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Art of Fighting (Neo Geo)

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Title Screen

Art of Fighting

Also known as: Ryuuko No Ken (JP)
Developer: SNK
Publisher: SNK
Platform: Neo Geo
Released internationally: September 24, 1992

GraphicsIcon.png This game has unused graphics.
MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
SoundIcon.png This game has unused sounds.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.

In Art of Fighting, Ryo Sakazaki and his best bud Robert Garcia beat up a bunch of thugs to rescue Yuri, Ryo's younger sister, but only end up with the very first cliffhanger ending featured in a fighting game.

Unused Time Over Poses

Every character in the game has a "Lost by Time Over" animation that is not normally shown by the game. While it is used by Ryo and Robert if they fail the Initiate Super Death Blow bonus stage, no other character can use it. When a character loses by Time Over, he just stands still while the winner does his victory pose.

These animations can be seen by modifying memory addresses 1092C2 for Player 1 or 1093C2 for Player 2 to the values shown below to change the player character to another before entering the Initiate Super Death Blow bonus stage.

(Source: zakria)

Unused Graphics

This is the best official artwork Todoh ever got, the poor guy
This picture of the game's cast in chibi form is stored near the end of the graphic data in the game, including the line across John's body. The palette is incorrect, and it is currently unknown if this picture can be displayed during normal gameplay.

Unused Music

Playing the sound code x0741 via a Neo Geo music player such as M1 or a modded system that uses the Universe Bios will start this song, which is not used anywhere in the game. This song was also omitted from the game's original soundtrack album.

Unused Sounds

Unused Stage 1 Name

The in-game announcer typically mentions the stage name and number while you're in the map of South Town. It does this for every stage except for the first one, since the map isn't shown when you start a game. Regardless, the game does have a sound clip for the very first stage that is never used. You can listen to it by playing sound code x07D4 on a Neo Geo music player.

Unused Voice Clips

There are three unused voice clips in the game.

Ryo: "Doushite nanda, Yuri?"

Robert: "What did you say?"

Presumably, these two clips would've been used in the ending, had it not been a cliffhanger. Ryo's voice comes immediately after Yuri tries to tell you Mr. Karate's real identity in the original soundtrack. However, the second clip is not included.

A female voice? It sounds a little bit like Yuri, and it doesn't resemble King at all.

Unused Announcer Voices




The above sounds were likely meant to be said by the announcer when you won, lost, or someone got a perfect win - but the announcer never says anything other than "Round X" and "Fight". Despite never being used, these three sound clips were included in the game's original soundtrack.

Regional Differences

Title Screen

Japan US/Europe
Art of Fighting (Arcade)-JP Title.png Art of Fighting Arcade Title US Europe.png

John Crawley

John has a couple of region specific voices:


Japan US/Europe


Japan US/Europe