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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 Title screen (Japanese version).
Art of Fighting Neo Geo Ryo VS. Jack
Art of Fighting Neo Geo Todo VS. Micky
Art of Fighting Neo Geo Ryo launches his Ko'ou Ken in Todo, forcing him to assume an defensive position.

Promo Images

Art of Fighting Screenshot
Art of Fighting Screenshot
Art of Fighting Screenshot
Art of Fighting Screenshot

Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Video Games Dec, 1992 5 out of 5 100
Hobby Consolas Mar, 1993 94 out of 100 94
Play Time Jan, 1993 91 out of 100 91
1UP! Apr 25, 2008 90 out of 100 90
Power Play Jan, 1993 73 out of 100 73
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Jan, 1993 7 out of 12 58
The Video Game Critic Sep 05, 2007 C+ 58
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Feb 09, 2004 5 out of 10 50
Defunct Games Aug 28, 2004 C- 42 Feb, 2005 3 out of 10 30


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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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Terok Nor (23385) added Art of Fighting (Neo Geo) on Mar 03, 2005
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