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Fatal Fury Special is an improved version of SNK's 2D one-on-one fighter Fatal Fury 2. The objective is to win the tournament by defeating all other fighters including end boss Wolfgang Krauser. Fatal Fury Special features a fairly large selection of fighters that includes:
  • The eight regular fighters from Fatal Fury 2: Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard, Joe Higashi, Kim Kaphwan, Jubei Yamada, Cheng Sinzan, Mai Shiranui and Big Bear.
  • The four bosses from Fatal Fury 2: Billy Kane, Axel Hawk, Lawrence Blood and Wolfgang Krauser (this time they're all immediately playable).
  • Three characters returning from the first Fatal Fury: Duck King, Tung Fu Rue and Geese Howard (the end boss from Fatal Fury).
Other improvements include:
  • A new Count Down mode (defeat as many opponents as possible in 3 minutes).
  • Extra color schemes for every character.
  • New & improved background graphics.
  • Dolby Surround Sound support.
Fatal Fury Special still features the series' trademark pseudo-3D movement along two planes.


Fatal Fury Special SNES The modes of play
Fatal Fury Special SNES Saturday Night Fever: Duck King and Geese Howard duke it out inside a night club
Fatal Fury Special SNES Korea: Joe Higashi performs a weird throw on Kim Kaphwan
Fatal Fury Special SNES First stage

Promo Images

Fatal Fury Special Screenshot
Fatal Fury Special Screenshot
Fatal Fury Special Screenshot
Fatal Fury Special Screenshot


Alternate Titles

  • "餓狼伝説SPECIAL" -- Japanese spelling
  • "アケアカNEOGEO 餓狼伝説SPECIAL" -- Japanese PS4 / Switch spelling
  • "Garō Densetsu Special" -- Japanese title
  • "AkeAka NeoGeo: Garō Densetsu Special" -- Japanese PS4 / Switch title
  • "ACA NeoGeo: Fatal Fury Special" -- PS4 / Switch title

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User Reviews

There are no reviews for the SNES release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.

Critic Reviews

Consoles Plus Mar, 1995 86 out of 100 86
Super Power Mar, 1995 85 out of 100 85
Video Games Dec, 1994 84 out of 100 84
Power Unlimited Apr, 1995 8.3 out of 10 83
Play Time Jun, 1995 80 out of 100 80
Mega Fun May, 1995 76 out of 100 76
Game Players Jun, 1995 74 out of 100 74
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) May, 1995 29.5 out of 40 74
Total! (Germany) May, 1995 2.75 out of 6 65
GamePro (US) Jun, 1995 3 out of 5 60


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On some stages some of the game's other fighters appear in the background. Terry Bogard, Billy Kane and Mai Shiranui can be seen in the background on Andy Bogard's Venice stage, while Joe Higashi is visible on Big Bear's Australia stage.

Ryo Sakazaki

Ryo Sakazaki, from Art of Fighting, is a secret character in the SNES, Genesis, and Sega CD versions of the game. You can unlock him via a code, or if you're good enough, you can fight against him after you beat the game.

The Game Gear version had him as a normal character. You don't need a special code to unlock him.

Information also contributed by Foxhack

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