Fatal Fury

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Fatal Fury
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Sega (Japan, Europe), Takara (US)
Licensor: SNK
Original system(s): Neo Geo
Publisher(s) of original games: SNK
Developer(s) of original games: SNK
Sound driver: SMPS 68000
Genre: Action[1][2]

Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥8,8008,800 G-4100
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
£39.9939.99[4][5] 1083
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Tectoy: 13+
Sega Mega Drive
Sega Mega Drive
Non-Sega versions

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Fatal Fury, known as Garou Densetsu: Shukumei no Tatakai (餓狼伝説 宿命の戦い) in Japan, is the first in a successful line of versus fighting games developed by SNK. Originally released for Neo Geo MVS arcade hardware in 1991, the game was ported to a variety of home platforms including the Sega Mega Drive in 1993.

In Fatal Fury, the user can select one of three characters - brothers Terry Bogard and Andy Bogard or Joe, who must defeat Geese Howard.


Fatal Fury has only three action buttons: A punch, B kick and C throw. You can guard upper attacks by holding Left, while Down-left guards lower attacks.  START  has no function other than pause the game.

In versus mode all characters are available except for Geese Howard, though he can be unlocked by holding Left on both controllers and pressing  START , at the screen where you choose to play against another player or the computer.


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Andy Bogard
Andy Bogard is a 19-year-old man born in South Town. After his father's death he left for Japan to learn Karate techniques and become stronger. Now he's back both to avenge his father and to prove that he can beat his older brother, Terry Bogard.
Move list
Name Command Description
Body Spin Left Down-left Down Down-right Right Punch
Dragon Bullet Down Down-right Right Up-right Punch
Flying Punch Down Down-left Left Punch
Shotgun Kick HOLD Down-leftUp-right Kick
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Duck King
Duck King is a 24-year-old fighter who has specialized in a "Street-dancing" style, which grants him faster movements and rapid attacks to make up for his lack of power, in comparison to other fighters.
Move list
Name Command Description
Cannonball Attack Down Down-right Right Up-right Kick
Head Spin Attack Left Right Punch
Screw Attack HOLD DownUp Punch
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Geese Howard
Geese Howard is a 38-year-old fighter who's skills encompass many styles, from ancient Japanese martial arts to American street fighting. It was him who killed Andy and Terry Bogard's father, Jeff Bogard, after luring him into a trap; and now rules South Town. He is also the sponsor of the "King of Fighters Tournament".
Move list
Name Command Description
Escape Footwork Left Left
Sliding Kick Down Kick
Violent Wave Left Down-left Down Down-right Right Punch
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Joe Higashi
Joe Higashi is a 19-year-old Kick Boxing Champion with a strong reputation, both in Japan and in Thailand. He is a good friend of the Bogard brothers and joined the tournament to help them, even risking to be expelled from the Professional Kick Boxing Association for that.
Move list
Name Command Description
Hurricane Uppercut Left Down-left Down Down-right Right Punch
Machine-gun Punch PunchPunchPunchPunchPunch
Slash Kick HOLD Down-leftUp-right Kick
Tiger Kick Down Down-right Right Up-right Kick
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Michael Max
Michael Max is a 25-year-old professional boxer, but would rather battle to the death than follow the rules, just punching out his opponents.
Move list
Name Command Description
Gust Straight Punch Left Right Punch
Footwork Left Left / Right Right
Tornado Uppercut Down-left Down Down-right Right Punch
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Raiden is a 27-year-old professional wrestler who has decided to cover his true identity, hence the mask, and go for the violence of fighting with no rules.
Move list
Name Command Description
Cobra Clench Close Left+Throw
Killer Fog Left Right Punch
Rocket Attack Down Down-left Left Punch
Escape Footwork Left Left
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Richard Myer
Richard Myer is a 29-year-old fighter specialised in the Brazilian martial art called Capoeira, which focuses attack power through multiple kicks. He owns a restaurant called the Pao-Pao Cafe and has joined the tournament to show everyone what he and his fighting style can do.
Move list
Name Command Description
Handstand Kick Down Down-left Left Kick
Rolling Attack Down Down-right Right Kick
Spider Kick Down Up Kick
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Terry Bogard
Terry Bogard is a 20-year-old fighter, who is the older brother of Andy Bogard and son of Jeff Bogard. He was raised learning the legendary fighting techniques of his father, becoming an expert in ancient martial arts. Like Andy, he has joined the tournament to avenge their father's death and free South Town from the evil hands of Geese Howard.
Move list
Name Command Description
Burning Knuckle Down Down-left Left Punch
Power Wave Down Down-right Right Punch
Slam Attack HOLD DownUp+Punch
Supershot Kick Down Down-left Left Up-left Kick
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Tung Fu Rue
Tung Fu Rue is a 67-year-old man who seems harmless at first but can be very dangerous when angered, as he can transform into a monstrous shape and become extremely strong. He was the teacher of Jeff Bogard and, after his death, decided to confront Geese Howard in the tournament, as he is certain that it was him who killed Jeff.
Move list
Name Command Description
Flying Wheel Kick (small form) Down Down-left Left Kick
Palm Slap (small form) Down Down-right Right Punch
Hurricane Punch (big form) Down Down-right Right Punch
Hurricane Kick (big form) Down Down-right Right Kick


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Dream Amusement Park
Raiden's stage

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Geese Building
Geese Howard's stage

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Howard Arena
Tung Fu Rue's stage

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Pao-Pao Cafe
Richard Myer's stage

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Sound Beach
Michael Max's stage

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West Subway
Duck King's stage


The Mega Drive version was handled by a team comprised of staff from Japanese developers Gai Brain and Aspect, and was published by Takara. While considered by critics to be a respectable version of the game for the more limited hardware (as well as including all the characters in two player matches - something the SNK versions lack), the characters of Billy Kane and Hwa Jai are completely absent in this version of the game.

Localised names

Also known as
Language Localised Name English Translation
English Fatal Fury Fatal Fury
English (US) Fatal Fury Fatal Fury
Japanese 餓狼伝説 宿命の戦い Garou Densetsu: Shukumei no Tatakai

Production credits

  • Director: T.Ikenoue, T.Ishigai
  • Planner: T.Sunakawa, N.Uematsu
  • Graphic: A.Yamada, K.Hodaka, T.Saitou, T.Nakajima, J.Kawaura, Y.Miyamoto
  • Programmer: H.Koiso, T.Ishigai
  • Sound: K.Oikawa, K.Mikusa
  • Thanks: Yumopii, Fera-Kichi, Kuroyuri
  • Special Thanks to: SNK Co., Ltd All Staffs
Fatal Fury Original Game Designed for Neo-Geo/SNK

Magazine articles

Main article: Fatal Fury/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #43: "February 1993" (199x-xx-xx)
also published in:
Print advert in Mega Force (ES) #13: "Mayo 1993" (1993-xx-xx)
Print advert in Beep! MegaDrive (JP) #1993-05: "May 1993" (1993-04-08)
Print advert in Pif (BG) #5.95: "5/95" (1995-xx-xx)


Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
79 [7]
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
1 review
Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
1700 igr dlya Sega (RU)
Beep! MegaDrive (JP) NTSC-J
Consoles + (FR)
Computer & Video Games (UK) PAL
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) NTSC-U
Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide (UK)
Famitsu (JP) NTSC-J
GameFan (US)
Game Power (IT) NTSC
GamePro (US) NTSC-U
GamesMaster (UK) PAL
Hippon Super (JP) NTSC-J
Joypad (FR) NTSC-U
Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming (UK) PAL
Mega (UK) PAL
Mega (UK) PAL
Mega Force (FR)
Mega Fun (DE) NTSC-U
Mega Play (US) NTSC-U
MegaTech (UK) PAL
Mean Machines Sega (UK) PAL
Sega Power (UK) PAL
Sega Pro (UK) PAL
Sega Zone (UK) PAL
Sega Force (SE)
Sega Force (UK) PAL
Sega Saturn Magazine (JP) NTSC-J
Supergame (BR) NTSC-U
Tricks 16 bit (RU)
Video Games (DE) NTSC-U
Sega Mega Drive
Based on
30 reviews

Fatal Fury

Mega Drive, JP
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Mega Drive, US
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Mega Drive, EU
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Mega Drive, FR (Blister pack)
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Mega Drive, PT
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Mega Drive, SE (Rental)
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Mega Drive, AU

Mega Drive, BR
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Mega Drive, Asia
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Mega Drive, KR
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Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 98d49170
MD5 57f13963c9cfdade16cf8207f8889ee5
SHA-1 48b6277fc73368d8e96ba407a66f908c3bd87c39
1.5MB 1993-02 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 2e730a91
MD5 2167686e3028c177a9cbd121c307f232
SHA-1 e0a74238cd4592d900f88d033314c668d1522b72
1.5MB 1993-02 Cartridge (EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 bf3e3fa4
MD5 204ae6f8f97293e877ffb51c0904dd7c
SHA-1 b9eb37dbc77d0c6919ad78e587fa4c3403e9e9af
1.5MB 1993-02 Cartridge (JP)


  1. File:FatalFury MD JP Box.jpg
  2. 2.0 2.1 https://sega.jp/history/hard/megadrive/software.html (Wayback Machine: 2020-07-20 09:51)
  3. Sega Visions, "February/March 1993" (US; 199x-xx-xx), page 100
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Computer & Video Games, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-15), page 62
  5. Mega, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-15), page 49
  6. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "March 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 65
  7. Sega Force Mega, "August 1993" (UK; 1993-06-24), page 89
  8. 1700 igr dlya Sega, "" (RU; 2003-03-10), page 77
  9. Beep! MegaDrive, "May 1993" (JP; 1993-04-08), page 24
  10. Consoles +, "Mai 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 86
  11. Electronic Gaming Monthly, "April 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 30
  12. Mean Machines: The Essential Sega Guide, "" (UK; 1993-11-18), page 44
  13. Famitsu, "1993-04-30" (JP; 1993-04-16), page 1
  14. GameFan, "Volume 1, Issue 5: April 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 14
  15. Game Power, "Giugno 1993" (IT; 1993-0x-xx), page 51
  16. GamePro, "August 1993" (US; 1993-xx-xx), page 66
  17. GamesMaster, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-19), page 84
  18. Hippon Super, "May 1993" (JP; 1993-04-03), page 31
  19. Joypad, "Juin 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 94
  20. Sega Mega Drive Advanced Gaming, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-xx-xx), page 36
  21. Mega, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-15), page 48
  22. Mega, "July 1993" (UK; 1993-06-17), page 32
  23. Mega Force, "Mai 1993" (FR; 1993-0x-xx), page 84
  24. Mega Fun, "06/93" (DE; 1993-05-19), page 34
  25. Mega Play, "June 1993" (US; 1993-0x-xx), page 65
  26. MegaTech, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-20), page 42
  27. Mean Machines Sega, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-26), page 44
  28. Sega Power, "June 1993" (UK; 1993-05-06), page 50
  29. Sega Pro, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-08), page 36
  30. Sega Zone, "May 1993" (UK; 1993-04-08), page 29
  31. Sega Force, "6/93" (SE; 1993-09-30), page 9
  32. Sega Force, "April 1993" (UK; 1993-03-04), page 32
  33. Sega Saturn Magazine, "September 1995" (JP; 1995-08-08), page 85
  34. Supergame, "Junho 1993" (BR; 1993-06-xx), page 10
  35. Tricks 16 bit, "Tricks Sega Gold 800 igr" (RU; 1998-03-20), page 70
  36. Video Games, "8/93" (DE; 1993-07-28), page 44

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Fatal Fury/Garou Densetsu games for Sega systems
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Fatal Fury Special (1994)
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Fatal Fury Special (1995)
Sega Saturn
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