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Fatal Fury - King of Fighters / Garou Densetsu - shukumei no tatakai

Fatal Fury - King of Fighters (c) 11/1991 SNK.

Terry Bogard & Andy Bogard enter in a tournament called the King of Fighters where they must face dangerous fighters in order to find their father's murderer, none other than the tournament's sponsor & supreme champion : Geese Howard. Joe Higashi also enters the tournament in search of the championship title. Who will come out victorious? The main features in this story-driven fighter are backgrounds that feature two battle planes for pseudo 3-D action, & excellent music!


SNK Neo-Geo MVS hardware

Game ID : 0033

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 : 3

=> [A] Punch [B] Kick [C] Skill


This game is known in Japan as "Garou Densetsu - Shukumei no Tatakai" (translates from Japanese as 'Legend of Hungry Wolf - Battle of Destiny').

Originally called 'Real Bout', SNK opted to change the title to 'Fatal Fury'.

The official name of the tournament is 'The King of Fighters'. This can be verified if you look closely the promo poster seen in the name rankings. Later SNK would use this name for a popular game series of its own.

The music in a 2-player battle is taken from the first stage of "Street Smart".

This is the very first game that featured one of SNK's most famous fighters : Terry Bogard! Over the years, Terry Bogard has appeared in many games, usually in his familiar jacket with a star on his back and a cap on his head. However, what is on his cap is different (probably because he tosses so many of them, but that's a different story). Some games have him wear a blank cap, some have his cap say 'Running Wild', some have the Neo-Geo logo on them, but the commonly accepted cap is the one that says 'Fatal Fury' on it.

Terry Bogars appears in "Quiz King of Fighters" as selectable character.

This game was such a hit in Japan that an animated movie was released featuring character designs by Masami Ohbari. This movie's plot is fairly true to the game's main plot and all the characters in the game are featured. The movie was released on the USA by coutesy of Viz Video, a division of Viz Comics.

Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Garou Densetsu, Last Resort - PCCB-00087) on 21/05/1992.


The Japanese version features quite different move list sets for the three main characters (In the Fatal Fury sequels as well as the King of Fighters, Terry, Andy & Joe's move list sets are clearly based on the Japanese release of this particular game). All other versions feature very simplified joystick commands for each move.


1. Fatal Fury - King of Fighters (1991)

2. Fatal Fury 2 (1992)

3. Fatal Fury Special (1993)

4. Fatal Fury 3 - Road to the Final Victory (1995)

5. Real Bout Fatal Fury (1995)

6. Real Bout Fatal Fury Special (1996)

7. Real Bout Fatal Fury 2 - The Newcomers (1998)

8. Fatal Fury Wild Ambition (1998)

9. Garou - Mark of the Wolves (1999)

10. Fatal Fury First Contact (1999, SNK Neo Geo Pocket Color)


Producer : Eikichi Kawasaki

Planners : Tsukamichi, Deru Deru

Character designers : Ponsuke, Tsuzakingyo, Deru Deru, Moriyan, Somatoreeno, Lucky Okkiy, Boko Pyon, Soe Soe!

Chr. back up! : Sakita Kakaree, Kama Kama, Kimuryaer, Madarian, Batayan, Tabui Chang, Ochiai Shunin, Takepy, Simachang

Programmers : Yamatan, Kura

Prg. back up! : Konchang, Nakamuura

Sound : Konny, Yokochang, Muraisan, Tarkun, Tate&Bunnyboys, Finish Hiroshi, Michael Beard, Goodam kararee

Game assistants : Miyagami T.Ioo, S.Akutagama, Tome, Popyu Natchu 3, Tarou, Mukai

* Voice Actors :

Terry Bogard : Satoshi Hashimoto

Andy Bogard : Keiichi Nanba

Joe Higashi : Nobuyuki Hiyama

Michael Max : ???

Hwa Jai : ???

Tung Fu Rue : Shigehumi Nakai

Cheng Sinzan : Nakai Shigehumi

Duck King : Kong Kuwata

Richard Myer : Kong Kuwata

Raiden : ???

Billy Kane : Atsushi Yamanishi

Geese Howard : Kong Kuwata


* Consoles :

Nintendo Super Famicom (1993)

Sega Mega Drive (1993)

SNK Neo-Geo CD (1994)

Sony PlayStation 2 (2006, "NeoGeo Online Collection Vol.6 : Garou Densetsu Battle Archives 1" JP / "Fatal Fury Collection" US & EU)

* Computers :

Sharp X68000 (1993, "Garou Densetsu")