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Fatal Fury Special is an improved version of SNK's 2D one-on-one fighter Fatal Fury 2. The objective is to win the tournament by defeating all other fighters including end boss Wolfgang Krauser. Fatal Fury Special features a fairly large selection of fighters that includes:
  • The eight regular fighters from Fatal Fury 2: Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard, Joe Higashi, Kim Kaphwan, Jubei Yamada, Cheng Sinzan, Mai Shiranui and Big Bear.
  • The four bosses from Fatal Fury 2: Billy Kane, Axel Hawk, Lawrence Blood and Wolfgang Krauser (this time they're all immediately playable).
  • Three characters returning from the first Fatal Fury: Duck King, Tung Fu Rue and Geese Howard (the end boss from Fatal Fury).
Other improvements include:
  • A new Count Down mode (defeat as many opponents as possible in 3 minutes).
  • Extra color schemes for every character.
  • New & improved background graphics.
  • Dolby Surround Sound support.
Fatal Fury Special still features the series' trademark pseudo-3D movement along two planes.


Fatal Fury Special Arcade Cheng Sinzan getting hit by Wolfgang Krauser
Fatal Fury Special SNES New challenger
Fatal Fury Special Arcade Joe Higashi's stage - Billy Kane attacking from above
Fatal Fury Special SEGA CD Before battle Ryo Sakazaki vs Big Bear

Promo Images

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Alternate Titles

  • "餓狼伝説SPECIAL" -- Japanese spelling
  • "アケアカNEOGEO 餓狼伝説SPECIAL" -- Japanese PS4 / Switch spelling
  • "Garō Densetsu Special" -- Japanese title
  • "AkeAka NeoGeo: Garō Densetsu Special" -- Japanese PS4 / Switch title
  • "ACA NeoGeo: Fatal Fury Special" -- PS4 / Switch title

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User Reviews

Great game...on another system, that is... SEGA CD Satoshi Kunsai (2074)
They tried, they really did. SEGA CD Fake Spam (94)
Takara delivers arcade perfection. Game Gear Fake Spam (94)

Critic Reviews

Consoles Plus Game Gear Apr, 1995 92 out of 100 92
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Neo Geo Sep 09, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Neo Geo Jan, 1994 34 out of 40 85
neXGam Game Gear 2002 8.3 out of 10 83
Mega Fun SNES May, 1995 76 out of 100 76
Digital Press - Classic Video Games SEGA CD Oct 31, 2004 7 out of 10 70
GamePro (US) SEGA CD May, 1995 3 out of 5 60
GamePro (US) SNES Jun, 1995 3 out of 5 60 Xbox 360 Sep 10, 2007 5.8 out of 10 58
Mean Machines Game Gear Apr, 1995 46 out of 100 46


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On some stages some of the game's other fighters appear in the background. Terry Bogard, Billy Kane and Mai Shiranui can be seen in the background on Andy Bogard's Venice stage, while Joe Higashi is visible on Big Bear's Australia stage.

Ryo Sakazaki

Ryo Sakazaki, from Art of Fighting, is a secret character in the SNES, Genesis, and Sega CD versions of the game. You can unlock him via a code, or if you're good enough, you can fight against him after you beat the game.

The Game Gear version had him as a normal character. You don't need a special code to unlock him.

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