The King of Fighters 2002: Challenge to Ultimate Battle

aka: KOF '02, The King of Fighters 2002, The King of Fighters 2002: Be the Fighter!
Moby ID: 9996
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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.


  • ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ 2002 - Japanese spelling

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Credits (Neo Geo version)

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Benimaru, Choi, Ralf
Daimon, Ryo
Terry, Kim
Athena, Diana
Kensou, Announcement
Leona, Vice, Candy, Athena's Friend 1
Shermie, Athena's Friend 2
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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.


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by Foxhack.

PlayStation 3 added by Charly2.0. Arcade added by mars_rulez. Browser added by Lugamo. Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One added by Rik Hideto. Windows Apps added by Kennyannydenny. Xbox, PlayStation 2 added by Kabushi. Android, iPhone, iPad added by lights out party. Neo Geo added by Terok Nor.

Additional contributors: Zovni, Longwalker, Patrick Bregger, Plok, Rik Hideto, Bart Smith.

Game added August 14, 2003. Last modified February 13, 2024.