Fatal Fury 2
|Release||Neo Geo MVS - 12/21/1994|
Neo Geo Home - Not Released
Neo Geo CD - 4/27/1995
Fatal Fury 2 (餓狼伝説2 新たなる闘い, Garō Densetsu Tsū 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. The game is most notable for introducing Kim Kaphwan, the first Taewondoin and the first Korean character in fighting games, and Mai Shiranui, one of SNK's mascots and their primary sex symbol and one of the most well-known female video game characters. Both of them went on to become mainstays in both future Fatal Fury games as well as The King of Fighters series.
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 can 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.
This next saga takes place after the ending of the original Fatal Fury, where Geese Howard meets his demise on 13 August 1991 by getting jump kicked from a high rise by the new and undefeated champion of the "King of Fighters" tournament "Terry Bogard", during a final fight to the death between the two in Geese’s Tower. During the next year in 1992, a muscle-bound, mysterious nobleman becomes the sponsor of the new K.O.F. competition. This time, the rules are now changed such as being one-on-one per fight, and the tournament went from being several Southtown-only street fights to being a series of worldwide combat circuits with fighters both veterans and newcomers from around the globe competing with ambitions of their own, as well as befriending each other. 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.
- Terry Bogard - an American champion of the King of Fighters from South Town.
- Andy Bogard - Terry's younger brother and fellow ninjutsu practitioner alongside Mai Shiranui.
- Joe Higashi - a Japanese Muay Thai champion, and a friendly rival of the Bogard brothers.
- Big Bear - an Australian face wrestler, formerly a heel wrestler known as Raiden from the previous King of Fighters tournament.
- Jubei Yamada - an elderly Japanese judo sensei once known as "Yamada the Demon" during his handsome youth.
- Cheng Sinzan - a greedy and overweight shih-fu of taiji from Taiwan who is seeking to open his own training hall.
- Kim Kaphwan - a taekwondo kwanjang from South Korea, who fights in the name of justice.
- Mai Shiranui - a beautiful kunoichi who is the daughter of the Shiranui ninja clan's leader and is the self-proclaimed "fiancée" of Andy.
- Billy Kane - a bojutsu master from the United Kingdom who is seeking revenge on both the Bogard brothers and Joe for the death of Geese.
- 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 K.O.F. champion who is responsible for Geese's downfall.
- Super Nintendo Entertaiment System
- Sega Mega Drive/Genesis
- PC Engine CD
- Sharp X68000
- Nintendo Game Boy ("Nettou Garou Densetsu 2")
The Neo Geo commercials tell two mini story arcs, one centering on Terry and the other focusing on the girl in the commercials, Miki Hareyama. Terry's story was mostly involved in action scenes and him journeying. After she meets him and takes an interest in him, Miki follows Terry. When she hears that he would be leaving town, she hurries to see him a final time.