Fatal Fury: First Contact

REVIEWFatal Fury: 1st Contact is basically a NEOGEO Pocket "remix" of Real Bout Fatal Fury 2, featuring most of the same gameplay elements, characters, and backgrounds from the original arcade game. First Contact also features an exclusive character, Lao (who appears defeated by Xiangfei and Rick Stroud in the animated intro in Real Bout Fatal Fury 1). Lao is playable only in the 2-player versus mode of Fatal Fury: 1st Contact.



Another NEOGEO Pocket Color classic!

Fatal Fury: 1st Contact
is the second fighting game to be ported specifically for the NEOGEO Pocket, and sports great-looking chibi 2D sprites, artwork, and quality graphics on SNK's handheld system. The gameplay actually feels a lot like Real Bout 2, and is a fun and simple handheld fighter for 1999. SNK did an awesome job of transforming the Real Bout cast into tiny, big-headed character sprites, which still retain nearly all of their iconic moves and personalities... the facial expressions during gameplay are priceless!




Fatal Fury: 1st Contact character select screen (based on Real Bout 2)




"What an adorable Raging Storm!" -Terry




Page Updated: July 22nd, 2024
Developer(s): SNK
Publisher(s): SNK
Platform(s): Neo Geo Pocket, Nintendo Switch
Release Date(s): April 30th, 1999       (NeoGeo Pocket)
Dec. 22nd, 2020
Characters Terry Bogard, Joe Higashi, Andy Bogard, Rick Strowd, Alfred Airhawk, Mai Shiranui, Billy Kane, Kim Kapwhan, Wolfgang Krauser, Ruyji Yamazaki, Li Xiangfei, Lao

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Related Games: Fatal Fury, Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury 3, Fatal Fury Special, Real Bout Fatal Fury, Real Bout Fatal Fury Special, Real Bout Special: Dominated Mind, Real Bout Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition, Garou: Mark of the Wolves, The King of Fighters R-1, King of Fighters R-2, SNK Gals Fighters, Card Fighters Clash, Card Fighters Clash 2, Last Blade: Beyond The Destiny, Samurai Shodown: Pocket, Samurai Shodown 2!: Pocket, SNK VS Capcom: Match of the Millennium, Street Fighter Alpha 3: Upper, SFA3: Max

Gameplay Engine  6.5 / 10
Story / Theme  6.0 / 10
Overall Graphics  7.5 / 10
Animation  6.5 / 10
Music / Sound Effects  6.5 / 10
Innovation  5.0 / 10
Art Direction  8.0 / 10
Customization  4.0 / 10
Options / Extras  2.0 / 10
Intro / Presentation  6.0 / 10
Replayability / Fun  6.0 / 10
"Ouch" Factor  5.5 / 10
Characters  7.5 / 10

 6.6 / 10



Final Words: Fatal Fury: 1st Contact is another charming 2D fighter exclusive to the NEOGEO Pocket. It's nice to see a fighting game made with the intent of being a handheld game (rather than a shoddy port of an arcade fighting game, which was common in the mid 90's.)

If you're a hardcore fan of the Fatal Fury Real Bout series, you should definitely check out 1st Contact for the fan service alone. It's not the deepest or most fun 2D fighter on the NeoGeo Pocket... but the graphics are nice, the character roster is solid, and is playable! It's pretty much must-have title for any NeoGeo Pocket Color owner.
~TFG Webmaster | @Fighters_Gen
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