Fatal Fury 2

STORYAfter Geese Howard's death in the original Fatal Fury, a mysterious nobleman becomes the sponsor of the new "King of Fighters" tournament. This time, the tournament is held worldwide with fighters around the globe competing. As the single player mode progresses, the mysterious challenger begins defeating the participants from the previous Fatal Fury game, searching for the man responsible for defeating Geese.

More than 3 playable characters this time!

Attempting to stay competitive with Capcom's evolving Street Fighter 2 series, SNK's Fatal Fury 2 introduced a whopping 7 new characters (in addition to 5 returning fighters from the original game). Newcomers like Mai Shiranui and Kim Kaphwan would go on to be fan-favorite SNK characters (crossing over into the KOF series a few years later). Fatal Fury 2's visuals showed some significant improvement over the original title, featuring completely redrawn sprites (something Capcom wasn't doing with SF2) and better overall animations. SNK's brand new hand-drawn backgrounds in Fatal Fury 2 were some of the most memorable yet.

Welcome Mai Shiranui to the fighting game universe!

Even though the Fatal Fury 2 feeatured all new graphics, the overall presentation still seemed lacking in some ways. For one, the intro and character selection screen was quite bland compared to other 2D fighting games of the era. Many character "win quotes" were also translated rather horribly in the English version, which didn't really help the characters with their development or general likeability at the time. (In retrospect, these "Engrish" quotes are looked back on somewhat fondly for their unintentional humor.)


I think that box was shipped straight from Guile's stage.


Gameplay-wise, Fatal Fury 2 feels similar to the first game, but more responsive. Fatal Fury's unique gameplay element of switching between the foreground and background has faithfully returned. This time, the player can switch freely between planes by pressing the Light Punch and Light Kick buttons simultaneously for to attack while switching planes. The player can also perform a Super Move that knocks their opponent to the other plane. Certain stages have hazards in the background, such as electrified wires or even a stampede of bulls, which players can knock their opponents into for extra damage.


By Eiji Shiroi

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Page Updated: January 9th, 2023
Developer(s): SNK   NeoGeo
Takara   SNES/Genesis
Publisher(s): SNK
Artwork By: Shinkiro, Eiji Shiroi
Platform(s): Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, PC, Sega Genesis, SNES, Game Boy, Wii Virtual Console
Release Date(s): Dec. 12, 1992                   MVS
Mar. 5th, 1993                 NeoGeo
Nov. 26th, 1993               SNES
April 1994                           SNES
Mar. 12th, 1994               PC
June 24th, 1994               Genesis
Sept. 9th, 1994               NeoGeo CD
June 30th, 2009               Wii VC
Characters Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard, Joe Higashi, Mai Shiranui, Big Bear, Kim Kaphwan, Cheng Sinzan, Jubei Yamada, Billy Kane, Axel Hawk, Laurence Blood, Wolfgang Krauser

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Related Games: Fatal Fury Special, Fatal Fury, Fatal Fury 3, Real Bout Fatal Fury, Real Bout Fatal Fury Special, Real Bout Special: Dominated Mind, Real Bout Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition, Fatal Fury: 1st Contact, Fatal Fury: City of the Wolves, Garou: Mark of The Wolves, Street Fighter 2: Champion Edition, Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Mortal Kombat, World Heroes

Gameplay Engine  6.0 / 10
Story / Theme  6.5 / 10
Overall Graphics  6.5 / 10
Animation  6.0 / 10
Music / Sound Effects  6.0 / 10
Innovation  7.0 / 10
Art Direction  6.5 / 10
Intro / Presentation  5.0 / 10
Replayability / Fun  5.5 / 10
"Ouch" Factor  5.5 / 10
Characters  5.5 / 10

 6.3 / 10

 Review based on Arcade version    


Final Words: Fatal Fury 2 was certainly an improvement over the first game, technically and aesthetically, but the sequel curiously left out many of the original characters from FF1. (Something you might expect as a Capcom fighting game fan back then?) On that note, SNK later released Fatal Fury Special (the sequel to Fatal Fury 2) which brought back several of the original characters like Geese, Duck King, and Tung Fu Rue.

The gameplay system of FF2 was a bit more refined than the first game, but sales charts would prove that the majority of fighting game players were still overflowing Street Fighter 2 cabinets with their hard-earned quarters. Even so, Fatal Fury 2 was a solid effort from SNK at the time, and made an impact on the genre with great 2D sprites and beautiful artwork by soon to be legendary illustrators like Shinkiro and Eiji Shiroi.
~TFG Webmaster | @Fighters_Gen

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