Art of Fighting

Art of Fighting (Japanese龍虎の拳, Ryuko no Ken ), or AOF short, is a beat- 'em - up series from SNK. The first part was published in 1992 for the Neo Geo. The series is the prequel to the Fatal Fury series.

  • 4.1 characters from Fatal Fury
  • 4.2 figures with appearances in other games
  • 4.3 Other Figures


The central plot of the first Art of Fighting revolves around the rescue of Yuri Sakazaki, the sister of one of the protagonists, Ryo Sakazaki. The story takes place before the events of the Fatal Fury series instead, as the father of Terry Bogard, Jeff Bogard, is still alive.

In the successors of the game, the story focuses, however, more to the difficulties and intricacies of the Sakazaki family and their fighting style karate, which is called in the game Kyokugen - ryū (Japanese " Extreme style "). Like other elements of AOF, the family Sakazaki in the games from The King of Fighters occurs.

Art of Fighting itself takes place in 1978, Part 2 and 3, 1979, if one uses the specified dates of birth of the fighters (for example, Ryo is specified with the year 1957). When SNK figures from their various series brought together to derive (another story universe is that) to form The King of Fighters, the birth dates of the Art of Fighting were adjusted fighters, so that the age differences between the fighters of the other series were canceled. This was done in order to draw new and not the "real" age-adjusted character models must.


Art of Fighting was the first game with a so-called super bar, and also led the Spirit gauge and the Desperation move one. Under Desperation move is meant a kind of despair strike which consists of many combined kicks and punches. The Spirit gauge is charged manually, and is consumed in each special move. But the actions are then stronger, causing more damage on the enemy.


Art of Fighting series

  • Art of Fighting (1992 )
  • Art of Fighting 2 (1994 )
  • Art of Fighting 3 - The Path of the Warrior ( Ryuko no Ken Gaiden in Japan) ( 1996)

Related Games

  • Fatal Fury Special
  • The King of Fighters '94
  • The King of Fighters '95
  • The King of Fighters '96
  • The King of Fighters '97
  • The King of Fighters '98 - The Slugfest
  • The King of Figthers '99: The Millennium Battle
  • The King of Fighters 2000
  • The King of Fighters 2001
  • The King of Fighters 2002: Challenge to the Ultimate Battle
  • The King of Fighters 2003
  • The King of Fighters: Maximum Impact
  • The King of Fighters: Neowave
  • Capcom Vs. SNK - Millennium Fight 2000
  • Capcom Vs. SNK 2 - Mark of the Millennium 2001
  • SVC Chaos: SNK Vs. Capcom
  • Buriki One: World Grapple Tournament in Tokyo
  • Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition
  • NeoGeo Battle Coliseum
  • The King of Fighters '95 ( implementation for the Game Boy Color)
  • Nettou The King of Fighters '96 ( implementation for the Game Boy Color)
  • Quiz King of Fighters
  • The King of Fighters: Kyo
  • The King of Fighters R-1
  • The King of Fighters R-2


Characters from Fatal Fury

  • Geese Howard

Figures with appearances in other games

This list includes figures. In The King of Fighters and SNK VS Series occurred.

  • Eiji Kisaragi
  • Kasumi Todoh
  • King
  • Mr. Big
  • Robert Garcia
  • Ryo Sakazaki
  • Ryuhaku Todoh
  • Takuma Sakazaki
  • Yuri Sakazaki

Other Figures

  • Jack Turner
  • Jin Fuha
  • John Crawley: obviously inspired by Guile from Street Fighter.
  • Karman Cole
  • Lee Pai Long
  • Lenny Creston
  • Micky Rodgers
  • Rody Birts
  • Sinclair
  • Temjin
  • Wang Koh - San
  • Wyler

A movie conversion

The fighting game saga was implemented in 1993 as the OVA under the title Battle spirits Ryuko no ken (バトル スピリッツ 龍虎の拳​​).

Pictures of Art of Fighting