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The King of Fighters '97
The King of Fighters '97's title screen.
Publisher Rex Soft
Developer Rex Soft
Console Famicom
Date 1997
Sound engine NTDEC / Asder
Alternate names/hacks The King of Fighters '98
The King of Fighters '99

The King of Fighters '97 is an unlicensed port of The King of Fighters '95, made for the NES by Rex Soft in 1997.


The game is a simple port of The King of Fighters '95, with 9 playable characters, unusually set up in several different teams of 3 combinations. About half the roster is missing, which only contains Kyo, Mai, Ralf, Clark, Choi, Chin, Andy, Robert and Eiji. 


The King of Fighters '99's title screen.

Only the original Rex Soft version of the game, which uses a custom mapper, will proceed to a final boss and ending after defeating all regular opponents. All MMC3-hacked cartridges will forget which opponents have already been defeated and therefore will never proceed to the final boss.

There are two hacks of this game, called The King of Fighters 98 and The King of Fighters 99; each replaces the 7 in the title screen with a crudely drawn 8 or 9, and updates "Announcing the 1997 King of Fighters tournaments" in the intro to contain its respective year.


  • Unusually, there is a "TM" next to The King of Fighters '97 logo.
  • This game is sometimes known as "Colour 2001 Streetfighter II" based on a cartridge label found on an NT release.
  • Terry, Joe, Ryo, Takuma and Iori are in the intro, despite them never appearing as playable characters in the entire game.