Fatal Fury (universe)

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Fatal Fury (universe)
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Developer(s) SNK
Publisher(s) SNK
Designer(s) Takashi Nishiyama
Genre(s) Fighting
Console/platform of origin Neo Geo MVS
First installment Fatal Fury: King of Fighters (1991)
Latest installment Garou: Mark of the Wolves (1999)
Article on Wikipedia Fatal Fury (universe)

The Fatal Fury universe (餓狼伝説, Legend of the Hungry Wolf) refers to the Super Smash Bros. series' collection of characters, stages, and properties hailing from the series of fighting games developed for the Neo Geo. One of SNK's premiere fighting games, the series' success laid the groundwork for other SNK fighting game franchises, most notably its prequel series Art of Fighting and the long-running crossover series The King of Fighters.

Franchise description[edit]

Directed by the creator of the original Street Fighter, Fatal Fury was designed as a spiritual successor to the game, being developed around the same time as Street Fighter II. To help differentiate this new game from the competition, the developers implemented a two-plane fighting system, letting players dodge attacks by moving between the foreground and background. The game also has a greater emphasis on story. After selecting from a roster of only three playable characters ⁠— Terry Bogard, his brother Andy, and their friend Joe Higashi ⁠— the player is tasked with going through the titular King of Fighters tournament taking place in the city of South Town against various foes to avenge the murder of Terry's adoptive father, Jeff, by the tournament's criminal organizer, Geese Howard. Short cutscenes play between each match, and the game also supports two-player co-op.

In 1992, SNK released the first entry in its prequel series, Art of Fighting, as well a sequel, Fatal Fury 2, featuring the three playable characters from the first game in addition to five new characters. Fatal Fury 2 continues the story from the original, with a new antagonist, Wolfgang Krauser von Stroheim, who internationalizes the tournament to bring in the world's strongest fighters. An updated version of the second game, Fatal Fury Special, was released in 1993, containing several gameplay changes such as an expanded character roster, a new combo system, and a new hidden boss character: Ryo Sakazaki from Art of Fighting. Fatal Fury 3: Road to the Final Victory was later released in 1995, featuring a further expanded character roster, a new three-plane fighting system known as "Oversway", and a new story focusing on the search for three sacred scrolls, the Scrolls of Jin, which were said to grant immortality to whoever came into their possession.

A follow-up game in a new subseries, Real Bout Fatal Fury, was released in the same year, retaining the "Oversway" system while adding ring-outs (similar to Virtua Fighter), a simplified control scheme, and a Power Gauge feature; similar to the "special moves" featured in contemporary games, the gauge will fill up over time and can be unleashed for unique, powerful attacks. Real Bout also notably concluded the storyline introduced by Fatal Fury, with Geese Howard's canonical death occurring at the end of the game's campaign. This was followed up by Real Bout Fatal Fury Special in 1997, which returned to the standard two planes and replaced ring-outs with breakable walls, and Real Bout Fatal Fury 2: The Newcomers in 1998, which removed breakable walls and simplified the system into a "main" line and a "sway" line used only for dodging.

The final game in the Fatal Fury series, Garou: Mark of the Wolves, was released in late 1999 and serves as a ten year time-skip from the events of Real Bout, greatly revamping the gameplay and removing the two-plane system in favor of expanded defensive options. Terry is the only returning character in this installment, with the rest of the cast being newcomers (although some of them have some relationship to veteran characters); the game focuses on Geese's son, Rock Howard, whom Terry adopted at the end of Real Bout. The main antagonist is Rock's uncle, Kain R. Heinlein, who hosts a new King of Fighters tournament in South Town's neighboring city of Second South Town, in an effort to locate Rock and lure him into his control. While this game marked the end of the Fatal Fury series, the characters still make regular appearances in other SNK games, including the alternate continuity crossover series The King of Fighters, based on the tournament originating within the series.

In Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

All of the content for this franchise was released on November 6th, 2019 as part of the version 6.0.0 update.

Fighter[edit]

  • 74. Terry: The Legendary Hungry Wolf joins the battle as the fourth downloadable newcomer from the Fighters Pass. In battle, he brings over his moveset from his outings in both the Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters franchises, such as Power Wave, Burning Knuckle, Crack Shoot, and Power Dunk. He is a technical brawler who can cancel some normal attacks into his special moves, much like Ryu and Ken before him. Finally, he has access to his two super special moves, Power Geyser and Buster Wolf, after sustaining enough damage. His Final Smash combines Triple Geyser, Power Dunk, and Buster Wolf into a flashy combo attack, Triple Wolf. He was released on November 6th, 2019 alongside King of Fighters Stadium, its 50 music tracks, and the Fatal Fury series Spirits as part of Challenger Pack 4.

Background Characters[edit]

Twenty SNK characters cameo on King of Fighters Stadium.

  • Andy Bogard: Terry Bogard's adopted brother and recurring teammate in the King of Fighters tournament. Instead of training under his adoptive father like Terry, Andy trained himself under ninja master Hanzo Shiranui, the grandfather of his future wife, Mai Shiranui.
  • Joe Higashi: A Japanese Muay Thai champion and friend of both Terry and Andy Bogard. First appearing in the first Fatal Fury game, Joe often joins the Bogard brothers in The King of Fighters as part of the Fatal Fury team.
  • Geese Howard: Terry's archenemy, Geese Howard is a powerful fighter and a crime boss operating in South Town. He killed Terry and Andy's adoptive father, Jeff Bogard. Geese is canonically dead in the Fatal Fury series, while he remains alive and active in The King of Fighters series.
  • Billy Kane: Geese Howard's British right-hand man and self-proclaimed rival of Terry Bogard.
  • Rock Howard: Geese Howard's son, whom Terry took in as his protégé after his father's demise. He first appears in Garou: Mark of the Wolves.
  • Tung Fu Rue: An elderly and wise Chinese master of Hakkyokuseiken who trained both Geese Howard and Jeff Bogard.
  • Kim Kaphwan: A Taekwondo master with a strong sense of justice, who befriended Terry after they met and fought during the events of Fatal Fury 2.
  • Blue Mary: A private detective who befriends Terry after her first appearance in Fatal Fury 3. The two are implied to be in a relationship.
  • Ryuji Yamazaki: A sadistic criminal boss who went insane after the torture and murder of his mentor, Sorimachi. He first appears in Fatal Fury 3. Yamazaki wields a knife in his dominant hand, but rarely removes it from his pocket unless he intends to inflict serious damage to his opponent. He is tied into the story of The King of Fighters by being one of the eight heralds of Orochi, although he has no interest in Orochi's revival.
  • Ryo Sakazaki: The main protagonist of the Fatal Fury prequel series, Art of Fighting. He is the Dragon of the fictional Kyokugen Karate, a heir to the mantle of Mr. Karate, and the leader of the Art of Fighting team within The King of Fighters. He appeared as a bonus boss character in Fatal Fury Special and Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition.
  • Yuri Sakazaki: Ryo Sakazaki's younger sister, who is kidnapped by Mr. Big in the first Art of Fighting game. After being rescued, she learned her family's Kyokugen Karate as a form of self-defense, and made her playable debut in Art of Fighting 2.
  • King: A French, androgynous bouncer and bar owner who formerly worked for Mr. Big. She switches her allegiance and assists Ryo after being defeated by him in the first Art of Fighting game; they become close friends and begin dating afterwards.
  • Kyo Kusanagi: The heir of the traditional Kusanagi Clan, Kyo is the main character of The King of Fighters series. He holds one of the Three Sacred Treasures, the Kusanagi Sword, capable of sealing off the mystical Orochi power.
  • Iori Yagami: Kyo Kusanagi's rival, first making his debut in The King of Fighters '95. Iori is the heir of the Yagami Clan, who rivals the Kusanagi Clan to a point that Iori is obsessed with ending Kyo's life, and also holds one of the Three Sacred Treasures, the Magatama of Yasakani. Iori controls purple flames that stun opponents, thanks to his clan's links to the Orochi blood, which also make him vulnerable to the so-called Riot of the Blood, which makes him uncontrollably wild.
  • Goro Daimon: A judo champion and recurring companion of Kyo Kusanagi as a member of the Japan Team, also known as the Hero Team. Despite his intimidating appearance, Daimon is a kind and gentle person. His first appearance was in The King of Fighters '94, alongside Kyo.
  • Chang Koehan and Choi Bounge: Two Korean criminals who were forced to join Kim Kaphwan's "rehabilitation program". Chang is a large felon who wields an iron ball and has a history of prison breaks, while Choi is a short slasher who was captured by Kim when he tried to attack him. They both first appeared in The King of Fighters '94.
  • Athena Asamiya: A Japanese pop idol and descendant of Princess Athena from Athena, who wields psychic powers to fight evil. She made her first appearance in the game Psycho Soldier, before becoming a staple character of The King of Fighters franchise. Athena wears a different outfit in every King of Fighters game, with her appearance in Ultimate modeled after the outfit she wore in The King of Fighters '95.
  • Ralf Jones and Clark Still: Members of the Ikari Warriors mercenary organization, Ralf and Clark work under Commander Heidern and are regulars in The King of Fighters series. Their first appearance was in the game Ikari Warriors.

Stage[edit]

  • King of Fighters Stadium: A stadium based on the "King of Fighters" tournament. The tournament originated from Fatal Fury, but the stage resembles its appearance in The King of Fighters series. It appears closest to the Stadium Stage found in The King of Fighters XII. Notably, the "KOF" logo in center stage uses the Smash logo instead of an "O". This arena takes the form of a flat stage with no ledges and features invisible walls on the right and left blast zones, which with enough force can be broken through and cause an instant KO. The stage was released on November 6th, 2019 as part of Challenger Pack 4.

Music[edit]

Original Tracks[edit]

  • "Haremar Faith Capoeira School - Song of the Fight (Beleivers Will Be Saved) - FATAL FURY"
  • "Kurikinton - FATAL FURY 2": A new arrangement of Kurikinton, Terry's stage theme from Fatal Fury 2/Special, The King of Fighters '98, The King of Fighters 2002, and The King of Fighters XIV (as Kuri Kinton Flavor).
  • "Pasta - FATAL FURY 2": A new arrangement of Andy Bogard's theme from Fatal Fury 2.
  • "Tarkun and Kitapy - FATAL FURY 2"
  • "Let's Go to Seoul! - FATAL FURY 2"
  • "The London March - FATAL FURY 2"
  • "11th Street - FATAL FURY WILD AMBITION"
  • "Stormy Saxophone 2 - KOF '96": A brand new arrangement of Iori Yagami's theme from The King of Fighters '96.
  • "Theme of SYD - Alpha Mission"
  • "Forest World - Athena"
  • "Psycho Soldier Theme"
  • "Psycho Soldier Theme (Overseas Version)"
  • "ART of FIGHT - Art of Fighting"
  • "Banquet of Nature - SAMURAI SHODOWN": A remix of Nakoruru's theme from the original Samurai Shodown.
  • "Gaia - SAMURAI SHODOWN": A new arrangement of Earthquake's theme from Samurai Shodown.
  • "Main Theme from Metal Slug - METAL SLUG"
  • "Assault Theme - METAL SLUG 1-3"

Source Tracks[edit]

  • "The Sea Knows - FATAL FURY"
  • "Kurikinton - FATAL FURY"
  • "Kuri Kinton Flavor - KOF XIV"
  • "A New Poem That the South Thailand Wants to Tell - FATAL FURY 2"
  • "The Working Matador - FATAL FURY 2"
  • "Duck Dub Dub (Duck, You Too) - FATAL FURY SPECIAL"
  • "Soy Sauce for Geese - FATAL FURY SPECIAL"
  • "Soy Sauce for Geese - KOF XIV"
  • "Big Shot! - FATAL FURY 3"
  • "176th Street - KOF '99"
  • "Ne! - KOF '94"
  • "DESERT REQUIEM ~Operation02UM~ - KOF 2002 UM"
  • "ESAKA!! - KOF 2002 UM"
  • "KD-0079+ - KOF 2002 UM"
  • "W.W.III - KOF 2002 UM"
  • "Terry115 - KOF 2000"
  • "Street Dancer - KOF XI"
  • "New Order - KOF XIV"
  • "Undercover - KOF 2002 UM"
  • "Cutting Edge - KOF 2002 UM"
  • "The Second Joker - KOF XIII"
  • "Esaka Continues... - KOF XIII"
  • "Wild Street - KOF XIII"
  • "Tame a Bad Boy - KOF XIII"
  • "KDD-0063 - KOF XIII"
  • "Yappari ESAKA - KOF XIII"
  • "Departure from South Town - KOF XIV"
  • "IKARI - KOF XIV"
  • "Art of Fighting Ver.230000000.0 - FATAL FURY SPECIAL"
  • "Tuna - SAMURAI SHOWDOWN"
  • "Final Attack - METAL SLUG 1-6"
  • "Judgment - METAL SLUG 2"
  • "Blue Water Fangs (The Island of Dr. Moreau) - METAL SLUG 3"

Victory Fanfare[edit]

  • "Victory! Terry": A hard rock remix of the "Winner" theme that plays at the end of a battle in Fatal Fury: King of Fighters.

Spirits[edit]

1,356. Terry Bogard
1,357. Andy Bogard
1,358. Joe Higashi
1,359. Kim Kaphwan
1,360. Geese Howard

Trivia[edit]

  • The Kirby and Fatal Fury universes both have stars as their series symbols.
  • Fatal Fury is the second fighting game universe to have a playable character, following Street Fighter.
  • Masahiro Sakurai revealed in an interview that his all-inclusive design ethos stems from an incident when he won at The King of Fighters '95, only to learn afterwards that his opponent was a mere beginner.
  • Several mechanics in the Super Smash Bros. series appear to originate in the Fatal Fury and The King of Fighters series, such as dodges and short hops, as well as the general concept behind Squad Strike.
  • The Fatal Fury universe contains the most music tracks of any DLC universe, with 50 tracks.
    • It also contains the most music tracks out of any third-party universe, exceeding Street Fighter's 38.
    • Furthermore, it ties with Mega Man at 17 music remixes.
  • Fatal Fury, Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Mario, Punch-Out, and Street Fighter are the only playable universes that originate in arcades.
  • Fatal Fury and Pac-Man are the only playable universes that represent their whole company in their moveset, stages, and music.
  • Fatal Fury is the second DLC universe in Ultimate to lack any corresponding Mii Fighter costumes, following Banjo-Kazooie.
  • While she makes no appearance in the game itself, SNK's infamous "sex symbol" character Mai Shiranui is mentioned by Masahiro Sakurai in Terry's presentation video, stating that she had to be excluded from the game in order to maintain Ultimate’s A rating from the CERO. In the English version, this is a translated as a more general statement that "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is for good boys and girls of all ages".