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The King of Fighters '97
ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ'97
(1997)








King of Fighters R-1 - Pocket Kakutō Series
キング・オブ・ファイターズR-1 ポケット格闘シリーズ
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The King of Fighters '97
ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ'97
-SCITRON 1500 SERIES- / SNK NEO SOUND ORCHESTRA
DETAILS
Format Audio CD
Released 20 Aug 1997
Publisher Pony Canyon
Product ID PCCB-00273
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Official 'Original Soundtrack' release for KOF'97.
Features the complete score spread over 42 tracks, and a bonus mini-CD holding a 15-track 'Voice Collection'.

Double-tray CD case, 42-track audio CD, 15-track mini-CD, 28-page b&w booklet, spine card.

The King of Fighters '97 Graphical Manual
ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ'97 グラフィカルマニュアル

GAMEST MOOK Vol.86
DETAILS
Format Magazine / Book
Released 28 Aug 1997
Publisher Shinseisha
Product ID ISBN4-88199-378-X
Size (cm) 25.7 x 21 x 0.7 (AB)
Weight (kg) 0.44
PRICE
STATUS
First Gamest Mook for KOF'97, a 'Graphical Manual' that presents the entire cast in meticulous detail: each character is assigned a full 4 pages with command lists and photos and for each and every move.

144 pages (full colour), Japanese.

The King of Fighters '97 Character Book
ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ'97 キャラクターブック
NEO GEO FREAK EDITORIAL
DETAILS
Format Magazine / Book
Released 10 Sep 1997
Publisher Geibunsha
Product ID ISBN4-87465-379-0
Size (cm) 29.5 x 21 x 1.1 (A4)
Weight (kg) 0.74
PRICE
STATUS
King-size introductory guide book from the Neo Geo Freak editorial, part of the Neo Geo Freak SP series.
Features detailed 4-page 'Character Introduction' profiles & move lists for every character, 'System' overview, 'Relation Map' story chart, 'Team Story' backgrounds, 'Rough Sketch' designs and 'Voice' appendix.
Clear, detailed and really well put together.

160 pages (128 in colour), Japanese.

The King of Fighters '97 Arrange Sound Trax
ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ'97 アレンジサウンドトラックス
SNK NEO SOUND ORCHESTRA
DETAILS
Format Audio CD
Released 19 Sep 1997
Publisher Pony Canyon
Product ID PCCB-00279
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Remixed 'Arrange Soundtrack' CD for KOF'97, featuring the complete (and uncut) playlist from all the CD-based home formats.
View [back] for tracklisting.

CD case, 12-track audio CD, 8-page booklet, spine card, tape inlay [view].

The King of Fighters '97
ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ'97
NEO GEO
DETAILS
Format Neo Geo
Released 25 Sep 1997
Publisher SNK
Product ID NGH-232
Size (cm) 22 x 17 x 4
Weight (kg) 0.70
PRICE
STATUS
The integral, impeccable, and essential Neo Geo ROM version of KOF'97. No bells, no whistles, no loading, no nonsense: this is the real thing. Bookah.

Snap-lock Neo Geo case, 460Mbit cartridge, monochrome booklet.

The King of Fighters '97 Official Collection Fighter's Carnival
ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ'97 オフィシャルコレクション ファイターズカーニバル
GAMEST MOOK WORLD SERIES Vol.6
DETAILS
Format Magazine / Book
Released 27 Sep 1997
Publisher Shinseisha
Product ID ISBN4-88199-381-X
Size (cm) 25.7 x 21 x 0.6 (AB)
Weight (kg) 0.43
PRICE
STATUS
Bonus 'Fan Book' Gamest Mook for KOF'97, full of miscellaneous extras and bonus material: original art, voice actor interviews, design sketches, merchandise, sheet music, mangas, Q&As, etc.

114 pages (66 in colour), Japanese.

The King of Fighters '97 Drama CD - Gekitotsu Hen
ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ'97 ドラマCD ~激突編~
DRAMA CD
DETAILS
Format Audio CD
Released 1 Oct 1997
Publisher Pony Canyon
Product ID PCCB-00281
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
First in a set of two official KOF'97 'Drama CD' releases, subtitled 'Collision Chapter'.
View [back] for playlist.

CD case, 11-track audio CD, 12-page colour booklet, spine card.

The King of Fighters '97 4-Koma Ketteiban
ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ'97 4コマ決定版

GAMEST COMICS 122
DETAILS
Format Manga
Released 10 Oct 1997
Publisher Shinseisha
Product ID ISBN4-88199-387-9
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 1 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.24
PRICE
STATUS
Comic collection of humorous KOF'97 4-panel strips and tributes from both Gamest readers and professional artists.
Part of the Gamest Comics collection.

124 pages (black & white), Japanese.

The King of Fighters '97
ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ'97
NEO GEO CD
DETAILS
Format Neo Geo CD
Released 30 Oct 1997
Publisher SNK
Product ID NGCD-232
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
As per usual, the Neo Geo CD version is as perfect as can be - but is critically hampered by loading times that are just plain rude.
Still, this is undeniably the second best version after the ROM cartridge.

'Neo Geo' stamped CD case, Neo Geo CD CD-ROM disc, monochrome booklet, spine card.

The King of Fighters '97 Drama CD - Shukumei Hen
ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ'97 ドラマCD ~宿命編~

DRAMA CD
DETAILS
Format Audio CD
Released 7 Nov 1997
Publisher Pony Canyon
Product ID PCCB-00286
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Second (concluding) part of the KOF'97 'Audio Drama', subtitled 'Destiny Chapter'.
View [back] for playlist.

CD case, 12-track audio CD (total 77:09), colour booklet, spine card.

The King of Fighters '97 Kanzen Kōryaku Manual
ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ
'97 完全攻略マニュアル
NEO GEO FREAK EDITORIAL
DETAILS
Format Magazine / Book
Released 10 Nov 1997
Publisher Geibunsha
Product ID ISBN4-87465-380-4
Size (cm) 25.7 x 21 x 1.1 (AB)
Weight (kg) 0.58
PRICE
STATUS
Second KOF'97 mook from the Neo Geo Freak editorial, an in-depth 'Complete Capture Manual'.
Presents 4-page sections for every character, with detailed strategies and CPU tactics. Finishes off with an interesting concept design gallery and meticulous data appendix with detailed damage ratios etc.
Part of the Neo Geo Freak SP series.

192 pages (96 in colour), Japanese.

The King of Fighters '97 Comic Anthology
ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ
'97 コミックアンソロジー
GAMEST COMICS 124
DETAILS
Format Manga
Released 10 Nov 1997
Publisher Shinseisha
Product ID ISBN4-88199-398-4
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 1.1 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.28
PRICE
STATUS
'Anthology' comic collection from Gamest featuring over 20 different KOF'97 inspired strips by various established manga artists.
Part of the Gamest Comics collection.

156 pages (black & white), Japanese.

The King of Fighters '97 Technical Manual
ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ'97 テクニカルマニュアル

GAMEST MOOK Vol.99
DETAILS
Format Magazine / Book
Released 17 Nov 1997
Publisher Shinseisha
Product ID ISBN4-88199-406-9
Size (cm) 25.7 x 21 x 1 (AB)
Weight (kg) 0.48
PRICE
STATUS
Second KOF'97 Gamest Mook guide book, a 'Technical Manual' featuring more advanced material.
Includes profiles for Orochi and the 'Middle Boss' characters (Orochi Yashiro, Shermie and Chris), advanced 'Capture' columns for the rest of the cast, ending galleries and extensive 'Vs Human Battle' sections for every match-up. Finishes off with 'Voice', 'Design' sketches and complete command listing with damage ratios.

176 pages (72 in colour), Japanese.

SNK Characters Sounds Collection Vol.5
KOF'97 Character Drama Special Edition

SNKキャラクターズサウンズコレクション Vol.5
KOF'97 キャラクターズドラマ スペシャルエディション
DETAILS
Format Audio CD
Released 3 Dec 1997
Publisher Pony Canyon
Product ID PCCB-00292
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 0.6
Weight (kg) 0.08
PRICE
STATUS
The 5th 'SNK Characters Sounds Collection' sees the KOF'97 voice cast return for no less than a 3rd 'Audio Drama' release.
A little bit excessive, but KOF mania had reached fever pitch by late '97, so you can't blame SNK for turning the 'fan service' up to maximum.

CD single case, 6-track audio CD (total 37:56), 4-page fold-out insert, spine card.

The King of Fighters '97 4-Koma Ketteiban Side.2
ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ'97 4コマ決定版
Side.2
GAMEST COMICS 130
DETAILS
Format Manga
Released 10 Dec 1997
Publisher Shinseisha
Product ID ISBN4-88199-410-7
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 0.9 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.22
PRICE
STATUS
Second helping of KOF'97 4-panel strips from Gamest, featuring even more madness and tongue-in-cheek pokes at the cast.
Part of the Gamest Comics collection.

120 pages (black & white), Japanese.

The King of Fighters '97
ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ'97
GAMEST VIDEO Vol.41
DETAILS
Format VHS
Released 19 Dec 1997
Publisher Shinseisha
Product ID ISBN4-88199-441-7
Size (cm) 21 x 12.5 x 3
Weight (kg) 0.34
PRICE
STATUS
Quality Gamest Video VHS release for KOF'97 featuring character profiles, system analysis, game play through, strategies and more.

White plastic video case, 115-min NTSC VHS tape, 2-page b&w insert.

The King of Fighters '97 Comic Anthology Side.2
ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ'97 コミックアンソロジー Side.2

GAMEST COMICS 135
DETAILS
Format Manga
Released 10 Jan 1998
Publisher Shinseisha
Product ID ISBN4-88199-425-5
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 1.2 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.30
PRICE
STATUS
Second KOF'97 'Anthology' comic collection from Gamest featuring a further 23 strips from various artists.
Part of the Gamest Comics collection.

164 pages (black & white), Japanese.

The King of Fighters '97 Comic Anthology Side.3
ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ'97 コミックアンソロジー Side.3

GAMEST COMICS 139
DETAILS
Format Manga
Released 10 Mar 1998
Publisher Shinseisha
Product ID ISBN4-88199-451-4
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 1.3 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.30
PRICE
STATUS
KOF'97's popularity shows no sign of fading with no less than a third 'Anthology' comic collection, featuring 27 more tributes from various artists.
Part of the Gamest Comics collection.

176 pages (black & white), Japanese.

The King of Fighters '97
ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ'97
SEGA SATURN
DETAILS
Format Sega Saturn
Released 26 Mar 1998
Publisher SNK
Product ID T-3120G
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
SNK's last release for the Sega Saturn does not disappoint: an excellent version of KOF'97 is always welcome.
This is the stand-alone package - it requires the Sega Saturn 1MB RAM cartridge [HSS-0150] to run.

CD case, Sega Saturn CD-ROM disc, colour manual, spine card.

The King of Fighters '97 [Kakuchō RAM Dōkori Ban]
ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ'97 [拡張RAM同梱版]
SEGA SATURN
DETAILS
Format Sega Saturn
Released 26 Mar 1998
Publisher SNK
Product ID T-3121G
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 3
Weight (kg) 0.26
PRICE
STATUS
'Extended RAM Bundle Edition' of the SS KOF'97. Includes both the game and the required RAM cartridge.

Box set includes game (Sega Saturn CD-ROM disc with manual in CD case) and Sega Saturn 1MB RAM upgrade cartridge [HSS-0150].

The King of Fighters '97 Perfect Guide Book
ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ'97 パーフェクトガイドブック
GAMEST MOOK EX SERIES Vol.50
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 28 Apr 1998
Publisher Shinseisha
Product ID ISBN4-88199-470-0
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 1.1 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.30
PRICE
STATUS
'EX Series' Gamest Mook dedicated to the Sega Saturn version.
Features extensive profiles & move lists for every character, vs CPU tactics and combo charts.


160 pages (80 in colour), Japanese.

The King of Fighters '97
ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ'97
PLAYSTATION
DETAILS
Format PlayStation
Released 28 May 1998
Publisher SNK
Product ID SLPM-86084
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
The PS version comes out bottom of the bunch, but it does throw in an nice little art gallery, and a preview movie of The King of Fighters Kyo (1998).

CD case, PlayStation CD-ROM disc, 30-page colour booklet, spine card.

The King of Fighters '97 Skill Manual
ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ'97 スキルマニュアル

GAMEST MOOK EX SERIES Vol.54
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 28 June 1998
Publisher Shinseisha
Product ID ISBN4-88199-487-5
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 1 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.28
PRICE
STATUS
Bonus 'EX Series' Gamest Mook dedicated to the PS version.
Presents a complete breakdown of every team and character (including Orochi) with all commands listed with the PS button layout. Finishes off with a useful 'Tactics File' shortcut guide.

144 pages (112 in colour), Japanese.

The King of Fighters Best Collection
ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ ベストコレクション
SEGA SATURN
DETAILS
Format Sega Saturn
Released 1 Oct 1998
Publisher SNK
Product ID T-3125G
Size (cm) ?
Weight (kg) ?
PRICE
STATUS
SNK's final release on Sega Saturn is a massive commemorative box set of all three KOF games on the system:
- SS The King of Fighters '95
- SS The King of Fighters '96
- SS The King of Fighters '97

King of Fighters R-1
キング・オブ・ファイターズR-1
NEO GEO POCKET
DETAILS
Format Neo Geo Pocket
Released 28 Oct 1998
Publisher SNK
Product ID NEOP00010
Size (cm) 12.5 x 12.5 x 2.5
Weight (kg) 0.12
PRICE
STATUS
Cutesy handheld reworking of KOF'97 for the original Neo Geo Pocket; a launch title for the format.

Snap-lock Neo Geo Pocket case, 16Mbit cartridge, colour booklet.

The King of Fighters '97 [Best]
ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ'97 [ベスト]
PLAYSTATION
THE BEST
DETAILS
Format PlayStation
Released 24 June 1999
Publisher SNK
Product ID SLPM-86245
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Cut-price 'PlayStation the Best' re-issue of the PS KOF'97.
Content remains exactly the same as the original May '98 release.


CD case, PlayStation CD-ROM disc, 30-page colour manual, spine card.

The King of Fighters '97 [PSoneBooks]
ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ'97 [PSoneBooks]
PLAYSTATION
DETAILS
Format PlayStation
Released 27 Mar 2003
Publisher SNK
Product ID SLPS-91511
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Second re-issue of the PS KOF'97, this time for the 'PSone Books' label.

CD single case, PlayStation CD-ROM disc, colour manual, spine card.

The King of Fighters -Orochi Hen- [Gentei Ban]
ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ -オロチ編- [限定版]
NEO GEO ONLINE COLLECTION Vol.3
DETAILS
Format PlayStation 2
Released 20 Apr 2006
Publisher SNK Playmore
Product ID SLPS-25535
Size (cm) 19 x 13.5 x 1.5
Weight (kg) 0.18
PRICE
STATUS
'Limited Edition' bundle for the first PS2 KOF compilation, volume 3 of the Neo Geo Online Collection.
Brings together the three games covering the 'Orochi' storyline:
- The King of Fighters '95
- The King of Fighters '96
- The King of Fighters '97
Box set includes the game along with a 'Sun' model Exar Neo Geo Stick, exclusive to this package.

A
very rare item!

The King of Fighters -Orochi Hen-
ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ -オロチ編-
NEO GEO ONLINE COLLECTION Vol.3
DETAILS
Format PlayStation 2
Released 20 Apr 2006
Publisher SNK Playmore
Product ID SLPS-25605
Size (cm) 19 x 13.5 x 1.5
Weight (kg) 0.18
PRICE
STATUS
First of two KOF compilation for PS2, #3 of the Neo Geo Online Collection.
Features the three games covering the 'Orochi' storyline:
- The King of Fighters '95
- The King of Fighters '96
- The King of Fighters '97
A superb package, complete with bonus options, colour edit, music tests etc.

PS2 case, PlayStation 2 DVD-ROM disc, colour booklet.

The King of Fighters -Orochi Hen- [Best]
ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ -オロチ編- [ベスト]
NEO GEO ONLINE COLLECTION THE BEST
DETAILS
Format PlayStation 2
Released 21 June 2007
Publisher SNK Playmore
Product ID SLPS-25791
Size (cm) 19 x 13.5 x 1.5
Weight (kg) 0.17
PRICE
STATUS
'The Best' Neo Geo Online Collection re-issue of the first PS2 KOF collection. Features:
- The King of Fighters '95
- The King of Fighters '96
- The King of Fighters '97
Disc content remains identical to the original print.

PS2 case, PlayStation 2 DVD-ROM disc, colour booklet.

 

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