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Fatal Fury

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Neo Geo CD
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Southtown City plays host to the King of Fighters Tournament. Andy & Terry Bogard take part in the tournament cause winning the tournament is the only way they can defeat Geese Howard. Geese Howard controls Southtown City and killed their father several years ago. Also taking part is Joe Higashi, a Japanese kickboxer. Select either Joe, Andy or Terry, visit several locations in Southtown City and win that tournament!

Fatal Fury is a 2D fighter and is the first game in a series of one-on-one fighting games by SNK. It's a conversion of the original Fatal Fury arcade game. This first game does not yet feature the series' trademark pseudo 3D mode (which allows you to move between the foreground & background while fighting). Includes a two-player vs. mode.


Fatal Fury Arcade Flame attack
Fatal Fury SNES Geese Howard and Andy Bogard launching projectiles against each other
Fatal Fury Arcade Easy win
Fatal Fury Neo Geo The revenge against Geese Howard begins!

Alternate Titles

  • "餓狼伝説~宿命の闘い~" -- Japanese spelling
  • "The Battle of Destiny" -- Japanese title
  • "Garō Densetsu: Shukumei no Tatakai" -- Japanese Arcade title
  • "Fatal Fury: King of Fighters" -- Neo Geo title

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User Reviews

SNK jumps on the bandwagon with a mediocre, yet favorably remembered fighter. Neo Geo DarkBubble (370)
My personal favorite beat-em-up Neo Geo Multimedia Mike (17464)

The Press Says

GamePro (US) Neo Geo May, 1992 5 out of 5 100
1UP! Neo Geo Dec 28, 2007 82 out of 100 82
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Genesis Feb 15, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Nintendo Life Wii Oct 05, 2007 7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars7 Stars 70
Video Games Genesis Aug, 1993 58 out of 100 58
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Genesis Sep 10, 2005 5 out of 10 50 SNES Mar, 2009 5 out of 10 50
The Video Game Critic Neo Geo Aug 17, 2005 C 50 Genesis Jul 15, 2010 5 out of 10 50 Genesis Mar, 2009 4 out of 10 40


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This is not a spoiler, but I can tell you that if you complete the game, you will be introduced to the fact that the Neo Geo hardware maintains an internal real-time clock that knows the date and time.

King of Fighter

The original Fatal Fury is the real original King of Fighters game. Want proof? A banner that reads "King of Fighters" is shown at the character select screen.

Information also contributed by Multimedia Mike
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