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, Iori, Ryo, Terry, Chizuru, Yashiro, Shingo, Shermie, Chris, Mai, Kim, Athena, Kasumi, Saisyu, Leona, Rugal

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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: 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