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Art of Fighting 3 - The Path of the Warrior / Art of Fighting - Ryuuko no Ken Gaiden

Art of Fighting 3 - The Path of the Warrior (c) 03/1996 SNK.

Ten selectable characters battle each other in various locations in Mexico. Extremely beautiful and fluid animation courtesy of motion capture technology brings a whole new style of game-play to this popular fighting game.


SNK Neo-Geo MVS hardware

Game ID : 0096

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] Punch [B] Kick [C] Hard brow [D] Raz


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

In each character endings, you receive a nice hand-draw of the character on the 'Thank you for Playing' screen.

The drawing Hoeh-Hoeh selects for Wang Koh San in the ending is random, there are 7 different ones.

Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Ryuuko no Ken Gaiden - PCCB-00212) on 03/04/1996.


* All characters have 2 colors, one is selected with the A button an the other one is chosen with the D button.

* Play as Sinclair : Highlight Robert and press Left (or highlight Jin and press Right(x2)).

* Play as Wyler : Highlight Robert and press Left(x2) (or highlight Jin and press Right).

* Special Day (Birthday Gift) : Definitely one of the strangest tricks in fighting games, each character will be powered up on his birthday (able to perform Super Desperation Moves at any moment during the fight!).

Kasumi Todo - March, 29

Wang Koh-San - April, 17

Lenny Criston - May, 20

Karman Cole - June, 13

Rody Births - July, 24

Ryo Sakazaki - August, 2

Jin-Fuha - September, 4

Wyler - October, 22

Sinclair - November, 14

Robert Garcia - December, 25

* Ultimate K.O. : Defeat an opponent in the first round by using your character's Super Desperation Move when the enemy's lifebar is 5% of less. If done correctly, you'll win the whole match in just a single round!

* Finish the game without losing a round to get a comical hand drawn picture of the character after the credits.


1. Art of Fighting (1992)

2. Art of Fighting 2 (1994)

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


Object designers : Heitarou, Black Tree, Futatsu!!, Higetoboin, UG, Ponda, Tohru, Pinkey-EX, Hori-pu~?, Terarin, Kattsun, Sumiccho, Nana, Ashizawan, Satopyon, Tani Tani, Koara, Rave Man, Sasa, K.Miya, Rolly(r), Tony Oki, ??....!

Back designers : Muramama Eiko, Daisuke, Wa-Da-Mo, J K, Sho-Chan, Take-Pyon

Programmers : MA2++, Yuritaro, Hiropon

CG creaters : K-Asa, Aki.Yama, Demao.Sat, Seri

Music composers : Yamapy-1, Papaya, Shibakichi

Capture assisted by : Masa, Shin.T, Jeffrey Zoern, Raymond Ho.

Producers : Takashi Nishiyama, Finish Hiroshi

Directors : Go, Shigeri #3, Kim-Ken, Moai-Nao

* Voice Actors :

Ryo : Masaki Usui

Robert : Mantaro Koichi

Rody : Eiji Yano

Lenny : Kumi Ishida

Wang : Monster Maetsuka

Karman : Mantaro Koichi

Jin : Jai

Sinclair : Harumi Ikoma

Wyler : Monster Maetsuka


* Consoles :

SNK Neo-Geo CD (1996) : contains endings for the two secret characters (Sinclair & Wyler).

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