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Fatal Fury 2 is the sequel to Fatal Fury: King of Fighters, and the second installment of the Fatal Fury series. The game was released on December 10th, 1992 for Arcades and the Neo Geo.

Picking up a year after the events of the first game, a new King of Fighters tournament has been announced, this time held by a mysterious new sponsor. The tournament now spans internationally, with fighters from around the world competing to be the best.

The game refines the mechanics introduced in the previous installment, this time offering a full four-button moveset consisting of two punches and two kicks. The lane system has been redesigned so that players can now knock each other into different lanes, as well as new stage hazards like electric fences or bull stampedes. Another big addition is giving every fighter a unique "Desperation Move", a powerful move that's accessible only at low health.

A year later, SNK released Fatal Fury Special, an updated version of the game with additional characters and features.

The roster consists of:

  • Returning: Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard, Joe Higashi
  • Newcomers: Mai Shiranui, Kim Kaphwan, Big Bearnote , Cheng Sinzan, Jubei Yamada
  • Bosses: Billy Kane, Axel Hawk, Laurence Blood, Wolfgang Krausernote 

Special added these characters:

  • Returning: Tung Fu Rue, Duck King, Geese Howardnote 
  • Secret: Ryo Sakazakinote 

This game has examples of the following tropes:

  • Anti-Villain: Wolfgang Krauser may be out to fight you but he's otherwise not implied to be evil, and if he wins he's actually pretty nice about it, making him unique among fighting game final bosses.
  • Ascended Extra: The manga adaptation gives the girl from Terry's arcade ending the name of Medea Khmer and depicts her as his love interest.
  • Avenging the Villain: Billy Kane seeks revenge against the Bogard brothers and Joe Higashi for the death of his boss Geese Howard.
  • Big Bad: Wolfgang Krauser, the Earl of Stroheim, and organizer of the King of Fighters tournament. He seeks to battle with Terry Bogard in particular, as the latter defeated Krauser's half brother, Geese Howard.
  • Clockworks Area: Billy's stage is a Clock Tower, where a power-hit can fling an opponent over into the gears for some extra damage.
  • The Dragon: Laurence Blood serves this role for Krauser via being his right-hand man.
  • Heel–Face Turn: This game serves as the debut of Raiden's face persona, "Big Bear".
  • Scenery Porn: There's no denying that the backgrounds in this game are gorgeous. Some standout examples include Terry's, Mai's, Cheng's, Tung Fu's, and Krauser's stages.
  • Ship Level: Andy's stage is on a large gondola in Italy, and Mai has one on a raft.
  • Shock and Awe: The electrified ropes in Axel's stage.
  • Token Female: Mai Shiranui is the sole female fighter of the game, as well as the first in the series.
  • Traintop Battle: Terry's stage is on a flatbed train car.
  • World Tour: Riding on the coattails of Street Fighter II, Fatal Fury 2 has a worldwide tournament for a backdrop, rather than having all the action confined to Southtown like the rest of the series (not counting the Special games, which are Dream Match Games). The fighters travel all the way through the U.S.A., Italy, Japan, China, Germany, etc.
  • Worthy Opponent: Krauser seeks battle with Terry specifically because the latter defeated Kruser's brother, Geese Howard.

Alternative Title(s): Fatal Fury Special