Killer Instinct Memories

James / September 6th, 2012

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  • stone141971

    September 6, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    First!! YES! JAMES!!!!

  • September 6, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Killer Instinct is still amaaaazing. The name alone reminds me of… oh yes meeee the Dr!

  • Julian

    September 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    congratulations stone141971, you won the competition…anyways, cool video james, and you look much more thin than before…what happened? hmm.

  • MichaelVonGoth

    September 6, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Great game!!! Great video!!….can’t wait to see the movie!!!

  • Chimmyt

    September 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Absolute favorite playable character for me was Orchid.
    I don`t know why but that`s the only one i seemed to master without a move list, and pull off the ultra combo with.

    Not to mention her fatality move, causing heartattacks by taking her top off? That was different to say the least.

  • barneyboy2001

    September 6, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    At last my favourite game finally gets reviewed, Killer instinct on the Super Nintendo was amazing, that game is up there with Golden eye and Zelda. They need to make a 3rd Killer Instinct game ASAP!

  • Keith the Genesis Geek

    September 6, 2012 at 5:49 pm

    I was a Fatal Fury 2 / MK 2 / Street Fighter 2 nut so I wasn’t a fan of this game. . In the words of that horse from Ren and Stimpy ….. “No sir, I didn’t like it”

    $92,000 raised!! Cheetahmen world takeover 12 12 12

  • Vic Rattlehead

    September 6, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    That arcade version of Killer Instinct looked great! Surprised I never heard of that before. I still play the SNES version often. KI:Gold was not very good I agree.

  • DanniPoulain

    September 6, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    i love this fucking game
    i still play on my SNES

  • September 6, 2012 at 7:26 pm

    Always a fan of these retrospectives! I was kinda young when this one came out in arcades, but I remember seeing it years later being confused about the “Ultra 64” title screen. Not until 1999-2000 did I even know there was such a proposed name (thanks middle school library for having old gaming magazines!).

    Can I just put myself out there to say that I never thought the Cheetahmen II video was anything scandal-worthy? I also never thought anyone in the video besides Greg was getting money. If that were the case their names would’ve been in the Kickstarter username. I didn’t even know there was a problem until today (I normally watch new videos through the iPhone app so I don’t see comments) People are stupid.

  • DaddyOGITH

    September 6, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    i got This Arcade Game RIGHT on my Computer Using the Mame Arcade Emulator 😀

  • 8bitgamer88

    September 6, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    My favorite fighting game of all time… I remember having one of my friends from school talking so much about street fighter (this was back in 95 when I was 7) and how it was the best fighting game because of the combo system and how no game can touch it. Well that winter, I just got a copy of KI for SNES and we both we trapped in my house for 4 days (Epic blizzard of 95 =P) and we at first just played street fighter for most of it. I got really bored with it and I asked if he wanted to try KI. He at first was like “I’ll just watch you play for a bit” because he was very skeptical about a fighting game from the company that brought us DK Country haha. After seeing the combos I was pulling off (35 hits or more) he then wanted to join in to give it a try… Well long story short, to this day, every time we hang out, first thing he asks is “Wanna play some Killer Instint?”

  • September 6, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    I LOVED Killer Instinct and KI2. I had a friend who had the snes game, and I own the N64 game now (had to rent the system and game when it first came out). I don’t know what the hell James is smoking, but KI2 is way better than KI and KI Gold on N64 is way better than KI on SNES….though to his credit, I wish characters like Cinder and Riptor were able to make it into the sequel.

    And the soundtrack, OH MAN. How fucking awesome were the soundtracks to these games?! I was a nintendo power (RIP) kid as well, and belonged to the “Super Power Club” and saved up enough points to buy the original Killer Instinct OST…on CASSETTE (I think they offered CD as well, but I didn’t have a CD player as a kid).

    Oh man, I’m feeling waaay nostalgic here….makes me want to go play them again. I think I will do that right now.

  • klsadfj sklfj

    September 6, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    donkey kong country was more memorable to me. i remember passing this thing at wal-mart when it first came out, but i was more in love with the n64 and the anticipation this game created in that respect. i didn’t want to play this in an arcade, i wanted to own the console this was on! …and don’t get me started on the preview for mario 64 that toys r’ us put on months before the release of the n64, i still have my t-shirt.

  • Obbi

    September 6, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    So….what was wrong with KI2/Gold?

  • marcallan467

    September 7, 2012 at 12:38 am

    PLEASE review the old WWF wrestling games… theres so fuckin many!

  • Haxornator

    September 7, 2012 at 1:04 am

    My sentiments exactly! was so pissed when KI didn’t come out in Nintendo 64 that it’s the main reason I went to PlayStation so I could continue playing new Street Fighter games. I think Nintendo really dropped the ball on this one since I went from Nes>Genesis>Snes, and the next step would have been N64 but too bad for the big N, can almost say alot of Nintendo’s current woes stem from this one let down.

  • crusingtp

    September 7, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Whats up with you not making an AVGN masterpiece anymore?

  • strint519

    September 7, 2012 at 4:20 am

    I used to be an absolute beast in the arcade at this, using fulgore or combo. The port to snes was great for its time, including the awesome freebie “Killer Kuts” cd. 2 was meh, but one is a staple in the history and evolution of fighting games. The first game with truly epic, insane combos. Also, Eyedol was a cheap sob!

  • zengie

    September 7, 2012 at 5:07 am

    Can’t wait for that fucking movie..

  • zupertompa

    September 7, 2012 at 5:54 am

    haha KI3 Nuts & Bolts

  • kaltblut1

    September 7, 2012 at 8:22 am

    I also played KI for the SNES and liked it a lot. But KI Gold for N64 was superior to tthe SNES Version. Not just overall Graphics by far, also the fighting and combos were way more intense. Just a good update to the SNES version. I don’t understand why James dismisses it like that. It was great.

  • kaltblut1

    September 7, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Oh, also Spinal and esp. Sabretooth were my favorite characters as well. So at least we agree on that. 😉

  • September 7, 2012 at 9:34 am

    I’m sorry but NOT playing Orchid is like going to a strip club and staring at the ceiling.

    When this game came out, my friends and I couldn’t imagine anything touching SF2 or MK (whatever versions were out at the time, I was an arcade junkie back then). Like James noted, this game kind of blurred the line between them, and those combos made you look like king shit.

  • September 7, 2012 at 10:47 am

    They should make a WiiWare port.

  • Juuki

    September 7, 2012 at 11:17 am

    the game does exist, it is calld Killer Instinct gold, and i have it

  • ExFactor

    September 7, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    @Juuki did you even watch the whole video?

  • Hiryu

    September 7, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    One source tells me the name change was due to Konami had the Ultra name branded for themselves for their Ultra Games division (which I admit doesn’t fully make sense) A few other sources say they were in favor of having the name changed because it would be easier to pronounce for the Japanese, and they wanted the name to stick from country to country.

  • darxide

    September 7, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    The original Killer Instinct is the only one worth playing. It’s too bad it is arcade only. Time to break out those MAME emulators!

    KI Gold was a joke. Give me a break.

  • greedo

    September 7, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    @Hiryu In the 80’s Nintendo placed strict restrictions on the number of games a console developer could release yearly on the NES. They created the Ultra division to get around those restrictions. Ultra is now defunct, but Konami still owns the rights to the name.

  • Keith the Genesis Geek

    September 7, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    I’m surprised by how many people actually liked this game. It was a mindless button masher for the most part. Once people got over the graphics it soon got stale. There is a reason why there isn’t a third one… cause it was mediocre and deserved to get scrapped.

    It was still better than most the fighting games that hit the Genesis. I’ll give it that.

  • September 7, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    I remember buying it when it came out for SNES for $60 and to this day I dont have the game but I still have the soundtrack that came with it. I always picked Jago or Fulgore, and sometimes Cinder. And Glacius was a good fighter too. TJ was the easiest to use. I dont care what anyone says, the coolest thing to ever hear in any game all time is C-C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER!!!

  • mitchman

    September 7, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Ahahaha KI3 Nuts and Bolts. Rare is dead to me

  • DON

    September 7, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Seems like James knows how to bring back to good old gaming days :).
    Remember the N64 days when Rare ruled the world?

  • pinkwerewolf

    September 7, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    Thanks for talking about KI. I sent you a letter a few years back on this subject, and I am glad to see your opinion on it. Sabre Wulf was also my fave. Great review.
    ~Dash Wilkinson

  • Curio

    September 7, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    @Obbi “So….what was wrong with KI2/Gold?”

    KI2/Gold was pretty good, but one of my personals problems was that many normals, specials, and combos from the first KI were changed in the sequel, meaning that I essentially had to re-learn some characters from scratch.

    It also wasn’t as visually impressive, comparatively speaking. KI1 on SNES was a technical marvel (even if it wasn’t nearly as “arcade perfect” as many people at the time said it was), while KI2/Gold was a so-so graphics-wise for an N64 title. That said, it was still one of the better fighters for the system.

  • nammm3

    September 7, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    I’m still surprised they haven’t tried to reboot this game and Rare’s done ”Perfect Dark” and ”Golden Eye” :-/

  • Keith the Genesis Geek

    September 8, 2012 at 7:26 am

    Another thing that sucked about Killer Instinct is that THE ROUND DOESN’T END! Your health WON’T even refill. All you hear is that creepy “READY” voice!

    WHAT’S THE POINT OF EVEN HAVING ROUNDS? I just gives the other person a chance to luckily button mash you to even the score. It was a Stupid concept.

    Samurai Shodown is another one on Super that was way better

    For such an original, sexy looking game like Killer Instinct. I wish it would have simply followed traditional fighting gameplay

  • captainthrall

    September 8, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    James tends to have a very undeservingly favorable and nostalgic view on some games. Killer Instinct happens to be one of those games. It sucked. Sure it looked cool, and it had amazing character. concept at a time when other fighting games dared not venture outside of the realm of human characters, KI had warewolves, skeletons, cyborgs, etc. In the end however, that all turned out to be as gimmicky and shallow as the combo system KI introduced.
    It was a super flashy, fresh, and new take on fighting games. It definitely caught the attention of gamers, whom like sheep followed from the Mortal Kombat Series’ gimmicks(blood, guts, and fatalities) to the killer instinct gimmicks(shiny graphics, monsters, and combos.) In the end however, KI’s mediocracy was another nail in the coffin of the side-view fighting genre. Soon after its release, gamers were introduced to the 3-d worlds of games like Mario 64 and Ocarina of time… making KI look as archaic as pong.

  • September 8, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    I liked it as a kid because I didn’t know any better, but now that I’m older I understand how terrible this game was.

    I liked Mortal Kombat and this reminded me of it, but the graphics weren’t as good, the finishers were terribly bland and the gameplay was just awful. It had some great character designs, but they never panned out.

    Combos are NOT a good thing, or a least hard-coded “dial a combos” aren’t. KI took the worst parts of street fighter and mk and combined them.

    I still get nostalgic for it though, that’s just one of those things.

    I would like to see a KI3 because I think Rare could fix a lot of these issues but it’ll never happen.

    When Microsoft aquired Rare years ago I remember saying to my friends “They bought that just so Nintendo can’t have it…. watch they’ll basically sit on the company”. Sure enough years later and all Rare is responsible for are the stupid little avatars on the 360.

  • sloth-machine

    September 8, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Not to knock on KI, it’s a fun game. However, once I saw Virtua Fighter 2 released a month later in arcades, Killer Instinct just looked dated and choppy compared to the more realistic approach and smooth 60fps movements of the characters in VF2.

  • oliverworld

    September 9, 2012 at 3:32 pm


  • romein138

    September 9, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    There was actually a recent online interview conducted with a former Rare employee that discusses Killer Instinct 3 and how it has now become vaporware because of Microsoft’s buyout;

  • churahm

    September 9, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    @Keith the Genesis Geek
    Killer instinct was awesome, every game was. Anyone that says otherwise has played the game about 5 minutes and just spammed punches/kicks because they had no idea what they were doing. It’s not a mindless button masher unless you make it out to be one, which is probably what you did.

    If Rare was still what it was back then, there might have been another Killer instinct, but it’s not.

  • September 10, 2012 at 1:37 am

    I was also disappointed that they never releases a home version of the first “Killer Instinct”. I eventually bought the actual arcade machine instead.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    September 10, 2012 at 3:59 am

    Interesting. So the arcade version never came out at home? Not even in a collection or something? In any case, I never did get to play Killer Instinct because I never had an SNES. I always wondered if it was as cool as everyone said it was.

  • WilHiteWarrior

    September 10, 2012 at 7:41 am

    KI: Gold wasnt EXACTLY KI2. They left out what I thought was the best part of KI2. Playing thru KI2 single player, killing certain characters and letting others live actually affected the ending of the game which I thought was epic. I always thought other fighting games like Mortal Kombat especially should do that

  • lotusclown

    September 11, 2012 at 12:15 am

    dunno why the KI franchise died.. it was fucking awesome. 🙁

  • Aaron1375

    September 12, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Sabrewolf was my favorite character too. He was so fluid, I could never do the really good combos with anyone else except him and Jago.

  • clovernuts

    September 19, 2012 at 11:13 am

    JAMES!!!! JAMES!!!

    Yesterday Microsoft renewed its license for Killer Instinct. What timing right? Dont underestimate the power of the NERD!!!!

    I would post many links here for my sources, but it wont let me.

  • gutterboy

    September 22, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Bring it back, and Cinder with it, please.

  • LordJason1986

    October 5, 2012 at 9:33 am

    this game has and always shall be awesome. I played it back in the 90’s , and I’m still playing it today. my favorite character is Fulgore while my 3 best characters in the snes game is Cinder , Fulgore , & Spinal. I became such a huge fan of Killer Instinct that it inspired me to create my ultimate epic amerime story Ultrakkon. I think Microsoft should bring back Killer Instinct 1 & 2 on XboxLive Arcade , and then release Killer Instinct 3. after they announced that they filed a renewed trademark for this game from their playxbla site , then there’s still hope. I even called Microsoft before that announcement and explained to them calmly and carefully why we wanted this game so badly. Rare knows we want it , we all know we want it , we the market demand it , so supply it. I personally consider Killer Instinct to not only be one of the most bad ass games ever made , but also the best fighting game ever made. long live KI!

    Available For Your Home In 1995 Only On Nintendo Ultra 64….Killer Instinct!

  • LordJason1986

    October 5, 2012 at 9:36 am

    hey , I have a Killer Instinct joke for you : why could’nt Spinal get a date? becuase he had a boner.

  • chorns

    March 18, 2013 at 6:05 am

    Hey James, I enjoy these vids about your memories of classics. You’ve done 2 of them about fighting games. Don’t you think it’s time to do a Street Fighter 2 memories video?

  • Luis Monroy

    April 12, 2013 at 1:16 am

    Omg james i love you!

  • chaz cooper

    June 6, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Microsoft said there bringing back a Rareware title to xbox one but its thoghut to be Banjo-kazooie grunky or somthing

  • chaz cooper

    June 6, 2013 at 11:55 am

    or put it on the XBLA

  • Lman3000

    June 17, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Killer instinct is coming back only on Xbox one

  • Shaq Fu Wizard

    June 26, 2013 at 10:12 am

    killer instinct three is going to be on the xbox one but the xbox one sucks horribly

  • Mario Reyes

    December 2, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    I used to love playing Killer Instinct back in the Arcades, the combo system was quick and intense. I didn’t care too much for the SNES port though, it just wasn’t quite the same as the Arcade.

  • April 16, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    3rd is Out James1 And it kicks ass!

  • nammm3

    May 5, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    Very cool story about how pissed you were and how you sent Nintendo a letter. Killer Instinct was certainly ULTRA! ULTRA! *fades* ultra. ultra…

  • Don Skiver

    April 12, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    My favorite character was Fulgore…but I wasn’t very good with him. I was able to master Orchid intuitively and was able to pull off incredible combos effortlessly, so I used her all the time. I didn’t mind really since 13 year old me had a massive hard on for Orchid.

    KI2 came out and once again I liked Fulgore, but couldn’t play him for shit. So…I went back to my fallback girl Orchid. Still had a hard on for her.

    KI Gold on N64, I was able to better play with Kim Wu than with Orchid, due to the design of the controller. I could intuitively master Kim Wu like I did Orchid. Ended up getting a hard on for her too. :}

    Sigh… Too bad Microsoft owns Rare now. : /

  • January 10, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    Killer Instinct came out on the Xbox One. Pretty sweet

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