, 2009 D 25


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1001 Video Games

King of Fighters '94 appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


During the story sequences before fighting against Rugal Bernstein, you can see a few statues of fighters that he had defeated in the past. If you look closely, you'll notice that one of the characters looks a lot like Guile, from Street Fighter II.

Capcom vs. SNK has a special easter egg related to this reference: If a fight between Guile and Rugal Bernstein occurs, they have a special intro where Guile destroys a statue of himself in front of Rugal before they start the fight.

Rugal Bernstein

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.


Technically, this is not the first King of Fighters game. When Capcom introduced Street Fighter II in 1991, it was given the subtitle The World Warrior. SNK did not want to be outdone, and subtitled Fatal Fury King of Fighters.


  • VideoGames Magazine
    • March 1995 - Best Neo Geo Game in 1994
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