Lost In Translation/Art of Fighting

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Art of Fighting
Neo-Geo marquee.
No screen shot.
Neo-Geo control panel.
Manufacturer SNK
Released 1992
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 20 ROMs
14,745,600 bytes (14.06 MiB)

About The Game

Art of Fighting is an early Neo-Geo martial arts fighting game with 2 selectable characters in 1-player mode and 8 selectable characters in 2-player mode, which also features a long-nosed end boss. Progressive damage is shown on each fighter's face for a dramatic effect.

Additional Technical Information

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 4

= > [A] Punching attack, [B] Kicking attack, [C] Throw enemy, [D] Taunt


Released in September 1992.

This game is known in Japan as "Ryuuko no Ken" (translates from Japanese as 'Dragon and Tiger Fist').

A bootleg of this game is known as "Fit of Fighting".

SNK's second fighting-game franchise. It was the first fighting game by SNK to feature the character designs of former SNK illustrator Shinkiro, who would go on to do the character designs for the later "Fatal Fury" and "The King of Fighters" games.

This is the first fighting game to feature the 'camera zoom' - where the camera zooms in when the fighters are close together and zooms out when the fighters move away from each other. This is also the first fighting game to utilize a 'spirit meter'. Every time a special move is executed the spirit meter is depleted accordingly. The more powerful the special move, the more it depletes. When it's empty special moves can't be done anymore, however, you can recharge the spirit meter by standing still and holding the A or B button leaving you totally defenseless.

The Haou Shokou Ken was referred to as the Haou Ken (or as the game put it, the 'Haow-Ken'). Its similarity to Ryu's (of "Street Fighter" fame) Hadou Ken forced the name change.

The character's fighting stance and their victory pose depends on how beaten up they are.

Tips and tricks

  • Play as Todoh, Jack, Lee, King, Micky and John : player 2 must join.
  • Play as Mr. Big and Mr. Karate : reach them on 1P Game, then player 2 must join.
  • Move Command Delay : its possible to input the commands for any special or super move but it is not necessary to press the corresponding attack button right away, this allows you to delay any move for as long as you want in order to surprise an opponent! This trick also enables you to perform slower versions of some special moves such as projectile attacks. Try it! :)


  1. Art of Fighting (1992)
  2. Art of Fighting 2 (1994)
  3. Art of Fighting 3 - The Path of the Warrior (1996)


Eikichi Kawasaki
Finish Hiroshi
Dog Akira
John Guso
Cross.Moon D.S.K
Obj. Designers
Muta Teizon
Kama Kama
Kylly Maclako
Tony Oki (Tony.R.Oki)
Outim Amadok Eel
Ayustat Shin 25
I000.Taroh Age22
Dir Tetsuzan
555 Zi5han
Gmhenson Jr
Back Designers
H Skallter
Masahiko Hataya (Papaya)
Jojoha Kitapy
Toshio Shimizm (as Shimizum)
Voice Actors
Ryo - Masaki Usui
Robert - Eiji Yano
King - Harumi Ikoma
Lee - Eiji Yano
Jack - ???
John - ???
Micky - ???
Todo - ???

Cabinet and Artwork


Nintendo Super Famicom (1993)
Sega Mega Drive (1994)
NEC PC-Engine CD (1994)
SNK Neo-Geo CD (1994)
Sony PlayStation 2 (2006, "Neo Geo Online Collection Vol.4 : Art of Fighting")

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
Art of Fighting PCCB-00101[1] 1992-11-20 Pony Canyon Inc. CD version.
Neo Geo Collector's Box PCCB-00126[2] 1993-09-17 Pony Canyon/Scitron 3 CD version.
NEO SELECTION - NEO-GEO Fighting Tournament Best / SNK.ADK PCCB-00141[3] 1993-12-17 Pony Canyon/Scitron CD version.
Neo•Geo Super Live! 1994 PCCB-00161[4] 1994-10-05 Pony Canyon CD version.
Neo Geo Collector's Box PCCB-00127[5] 1993-09-17 Pony Canyon/Scitron 3 CD version.
Samurai Spirits Drama CD PCCB-00300[6] 1998-03-04 Pony Canyon/Scitron CD version.
Super Famicom Magazine Volume 11 - The Fighting Game Special & New Game Sound Museum TIM-SFC11[7] 1993-11-01 Tokuma Shoten Publishing CD version.
Scitron 10th Anniversary Special CD Sampler DMCZ-300098[8] 1998-01-01 Scitron Label 2 CD version.
Gaesen Oh - Scitron Game Music Mega Mix Vol.1 KGCD-0001[9] 1994-01-01 Pony Canyon/Scitron 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.