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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 Riptor has swallowed Combo. Such humiliation!
Killer Instinct SNES With an advanced level of meditation, it's possible to materialize objects and use them to any purpose...
Killer Instinct SNES Fulgore's finishing move: morphing (partially) into a fast and strong double-cannon tank!
Killer Instinct SNES Jago feels the Sabrewulf's power with this finishing move. Or maybe not!

Promo Images

Killer Instinct Screenshot
Killer Instinct Screenshot
Killer Instinct Screenshot
Killer Instinct Magazine Advertisement pp. 44-45

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Combo Instinct is more like it! PCGamer77 (3235) 3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars3.67 Stars
A must have, never mind the age ThE oNe (184) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
This Game Should Be Buried In The Middle Of Nowhere And Never Be Spoken Of Again MasterMegid (902) 0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars0 Stars

Critic Reviews

Entertainment Weekly Jan 20, 1995 A+ 100
Game Zero Oct, 1995 95.5 out of 100 96
Hobby Consolas Oct, 1995 95 out of 100 95 / Jan 05, 2005 93 out of 100 93
Electric Playground Sep 01, 1995 9 out of 10 90
Mega Fun Sep, 1995 86 out of 100 86
Total! (Germany) Sep, 1995 1.75 out of 6 85
Game Players Aug, 1995 83 out of 100 83
GameMAG Jan, 1996 80 out of 100 80
GamePro (US) Sep, 1995 4 out of 5 80


Topic # Posts Last Post
New Platform 4 Foxhack (30476)
Dec 10, 2009
Odds Of Killer Instinct Appearing On The Wii VC? 3 Guy Chapman (2001)
May 26, 2007


1001 Video Games

Killer Instinct appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


Killer Instinct was originally developed for arcades as a prototype to the Ultra 64, later renamed the Nintendo 64. When the 64 project was delayed, Nintendo went ahead and released the SNES port instead.

Gameboy version

Missing from the Gameboy version are, of course, every animated cutscene, plus two characters: Cinder and Riptor. Also, the Game Boy version included in the box a metallic pendant with the Killer Instinct logo engraved on it.

SNES version

For the transition to the SNES, the only major item missing is the 3D animated cut-scenes. They are replaced here by stills of the animations for the VS. and winner screens. The SNES version also comes packed with a soundtrack CD, titled Killer Cuts, which features remixed music based on the background and main themes found in the game. Another unique feature of the SNES version of Killer Instinct is that the game itself is a black colored cartridge. Most SNES games were a plain, gray color.

Information also contributed by Guy Chapman, Kartanym, and Kohler 86

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Kartanym (12757) added Killer Instinct (SNES) on Jun 06, 2002
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