"Are you tough enough for the ultimate fighting challenge? Only the toughest and meanest will survive the King of Fighters Tournament. Battle through South Town as day turns to night. Use your street-fighting skills to beat your opponents. These fighters are tough - some can change shape, and even toss tornadoes or bolts of flame at you. And one can even magically change shape to increase the challenge. Strike hard until all have been defeated. For only through deadly combat can you be crowned the King of Fighters!"
Fight fans, prepare yourself for a fatal fist fest! The Neo∙Geo classic Fatal Fury is now available for your Genesis by Takara, and it packs a fairly hefty punch. This new conversion preserves most of the original edition's action and adds a great new feature: the ability to play as the boss characters.
Fight Makes Right
Fatal Fury is a solid one- or two-player, side-scrolling beat-em-up. Joe Higashi, Andy Brogard, and Terry Brogard are after Geese Howard, who murdered the Brogards' father. Now, Howard sponsors a King of Fighters tournament, the perfect arena for revenge!
ProTip: The easiest move with the highest success rate is the Throw. Pick Terry Brogard and toss your opponents until they're gone.
You can select two types of game play. In Champion Battle, you fight against six opponents, plus the two other fighters you thought were on your side. The Vs. Game enables you to fight the computer or a second player. You can even sit back and watch the computer fight itself. In this mode, you can also select any player in the game, including the bosses.
There are six colorful stages, one for each opponent. You fight in a cafe, on the beach, in an amusement park, in an arena, and more. Among your opponents is an incredibly strong boxer, a very deceptive-looking old man, and an ex-pro wrestler. Each of your foes has his own fighting techniques.
Use flying leg kicks to take down Michael Max. He punches too much to make the Throw effective against him.
Although the Genesis is no match for the graphic capabilities of the Neo∙Geo, this game throws some weight around when it comes to graphics. The backgrounds are colorful, if a little under-detailed. The character sprites are well-drawn, and they move quickly. However, some sprites disappear during Throw moves.
The sounds in Fatal Fury will make you punchy. There's precious little to hear, and voice effects are garbled and unclear.
When Richard Meyer pulls his Handstand Kick, sweep low to take him out.
Fatal Fury's challenge is adjustable. Most gamers won't break a gym sweat on the Easy setting, but the Hard setting will floor even veteran fighters.
If you like your fighting games fast and furious, you may want to wait for the Genesis version of Street Fighter II: Champion Edition. If you can't wait that long to take out your problems pugilistically, go ahead and get them out of your system with Fatal Fury.
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There's a new fighting game in Japan that's hit the Super Famicom with a fury. It's Fatal Fury by Takara. It's a pretty good beat-em-up that runs along some well-travelled game play lines, but adds gorgeous backgrounds and smooth fighting action.
Kings of Pain
Fatal Fury is a one- or two-player, side-scrolling, punch-out that's a lean and mean clone of Street Fighter II. You can pick either Terry Bogard, his brother Andy Bogard, or Joe Higashi in an all-out competition for the King of Fighters crown. You can play against a friend. However, in a curious options twist, the first fighter can only choose to play one out of three fighters, while the second fighter can control any one of the 11 fighters, including the bosses. Each fighter comes with his compliment of super moves, including Fire Tricks, Spin Kicks, and Mini-Tomado licks. You can practice your moves on an array of opponents, such as a boxer, a wrestler, a martial arts master, and more. Each opponent has their own special moves. Hmmm... sounds familiar...
The sprites are fairly large, well-animated, and fast. The action doesn't slow down a bit, and the backgrounds are great-looking. Take your pick of scenery: a day at the beach, a pirate punch-fest, the subway, an amusement park, or other fighting frontiers.
If you like your games to be brutal, Fatal Fury is for you. The Super Famicom version (a remake of the Neo∙Geo version) is done with great attention to detail and faithful fighting game play. Hopefully, you won't have to wait long before this is ported over for your SNES. Until then, keep those thumbs loose, 'cuz you never know when you're going to run into someone with a Fatal attraction for you.
Fatal Fury is a game released in 1991 by SNK for Neo Geo arcade and home platforms and it was a head-to-head fighting game. The release was followed up by other sequels over the time, but Fatal Fury was the game from where everything started. Several characters which can be found in SNK’s games made their debut in Fatal Fury. Terry and Andy, but also their rival Geese Howard appeared for the first time in this game.
The story focuses on a martial arts tournament called the “King of Fighters”, held in South Town, a fictional American location. The tournament is sponsored by Geese Howard, a local crime boss. After murdering their dad years ago (a former martial artist), Terry and Andy want to take revenge and ask for the help of Joe Higashi, one of their friends.
The player has to choose between Andy, Terry and Joe in the beginning of the game. They will have to stick with the respective character for the whole tournament. They will also choose their rival for the first round. After going through, there are three other opponents to encounter. After the first three, there are three more, Hwa Jai, Raiden and Billy Kane, all before Geese Howard, the crime boss.
Terry is an American martial arts expert, while Andy is his younger brother, who learned a Japanese style of fighting in Asia. Both want to avenge their father’s death. Their friend, Joe Higashi, is a May Thai expert. There are eight characters controlled by the computer, with Geese Howard being the last one to fight. Besides the four already mentioned, Duck King, Richard Meyer, Michael Max and Tung Fue Rue are also CPU-controlled characters.
The game was later on released for Super NES in North America (1992), Sega Mega Drive/Genesis in North America (1993, with two removed characters), Wii, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable and PlayStation Network.
The gameplay is simple and was appreciated when the game was released. The player has to fight his opponent in a best two-out-of-three matcher by using an eight directional joystick and three attack buttons. Each of the playershas their own special techniques, which can be performed by inputting specific combinations with the buttons and the joystick.
The game introduces two-line battles, which was new for that period. If a friend fighter comes in for help, the game will make both of the players team-up and will let them fight against the CPU.
The game was fairly popular back when released, and users on GameSpot voted it with an average rating of 7.2 out of 10.IGN users considered the game decent, offering it an average of 6.6 out of 10, while the press and the critics offered 6.7 out of 10.