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Fatal Fury: King of Fighters (Neo Geo)

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Title Screen

Fatal Fury: King of Fighters

Also known as: Garou Densetsu: Shukumei no Tatakai (JP)
Developer: SNK
Publisher: SNK
Platforms: Neo Geo, Arcade (Neo Geo)
Released in JP: November 25, 1991
Released in US: 1991
Released in EU: 1991

MusicIcon.png This game has unused music.
RegionIcon.png This game has regional differences.

To do:
document the beta version. source

Fatal Fury lets you beat up breakdancers, masked wrestlers, drunken kickboxers, and old men in a quest to avenge some guy's death to a mobster.

Unused Music

While the following songs are not completely unused, due to the fact that these are used in cutscenes that last less than ten seconds total, you never get to hear much of them.


This tune plays after you defeat Billy Kane and are celebrating your victory.

Encounter with Geese

This plays when you're dumped in front of Geese Howard before the final battle starts.

Regional Differences

Title Screen
Japan US/Europe
Fatal Fury (Arcade) JP Title.png Fatal Fury (Arcade) US Title.png

The title screens have similar designs across regions, but the Garou Densetsu title screen also includes the romaji for the game's title above the logo. The Fatal Fury title screen moves the SNK logo upward and the copyright info to the lower left in order to fit the lengthier copyright string on the screen.

Attract Mode
Japan US/Europe
Fatal Fury (Arcade) JP Intro.png Fatal Fury (Arcade) US Intro.png

The screen scrolls the phrase "Fatal Fury" or "Garou Densetsu" depending on the region.

Special Moves

Depending on the region, the game uses different joystick and button combinations to let you perform special moves.

Crack Shoot (Terry Bogard)
Japan US/Europe
Fatal Fury (Arcade) Terry Dash JP.png Fatal Fury (Arcade) Terry Dash US.png
Hishouken (Andy Bogard)
Japan US/Europe
Fatal Fury (Arcade) Andy Projectile JP.png No wonder I could never pull this off.
Shoryudan (Andy Bogard)
Japan US/Europe
Fatal Fury (Arcade) Andy Rising JP.png Fatal Fury (Arcade) Andy Rising US.png
Hurricane Upper (Joe Higashi)
Japan US/Europe
Fatal Fury (Arcade) Joe Projectile JP.png Fatal Fury (Arcade) Joe Projectile US.png
Tiger Kick (Joe Higashi)
Japan US/Europe
Fatal Fury (Arcade) Joe Dash JP.png Fatal Fury (Arcade) Joe Dash US.png

Finally, the command for Joe Higashi's "Slash Kick" attack is different in both versions. In the American/European version, do a half-circle backwards and press B. In the Japanese version, hold Down+Back for an instant then press Up+Forward + B - the same command as the Tiger Kick in the US version.

Later entries in the series, as well as crossover appearances, retained the Japanese command inputs.

(Source: Rage Quitter 87 and the NeoGeoForLife boards)