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.