(Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Fatal Fury Special (Wii Virtual Console / Neo Geo)

Game Profile

Originally released in 1993, this fighting game pits 15 different fighters against each other.

The cast includes the original eight characters from Fatal Fury 2, as well as three new characters (Billy, Axel and Laurence) and a new boss (Wolfgang). Also, three characters from the original Fatal Fury (Duck, Dan and Geese) have returned to the fight. Building on the appeal of the previous game with two-line battles, special moves and powerful finishers, this game is truly worthy of its “special” distinction. And if certain special conditions are met, special guest Ryuu Sakazaki will make an appearance.

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Posted by Corbie Dillard

Is it really all that special?

There's no question that Fatal Fury 2 was quite a step up in quality from the original, but it seems SNK still wasn't completely satisfied with the game and decided to release an upgrade in the form of Fatal Fury Special. Rather than start from scratch,...

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CanisWolfred

#1

CanisWolfred said:

I never got into fighters, they looked cool and all, and they were kinda fun, but I could never get into them. Would this be a good game to start with? If not, what would be?

KeeperBvK

#2

KeeperBvK said:

And so FF2 already becomes obsolete...
Edit: Damnit. That's just what you guys from VC Reviews also wrote up there. ^^

Charco

#3

Charco said:

All we need now is World Heroes Jet to make the first two World Heroes games obsolete. Yey!

Surgical_Precision

#4

Surgical_Precision said:

@Mickeymac

Super Smash Bros. Brawl...

Yes it's vary different from just about everything else, But then you can't really find a better place to start...

Melee is better balanced, But it's learning curve for the advanced stuff is quite high even for someone who spends most there time playing games...

Brawl is easy to pick up & easy enough to get good at... (Getting REALLY good at it is another story though)

But if you really want to stick with the conventional stuff, You can't go wrong with Street Fighter 2 (Get Turbo if you ever want to play competitively with it, Super is great but it's not the best version when it comes to doing what it does the best)

IMO Brawl is WELL worth the money though... Even if you don't find yourself liking it as a Fighter, Its got a massive Platforming game that well take you at least 8 to 10 hours just to beat it and around another 30 or so hours to complete it (If you're good)

CanisWolfred

#5

CanisWolfred said:

@Surgical Precision

I had a feeling someone would mention that. SSB is a completely different beast from the likes of Fatal Fury and Street Fighters, and should not be considered an entry level fighter parse, sinse tactics used in SSBB don't really work in most 2D fighters. Trust me, I've played and exceled(though that is a bit strong of a word) in all of the Super Smash Bros. games, yet I can't even begin to concieve the complexity of these games.

I need something that doesn't have an entirely extensive list of moves, yet still plays like a regular fighter. What I'm asking is, what would be a good transition game(from SSB to Street Fighters).

slangman

#6

slangman said:

So is this the same as Fatal Fury 2? I might give this a download since i kinda like the Fatal Fury games fro some reason even if they are the early editions.

Surgical_Precision

#7

Surgical_Precision said:

@Mickeymac

Well... Street Fighter 2... I'm sorry but that is roughly as basic as it gets considering that most fighters today come from the concepts originally introduced in that game...

The special move command sequences are a standard used in almost every fighter that followed that game & the ones that came before it look & play almost nothing like what you want at all...

It's easier then you might think... Every character only has 3 to 5 special moves (Most 4 & only one actually has 5)

Just look up gfaq's and pick just one character to work with at a time...

You'll be annoyed by it a little at first but once you get the system down you'll probably come to see the game as too easy because unlike games like SSB you can only take the mind games so far...

CanisWolfred

#8

CanisWolfred said:

Thank you Surgical Precision! I always wanted to try fighters, but most were far too complicated, so I really needed that. Now if my brother will let me try that Street Fighters game he's got, I'll be able to add another genre of games to my repetoire.

MrLopez

#10

MrLopez said:

Isn't this one of the best Fatal Fury games?
It has Billy Kane playable, Finally!

That_Guy_from_Faxana

#11

That_Guy_from_Faxana said:

According to reviews this is one of the better Fatal Fury games, so I really hope it comes to Europe as well! Since we´ve gotten every Neo Geo game so far, my hopes are high.

I guess the Real Bout Fatal Fury series and Garou are even better, but since this peaks the "regular" series it´s a must buy for me!

CanisWolfred

#12

CanisWolfred said:

I tried that Street Fighters rom, it was pretty fun, once I found a good faq. I would've tried this one, if I could've gotten the dang Neo Geo emulator to work. I really think if I keep on trying, I could really get into fighters, though, at the moment, they do seem a little overwhelming, and I'm not used to putting so much work into a game.

I'm not sure though, should I go with Street Fighters, or Fatal Fury - I've already put some work into SF, but FF has those two really cool guys from King of Fighters '94. I suppose I'll go with both eventually, but really, I need to decide which one I should get first.

Surgical_Precision

#13

Surgical_Precision said:

My advice is try your hand at SF first... (Turbo if you plain on buying it) As it's just plain easier to pick up & the system is less broken then the FF games... (Not saying they're bad, Just a whole lot harder & less evenly balanced)

The FF games didn't really reach the same level of balanced game play until it switched out its main name for its subtitle back in 1994. (The King of Fighters)

Any of the later KoF games are great but they (Even on the easiest difficulty setting) make most other fighters look down right easy by comparison!

This is a wonderful thing for a seasoned pro, But not a beginner...

The SFA series or Marvel vs Capcom 1&2 would be a good next step after SF... Then FF or KoF... (Just my opinion, But it should make things easier on you)

Adroitone

#14

Adroitone said:

Actually Fatal Fury 3 is by far the best in the regular series. Then the Real Bouts took Fatal Fury to the next level. The Garou just pretty much destroyed almost every 2D fighter ever created (except Last Blade :D).

Street Fighter is a much more easier fighter to get into. Once you get use to those, you can upgrade to one of the better fighters on the Neo Geo. If you are just getting into fighters though, stick to Street Fighter for the time being.

CanisWolfred

#15

CanisWolfred said:

Thank you everybody for your opinions, I appreciate it. I think I'll go with Super Street Fighters II: The New Challengers (since that was the rom I had been playing) the next time I buy a VC game, Even if this does have Joe and Terry from that King of Fighters game I played.

CanisWolfred

#17

CanisWolfred said:

I just realized this was released on XBLA like, a year ago. That might explain why it was rated already. It'll still probably come to VC, but...come on!

WarioFan63

#18

WarioFan63 said:

Well youre right that it was rated already, but it was only recently that it was rated specifically for Wii.

CanisWolfred

#20

CanisWolfred said:

@Adroitone

I was just about to ask how this compared to the rest of the series, since the collections are pretty cheap nowadays. I'll try to pick them up when I can.

Edit: Actually, I find FF Special to be the best in the main series. I didn't like the new characters in FF 3, and really missed the old ones. The 3-plane system offered nothing, and I didn't like that you could only fight on the main plane.

slangman

#22

slangman said:

@ Adroitone when you say SNK volume collections do you mean the Wii version or the PS2 version?

CanisWolfred

#23

CanisWolfred said:

@Adroitone

I heard Fatal Fury Volume 2 was better than most of the other compilations, and since that's the one I'm interested in anyways, I don't see that as much of a concern.

@Slangman

The Wii collections are pretty good, at least that's what I heard, but the PS2 versions tend to have glitches.

tatemon555

#24

tatemon555 said:

Decent looking fighting game. I'm just not that interested. Why? Because I'm getting SNK Arcade Classics very soon.

Bass_X0

#26

Bass_X0 said:

Fighting games was the Neo-Geo's speciality. They make up way over half its catalog. I enjoy fighting games myself but I won't be getting this one. Its dated.

marktheshark

#27

marktheshark said:

I' am probably going to download this one when it comes out. None of the other games that're in FFBA Vol. 1 interest me, except for maybe Fatal Fury 3.

@Segasonic

What's so bad about Neo Geo fighting games? Are you just mad because neither majora's mask or Earthbound is in the vc yet?

MexicanJonny10

#30

MexicanJonny10 said:

my favorite fighting series (besides smash bros) is the king of fighters series and since this game doesnt have ralf, then i anit getting it!

Bass_X0

#31

Bass_X0 said:

I played a demo of this on X-Box 360... its quite terrible. Better than AoF though.

morphballer

#32

morphballer said:

Real Bout Fatal Fury renders Fatal Fury 3 obsolete. Its much easier to maneuver the three planes in Real Bout. The only advantage FF3 has over RB is the character specific backgrounds.

marktheshark

#33

marktheshark said:

I wonder what's holding back SNK Playmore from putting out any more Neo Geo games on the VC?

I think the VC will probably start getting more Neo Geo games once Fatal Fury Special or World Heroes 2 comes to the VC.

cheetahman91

#34

cheetahman91 said:

It's back?! They even kept the old comments. :O Not interested though since I am horrible at all fighting games.

astarisborn94

#35

astarisborn94 said:

From looking at the character roster, this might be my 2nd Virtual Console game that is fighting if the game is as good if not better then Super Street Fighter II: The New Challenger.

Adamant

#36

Adamant said:

As good as SSF2? While I wouldn't go exactly that far, it's pretty damn close, yeah. Definitely one to download if you want another fighter.

Bass_X0

#37

Bass_X0 said:

This is the last of the early Fatal Fury games. After this one, the series got more interesting. I still haven't downloaded a Fatal Fury game yet. I think my first will be Real Bout.

evilralfwiggum

#40

evilralfwiggum said:

Already have it on 360, but it's always nice to see more Neo Geo games added to he Virtual Console. Here's to hoping for more, rarer titles!

DarkEdi

#41

DarkEdi said:

Do you recommend DL this or wait to FF3? Tellme differences good and bad between FF special and FF3

morphballer

#42

morphballer said:

I would recommend getting this game and skipping FF3 all together because FF3 has a new engine that has been improved with Real Bout.

Fatal Fury Special > Fatal Fury 2
Real Bout > Fatal Fury 3

DarkEdi

#43

DarkEdi said:

@morphballer: thanks, that´s the answer i search. Then the special is the best, and later go with real bout because improves the ff3 mechanic.

morphballer

#44

morphballer said:

OR, if you have a PS2, you can just get FF Battle Archives 2! It comes with all three Real Bout games.

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