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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 Genesis In story mode, you can only choose from either Ryo or Robert.
Art of Fighting Genesis Look, it's Steven Seagal! Oh, no it's not...
Art of Fighting Genesis The graphics are very different from the SNES and arcade versions.
Art of Fighting Genesis You can use the three or six button controllers with this game.

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Alternate Titles

  • "龍虎の拳" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Ryūko no Ken" -- Japanese title
  • "용호의 권" -- Korean spelling

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Critic Reviews

SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Sep 04, 2009 8 out of 10 80
Video Games Apr, 1994 74 out of 100 74
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Sep, 1994 7 out of 10 70
Play Time Mar, 1994 63 out of 100 63
Mega Fun Mar, 1994 61 out of 100 61
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Aug, 1994 29 out of 50 58 Jul 27, 2009 5 out of 10 50
GamePro (US) Sep, 1994 2.5 out of 5 50
All Game Guide 1999 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Mean Machines 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".

Informatiion also contributed by B14ck W01f

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