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Art of Fighting / Ryuuko no Ken

Art of Fighting (c) 09/1992 SNK.

An early Neo-Geo martial arts fighting game with two selectable characters in one player mode and eight selectable characters in two player mode which also features a long-nosed end boss. Progressive damage is shown on each fighter's face for a dramatic effect.


SNK Neo-Geo MVS hardware

Game ID : 0044

Main CPU : 68000 (@ 12 Mhz)

Sound CPU : Z80 (@ 4 Mhz)

Sound Chips : YM2610 (@ 8 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal

Video resolution : 320 x 224 pixels

Screen refresh : 59.19 Hz

Palette colors : 4096

Players : 2

Control : 8-way joystick

Buttons : 4

= > [A] Punching attack, [B] Kicking attack, [C] Throw enemy, [D] Taunt


This game is known in Japan as "Ryuuko no Ken" (translates from Japanese as 'Dragon and Tiger Fist').

A bootleg of this game is known as "Fit of Fighting".

This is the first fighting game to feature the 'camera zoom' - where the camera zooms in when the fighters are close together and zooms out when the fighters move away from each other. This is also the first fighting game to utilize a 'spirit meter'. Every time a special move is executed the spirit meter is depleted accordingly. The more powerful the special move, the more it depletes. When it's empty special moves can't be done anymore, however, you can recharge the spirit meter by standing still and holding the A or B button leaving you totally defenseless.

The Haou Shokou Ken was referred to as the Haou Ken (or as the game put it, the 'Haow-Ken'). Its similarity to Ryu's (of "Street Fighter" fame) Hadou Ken forced the name change.

The character's fighting stance and their victory pose depends on how beaten up they are.


* Move Command Delay : Its posible to input the commands for any special or super move but it is not necessary to press the corresponding attack button right away, this allows you to delay any move for as long as you want in order to surprise an opponent! This trick also enables you to perform slower versions of some special moves such as proyectile attacks. Try it! :)


1. Art of Fighting (1992)

2. Art of Fighting 2 (1994)

3. Art of Fighting 3 - The Path of the Warrior (1996)


Producer : Eikichi Kawasaki

Directors : Finish Hiroshi, Dog Akira, Matakichi.Chan, Mastang.2

Programmers : John Guso, Cross.Moon D.S.K

Obj. designers : Hatarakuogsan, Muta Teizon, Kama Kama, Tree.Village.Ken, Kylly Maclako, Pinkey.2, Lionheart, Tony.R.Oki, Outim Amadok Eel, Toyochan, 7.7812.8270.Kubo, Ayustat Shin 25, I000.Taroh Age22, Gynos.Crash!, Dir Tetsuzan, 555 Zi5han, Ahokamen.Boke, Bo.Bo, Kiritao.Y, Gmhenson Jr

Back designers : Muramama.2, Take.P, Shimachan, Moriyan, H Skallter, Ug

Sound : Paciorek, Papaya, Yamapy-1, Jojoha Kitapy, Toshio Shimizm (as Shimizum)

* Voice Actors :

Ryo : Masaki Usui

Robert : Eiji Yano

King : Harumi Ikoma

Lee : Eiji Yano

Jack : ???

John : ???

Micky : ???

Todo : ???


* Consoles :

Nintendo Super Famicom (1993)

Sega Mega Drive (1994)

NEC PC-Engine CD (1994)

SNK Neo-Geo CD (1994)

Sony PlayStation 2 (2006, "NeoGeo Online Collection Vol.4 : Art of Fighting")