Fatal Fury

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Fatal Fury
Publisher: Sega (JP/EU), Takara (US)
Publisher(s) of original games: SNK
Developer(s) of original games: SNK
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Original system(s): NeoGeo
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥8,800 G-4100
Sega Mega Drive
$? T-103016
Sega Mega Drive
£39.99[2] 1083
Sega Mega Drive
?F 1083
Sega Mega Drive
DM ? 1083
Sega Mega Drive
?Ptas 1083
Sega Mega Drive
?PTE$ MDJ1083
Sega Mega Drive
$? ?
Sega Mega Drive
R$? 045110
Sega Mega Drive
? 1083-40
Sega Mega Drive
₩? GM1293JT

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: A punch, B kick and C throw. You can guard upper attacks by holding Left, while DownLeft guards lower attacks. Start 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 Left on both controllers and pressing Start, at the screen where you choose to play against another player or the computer.


For more sprites see Category:Fatal Fury sprites.
FatalFury MD AndyBogard portrait.png Andy Bogard
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.
FatalFury MD DuckKing portrait.png Duck King
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.
FatalFury MD GeeseHoward portrait.png Geese Howard
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".
FatalFury MD JoeHigashi portrait.png Joe Higashi
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.
FatalFury MD MichaelMax portrait.png Michael Max
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.
FatalFury MD Raiden portrait.png Raiden
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.
FatalFury MD RichardMyer portrait.png Richard Myer
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.
FatalFury MD TerryBogard portrait.png Terry Bogard
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.
FatalFury MD TungFuRue portrait.png 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.

Special moves

Name Command
Andy Bogard
Body Spin Left DownLeft Down DownRight Right Punch
Dragon Bullet Down DownRight Right UpRight Punch
Flying Punch Down DownLeft Left Punch
Shotgun Kick
UpRight Kick
Duck King
Cannonball Attack Down DownRight Right UpRight Kick
Head Spin Attack Left Right Punch
Screw Attack
Up Punch
Geese Howard
Escape Footwork Left Left
Sliding Kick Down Kick
Violent Wave Left DownLeft Down DownRight Right Punch
Joe Higashi
Hurricane Uppercut Left DownLeft Down DownRight Right Punch
Machine-gun Punch PunchPunchPunchPunchPunch
Slash Kick
UpRight Kick
Tiger Kick Down DownRight Right UpRight Kick
Michael Max
Gust Straight Punch Left Right Punch
Footwork Left Left / Right Right
Tornado Uppercut DownLeft Down DownRight Right Punch
Cobra Clench Close Left+Throw
Killer Fog Left Right Punch
Rocket Attack Down DownLeft Left Punch
Escape Footwork Left Left
Richard Myer
Handstand Kick Down DownLeft Left Kick
Rolling Attack Down DownRight Right Kick
Spider Kick Down Up Kick
Terry Bogard
Burning Knuckle Down DownLeft Left Punch
Power Wave Down DownRight Right Punch
Slam Attack
Supershot Kick Down DownLeft Left UpLeft Kick
Tung Fu Rue
Flying Wheel Kick (small form) Down DownLeft Left Kick
Palm Slap (small form) Down DownRight Right Punch
Hurricane Punch (big form) Down DownRight Right Punch
Hurricane Kick (big form) Down DownRight Right Kick


FatalFury MD DreamAmusementPark.png Dream Amusement Park
Raiden's stage
FatalFury MD GeeseBuilding.png Geese Building
Geese Howard's stage
FatalFury MD HowardArena.png Howard Arena
Tung Fu Rue's stage
FatalFury MD PaoPaoCafe.png Pao-Pao Cafe
Richard Myer's stage
FatalFury MD SoundBeach.png Sound Beach
Michael Max's stage
FatalFury MD WestSubway.png West Subway
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.

Production credits

  • Director: T.Ikenoue, T.Ishigai
  • Planner: T.Sunakawa, N.Uematsu
  • Graphic: A.Yamada, K.Hodaka, T.Saitou, T.Nakajima, J.Kawaura, Y.Miyamoto
  • Programmer: H.Koiso, T.Ishigai
  • Sound: K.Oikawa, K.Mikusa
  • Thanks: Yumopii, Fera-Kichi, Kuroyuri
  • Special Thanks to: SNK Co., Ltd All Staffs
  • Fatal Fury Original Game Designed for Neo-Geo/SNK
  • Takara

T.Ikenoue, T.IshigaiT.Sunakawa, N.UematsuA.Yamada, K.Hodaka, T.Saitou, T.Nakajima, J.Kawaura, Y.MiyamotoH.Koiso, T.IshigaiK.Oikawa, K.MikusaYumopii, Fera-Kichi, KuroyuriSNK Co., Ltd All Staffs


Magazine articles

Main article: Fatal Fury/Magazine articles.

Promotional material


EGM US 043.pdf

Print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #43: "February 1993" (199x-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #44: "March 1993" (1993-xx-xx)[3]

MegaForce ES 13.pdfMegaForce ES 13.pdf

Print advert in
Mega Force (ES) #13: "Mayo 1993" (1993-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
84 №20, p86-88[4]
85 №138, p62-63[2]
87 №0105, p14/24-25[5]
80 №18
70 №49, p64[6]
55 №5, p84[7]
82 №21
92 №8, p36-39
65 №8, p48-49
82 №17, p86-87
68 №6/93, p34[8]
85 №16, p42-44
84 №7, p44-46[9]
89 №6/93, p9[10]
84 №43, p50-51
84 №19, p36-37
85 №7, p30-31
79 №16, p32-34[11]
79 №1, p89[12]
77 №23, p10-11[13]
58 №8/93, p46-47[14]
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
21 reviews

Mega Drive, US
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Fatalfury md us manual.pdf
Mega Drive, EU
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FatalFury MD EU Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, JP
FatalFury MD JP Box.jpg
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FatalFury MD JP Cart.jpg
FatalFury MD JP Manual.pdf
Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, BR
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FatalFury MD BR Cart.jpg
Mega Drive, Asia
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Mega Drive, KR
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Mega Drive, SE (Rental)

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 98d49170
MD5 57f13963c9cfdade16cf8207f8889ee5
SHA-1 48b6277fc73368d8e96ba407a66f908c3bd87c39
1.5MB 1993-02 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 2e730a91
MD5 2167686e3028c177a9cbd121c307f232
SHA-1 e0a74238cd4592d900f88d033314c668d1522b72
1.5MB 1993-02 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 bf3e3fa4
MD5 204ae6f8f97293e877ffb51c0904dd7c
SHA-1 b9eb37dbc77d0c6919ad78e587fa4c3403e9e9af
1.5MB 1993-02 Cartridge (JP)


Fatal Fury/Garou Densetsu games for Sega systems
Sega Mega Drive
Fatal Fury (1993) | Fatal Fury 2 (1994)
Sega Game Gear
Fatal Fury Special (1994)
Sega Mega-CD
Fatal Fury Special (1995)
Sega Saturn
Garou Densetsu 3: Road to the Final Victory (1996) | Real Bout Garou Densetsu (1996) | Real Bout Garou Densetsu Special (1997) | Real Bout Garou Densetsu Best Collection (1998)
Sega Dreamcast
Fatal Fury: Mark of the Wolves (2001)