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A one- or two-player fighting game that takes place in the past. Choose as one of ten characters and attempt to defeat the evil Gargos. The game play has a heavy emphasis on chain combos.

Killer Instinct 2 was produced by Midway Games in 1996.

Midway Games released 53 machines in our database under this trade name, starting in 1972. Midway Games was based in United States.

Other machines made by Midway Games during the time period Killer Instinct 2 was produced include: 2 On 2 Open Ice Challenge, Mortal Kombat 3, Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3, WWF Wrestle Mania, Cruis'n USA, NBA Hangtime, War Gods, Touch Master 2000 Plus, NBA Maximum Hangtime, and Cruis'n World


Name Killer Instinct 2
Developer Midway Games (United States)
Year 1996
Type Videogame
KLOV/MOG # 8309
Class Wide Release
Genre Fighting
Conversion Class JAMMA+
External Device HDD - Seagate Custom
# Simultaneous Players 2
# Maximum Players 2
Game Play Competitive
Control Panel Layout Multiple Player
  • Joystick: 8-way
  • Buttons: 6 - Quick Punch|Medium Punch|Fierce Punch|Quick Kick|Medium Kick|Fierce Kick
Sound Midway Digital Compression System (DCS) - Amplified Mono
Cabinet Styles
  • Upright/Standard
Control Panel Killer Instinct 2 Control Panel Image
Side Art Killer Instinct 2 Side Art Image
PCB Killer Instinct 2 PCB Image

Game Introduction

Eyedol's death at the hands of Orchid in the previous game accidently set off a time warp sending everyone back 2000 years and allowed Gargos to escape from Limbo. Now, 2000 years in the past, warriors that survived Killer Instinct (1) and several new faces fight for the right to face the Demon Lord Gargos in combat. Some, like T.J. Combo, just want to get home. Others, like Tusk, want to bring an end to Gargos and his reign of evil. This time there is no tournament or prize money, just a fight to the finish with the fate of the future hanging in the balance.

Game Play

As with many fighters, achieve two wins and the winner continues on. But instead of alternating fights, the loser's power is restored while the winner's power stays the same until knocked out. The game engine is a lot like the original Killer Instinct but improvements have added depth to the game. A new power meter was added to store energy for super moves and super linkers. The auto doubles have been included again, but there is now an option for manual combos. There are many new moves and changes made to the old characters. At the end of the fight you have the option to finish off your opponent much like Mortal Kombat.

Killer Instinct 2 KLOV/IAM 5 Point User Score: 3.03 (3 votes)

Fun Factor: 4.10

Overall Like 4.00
Fun (Social) 4.50
Fun (Solo) 3.50
Collector Desire 4.50

Technical Rating: 3.00

Gameplay 4.00
Graphics 4.50
Originality 2.67
Sound/Music 4.00

Personal Impressions and Technical Impressions each account for half of the total score. Within the Personal Impressions category, Like carries a little more weight than the other factors.

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Cheats, Tricks, Bugs, and Easter Eggs

At the character selection screen, hold Up and press Fierce Punch, Medium Punch, Medium Kick, Fierce Kick, Medium Punch, Quick Punch, Quick Kick and then Medium Kick. You will hear a sound and Gargos will appear as a selectable character.

Press Up and Start on the character selection screen for Random Select.

On the character selection screen you can choose the speed of the game with various codes. They must be done before choosing your character. Down and any medium attack for turbo mode, Down and any fierce attack for ultra turbo and Down and either quick attack to go back to regular speed.

You can choose the stage and background music by quickly using a code after selecting your characters. The first player selects the level and the second player selects the music. Here is the list of the codes:

  • Jago's Bridge: Down and Quick Punch
  • Gargos' Dungeon: Down and Medium Punch
  • T.J. Combo's Street: Down and Fierce Punch
  • Kim Wu's Dojo: Down and Quick Kick
  • Spinal's Ship (outside): Down and Medium Kick
  • Spinal's Ship (inside): Down and Fierce Kick
  • Sabrewulf's Castle: Up and Quick Punch
  • Maya's Jungle: Up and Medium Punch
  • Glacius' Spaceship: Up and Fierce Punch
  • Tusk's Stone Henge: Up and Quick Kick
  • Fulgore's Museum: Up and Medium Kick
  • Orchid's Helipad: Up and Fierce Kick
  • Sky Stage: Down and Medium Kick (both players must do this)

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The game actually features multiple endings per character depending on who you kill or do not kill during the game.

Orchid is the only character in the game to have only one Ultimate Combo.

It is possible to do infinite combos if you take advantage of glitches.

Cabinet Information

The side art features Orchid on both sides with a redish black and flame background.


The hard drive and JAMMA PCB from this game can be swapped with those from Killer Instinct without changing the control panel.


LICENSOR: Nintendo

VAPS Arcade/Coin-Op Killer Instinct 2 Census

There are 14,898 members of the Video Arcade Preservation Society / Vintage Arcade Preservation Society, 9,529 whom participate in our arcade census project of games owned, wanted, or for sale. Census data currently includes 165,153 machines (6,928 unique titles).

Very Common - There are 163 known instances of this machine owned by Killer Instinct 2 collectors who are active members. Of these, 98 of them are original dedicated machines. 5 of them are conversions in which game circuit boards (and possibly cabinet graphics) have been placed in (and on) another game cabinet. 58 of them are only circuit boards which a collector could put into a generic case if desired.

For Sale - There are 5 active VAPS members with a Killer Instinct 2 machines for sale. There are 5 active VAPS members with a Killer Instinct 2 circuit boards for sale.

Wanted - Popular - There are 14 active VAPS members currently looking for Killer Instinct 2. There are 2 active VAPS members looking for Killer Instinct 2 boards sets.

This game ranks a 34 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census ownership records.

This game ranks a 23 on a scale out of 100 (100 = most often seen, 1=least common) in popularity based on census want list records.

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CPU: R4600 RISC processor

The game uses the same hardware as the original Killer Instinct.


  1. Killer Instinct
  2. Killer Instinct 2


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  1. 3D Model (External): Upright

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Bit Bar 278 Derby St, Salem Massachusetts United States 1

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