The King of Fighters 2002

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The King of Fighters 2002

Game general and emulation properties:
CERO rating: B
PEGI rating: 12+ (Violence)
GRB rating: 15
Progressive scan supported
Supports up to two local players
Languages supported:
English: SLES-53381 & SLUS-20995
Japanese: SLPS-25347 & SLPS-25573 & NPJD-00093
Korean: SLKA-25275
Region NTSC-U:
Serial numbers: SLUS-20995 (The King of Fighters 02/03)
Release date: February 8, 2005 (The King of Fighters 02/03)
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region PAL:
Serial numbers: SLES-53381
Release date: October 7, 2005
Windows Status: Playable
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?
Region NTSC-J/C/K:
Serial numbers: SLPS-25347
SLKA-25275 (Korea, The King of Fighters 02/03)
SLPS-25573 (SNK Best Collection)
NPJD-00093 (PS2 Classics)
Release date: March 25, 2004
April 7, 2005 (Korea, The King of Fighters 02/03)
November 23, 2005 (SNK Best Collection)
May 20, 2015 (PS2 Classics)
Windows Status: ?
Linux Status: ?
Mac Status: ?

Developer(s): SNK Playmore
Publisher(s): SNK Playmore (JP), Ignition Entertainment (EU)
Genre: Action, Fighting
Wikipedia: Link

Test configurations on Windows:

Environment Configurations Comments Tester
Region OS CPU/GPU Revision Graphics Sound/Pad
PAL Windows 7 x64
  • Intel Core i5 @ 3.30 GHz
  • AMD Radeon HD 6000 series
v1.5.0 (dev-1263) Default Default Works great, same 3D background bug as other KOF titles. FlatOut
NTSC-U Windows 10
  • Ryzen 5 3600 @ 3.6 GHz
  • GTX 1650 Super @ 4 GB
1.7.0-dev-1429 GSDX AVX2
Built-in Runs very well, without any graphical glitches in stages that I noticed. The main menu is invisible in HW mode, but it is viewable in SW mode, so use SW in it and then change to HW if you want to take advantage of upscaling. Maxdlpee


  • Original names: ザ・キング・オブ・ファイターズ 2002 (SLPS-25347) & (SLPS-25573), 더 킹 오브 파이터즈 2002/2003 (SLKA-25275)
  • Also known as The King of Fighters 2002: Challenge to Ultimate Battle, The King of Fighters 2002/2003 (KO)
  • Access the Progressive Scan menu by holding the cross and triangle keys together when the game boots up.
  • Not to be confused with The King of Fighters 2002: Unlimited Match which is a different game
  • Released in US and Korea as a double pack with The King of Fighters 2003 as The King of Fighters 02/03

Known Issues

Flickering/twisted textures

  • Status: Active
  • Type: Minor
  • Description: Stages with 3D backgrounds have texture issues.
  • Workaround: There's no known solution.