The King of Fighters '97
Neo Geo CD cover. Illustration by Shinkiro
Developer(s)SNK, Ukiyotei (PS1), D4 Enterprise (Wii Virtual Console)
Publisher(s)SNK, D4 Enterprise
Release dateArcade
JP July 28, 1997
Neo Geo
INT September 25, 1997
Neo-Geo CD
INT October 30, 1997
Sega Saturn
JP March 26, 1998
JP May 28, 1998
PlayStation Network
JP May 30, 2007
Wii Virtual Console
JP September 6, 2011
NA March 8, 2012
PAL February 9, 2012
iOS, Android
WW November 13, 2013
Game modesSingle-player, versus
RatingsSega Saturn
Suitable for All Ages (Sega)
Wii Virtual Console
Teen (ESRB)
Platform(s)Arcade, Neo-Geo, Neo Geo CD, Sega Saturn, PlayStation, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Network, Virtual Console, iOS, Android

King of Fighters '97 is the fourth game in The King of Fighters series. This King of Fighters has the introduction of two special modes-Advance Mode (based on KOF '96) and Extra Mode (based on KOF '94 & '95). It concludes the three part 'Orochi Saga' story-line begun King of Fighters '95 (and continued in KOF '96).

This game was released on Arcade, Neo Geo, PlayStation, Sega Saturn and Neo Geo CD. This game was also released on iOS and Android in November 14, 2013.

Fans were asked to vote for their favorite characters to add into the series through three game magazines: Famitsu, Gamest, and Neo Geo Freak. The three winners form the '97 Special Team. The magazines also created their own special edit teams to include in the game.


The official story given by SNK is as follows:

"KOF '96 tournament drew to a close with an incident that occurred right after the tournament's end."

The incident itself and the subsequent accident it caused were officially reported as the result of terrorist activity by an unknown group, but the details concerning the identity, motives, and subsequent whereabouts of the terrorists remained a mystery.

In spite of this incident, however, the KOF '96 tournament was an overwhelming commercial success. A few months after, the event triggered a fighting craze and various large corporations, expressing interest in the fad, offered to sponsor subsequent tournaments, leading to a demand for an eagerly awaited KOF '97. The fad reached all over the globe and in no time KOF '97 came into being.

With the decision to hold the tournament, fighters began to gather at various venues for the preliminary matches and approached the tournament with various motives, some came to test their abilities while others entered for wealth and fame. Word of the tournament came through all forms of the media, and fans from far and wide gathered to witness the white-hot preliminary battles. Concomitant to the preliminary matches, came the construction of various KOF stadiums throughout the world. Naturally the anticipation for the KOF '97 tournament exceeded historical precedent and it soon became obvious to everyone that the current tournament, as with the previous one, would reach a remarkable climax.

What team will win the tournament that the eyes of the whole world will look on and wear the KOF crown of victory? And does an incident similar to the unexpected accident of last year's tournament threaten to mar the festivities? All of the world's attention is focused on this year's tournament. KOF '97 is here!"


Playable CharactersEdit

Alternate CharacterEdit

  • Kyo Kusanagi '94 version

Boss CharactersEdit

Mid-Boss CharactersEdit

Sub-Boss Team (3 Orochi Kings Team)Edit

Final BossEdit

Special Edit TeamsEdit

3 Sacred Weapons TeamEdit

  • Kyo Kusanagi
  • Iori Yagami
  • Chizuru Kagura

Kyo and Shingo TeamEdit

  • Kyo Kusanagi
  • Shingo Yabuki
  • Any character (except Iori)

SNK Heroes TeamEdit

  • Kyo Kusanagi
  • Terry Bogard
  • Ryo Sakazaki

Secondary Hero TeamEdit

  • Benimaru Nikaido
  • Joe Higashi
  • Kim Kaphwan

Old Womens TeamEdit

  • King
  • Mai Shiranui
  • Yuri Sakazaki

Old TeamEdit

  • Ralf Jones
  • Clark Still
  • Athena Asamiya

Japanese Version Only

Neo Geo Freak TeamEdit

  • Kyo Kusanagi
  • Billy Kane
  • Mai Shiranui

Gamest TeamEdit

  • Terry Bogard
  • Blue Mary
  • Joe Higashi

Famitsu TeamEdit

  • Chang Koehan
  • Choi Bounge
  • Ryuji Yamazaki

See AlsoEdit



External LinksEdit

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