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Southtown City plays host to the King of Fighters Tournament. Andy & Terry Bogard take part in the tournament cause winning the tournament is the only way they can defeat Geese Howard. Geese Howard controls Southtown City and killed their father several years ago. Also taking part is Joe Higashi, a Japanese kickboxer. Select either Joe, Andy or Terry, visit several locations in Southtown City and win that tournament!

Fatal Fury is a 2D fighter and is the first game in a series of one-on-one fighting games by SNK. It's a conversion of the original Fatal Fury arcade game. This first game does not yet feature the series' trademark pseudo 3D mode (which allows you to move between the foreground & background while fighting). Includes a two-player vs. mode.


Fatal Fury Genesis Choosing an area
Fatal Fury Genesis Player select in 1P mode
Fatal Fury Genesis Japanese title screen.
Fatal Fury Genesis Title screen

Promo Images

Fatal Fury Screenshot
Fatal Fury Screenshot
Fatal Fury Screenshot
Fatal Fury Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "餓狼伝説~宿命の闘い~" -- Japanese spelling
  • "The Battle of Destiny" -- Japanese title
  • "Garō Densetsu: Shukumei no Tatakai" -- Japanese Arcade title
  • "Fatal Fury: King of Fighters" -- Neo Geo title

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Critic Reviews

Sega Force Sep 30, 1993 89 out of 100 89
GameFan Magazine Apr, 1993 87 out of 100 87
Play Time May, 1993 85 out of 100 85
Mean Machines Apr, 1993 84 out of 100 84
Mega Fun May, 1993 68 out of 100 68
Video Games Aug, 1993 58 out of 100 58 Jul 15, 2010 5 out of 10 50
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Sep 10, 2005 5 out of 10 50
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Apr, 1993 16 out of 40 40 Mar, 2009 4 out of 10 40


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This is not a spoiler, but I can tell you that if you complete the game, you will be introduced to the fact that the Neo Geo hardware maintains an internal real-time clock that knows the date and time.

King of Fighter

The original Fatal Fury is the real original King of Fighters game. Want proof? A banner that reads "King of Fighters" is shown at the character select screen.

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