Fatal Fury Special
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|Fatal Fury Special|
|Developer(s)||SNK (Neo Geo)
Takara (SNES,Game Gear)
Aspect Co. (Game Gear, sound),
JVC Musical Industries/Funcom (Mega-CD),
Hudson Soft (TurboGrafx-CD)
|Publisher(s)||SNK (Neo Geo),
JVC Musical Industries (Mega-CD),
Hudson Soft (TurboGrafx-CD)
Magical Company (Sharp X68000)
|Release date(s)||September 16, 1993
|Mode(s)||Up to 2 players|
|Arcade system||Neo Geo|
Fatal Fury Special (餓狼伝説SPECIAL Garō Densetsu Special?, "Legend of the Hungry Wolf Special") is a 1993 head-to-head fighting game produced by SNK originally released for the Neo Geo arcade and home platforms. It is an updated version of Fatal Fury 2, introducing several changes to the gameplay system while expanding the available character roster.
Fatal Fury Special is an updated version of Fatal Fury 2 and features many of the same graphics and gameplay, although some slight changes were made to the system, including faster game speed and an all new combo system.
The character roster of Fatal Fury 2 returns. The four computer-only characters from the previous game (Billy Kane, Axel Hawk, Laurence Blood, and Wolfgang Krauser) can now be controlled by the player, and three characters from the original Fatal Fury (Tung Fu Rue, Duck King, and Geese Howard) return, increasing the number of playable characters to fifteen. Ryo Sakazaki, the protagonist of Art of Fighting, appears as a hidden opponent at the end of the Single Player Mode and is playable in the home versions.
Unlike the previous Fatal Fury games, Special allows the player to combine or "combo" their attacks. When an attack lands, the player will have a brief moment of invincibility. The number of Line Move Attacks have also increased. This time pressing the light punch or light kick button while the opponent is on an opposite line will perform a Low Line Jump Attack.
The Single Player Mode has the player fighting all of the fifteen playable characters, beginning with the eight regular characters from the previous game, as well as Tung and Duck, with the player given a choice in their first opponent. After the first ten opponents, the player will fight against Billy, Axel, Laurence, Geese, and Krauser, in that order. If the player wins every match in two rounds, then the player will be challenged by Ryo Sakazaki in a special "Dream Match".
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In addition to the home versions for the Neo Geo and Neo Geo CD, ports of Fatal Fury Special were produced for the SNES, Sega CD and Game Gear, as well as the PC Engine game console (in Arcade CD-ROM² format) and the X68000 and FM Towns computer platforms in Japan. The game is included in Fatal Fury Battle Archives Vol. 1 for the PlayStation 2.
It was later released on the Virtual Console in Japan on November 4, 2009, North America on March 1, 2010 and in the PAL region on March 26, 2010. An emulation of the Neo Geo arcade game was also released for the Xbox Live Arcade.
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Reviewing the Neo Geo version, GamePro praised the variety of characters, the addition of new moves for the older characters, the combos, the detailed graphics, and the humorous touches to the backgrounds, though they felt the ability to jump between the foreground and background tended to be an annoyance. All four reviewers for Electronic Gaming Monthly referred to it as "one of the best tournament fighting games out there" (with insignificant changes in wording between each reviewer). They praised the new characters, the improved backgrounds and animations, and the music, and gave it a score of 8.5 out of 10.
- "ProReview: Fatal Fury Special". GamePro (55) (IDG). February 1994. p. 128-129.
- "Review Crew: Fatal Fury Special". Electronic Gaming Monthly (54) (EGM Media, LLC). January 1994. p. 48.
- NEW GAMES CROSS REVIEW: 餓狼伝説 SPECIAL. Weekly Famicom Tsūshin. No.329. Pg.32. 7 April 1995.
- Retro Gamer 43, page 94.