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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 SNES D'oh! You lose.
Art of Fighting SNES In the second, you can earn more energy.
Art of Fighting SNES Robert finishing off King. If you beat her with a special move, her shirt will rip off!
Art of Fighting SNES So he uses his own version. Copycat!

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Art of Fighting Screenshot
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Art of Fighting Screenshot


Alternate Titles

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

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A Game of Give and Take... Lawnmower Man (145) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars

Critic Reviews

Power Unlimited Mar, 1994 9 out of 10 90
Nintendo Magazine System UK Dec, 1993 89 out of 100 89
Play Time Jan, 1994 84 out of 100 84
Electronic Games Jan, 1994 84 out of 100 84
Mega Fun Dec, 1993 80 out of 100 80
GamePro (US) Dec, 1993 4 out of 5 80
Video Games Dec, 1993 76 out of 100 76
Super Play (UK) Jan, 1994 56 out of 100 56
Total! (Germany) Jan, 1994 3.25 out of 6 55 Feb, 2005 3 out of 10 30


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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".

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