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Sango Fighter is a versus fighting game set in the Three Kingdoms era in China. The player can choose between five different characters from the time period, and fight other characters in either a one-on-one combat or a story mode.

The story is loosely based on real historical events of the Three Kingdoms era: towards the end of the Han Dynasty, China was controlled by the Emperor Ling, who was in turn controlled by ten of his servants in the royal palace. This created a convenient atmosphere for bandits, and the land was in turmoil. Then the Emperor ordered the ten dukes to take it on themselves to restore peace in the land, but the dukes instead fought amongst themselves. Finally, the duke Cao Cao took the Emperor captive and he now controls the realm. The player, however, must use five fighters to take on Cao Cao's forces and restore equilibrium to the land.


Sango Fighter DOS Guan Yu strikes Syu Hwang with his Counter Slash
Sango Fighter DOS Story
Sango Fighter DOS And another one
Sango Fighter DOS Ma Chau uses his Turning Sea Kick against Chao Yun

Promo Images

Sango Fighter Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "武將爭霸: 三國志" -- Chinese spelling (traditional)
  • "武将争霸:三国志" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "三国武将争覇" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Wu Jiang Zheng Ba: Sanguozhi" -- Chinese title
  • "Violent Vengeance" -- Working title
  • "Sango Street Fighter" -- Microstar release title
  • "Fighter in China" -- Common title
  • "삼국지 무장쟁패" -- Korean spelling

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User Reviews

Praise Panda DOS okos ember (17)
A genuinely horrible game. DOS Tomer Gabel (4634)

Critic Reviews

Top Secret DOS Feb, 1994 10 out of 10 100
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Dec, 1993 10 out of 12 83


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Development history

Originally, Sango Fighter was going to be published in the U.S. by Apogee Software, with help from Panda. During the game's brief stay with Apogee, it was titled Violent Vengance, but before long, Panda decided to publish it on their own in the U.S. The original title was reinstated when it was released in the U.S.

Super Fighter Team version

As of 2014, the game (together with the sequel Sango Fighter 2) is legally owned by Super Fighter Team, who has fully translated it into English and corrected some of its bugs. Both games are freely available at their website.

English language version

The first English language version of the game was released by a Taiwanese company named Accend, without permission from Panda Entertainment.


Sango Fighter is based on a novel called Romance of the Three Kingdoms.


A lawsuit by C&E Inc. took Sango Fighter off of store shelves.


One presumes that the "Sango" in the game's name refers to a streamlined transliteration of the pinyin Sānguó, literally the "Three Empires" of Cao Wei, Shu Han and Eastern Wu.

Information also contributed by Brandon Cobb, Pseudo_Intellectual, and Satoshi Kunsai

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