We take a look at a US build of Mark of the Wolves for Dreamcast. Find out how it stacks up to its Neo Geo counterpart.
If you've ever been to an arcade, chances are you're familiar with SNK, or at least the developer's long-lived arcade platform, the NeoGeo. Despite SNK's recent, unfortunate problems, the NeoGeo hardware has been around for more than a decade and has had lots of great arcade games, especially puzzlers and platformers like Metal Slug; however, it's best known for its 2D fighting games. And SNK made a truly great 2D fighting game in 2000--possibly the last great NeoGeo game ever. That was Fatal Fury: Mark of the Wolves, a colorful fighting game that was the next chapter--and is evidently the last chapter--in SNK's long-running Fatal Fury fighting series. Agetec, a company that's made something of a name for itself by porting NeoGeo games to the Dreamcast and PlayStation, has gone ahead and ported Mark of the Wolves to the Dreamcast. And after playing this version for a bit, we're pleased to announce that by all indications, Agetec has done as good a job as ever of translating the cartridge version of this NeoGeo game.
Mark of the Wolves takes place some 10 years after the previous Fatal Fury games, in the fictitious city of Southtown--a colorful, modern city that resembles Miami in the US, as well as the central location of SNK's original Fatal Fury and Art of Fighting series. The only old character that appears in this new game is Fatal Fury's perennial hero, the legendary lone wolf Terry Bogard, though Terry's put on a few pounds and traded in his baseball cap and ponytail for a shorter haircut and a leather jacket.
Terry's joined the latest King of Fighters tournament in Southtown, and he's joined by a cast of 11 brand-new characters plus two new boss characters, which brings the game's roster to an even 14. Fatal Fury fans will remember that in the ending credits of Real Bout Fatal Fury, Terry had adopted a young, blonde-haired boy--the bastard son of Terry's archnemesis, Geese Howard. That young boy was Rock Howard, and Rock's grown up to be a wiry but fast teenager who uses the powerful attacks of both his evil father, Geese, and his mentor, Terry. (Rock also appears in Capcom's recent fighting game Capcom vs. SNK 2.) Mark of the Wolves' roster also includes Kim Dong Hwan and Kim Jae Hoon, the two sons of Fatal Fury's tae kwon do hero, Kim Kap Hwan, who himself isn't playable--but he does make a cameo appearance in the game. In addition, the game features a boy ninja named Hokutomaru, the disciple of Terry's ninja brother, Andy Bogard; and Khushnood Butt (that's right, "Butt"), also known as Marco Rodriguez, a disciple of the Kyokugen school of karate practiced by the heroes of SNK's Art of Fighting series. The game also features completely original characters such as Griffon, a professional wrestler, and B. Jenet, the high-spirited, scantily clad leader of a group of bandits. In addition, there are two new characters that use traditional Chinese martial arts: Hotaru, a moon-eyed teenage girl who's looking for her long-lost brother, and Gato, a sullen kung fu master who denies ever having had a long-lost sister. There are also the new characters Kevin Ryan, a SWAT officer investigating his partner's murder, and Freeman, a mysterious and elusive murderer. Finally, there are the game's boss characters: Grant, a tall, muscular man who, for whatever reason, likes to wear a cape, a mask, and flowing breeches while barefoot and bare-chested, and Kain Heinlein, the mysterious sponsor of the tournament, who has an even more mysterious connection to Rock.
- Player Reviews: 5
- Game Universe:
- Fatal Fury (ARC, NEO, GEN, SNES, NGCD),
- Fatal Fury 2 (NEO, GB, ARC, GEN, SNES, NGCD),
- Fatal Fury Special (NEO, ARC, GG, SCD, SNES, TCD, NGCD, X360),
- Real Bout Fatal Fury (ARC, NEO, NGCD),
- Real Bout Fatal Fury 2 (ARC, NEO, NGCD),
- Real Bout Fatal Fury Special (NEO, GB, ARC, NGCD),
- Fatal Fury 3: Road to the Final Victory (ARC, PC, NEO, SAT, NGCD),
- Fatal Fury: Battle Archives Volume 2 (PS2),
- Fatal Fury: Battle Archives Volume 1 (PS2),
- Fatal Fury: Mark of the Wolves (DC)