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-based standalone universe series The King of Fighters.
While the Art of Fighting storyline is confirmed to share the same timeline depicted in the Fatal Fury storyline, the video games series The Last Blade (幕末浪漫, Bakumatsu Romance), and Fūun (風雲) (the latter consisting of its two released video games, Savage Reign and Kizuna Encounter) are in question, due to their possible connection within this timeline.
After creating and directing the original Street Fighter, Takashi Nishiyama left Capcom and ended up working for SNK. The company was developing the Neo-Geo family of arcade and home console hardware at the time, and wanted a tentpole fighting game to compete with Capcom. This initiative eventually resulted in 1991 with the release of Fatal Fury, designed as a spiritual successor to Nishiyama's previous work and developed around the same time as Street Fighter II. To help differentiate this new game from the competition, the developers implemented several fundamental changes. The six button control scheme Capcom created and adopted was condensed into four buttons: light punch (A), light kick (B), heavy punch (C), and heavy kick (D). The game also introduced 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.
In 1994, all of these fighting game franchises, as well as other SNK legacy characters and some original fighters came together in the first entry in The King of Fighters series, named after the tournament held within the Fatal Fury series. Players pick three different characters to comprise a team to go up against another team. The game ends when all the fighters on a team are defeated. This series in particular became incredibly popular in terms of reviews and sales, with new entries being made to this day.
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 (akin 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. A 3D spinoff retelling the story of the first game, Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition, released in early 1999 for SNK's Hyper Neo Geo 64, their only 3D arcade board. The game uses a similar gameplay system to Real Bout Fatal Fury 2, albeit with the ability to move on a second plane using a feature called the Axis Shift.
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 King of Fighters and other guest appearances.
All of the content for this franchise was released on November 6th, 2019 as part of the version 6.0.0 update.
Twenty SNK characters cameo on King of Fighters Stadium. Nine are directly from the Fatal Fury series, while the remaining eleven all hail from different series (though it should be noted that all twenty characters make appearances in the King of Fighters series).
Fatal Fury series
Other SNK series
In addition to their roles as background characters, Ryo Sakazaki and Iori Yagami appear as Mii Costumes. Although she does not cameo on King of Fighters Stadium, Nakoruru also appears as a Mii costume.
Art of Fighting series
King of Fighters series
Psycho Soldier series
Ikari Warriors series
Main article: List of SSBU Music (Fatal Fury series)
Main article: List of spirits (Fatal Fury series)
Media with elements appearing in the Super Smash Bros. series
As an update of Fatal Fury 2, many elements of that game carried over to this one. Original elements include: