Killer Instinct 2 [SNES – Cancelled]

Killer Instinct 2 [SNES – Cancelled]

Killer Instinct 2 is a fighting game developed by Rare, licensed by Nintendo and manufactured by Midway in 1996.  A modified version of KI2 appeared on the Nintendo 64 as Killer Instinct: Gold, but a SNES version of KI2 was also developed and completed but never released. [Info from Wikipedia]

As noticed by Molasar:

On twitter in 2015 Tim Stamper shared a photo of his old gaming stuff with a KI2 SNES development cart pcb on it.

Post by Justin Fowler

Videos (from the arcade version):

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7 thoughts on “Killer Instinct 2 [SNES – Cancelled]

  1. yota

    i remember seeing some rumors about a ki2 version of snes on magazines too

    there are quite a few games that were planned for the snes but later released on the n64, like goldeneye and mario 64.

  2. molasar

    The UK’s Nintendo Magazine Issue 55 April 1997
    On page 94 it is written that KI2 apeeared on SNES in 1996.

    “I did some work on Killer Instinct 2 on the SNES. The guy in charge of that project left the company when it was 99 percent finished, and they asked me to finish it — a game I’d never even seen or played before — in six weeks. That was an interesting job. We got it finished — a little bit late, actually — but it was all for nothing. We were under contract with Nintendo and simply had to get it done, but they ultimately decided not to publish it.” by Brendan Gunn

    Graeme Norgate is also credited for adapting KI2’s music to SNES port.

  3. molasar

    I forgot to add to my previous comment that AFAIK from one of the developers the game was content complete but did not go through testing to iron out the bugs. Also it was certainly a solid SNES conversion of the standard you would expect from Rare.
    So if anything left from this project is a beta version of ROM.

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