BOUT FATAL FURY
One interesting point regarding the creation of Real Bout Fatal
Fury was that it was produced by reusing unsold NeoGeo cartridges
of Fatal Fury 3, the prequel to RBFF which was released in 1995.
Fatal Fury 3 did not hit the high expectations of the company, and
is often considered the black sheep of the series. That meant that
there were a lot of unsold cartridges on hand, and the engineers
at SNK ended up reusing specific chips from those cartridges
during the creation of Real Bout Fatal Fury.
The concept of
stage borders and "Ring Out" that were introduced in
Real Bout Fatal Fury was a popular addition amongst players of the
home (AES) version of the game.
team felt this would offer an extra degree of danger to the
battles and it also gave us an opportunity to add in some silly
fan service." says game director Yasuyuki Oda.
all fans were in agreement - it was criticized and feared by
arcade players as they could lose their match from a single
mistake which meant their hard-earned coins could easily go down
the drain. "This feedback, while somewhat unexpected, was
important in dictating how the team approached the next entry in
the series," Oda concluded. Ring outs would never make a
return to the Fatal Fury series.