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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.
The Sega CD port adds voice acting to the game's intro and ending cutscenes and also adds a time attack mode (beat up as many enemies as possible in a limited amount of time). This version can only display four enemies on screen at once. The C64 version can only display two enemies on screen at once.
The SNES version has seen some significant changes.
- ファイナルファイト - Japanese spelling
Credits (Arcade version)
25 People (21 developers, 4 thanks)
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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 port theme music
Jolyon Myers' theme music from the game's Amiga port is an original composition of his called Lost In Time, originally made for the 1990 Amiga demo/musicdisk Amazing Tunes II, which also had other tunes by Myers under his scene name The Judge (Final Fight credits him under that name rather than with his real name). While the actual compositions and samples are identical between both versions, the version used on Final Fight plays slightly faster than the original Amazing Tunes II version.
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.
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.
According to publisher Capcom, Final Fight has sold 1.48 million copies worldwide since its initial release (as of June 30, 2016).
- 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 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 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.
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.
- Commodore Format
- July 1993 (Issue 34) - Modern Classics: Beat-'em-ups (It's a Croaker!)
- November 1994 (Issue 50) – #2 & #5 The Bottom 10
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- MobyGames ID: 5088
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Game added by NeoMoose.
Arcade added by 666gonzo666. iPhone added by Sciere. ZX Spectrum added by Martin Smith. J2ME added by Deleted. SEGA CD added by Satoshi Kunsai. Sharp X68000 added by Terok Nor. Commodore 64, Amstrad CPC added by Katakis | カタキス. Atari ST, Amiga added by The Ring Hawk.
Additional contributors: Terok Nor, Satoshi Kunsai, chirinea, Alaka, Martin Smith, Lance Boyle, Caelestis, CalaisianMindthief, Patrick Bregger, FatherJack.
Game added October 4th, 2001. Last modified February 22nd, 2023.