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Fighter's History is a traditional 2D fighter along the lines of the Street Fighter series. The player can choose between 9 different characters to play as: Ray, Feilin, Ryoko, Matlok, Samchay, Lee, Mizoguchi, Jean and Marstorius. Two hidden characters, Clown and Karnov, the bosses of the game, are also playable. Each of the fighters have a number of unique moves, once again, fashioned in the image of Street Fighter II.

There are three different gameplay modes are available. CPU Battle is the traditional arcade mode, where the player select a character and try to complete the game by beating all of the other fighters. In survival mode, the player select a team of five characters to go up against another team. And finally versus mode, where the player can go up against his friends.


Fighter's History SNES Player selection. Notice the uncanny resemblance to some of the characters from Street Fighter 2
Fighter's History Arcade Title screen
Fighter's History SNES Round lost
Fighter's History SNES Whack!

Promo Images

Fighter's History Screenshot
Fighter's History Screenshot
Fighter's History Screenshot
Fighter's History Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Johnny Turbo's Arcade: Fighter's History" -- Nintendo Switch title
  • "ファイターズヒストリー" -- Japanese spelling

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Game Players SNES Jun, 1994 83 out of 100 83
Defunct Games SNES Apr 24, 2014 B+ 83
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SNES Aug, 1994 8 out of 10 80
GamePro (US) SNES Jul, 1994 3.5 out of 5 70
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SNES Jun, 1994 27 out of 40 68
Digital Press - Classic Video Games SNES Jun 13, 2004 6 out of 10 60
Nintendo Magazine System UK SNES 1994 54 out of 100 54
Computer and Video Games (CVG) SNES Sep, 1994 51 out of 100 51
Video Chums Nintendo Switch May 18, 2020 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40
SwankWorld SNES Jun 03, 2005 4 out of 10 40


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At the time of the arcade release of Fighter's History, Capcom U.S.A. sued Data East Corp. over Fighter's History. Capcom felt infringements on their Street Fighter II property, but lost the case on grounds that the copied elements were scenes a faire, thus excluded from copyright. As for Data East, their largest objection in court was that Karate Champ, released in 1984, was the true originator of the genre, it predated the original Street Fighter (released in 1987) by three years.

As a side note, Data East themselves had 5 years earlier pressed similar charges against Epyx for World Karate Championship, because it resembled their own Karate Champ a little too much. As with the Capcom case, the charges were eventually revoked.


Pony Canyon (sic) released a limited edition soundtrack on June 18, 1993 (before the game was ported to SNES), which featured a total of 15 tracks from the game.
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