The King of Fighters '95 is a 2D 3-on-3 fighting game developed and released by SNK for arcades (running Neo Geo MVS hardware) on July 25, 1995. It was subsequently released for the Neo Geo AES and Neo Geo CD later that year.
The second installment of the King of Fighters series (and the sequel to The King of Fighters '94), The King of Fighters '95 introduces the ability for players to customize their own three-fighter team from the overall roster. In addition, teams are no longer referred to by their chosen nationality.
The story continues where the previous game has left off, where a new King of Fighters tournament is being held by the mysterious "R" (again revealed to be ruthless arms dealer Rugal Bernstein, who is believed to have perished after his earlier confrontation). In addition, Japanese delinquent Iori Yagami has joined the tournament with a mysterious rivalry with main protagonist Kyo Kusanagi (bringing the series to its first main story arc, later known as the Orochi Saga).
Ports & Re-releases
The game was later ported to the Sega Saturn (exclusively in Japan and Europe, with both versions requiring the bundled memory extension cartridge) and Sony PlayStation throughout 1996, with a handheld adaptation for the Game Boy (known in Japan as Nettou The King of Fighters '95) released in a similar timeframe. The PS1 version was later digitally re-released for systems supporting the PlayStation Network (as a PSone Classics title) in Japan (on May 30, 2007) and North America (on July 19, 2011).
The original Neo Geo version was later digitally re-released for the Wii (as a Virtual Console title) in Japan (on December 2009), and in both North America and Europe (in late April of 2010). It was also digitally re-released for systems supporting the PlayStation Network (as a NEOGEO Station title) worldwide on July 2011 (with the European version released a month later). It was later released as part of the ACA NeoGeo series for the Xbox One (on March 30, 2017) PlayStation 4 (on April 27, 2017) and Nintendo Switch (on October 12, 2017).
The game was also included in the 2006 King of Fighters Collection: The Orochi Saga compilation for the PlayStation 2, Wii, and PlayStation Portable. As the compilation is the third volume of the NeoGeo Online Collection series, the Japanese version of the game features online multiplayer.
The game's roster is mostly unchanged from The King of Fighters '94, including 24 playable fighters split into eight teams.
Replacing the American Sports Team is the new "Rivals Team", featuring Fatal Fury rival Billy Kane, Art of Fighting rival Eiji Kisaragi, and a new rival to protagonist Kyo: Iori Yagami. Also replacing antagonist Rugal's initial fight is a fight against Kyo's brainwashed father, Saisyu.
Unlike its predecessor, which forced players to pick between eight teams, The King of Fighters '95 introduced an optional "Team Edit" mode, which allows players to form their own three-fighter team from the complete roster. This also marks the first time in the series that boss characters are playable (via cheat code).
Art of Fighting Team
Fatal Fury Team
Ikari Warriors Team
Psycho Soldier Team
Women Fighters Team
- Iori Yagami (new addition)
- Eiji Kisaragi (new addition, originally from Art of Fighting 2)
- Billy Kane (new addition, originally from Fatal Fury)