Fatal Fury Special (餓狼伝説SPECIAL Garō Densetsu Special , "Legend of the Hungry Wolf Special") is a 1993 head-to-head fighting game produced by SNK originally released for the Neo Geo arcade and home platforms. It is an updated version of Fatal Fury 2, introducing several changes to the gameplay system while expanding the available character roster.
Fatal Fury Special is an updated version of Fatal Fury 2 and features many of the same graphics and gameplay, although some slight changes were made to the system, including faster game speed and an all new combo system.
The character roster of Fatal Fury 2 returns. The four computer-only characters from the previous game (Billy Kane, Axel Hawk, Laurence Blood, and Wolfgang Krauser) can now be controlled by the player, and three characters from the original Fatal Fury (Tung Fu Rue, Duck King, and Geese Howard) return, increasing the number of playable characters to 15. Ryo Sakazaki, the protagonist of Art of Fighting, appears as a hidden opponent at the end of the single player mode and is playable in the home versions.
Unlike the previous Fatal Fury games, Special allows the player combine or "combo" their attacks. When an attack lands, the player will have a brief moment of invincibility. The number of Line Move Attacks have also increased. This time pressing the light punch or light kick button while the opponent is on an opposite line will perform a Low Line Jump Attack.
The single player mode has the player fighting all of the 15 playable characters, beginning with the eight regular characters from the previous game, as well as Tung and Duck, with the player given a choice in their first opponent. After the first ten opponents, the player will fight against Billy, Axel, Laurence, Geese, and Krauser, in that order. If the player wins every match in two rounds, then the player will be challenged by Ryo Sakazaki in a special "Dream Match".
In addition to the home versions for the Neo Geo and Neo Geo CD, ports of Fatal Fury Special were produced for the SNES, Sega CD and Game Gear, as well as the PC Engine game console (in Arcade CD-ROM² format) and the X68000 and FM Towns computer platforms in Japan. An emulation of the Neo Geo arcade game was released for the Xbox Live Arcade. The game is also included in Fatal Fury Battle Archives Vol. 1 for the PlayStation 2.
The game was later released on the Virtual Console in Japan on November 4, 2009, North America on March 1, 2010 and in the PAL region on March 26, 2010.
- Fatal Fury Special at Museum of the Game
- Fatal Fury Special at GameFAQs
- Fatal Fury Special Xbox.com Official Site