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A millionaire named Gustav Munchausen is organizing and sponsoring another edition of the world-famous "King of Fighters" Tournament. With the championship invitations in hand, the fighters (some of them) decided to participate not just to compare their strength, but also to investigate rumors that Gustav is involved with serial kidnappings involving children and also his involvement with a secret operation related to the Orochi Power.

Being the second installment of the KOF Series on Nintendo's 32-bit handheld, this title brings a lot of gameplay characteristics and elements taken from its arcade/console counter-part The King of Fighters 2000 like the backgrounds and a good part of its musical repertoire.

However, a set of additional stuff was included, like the appearance of 3 all-new exclusive characters (the male Reiji Okami and the females Miu Kurosaki and Jun Kagami), 2 new backgrounds, a modified Striker System (where the 2nd and 3rd players of a team will assume progressively this function) and a "Ranking Mode", where you'll be rated according to your fighting performance (beginning from Newcomer until Master Orochi).

With the return of 3 on 3 matches and the introduction of new fighters, the main cast is formed by:

  • Hero Team: Kyo Kusanagi, Moe Habana and Reiji Okami
  • Fatal Fury Team: Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard and Mai Shiranui
  • Ikari Team: Leona Heidern, Ralf Jones and Clark Steel
  • Korea Team: Kim Kaphwan, Choi Bounge and Chang Koehan
  • Psycho Soldier Team: Athena Asamiya, Sie Kensou and Bao
  • Art of Fighting Team: The Sakazaki family (Ryo, Yuri and Takuma)
  • Yagami Team: Iori Yagami, Jun Kagami and Miu Kurosaki


The King of Fighters EX2: Howling Blood Game Boy Advance Victory screen.
The King of Fighters EX2: Howling Blood Game Boy Advance With a fast and massive kick, Kim is almost connecting in Bao the 2nd hit of his move Comet Crusher.
The King of Fighters EX2: Howling Blood Game Boy Advance Fighting against Jun: this time, Clark wasn't fast enough to avoid her SDM Chop Buster Excellent...
The King of Fighters EX2: Howling Blood Game Boy Advance Kim Kaphwan's air jump being successfully intercepted by Terry Bogard's Power Dunk move.

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Alternate Titles

  • "格斗之王EX2" -- Chinese Title (Simplified)

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Critic Reviews

Consoles Plus Aug, 2003 92 out of 100 92
Portable Review Oct 23, 2005 35 out of 40 88
GameSpot Jan 15, 2004 8.5 out of 10 85
GameSpy Dec 26, 2003 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
IGN Feb 23, 2004 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com Jul 04, 2003 16 out of 20 80
GamePro (US) Dec 11, 2003 4 out of 5 80
Joypad Jul, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Insert Credit Oct 23, 2003 7.9 out of 10 79
Game Informer Magazine Mar, 2004 7.75 out of 10 78


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The character designs and movements of two characters in the game are based on other KOF characters: Jun is actually a redrawn Vanessa, and Miu is a recolored Kula Diamond. Several of their sprites are too similar to be a coincidence.

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Evil Ryu (65741) added The King of Fighters EX2: Howling Blood (Game Boy Advance) on Dec 08, 2005