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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 SNES In the second, you can earn more energy.
Art of Fighting Neo Geo Lee VS. Micky
Art of Fighting SNES All is not well in the Sakazaki household...
Art of Fighting Neo Geo Ryo VS. Jack Post-Fight "You Lost"

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 Neo Geo Dec, 1992 5 out of 5 100
1UP! Neo Geo Apr 25, 2008 90 out of 100 90
Power Unlimited SNES Mar, 1994 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Magazine System UK SNES Dec, 1993 89 out of 100 89
Megablast SNES Jun, 1994 72 out of 100 72
Play Time Genesis Mar, 1994 63 out of 100 63
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Neo Geo Jan, 1993 7 out of 12 58
Nintendo Life Wii Oct 08, 2007 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 40 Neo Geo Feb, 2005 3 out of 10 30
Mean Machines Genesis Apr, 1994 24 out of 100 24


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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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