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The final King of Fighters game released by SNK in its original state, The King of Fighters 2000 expands on the story and gameplay presented in The King of Fighters '99. This year's tournament is sponsored by the Ikari Warriors in an attempt to discover more about the NESTS organization, and to derail the plans of potential NESTS agents K' and Maxima. Not everything is as straight-forward as it usually is, however, and even the Ikari Warriors themselves are at risk of being betrayed from within by the end of the tournament.

The King of Fighters 2000 features a roster of 34 fighters plus 2 unlockable boss characters. The four-man teams and the striker system introduced during the previous year return in this year's tournament, with the striker system itself receiving significant improvement. One change in particular is the "alternate" striker system, where every fighter in the game now has another character linked to him or her that may be chosen instead of the normal character for striking purposes. For example, one may elect to use Iori Yagami's alternate striker instead of using Iori himself; in his case, the player could elect to choose and use his old teammates Mature and Vice for striker duty instead. Some characters also have hidden "maniac" striker with strange (but potentially useful) abilities.


The King of Fighters 2000 Arcade Intro
The King of Fighters 2000 Neo Geo Ralf prepares his defensive to block the joint attack of Yuri's Chou Knuckle and Cool Choi's claws.
The King of Fighters 2000 Neo Geo The current 2 hits of Robert Garcia's Sen'en Renbu Kyaku only removed some bits of Chang's energy...
The King of Fighters 2000 Neo Geo Kim Kaphwan tried to hit Hinako Shijou, but he was stopped by her fast-running-grab move Yorigiri...

Promo Images

The King of Fighters 2000 Screenshot
The King of Fighters 2000 Screenshot
The King of Fighters 2000 Screenshot
The King of Fighters 2000 Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "拳皇2000" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "KOF2K" -- Informal name
  • "KOF '00" -- Informal name
  • "ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ 2000" -- Japanese spelling
  • "더 킹 오브 파이터즈 2000" -- Korean spelling

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Critic Reviews Nintendo Switch Sep 11, 2017 9 out of 10 90 Dreamcast Jan 24, 2003 8.6 out of 10 86
GameSpot PlayStation 2 Dec 15, 2003 8.2 out of 10 82
Game Chronicles PlayStation 2 May 14, 2005 8 out of 10 80
GameSpot Neo Geo Jul 06, 2001 7.8 out of 10 78
IGN PlayStation 2 Dec 11, 2003 7.8 out of 10 78
Pure Nintendo Nintendo Switch Sep 19, 2019 7.5 out of 10 75
Digital Entertainment News (den) PlayStation 2 Jan 08, 2001 7.5 out of 10 75
GamePro (US) PlayStation 2 Nov 20, 2003 3.5 out of 5 70
GameSpy PlayStation 2 Dec 30, 2003 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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