(Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Fatal Fury (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Game Profile

Released in 1991 and one of the longest-running series in the fighting-game genre, this title introduced players to Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard and Joe Higashi. Select one of the three and visit many locations as your chosen fighter engages in numerous street fights around the fictional city of South Town. If you're good enough, you'll eventually take on Billy Kane and then his boss, the notorious crime lord Geese Howard.

Use each fighter's own finishing maneuver and battle in two different planes on the screen, one in the foreground and the other farther away in the background. The game also features a two-player mode that is well known for its unique setup, which allows fighters to both fight and help each other. Do you have what it takes to win the King of Fighters tournament?

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Posted by Damien McFerran

Released in 1991 and one of the longest-running series in the fighting-game genre, this title introduced players to Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard and Joe Higashi.

When you consider the sheer volume of one-on-one fighters produced by SNK over the past decade or so it’s amazing to think that 1991’s Fatal Fury was the first time they’d attempted such a game since the company’s inception in 1978. Produced to...

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KeeperBvK

#1

KeeperBvK said:

Yeah, Fatal Fury is one big classic. Sure, tehre are lots of way better brawlers, but still this is good fun. Can't wait for Andy, Terry, Joe and all the others.

angel_m_rivera_colla

#2

angel_m_rivera_colla said:

just a little zoomed out but who cares? viva neo geo,welcome to the family! im so proud and lucky. the vc was the main reason for me having a Wii.

Jazzem

#5

Jazzem said:

I don't know if I really like the art style of the game, but I'll probably get it, being a new 'fan' of 2D fighters these past few months or so.

I love the 80's esque box-art as well XD 55 megs!

Maxx_the_Slash

#6

Maxx_the_Slash said:

I can't wait for this game. Yes, it does look like crap, but it was made in the early 90's. What do you expect when you compare it with today's games? It was pretty solid, despite only allowing a choice of 3 characters.

Peksu

#7

Peksu said:

When you compare this to stuff that came out later on NeoGeo, the difference is incredible. I'd wait for some newer games rather than buying this.

Bass_X0

#8

Bass_X0 said:

I've only played the SNES version. Its better than Street Fighter 1, but not as good as Street Fighter II. I loved the characters in the later games but they really do feel... for want of a better word... 'clunky' in this game. i am glad that neogeo games are coming to the virtual console but i can't really recommend Fatal Fury 1 (unless its just to familarise yourself with the characters who don't reappear in later games which is the only reason why i played this). I'd give the SNES game 2/5 but I haven't ever actually played this particular version (I don't believe it would be much different though)

the backgrounds are pretty fun to look at - they have more life to them than those in street fighter ii.

Bass_X0

#9

Bass_X0 said:

I think a 4/5 is slightly too high compared to other upcoming games on the neo geo and indeed the street fighter ii series.

Villain

#10

Villain said:

Actually, mr Bass X, the Neo Geo version probably is a bit different considering the major differences in graphics and sound quality there is between the SNES and the MVS/AES. I still believe SF2 Turbo is a lot better, but this one might just still get downloaded by me today.

But it's true that the SNES version sucks.

KeeperBvK

#12

KeeperBvK said:

Can you also only choose between Joe, Andy and Terry in multiplayer or are you given the choice of all fighters there?

Zweck36

#16

Zweck36 said:

I hope we get this Monday. I think I will totally dig it since I'm in to Capcom vs SNK. I know all and have beaten all SF games, now I want to learn the SNK side of things. World Warrior is still my favorite SF game, so I'm thinking I will dig this first game as well. Any chances of a kof coming to the VC? I would love to try those games as well.

Bass_X0

#17

Bass_X0 said:

The Orochi Saga is coming to the Wii as a compilation title. KoF will probably be coming to the VC but I'd imagine it would be quite some time away. If it does, expect KoF'94 to be the first obviously.

__SKILLBOY

#18

SKILLBOY said:

I remember this game from old and it seems slower than the arcade. Does it run at full speed on VC?

__NeoandGeo

#19

NeoandGeo said:

While not a crap game like someone mentioned earlier. This game may not be up to 900 point standards for some with the limited fighting crew, and early Neo-Geo quality.

__ICEknight

#20

ICEknight said:

For those who aren't aware, this game runs at 50Hz only (in Europe and Australia), which means it actually runs slower than you might remember from the arcades.

If you aren't happy with this, just drop a few lines to Nintendo's customer service.

angel_m_rivera_colla

#21

angel_m_rivera_colla said:

every arcade emulation deserves a 5 star recognition.fatal fury is arcade,sf2 is a port....confusion?maybe sf2 is better...in arcades!

__Ian

#22

Ian said:

Does anyone know if the NeoGeo Virtual Console games support 60Hz for PAL machines? or is it 50Hz only like the NES and SNES games?

__JJ

#25

JJ said:

A great game with some really good combos and fun! Really enjoyed it and is definitely worth the 900 points. The two player mode is great fun if played with a light heart and the character design is very nice. The only problem is if it is played with the Wii Remote, it is very hard to pull off these previously mentioned combos. This really is for the NGC Controller or the Classic Controller.
Albeit, a fascinating game and a great debut for the NeoGeo. More NeoGeo games!

Adamant

#26

Adamant said:

Actually, never mind, HERE's a surefire way of beating Raiden: as the battle starts, throw a few punches in the air, and Raiden will respond with either an attack or changing rows. If he breathes dust, block to get pushed back, then repeat your punching to make him attack again. If you have decent distance and he blows dust, use your projectile. If he jumps at you, jump backwards while kicking. If he changes rows, just get some distance and change to his row if he doesn't change back. He should fall quickly.

andsoitgoes

#27

andsoitgoes said:

Okay - I have to admit I loved playing this game in the arcades when I was younger. I sunk a lot of quarters into it. However, the same reason that I don't drop money on a NES game that I may have enjoyed as a kid, is the same reason I regret spending almost 10 bucks on this one. I picked it up, played it for a few minutes and then sat back thinking "Why? What did I do that for?" Maybe I was just better at this stuff when I was a kid. Who knows, but in the end I'm not thrilled that I spent the money, and the game to me PALES in comparison to even the SNES version of SF2, but that could also be how much that game meant to me, it was the first game I ever bought. This just strikes me as shallow and not the game it was when I was younger. Sigh. Shame I can't send this game to someone else, would be a nice gift maybe?

sam

#28

sam said:

I just downloaded this as I used to play it in the arcades back in the day. My fond memories have been replaced with glitchy hit registering, unresponsive controls and tedious gameplay. This game offers very limited fun. Not as good as Art Of Fighting.

Elk810

#29

Elk810 said:

OMG! This game is freakin awesome dispite that it's old and can only gives you access to three characters. It's still better than Street Fighter ONE. Just wait till Real Bout: Fatal Fury though. I wonder how they'd go about adding Garou: Mark of the Wolves. That one game alone takes up more MB than the Wii's internal flash memory is capable of holding. (688 megs > 512 megs = (!_!))

DEMON212

#30

DEMON212 said:

HAHAHAHAHA

INSTANT COMMENTS NOW!

I've tried several times to post that you can ONLY play as 3 THREE! characters, and it's never been posted.

Well instant comments means that I can :D

Really good game though, just 3 characters is all.

Adamant

#31

Adamant said:

Given that all the computer chracters are rather broken and overpowered, they don't really work as playable characters anyway. This isn't a traditional fighter like SF2, guys. Just be happy you can choose between different fighting styles - Street Fighter 1 only offered one playable character (and an identical clone of him in multiplayer).

yeeat

#32

yeeat said:

It's definitely better than street fighter one but can it beat king of fighters? If i have a bunch of points to spend i won't even consider thinking "not to buy" I'll buy it right away but i still say wait for KOF 2000 or at least 96 or 98 or something...

Manicfatty

#33

Manicfatty said:

I had a soft spot in my heart for the game. I must have had a soft spot in my head for downloading it. Not terrible, just not worth the usage of space on my Wii. Now on my SD card.

TRON

#34

TRON said:

This is one of the first fighters, and still one of the best to me. It's like many of the first fighters that came out in that it's design stems from the brawlers that were before it (like Final Fight) and still has the structure of your choice of only a few fighters and a cliche story, and instead of levels it's just a string of boss fights. This is more like the first Street Fighter than it is like SF2. I love the single player of this game, it has a ton of style and great atmosphere, but if I had a friend over who wanted to play some matches I would rather play SF2 for VS.

Tannman42

#35

Tannman42 said:

This game is not bad but the fat guy you fight near the end annoys the hell out of me!!

Rawk_Hawk

#36

Rawk_Hawk said:

This game's video has catchy music. I like it!
I just downloaded this game really for the nostalgia. I used to own this on the Genesis and played it do death. I also remember playing it a the beach all of the time. It's worth owning even if the gameplay feels a little dated.

Andio_Pandio

#37

Andio_Pandio said:

Plays slow. Only 3 characters.Too hard. Despite all this, Fatal Fury has charmed me to the point where I can't bring myself to transfer this this to my SD card, even tho i since downloaded SFII Turbo and subsequently deleted it ! Lovin the PaoPao cafe music big-time!!!

davegorack

#38

davegorack said:

its a great game and good to show the greatness of neo geo beatem ups but..... dont get it. wait till Garou mark of the wolfs is released.

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