Fatal Fury, known as Garou Densetsu: Shukumei No Tatakai (餓狼伝説 宿命の戦い) in Japan, is the first in a successful line of versus fighting games developed by SNK. Originally released for Neo Geo MVS arcade hardware in 1991, the game was ported to a variety of home platforms including the Sega Mega Drive in 1993.
In Fatal Fury, the user can select one of three characters - brothers Terry Bogard and Andy Bogard or Joe, who must defeat Geese Howard.
Fatal Fury has only three action buttons: punch, kick and throw. You can guard upper attacks by holding , while guards lower attacks. has no function other than pause the game.
In versus mode all characters are available except for Geese Howard, though he can be unlocked by holding on both controllers and pressing , at the screen where you choose to play against another player or the computer.
Andy Bogard is a 19-year-old man born in South Town. After his father's death he left for Japan to learn Karate techniques and become stronger. Now he's back both to avenge his father and to prove that he can beat his older brother, Terry Bogard.
Duck King is a 24-year-old fighter who has specialized in a "Street-dancing" style, which grants him faster movements and rapid attacks to make up for his lack of power, in comparison to other fighters.
Geese Howard is a 38-year-old fighter who's skills encompass many styles, from ancient Japanese martial arts to American street fighting. It was him who killed Andy and Terry Bogard's father, Jeff Bogard, after luring him into a trap; and now rules South Town. He is also the sponsor of the "King of Fighters Tournament".
Joe Higashi is a 19-year-old Kick Boxing Champion with a strong reputation, both in Japan and in Thailand. He is a good friend of the Bogard brothers and joined the tournament to help them, even risking to be expelled from the Professional Kick Boxing Association for that.
Michael Max is a 25-year-old professional boxer, but would rather battle to the death than follow the rules, just punching out his opponents.
Raiden is a 27-year-old professional wrestler who has decided to cover his true identity, hence the mask, and go for the violence of fighting with no rules.
Richard Myer is a 29-year-old fighter specialised in the Brazilian martial art called Capoeira, which focuses attack power through multiple kicks. He owns a restaurant called the Pao-Pao Cafe and has joined the tournament to show everyone what he and his fighting style can do.
Terry Bogard is a 20-year-old fighter, who is the older brother of Andy Bogard and son of Jeff Bogard. He was raised learning the legendary fighting techniques of his father, becoming an expert in ancient martial arts. Like Andy, he has joined the tournament to avenge their father's death and free South Town from the evil hands of Geese Howard.
Tung Fu Rue
Tung Fu Rue is a 67-year-old man who seems harmless at first but can be very dangerous when angered, as he can transform into a monstrous shape and become extremely strong. He was the teacher of Jeff Bogard and, after his death, decided to confront Geese Howard in the tournament, as he is certain that it was him who killed Jeff.
Head Spin Attack
Gust Straight Punch
Tung Fu Rue
Flying Wheel Kick (small form)
Palm Slap (small form)
Hurricane Punch (big form)
Hurricane Kick (big form)
Dream Amusement Park
Geese Howard's stage
Tung Fu Rue's stage
Richard Myer's stage
Michael Max's stage
Duck King's stage
The Mega Drive version was handled by a team comprised of staff from Japanese developers Gaibrain and Aspect, and was published by Takara. While considered by critics to be a respectable version of the game for the more limited hardware (as well as including all the characters in two player matches - something the SNK versions lack), the characters of Billy Kane and Hwa Jai are completely absent in this version of the game.