Fatal Fury compiled for PS2

SNK Playmore brings fighting franchise's earliest games to US with Battle Archives Volume 1.

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The streets of South Town are ready to rumble once again, as SNK today said it will be revisiting one of its oldest fighting franchises. This summer, gamers will be able to reminisce about pummeling the colorful cast of the Fatal Fury series, as SNK has confirmed a US release for its PlayStation 2 compilation, Fatal Fury: Battle Archives Volume 1.

Set for release this summer, Battle Archives will collect the earliest installments of the NeoGeo arcade fighting franchise. In addition to Fatal Fury 1 to 3, the first Battle Archives volume includes Fatal Fury Special, a follow-up to Fatal Fury 2 that included a handful of extra characters and playable bosses.

As for why this is specified as "Volume 1" of the Fatal Fury Battle Archives, SNK Playmore has already released a second volume of the series in Japan that collects the Real Bout Fatal Fury games. As of press time, a representative of SNK Playmore had not responded to GameSpot's inquiry about a US release for that title.

The Fatal Fury series dates back to 1991, the same year Capcom released Street Fighter II. The game established SNK's foothold in the exploding fighting genre, and the publisher cemented its reputation as a 2D fighter factory with successive series like Art of Fighting, King of Fighters, Samurai Shodown, World Heroes, and The Last Blade.

Discussion

85 comments
Cloud1349
Cloud1349

@John_of_Fire: Name one company that still publishes Dreamcast games in the U.S. I still have and love my Dreamcast to death, but for us Americans, it's a dead system. It's all too bad we have to import anything for it. We only have the PS2 to rely on now. Hopefully the PlayStation Network on PS3 will catch on in the future. It would be an amazing place to release these classic fighters. I still stand by the fact that Xbox 360's d-pad is crap for 2D fighters.

dragonsama
dragonsama

All I can say is if you think you are remotely good at this or any other fighitng game then get yourself to the EVO fighting game championships!

eViL_kA
eViL_kA

Actually, the first two Fatal Fury animes are only about an hour long each and as devilscry said they were mostly about the games story. The first one is ok (most of the fights end with one hit) but the second one was leaps and bounds beyond the first. Th fights are truly badass esp, when Terry sends Wolfgang Krauser slamming into the organ. Then as devilscry already mentioned they released Fatal Fury: The Motion Picture, which has the best art and fights overall; a truly badass movie. P.S. yea playing as the character from The Motion Picture would have been awesome devilscry.

devilscry
devilscry

"sr-gogeta-goku was there a fatal fury anime" Yes there was. Pretty decent too. The first two were sorta about the actual story of the game...but not really, they were more like " this is what happened in the game in movie form" I wouldn't really call them movies and i don't think they were spot on. But close enough. Mean while, The Movie they made later was Badass, though it had NOTHING to do with any of the games. which is sad, would have been nice to play as some of the evil characters from the movie.

devilscry
devilscry

Kinda cheap when you think about it, they know they could fit more games like those on a disc they only broke it up to make more money. But hey, can someone wake me when they Make a Samurai Showdown and King of Fighters volume's 1. I'm down for those!

goodemon
goodemon

oh sweet. i wanna play world heroes again. does anyone remember King of the Monsters fighting game?

S_Pac_316
S_Pac_316

Sweet! Hopefully they give it a budget price. This has been one of my all time favorite fighting series. I always gone to the arcades to play these classics. I hope Vol. 2 gets released here. It'll sure beat having to pay $200+ to play them on the Neo-Geo back in the day. :P

vidgamer2002
vidgamer2002

I Never Played these games growing up, so it's nice to see that I will get second chance to play them.

DarkManiaN_1979
DarkManiaN_1979

I heard someone say that it was good and the remake serves the graphics well, but there was a character missing for some reason. This is definitely worth doing though and who can pass up an opportunity to use Guy or Hagar again? :P

JoeSmith34
JoeSmith34

Fatal Fury Special is being released for Xbox Live Arcade. I hope the other Fatal Fury games on this disc will also be released for Xbox Live Arcade. Seeing games like this recreated with 5.1 digital sound in high-definition graphics on the Xbox 360's Live Arcade is really cool. All of my friends and I are hoping all of these games come to Xbox Live Arcade. Come on SNK, you can do it!

Makhdoom82
Makhdoom82

Nostalgia ... woooo ... i'll be really happy !!! :D

Humbag
Humbag

all i need is volume 2 now

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

SNK were like the god of fighting games when I was a kid. I'd love to buy this game

brutalbrian
brutalbrian

All I can say is Andy Bogard rides again!

John_of_Fire
John_of_Fire

The Good: Fatal Fury Collection in the US, The Bad: it's not all of the games, The Ugly it is only on PS2. Maybe we can get one for Samurai Showdown including World Heroes with online play. Yeah I'm dreaming. PS Cloud1349 Fighting fans have Dreamcasts rather than PS2s.

JamesL007
JamesL007

Yes, Fatal Fury coming to the PS2 sweet, I will buy that for a dollar. Peace

solidusdeus1
solidusdeus1

Yes! anything to fight Wolfgang Krauser again!

majestikk
majestikk

My Dreamcast is my haven for 2D fighting games. I love Fatal Fury: Mark of the Wolves, but for some reason I haven't got tired of Marvel vs. Capcom 2. Damn you'd think a move to make a Marvel vs. Capcom 3 would've been obvious.

fierro316
fierro316

I loved these games back at the arcades but why not instead bringing the more recent Real Bout and Mark of the Wolves? SNK always doing bad decisions...

iliyun
iliyun

people come on. let's rally and give support to a Samurai Showdown compliation !!! or a King of Fighters Compilation !!!.. .... fatal fury series was for amateurs.

nekrotaunter
nekrotaunter

I have all the MVS carts I care about, but I may buy it anyway.

fadeca
fadeca

i'm only buying this if mark of the wolves is included

radiocreed
radiocreed

Lame, should have release the whole FF series on one disc.

SaitouZero
SaitouZero

This is all good, but where's my Fatal Fury Special for XBLA?

NightRain
NightRain

AWESOME! Fatal Fury games rocked back in the days.

enoslives7
enoslives7

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carddude
carddude

Woo Hoo! Another fighting game means good time

Chainblast
Chainblast

Very nice. SNK compilations rule.

iliyun
iliyun

We NEED Samurai Showdown Compilation. ---SNKPLAYMORE pay attention !!!!!!!! Samurai Showdown Compilation = lotz $$$ for u !!!!!!!

fonzieahmed
fonzieahmed

awesome! and i second that opinion andyne.

andyne
andyne

OK, we have Art of Fighting and Fatal Fury -- now where is Samurai Shodown???!??

magicmo
magicmo

Nothing wrong with 16 bit games....for those that grew up with them. Sadly, they will never be cool again. Video games go only forward, hardly ever back.

KingSigy
KingSigy

This would make a great XBLA release

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

YES! I'm definately buying this. Four great early games from the prime of the fighting game era. Here's to hoping they bring out Volume 2 in America as well.

Cloud1349
Cloud1349

@comthitnuong: The game was already released in Japan on the PS2... It wouldn't be cost-effective to produce the game for another system. It's much more inexpensive to just translate and release the game. Also, if you're a fighting game fan, then you more than likely have a PS2 sitting in your house. Why? Because it's the single system in recent years to have THE most fighting games released on. And, honestly, who the heck wants to play a 2D fighter on a 360 controller? It pales in comparison to the performance of a PS2 controller for fighting games. @drangel_jam: SNK Playmore knows how to make good games... Who cares that the game is in 2D and the graphics are of 16-bit quality? As long as it plays well, people will buy it. I've been playing the Fatal Fury series since I was seven years old, and it's wonderful to be able to go back to the excellent gameplay those games offered. The Wii's Virtual Console proves that people are still stuck in the old days. I'm cheering for this release! Props to SNK Playmore for giving love to its long-time fans. Though I have yet to buy the Art of Fighting Anthology, I'll be picking this one up on day one. AoF is next on my list... Come on payday!

drangel_jam
drangel_jam

who's really gonna buy this? SNK & Playmore think the world is still in the 16-bits or less era.

comthitnuong
comthitnuong

Putting it on the PS3 or 360 would have been better.

eViL_kA
eViL_kA

Thankyou Playmore. Now, if you could make it online so that i can challenge other fans of the series across the globe that would be great. I was also hoping they would include Mark of the Wolves but oh well maybe at some point in the future. I agree with Iiri, that IS a great game. "Burn Knuckle!"

malmeid2
malmeid2

oskermayor Umm didn't the GBA start the retro gaming with re-relaeses of old NES games and what about the PS bringing back classic final fantasy games or did the XBOX pre-date all of that? ---------------------------------------------------------------- It doesn't seem to have been an overly popular trend on earlier consoles, and they usually only released a very limited amount of "classic" titles. From my observations, it seems to me that Xbox Live, while certainly not an originator of the idea, has really inspired a much larger effort to dive back into earlier classics.

liri
liri

SearchBomber So, SNK's going to release their collections here, after all. Good, good. Hey, KOF XI might be localized as well: http://www.snkplaymoreusa.com/in-development.php I just checked the site it doesnt say anything except in development....... but just in case YEEEEEEEEEEEESS!!! I wonder if they'll ever finish mark of the wolves 2. from what ive heard they were almost done with it and just pulled the plug on it. what a great game that was.

s3KtOr
s3KtOr

Sweet =D!!!!!!!!!!!

cb-spike
cb-spike

I'm guessing volume 2 will have mark of the wolves?!?! cause that's the one i really want.