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Title Screen

Killer Instinct 2

Developer: Rare
Publisher: Midway Games
Platform: Arcade (Killer Instinct hardware)
Released internationally: 1996


GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
Sgf2-unusedicon1.png This game has unused abilities.
SoundIcon.png This game has unused sounds.
TextIcon.png This game has unused text.



Unused Endings

The game has a lot of unused endings that were probably going to be triggered depending on what parts of a stage you destroyed. But according to Chris Tilston, one of the game's main designers and programmers, they were never tied to the game due to a lack of time. The way the endings work is that there is a main ending screen, then, depending if you performed a fatality on a certain character(s) or destroyed something in a certain stage (or did both), you get a second, third and even fourth variable screen (Fulgore and Jago were supposed to have up to 8 variations!).

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TJ Combo


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Spinal


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Sabrewulf


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Maya


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Fulgore


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Jago


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Unused Text

There is plenty of unused text in this game to go around including unused endings, and early character lists.

Endings

Jago

Jago has several unused endings, but these three, for one reason or another, do not trigger properly when the flags are set accordingly.

Ending #
Requirements
Resulting Text
1-1-B
  • Don't Kill Fulgore
  • Don't Kill Orchid
  • Destroy Ultratech
JAGO AND ORCHID UTTERLY DESTROY THE REMNANTS 
OF THE ULTRATECH CORPORATION. THE FORCES OF 
GOOD ARE VICTORIOUS ONCE MORE.
1-1-A
  • Don't Kill Fulgore
  • Don't Kill Orchid
  • Destroy Ultratech
FULGORE SURVIVES AND REBUILDS ULTRATECH FROM 
ITS BURNING ASHES. JAGO AND ORCHID WILL RISE 
AND FACE THIS FOE AGAIN AS A TEAM.
1-1-B
  • Don't Kill Fulgore
  • Don't Kill Orchid
  • Destroy Ultratech
JAGO AND ORCHID UTTERLY DESTROY THE REMNANTS 
OF THE ULTRATECH CORPORATION. THE FORCES OF 
GOOD ARE VICTORIOUS ONCE MORE.


(Source: Paulina Jaramillo)

Early Diagnostic Information

While battling on Kim Wu's stage, it is possible to find this text allocated at a dynamic location in memory. It is currently unknown why her stage triggers this text to be loaded into memory. Note that version 1.0 of the disk image has never been dumped, and is believed to no longer exist.

KI2 disk version 1.0                      
Copyright Rare/Nintendo 1995
KI2 V1.0

Character Listings

The game contains two character lists that show a progression in character development up until the release.

Name List 1

Within this listing found at address 88031C3B, only the characters from the previous game are named excluding an early name for Kim Wu "Kung Kim". All others go by a generic entry instead of their final names. One name to point out is "Vampire" which went unused in the final game.

.JAGO .COMBO
.SPINAL .BARBARIAN 
.GLACIUS .FULGORE 
.KUNG KIM .SABREWULF 
.ORCHID .AMAZON 
.VAMPIRE


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Name List 2

This list at address 8803B503 contains elements from the game further in development. Notice that most characters now have their proper names, but "Vampire" is now listed along with "Gargos", a boss character who later appeared playable with a secret code in the N64 port. The standing and walking animations were made and inserted, according to the game designer.

.FULGORE.COMBO
.ORCHID.JAGO
.GLACIUS.TUSK
.SPINAL.KIM WU
.SABREWULF.MAYA
.VAMPIRE.GARGOS
Hmmm...
To do:
Find the Vampire character sprites


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Unused Graphics

Several unused screens are present within the game including endings, and public service announcement screens.

Tusk

Grouped together with Tusk's ending screens is a possible early rendering of a final ending screen. The lighting, pose, and viewing angle are slightly different between the two. The unused one is also missing background elements found in the final, such as what appears to be a colosseum.

Unused Final
KI2 Tusk Unused Ending.png KI2 Tusk Final Ending.png


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Public Service Announcements

Like the first game, Killer Instinct 2 features PSA screens that yet again go unused. Some of them look to have gotten a few graphic retouches from their last iterations found in the first game.


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Unused Moves

Orchid's 2nd Danger Move

Orchid was unfortunate to only possess one known Danger Move in the arcade game, when all other characters were given two. A second Danger Move does exist for her, though it appears it was not completed in time for the game's debut in arcades. The animation still left in the game makes it apparent that Rare was going for a remake of her original "Frog Stomp" finisher from the first game. Her second Danger Move move was finally completed for the Nintendo 64 console port Killer Instinct Gold, in which she uses her "Fire Cat" morph to engulf her victim in flames.


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Orchid's Leap/Pounce

Orchid evidently had a leap/pounce type move, which allowed her to smash her opponent with a single downward thrust; either as a juggle move, or possibly as an air take down move. The move does not appear to have distance limitations, though it was not finished—it does not have any effect on the opponent. This means it was most likely discarded early on in development. It may have been scrapped due to its awkward animation, though it could have been for other reasons entirely.


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Gargos' Triple Fireball Projectile

In the final release of the game, Gargos was only able to unleash a long flame projectile, in addition to his air fireball move. It appears he originally had a fireball move similar to Eyedol from the first game; in which he unleashed three fireballs horizontally at the opponent. The fireballs can be launched in two speed variations: medium and fast, and inflict moderate damage on the opponent. The second fireball always knocks the opponent down, which causes the third to never make contact. The move seems to be complete, but may not have been included, as Gargos is already relatively overpowered.


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Glacius' Finisher Test Setup

An early finisher for Glacius that was possibly used to test screen-darkening and other match-ending routines. Tiny character sprites of Glacius were used in place of projectiles, as no finished projectiles were included in the game at the time of its implementation. This information was provided by one of the game's developers.


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Fulgore's Finisher Test Setup

An early finisher for Fulgore that was possibly used to test screen-darkening and other match-ending routines. Tiny character sprites of Fulgore were used in place of projectiles, as no finished projectiles were included in the game at the time of its implementation. As with the above, this information was provided by one of the game's developers.


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Kim Wu's Spirit Move

It has been rumored for some time that Kim Wu originally had a "Spirit" move similar to Jago early in development. In the below unused move animation, you will notice that Kim Wu looks toward the sky while holding her hands up. An unseen light source casts down upon her animation frames, then she returns to her original stance. Judging by the duration of the animation (which is not used elsewhere), it's possible that this is her long lost "Spirit" move animation.

KI2 Kim Wu Spirit.png

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Maya's Forward Leap

The animation below depicts Maya leaping forward, belly down, instead of her final belly up leap animation. It is evident that at once point in development, she was going to leap using this animation instead. If you look closely, you can see that her arms were not attached to her model when this animation was created. It was most likely scrapped due to its awkward animation in comparison to the final version's animation.

KI2 Maya Forward Leap.png

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Maya's Look Back Stab

The animation below depicts Maya performing a "Look Back Stab" animation similar to her profile FMV. It might have originally been part of a move (similar to T.J. Combo's "Behind the Back"), where she would run past the opponent, and be in position to inflict damage. It is currently not possible to deal damage with the move, as it always strikes away from the opponent.

KI2 Maya Look Back Stab.png

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Oddities

Orchid's Reused KI1 Frames

Due to lack of time, or laziness, Rare decided to re-use animation frames of Orchid's "Fire Cat" move from the first game. The animation usually plays so quickly that these frames would be hard to notice, though in the slowed down morph animation below, you will notice she reverts to her KI1 appearance when executing the move. Upon completion of the move, the same animation is played in reverse to revert to her KI2 appearance.

KI2 Orchid Recycled Frames.png


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Orchid´s Reused KI1 Voice

Perhaps also due to lack of time or laziness, several of the Kim Wu voice clips (namely, her damaged voice clips) seem to be directly reused from Orchid's KI1 voice clips.

Unused Sounds

There are several unused sounds in this game, mostly carry overs from the first game. There are, however, a few new ones as well including weapon sounds, voice tracks, and an early version of the game's title announcement.

General

Game Title Announcement Voice Track

This is an early version of the game's title announcement in a much more sinister voice, that was later replaced by the shortened, and cleaned up final version "KI 2".


Finisher/Status Announcement Voice Track

Possibly a new type of finisher similar to "Humiliation" from the first game, or even a status shout-out similar to "Perfect" after defeating the opponent. Due to the presence of unused sprites for all characters forcing the opponent to do something and also dancing, it is likely that this "Domination" finisher was supposed to be "Humillation" returning from KI1 with a new name.


Left Voice Track

Possibly part of an early demo tutorial, early development tools, or even an early speaker channel test.


Right Voice Track

Possibly part of an early demo tutorial, early development tools, or even an early speaker channel test.


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Weapons

Whip 1

The first in a series of whip noises. Most likely used in early development when finalizing what weapons certain characters would wield. This track is also present in the first game.


Whip 2

The second in a series of whip noises. Most likely used in early development when finalizing what weapons certain characters would wield. This track is also present in the first game.


Whip 3

The third in a series of whip noises. Most likely used in early development when finalizing what weapons certain characters would wield. This track is also present in the first game.


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Jago

Unknown Purpose Voice Track 1

Possibly an early voice track from one of his existing moves, or a new move entirely.


Unknown Purpose Voice Track 2

Possibly an early voice track from one of his existing moves, or a new move entirely.


Unknown Purpose Voice Track 3

Possibly an early voice track from one of his existing moves, or a new move entirely.


Unknown Purpose Voice Track 4

Possibly an early voice track from one of his existing moves, or a new move entirely.


Alt. Win Pose Voice Track 1

Most likely an early alternative voice track to be used during his victory pose.


Alt. Win Pose Voice Track 2

Most likely an early alternative voice track to be used during his victory pose.


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Kim Wu

Unknown Purpose Voice Track 1

Possibly an early voice track from one of her already existing moves, or a new move entirely.


Unknown Purpose Voice Track 2

Possibly an early voice track for her Fireflower move (uses the track "Ochi-Fire"). From the audio, it sounds like she says "Tonfa Fire", which would indicate that she originally had Orchid's weapon early in development.


Unknown Purpose Voice Track 3

Possibly an early voice track from one of her existing moves, or a new move entirely.


Unknown Purpose Voice Track 4

Possibly an early voice track from one of her existing moves, or a new move entirely.


Unknown Purpose Voice Track 5

Possibly an early voice track from one of her existing moves, or a new move entirely.


Alt. Projectile Voice Track 1

Possibly an early voice track for her projectile move which sounds like "Nunchuck".


Alt. Projectile Voice Track 2

Possibly an early voice track for her projectile move which sounds like "Nunchuck Laser".


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T.J. Combo

Alt. Win Pose Voice Track 1

Most likely an early alternative voice track to be used during his victory pose.


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Gargos

Alt. Win Pose Voice Track

Most likely an early alternative voice track to be used during his victory pose.


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