"Mayor Mike Haggar vowed to snatch the streets of Metro City back from the crooks with his bare knuckles! But the Mad Gear Gang snatched his daughter Jessica. Now there's gonna be some bone-crushing dues to pay! Jessica's boyfriend Cody and his friend Guy hit the streets hard with Haggar, denting heads downtown and slugging it out in the slums. Now you're Haggar, Cody or Guy, each with his own fighting style. Demolish gangland henchmen, samurai swordsmen and musclebound crime bosses in a fist-to-nose frenzy!"
Final Fight is a belt-scrolling beat 'em up by Capcom, originally released for the arcades during the very end of 1989. As one of the earliest games for Capcom's CPS hardware, Final Fight helped popularize the beat em' up genre during the early-to-mid 1990s that was previously established with the likes of Irem's Kung Fu Master and Technos Japan's Renegade and Double Dragon. It was ported to a variety of gaming platforms such as the SNES (in two different versions), the Sega CD, and the Game Boy Advance, among others.In the original game, the Mad Gear gang kidnaps Jessica, the daughter of Mike Haggar, former pro wrestler and current mayor of Metro City, because Haggar would not turn a blind eye to their dominance of the city's underworld, as the previous mayor had. Haggar teams up with Jessica's martial artist boyfriend Cody and his sparring partner Guy, a ninjutsu master seeking to test his skills, so that they can save the city and Jessica. The game has life meters not only for the heroes, but also for the villains.The game's development contains some interesting tidbits: The people in charge of Capcom at the time requested a sequel to Street Fighter (this was more than a year before Street Fighter II). As such, the game was originally known as Street Fighter '89, but had its title changed before release when the game ended up becoming a side-scrolling beat 'em up and not a competitive fighting game. The Final Fight universe was later folded over into the Street Fighter canon when characters from Final Fight started to appear in the Street Fighter series beginning with Guy and Sodom's appearance in the first Street Fighter Alpha and up to Cody and Guy's return in Super Street Fighter IV and Poison's debut in the Street Fighter universe as a playable character in Street Fighter X Tekken (she had a cameo beforehand as Hugo's manager in Street Fighter III 2nd Impact).While Capcom produced several beat 'em ups for the arcade after Final Fight, the game itself was only followed by two straight-to-home console sequels for the SNES before fading out completely. Two attempts to revive the series in 3D were made by Capcom USA: Final Fight Revenge, a 3D fighting game featuring characters from the original game (including a zombie version of Belger) for the Sega Titan hardware (which saw a Japan-only home port for the Sega Saturn as Capcom's final game for the system); and Final Fight: Streetwise, a darker and edgier attempt to cater to the Grand Theft Auto crowd.In April 2010, an updated re-release of the first game was brought to Xbox LIVE Arcade and the PlayStation Network featuring remixed music from the staff behind Bionic Commando: Re-Armed, and new HD filters. It also comes with the Capcom's 1991 hack'n slash side-scroller Magic Sword.It has a character sheet.
The Guy and Haggar dolls added in Final Fight Guy serve as instant extra lives. The GBA version also adds a Cody doll as well.
The Guy doll also appears in Final Fight 2 as a 1-Up for all three characters.
Aborted Arc: Dean mentions in his proper introduction that he often fought in the street fighter circuit. It unintentionally makes it amusing that Maki made the proper leap to Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max and not him.note Granted, her Capcom vs. SNK 2 sprite was recycle.
And Your Reward Is Clothes: Subverted in the GBA version. You don't get new clothes for the characters, but you can change the color of their clothing. Alpha Cody and Alpha Guy count somewhat in this regard. Even though their sprites are different, their fighting style are the same as normal (but with at least improved stats). Now if only they had added Haggar from Slam Masters as well.
Those being Alpha Cody being a Lightning Bruiser in that his damage per hit on on par with Haggar and being slightly more durable, and Alpha Guy who is the toughest character in the GBA version.
The Japanese version of the arcade game had a scene in the attract sequence which showed Jessica tied up in her underwear, which was edited out from the U.S. and World versions. The scene was redrawn for the SNES and GBA ports, now depicting her in her more traditional red cocktail dress. The Sega CD port uses the underwear version for the Japanese version and the red dress version for the overseas versions.
In the SNES version of the opening, rather than "You son of a...", Haggar simply calls Damnd a fiend.
The transvestites Poison and Roxy were replaced by Billy and Sid in the overseas versions of the SNES and GBA ports, all the alcohol power-ups were replaced, and Damnd and Sodom were renamed into Thrasher and Katana (although they kept their names in the GBA version).
The Sega CD port was censored overseas, much like the SNES port, although Poison and Roxy were kept this time (albeit with more modest clothing).
Mary and Eliza, the knife-wielding female grunts in Final Fight 2, were replaced by male counterparts named Leon and Robert in the overseas versions. Unlike Poison and Roxy, Mary and Eliza were not transsexuals.
The Cameo: Chun-Li is eating in the background of the first stage of Final Fight 2. Guile is seen cheering you on in the France stage when you fight Freddie.
Canon Discontinuity: The Street Fighter Alpha series pretty much invalidated most of Final Fight 2 by giving Guy a completely different Bushin-Ryu master (Zeku instead of Genryusai), having Sodom lead the new Mad Gear instead of Retu, and having Rolento leave the gang instead of still being a part of it (keeping in mind that his appearance in that game was to make up for his absence in the SNES version of the original). With all these inconsistencies taken into consideration, Maki might be considered a Canon Immigrant, but only if you count her appearance in the GBA and PSP versions of Alpha 3 as canon.
Capcom Sequel Stagnation: Despite the popularity of Final Fight at the time of its release, Capcom never really followed through with a conventional arcade sequel. Instead, Final Fight 2 was made for the SNES, which is seen as less of a sequel to the CPS original and more of a third SNES edition of the original (following the original port and Final Fight Guy) that just happens to retain the two-player co-op. Final Fight 3 was also made specifically for the SNES and while it does expand on the formula by giving the player more abilities, including super moves, it still feels rather restricted by the hardware limitations of the SNES.
Color-Coded Multiplayer: Final Fight 2 featured a cheat code that allowed both players to use the same character. The second player character is distinguished with an alternate palette. This feature was carried over to the GBA version of the original game.
Comic-Book Time: The Japanese arcade version was set in 1989, but the international versions and the SNES port changed it to "sometime in the 1990s", which was then changed to 1992 for the Sega CD version (despite being released a year later in 1993). The GBA version (released in 2001) goes back to the original 1989 date.
Despite changing the year the game was set, Sega for some reason did not change the main characters' birthdates. Instead, their ages were updated by three years: Cody went from 22 to 25, Guy went from 24 to 27, and Haggar went from 46 to 49.
The Japanese version of Final Fight 2 had Haggar's age given as 50, but the English version changed back to his age in the first game (46).
Combos: In the original game, the player's attacks changes with each consecutive hit after the second one. Final Fight 3 added more varied combos such as dash attacks and super moves.
The packaging illustration for the SNES version depicts a stare-off between Haggar and Abigail, with three different images between them of a character vaguely resembling Guy beating up other punks. The original release of the SNES version did not feature Guy.
The American cover for Final Fight 2 features two different depictions of Damnd (traced over from different sources), Cody, Guy and other characters from the first game that don't even appear in the sequel.
The American cabinet for the arcade version features enemies wielding lead pipes (only the player can wield pipes in-game) and the good guys fighting multiple opponents in a wrestling ring (when only Sodom appears in such a stage in-game).
The packaging illustration for the home computer ports by U.S. Gold depicts Cody (with dark hair instead of his usual blond) confronting a group of punks in a train with a few bystanders witnessing the action. In-game, the only people in the train besides the player are all enemies.
Not even the Sega CD version is safe from this. The covers for that version of the game are fine, but in the cutsceneintro: it shows Two.P wielding a knife, Axl wielding a choke wire, and Andore wielding (more like bending) a lead pipe. None of these characters pick up/carry weapons during in-game, except for El Gado or Hollywood. Only the latter appears with the correct weapon in the cutscene.
Cut the Fuse: In the original game's Game Over screen, you're tied up with a bomb next to you. Continuing means a knife drops in to cut the fuse.
Death Trap: In the first game, when you lost the bad guys just tied you up to a chair with a bundle of dynamite placed in front of you. In the later games, they get a bit more elaborate.
Demoted to Extra: Cody and Guy in Final Fight 2. The latter does return as a player character in Final Fight 3.
Difficulty By Region: The GBA version has the difficulties labelled differently by region. Whereas the Japanese version goes from Easy to Super Hard, the export releases goes from Very Easy to Very Hard.
Dirty Cop: Edi.E, the third boss of the first game, is a police officer who is accepting bribes from the Mad Gear gang. However, in Final Fight Revenge, he double-crosses the organization and starts arresting them. Also the first boss of Final Fight 3
Easter Egg: When the player picks up Edi.E's discarded gum while at full health, they get 42910 points instead. When arranged into a date, it reads "Showa 42 (1967), September 10th." Said date is developer Akira Nishitani's birthday.
In the arcade version, the game can be set to allow up to five extra lives (one for the first 100,000 points and the rest for every subsequent 200,000 points), only one extra life for the first 100,000 or 200,000 points or none at all.
In the SNES version, the player can gain even more extra lives after the fifth one, resulting in a somewhat easier game, but the maximum stock is capped at nine.
Evil Cripple: Averted with Belger, the big bad of Final Fight. He appears to be a cripple, but when his wheelchair is destroyed, he is perfectly capable of walking.
Final Fight: The mayor's daughter is kidnapped by a gang. The mayor, who is a retired pro wrestler, enlists his daughter's boyfriend and his friend. They kick ass and take names.
Final Fight 2: The mayor's friend's fiancée and master are kidnapped by the same gang he previously fought. He's joined by his friend's future sister-in-law and a martial artist. They kick ass and take names.
Final Fight 3: A gang war erupts in the city. The mayor's friend is back, and they're joined by a cop and a mysterious drifter out for revenge. They kick ass and take names.
Have a Nice Death: The continue screens in all three games. The first one has the character tied to a chair with a stick of dynamite placed in front of him, the second has the character tied in a flooding room and the third has a spike trap descending toward your tied character.
Head Swap: Most of the enemy grunts except for Poison and Roxy, as well as all the Andores, who are actually palette swaps. Abigail, the Round 5 boss, is a head swap of Andore.
Hurricane Kick: Some of the Megacrush attacks. Specifically Cody's Double Kick and Guy's Senpūkyaku, as well as Lucia's Hurricane Spinner. Maki's Reppūkyaku is a variant done while in a handstand.
Large And In Charge: With the exception of Rolento, every boss in Final Fight 2 is huge compared to the player characters. The character sheet included with Capcom Classics Collection states that some of the larger characters in the first game weigh as much as 800 lbs (!)
Mission Pack Sequel: Final Fight 2 is basically the SNES port of the first game with nation-themed stages and different enemies, along with a full 3 character roster and 2 Player co-op mode brought back. It even brought back Rolento, a boss from the original arcade game who was missing in the SNES port.
One Game for the Price of Two: The first SNES version did not feature Guy, so a second version (titled Final Fight Guy) was made specifically to bring him back by removing Cody from the roster. There are other minor differences between the two versions, namely a revamped selection of difficulty settings with different enemy placement and new power-up items, but the two versions are otherwise identical save for the character roster.
One-Man Army: All the heroic warriors are this (at least if you're playing alone).
One Steve Limit: There are two enemy characters named Billy in the series, one in the first SNES game and the other in Final Fight 3 (although the former was just Poison's replacement in the overseas versions of the game). Retu, the final boss in Final Fight 2, has a similar name to Retsu, the Shorinji Kenpo master from the original Street Fighter.
Pedestrian Crushes Car: There's a minigame where characters can beat up a car with their bare fists and there's a time limit. Later used for Street Fighter II, where it's probably more well-known and doesn't have the hapless owner showing up and breaking down in despair.
Power-Up Food: Refilling your Life Meter is done by picking up food, and different food items restore different amounts, from the Barbecue, which restores it back to maximum, to items like gum, soda, and sandwiches (for some odd reason) which only restore a fraction.
She's a Man in Japan: Poison is one of the more (in?)famous examples. Capcom initially tried to pass the female Poison and Roxy off for transvestites in order to get it past the Nintendo of America censors that the game allowed you to beat up women. Years later, Poison has officially been stated to be a post op mannote To the degree that in Streetfighter Vs. Tekken Chun-Li's win quote against Poison was "You're not very lady-like at all! I felt like I was fighting against a guy!". Roxy's a woman according to Word Of God.
Unbuilt Trope: Remember the car-smashing minigame in Street Fighter II? Well, somebody actually owns that car in the first Final Fight, and they come back just in time to see what you did to it.
Unique Enemy: The "regular" and Junior versions of Andore are very common in the original arcade game, but the Father, Grandpa and Uncle variants are exclusive to the cage fight scene in Round 3 (and Uncle only appears if a second player is present).
In the original SNES version, only Grandpa and Uncle appear (Father was Dummied Out). In the Guy version, the player fights Father and Uncle first, and then Grandpa and Uncle again on the harder difficulties.
All three unique Andores appear in the Sega CD version during Time Attack mode.
Grandpa Andore becomes a recurring enemy in Final Fight 2.
Villains Out Shopping: Some of the gang members are just hanging out in the subway train and Bay Area before encountered. Bred was shopping inside the gas station while his car got mauled by the heroes.
What the Hell, Hero?: Guy gives Cody a rather physical version of this at the end of the first game when he ignores Jessica calling out to him. Guy, annoyed at Cody not bothering to talk to Jessica after all they've been through, beats Cody up so Jessica can catch up to him before leaving them be.