The King of Fighters '95

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The King of Fighters '95
System(s): Sega Saturn
Publisher: SNK
Original system(s): Neo Geo
Developer(s) of original games: SNK
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (26 tracks)
Peripherals supported: Twin Advanced ROM System
Genre: Fighting Action/Kakutou Action (格闘アクション)[1], Action[2]

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
¥7,800 (8,034)7,800e[3] T-3101G
Sega Rating: All Ages
Sega Saturn
Sega Saturn
£39.9939.99[7][4] MK81088-50
Sega Saturn
Non-Sega versions

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The King of Fighters '95 (ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ’95) is the second game in the The King of Fighters series, and was released for the Sega Saturn in 1996.


The King of Fighters features characters from multiple SNK franchises, chiefly Art of Fighting and Fatal Fury, but also Ikari Warriors and Psycho Soldier, plus some unique to this franchise. In The King of Fighters '95, players pick teams of three, which compete against other teams of three before taking on two bosses; a brainwashed Saisyu Kusanagi and Omega Rugal. Unlike the previous game, The King of Fighters '94, this game introduces Edit Mode; where players can put any three characters together in a team.


Hero Team

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Kyo Kusanagi
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Benimaru Nikaido
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Goro Daimon

Art of Fighting Team

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Ryo Sakazaki
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Robert Garcia
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Takuma Sakazaki

Fatal Fury Team

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Terry Bogard
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Andy Bogard
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Joe Higashi

Ikari Warriors Team

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Ralf Jones
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Clark Still

Psycho Soldier Team

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Athena Asamiya
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Sie Kensou
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Chin Gentsai

Korea Justice Team

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Kim Kaphwan
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Chang Koehan
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Choi Bounge

Women Fighters Team

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Yuri Sakazaki
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Mai Shiranui
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Rivals Team

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Iori Yagami
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Eiji Kisaragi
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Billy Kane


Saisyu Kusanagi
Sub-Boss. Can be made playable by using a secret code.
Omega Rugal
Final Boss. Can be made playable by using a secret code.



The game was released in Europe and Japan, but not North America (though a release was planned at one stage for August 1996[8]). Subsequent entries in the series for Sega consoles would remain as Japanese exclusives, bar The King of Fighters: Dream Match 1999 and The King of Fighters: Evolution which would both see releases in North America but not Europe.

The Saturn version marks as one of the few games which use the Twin Advanced ROM System peripheral.


In Japan this game was later bundled with its sequels - The King of Fighters '96 and The King of Fighters '97.


Originally released for the Neo Geo MVS and AES systems, The King of Fighters '95 was subsequently brought to the Neo Geo CD and then the PlayStation and Saturn. The two latter conversions stem from the Neo Geo CD version, which includes a few very minor differences and an arranged soundtrack.

With the use of the Twin Advanced ROM System, the Saturn version is able to retain the vast majority of content from its Neo Geo counterpart (as opposed to the PlayStation, which is forced to cut some background animations). It also leads to significantly faster load times than both the Neo Geo CD and the PlayStation, though these still pale in comparison to the arcade game.

Production credits

  • Executive-Producer: E・Kawasaki
  • Producer: T・Nishiyama
  • Chief Director: M・Kuwasashi
  • Sub Director: Toyochan, Haruo Tomita, Namaan・Hiroto
  • System Director: Toyochan
  • System Editor: K・Mac・Nagashima
  • Front Designer: T・Shinkai, Ru!Murakemi, C.Yamasaki, Goro.Hamada, Akihiko Nasu, Y・Hiraki, Ha Gi Ha Ra, H・Otani, M・Asakura, Yoshiko Ogata!, Jacky Sato, Toba, Hayamiponbashi, Miho Uematsu, Akiko Yukawa, Shinsuke, Kalkin.Mizuno, K・Isomura, Hiroto Kittaka, Kohrin, ・・・・・・・・, Meguronomikan, Red Hawk
  • Back Designer: Jetta, Hayashi K-34, Tsugumi, Sahori-E24, Eri Koujitani, Kusunoki-084, Souzi Takamori
  • Program: Shinchan-R32, S・Fujinuki, Cyber・Kondo
  • Sound-Music: Papaya, Tate-Norio, Brother-Hige, Pearl Sibakiti, Ackey
  • Sound-Efect: Yamapy-1, Macky, Mitsuo, Sha-V, Kyo-Chan
  • Voice: A・Sogi, A・Maetsuka, E・Tsuda, E・Yano, H・Ikoma, K・Horie, K・Inage, K・Namase, K・Nanba, K・Yasui, M・Nagasaki, M・Nonaka, M・Usui, S・Hashimoto, N・Hiyama, T・Arai, T・Nishimura, Y・Shima
  • Special Thanks to: Y・Tozono, T・Hosokawa, Takayuki Inoue, Yokoyama, A・Tahara, Shiraishi, M・Kanamaru, 44Oka, R and D Center, Dangerous Bomb, S.Isimatu, Yochi Nakagawa, Team Galapagos, Manoru, Shio Shio Shio, Bruce Tee, Ponta, Sezaki, Mic-Senbey, Rolly Yamamoto, Zennosuke, R.Nariai, Tohru, Dai, Fuku Fuku, Tsu '95, Lion Heart, Y.Oda, H.Miyagami, Anne, Y.Gushiken, Gpz, Stg-Oyaji, Navy-Melon, H.Eguchi, and All SNK Staff

Magazine articles

Main article: The King of Fighters '95/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Print advert in Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) #1996-05: "1996-05 (1996-03-22)" (1996-03-08)


Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
75 [9]
88 [10]
Sega Saturn
Based on
2 reviews
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Consoles + (FR) NTSC
Consoles + (FR) PAL
Computer & Video Games (UK) NTSC
Computer & Video Games (UK)
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
Fun Generation (DE) NTSC-J
GameFan (US) NTSC
Hyper (AU) PAL
Intelligent Gamer (US) NTSC-J
Joypad (FR) NTSC-J
Level (TR)
Mega Force (FR) NTSC-J
Mega Fun (DE) NTSC-J
Mean Machines Sega (UK) NTSC-J
neXt Level (DE)
Saturn Fan (JP) NTSC-J
Sega Magazin (DE) PAL
Sega Power (UK) PAL
Sega Saturn Magazine (UK) PAL
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
Video Games (DE) NTSC-J
Sega Saturn
Based on
23 reviews

The King of Fighters '95

Saturn, JP
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Jewel Case
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ROM cart
Saturn, EU
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ROM cart

Technical information

Main article: The King of Fighters '95/Technical information.


  1. File:KoF95 Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 (Wayback Machine: 2020-03-20 23:05)
  3. Sega Saturn Magazine, "1996-05 (1996-03-22)" (JP; 1996-03-08), page 21
  4. 4.0 4.1 (Wayback Machine: 1997-07-15 06:26)
  5. (Wayback Machine: 1998-12-02 14:09)
  6. Computer Trade Weekly, "" (UK; 1997-06-30), page 21
  7. 7.0 7.1 Computer & Video Games, "July 1997" (UK; 1997-06-11), page 76
  8. Game Players, "Vol. 9 No. 5 May 1996" (US; 1996-04-xx), page 18
  9. GamesMaster, "August 1997" (UK; 1997-xx-xx), page 60
  10. Hobby Consolas, "Julio 1997" (ES; 1997-xx-xx), page 92/93 (76)
  11. Consoles +, "Mai 1996" (FR; 1996-0x-xx), page 110
  12. Consoles +, "Juillet 1997" (FR; 1997-0x-xx), page 128
  13. Computer & Video Games, "July 1996" (UK; 1996-06-12), page 62
  14. Famitsu, "1996-04-05" (JP; 1996-03-22), page 29
  15. Fun Generation, "06/96" (DE; 1996-05-08), page 63
  16. GameFan, "Volume 4, Issue 6: June 1996" (US; 1996-xx-xx), page 18
  17. Hyper, "September 1997" (AU; 1997-xx-xx), page 80
  18. Intelligent Gamer, "June 1996" (US; 1996-0x-xx), page 76
  19. Joypad, "Mai 1996 (Joypad International supplement)" (FR; 1996-0x-xx), page 12
  20. Level, "10/97" (TR; 1997-xx-xx), page 1
  21. MAN!AC, "06/96" (DE; 1996-05-08), page 47
  22. Mega Force, "Mai 1996" (FR; 1996-0x-xx), page 78
  23. Mega Fun, "05/96" (DE; 1996-04-xx), page 61
  24. Mean Machines Sega, "June 1996" (UK; 1996-05-03), page 56
  25. neXt Level, "Juni 1996" (DE; 1996-05-15), page 74
  26. Saturn Fan, "1996 No. 10-11" (JP; 1996-04-26), page 80
  27. Sega Magazin, "September 1997" (DE; 1997-08-13), page 26
  28. Sega Power, "July 1996" (UK; 1996-05-09), page 54
  29. Sega Saturn Magazine, "June 1997" (UK; 1997-05-14), page 62
  30. Sega Saturn Magazine, "Readers rating final data" (JP; 2000-03), page 11
  31. Sega Saturn Magazine, "1996-06 (1996-04-12)" (JP; 1996-03-22), page 230
  32. Video Games, "5/96" (DE; 1996-04-24), page 93

The King of Fighters '95

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Books: The King of Fighters '95 Perfect Guide Book (1996)

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