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Fatal Fury Final Arcade Game – 1st Stage Playthrough Video

Fatal Fury Final

As a kid who grew up in the video arcades of the 90s, I feel like that was the golden age of gaming. That’s when the whole fighting game genre took off with Street Fighter II, Mortal Kombat, Killer Instinct and King of Fighters. And along with all of those, we had the quarter-munching side-scrolling beat-em-ups like X-Men: The Arcade Game, The Simpsons and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time. What if we could combine these two terrific genres into one beautifully retro package.

That’s exactly what Fatal Fury Final is. The freeware title (yes, free!) takes the sprites and 90s styling of the original Fatal Fury game and transplants it into a game that is similar to Final Fight from Capcom. The key difference here is that your Fatal Fury characters — like Duck King and Joe Higashi — can do their special moves too, in addition to the usual button-mashing mechanism of the classic side-scrollers. The net result is an amazing experience.

Download it for free from GameJolt.com. Seriously. You won’t regret it.

To give you a taste of what to expect, here is the title and intro sequence from the game, along with a playthrough of the first stage with Terry Bogard. Power wave! Crack shoot! Burn knuckle! Rising tackle!

Posted by: Akuma on Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

King of Fighters XII Complete Roster

King of Fighters XII roster (KOF XII roster)

While I am definitely a Street Fighter fan by nature, I’ve also been looking forward to the upcoming release of King of Fighters XII. This SNK fighting game has really started to garner some much deserved attention, thanks to the art being completely hand drawn. And now we know who’s going to be in it.

The good guys at Kotaku provided the image above, depicting the entire King of Fighters XII roster. Many of the trusted mainstays are there, including Andy, Terry, Kim, and Raiden, but you’ve also got some slightly more obscure King of Fighters characters like Ash, Kensou, and Leona.

I’m glad to see Iori and Kyo make the cut, but where the heck is Mai? It’s not a real King of Fighters game without “Me bouncy!”

Posted by: Akuma on Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

Samurai Shodown Hits Wii Virtual Console

The Wii Virtual Console is home to a few great fighting games, even if the Nintendo Wii itself is terribly lacking in that department. If you’re tired of playing Street Fighter II over and over again, head on over to your Wii and buy some SNK-flavored swordplay in the form of Samurai Shodown.

The version being offered through the Virtual Console is the one that was originally released on the Neo-Geo, so you won’t get the heavily pixelated graphics of the SNES take on the game. As you recall, Samurai Shodown — released in 1993 — was one of the first fighting games to equip its combatants with weapons. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as slashing down your enemies as a kabuki warrior or sending in a bird as a little Japanese girl. Samurai Shodown is definitely a step above Art of Fighting.

In the end, I think that we’d all agree when I saw Haohmaru FTW. He’s still one of my all-time favorites.

Samurai Shodown on the Wii Virtual Console will cost you 900 Wii Points.

Posted by: Akuma on Monday, June 16th, 2008