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Art of Fighting (Genesis)

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Title Screen

Art of Fighting

Also known as: Ryuuko no Ken (JP)
Developer: SNK
Publisher: Sega
Platform: Genesis
Released in JP: January 14, 1994
Released in US: 1994
Released in EU: 1994


LevelSelectIcon.png This game has a hidden level select.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.


Hmmm...
To do:
[http://rq87.flyingomelette.com/RQ/R/GEN/AOF/1.html More regional differences.

Cheats

You must enter these on the Sega screen quickly, as if barely letting go of the buttons in between presses. I believe you also have to start as soon as the Sega logo starts fading into view; I'm not entirely sure about that. If done correctly, you should hear a chime.

2P Options Screen Before Battle

Art of Fighting Genesis 2P Options.png

All ROMs: A B B A

Once this code is entered, start a two-player game and have both players select their characters. Once the characters are selected, hold Start on both controllers at the same time during the transition to the red battle start screen. If done correctly, you should be taken to the Options screen, where you can configure the battle options.

Some of the options are slightly different.

Hmmm...
To do:
Document this screen.

Level Select

Art of Fighting Genesis Level Select.png

JP/EU: Up Right Down Left Up Right Down Left A B C
US: Left Right Left Right C B (alternately, use Game Genie code AAHT-AN3J)

With this code, starting a 1 Player game will let you choose which level to start with. You can also choose to start on a cutscene, the bonus stage, or the ending. You will still need to choose a character after choosing your level.

No Effect?

All ROMs: Up Up Up Up Up Down Down Down Down Down Left Right Left Right A

This code is registered by all versions, but seems to have no effect.

Elementary, my dear Cactus.
This needs some investigation.
Discuss ideas and findings on the talk page.
Specifically: I disassembled all the code I could find in all ROMs and didn't see a reference to the effect of this code... In all ROMs, it sets bit 5 of byte $47C(a5).


(Source: andlabs (entire section except explanation of 2P options))

Staff Roll Regional Differences and Alternate Names

The game's staff roll has been altered heavily between regions.

In addition, on all regions, satisfying some condition while the staff roll runs will cause some of the names to change.

Hmmm...
To do:
For all three ROMs, is the "something else happens" "the name first appears on an even-numbered frame (according to the game's internal frame counter)"?

JP

Note: playing on an US Genesis requires either changing the region once the game has started or using the patch code 0073D2:4E71. The game will boot normally on a EU Mega Drive.
Normal If A is held as the name first appears... If playing on an US or EU Mega Drive as the name first appears... If something else happens... (TODO)
PRODUCER
EIKICHI KAWASAKI
PROGRAMMERS
D.S.K MUKADE
68 FREAK BBS KENCHAN CHIKUWA  PROJECT
TECHNICAL SUPPORT
MR.YUKI29
STAR LIGHT STAR LIGHT ♡
ASAMI DON
DESIGNER
M.MIOSHI
SSS
SK
SHODOWN
X.X.X
SOUND
JOJOU HA KITAPY
YAMAPY 1
PLANNER
K.I
SPECIAL THANKS
Y.O
YA SHU!
KEN KIMRA
TABEI CHAN
KAMATA SAN
SANJYOU
YAMATAN GT X
SPEAKER.R
WAN WAN POCHI KAWAI VOW WOW JOHN KAWAI
68 FREAK BBS Z'N
EP82BOY
ATSUSHI REI CHAN ATSUSHI
SEKOTCH IKARI.
STG.OYAJI KETTA MAN BABA
YURITAN
SASA
NAKATA21
KEI FUKUNAGA SAILOR V  FUKUNAGA
AND...
ALL SNK STAFF!

US

Note: playing on a JP Mega Drive requires either changing the region once the game has started or using the patch code 007610:4E71.
Normal If A is held as the name first appears... If playing on a JP Mega Drive as the name first appears... If something else happens... (TODO)
PRODUCER
EIKICHI KAWASAKI
PROGRAMMERS
CROSS MOON D.S.K SOS♡♡947 D.S.K
68 FREAK BBS KENCHAN CHIKUWA  PROJECT
TECHNICAL SUPPORT
MR.YUKI29
ASAMI DON
SPEAKER.R
DESIGNER
M.MIOSHI
SSS
SK
SHODOWN
X.X.X
SOUND
JOJOU HA KITAPY
YAMAPY 1
PLANNER
K.CHAN MK2
SPECIAL THANKS
Y.O
YA SHU!
KEN KIMRA
TABEI CHAN DOURAKU JOUOH
KAMATA SAN
SANJYOU
YAMATAN GT X
VOW WOW JOHN KAWAI WAN WAN POCHI KAWAI
68 FREAK BBS Z'N
EP82BOY
ATSUSHI REI CHAN ATSUSHI
SEKOTCH IKARI.
STG.OYAJI KETTA MAN BABA
YURITAN
SASA
NAKATA21
KEI FUKUNAGA SAILOR V  FUKUNAGA
KURA SAN
OH!BUCHI
JARO
HIROTAN
'ART OF FIGHTING'
TEAM  ALL STAFF
AND...
ALL SNK STAFF!

No, you're not reading that wrong: the last column makes no changes this time. "STAR LIGHT"'s name was removed, and that was the only one in the JP version that had the effect (and no new names were given the effect). The replacement "STAR LIGHT ♡" string is still present in the US ROM, at $20E5E.

EU

Note: playing on a JP/US Mega Drive requires either changing the region once the game has started or using the Gens/GS patch code 007402:60.
Normal If A is held as the name first appears... If playing on a JP Mega Drive as the name first appears... If something else happens... (TODO)
PRODUCER
EIKICHI KAWASAKI
PROGRAMMERS
D.S.K MUKADE
68 FREAK BBS KENCHAN CHIKUWA  PROJECT
TECHNICAL SUPPORT
MR.YUKI29
STAR LIGHT STAR LIGHT ♡
ASAMI DON
DESIGNER
M.MIOSHI
SSS
SK
SHODOWN
X.X.X
SOUND
JOJOU HA KITAPY
YAMAPY 1
PLANNER
K.I
SPECIAL THANKS
Y.O
YA SHU!
KEN KIMRA
TABEI CHAN
KAMATA SAN
SANJYOU
YAMATAN GT X
SPEAKER.R
VOW WOW JOHN KAWAI WAN WAN POCHI KAWAI
68 FREAK BBS Z'N
EP82BOY
ATSUSHI REI CHAN ATSUSHI
SEKOTCH IKARI.
STG.OYAJI KETTA MAN BABA
YURITAN
SASA
NAKATA21
KEI FUKUNAGA SAILOR V  FUKUNAGA
AND...
ALL SNK STAFF!


(Source: andlabs)