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Video Game / Fatal Fury: King of Fighters

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The first installment of the Fatal Fury series. It was released worldwide for arcades on November 25th, 1991.

The story is set in the fictional city of Southtown, USA, and starts many years where the protagonist, Terry Bogard, his brother, Andy, and their good friend, Joe Higashi, team up to fight Geese Howard in his "King of Fighters" tournament. The Bogard brothers are out to defeat Geese for the death of their father years before the present.

The game has three playable characters, and an interesting mechanic in which a second player joining in the middle of a fight will join the first player in double-teaming their present opponent before facing each other.

The roster includes the following:

  • Playable characters: Terry Bogard, Andy Bogard, Joe Higashi.
  • CPU opponents: Michael Max, Duck King, Richard Meyer, Tung Fu Rue, Hwa Jai, Raiden, Billy Kane, Geese Howard.

This game has examples of the following tropes:

  • Big Bad: Geese Howard, the organizer of the King of Fighters tournament, and the crime lord of Southtown.
  • Early-Installment Weirdness: Since this game was in development before Street Fighter II took the whole world by storm, it shows:
    • There are only three playable characters: Terry, Andy and Joe. The rest of the roster are all unplayable outside of console portsnote .
    • Terry sounds more different than what he would become.
    • Every few stages will put you in a bonus round with an arm wrestling machine. It also doesn't use the game's fighting engine.
    • Veterans like Mai Shiranui and Kim Kaphwan are nowhere to be found. They wouldn't be introduced until the next game.
  • The Hero: Terry Bogard, an American martial artist seeking revenge for his father's murder by Geese.
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  • Non-Standard Game Over: Lose to Geese and out the window you go. Though if you win, you get to do the same to him.
  • SNK Boss: The Trope Codifier. The original battle against Geese Howard is notoriously difficult. He's armed with a projectile that can cut off a third of your health, has incredible priority on his attacks, and a counter-throw he can use against any attack he chooses (even when you simply jump at him he can grab you out of the air with said counter-throw), setting the boundaries to be later broken by Rugal in KOF. The AI can't block on the first frame of standing up, so getting even one knockdown guarantees you the round if you spam a special that knocks him down on contact. The challenge is getting that one knockdown in the first place.
  • Version-Exclusive Content: The SNES port replaces the arm wrestling mini-game with one using the fighting engine where you kick tires that bounce towards you.
  • You Killed My Father: Terry and Andy's goal to beat Geese Howard is to avenge the death of their father, Jeff.