Fatal Fury 2

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Fatal Fury 2
Fatal Fury 2
North American Neo Geo CD cover art
Developer(s) SNK (Neo Geo)
Takara (SNES, Mega Drive/Genesis)
Publisher(s) SNK
Magical Company (Sharp X68000)
Producer(s) Eikichi Kawasaki
Series Fatal Fury
Platform(s) Neo Geo, Neo-Geo CD, PC Engine CD, Sega Genesis, SNES, Game Boy, X68000, PlayStation 2, Virtual Console
Release date(s) Arcade Neo Geo
  • WW: March 5, 1993
Super Famicom/SNES
  • JP: November 26, 1993
  • NA: April 1994
Sharp X68000
  • JP: December 23, 1993
PC Engine CD
  • JP: March 12, 1994
Mega Drive/Genesis
  • JP: June 24, 1994
  • NA: 1994
Game Boy
  • JP: July 29, 1994
Neo-Geo CD
  • WW: September 9, 1994
Wii Virtual Console
  • JP: May 20, 2008
  • NA: June 30, 2008
  • PAL: June 13, 2008
Genre(s) Fighting game
Mode(s) Up to two players
Cabinet Upright
Arcade system Neo Geo

Fatal Fury 2 (餓狼伝説2 ~新たなる闘い~ Garou Densetsu 2: Aratanaru Tatakai?, "Legend of the Hungry Wolf 2: The New Battle") is a 1992 fighting video game released by SNK for the Neo Geo arcade and home platforms, and later ported to several other home systems. It is a sequel to Fatal Fury: King of Fighters and the second game in the Fatal Fury franchise. Its updated version, Fatal Fury Special, was released in 1993.

Gameplay[edit]

Fatal Fury 2 was the second game in SNK's 100-Mega Shock series, offering improved graphics and gameplay over the original Fatal Fury: King of Fighters. The play controls were modified, this time making full use of the Neo-Geo's four button configuration, by including four attack buttons (Light Punch, Light Kick, Strong Punch, and Strong Kick). The player can also dash back from the opponent to retreat by quickly tapping the lever backwards twice.

The two-plane battle system from the first Fatal Fury has been retained. This time, the player can move freely to the adjacent plane by pressing the Light Punch and Light Kick buttons simultaneously for the "Plane Move". The player can also perform a "Power Attack" that will knock the opponent to the other plane. When the opponent is on the other plane, the player can press either a punch button to jump towards the opponent with a "Low Plane Move Attack" or either a kick button for a "High Plane Move Attack". Certain stages have hazards in the background plane, such as electrified wires or a stampede of bulls, and thus the player cannot change planes but can knock the opponent to the other plane to cause extra damage.

Other specialized techniques have been added as well. After the player guards an opponent's attack, they follow it up with a special counterattack technique known as an "Evasion Attack". The player can also taunt the opponent by pressing the Strong Punch button from a distance. Fatal Fury 2 also introduces the "Desperation Move" (or "Fury"), a powerful type of Special Move which causes massive damage that can only be used when the player's life gauge is at 25% and flashing red.

The single-player mode has the player facing against all eight characters (including a clone of the player's character), followed by four non-playable boss characters. After every fourth match, the player will participate in a bonus round for more points.

Plot[edit]

After Geese Howard's death in the original Fatal Fury, a mysterious nobleman becomes the sponsor of the new "King of Fighters" tournament. This time, the tournament is held worldwide with fighters around the globe competing. As the single-player mode progresses, the mysterious challenger begins defeating the participants from the first Fatal Fury game, searching for the man responsible for defeating Geese.

Characters[edit]

The character roster consists of eight selectable characters: Terry, Andy and Joe from the original Fatal Fury, plus five new playable characters. After defeating all eight playable characters in the single player tournament (including a clone of the player's character), the player faces four non-playable boss characters.

Playable characters:

Boss characters:

  • Billy Kane - a staff-fighting master from the UK seeking revenge on the Bogard brothers and Joe.
  • Axel Hawk - a retired heavyweight boxing champion seeking to make his comeback.
  • Laurence Blood - a former matador who uses a fighting style based on his bullfighting methods.
  • Wolfgang Krauser - a German nobleman seeking to defeat the men responsible for Geese's downfall.

Release[edit]

Home versions[edit]

In addition to the Neo-Geo AES and Neo-Geo CD home versions, ports of Fatal Fury 2 was released exclusively for the Sharp X68000 in Japan in 1993, followed by versions for the Sega Genesis / Mega Drive, PC Engine Arcade CD-ROM² (Japan-exclusive), SNES and Game Boy in North America in early 1994. The SNES and Mega Drive/Genesis versions were published by Takara, while the X68000 version released only in Japan was published by Mahou Kabushikigaisha (Magical Company). All three versions allowed the player to control the four boss characters. The PAL Sega Mega Drive version, also released in 1994, is very rare is sought on online auction sites. The PC Engine version was published by Hudson Soft only in Japan and was one of the first games to require the Arcade Card add-on. To coincide with the Japanese release of the SNES version, Hori Electric released a special controller called the Fatal Fury 2 Commander which has the power and super power moves of all the game's playable characters programmed in so that they can be triggered with a single button.[3]

The original Neo Geo version of the game was later included in 2006's Fatal Fury: Battle Archive Volume 1 for the PlayStation 2 (with a choice between the original AES and CD soundtrack). It was also made available on the Wii's Virtual Console service[4] in 2008.[5]

Related media[edit]

Several licensed tie-ins were released for the game in Japan, including:[6]

  • Garou Densetsu 2 (餓狼伝説2) (PCCB-00111), a soundtrack CD from Pony Canyon;
  • Garou Densetsu 2 (餓狼伝説2) (Gamest Extra No.91), a magazine-book from Shinseisha;
  • Garou Densetsu 2 (餓狼伝説2 (Gamest Video Vol.2) (ISBN 4-88199-091-8), a VHS guide from Shinseisha;
  • Garou Densetsu 2 (1) Mondo Kei (餓狼伝説2 (1) MONDO.恵) (ISBN 4-88199-135-3) and Garou Densetsu 2 (2) Mondo Kei (餓狼伝説2 (2) MONDO.恵) (ISBN 4-88199-148-5), two-part official manga adaptaion by Mondo Kei from Shinseisha;
  • Garou Densetsu 2 4-Koma Ketteiban (餓狼伝説2 4コマ決定版) (Games Comics 4) (ISBN 4-88199-099-3), a 4-koma manga compilation by various authors from Shinseisha;
  • Garou Densetsu 2 Fan Book (餓狼伝説2 ファンブック) (ISBN 4-7966-0768-4), a tribute book from Hippon Super;
  • Garou Densetsu 2 Hisshō Kōryaku Hō (餓狼伝説2 必勝攻略法) (ISBN 4-575-28231-6), a guide book from Futabasha;
  • Garou Densetsu 2 Hisshō Kōryaku Hon (餓狼伝説2 必勝攻略本) (Haoh Game Special 1) (ISBN 4-06-329201-0), a SNES guide book from Kodansha;
  • Garou Densetsu 2 Oku Waza Densho Hen (餓狼伝説2 奥技伝承編) (PCVP-11177), a VHS tape from Pony Canyon.

Nettou Garou Densetsu 2[edit]

The Game Boy version is titled Nettou Garou Densetsu 2 (熱闘餓狼伝説2?, "Dead Heat Fighters Legend of the Hungry Wolf 2") and released exclusively in Japan in 1994. This port features "super deformed" style graphics and, like the SNES, Mega Drive/Genesis, and Sharp X68000 ports, allows the player to use the four boss characters. However, due to the Game Boy's limited hardware, all voices have been removed, but in their place the characters have speech bubbles when performing a special attack or Desperation Move. This port also features support for the Super Game Boy peripheral for the SNES. In the Game Boy version, the text in the intro, post match dialogue, and character endings are in Japanese, while the character names, game credits, and menus are in English.

Fatal Fury Special[edit]

Main article: Fatal Fury Special

Fatal Fury Special (餓狼伝説SPECIAL Garou Densetsu Special?) was developed and published by SNK and originally released for the Neo Geo arcade and home platforms in 1993. It is an updated version of Fatal Fury 2, introducing several changes to the gameplay system while expanding the available character roster.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 75.63% (Neo Geo)[7]
Review scores
Publication Score
AllGame 4/5 stars (Neo Geo)[8]
2.5/5 stars (SNES)[9]
2.5/5 stars (Genesis)[10]
CVG 80% (Mega Drive)[11]
EGM 31 / 40 (Neo Geo)[12]
33 / 40 (SNES)[13]
38 / 50 (Genesis)[14]
Famitsu 29 / 40 (PC Engine)[15]
27 / 40 (Mega Drive)[16]
GameFan 369 / 400 (Neo Geo)[17]
GamePro 5 / 5 (Neo Geo)[18]
4 / 5 (Genesis)[19]
3.5 / 5 (SNES)[20]
Nintendo Power 3.5 / 5 (SNES)[21]
Consoles + 92% (Mega Drive)[22]
Sega Power 83% (Mega Drive)[23]
Sinclair User 91% (Neo Geo)[24]
Award
Publication Award
Electronic Gaming Monthly Game of the Month[13]

Fatal Fury 2 was generally very well received by Western game critics upon the release. GamePro review of the Neo Geo version praised the "action-packed" gameplay, "Street Fighter-tough" challenge, "great" character graphics and animation, "slick scrolling" backgrounds, and "fantastic" sound, concluding it to be an "awesome sequel" that "ranks up there with the Numero Uno fighting game."[18]

GamePro also praised the Genesis version for its six-button controller support and character graphics. They regarded the music as dull but assessed that the game "faithfully mimics the Neo Geo version and knocks Fatal Fury Genesis out of the ring."[19] Reviewing the Genesis version, Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) criticized the sound effects but gave the overall assessment that "All the fighters, all the stages, and extra options not in the arcade (like a speed setting) make this another fine conversion of a Neo Geo title."[14]

Reviewing the SNES version of the game, EGM called it "one of the better fighting games ported to the SNES" and awarded it Game of the Month.[13] GamePro gave the SNES version a more mixed review, comparing it favorably with its predecessor, but stating that the graphics are inferior to the Neo Geo version, the audio is terrible, the controls are unreliable, and the gameplay is unbalanced. The magazine recommended that Fatal Fury fans instead hold out for the upcoming SNES port of Fatal Fury Special, which they felt to be far superior judging by the pre-release version they had seen.[20]

In a retrospective review, Maximum assessed that while still not as strong as Street Fighter II, Fatal Fury 2 was a dramatic improvement over the first game: "the number of characters selectable had been extended to eight, and all of them received a full compliment of moves and fought with a much greater fluidity than in Fatal Fury." They also noted better background graphics and greater interaction with the scenery.[25] In 2011, Complex ranked Fatal Fury 2 as the 35th best fighting game of all time, largely for introducing Mai Shiranui.[26]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "The Arcade Flyer Archive - Video Game Flyers: Fatal Fury 2 - "The Sultans of Slugs" Battle Royale, SNK / SNK Playmore Corp". Flyers.arcade-museum.com. 2004-01-05. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
  3. ^ "International News". Electronic Gaming Monthly (54). EGM Media, LLC. January 1994. p. 90. 
  4. ^ "FATAL FURY 2 for Wii - Nintendo Game Details". Nintendo.com. 2008-06-30. Retrieved 2016-03-16. 
  5. ^ "Fatal Fury 2 for Wii Reviews". Metacritic. 2008-06-30. Retrieved 2016-03-16. 
  6. ^ "Garou Densetsu 2". Arcade Gear. 1992-12-10. Retrieved 2016-03-16. 
  7. ^ "Fatal Fury 2 for NeoGeo". GameRankings. 1993-03-05. Retrieved 2016-03-16. 
  8. ^ Knight, Kyle (2014-12-11). "Fatal Fury 2 - Review - allgame". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on December 11, 2014. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
  9. ^ "Fatal Fury 2 - Overview - allgame". Web.archive.org. 2014-12-11. Archived from the original on December 11, 2014. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
  10. ^ "Fatal Fury 2 - Overview - allgame". Web.archive.org. 2014-12-11. Archived from the original on December 11, 2014. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
  11. ^ Computer & Video Games, issue 154, page 74.
  12. ^ Electronic Gaming Monthly, issue 45, April 1993, page 32.
  13. ^ a b c Electronic Gaming Monthly, issue 58, May 1994, page 28
  14. ^ a b "Review Crew: Fatal Fury 2". Electronic Gaming Monthly. Ziff Davis (61): 34. August 1994. 
  15. ^ Famitsu, issue 274.
  16. ^ Famitsu, issue 289.
  17. ^ GameFan, volume 1, issue 6 (May 1993), pages 21 & 96-99.
  18. ^ a b GamePro, issue 44, March 1993, page 164.
  19. ^ a b "ProReview: Fatal Fury 2". GamePro. IDG (60): 52. July 1994. 
  20. ^ a b "ProReview: Fatal Fury 2". GamePro. IDG (61): 52–53. August 1994. 
  21. ^ "Fatal Fury 2 Reviews and Articles for Super Nintendo". GameRankings.com. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
  22. ^ Consoles +, issue 36, page 158.
  23. ^ Sega Power, issue 57, pages 56-57.
  24. ^ "Fatal Fury 2 arcade game review". Solvalou.com. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
  25. ^ "Fatal Fury 2: Second in the Fatal Series". Maximum: The Video Game Magazine. Emap International Limited (4): 43. March 1996. 
  26. ^ Peter Rubin, The 50 Best Fighting Games of All Time, Complex.com, 30 April 2014.

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