After Geese Howard's death in the original Fatal
Fury, a mysterious nobleman becomes the sponsor of the new "King of
Fighters" tournament. This time, the tournament is held worldwide with
fighters around the globe competing. As the single player mode progresses, the
mysterious challenger begins defeating the participants from the previous Fatal
Fury game, searching for the man responsible for defeating Geese.
More than 3 playable
characters this time.
Staying competitive with Capcom's evolving Street
Fighter 2 series, SNK's Fatal Fury
2 introduced a whopping 7 new characters (in addition to 5 returning characters from
the original). The graphics of Fatal Fury 2 show some significant
improvement over the original title, featuring completely redrawn sprites and
better animation (something Capcom wasn't doing with SF2).
the Fatal Fury 2 presented all new graphics, the overall presentation still seemed lacking in some ways.
For one, the intro
and character selection screen was quite bland. Many character "win
quotes" were also translated rather horribly in the English version, which
didn't really help the characters with their development or general likeability.
Gameplay-wise, Fatal Fury 2 feels
similar to the first game. Fatal Fury's unique gameplay element of switching between the foreground and
background has faithfully returned. This time,
the player can switch freely between planes by pressing the Light Punch and
Light Kick buttons simultaneously for to attack while switching planes. The
player can also perform a Super Move that knocks their opponent to the other
plane. Certain stages have hazards in the background, such as electrified wires
or even a stampede of bulls, which players can knock their opponents into for
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Fatal Fury 2 was certainly an improvement over the original, but also left out
many of the characters from FF1. SNK later released Fatal
Fury Special, an upgrade to Fatal Fury 2 which brought back some of the
better classic characters from the original.
The fighting system of FF2 was a bit more refined than the first game, but
sales charts would prove that the majority of fighting game players were still
putting most of their tokens into those Street
Fighter 2 cabinets. Still, Fatal Fury 2 was a solid effort, but SNK still needed
a bit more
to compete with Capcom's monster.