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Box artwork for The King of Fighters XI.
The King of Fighters XI
Developer(s)SNK Playmore
Publisher(s)Sega, SNK Playmore, Ignition Entertainment
Year released2005
System(s)Arcade, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3
Preceded byThe King of Fighters 2003
Followed byThe King of Fighters XII
SeriesThe King of Fighters
ModesSingle player, Multiplayer
Rating(s)CERO Ages 12 and upPEGI Ages 12+ESRB TeenParental GuidanceGRB 12+
LinksThe King of Fighters XI ChannelSearchSearch

The King of Fighters XI is a 2D fighting game produced by SNK Playmore. It is the eleventh installment in The King of Fighters series following The King of Fighters 2003. It was originally released as a coin-operated arcade game for the Atomiswave platform in 2005. A home version for the PlayStation 2 was released in Japan in 2006, followed by releases in the PAL region and North America in 2007.


Japanese PS2 box

Set after the events of The King of Fighters 2003, the story focuses on a group known as "Those from the Past", who aim to obtain the power of the ancient demon Orochi. The player can choose from a total of forty characters, including characters from other SNK games; in the PlayStation 2 port, this includes characters from the crossover game NeoGeo Battle Coliseum.


The four most substantial innovations in The King of Fighters XI are Quick Shift, Saving Shift, the Skill Bar and Dream Cancels. The Power Stocks that existed before are still present, and are filled through encounters within fighters. There are now Skill Stocks which gradually build up over time. Each team begins a match holding the maximum of two Skill Stocks. Offensive maneuvers, such as Desperation Moves, Guard Cancels, and Tag Attacks, continue to use Power Stocks; however, more defensive or tactical maneuvers, such as Guard Evasion, Saving Shift, and Quick Shift, use Skill Stocks.

The King of Fighters XI utilizes the Tactical Shift System from The King of Fighters 2003. The Quick Shift allows the player to change into another character in the middle of any combo, prolonging it, or in the middle of any attack, canceling the attack's animation frames if needed. The Saving Shift allows the player to take out a character when they are being hit, or as soon as they are hit, at the cost of both skill bars. The last new feature of The King of Fighters XI is the Dream Cancel. Like the Super Cancel that first appeared in The King of Fighters '99, Dream Cancel allows players to use stocks to interrupt a move in the midst of its execution, with a more powerful move, allowing for devastating combos.

Should the timer run down during a match, the winner is no longer decided based on remaining life; instead, the judgment bar, a new circular bar composed of two colors, each one representing a player, quantifies each player's skill. If none of the two teams manages to win by defeating all three characters from the opposite team, the placement of the judgement bar decides who the victor is. The judgment bar is affected by each attack in which the players are involved. Combos affect the bar more, and when a character of the opposing team is defeated, the bar changes significantly against that player. On the rare occasion when the bar is exactly in the center, the match will end in a draw and both sides will lose.

The PlayStation 2 port added multiple modes not present in the arcade version. The player can use the original The King of Fighters team mode where characters are not tagged and instead fight in an order decided by the player. In Challenge Mode, the player is given multiple missions where they can unlock the bosses and a total of seven characters from NeoGeo Battle Coliseum. There is also an Edit Mode, where the player can alter the appearance of each character and give them different colors such as making Kyo Kusanagi shoot green flames instead of red.

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Portrait KOFXI Kyo.png Portrait KOFXI Iori.png Portrait KOFXI Shingo.png
Portrait KOFXI Ash.png Portrait KOFXI Oswald.png Portrait KOFXI Shen.png Portrait KOFXI Terry.png Portrait KOFXI Kim.png Portrait KOFXI Duck.png Portrait KOFXI Vanessa.png Portrait KOFXI Blue Mary.png Portrait KOFXI Ramon.png Portrait KOFXI Ryo.png Portrait KOFXI King.png Portrait KOFXI Yuri.png Portrait KOFXI Elisabeth.png Portrait KOFXI Duo Lon.png Portrait KOFXI Benimaru.png
Portrait KOFXI K'.png Portrait KOFXI Kula.png Portrait KOFXI Maxima.png Portrait KOFXI B. Jenet.png Portrait KOFXI Gato.png Portrait KOFXI Tizoc.png Portrait KOFXI Ralf.png Portrait KOFXI Clark.png Portrait KOFXI Whip.png Portrait KOFXI Malin.png Portrait KOFXI Kasumi.png Portrait KOFXI Eiji.png Portrait KOFXI Athena.png Portrait KOFXI Kensou.png Portrait KOFXI Momoko.png
Portrait KOFXI Adelheid.png Portrait KOFXI Gai.png Portrait KOFXI Hayate.png Portrait KOFXI Silver.png Portrait KOFXI Jazu.png Portrait KOFXI Shion.png Portrait KOFXI Magaki.png
Portrait KOFXI Hotaru.png Portrait KOFXI Mai.png Portrait KOFXI Robert.png Portrait KOFXI Tung.png Portrait KOFXI EX Kyo.png Portrait KOFXI Mr. Big.png Portrait KOFXI Geese.png