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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 TurboGrafx CD The short intro
Art of Fighting SNES Ryo Sakazaki learns the Haohshokoken!
Art of Fighting SNES In the first, you can raise your Spirit bar so you can perform more special moves.
Art of Fighting SNES Here, Robert is teaching King how to do a waltz... or not.

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
1UP! Neo Geo Apr 25, 2008 90 out of 100 90
Power Unlimited SNES Mar, 1994 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Magazine System UK SNES Dec, 1993 89 out of 100 89
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Genesis Sep 04, 2009 8 out of 10 80
GamePro (US) SNES Dec, 1993 4 out of 5 80
Power Play Neo Geo Jan, 1993 73 out of 100 73
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Aug, 1994 5.8 out of 10 58
All Game Guide Genesis 1999 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
All Game Guide SNES 1998 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 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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