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Killer Instinct (SNES)

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In the distant future, a monopolistic and technological corporation called Ultratech organizes a fighting tournament known as "Killer Instinct". Many fighters answer the challenge to participate, including several of Ultratech's experimental warriors. To increase the tournament's challenge, Ultratech utilizes a technology that can create bridges between alternate dimensions, releasing a creature known as Eyedol. Eyedol is a two-headed ancient warrior that was imprisoned along with his bitter rival, Gargos. Some warriors enter the tournament to seek glory or escape. Other fighters are attempting to bring an end to Ultratech's corruption.

Killer Instinct is a 2D versus fighting game that features 3D rendered sprite based graphics. Players choose from ten characters: Orchid, Cinder, Jago, Glacius, Fulgore, Riptor, Sabrewulf, Spinal, T.J. Combo, and Thunder. The game is known for its heavy combo-based fighting system, allowing players to pull off moves that land a high number of hits on their opponent, the highest being the "Ultra Combo". The game also features combo breakers, finishing moves and stage fatalities, double energy bars, and a dance-music inspired techno soundtrack.


Killer Instinct SNES The enemy will have few possibilities to attack when Eyedol's triple fireball are used constantly.
Killer Instinct SNES This is a skulled secret stage. The tone of the colors is approved!
Killer Instinct SNES Spinal avoids the claws of Sabrewulf
Killer Instinct SNES Orchid finishes his brother Jago with her crazy eyes move

Alternate Titles

  • "KI" -- Official abbreviation
  • "Brute Force" -- Working title

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User Reviews

Combo Instinct is more like it! PCGamer77 (3028) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars
A must have, never mind the age ThE oNe (178) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
This Game Should Be Buried In The Middle Of Nowhere And Never Be Spoken Of Again MasterMegid (900) 0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars

The Press Says

Game Zero Oct, 1995 95.5 out of 100 96
Hobby Consolas Oct, 1995 95 out of 100 95
Nintendo Land Sep 13, 2003 94 out of 100 94 Jan 05, 2005 93 out of 100 93
All Game Guide 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Mega Fun Sep, 1995 86 out of 100 86
Total! (Germany) Sep, 1995 1.75 out of 6 85
Game Players Aug, 1995 83 out of 100 83
GamePro (US) Sep, 1995 4 out of 5 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Nov, 1995 7.8 out of 10 78


Topic # Posts Last Post
New Platform 4 Foxhack (12491)
Dec 10, 2009
Odds Of Killer Instinct Appearing On The Wii VC? 3 Guy Chapman (1746)
May 26, 2007


Killer Instinct also comes packed with a soundtrack CD, titled Killer Cuts, which features remixed music based on the background and main themes found in the game.

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Kartanym (10785) added Killer Instinct (SNES) on Jun 06, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Zovni (9384) and The cranky hermit (474)