Fighter's History Dynamite / Karnov's Revenge

Fighter's History was probably the most blatant rip-off of Street Fighter 2 in history (hence the title). Lo and behold, Data East had the audacity to make a sequel a year after the release of the original, even after Capcom tried to sue them for ripping off SF2.

If you're a Street Fighter 2 knock-off and you know it, hold up your fist!


Fighter's History Dynamite
(also known as Karnov's Revenge) is at least an improvement over the original. The sequel adds playable bosses (Clown and Karnov) and two new characters: Zazie & Yungmie. Besides a better selection of playable characters and some new backgrounds, the game itself really hasn't changed very much in terms of looks or gameplay.


Karnov... the first boss from Bad Dudes.

While playing Karnov's Revenge, there's just no way to shake the feeling that this game is trying to be Street Fighter 2 with a different cast of characters. For the second time around, it doesn't offer any true innovation to the fighting game genre. Although, you could unlock a special fight against a bull if you beat the game without losing a single round, but who the hell would want to play this game for that long? Needless to say, I never fought against the bull...



Page Updated: March 19th, 2020
Developer(s): Data East
Publisher(s): Data East
Platform(s): Arcade, NeoGeo, NeoGeo CD, Sega Saturn, Wii Virtual Console, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
Release Date(s): Mar. 17th, 1994              Arcade
April 28th, 1994            NeoGeo
Dec. 22nd, 1994              NeoGeo CD
Characters Ray McDougal, Makoto Mizoguchi, Liu Feilin, Jean Pierre, Ryoko, Matlock Jade, Samchay, Lee Diendou, Marstorius, Clown, Zazie Muhaba, Yungmie, Karnov, Ox

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Related Games: Fighter's History, King of Fighters Maximum Impact: Regulation A, Street Fighter 2, X-Men: Children of the Atom, Samurai Shodown 2, Darkstalkers, Killer Instinct, Tekken, Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo

Gameplay Engine  3.5 / 10
Story / Theme  3.0 / 10
Overall Graphics  5.5 / 10
Animation  5.0 / 10
Music / Sound Effects  4.0 / 10
Innovation  2.5 / 10
Art Direction  2.5 / 10
Customization  2.0 / 10
Options / Extras  4.0 / 10
Intro / Presentation  3.0 / 10
Replayability / Fun  2.5 / 10
"Ouch" Factor  3.5 / 10
Characters  3.5 / 10

 3.5 / 10

 Review based on Arcade version     


Final Words:

If you could somehow get past the fact that Fighters History was a shameless SF2 knock-off, and somehow managed to enjoy playing it, you must've been forced to... because there were far superior, far better-looking, and far more fun fighting games to be playing in 1994. Not to mention, Fighters History Dynamite released "late" in North America - meaning even better fighting games were coming out soon after.

What were you playing in 1994-1995? For starters, I was playing: X-Men: Children of the Atom, Samurai Shodown 2, Samurai Shodown 3, Darkstalkers, Killer Instinct, Tekken, and Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo just to name a few. You simply can't make a case that Karnov's Revenge even comes close to competing with the quality of any of those games.

Maybe if Fighters History was the ONLY working video game at your local arcade... then you might've had an excuse to play this game. In fairness, Fighters History Dynamite still has some charm and enjoyability in unexpected areas. While most characters are rip-offs of existing ones, it's still interested seeing Data East's "take" on an early 90's fighting game. For better or worse, Fighters History is still a part of fighting game history. 
~TFG Webmaster