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The first sequel in the King of Fighters series picks up a year after the end of the first tournament. Once again, fighters from all over the world receive a mysterious invitation to a team-based fighting tournament. And just like last year, it appears that the notorious criminal Rugal Bernstein is behind it, apparently returning from the dead to raise havok once again...

The King of Fighters '95 introduces Kyo Kusanagi's rival Iori Yagami, and firmly places Kyo as the main character for the rest of the series. The gameplay of The King of Fighters '95 is essentially unchanged from the previous title, though it does introduce the "team edit" concept which would remain as a standard feature of the series. Using the "team edit" feature, it is possible to create a totally customized team using any of the available fighters, or use one of the default teams if you wish.


The King of Fighters '95 Game Boy Flying opponents
The King of Fighters '95 Arcade Strong kick
The King of Fighters '95 PlayStation Kim Kaphwan taunting in the exact time-moment that Terry Bogard counterattacks with a Crack Shoot...
The King of Fighters '95 PlayStation Joe Higashi tries to hit-attack Saisyu Kusanagi with his Tiger Kick, but Saisyu counter-attacks him.

Promo Images

The King of Fighters '95 Screenshot
The King of Fighters '95 Magazine Advertisement Back cover
The King of Fighters '95 Screenshot
The King of Fighters '95 Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "拳皇95" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Nettou The King of Fighters '95" -- Japanese Game Boy title
  • "KOF '95" -- Informal title
  • "ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ'95" -- Japanese spelling

Part of the Following Groups

User Reviews

The King of Load Times '95. PlayStation DarkBubble (376)
The King of Cheapness '95 only gets worse on a Cd-based platform PlayStation Zovni (10638)

Critic Reviews

The Video Game Critic Neo Geo Mar 14, 2009 A 100
GamePro (US) Neo Geo Nov, 1995 4.5 out of 5 90
GameFan Magazine SEGA Saturn Jun, 1996 90 out of 100 90
Hobby Consolas SEGA Saturn Jul, 1997 88 out of 100 88
Total! (Germany) Game Boy Jul, 1996 1.75 out of 6 85
Mean Machines SEGA Saturn Jun, 1996 79 out of 100 79
Mega Fun SEGA Saturn Mar, 1996 73 out of 100 73 Neo Geo Mar, 2004 7 out of 10 70
All Game Guide Neo Geo 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Game Revolution PlayStation Jan 07, 2004 C+ 58


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This was the last King of Fighters that, following the series' tradition, allowed you to tear the clothes of said game's female characters whenever you finished them off with a special move.


A small continuity mistake in the game: After three fights, you are treated to a small story sequence where Vice informs your progress to Rugal. However, she claims that your team has won four fights.

Version differences

The Game Boy version adds Nakoruru from the Samurai Shodown series as an unlock-able character.

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