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Fatal Fury Special is an improved version of SNK's 2D one-on-one fighter Fatal Fury 2. The objective is to win the tournament by defeating all other fighters including end boss Wolfgang Krauser. Fatal Fury Special features a fairly large selection of fighters that includes:
  • The eight regular fighters from Fatal Fury 2: Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard, Joe Higashi, Kim Kaphwan, Jubei Yamada, Cheng Sinzan, Mai Shiranui and Big Bear.
  • The four bosses from Fatal Fury 2: Billy Kane, Axel Hawk, Lawrence Blood and Wolfgang Krauser (this time they're all immediately playable).
  • Three characters returning from the first Fatal Fury: Duck King, Tung Fu Rue and Geese Howard (the end boss from Fatal Fury).
Other improvements include:
  • A new Count Down mode (defeat as many opponents as possible in 3 minutes).
  • Extra color schemes for every character.
  • New & improved background graphics.
  • Dolby Surround Sound support.
Fatal Fury Special still features the series' trademark pseudo-3D movement along two planes.


Fatal Fury Special Arcade Getting burned by Mai Shiranui
Fatal Fury Special Arcade The stage itself, with Duck King walking towards Billy Kane
Fatal Fury Special Neo Geo Cheng Sinzan takes an unseen blow from Geese Howard.
Fatal Fury Special SEGA CD Fatal Fury Special Title Screen

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Alternate Titles

  • "餓狼伝説SPECIAL" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Garō Densetsu Special" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Great game...on another system, that is... SEGA CD Satoshi Kunsai (1805)
They tried, they really did. SEGA CD Fake Spam (94)
Takara delivers arcade perfection. Game Gear Fake Spam (94)

Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Neo Geo Feb, 1994 4.5 out of 5 90
Video Games SNES Dec, 1994 84 out of 100 84
Video Games Game Gear Mar, 1995 81 out of 100 81
Nintendo Life Wii Mar 06, 2010 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80
Play Time SNES Jun, 1995 80 out of 100 80
Video Games SEGA CD Jul, 1995 75 out of 100 75
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA CD Apr, 1995 7.4 out of 10 74
IGN Xbox 360 Sep 06, 2007 6.7 out of 10 67
GamePro (US) SNES Jun, 1995 3 out of 5 60
Mean Machines Game Gear Apr, 1995 46 out of 100 46


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On some stages some of the game's other fighters appear in the background. Terry Bogard, Billy Kane and Mai Shiranui can be seen in the background on Andy Bogard's Venice stage, while Joe Higashi is visible on Big Bear's Australia stage.

Ryo Sakazaki

Ryo Sakazaki, from Art of Fighting, is a secret character in the SNES, Genesis, and Sega CD versions of the game. You can unlock him via a code, or if you're good enough, you can fight against him after you beat the game.

The Game Gear version had him as a normal character. You don't need a special code to unlock him.

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