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The King of Fighters 2003
The King of Fighters 2003 (cover).jpg
Developer(s) SNK NeoGeo
Publisher(s) SNK Playmore
Series The King of Fighters
Platform(s) Arcade, Neo Geo, PlayStation 2, Xbox
Release date(s) December 12, 2003
Genre(s) Versus Fighting
Mode(s) 3-on-3 Tag Battle; Up to 2 players simultaneously
Input methods 8-way Joystick, 4 Buttons
Cabinet Upright
Arcade system Neo Geo

The King of Fighters 2003 is a 2003 competitive fighting game produced by SNK Playmore for the Neo Geo arcade and home platform. It is the tenth game in The King of Fighters series and the first one produced by the company under the SNK Playmore name. It was also the final KOF game developed for Neo Geo hardware, which has been the primary platform for the series since the first game in the series, KOF '94. The game was ported to the PlayStation 2 and Xbox. The PS2 and Xbox versions were released in North America in a two-in-one bundle with the preceding game in the series, KOF 2002.



The 3-on-3 Team Battle Format is used once again, but instead of the round-based tournament-style format, in which one member of a team replaces a defeated teammate for the next round, the game uses a Multi-Shift format that allows player to change characters during the middle of battle. When "Change OK" sign is displayed above the Power Gauge, the player can do a Quick Shift and change characters immediately, or perform a Switch-Off Attack against the opponent, which will consume one Power Gauge stock.

The game also features a Tactical Leader System, in which one of member of the team is designated by the player to the Leader, giving the character access to an exclusive move known as the Leader Super Special Move (in addition to the regular Super Special Moves), which usually requires two Power Gauge stocks to perform.

As in the previous game in the series, the player's Power Gauge can hold up to three stocks at the beginning of a match. When one team loses one of its members, the maximum capacity of Power Gauge stocks is increased by one, giving the losing team a handicap against the opposing team.


KOF 2003 begins a new story arc following the conclusion of the NESTS arc in KOF 2001. This story arc centers around a new lead character named Ash Crimson. Unlike the previous protagonists of the series, Kyo Kusanagi and K′, Ash is a villainous character with a self-serving agenda, seeking to steal the powers of the Three Divine Vessels for himself. He is joined by Shen Woo, a brawler from Shanghai, and Duo Lon, a member of Flying Brigands, as the new Hero Team.

Several characters from past KOF games return, while some of them are gone and replaced by new characters (including characters from Garou: Mark of the Wolves, making their first appearances in the KOF series). Terry Bogard now wears his outfit from Mark of the Wolves, while Tizoc replaces Andy Bogard as a member of the Fatal Fury Team. The Outlaw Team is formed, composed of Gato and former '97 Special Team members Ryuji Yamazaki and Billy Kane. Jhun Hoon returns as a member of the Korean Team, replacing Choi Bounge, while King returns to the series as a member of the Women Fighters Team with Blue Mary and Mai Shiranui. Athena Asamiya participates without her usual Psycho Soldier teammates, this time as a member of the High School Girls Team with Hinako Shijo and new character Malin. And Benimaru Nikaido gets a new look and forms his own team composed of Goro Daimon and Shingo Yabuki. Kyo Kusanagi is also given a new look, and returns along with Iori Yagami and Chizuru Kagura as Three Sacred Treasures Team.


Hero Team

Fatal Fury Team

Art of Fighting Team

Korea Team

Ikari Team

Outlaw Team

Women Fighters Team

Benimaru Team

High School Girls Team

K′ Team

Three Sacred Treasures Team


Alternate End Boss

True End Bosses

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The King of Fighters 2003
Box artwork for The King of Fighters 2003.
Developer(s) SNK
Publisher(s) SNK
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Fighting
System(s) Arcade, Neo Geo, Xbox, PlayStation 2
Players 1-2
ESRB: Teen
Preceded by The King of Fighters 2002
Followed by The King of Fighters XI
Series The King of Fighters

Table of Contents

The King of Fighters 2003/Table of Contents

editThe King of Fighters series

Main Series: '94 · '95 · '96 · '97 · '98 · '99 · '00 · '01 · '02 · '03 · XI · XII

Remakes: '94 Re-Bout · '98 Ultimate Match · Neowave · 2002 Unlimited Match

Compilations: Orochi Collection · NESTS Collection

Maximum Impact Series: Maximum Impact · Maximum Impact 2 · Regulation A · Regulation A2

Handheld: Nettou '95 · Nettou '96 · R-1 · R-2 · EX · EX2


Up to date as of February 01, 2010

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King of Fighters 2003

Developer(s) SNK Playmore
Publisher(s) SNK Playmore
Release date March 11, 2003
Genre Fighting, 2D fighter
Mode(s) Single player, multiplayer
Age rating(s)
Platform(s) PS2, Arcade, Xbox
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough



Ash Team

  • Ash Crimson
  • Duo Lon
  • Shen Woo

Garou Team

Art of Fighting Team

Korea Team

Ikari Team

Outlaw Team

Women Fighters Team

Benimaru Team

  • Benimaru Nikaido
  • Shingo Yabuki
  • Goro Daimon

High School Girls Team

K' Team

  • K'
  • Maxima
  • Whip

Single Entry



End Bosses

  • Adelheid Bernstein (Boss)
  • Chizuru Kagura & Maki Kagura
  • Mukai (Main Boss)

The King of Fighters series
Main series
The King of Fighters '94 | The King of Fighters '95 | The King of Fighters '96 | The King of Fighters '97 | The King of Fighters '98 | The King of Fighters '99 | The King of Fighters 2000 | The King of Fighters 2001 | The King of Fighters 2002 | The King of Fighters 2003 |The King of Fighters XI
Maximum Impact
Maximum Impact | Maximum Impact 2
Spin-Offs, Updates & Compilations
The King of Fighters EX: Neo Blood | The King of Fighters EX2: Howling Blood | Neowave| The King of Fighters R-1 | The King of Fighters R-2 | The King of Fighters Kyo | Compilations/Updates | The King of Fighters: Another Day
Adelheid Bernstein - Alba Meira - Andy Bogard - Angel - Ash Crimson - Athena Asamiya - Bao - Benimaru Nikaido - Billy Kane - Blue Mary - Bonne Jenet - Brian Battler - Chae Lim - Chang Koehan - Chin Gentsai - Chizuru Kagura - Choi Bounge - Chris - Clark Steel - Duck King - Duo Lon - Eiji Kisaragi - Elisabeth Blanctorche - Foxy - Gai Tendo - Gato - Geese Howard - Goenitz - Goro Daimon - Heavy D! - Heidern - Hinako Shijou - Hotaru Futaba - Igniz - Iori Yagami - Jhun Hoon - Joe Higashi - Jun Kagami - K' - K9999 - Kasumi Todoh - Kim Kaphwan - King - Krizalid - Kula Diamond - Kyo Kusanagi - Kyo Kusanagi 1 - Kyo Kusanagi 2 - Kusanagi (Cloned Kyo) - Leona Heidern - Lien Neville - Lin - Li Xiangfei - Lucky Glauber - Luise Meyrink - Magaki - Mai Shiranui - Maki Kagura - Malin - Mature - Maxima - May Lee - Mignon Beart - Miu Kurosaki - Moe Habana - Momoko - Mr. Big - Mukai - Nagase - Ninon Beart - Orochi - Oswald - Ralf Jones - Ramon - Reiji Oogami - Robert Garcia - Ron - Rugal Bernstein - Ryo Sakazaki - Ryuji Yamazaki - Saisyu Kusanagi - Seth - Shen Woo - Shermie - Shingo Yabuki - Shion - Sie Kensou - Sinobu Amou - Soiree Meira - Takuma Sakazaki - Terry Bogard - Tizoc - Vanessa - Vice - Whip - Wolfgang Krauser - Yashiro Nanakase - Yuki - Yuri Sakazaki - Clone Zero - Original Zero
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