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Killer Instinct
Box artwork for Killer Instinct.
Developer(s)Rare
Publisher(s)
Arcade icon.png Arcade
Midway
SNES icon.png Game Boy icon.png SNES, Game Boy
Nintendo
Designer(s)Chris Tilston, Kevin Bayliss, Mark Betteridge
Release date(s)
Arcade icon.png Arcade
SNES icon.png SNES
Game Boy icon.png Game Boy
Genre(s)Fighting
System(s)Arcade, Game Boy, SNES
ModesSingle player, Multiplayer
Rating(s)
ESRB: ESRB T.png Teen
Followed byKiller Instinct 2
SeriesKiller Instinct
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This is the first game in the Killer Instinct series. For other games in the series see the Killer Instinct category.

Killer Instinct is a fighting game developed by Rare and published by Midway and Nintendo. Initially released in arcades in 1994, and rumored to use an "Ultra 64" hardware engine, in reality the proprietary arcade hardware was co-developed by Rare and Midway. The game received a high profile launch on the Super Nintendo, as well as on the Game Boy. Its popularity led to a sequel, Killer Instinct 2.


In the game, Ultratech is a very powerful megacorporation (entities which, in this future setting, have replaced all governments) which organizes a tournament called Killer Instinct. Along with regular participants, experimental creatures created by Ultratech also fight in the tournament so their strength can be tested. Ultratech also discovered a technology to make bridges between dimensions, and releases from this dimensional prison a two-headed monster called Eyedol, an ancient warrior that was locked away along with his rival, Gargos, who would become the enemy in Killer Instinct's sequel.

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