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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 Neo Geo King VS. Todo
Art of Fighting TurboGrafx CD Well, we have a piano here, I want to dance, what's wrong with that?..
Art of Fighting Arcade Next stage
Art of Fighting Neo Geo Robert and his car

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Play Time Neo Geo Jan, 1993 91 out of 100 91
Power Unlimited SNES Mar, 1994 9 out of 10 90 (UK) Wii Nov 03, 2007 8 out of 10 80
Mega Fun SNES Dec, 1993 80 out of 100 80
Megablast SNES Jun, 1994 72 out of 100 72
Play Time Genesis Mar, 1994 63 out of 100 63
Super Play (UK) SNES Jan, 1994 56 out of 100 56
GamePro (US) Genesis Sep, 1994 2.5 out of 5 50 SNES Feb, 2005 3 out of 10 30
Mean Machines Genesis Apr, 1994 24 out of 100 24


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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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