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Art of Fighting

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Yuri Sakazaki has been kidnapped! Her big brother Ryo Sakazaki and Robert Garcia, his best friend, go search for her on the streets of South Town. As they go deeper and deeper they will find clues as to who ordered the kidnapping, the Sakazaki family's relation to the mob, and a person from their past.

The gameplay differs from most fighting games. In this game, you have a Spirit meter. A Spirit meter is in the game and will decrease as you perform special moves. It can be recharged, but doing so leaves you open to attack. When your health is almost gone, you can perform a secret combination that will unleash a deadly attack on your opponent - provided you have a full Spirit meter.

The arcade version doesn't allow you to play as Mr. Big and the elusive Mr. Karate.


Art of Fighting SNES Story mode. You can only use Robert and Ryo.
Art of Fighting Neo Geo Ryo VS. Jack Post-Fight Failure Screen
Art of Fighting SNES Good. So you only hurt old men?
Art of Fighting TurboGrafx CD Break the bottles...

Alternate Titles

  • "龍虎の拳" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Ryūko no Ken" -- Japanese title

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The Press Says

Hobby Consolas Neo Geo Mar, 1993 94 out of 100 94
Nintendo Magazine System UK SNES Dec, 1993 89 out of 100 89
GamePro (US) SNES Dec, 1993 4 out of 5 80
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Genesis Sep, 1994 7 out of 10 70
Mega Fun Genesis Mar, 1994 61 out of 100 61
The Video Game Critic Neo Geo Sep 05, 2007 C+ 58
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Aug, 1994 5.8 out of 10 58
Super Play Magazine UK SNES Jan, 1994 56 out of 100 56
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Neo Geo Feb 09, 2004 5 out of 10 50 Genesis Jul 27, 2009 5 out of 10 50


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According to SNK's original timeline, the events that happen in this game take place ten years before Fatal Fury; however, when the The King of Fighters series was created, both timelines were merged, even though the backstories for both series remained mostly the same.


Not only did Art of Fighting have the honor of being the first fighting that introduced the 'camera zoom' - where the camera zooms in whenever the fighters are close together, and zooms out when the fighters move away from each other - but it also was the first to utilize a 'spirit meter'. Every time a fighter executes a special move, the spirit meter is depleted accordingly, and the more powerful the special move, the more it depletes. When this meter is empty, special moves can no longer be executed.

Title translation

The Japanese title, Ryūko no Ken, translates to "Dragon and Tiger Fist".

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