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K-1 The Arena Fighters is a kickboxing game featuring 8 real world K-1 fighters.

The game features a 1 player mode, a 2 player VS. mode, a Tournament mode featuring all 8 fighters, and a Team Battle mode.

The team battle has 2 teams made up of 3 fighters each facing off against each other in one on one fights. The first team to win 2 out of 3 matches wins the entire team battle.

Gameplay consists of two fighters in a boxing ring using high and low punches and kicks to down their opponent. Each fighter can also use their special signature move to hurt their opponent. Each fighter has two meters, one for strength and one for stamina. So the more punches and kicks that are thrown, the less amount of power they start to pack. This means the player is rewarded for timing their attacks because their attacks will be more effective. Also, a well placed hit on their opponent can lead to a flash knock down, which instantly drops the opponent to the canvas.


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Alternate Titles

  • "Fighting Illusion: K-1 Grand Prix " -- Japanese title

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Critic Reviews

Mega Fun Sep, 1996 65 out of 100 65
Meristation Apr 20, 1998 6.4 out of 10 64
Video Games Nov, 1997 61 out of 100 61
GameSpot Feb 27, 1997 5.8 out of 10 58
IGN Sep 03, 1997 4.5 out of 10 45
Joypad May, 1998 3 out of 10 30


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Cancelled Sega Saturn version

The game was announced for Sega Saturn but never released.
Alaka (68858) added K-1 The Arena Fighters (PlayStation) on Nov 17, 2010