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Description

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.

Screenshots

Art of Fighting TurboGrafx CD ...Otherwise the game would be completed
Art of Fighting SNES After you pass the bonus rounds, the game will teach you a new special move! Pictured: Koohken.
Art of Fighting TurboGrafx CD Don't hate us 'cause we're beautiful!
Art of Fighting Neo Geo Intro 3

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

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Critic Reviews

Hobby Consolas Neo Geo Mar, 1993 94 out of 100 94
Play Time SNES Jan, 1994 84 out of 100 84
Eurogamer.net (UK) Wii Nov 03, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Mega Fun SNES Dec, 1993 80 out of 100 80
Video Games SNES Dec, 1993 76 out of 100 76
Power Play Neo Geo Jan, 1993 73 out of 100 73
Play Time Genesis Mar, 1994 63 out of 100 63
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Neo Geo Jan, 1993 7 out of 12 58
Total! (Germany) SNES Jan, 1994 3.25 out of 6 55
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Neo Geo Feb 09, 2004 5 out of 10 50

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Trivia

Continuity

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.

Innovations

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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