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Become the new challenger in the all-time classic THE KING OF FIGHTERS '97 on iPhone and iPad!

Revisit this fighting gem, by playing one of its legendary (and sometimes hidden) teams, and behold the numerous endings the game has to offer!
Put an end to the evil Orochi's resurrection scheme, and finally settle the score between Kyo Kusanagi and Iori Yagami!


■35 playable characters!
Play as SNK's iconic fighters such as Kyo Kusanagi and Terry Bogard, and try to master the infamous "New Face Team" or the "KOF '97 Special Team"!
The NEO GEO version's hidden characters are now available directly on the character select screen so you can easily crush your opponent using Orochi Iori or Orochi Leona!
Experience for the first time in the series the "Affinity System", and to select the members of your team according to their affinity, and enjoy their pre-match interactions!

■2 modes to improve the game's depth!
KOF '97 uses 2 differents gameplay modes: EXTRA and ADVANCED! Master the system that fits you the best and burn your rivals down!

Various jumps for different ways to bring the pain to your enemy! A must if you think offense is the best defense!
You can stock your Power gauges to enter in MAX mode or to unleash deadly Desperation Moves!
Depending on your characters' affinity, get extra Power gauges even after losing a round!

Use the Evade move wisely as you are being rushed and send your opponent flying!
Fill your Power gauge to automatically enter Power Max mode for a set amount of time!
As you are close to exhaustion, your health bar will turn red and blink, then you will be able to unleash your Desperation Moves to your heart's content, as long as you are the last one standing!

■A NEOGEO Perfect Port with added features!
You have the possibility to play the game as it was intended back in the days with 4 buttons, or you can enjoy the new control scheme using the 6 buttons settings and the simplified special move with the help of the SP button!

■Fight against your friends through Bluetooth Multiplayer mode!
Decide who's the real KING OF FIGHTERS by challenging your friends via Bluetooth Multiplayer!!

System requirements for iOS

iPad 2 Wifi, iPad 2 3G, iPhone 4S, iPad Third Gen, iPad Third Gen 4G, iPhone 5, iPod Touch Fifth Gen, iPad Fourth Gen, iPad Fourth Gen 4G, iPad Mini, iPad Mini 4G, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad Air Cellular, iPad Mini Retina, iPad Mini Retina Cellular, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Cellular, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 3 Cellular, iPod Touch Sixth Gen, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Mini 4, iPad Mini 4 Cellular, iPad Pro, iPad Pro Cellular, iPad Pro 9.7, iPad Pro 9.7 Cellular, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad 6 1 1, iPad 6 1 2, iPad 7 1, iPad 7 2, iPad 7 3, iPad 7 4, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad 7 5, iPad 7 6, iPhone X S, iPhone X S Max, iPhone X R, iPad 8 1 2, iPad 8 3 4, iPad 8 5 6, iPad 8 7 8, iPad Mini 5, iPad Mini 5 Cellular, iPad Air 3, iPad Air 3 Cellular, iPod Touch Seventh Gen

System requirements for Android

2.3.3 and up
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Last Modified: Sep 22, 2020

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THE KING OF FIGHTERS '97 reviews and comments

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Microsoft from Italian
It would be convenient to enter the free training mode to be able to learn to use the moves and the combo of the characters
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Microsoft from Deutsch
For Fans really good times a Fighting Game right i phone 5 Customization of Screen price full ok for a Classic top to you Developer
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Microsoft from Italian
A fantastic game... You've been mythic... This was my favorite video game in the playrooms of many years ago... It deserves 5 stars without opening the app!!!!
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Microsoft from Italian
Memorable Title!! Fluidity of game and very good commands!! The characters are already unlocked but does anyone know if you can use the Orochi boss??? Cmq saga memorable
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Microsoft from Dutch
I played this game with great pleasure, focusing on played! Since This game has not yet been updated for iOS 11 It is now to dust in my app box 😡
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Microsoft from Deutsch
One of the best king of fighters games finally adapted for tablets as well. It's just pretty hard. You can choose between the difficulty 1-8, but a real difference does not make it, in my opinion. From fight 4 or 5 becomes bock-heavy. It should just be adjusted the difficulty otherwise it is perfect.
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Microsoft from French
Yes Neo Geo games are magical. Yes, we want them on the iPhone. Yes we are ready to pay again for this "recycling". But if I pay it is to have the minimum: a game compatible gamepad, a multi mode online, an adaptation to the screen sizes. For quality I am ready to pay 10 EUR the game, for a sloppy Portage well no, I go back on my emulator...
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Microsoft from French
I put 2 stars for the nostalgia of the arcade of my adolescence. Otherwise the difficulty is horrible!! It's already not easy with a touch pad, but in addition there is no training mode!! At the LVL 1 of difficulty the AI becomes unbeatable from the 3rd fight, the blows come out hard, the button SP is very badly placed, the ergonomics is far behind the masterpiece that is KoF 2012.... What a disappointment!!
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Microsoft from French
I find that the game is very successful overall. The arcade mode is the same as on MVS and neo-geo. I play with 6 buttons without the SP button and I can do the combos very well. The touch stick executes the manips very well. In addition, there is no need to make the codes on the character selection screen since the Orochi team already appears as well as Leona and Iori in Orochi mode. It's a pleasure to find a game that at the time was in the arcade.
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