The King of Fighters '95
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Cover of the Neo Geo CD Version showing Kyo. Illustration by Shinkiro
Developer(s)SNK, Gaibrain (Game Boy), Hamster Corporation (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch)
Publisher(s)SNK, Nintendo, Takara (Game Boy), Sony Entertainment (PS1), Hamster Corporation
Release dateArcade
JP July 25, 1995
Neo Geo
JP September 1, 1995
Neo-Geo CD
JP September 29, 1995
NA 1995
Sega Saturn
JP March 28, 1996
PAL 1996
EU July 10, 1997
Game Boy
JP April 26, 1996
NA April 25, 1996
EU 1997
JP June 28, 1996
NA August 31, 1996
EU June 1997
PlayStation Network
JP May 30, 2007
NA July 19, 2011
Wii Virtual Console
JP December 1, 2009
NA April 26, 2010
PAL April 30, 2010
Xbox One
WW March 30, 2017
PlayStation 4
AS April 27, 2017
NA May 11, 2017
EU May 16, 2017
Nintendo Switch
WW October 12, 2017
Neo Geo Mini
GenreFighting game
Game modesSingle-player, Versus-player
RatingsGame Boy
Kids to Adults (ESRB)
Teen (ESRB)
12 (USK)
M15+ (OFLC Australia)
Sega Saturn
12 (USK)
15+ (ELSPA)
Suitable for All Ages (Sega)
Wii Virtual Console
Teen (ESRB)
PlayStation Network
Teen (ESRB)
PlayStation 4 & Xbox One (ACA Neo Geo Version)
Teen (ESRB)
Platform(s)Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo-Geo CD, Sega Saturn, PlayStation, Game Boy, PlayStation Network, Wii Virtual Console, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Neo Geo Mini

The King of Fighters '95 is the second game in The King of Fighters series. It's also the first game in the series to be ported to other home consoles besides the Neo Geo AES and Neo Geo CD, with versions released for the PlayStation and the Sega Saturn in 1996. The PlayStation version was published in North America and the PAL region by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., while the Saturn version (which required a ROM cartridge that came packaged with the game disc) was only released in Japan and Europe by SNK. A Game Boy game based on The King of Fighters '95 was also released. A possible bootleg Famicon release, mistakenly titled "The King of Fighters '99", was also made. This game is the first chapter of the story arc "Orochi Saga".


The gameplay of King of Fighters '95 was left largely intact from King of Fighters '94. The one major change SNK was to allow players to select any combination of characters to fight with, as opposed to the concrete teams that players were confined to in the previous game. In addition, almost all the teams from the first game returned, but were no longer affiliated with specific nationalities. The Sports Team from the previous game was replaced by a Rivals Team, composed of Iori Yagami (a new character designed to be Kyo Kusanagi's rival), Billy Kane (bodyguard of Terry Bogard's rival, Geese Howard) and Eiji Kisaragi (Ryo Sakazaki's and Kyokungenryu Karate rival).


The official story given by SNK is as follows:

"It's the year of our Lord, 1995. Once again invitations to the King of Fighters tournament have found their ways to the world's most powerful fighters.

And their author is none other than the mysterious "R!" Could the "R" be that of Rugal, who supposedly blew himself up on his aircraft carrier a year ago?

Among the contestants for this year's tournament is the newly selected team of Billy, Yagami, and Kisaragi, who sent the American Team packing.

But what in the end is Billy's scheme? What ambitions does Kisaragi cradle? And what evil designs for his old foe Kyo Kusanagi spur Iori Yagami on?

These new challengers join all of the previous tournament's contestants-except the American Sports Team, of course-both in battle and the all-consuming intrigue that forms the core of King of Fighters '95."


Playable CharactersEdit



Final BossEdit

Game Boy Exclusive CharacterEdit


Note: The Hero & Fatal Fury Teams and Bosses stages don't have intros.

  • Japan - Hero Team: The Neo Geo Land, a game house founded by SNK in Osaka. The battle takes in front of the park, and it's possible see people watching the fight and cheering. In the background, can be seen the SNK's headquarters.
Kof 95 fight

Gameplay of Mai vs. Iori

  • Italy - Fatal Fury Team: A pier next to the Mediterranean Sea. Can be seen some people watch the fight, boats, a tractor, typical buildings and windmills, in the background. Also can be seen a dog and Ukee, Terry's monkey. Note: When the first round begins, the characters jump from the pier to the water.
  • Mexico - Art of Fighting Team: The Kyokugenryu Dojo. The fight takes in the main hall, in a night of a lot of wind. Can be seen lamps, stone faces, portraits of a dragon and a tiger, purple curtains and symbols of Kyokugen Karate. This stage also can be seen in KOF '98, in a new version. Note: When all rounds begins, the floor of the main hall, which is actually an elevator, goes up to the point of the stage.
  • Brazil - Ikari Warriors Team: An aerial bridge, next to a helicopter crash. Can be seen a little smoke coming out of the helicopter, some bags and a garage with military aircraft in the background. Intro: the rise to the point of the stage.
  • China '- 'Psycho Soldier Team: The battle takes in a hillside, with water mirrors, a kanji with one of the stones, a statue in the left and mountains in the background. Intro: drops falling.
  • England - Women Fighters Team: The Illusion Bar. The battle occurs in the main hall of the bar. Can be seen barrels of beer, plants, clients in the tables and Sally & Elizabeth, twins waitresses of King, passing in the background. Intro: the stained glass of the bar.
  • Korea - Korea Justice Team: A forest, in a rainy day. Can be seen a bonfire next to a tent, a burning tree, the root of other tree and a bucket. Intro: a lightining burned the tree.
  • USA - Rivals Team: An oil refinery, in a sunset. Can be seen pipes, a great smoke coming off the structures with a fog in some rounds, a dump in the right, crows and a truck in the left. Also can be seen the city of New York, highlighting the Empire State and the Chrysler buildings. This stage is also available in KOF XIIIIntro: a square focusing the stage.
  • The Missile Base: A new version of Black Noah stage. Only the Earth's hologram remains. Can be seen gears and a closed secret compartment. Associated with Saisyu.
  • The Missile Base Balcony: The same stage. The changes in relation to the other stage are: the ground starts flashing and the secret compartment opens, revealing a giant missile. There is also an opening to the sky. Associated with Omega Rugal.

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