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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 TurboGrafx CD Robert takes on Todo
Art of Fighting Neo Geo Intro 2
Art of Fighting SNES Good. So you only hurt old men?
Art of Fighting TurboGrafx CD Robert blushes. He probably likes Micky, but is ashamed to admit

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
  • "アケアカNEOGEO 龍虎の拳" -- Japanese PS4 / Switch spelling
  • "AkeAka NeoGeo: Ryūko no Ken" -- Japanese PS4 / Switch title
  • "ACA NeoGeo: Art of Fighting" -- PS4 / Switch title
  • "용호의 권" -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

A Game of Give and Take... SNES Lawnmower Man (149)

Critic Reviews

Hobby Consolas Neo Geo Mar, 1993 94 out of 100 94
Nintendo Magazine System UK SNES Dec, 1993 89 out of 100 89
Sinclair User Arcade Nov, 1992 89 out of 100 89
Mega Fun SNES Dec, 1993 80 out of 100 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Genesis Mar, 1994 59 out of 100 59
GamePro (US) Genesis Sep, 1994 2.5 out of 5 50
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Neo Geo Feb 09, 2004 5 out of 10 50
BonusStage.co.uk Nintendo Switch Oct 05, 2017 4 out of 10 40
Pixel-Heroes.de SNES Feb, 2005 3 out of 10 30
Pixel-Heroes.de Neo Geo 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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