Fatal Fury Special

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Fatal Fury Special (Garou Densetsu Special in Japan) was the third installment in the Fatal Fury series. It featured some minor gameplay enhancements, brought some characters from the first Fatal Fury back, and gave players the ability to play as the boss characters from the previous installment, Fatal Fury 2. Fatal Fury Special also removed the bonus stages from the single-player game (which had giant stone blocks fall from the sky across both planes and required you to pound them to dust). The game also had a slightly faster pace that was much more conducive to combos than Fatal Fury 2. Fatal Fury Special also features many Easter eggs and a visual running gag of Duck King's rubber ducks appearing in various stages throughout the game (such as in Andy's stage walking along the waterfront in a flock, or popping out of the cave in Tung Fu Rue's stage), as well as in the game's ending sequence. Original release date: September 16, 1993.

Fatal Fury Special is classic FF at its finest; but in the early SNK tradition it can hinge on a balance between skill and the "cheap" factor. It is one of those games that you will love and hate. For it is a solid fighter, and the experience is exponentially enhanced by a system that lends itself to versus play. But button mashers will not find a home with FFS. FFS is a game that is essential to understanding the evolution of KOF and SNK as a franchise.

Game Versions

  • Arcade (MVS)
  • Neo-Geo Home Console
  • Neo-Geo CD
  • Playstation 2 ("Garou Densetsu Battle Archives")
  • Super Nintendo Entertaiment System
  • Sega Game Gear
  • Sega CD/Mega CD
  • PC Engine CD
  • Xbox Live Arcade

The Characters

  • Terry Bogard
  • Andy Bogard
  • Joe Higashi
  • Mai Shiranui
  • Big Bear
  • Kim Kaphwan
  • Jubei Yamada
  • Cheng Sinzan
  • Duck King
  • Tung Fu Rue
  • Billy Kane
  • Laurence Blood
  • Axel Hawk
  • Geese Howard
  • Wolfgang Krauser
  • Ryo Sakazaki (secret boss)

Gameplay Screenshots