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Killer Instinct (SNES)

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In the distant future, a monopolistic and technological corporation called Ultratech organizes a fighting tournament known as "Killer Instinct". Many fighters answer the challenge to participate, including several of Ultratech's experimental warriors. To increase the tournament's challenge, Ultratech utilizes a technology that can create bridges between alternate dimensions, releasing a creature known as Eyedol. Eyedol is a two-headed ancient warrior that was imprisoned along with his bitter rival, Gargos. Some warriors enter the tournament to seek glory or escape. Other fighters are attempting to bring an end to Ultratech's corruption.

Killer Instinct is a 2D versus fighting game that features 3D rendered sprite based graphics. Players choose from ten characters: Orchid, Cinder, Jago, Glacius, Fulgore, Riptor, Sabrewulf, Spinal, T.J. Combo, and Thunder. The game is known for its heavy combo-based fighting system, allowing players to pull off moves that land a high number of hits on their opponent, the highest being the "Ultra Combo". The game also features combo breakers, finishing moves and stage fatalities, double energy bars, and a dance-music inspired techno soundtrack.


Killer Instinct SNES Select character and character colors
Killer Instinct SNES This other secret stage is in the sky. Your extremities are very malicious...
Killer Instinct SNES Riptor has swallowed Combo. Such humiliation!
Killer Instinct SNES Orchid applies a good sweep in Riptor.

Alternate Titles

  • "KI" -- Official abbreviation
  • "Brute Force" -- Working title

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User Reviews

Combo Instinct is more like it! PCGamer77 (3028) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars
A must have, never mind the age ThE oNe (178) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
This Game Should Be Buried In The Middle Of Nowhere And Never Be Spoken Of Again MasterMegid (900) 0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars

The Press Says

Entertainment Weekly Jan 20, 1995 A+ 100
Game Zero Oct, 1995 95.5 out of 100 96
All Game Guide 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Mega Fun Sep, 1995 86 out of 100 86
Game Players Aug, 1995 83 out of 100 83
The Video Game Critic Oct 17, 2003 B+ 83
GamePro (US) Sep, 1995 4 out of 5 80 Jul 08, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Sep 13, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Nov, 1995 7.8 out of 10 78


Topic # Posts Last Post
New Platform 4 Foxhack (12491)
Dec 10, 2009
Odds Of Killer Instinct Appearing On The Wii VC? 3 Guy Chapman (1746)
May 26, 2007


Missing from the Gameboy version are, of course, every animated cutscene, plus two characters: Cinder and Riptor.

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Kartanym (10785) added Killer Instinct (SNES) on Jun 06, 2002
Other platforms contributed by Zovni (9384) and The cranky hermit (474)