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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 Tung Fu Rue buffing himself up, Geese Howard feeling the pain
Fatal Fury Special SNES Saturday Night Fever: Duck King and Geese Howard duke it out inside a night club
Fatal Fury Special Xbox 360 Emulated arcade title screen.
Fatal Fury Special Sharp X68000 Intro featuring Wolfgang Krauser von Stroheim

Promo Images

Fatal Fury Special Screenshot
Fatal Fury Special Screenshot
Fatal Fury Special Screenshot
Fatal Fury Special Magazine Advertisement GamePro (International Data Group, United States), Issue 65 (December 1994)


Alternate Titles

  • "餓狼伝説SPECIAL" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Garō Densetsu Special" -- Japanese title

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User Reviews

Great game...on another system, that is... SEGA CD Satoshi Kunsai (2084)
They tried, they really did. SEGA CD Fake Spam (94)
Takara delivers arcade perfection. Game Gear Fake Spam (94)

Critic Reviews

TeamXbox Xbox 360 Sep 05, 2007 9 out of 10 90
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Game Gear Feb, 1995 9 out of 10 90
Mega Fun Neo Geo Nov, 1993 86 out of 100 86
Consoles Plus SNES Mar, 1995 86 out of 100 86
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Game Gear Oct 02, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85
Megablast Neo Geo Dec, 1993 83 out of 100 83
Edge Neo Geo Mar, 1994 8 out of 10 80
Play Time SNES Jun, 1995 80 out of 100 80
The Video Game Critic Neo Geo Jul 15, 2003 B 75 (UK) Xbox 360 Sep 15, 2007 7 out of 10 70


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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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