Perspective: Side view
Visual: 2D scrolling
Published by: SNK of America
Developed by: SNK Corporation
The game was developed by Takashi Nishiyama, the creator of the original 1987 Street Fighter. Fatal Fury, which Nishiyama represented as the heir to Street Fighter, was developed around the same time as Street Fighter II (1991). While Street Fighter II paid more attention to combos, Fatal Fury focused on the framerate of special hits, as well as on the plot.
The player competes with the opponent in two out of three matches. A distinctive feature is a two-way battle and the presence of two lines: a background line and a foreground line. Players can switch between lines at any time, except for the single player mode, where they have to wait until the AI opponent changes lines.
When the second player joins the first player in the middle of the battle, they fight together against the AI opponent two on one.
After every second match in the single player tournament, the player will participate in the bonus mini-game arm wrestling against artificial intelligence. The player must quickly press button A to win this game.
The plot of Fatal Fury is centered around a martial arts tournament known as the "King of Fighters" tournament, which takes place in the fictional US city of South Town and is sponsored by local crime boss Geese Howard. Ten years before the events in the game, Geese killed martial artist Jeff Bogard, who stood in his way. Now Jeff's sons - Terry and Andy - together with their friend Joe Higashi enter the tournament to take revenge on Geese.
At the beginning of the game, the player is asked to choose between Terry, Andy and Joe. The player is then asked to choose one of the four fighters as their first opponent, which are Duck King, Richard Meyer, Michael Max and Tung Fu Rue. After defeating his first opponent, the player encounters three other opponents in a certain order. The order of opponents: Richard, Michael, Duck, Tung, with a cycle starting with which opponent the player chose. The last three opponents before Gis Howard fight in the following order: Hwa Zai, Raiden and Billy Kane.
- Terry Bogard is an American martial artist who seeks to avenge the death of his father.
- Andy Bogard is the younger brother of Terry, who studied copjutsu in Japan.
- Joe Higashi is a Japanese Muay Thai master and friend of the Bogard brothers.
- Duck King is a fighter who uses an artistic fighting style.
- Richard Meyer is a master of capoeira.
- Michael Max is a boxer throwing fireballs Upper Tornado.
- Tung Fu Rue is a master of bajiquan. At first it looks like a gentle old master, but after receiving enough damage, he turns into a muscular beast with a rotating clothesline and a fireball.
- Hwa Jai is a Muay Thai master from Thailand who gains strength after drinking a decoction. His special technique is to hit a flying knee called Dragon Kick.
- Raiden is a wrestler who owns poisonous steam technology.
- Billy Kane is the master of the bijutsu who is the unbeaten champion of the tournament.
- Geese Howard is the final boss. The criminal authority and sponsor of the tournament "King of Fighters". After defeating Billy, the player’s character is abducted by the people of Guis and taken to the building - "Guis Tower" - for the final match. Geese Howard's fighting style is aikido and an attack by the energy wave of the reppuken or "Violent Wave Fist". When a player loses Geese, instead of the standard continuation screen, the player’s character falls from the "Geese Tower". If the player wins, his character kicks down His from the building and kills him.