My King of Fighters Ranking
Game list created by Paulo Júnior
KoF Games Ranking
Great gameplay with perfect pacing, great balance, awesome roster, incredible soundtrack, great stages that change between rounds, partners appear behind the fight in the stages, there are character interaction animations pre-fights, movesets are also great.
This is here because it's a complete package of what I consider to be the perfect KoF gameplay.
Huge roster, good balance, great stages, decent music, great gameplay.
This is not at the top because I consider it a bit too combo-focused and I think the soundtrack is not that good.
Awesome gameplay and roster, great stages, soundtrack is great too, but some stages are void of music and have only ambient noise.
This is here because it is perhaps the best canon (not dream match) KoF of the perfect KoF gameplay era. But it's less complete than the first places and it's gameplay is also not as refined.
Good gameplay, decent music, great roster, good stages.
This is here for being, in my opinion, the best KoF that uses a different structure than the usual KoF fare with the strikers system. But because it's not a definitive KoF experience, it can't be placed much higher.
Roster's a bit lacking, but good nonetheless, stages look incredible and music's great.
This is here because it's basically KoF2000 but worse. Except stages and soundtrack are better so I can't place it much lower.
Roster's kinda lacking (no Leona, no Choi, no Chang, Mai is an unlockable). Stages look good, music is also good. Gameplay is great.
This is here mostly for being really fun to play and feeling like a classic KoF game, while also somehow feeling fresh and new. I dislike the tag system, though.
This is here because it's a great game, but it feels somewhat unlike KoF and it's not as fun.
Decent soundtrack, roster and gameplay! Stages look mostly good and change between rounds, with some looking hideous for being too 3D.
This is here because I think it's less polished than the ones above, it's inconsistent. It also was replaced by KoF2002UM, and it doesn't offer a different enough experience to warrant a higher place.
Great roster, good soundtrack, great gameplay. Stages look bad, too 3D.
This is here for the qualities mentioned, but it's also a derivative KoF that doesn't offer anything that can't be had (better) in KoF 98 or 2002.
Roster's lacking (no Mai).
This is here for being lackluster, but not as lackluster as the ones below.
No Leona yet.
This is here because of the reasons stated above. And because it can't be lower than the one that doesn't have Iori.
No Leona, no Iori, no CYS team.
This is here for the reasons stated above, plus dodge and movesets feel restrictive, and because it can't be lower than the ones below and the redrawn sprites look great and should have been used more by SNK.
This is here because it's the best KoF in a 3D engine. But it's still worse than almost every 2D KoF.
This is here for being the best early attempt at KoF in 3D, building on top of the ones that came before. It's still not good, though.
This is here because it's improved over MI, but MI:A improved more.
This is here for being bad, but not as restrictive and lacking as the ones below.
Also, no Leona and no Iori, no CYS team.
This is here because, even though it deserves respect given that it's where the franchise was born, it's lacking because of the reasons stated above. At least it plays, sounds and looks really good.
This is here because it's the worse KoF that's not 2003.
This is here for being the absolute worse main entry in KoF, bar none.
This is here because I really like the roster, gameplay and graphics (though I really dislike the soundtrack).
This is here for having great graphics and soundtracks and it plays well but it lacks polish.
This is here for having great soundtrack, looking okay and playing well.
The King of Fighters is a series of 2D fighting games produced mainly by SNK that began 1994 on arcades. It features characters from other IPs from SNK, such as Fatal Fury, Art of Fighting, Ikari Warriors and Psycho Soldiers.