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The first sequel in the King of Fighters series picks up a year after the end of the first tournament. Once again, fighters from all over the world receive a mysterious invitation to a team-based fighting tournament. And just like last year, it appears that the notorious criminal Rugal Bernstein is behind it, apparently returning from the dead to raise havok once again...

The King of Fighters '95 introduces Kyo Kusanagi's rival Iori Yagami, and firmly places Kyo as the main character for the rest of the series. The gameplay of The King of Fighters '95 is essentially unchanged from the previous title, though it does introduce the "team edit" concept which would remain as a standard feature of the series. Using the "team edit" feature, it is possible to create a totally customized team using any of the available fighters, or use one of the default teams if you wish.


The King of Fighters '95 Game Boy Flying opponents
The King of Fighters '95 Neo Geo The winner team is showed in this screen. The short music played here is the best of all KOFs!
The King of Fighters '95 Game Boy Title screen
The King of Fighters '95 Neo Geo Iori performs the Darkness Sweep.

Alternate Titles

  • "拳皇95" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Nettou The King of Fighters '95" -- Japanese Game Boy title
  • "KOF '95" -- Informal title
  • "ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ'95" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

The King of Load Times '95. PlayStation DarkBubble (370)
The King of Cheapness '95 only gets worse on a Cd-based platform PlayStation Zovni (9314)

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Neo Geo Mar 14, 2009 A 100
Superjuegos SEGA Saturn Aug, 1997 95 out of 100 95
GameFan Magazine SEGA Saturn Jun, 1996 90 out of 100 90
GamePro (US) Neo Geo Nov, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90
Mega Fun Neo Geo Oct, 1995 87 out of 100 87
Mega Fun Neo Geo CD Oct, 1995 87 out of 100 87
Total! (Germany) Game Boy Jul, 1996 1.75 out of 6 85
Game Revolution PlayStation Jan 07, 2004 C+ 58
GameSpot PlayStation Dec 01, 1996 5.3 out of 10 53
IGN PlayStation Nov 25, 1996 5 out of 10 50


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This was the last King of Fighters that, following the series' tradition, allowed you to tear the clothes of said game's female characters whenever you finished them off with a special move.


A small continuity mistake in the game: After three fights, you are treated to a small story sequence where Vice informs your progress to Rugal. However, she claims that your team has won four fights.

Version differences

The Game Boy version adds Nakoruru from the Samurai Shodown series as an unlock-able character.

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