Lost In Translation/King of Fighters 2002, The - Challenge to Ultimate Battle

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The King of Fighters 2002
Challenge to Ultimate Battle
Neo-Geo marquee.
No screen shot.
Neo-Geo control panel.
Manufacturer Eolith / Playmore
Released 2002
8-way Joystick
4 Button(s)
Main CPU Neo-Geo
68000 (@ 12.000 MHz)
Z80 (@ 4.000 MHz)
Sound CPU Stereo
YM2610 (@ 8.000 MHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
320 x 224 pixels
59.19 Hz
4,096 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 25 ROMs
90,767,360 bytes (86.56 MiB)
MAME ID kof2002 · kf10thep · kf2k2mp · kf2k2mp2 · kf2k2pla · kf2k2pls · kf2k5uni · kof10th · kof2k4se

About The Game

The King of Fighters 2002, The - Challenge to Ultimate Battle is a one-on-one fighting arcade video game.

Revived 3 on 3 battles and new MAX Activation System enable you to get more and more exciting showdowns.

Additional Technical Information

Players : 2

Control : 8-way Joystick

Buttons : 4

=> [A] Light punch, [B] Light kick, [C] Strong punch, [D] Strong kick,


Developed by Eolith.

Noteable Characters


As the NESTS Chronicles began, Kyo's school uniform changed to a white outfit but his trademark was his black school uniform (even though he's over 20!). Because of some desired the return of the old Kyo, he was inserted into the game at the last moment. In KOF 2003, KUSANAGI was treated as phantom that Chizuru produced with the power of the Mirror of the Yata. But you can't have Kyo without a school uniform. Maybe in Chizuru's mind Kyo will always be a high school student.

Orochi Yashiro

The characters commonly referred to as Shadow Yashiro, Shadow Shermie, and Shadow Chris were first formulated to balance out the Japan Team of Kyo, Benimaru, and Daimon. Needless to say, Yashiro was 'a character who used powerful body slams associated with the earth and earthquakes' in the same vein Daimon did. He's a dynamic guy who doesn't fret over tiny details, but his hobby is playing guitar in his band. The band's name has never been officially revealed, but it is known as 'C.Y.S.' He idolizes the guitarist Paul Gilbert, and has quite a detailed background story to him.

Orochi Shermie

If Yashiro offsets Daimon, Shermie is Benimaru's counterpart who 'manipulates lightning and thunderclap attacks'. But the supervising planner made sure, through trial and error, Shermie would simply not become a 'female Benimaru'. Various ideas were added to make her a new, unique character. The 'Moonless Thundercloud' Shermie heaves up with a belch is an example of this, as is the 'Willow Whip' move she uses to mow down opponents with flailing arms. Incidentally, these moves were called the 'Explosive Belch' and the 'Back off, You Beasty' moves during development.

Orochi Chris

Chris, of course, is Kyo's counterpart, 'a manipulator of flame'. At the inception of production, the plan was for Chris to use the 'Flame of Darkness (Black Flame)', but the black flames were hard to see so the designers settled for purple ones. When it came time to name Chris's arsenal of moves, we remember the director saying, 'The Dark Orochi Wave sounds good'. But other planners objected : 'It's dumb for an Orochi character to have 'Orochi Wave' as a move name. It's like saying, Call me Mr. Chris'. Regardless, the director won out.

The little kid that appears in Terry Bogard's win poses is none other than a young Rock Howard from "Garou - Mark of The Wolves". Since Garou takes place in 2008, Rock is still a young kid in training during this game.

KOF2002 contains pieces of music from older KOFs. Here's a complete list of themes, the teams (or individuals) they belong to and the games they were taken from :

Scitron Digital Content released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (The King of Fighters 2002 Original Sound Trax - SCDC-00221) on 20/11/2002.

Some known hacks of this game are known as :

  • "The King of Fighters 10th Anniversary - All Team Battle"
  • "The King of Fighters 10th Anniversary 2005 Unique"
  • "The King of Fighters 10th Anniversary Extra Plus"
  • "The King of Fighters Special Edition 2004"
  • "The King of Fighters 2002 Plus"
  • "The King of Fighters 2002 Magic Plus"
  • "The King of Fighters 2002 Magic Plus II"

Leona, Ralph and Clark are playable characters in the Foma 90x Series Mobile Phones game 'Metal Slug Survivors'.


If you put the game in 'Korea territory' via the MVS bios setting, all Korea Team's voices changes.

Tips and tricks

Play as Kusanagi

At the character selection screen, highlight Kyo and press Up, Down, Right, Left, Down, Up, Left, Right.

Orochi Versions of Sherimie, Chris & Yashiro

Just hold down Start on them at the character selection screen. This is better than having to use some power stocks to transform in battle with the normal versions.

Choose Your Winning Pose

To get a specific winning pose, simply press any button just after beating the opponent.

Alternate Costume Colors

All characters have 4 alternate costume colors (by pressing A, B, C or D).


Press and hold Start at the character select screen and push any button (Press any direction on the joystick before pushing the button to select a random team).


  1. The King of Fighters '94 (1994)
  2. The King of Fighters '95 (1995)
  3. The King of Fighters '96 (1996)
  4. The King of Fighters '97 (1997)
  5. The King of Fighters '98 - The Slugfest (1998)
  6. The King of Fighters '99 - Millennium Battle (1999)
  7. The King of Fighters 2000 (2000)
  8. The King of Fighters 2001 (2001)
  9. The King of Fighters 2002 - Challenge to Ultimate Battle (2002)
  10. The King of Fighters 2003 (2003)
  11. The King of Fighters NeoWave (2004)
  12. The King of Fighters Maximum Impact (2004, Sony PlayStation 2)
  13. The King of Fighters XI (2005)
  14. The King of Fighters Maximum Impact 2 / The King of Fighters 2006 (2006, Sony PlayStation 2)
  15. The King of Fighters Maximum Impact - Regulation A (2007)
  16. The King of Fighters '98 - Ultimate Match (2008)
  17. The King of Fighters XII (2009)


Executive Producer
Jeon Ju Young
Chil Suk Choi
Lee Seon Ho
Demo Designers
Uri Uri
M. Ruyun
Music & Sound Designers
Tate Norio
Masahiko Hataya (as WBM M. Hataya)
Adjusters & Bug Checkers
4F01 Kuroemon
4F02 Oomae
C>B K Kuboken
Yuta Lix Sawad
Yamachan Rakira
Main Engineer
S. Fujinuki
T. Hayashi
M. Yusuke

Front Designers

Seth, Maxima, Benimaru, Billy, Chris, Andy, Mai, Yamazaki, May & Rugal
C.A.C. Yamasaki
Ryo, Robert, Vanessa, Kensou & Takuma
Angel, Kyo, Iori, Kim, Vice & Yashiro
Athena, Ramon, Joe, Chin, Chang & Choi
Taku & Takukko
Leona, Ralf, Clark, Shermie, Whip & Kula

Back Designers

Italy, Mexico & Nests Stage
Nobuyuki Kobayashi (as Koba)
Cambodia & Boss Stage
Masae M.

Voice Actors

Kyo Kusanagi
Masahiro Nonaka
Benimaru Nikaido, Ralf Jones & Choi Bounce
Monster Maetsuka
Goro Daimon & Ryo Sakazaki
Masaki Usui
Terry Bogard & Kim Kaphwan
Satoshi Hashimoto
Andy Bogard
Keiichi Nanba
Joe Higashi
Nobuyuki Hiyama
Chang Koehan
Hiroyuki Arita
Athena Asamiya
Haruna Ikezawa
Eiji Yano
Chin Gentsai
Toshikazu Nishimura
Leona & Vice
Masae Yumi
Clark Steel
Yoshinori Shima
Robert Garcia
Mantaro Koichi
Takuma Sakazaki
Eiji Tsuda
Mai Shiranui
Akoya Sogi
Yuri Sakazaki
Kaori Horie
May Lee Jinju
Tomoko Kawakami
Iori Yagami
Kunihiko Yasui
Hiroko Tsuji
Koji Ishii
Blue Mary
Harumi Ikoma
Billy Kane
Atsushi Yamanishi
Yashiro Nanakase
Makoto Awane
Hazuki Nishikawa
Rio Ogata
Yuuki Matsuda
Katsuyuki Konishi
Shiho Kikuchi
Kaori Minami
Hidetoshi Nakamura
Eiji Takemoto (as Hidehumi Takemoto)
Kula Diamond
Yumi Kakazu
Nozomu Sasaki
Mayumi Shintani
Mitsuo Iwata
Rugal Bernstein
Norio Wakamoto
Athena's Friend 1
Masae Yumi
Athena's Friend 2
Hazuki Nishikawa
Masae Yumi
Haruna Ikezawa
Eiji Yano

Cabinet and Artwork


Sega Dreamcast (2003)
Sony PlayStation 2 (2003)
Sony PlayStation 2 (2005, "The King of Fighters 2002 & 2003")
Microsoft XBOX (2005, "The King of Fighters 2002 & 2003")

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
KOF '02 Be the Fighter! Original Sound Trax SCDC-00221[1] 2002-11-20 Scitron Digital Content CD version.
The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match Original Soundtrack KDSD-00266~7[2] 2009-02-25 Team Entertainment 2 CD version.
KOF 15th Anniversary Special Soundtrack N/A[3] 2009-07-30 SNK Playmore CD version.


The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.