Lost In Translation/Fatal Fury - King of Fighters

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Fatal Fury
King of Fighters
Neo-Geo marquee.
No screen shot.
Neo-Geo control panel.
Manufacturer SNK
Released 1991
Control
Method
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)
Video
Details
Raster (Horizontal)
320 x 224 pixels
59.19 Hz
4,096 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 21 ROMs
8,585,216 bytes (8.19 MiB)
MAME ID fatfury1

About The Game

Fatal Fury - King of Fighters is one-on-one fighting arcade video game.

Terry Bogard & Andy Bogard enter in a tournament called the King of Fighters where they must face dangerous fighters in order to find their father's murderer, none other than the tournament's sponsor & supreme champion : Geese Howard. Joe Higashi also enters the tournament in search of the championship title. Who will come out victorious? The main features in this story-driven fighter are backgrounds that feature two battle planes for pseudo 3-D action, & excellent music!

Additional Technical Information

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 3

=> [A] Punch [B] Kick [C] Skill

Trivia

Released in November 1991.

This game is known in Japan as "Garou Densetsu - Shukumei no Tatakai" (translates from Japanese as 'Legend of Hungry Wolf - Battle of Destiny').

Originally called 'Real Bout', SNK opted to change the title to 'Fatal Fury'. You can see the game's original title on the banner of a store in the background of Hwa Jai's stage ('Real Bout Shop').

Acording to the USA flyer, the name of the game is 'Fatal Fury - The Battle of Fury'. On the ingame titlescreen, however, it's called 'Fatal Fury - King of Fighters'.

The official name of the tournament is 'The King of Fighters'. This can be verified if you look closely the promo poster seen in the name rankings. Later SNK would use this name for a popular game series of its own.

The music in a 2-player battle is taken from the first stage of "Street Smart".

This is the very first game that featured one of SNK's most famous fighters : Terry Bogard! Over the years, Terry Bogard has appeared in many games, usually in his familiar jacket with a star on his back and a cap on his head. However, what is on his cap is different (probably because he tosses so many of them, but that's a different story). Some games have him wear a blank cap, some have his cap say 'Running Wild', some have the Neo-Geo logo on them, but the commonly accepted cap is the one that says 'Fatal Fury' on it.

Terry Bogars appears in "Quiz King of Fighters" as selectable character.

This game was such a hit in Japan that an animated movie was released featuring character designs by Masami Ohbari. This movie's plot is fairly true to the game's main plot and all the characters in the game are featured. The movie was released on the USA by coutesy of Viz Video, a division of Viz Comics.

Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Garou Densetsu, Last Resort - PCCB-00087) on 21/05/1992.

Updates

The Japanese version features quite different move list sets for the three main characters (In the Fatal Fury sequels as well as the King of Fighters, Terry, Andy & Joe's move list sets are clearly based on the Japanese release of this particular game). All other versions feature very simplified joystick commands for each move.

Tips and tricks

As the game sometimes says on the continuation screen, you can tell some opponents' weak points by watching their moves carefully, which can help you figure out how to beat them. Here are a few examples :

  • If you've knocked down an opponent, you can damage them some more by charging at them with a 'dash attack' just as they're getting up, until they've been fully beaten. This may work best when playing with Andy Bogard.
  • When Tung Fu Rue changes into a hefty beast Incredible Hulk-style, he'll be briefly intangible as he beats his chest. Wait until the right moment and then dash at him (or, if you're playing with Joe Higashi, you can use his rapid punch). He won't actually fall on the ground in this form, but he'll be easier to beat until he turns back to normal as long as you can keep dash-attacking him.
  • When you're facing Hwa Jai, he'll be thrown a bottle of some kind of drink by an agent of Geese standing within the crowd of spectators, and after drinking it (during which time he'll be briefly intangible too), that's when he really lets loose with damaging attacks. If you feel Hwa Jai's too hard to deal with this way, you can try to cause him damage by a small amount, and if your lifebar is still higher than his, you can then step back on defense. He'll try hitting you with standard punches and kicks, but will not throw you, and this way, you can keep on the defensive until the timer runs out, winning simply by having more life energy left than he does.
  • When facing Billy Kane, if his pole falls away (he can either throw it at you or it can fall when he's thrown to the ground), he'll go on the defensive until another agent of Geese's tosses him another pole from within the crowd on the bridge. When he jumps up to grab hold of it, that's when you can move in and try to grab and throw him to the ground, or ram him with a dash attack.
  • Finally, when facing Geese Howard in the showdown match, you can move towards him as the round begins and then grab and throw him to the ground, then, by timing your attacks correctly, you can grab him in a body slam again when he gets up, eventually beating him by body-slamming him repeatedly. It's a tricky strategy, but it can work!

Series

  1. Fatal Fury - King of Fighters (1991)
  2. Fatal Fury 2 (1992)
  3. Fatal Fury Special (1993)
  4. Fatal Fury 3 - Road to the Final Victory (1995)
  5. Real Bout Fatal Fury (1995)
  6. Real Bout Fatal Fury Special (1996)
  7. Real Bout Fatal Fury 2 - The Newcomers (1998)
  8. Fatal Fury Wild Ambition (1998)
  9. Garou - Mark of the Wolves (1999)
  10. Fatal Fury First Contact (1999, SNK Neo Geo Pocket Color)

Staff

Producer
Eikichi Kawasaki
Planners
Tsukamichi
Deru-Deru
Character Designers
Ponsuke
Tsuzakingyo
Deru Deru
Moriyan
Somatoreeno
Lucky Okkiy
Boko Pyon
Soe Soe
Chr. back up!
Sakita Kakaree
Kama Kama
Kimuryaer
Madarian
Batayan
Tabui Chang
Ochiai Shunin
Takepy
Simachang
Programmers
Yamatan
Kura
Prg. back up!
Konchang
Nakamuura
Sound
Konny
Yokochang
Muraisan
Tarkun
Tate&Bunnyboys
Finish Hiroshi
Michael Beard
Goodam kararee
Game Assistants
Miyagami T.Ioo
S.Akutagama
Tome
Popyu Natchu 3
Tarou
Mukai

Voice Actors

Terry Bogard
Satoshi Hashimoto
Andy Bogard
Keiichi Nanba
Joe Higashi
Nobuyuki Hiyama
Michael Max
???
Hwa Jai
???
Tung Fu Rue
Shigehumi Nakai
Cheng Sinzan
Nakai Shigehumi
Duck King
Kong Kuwata
Richard Myer
Kong Kuwata
Raiden
???
Billy Kane
Atsushi Yamanishi
Geese Howard
Kong Kuwata

Cabinet and Artwork

Ports

Consoles 
Nintendo Super Famicom (1993)
Sega Mega Drive (1993)
SNK Neo-Geo CD (1994)
Sony PlayStation 2 (2006, "NeoGeo Online Collection Vol.6 : Garou Densetsu Battle Archives 1" JP)
Sony PlayStation 2 (2006, "Fatal Fury Collection" US & EU)
Computers 
Sharp X68000 (1993, "Garou Densetsu")

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
Garou Densetsu ~ Last Resort PCCB-00087[1] 1992-05-21 Pony Canyon/Scitron CD version.
Neo Geo Collector's Box PCCB-00126[2] 1993-09-17 Pony Canyon/Scitron 3 CD version.
Garou Densetsu Image Album PCCB-00132[3] 1993-07-21 Pony Canyon/Scitron CD version.
NEO SELECTION - NEO-GEO Fighting Tournament Best / SNK.ADK PCCB-00141[4] 1993-12-17 Pony Canyon/Scitron CD version.
Neo•Geo Super Live! 1994 PCCB-00161[5] 1994-10-05 Pony Canyon CD version.
Garou Densetsu Symphonic Sound Trax PCCB-00197[6] 1995-11-17 Pony Canyon CD version.
Game Sound Legend Arrange Series - Speed & Wind SCDC-00375[7] 2004-11-17 Scitron Digital Content CD version.
Neo Geo Collector's Box PCCB-00127[8] 1993-09-17 Pony Canyon/Scitron 3 CD version.
NEO-GEO DJ Station PCCB-00244[9] 1997-01-18 Pony Canyon/Scitron CD version.
SNK Character Sounds Collection Volume 3 ~ Geese Howard PCCB-00275[10] 1997-08-20 Pony Canyon/Scitron CD version.
SNK Character Sounds Collection Volume 4 ~ Terry Bogard PCCB-00288[11] 1997-11-19 Pony Canyon/Scitron CD version.
SNK Character Sounds Collection Volume 6 ~ Mai Shiranui PCCB-00297[12] 1998-01-21 Pony Canyon/Scitron CD version.
Samurai Spirits Drama CD PCCB-00300[13] 1998-03-04 Pony Canyon/Scitron CD version.
Scitron 10th Anniversary Special: Garou densetsu THE BEST -Selected by Characters- PCCB-00325[14] 1998-10-21 Pony Canyon/Scitron CD version.
NEO-GEO DJ Station 2 ~ B.O.F. Returns PCCB-00361[15] 1999-03-03 Pony Canyon/Scitron CD version.
NEO-GEO DJ Station Live '99, SNK Presents PCCB-00374[16] 1999-05-19 Pony Canyon/Scitron 2 CD version.
Super Famicom Magazine Volume 5 - New Game Sound Museum TIM-SFC05[17] 1992-01-01 Tokuma Shoten Publishing CD version.
Scitron 10th Anniversary Special CD Sampler DMCZ-300098[18] 1998-01-01 Scitron Label 2 CD version.
Dengeki CD Bunko Best Game Selection 4 - Garou Densetsu ~Shukumei no Tatakai~ No.1 Fukushuu no Okami MWCG-0002[19] 1993-08-25 Media Works CD version.
Dengeki CD Bunko Best Game Selection 5 - Garou Densetsu ~Shukumei no Tatakai~ No.2 Kokou no Ookami MWCG-0004[20] 1993-10-25 Media Works CD version.
Gaesen Oh - Scitron Game Music Mega Mix Vol.1 KGCD-0001[21] 1994-01-01 Pony Canyon/Scitron CD version.
Garou Densetsu / Fatal Fury 15th Anniversary BOX SCDC-00553~9[22] 2006-11-15 Happinet Corporation 6 CD version.
NEO-GEO DJ Station Live '99, SNK Presents PCLP-00703[23] 1999-06-02 Pony Canyon, Scitron Label
NEO-GEO DJ Station Live '99, SNK Presents PCVP-12619[24] 1999-06-02 Pony Canyon, Scitron Label Released on VHS.

See Also

  • Body Blows - an Amiga game heavily influenced by Fatal Fury.

References

  1. Garou Densetsu ~ Last Resort (CD) at the VGMdb
  2. Neo Geo Collector's Box (CD) at the VGMdb
  3. Garou Densetsu Image Album (CD) at the VGMdb
  4. NEO SELECTION - NEO-GEO Fighting Tournament Best / SNK.ADK (CD) at the VGMdb
  5. Neo•Geo Super Live! 1994 (CD) at the VGMdb
  6. Garou Densetsu Symphonic Sound Trax (CD) at the VGMdb
  7. Game Sound Legend Arrange Series - Speed & Wind (CD) at the VGMdb
  8. Neo Geo Collector's Box (CD) at the VGMdb
  9. NEO-GEO DJ Station (CD) at the VGMdb
  10. SNK Character Sounds Collection Volume 3 ~ Geese Howard (CD) at the VGMdb
  11. SNK Character Sounds Collection Volume 4 ~ Terry Bogard (CD) at the VGMdb
  12. SNK Character Sounds Collection Volume 6 ~ Mai Shiranui (CD) at the VGMdb
  13. Samurai Spirits Drama CD (CD) at the VGMdb
  14. Scitron 10th Anniversary Special: Garou densetsu THE BEST -Selected by Characters- (CD) at the VGMdb
  15. NEO-GEO DJ Station 2 ~ B.O.F. Returns (CD) at the VGMdb
  16. NEO-GEO DJ Station Live '99, SNK Presents (CD) at the VGMdb
  17. Super Famicom Magazine Volume 5 - New Game Sound Museum (CD) at the VGMdb
  18. Scitron 10th Anniversary Special CD Sampler (CD) at the VGMdb
  19. Dengeki CD Bunko Best Game Selection 4 - Garou Densetsu ~Shukumei no Tatakai~ No.1 Fukushuu no Okami (CD) at the VGMdb
  20. Dengeki CD Bunko Best Game Selection 5 - Garou Densetsu ~Shukumei no Tatakai~ No.2 Kokou no Ookami (CD) at the VGMdb
  21. Gaesen Oh - Scitron Game Music Mega Mix Vol.1 (CD) at the VGMdb
  22. Garou Densetsu / Fatal Fury 15th Anniversary BOX (CD) at the VGMdb
  23. NEO-GEO DJ Station Live '99, SNK Presents at the VGMdb
  24. NEO-GEO DJ Station Live '99, SNK Presents (VHS) at the VGMdb

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.