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The King of Fighters '97

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Another year, another KOF. Additions this year come in the form of slightly improved graphics and sounds, new moves and a new game mode. Gameplay is much more plot-driven, as you have middle-bosses that can change depending on what team you select. In addition, there are several special endings which are only shown when certain "Edit Team" combinations are selected.

As of The King of Fighters '97, you can play in either the Extra or Advanced game modes. Extra Mode is the typical AOF/KOF scheme, in which your power gauge fills up as you defend yourself or charge yourself up. The new Advanced Mode, on the other hand, only allows you to charge your gauge as you perform special moves and attacks, similar to the Street Fighter series. Extra allows one to sidestep attacks while Advanced allows the character to roll past and dodge attacks; Advanced also allow a character to perform a potent "Super Desperation Move" (or SDM) at any time provided the character has at least two full bars of charged energy stored. In contrast, SDMs can only be performed in Extra when a character has less than a quarter of their health left.

New characters include the New Face Team, the Fatal Fury Outlaw Team (featuring the KOF debut of "Blue" Mary Ryan and Ryuji Yamazaki, and the return of Billy Kane), and Kyo's pupil Shingo Yabuki. In total, The King of Fighters '97 sports 29 separate characters (without counting the six Orochi-related boss characters, which are all accessible via a secret code).


The King of Fighters '97 Neo Geo CD With a perfect timing, P1 Shermie strikes back P2 Shermie through her grabbing DM Shermie Carnival.
The King of Fighters '97 Neo Geo Leona Heidern executes her SDM Gravity Storm in Andy Bogard: it's time for some air-grabbing action!
The King of Fighters '97 PlayStation Shermie counter-hit-damages Shingo Yabuki using the accurate performance of her move Axle Spin Kick.
The King of Fighters '97 Neo Geo CD Knowing that King uses an Light Kick against him, Ryo Sakazaki decides to keep a defensive instance.

Alternate Titles

  • "拳皇97" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "KOF '97" -- Informal title
  • "ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ '97" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Neo Geo Mar 15, 2009 A- 91
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Neo Geo Sep 14, 2005 9 out of 10 90
High Voltage Online SEGA Saturn Oct 01, 2006 90 out of 100 90
Nintendo Life Wii Feb 11, 2012 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Defunct Games Neo Geo Feb 22, 2004 B 75
Defunct Games Wii Mar 09, 2012 B- 67
The Video Game Critic Neo Geo CD Mar 15, 2009 D- 16


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Before the game was released SNK held a contest in Japan to select one lucky girl who would voice Kyo's girlfriend: Yuki. The contest lasted a whole day and included talent events and stuff like that. Now, where in the hell can you find Yuki in the game talking? In the special ending you get if you play with the "Weapons of God" team (Kyo, Iori and Kagura) She appears in a b&w picture at the end and says a line....

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