Fatal Fury Special

STORYGeese Howard: a man feared by the world as the dark ruler of South Town. He shocked the land with his violent techniques and was confident that no one could ever top him. To rid himself of the man, Geese took the life the street champ, Jeff Bogard. However, several years later, three men arose to stop Geese's ambition. They were the sons of the dead Jeff, Terry and Andy Bogard, and Muay Thai champ, Joe Higashi. After Geese was defeated by them, he was believed to be dead. However, as time passed, a disturbing rumor began to float around the world. Geese is alive...

His elder half-brother, Wolfgang Krauser, took the reigns of the underworld after his younger brother's passing. However, the resurrected Geese deprives Krauser his seat of glory and the Bogard brothers burn with the flames of revenge. Terry and Andy hear where Geese is located."We're coming for you, Geese!"
A new legend is about to begin.


Fatal Fury Special character selection screen.

REVIEWFatal Fury Special is a minor upgrade and sequel to Fatal Fury 2. Special makes previously CPU-only characters now playable by default, those being: Billy Kane, Axel Hawk, Laurence Blood, and Wolfgang Krauser. Several classic characters from the original Fatal Fury who went missing in Fatal Fury 2 also make their return, including: Duck King, Tung Fu Rue, and the mighty Geese Howard. In addition, Ryo Sakazaki from SNK's Art Of Fighting series also makes an iconic crossover appearance as a bonus playable character.


Duck King didn't duck Mai Shiranui's foot!


The mechanics of Fatal Fury Special slightly expand upon those from Fatal Fury 2, adding a new combo system and a faster game speed. Unlike the previous Fatal Fury games, Special allows players to combine attacks. When an attack lands, the player will have a brief moment of invincibility. The number of Line Move Attacks have also increased, pressing the Light Punch or Light Kick button while the opponent is on an opposite line will perform a Low Line Jump Attack.


Fighting on top of a train at Mount Rushmore? okaaaay!


In general, Fatal Fury Special still feels much slower and less-responsive than other fighting games at the time. The jumping in and out of the background element still feels unrefined, unnatural, and perhaps a bit unnecessary. (The overall gameplay system of Fatal Fury evolved and was later tightened up in the Real Bout series.)
FUN FACT: The popularity and positive fan-response from Ryo Sakazaki appearing in Fatal Fury Special was a part of the reason The King of Fighters series began (about 1 year later). SNK later ran with the idea of including characters from different SNK franchises in the same fighting game.



Page Updated: January 11th, 2023
Developer(s): SNK   NeoGeo
Takara   SNES/Sega CD/Game Gear
Publisher(s): SNK
Platform(s): Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, Super Nintendo, Game Gear, Sega CD, Wii Virtual Console, Xbox 360 XBLA
Designer(s): Takashi Tsukamoto
Artwork By: Shinkiro, Eiji Shiroi, Ayumi Tsuzaki, Higashi Pon, Yoshiyuki Sadamoto
Release Date(s): Sept. 16th, 1993           Arcade
Dec. 22nd, 1993          NeoGeo
July 29th, 1994              SNES
Sept. 9th, 1994            NeoGeo CD
Nov. 4th, 2009
               Wii VC
Mar. 1st, 2010
               Wii VC
Mar. 26th, 2010
            Wii VC
Characters Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard, Joe Higashi, Big Bear, Jubei Yamada, Cheng Sinzan, Kim Kap Hwan, Mai Shiranui, Duck King, Tung Fu Rue, Billy Kane, Axel Hawk, Laurence Blood, Wolfgang Krauser, Geese Howard, Ryo Sakazaki

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Related Games: Fatal Fury 2, Fatal Fury 3, Fatal Fury, 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, Garou: Mark of The Wolves, Art Of Fighting, Art of Fighting 2, Eternal Champions, Fighters History, Virtua Fighter, Mortal Kombat 2, Samurai Shodown, Super Street Fighter 2, World Heroes 2, Fighter's History, Fighter's History Dynamite

Gameplay Engine

 6.5 / 10

Story / Theme

 6.5 / 10

Overall Graphics

 7.0 / 10


 6.5 / 10

Music / Sound Effects

 6.0 / 10


 6.5 / 10

Art Direction

 6.5 / 10


 5.0 / 10

Intro / Presentation

 6.0 / 10

Replayability / Fun

 6.0 / 10

"Ouch" Factor

 6.0 / 10


 6.5 / 10


 6.5 / 10

 Review based on Arcade version    


Final Words: SNK was trying their best to keep up with Capcom's runaway competitive smash hit, Street Fighter 2: The World Warrior, and its many sequels. Fatal Fury Special was a decent attempt and a far more playable fighting game than previous Fatal Fury titles, but definitely wasn't on the same technical level of Street Fighter 2.

In my opinion, Fatal Fury Special wasn't even one of SNK's "best" fighting games at the time. Even so, Fatal Fury Special was a step forward for the series and refreshed many of the character designs. Colorful artwork by Shinkiro and Eiji Shiroi also helped define the SNK art style and direction into the (soon to be booming) mid 90s fighting genre.
~TFG Webmaster | @Fighters_Gen

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