The TW Network King of Fighters Games Fighter ID Log-In:
King of Fighters 2003, The
Produced by SNK
Release History
Neo Geo
Japan
12/12/2003
Playstation 2
Japan
10/28/2004
Xbox
Japan
8/25/2005
Playstation Network
Japan
04/15/2015
ACA NeoGeo: The King of Fighters 2003 (Switch)
Worldwide
2/21/2019
ACA NeoGeo: The King of Fighters 2003 (Xbox One)
Worldwide
2/21/2019
ACA NeoGeo: The King of Fighters 2003 (PlayStation 4)
Worldwide
2/21/2019

Fighter Select
Adelheid Bernstein
Neo Geo
Ash Crimson
Neo Geo
Athena Asamiya
Neo Geo
Benimaru Nikaido
Neo Geo
Billy Kane
Neo Geo
Blue Mary Ryan
Neo Geo
Chang Koehan
Neo Geo
Chizuru Kagura
Neo Geo
Clark Steel / Clark Still
Neo Geo
Duo Lon
Neo Geo
Gato
Neo Geo
Goro Daimon
Neo Geo
Hinako
Neo Geo
Iori Yagami
Neo Geo
Jhun
Neo Geo
Joe Higashi
Neo Geo
K'
Neo Geo
Kim Kaphwan
Neo Geo
King
Neo Geo
Kusanagi / Cloned Kyo
Neo Geo
Kyo Kusanagi
Neo Geo
Leona Heidern
Neo Geo
Mai Shiranui
Neo Geo
Maki Kagura
Neo Geo
Malin
Neo Geo
Maxima
Neo Geo
Mukai
Neo Geo
Ralf Jones
Neo Geo
Robert Garcia
Neo Geo
Ryo Sakazaki
Neo Geo
Shen Woo
Neo Geo
Shingo
Neo Geo
Terry Bogard
Neo Geo
Tizoc
Neo Geo
Whip
Neo Geo
Yamazaki
Neo Geo
Yuri Sakazaki
Neo Geo

Gameplay
Ash Crimson
Command Moves

Floreal Retreating
backward+dbtn
Special Moves

Nivose
c.downup+anykick
Ash performs a flaming somersault kick.

Ventose
c.backwardforward+anypunch
Ash throws a green fireball
Clark Steel / Clark Still
Throw Moves

Death Lake Drive
(in air)(close)backward/down/forward+cbtn/dbtn
Clark simply snatches his opponent out of the air and tosses them unceremoniously to the ground.

Nage-panashi German / 投げっぱなしジャーマン
(close)forward/backward+cbtn/dbtn
A partial german suplex in which the opponent is released and thrown backwards. Clark lies on the ground leisurely for a moment, afterwards.
Command Moves

Stomping
forward+bbtn
Somewhat exaggerated low kick.
Special Moves

Frankensteiner
(close)dp+anykick
Command throw with an extremely long whiff animation, owing to the elaborate nature of the frankensteiner. If not followed up with Flash Elbow, Clark will spread his arms and exclaim "HEY."

Mount Tackle
hcf+anypunch
A multi-purpose replacement for Clark's multitude of running throws, incorporating various options as follow-ups. Unlike his previous running grabs, the mount tackle can be blocked.

Napalm Stretch
dp+anypunch
Clark leaps up at a high angle in a cool pose. He locks up with the opponent and spins to the ground, slamming them. This move is in reference to Kinnikuman Soldier's technique of the same name.

Shining Wizard
hcb+anypunch
Clark runs forward and uses the opponent's knee as a step in order to boot them in the head (only works on crouching opponents). A pro-wrestling move created by Keiji Mutoh in 2001.

Super Argentine Backbreaker
(close)hcf+anykick
Clark tosses the opponent into the air to land on his waiting shoulders. Starting in 1996, could be followed up with an elbow drop.
Desperation Moves

Running Three
hcfhcf+anykick
Clark poses with his arms in a V-shape, shouts "RUNNING THREEAGHH" and dashes forward. He lifts his opponent on his shoulders and performs a running powerbomb. In the SDM version, they are subjected to a series of three bombs.

Ultra Argentine Backbreaker
(close)hcbhcb+anypunch
Three successive Super Argentine Backbreakers are performed with different finishers over the years. 94-95: After the third drop, Clark ends with a shoulder buster. 96-98: Normally ends with a Death Valley Bomb. SDM version ends with "Clark Spark," Clark's take on Kinnikuman's Muscle Spark finisher.
Super Desperation Moves

(close)hcbhcb+abtn+cbtn
When the SDM Ultra Argentine became a seperate move in 2000, it still ended with the "Clark Spark" hold. The 2003 LDM variation of UAB ends with the Clark Special, a copy of Robin Mask's "Robin Special" finisher from Kinnikuman. On the third toss, clark jumps up and grabs the enemy's head between his legs, crushing it during the handstand landing.
K'
Special Moves

Heat Trigger / Iron Trigger
qcf+anypunch
A small burst of flame flashes from K's hand.
Shen Woo
Command Moves

Fusen Kyaku
forward+bbtn
Shen kicks by thrusting his foot forward.
Special Moves

Fukuko Geki / Pouncing Tiger Pummel
qcb+abtn
Shen Woo strikes downward with a hammerblow.

Gekiken / Furious Fist
qcf+anypunch
Shen Woo winds up for a wild punch that causes him to spin around from the momentum.
Yamazaki
Throw Moves

Bun Nage / ブン投げ
(close)forward/backward+cbtn/dbtn
Lift and unceremoniously toss backwards.
Command Moves

Bussashi / ブッ刺し
forward+abtn
Straight punch downward.
Special Moves

Bomb Bopper / 爆弾パチキ
(close)hcbforward+anypunch
Yamazaki grabs his foe and gives them an exploding headbutt.

Double Return / 倍返し
qcf+anypunch
Ryuji swipes his arm upward. Hits opponents at close range. Generally the weaker version absorbs projectiles while the stronger version returns a bloody projectile.

Flight of Tempering
dp+bbtn
Sand kick into heavy stomping axe kick.

Hydra's Judgment / 裁きの匕首
dp+anypunch
Yamazaki slashes with a concealed knife.

Sadomaso / サドマゾ
hcf+anykick
Ryuji taunts his opponent, if struck mid or high he counters with an energy fist.

Sand Scattering / 砂かけ
dp+dbtn
A big kick spraying sand forward. Can be cancelled into Serpent Slash.

Serpent Slash / Snake Arm, Snake Tamer, 蛇使い
qcb+abtn/bbtn/cbtn(hold),(release)/dbtn
Dangles arm while button is held, then slashes out in a given direction. In some games, holding for an extended period of time causes Yama to slash three times rapidly.
Super Moves

Drill
(close)hcbhcb+anypunch,m-anypunch
A command throw followed by a period where the player can mash. The amount of mashing determine's Yamazaki's action and amount of damage. In many games, continuing to mash after the fact makes Yamazaki laugh hysterically.

Guillotine
qcfqcf+anypunch
A leaping uppercut followed by a downward strike. A successful Yamazaki drags his opponent across the floor before kicking them away.
Super Desperation Moves

Lunatic Fist / Kyouken, 狂拳
abtn,abtn,forward,bbtn,cbtn
Combines the running stab of "Nightmare... and madness" with the snake arm beatdown of "...!!"

Storyline
King of Fighters '03 / 2003
The fighting competition of the highest standards, on the greatest scale in the world -
"The King of Fighters."

Here on this stage Rugal was defeated, the Orochi were contained and sealed away, and the mighty conglomerate NESTS was taken down.

A myriad of unfolding dramas.

Yet these were always hidden behind some sort of thick veil or other, remaining out of the public eye.

Even with such a checkered history, the opening of this year's King of Fighters was decided on.

The sponsor of the competition was, yet again, a mysterious personage, and owing to the circumstances, various suppositions traveled through assorted lands like wildfire.

But in spite of all the hubbub, one veteran contestant after another made their intentions to enter the competition known.

Upon verification that numerous well-known fighters had entered the competition, the heretofore discreet media coverage of the event shifted into 24/7 overdrive.

With the announcement of the inception from this KOF tournament of the new "multi-shift" rule, allowing competitors to freely tag off during battles, the competition developed into a social phenomenon and monopolized discussions around the world.

Newspapers and magazines put together feature articles almost on a weekly basis while ersatz critics pounded their desks and made impassioned commentary on TV day after day about this rule, which simultaneously required a speedy execution of the match and a unified team strategy.

"There is still an awesome bunch of fearsome contestants in this world."

Gato, Tizoc, Duo Lon, Shen Woo.

...and Ash Crimson.

What made their names more and more familiar via the Internet was, without doubt, this moment of uproar concerning the present KOF.

Will these contestants be able to become the new stars capable of shaking up the KOF tournament?

Or maybe...?

And during these crazy days, the preparations steadily went along.

The venues of local competitions were determined, the schedules were completed, and the spectators moved from one location of the preliminary matches to another.

To create the atmosphere of a true street fight, venues were established in city centers, the events of the competition were broadcasted live on giant screens, and various stadiums scaled to hold tens of thousands of people were procured in cities throughout the world during the period of the tournament.

December, 2003.

The time has come.

This year, the curtain rises once again.

Credits
Worldwide
Voice Actor

Tetsuya Tanaka as Adelheid Bernstein
Sōnosuke Nagashiro as Ash Crimson
Haruna Ikezawa as Athena Asamiya
Monster Maezuka as Benimaru Nikaido
Harumi Ikoma as Blue Mary Ryan
Hiroyuki Arita as Chang Koehan
Yoshinori Shima as Clark Steel
Masaki Usui as Goro Daimon
Ayako Kawasumi as Hinako
Kunihiko Yasui as Iori Yagami
Nobuyuki Hiyama as Joe Higashi
Satoshi Hashimoto as Kim Kaphwan
Harumi Ikoma as King
Mitsuo Iwata as Kusanagi
Masahiro Nonaka as Kyo Kusanagi
Masae Yumi as Leona Heidern
Akoya Sogi as Mai Shiranui
Katsuyuki Konishi as Maxima
Monster Maezuka as Ralf Jones
Mantarō Koichi as Robert Garcia
Masaki Usui as Ryo Sakazaki
Kōji Suidzu as Shen Woo
Satoshi Hashimoto as Terry Bogard
Shiho Kikuchi as Whip
Kaori Horie as Yuri Sakazaki