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The King of Fighters '97 (Game Boy)

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Title Screen

The King of Fighters '97

Developers: Gaibrain (original), Unknown (hack)
Platforms: Unlicensed Game Boy, Unlicensed Super Game Boy
Released internationally: 1998?


SoundtestIcon.png This game has a hidden sound test.


The King of Fighters '97 is a bootleg hack of The King of Fighters: Heat of Battle, combining characters from both KOF '95 and KOF: HoB.

DIP Switches

King of Fighters 97 SGB Title Sound Test DIP 70.png

All cheats from original version keep intact in this pirate hack. The only difference here, there is only one SGB border for any DIP SW settings.

  • Hold A + B, press Select 1 time (bits 5 and 3, HEX 28) - Allow to select all the same characters in the "TEAM" game mode for one team. Also changes the POW GAUGE meter behaviour. Now it will constantly increase during the fight, no matter if you get hit or not. Also it will increase faster in some special cases.
  • Press Select 3 times (bit 6, HEX 40) - Unlocks Goenitz extra character. This code is unlockable and given to you if you beat the game on "NORMAL" mode.
  • Press Select 20 times (bit 7, HEX 80) - Unlocks Mr.Karate extra character. Also this enables a different characters selection for Iori, Leona and Chizuru. During player selection, press Start on these characters to change them to Iori', Leona' and Kugara correspondingly. This code is unlockable and given to you if you beat the game on "HARD" mode.
  • Hold A + B + Left, press Select 30 times (bits 2 and 4, HEX 14) - If you run the game in SGB mode, the SGB Sound test is available at options menu. For any modes this enables two special move shortcuts. During the game, press either Select + B or Select + A to perform one of two most powerful moves for a corresponding character.

Note, that because of specific of the code input and check method, all button presses counted at the same time, so if you entering one of the codes, you already entering all others. So if you just quickly press Select at least 20 times at least two codes enables at once. To unlock all flags at once, first, hold A + B, press Select once, while still holding those buttons, hold additionally Left, then press Select very quickly 30 times. When you hear a final explosion sound means all codes are activated.