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The King of Fighters '94 (Neo Geo)

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Description

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.

Screenshots

The King of Fighters '94 Neo Geo Clark's arm must be in flames now!
The King of Fighters '94 Neo Geo With more power to spend, Ryo strikes back at Terry's brother.
The King of Fighters '94 Neo Geo Heidern can absorb energy from his adversary with this move.
The King of Fighters '94 Neo Geo Goro Daimon's moves have a lot of impact.

Alternate Titles

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

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The Press Says

Hobby Consolas Feb, 1995 95 out of 100 95
The Video Game Critic Mar 14, 2009 A- 91
GamePro (US) Jan, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Sep 26, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Pixel-Heroes.de Mar, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Nov, 1994 8.5 out of 10 85
neXGam Jan, 2011 8 out of 10 80
All Game Guide 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Defunct Games Feb 15, 2004 C 50

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Trivia

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.
Evil Ryu (52133) added The King of Fighters '94 (Neo Geo) on Apr 07, 2005
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