The King of Fighters: R-2

REVIEWThe King of Fighters: R-2 is the sequel to KOF: R1 on NEOGEO Pocket Color. The new installment adds several new characters to R-1's original roster, including: Kasumi Todo, Saisyu Kusanagi, and Rugal Bernstein. KOF: R-2 also introduces new backgrounds based on King of Fighters '98 and brings new and updated character theme songs.



Another unique 2D fighting game on the beautiful NEOGEO Pocket Color.


KOF: R-2's gameplay is simple and straight forward, with similar mechanics to recent arcade KOF installments. Now in color, the vibrant 2D sprites and backgrounds make a bigger statement this time around and show off what the NEOGEO Pocket Color can do. Like the prequel, the sound is a strong point with incredibly catchy 8-bit remixes of classic character themes that arcade KOF fans can immediately appreciate. KOF: R-1 also includes an obscure "Making Mode" which basically allows you to edit a KOF character's skills and rename them.


Backgrounds from KOF98!


Visually, KOF: R-2 looks much better than the prequel... most notably because it added "color"... which, as it turns out, is kind of a big deal. The cutesy, super-deformed art style is still as catchy and charming as ever, giving KOF: R-2 distinguishable visuals unlike any other fighting game in recent memory. It's not for everyone, but it's nice to see a different visual take on a fighting game in this era. For anyone who calls themselves an SNK or KOF fan, I'd say The King of Fighters: Round 2 is a must-play and pretty much a must-own for any owner of a NEOGEO Pocket Color.


They're cute... and they talk shit!


Page Updated: June 23rd, 2020
Developer(s): SNK
Publisher(s): SNK
Platform(s): Neo Geo Pocket, Nintendo Switch
Release Date(s): Mar. 19th, 1999       NEOGEO Pocket
June 2020
                    Nintendo Switch
Characters Kyo Kusanagi, Iori Yagami, Ryo Sakazaki, Terry Bogard, Chizuru Kagura, Yashiro Nanakase, Shingo Yabuki, Shermie, Chris, Mai Shiranui, Kim Kaphwan, Athena Asamiya, Kasumi Todoh, Saisyu Kusanagi, Leona Heidern, Rugal Bernstein, Orochi Chris, Orochi Shermie, Orochi Yashiro

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Related Games: The King of Fighters R1, The King of Fighters '98, Fatal Fury: 1st Contact, SNK Gals Fighters, SNK Vs. Capcom: The Match of the Millennium , Samurai Shodown!: Pocket, Samurai Shodown! 2: Pocket, The Last Blade: Beyond The Destiny

Gameplay Engine  7.5 / 10
Story / Theme  6.5 / 10
Overall Graphics  7.5 / 10
Animation  6.5 / 10
Music / Sound Effects  6.5 / 10
Innovation  6.0 / 10
Art Direction  8.0 / 10
Customization  4.0 / 10
Options / Extras  5.0 / 10
Intro / Presentation  6.0 / 10
Replayability / Fun  6.0 / 10
"Ouch" Factor  6.5 / 10
Characters  7.0 / 10

 7.0 / 10



Final Words: If you can handle the cuteness... KOF: R-2 is a casual and fun handheld 2D fighting game than anyone can have fun with. The NGPC's fan-approved "clicky" D-pad makes performing classic moves intuitive and incredibly satisfying. KOF: R-2 was easily one of the best fighting games to release on the NEOGEO Pocket to date, until the epic SNK Vs. Capcom: Match of the Millennium arrived later in 1999.
~TFG Webmaster | @Fighters_Gen