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Final Fight

MobyRank MobyScore
Wii
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4.6
Amstrad CPC
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3.1
Game Boy Advance
75
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Description

The streets of Metro City are filled with criminals who are part of a gang called Mad Gear. Former wrestler and newly elected mayor Mike Haggar tries to do something about it, much to the displeasure of the Mad Gear Gang who kidnap his daughter Jessica. Only three people are brave enough to venture into the crime-infested streets and try to bring Jessica back.

Final Fight is a 2D side-scrolling fighting game. Taking on the role of either Cody, Guy, or the mayor Mike Haggar himself, you must advance through six areas of the city clearing out the gang infestation. You will have to cope with a variety of thugs, ranging from firebomb-throwing maniacs to behemoth wrestlers. To defeat these thugs, you have an arsenal of punches, kicks, throws, and jump kicks at your disposal.

SNES port offers only two playable characters: Cody and Haggar. It is also single player only. Later, Final Fight Guy was released in which Cody was replaced with Guy.

Screenshots

Final Fight Amiga Great. Another company who thinks it's their best interest to put their branding in here
Final Fight Amiga Bonus Stage: Smash the glass panels
Final Fight SNES Duking it out in the subway
Final Fight Game Boy Advance This fool needs a lesson now. Defeat him!

Alternate Titles

  • "Street Fighter '89" -- Working Title
  • "Final Fight One" -- GBA title
  • "Final Fight CD" -- SEGA CD title
  • "ファイナルファイト" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Only for the die-hard fans who have no other options. SNES DarkBubble (370)
Better than Final Fight on the SNES. Worse than Streets of Rage 2. SEGA CD Majestic Lizard (655)
If only this was the final fight... SNES MasterMegid (897)
not as good as they say SEGA CD Schutzstaffel88 (14)
Solid Port Of A 1980's Brawler SEGA CD ETJB (447)
Smashing heads has never been so much fun! SNES Baxter Arnett (15)

The Press Says

Sega-16.com SEGA CD Jul 06, 2004 9 out of 10 90
Game Informer Magazine SEGA CD Jan, 2008 8.5 out of 10 85
Consoles Plus Game Boy Advance Oct, 2001 80 out of 100 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Aug, 1991 7.25 out of 10 72
1UP! SNES Jan 02, 2002 70 out of 100 70
GameSpot Wii May 09, 2007 6.7 out of 10 67
Game Critics Game Boy Advance Jul 17, 2002 6.5 out of 10 65
Power Play Amiga Mar, 1992 60 out of 100 60
All Game Guide SNES 1998 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
HonestGamers SNES Jan 13, 2004 5 out of 10 50

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Final Fight appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Amiga startup-sequence code reference

Amiga version programmer Richard Aplin included a humorous piece of text in that version's startup sequence, in which he dismisses the accomplishment of Ronald Pieket Weeserik's Dynamic Loading System, used in SWIV to load the game as it played without losing any speed. Aplin argues that others had written the same code trick before, but found it too unwieldy to justify its use in most circumstances - though it was on show in Final Fight

Development

Capcom firstly designed Final Fight to be the sequel to Street Fighter named Street Fighter '89, but they changed their minds and decided to give the game a new name and start a new series.

Version differences

  • All home computer versions of Final Fight include a shot of the Mayor's daughter tied up in her underwear during the opening sequence, which was only seen in Japanese arcades (it was censored in Europe and America).
  • The female gang members (Poison/Roxy, etc.) haven't had much luck appearing in the home ports of the game. All the Nintendo versions replaced them completely with male enemies (this includes the recent GBA remake, at least the US version) and while they appear in some rare ports they can only be found with edited clothing. Only the rare Japanese SEGA CD version shows them in their original form.
  • In the Super Nintendo port, the names of some bosses were changed (Damnd became Thrasher and Sodom became Katana). The censorship also cut the whiskey from the list of power ups and took away all female enemies of the game, leaving only men.
  • In the arcade version after destroying the car (bonus area), a character comes along and cries "Oh My God!". On the Super Nintendo this was changed to "Oh My Car!"
  • In contrast to the SNES version of Final Fight, the U.S. version of Final Fight CD had less differences to the original Japanese version: the girl punks were given slightly longer clothes, blood was taken out, Jessica wears her red dress in the intro (she was stripped to her underwear in the arcade and Japanese versions), DamnD's name was changed to Thrasher, Sodom's name was changed to Katana, the "SEXY" graffiti from the restroom stalls in one level was removed, and the references to beer and whisky were removed.

Wrestling connection

The enemy Andore was based on a wrestler called Andre the Giant. The story of Mike Haggar also has a parallel with the story of former wrestler Jesse Ventura, who left the ring to become governor in Minnesota.

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