is a short series of two fighting games made by SNK
for the Neo Geo
(1995), the first instalment, was an hotchpotch of pretty much every popular fighting game series on the Neo Geo
, featuring weapon-based combat
, large scaling sprites
, the ability to switch between the background and foreground
, gimmicky and booby-trapped arenas
along with a much bigger emphasis on ranged attacks. However, the game's stiff controls and dated graphics did not compare favourably to other fighters released around the same time, leading to it being ignored by many.Kizuna Encounter: Super Tag Battle,
the sequel, came out just a year later. It ditched the plane-switching and gimmicky stage design in favour of a Tag Team
battle system (indeed, one of the very first fighters to feature one), and a much more combo-friendly
system than its predecessor. It is by far the more popular of the two games.
Set in the futuristic Jipang City (which is rumored to be an upgraded version of Fatal Fury
and Art of Fighting
's South Town), the plot of the series has a mysterious legendary fighter known only as King Leo emerge from out of the shadows of secrecy. Seeking a potential challenge in his own opportunity, he organizes the Battle of the Beast God
fighting tournament, promising humongous wealth and fame to the victor. Out of the nine contestants that enter the competition, Sho Hayate
is the winner. The tournament is then renewed a year later with a new rule, in which two fighters must join forces and work together as a team in order to gain victory in the new tournament.
Though the Fu'un series isn't as popular as SNK's other
fighting game duology, SNK hasn't forgotten about it and characters from the series still occasionally appear
in recent crossovers.Character sheet
The series contain examples of the following tropes:
- 2½D: Savage Reign allows fighting in both the foreground and background like Fatal Fury, with the background always being on an higher elevation.
- Bonus Boss: Jyazu in Kizuna Encounter.
- Combo: Kizuna Encounter's bread and butter. Combos exceeding 50 hits are readily available.
- Compilation Re-release: Fu'un Super Combo on the PS2, which contains both games along with arranged soundtracks, color edit and online play. However, it was only released in Japan.
- Continuity Nod: The wrestling company that Eagle works for (SWF) is the same one used in the SNK wrestling arcade game 3 Count Bout. Also, Chung's backstory states that he had gotten his cap from a man known only as The Legendary Wolf when he was young.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Nicola is one of the two characters not to return in Kizuna Encounter, and unlike Carol, doesn't have any further cameos in the wider SNK-verse, save for a KOF artwork depicting him stuck in a tiny locker room full of other SNK nobodies.
- Darker and Edgier: Kizuna Encounter, somewhat. The ridiculous character design hasn't been toned down but the silly pre-fight conversations have been removed, the backgrounds are grittier and less colourful and some of the endings are quite dark.
- Expy: Kim Sue Il has an uncanny resemblance to a certain Taekwondo master, though SNK claims the two Kims are not related.
- Chung is Master Roshi from Dragon Ball, no ifs, ands or buts.
- Fighting a Shadow: "Ha ha ha ha! Did you really see all of the King? He's just a shadow. Now you'll know who's the strongest!"
- Guest Fighter: Hayate and Jyazu show up in The King of Fighters XI as mid-bosses/playable characters while King Leo (and King Lion) appear in Neo Geo Battle Coliseum.
- No New Fashions in the Future: Apparently, early 90's style fashion will be all the rage halfway through the 21st century.
- Shout-Out: So there's a crazy criminal clown called Joker and the local police officer is called "Gordon"... where the hell is Batman when you need him?
- Nicola's "Power Frisbee" looks exactly like a scaled-down version of Captain America's shield.
- The Smurfette Principle: Carol in Savage Reign and Rosa in Kizuna Encounter.
- SNK Boss: Well duh.
- Spell My Name with an S: The uneven translation of Savage Reign switch between romanizing the ninja organization's name "Jaga" (邪呀, "evil fang") as "Jaguar" and "Jagger."
- Surprisingly Good English: King Leo speaks perfect English (well, as perfect as early SNK can be) courtesy of John Hulaton. King Lion on the other hand speaks Japanese.
- The End... Or Is It?: Reaching the Bonus Boss in Kizuna Encounter shows a cutscene where Jyazu impales King Leo with his own sword. After the credits, a stinger shows the still-alive King Leo pick up his sword and say "Heh, heh, heh... I'm not dead yet!"
- Three Round Deathmatch: Played straight in Savage Reign but averted in Kizuna Encounter, in which the defeat of one character would end the whole match no matter the state of his teammate.