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Description

The second plotless "dream match" in The King of Fighters series, this game sports 39 normal characters and 5 hidden characters, some of whom haven't appeared since KOF98. The King of Fighters 2002 also has five characters exclusive to the X-Box, the PS2 and/or Dreamcast systems: Shingo Yabuki, King, Geese Howard, "Riot of the Blood" Iori and Leopold Goenitz. Shingo and King are available on all the non-Neo Geo systems, while Geese and the rest are only available on the PS2 and X-Box platforms.

The gameplay system has also changed. The striker system and four-character teams found in the last three KOF releases have been totally removed. In their place are the old-school three man teams and the "Advanced system" from The King of Fighters '97 and The King of Fighters '98.

Screenshots

The King of Fighters 2002: Challenge to Ultimate Battle Neo Geo It's rare to see Terry Bogard's DM Power Geyser and Mai Shiranui's Ryuu Enbu hitting simultaneously!
The King of Fighters 2002: Challenge to Ultimate Battle Neo Geo Mature is grabbed by Kula, and now, passes a lot of frozen moments in her closing-move Ice Coffin...
The King of Fighters 2002: Challenge to Ultimate Battle Neo Geo Title screen
The King of Fighters 2002: Challenge to Ultimate Battle Neo Geo With his Bai Gaeshi (Dan Hassha), Yamazaki can absorb some projectiles and use them offensively...

Promo Images

The King of Fighters 2002: Challenge to Ultimate Battle Wallpaper

Alternate Titles

  • "KOF '02" -- Informal title

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Defunct Games Oct 16, 2005 75 out of 100 75

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Version differences

The Dreamcast port adds King and Shingo to the character selection, and the PS2 version adds both of them plus Geese Howard Orochi Iori and former KOF 96 boss Goenitz.
Terok Nor (23168) added The King of Fighters 2002: Challenge to Ultimate Battle (Neo Geo) on Mar 03, 2005
Other platforms contributed by mars_rulez (553), Foxhack (12605) and Kabushi (165413)