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    FAQ/Move List by MWDean

    Version: Final | Updated: 02/20/07 | Search Guide | Bookmark Guide

    Written by Michael W. Dean (mdean@negia.net)
    February 16, 2006
    Final Version (unless I think of something else to add)
    Note:  This document is Copyright 2001 Michael W. Dean.  This document is 
    for private use and may not be reprinted in part or whole without 
    permission of the author.  Fatal Fury and its roster of characters are 
    trademarks of SNK, and I lay no claim over them, but the text of this FAQ 
    is another issue.
    Back in 1991, when Street Fighter II was ruling the arcades, the Neo Geo 
    gave us a head to head fighter of its own:  Fatal Fury.  Fatal Fury was a 
    simpler game than Street Fighter II, featuring only three attack buttons, 
    three selectable characters, and eight enemies.  The game went mostly 
    unnoticed, heavily overshadowed by its famous competitor.  Little did we 
    know that this humble game would spark numerous sequels and off-shoots, 
    including the popular King of Fighters series.  Fatal Fury also launched 
    SNK's dubious tendency towards cheap, insanely difficult fighting game 
    bosses.  He's the first, and still one of the best:  Geese Howard.
    These days, the game that gave us Joe Higashi and the Bogard brothers is 
    something of a curiosity to SNK fighting game fans, a sort of living 
    museum piece.  More than a few of the newer fans have given Fatal Fury a 
    spin, just to see how far things have come, only to be flummoxed by the 
    game's difficult CPU characters.  Then there are those of you who have 
    played the game for years, but have never figured out how to get past 
    Raiden or Billy Kane or, most likely, Geese Howard himself.
    This FAQ is loaded with anti-computer strategies that have served the 
    author well since the game was fresh in the arcades.  Perhaps they can 
    help you out as well.
    Joystick legend (these directions are relative to the opponent's 
    d = down                                   da = down-away
    a = away                                   ua = up-away
    u = up                                     uf = up-forward
    f = forward                                df =  down-forward
    A = punch
    B = kick
    C = throw (only works if the joystick is pressed forward)
    D = not used
    As is the case with most 2D fighters, moving the joystick down causes the 
    character to crouch, up causes him to jump, while forward and away cause 
    him to walk toward and away from the opponent, respectively.  Moving the 
    joystick away and down-away also causes the character to block incoming 
    attacks.  Up-away and up-forward cause him to jump away from and toward 
    the opponent, respectively.
    Each character's punches and kicks change depending on how close the 
    character is to the opponent when the strike is executed.  Terry Bogard, 
    for example, throws an aerial spinning side kick with the B button at long 
    range, a roundhouse kick at medium range, and a knee strike at close 
    Fighting in Fatal Fury takes place in two rows:  one in back, one in 
    front.  When your opponent is a different row, pressing the punch or kick 
    buttons causes your fighter to leap at the opponent with a strike.  The 
    strike will usually knock the opponent down, but if blocked, leaves you 
    very open to a counter.  To change to your opponent's row without a 
    strike, simply press the joystick up (to move to the back row) or down (to 
    move to the front row).  This is the safest way to change rows.
    Throws in Fatal Fury are very powerful, taking off about 25% of the 
    opponent's energy per successful application.  Against the computer in 
    particular, always be ready to throw; it is one of your best weapons!
    A word on crouching attacks:  while the three main characters each have a 
    crouching punch and a crouching kick, none of these are sweeps or 
    knockdown moves.  You must remove any ingrained sweeping strategy from 
    your thinking when you play the game.  Instead, use the crouching attacks 
    as components of your combos.
    All three of the selectable characters are of equivalent striking power 
    and speed.  Andy is perhaps a little bit faster than the others and Joe 
    has the best range, but aside from that there's little difference between 
    them.  It is their special moves that set them apart the most.  A look at 
    each individual character follows:
    Terry wears a red ball cap and jacket, with sneakers and blue jeans.  He 
    is the most balanced of the characters in terms of range and speed.  He 
    has good combos and some powerful special moves.  His Burning Knuckle is 
    particularly fast and strong.  Details of his special moves follow:
    Power Wave - d, df, f + A
    The Power Wave is a slow but powerful projectile attack.  It travels along 
    the ground and automatically snuffs out after it reaches about two thirds 
    distance.  It can be used in combos, but is generally best avoided...it's 
    just too slow to snuff the bad guys' quicker attacks.
    Rising Tackle - d (charge), u + A
    Terry inverts himself and leaps straight into the air feet first, arms 
    extended and body spinning.  This is a solid anti-air move that can snuff 
    just about any jumper.
    Crack Shoot - da, uf + B
    Terry jumps forward and somersaults into an axe kick.  Another anti-air 
    move, a little quicker and easier to use than the Rising Tackle.  It can 
    skip right over most low attacks, but must be used at relatively close 
    Burning Knuckle - d, da, a + A
    Terry abruptly glides across the ground with one fist extended and 
    wreathed in energy.  This knockdown move covers about two thirds of the 
    screen.  It is fast and powerful, but you can be knocked out of it.  It is 
    best used as a long distance counter after the enemy somehow leaves 
    himself open.  More on this later.
    Andy appears as a golden-haired fellow in a white sleeveless outfit with 
    orange boots.  While quick, Andy suffers from relatively short range and 
    some strange attack angles.  His long range kick is an odd sort of aerial 
    hook that hits higher than Terry and Joe's aerial spinning side kicks.  
    His specials are unremarkable, with the notable exception of the Zaneiken 
    rushing elbow, which is easily the best special in the game.
    Hishoken - d, df, f + A
    This is Andy's projectile, a standard fireball that travels about two 
    thirds of the screen before snuffing out.  Most characters can jump it and 
    hit Andy before he can recover.
    Shoryudan - d (charge), u + A
    Andy leaps off the ground with his arms extended and spins.  A good anti-
    air move, similar to Terry's Rising Tackle.
    Kuhadan - db, uf + B
    Andy leaps forward and arcs toward the opponent with both feet extended.  
    This is a decent counter that can catch retreating enemies and skip over 
    low attacks.
    Zaneiken - a, f + A
    Andy does a rushing slide across the ground with an elbow extended.  This 
    knockdown move travels about half the screen and is both fast and easy to 
    use.  Once an opponent is knocked down, Andy can often cheap them to death 
    by executing another Zaneiken each time they try to stand.
    Joe fights in his Muay Thai garb, which consists pretty much of orange 
    shorts, a headband, and hand-wraps.  Often underrated by gamers, he is 
    actually a powerful character with some very good normal attacks.  His 
    crouching B is a sliding knee strike that is actually quite useful, unlike 
    the crouching kicks employed by the Bogards.  His crouching A elbow strike 
    and his sliding knee can be strung together for simple but lengthy combos.
    Bakuretsuken (a.k.a. TNT Punch, a.k.a. Megaton Punch, etc.) - Press A 
    Joe launches into a long series of rapid fire jabs, ended with a hard 
    cross.  Once Joe cranks this one up, he has to execute all of the punches, 
    which means he'll just stand there punching for several seconds.  Be very 
    careful timing this.  If the opponent backs away before you start hitting 
    him, you will be very open to counters.
    Hurricane Upper - d, df, f + A
    Joe throws a uppercut which launches a mini-tornado projectile.  The 
    tornado travels about two thirds of the screen before dissipating.  Like 
    all of the player fireballs, this move is of limited usefulness.  It's 
    very big, however, and can be difficult to avoid.
    Tiger Kick - da, uf + B
    Surrounded by a fiery aura, Joe glides across the ground with one knee 
    extended for a strike.  This is a knockdown move and travels about two 
    thirds of the screen.  It is fairly powerful, but predictable, as Joe 
    pauses for a second before he throws it.
    Slash Kick - f, df, d, da, a + B
    Joe executes his typical long range B kick, but as he extends it he glides 
    across the screen while flame trails from his foot.  This knockdown move 
    travels almost the entire length of the screen and is very fast.  It 
    pretty much renders the Tiger Kick superfluous.
    Most of the bad guys in the game are unbalanced; they are for the most 
    part very strong, but have weaknesses that the clever player can exploit 
    for a relatively easy win.  Each character is detailed below.
    Duck King, an athletic punk with some seriously huge M.C. Hammer pants, is 
    one of the more balanced enemies.  His offense consists mostly of spinning 
    and flying kicks, a sliding kick from the ground, and a powerful aerial 
    rolling body attack.  His main weakness is his jump-in kick; it doesn't 
    knock you back if it catches you on the ground, so even if you fail to 
    block it, you can counter easily.  Your best counter is a throw, if Duck 
    lands close enough.  Once knocked down, Duck can be victimized by a long 
    range B attack as he stands up.  More dangerous is Duck's rolling body 
    attack; it is pretty much invulnerable.  Once blocked, Duck will bounce 
    off you into the back row (or the front row, if you're fighting in the 
    back one).  The second Duck bounces off your guard, hit the attack button 
    to follow him into his new row.  Most likely, your row-switch attack will 
    hit, and can be followed up by a quick crouching punch.
    Fight Duck defensively, always ready to block.  Sometimes you can nail 
    Duck with a standing A before he can launch one of his trademark spinning 
    kicks, but your best bets are to counter his jump-in kicks with throws, 
    and to follow his spinning body attack with the one-two combo mentioned 
    A deceptive Capoeira fighter, Richard can be a bit confusing the first few 
    times you face him.  He kicks at you from handstands and while hanging 
    from the ceiling, and will leap at you in a spinning flurry of 
    outstretched legs.  He also crouches frequently for low kicks.  Once you 
    get used to his tactics, however, he's really not so tough.  His jump-in 
    pinwheel kick (you will know this when you see it) can be blocked into a 
    throw with little effort, and most of his regular moves can be stuffed 
    with simple standing A punches...watch for his crouching kicks, however.  
    When he jumps up and grabs the ceiling, don't try for a counter unless you 
    are out of his range; from there, a fireball is your best bet.
    One particular trick of Richard's is to hit a handstand and just stay 
    there, lashing his legs out continuously.  This tactic negates your 
    ability to throw him and makes standing moves difficult.  However, if 
    you're playing as Joe, this is the perfect time to punish Richard with a 
    series of sliding knees.  Do it until Richard gets the message and rights 
    himself.  If you are Terry or Andy, crouching punches work reasonably well 
    As a general rule, Richard is a victim for rushing moves like the 
    Zaneiken, Burning Knuckle, or Slash Kick.  You can use these almost 
    anytime Richard is on the ground and at a distance from you.
     Probably the easiest CPU enemy to beat, Michael Max is a mean looking 
    boxer who takes you on by the seashore.  Michael's standing punches are 
    fast and damaging and he has his own version of Joe Higashi's Hurricane 
    Upper (the perhaps more accurately named Tornado Upper).  However, these 
    attacks are easy to avoid.  All you have to do is jump in on Michael with 
    a kick, then follow up with a crouching strike.  Rinse, repeat.  If you're 
    using Joe, the sliding knee should again give you an especially easy time 
    of it.  None of the characters should have too much trouble, however.
    One word of warning:  don't try to get in Michael's face and match him 
    blow for blow unless your blocking game is very good.  His punches are as 
    fast or faster than anything the player characters can put together.  It's 
    also very hard to get a throw in on him.  Attack from the air or from the 
    ground, and be ready for counters.
    Tung Fu Rue is two different characters.  He starts out as an unassuming 
    little old man, but after taking a few hits he changes into a hulking 
    brute.  He transforms into his roid rage form after you knock him down to 
    about 75% health.  He transforms back to geezer form at about 25% health.
    In geezer form, Tung is deceptively strong.  He has no projectiles and no 
    moves that send him hurtling across the screen, but his punches and kicks 
    have very high priority and take off noticeable chunks of damage.  In 
    addition, he's so short that most of your regular standing moves will 
    whiff right over his head.  If you try to walk up to Tung and punch him, 
    you will miss and he will clobber you repeatedly.  Jump-ins are the key to 
    approaching the old man, and your best bet once you close the distance is 
    to stay low and poke him with crouching shots.  Again, Joe's sliding knee 
    is highly recommended.  Tung has a way of changing rows if you try to hit 
    him with a special, but if you hit the attack button promptly, you will 
    jump after him.  Most of the time you will get a hit in this way, and 
    often you can follow it up with a crouching strike.
    During Tung's transformation into a gigantic twisted freak, he is 
    invulnerable.  The change takes a couple of seconds, after which he will 
    assume his fighting stance; at that point, he can again be hit.  Take 
    advantage of the transformation time and set yourself to get some shots in 
    on Tung before he starts fighting.  If you're playing as Joe, one solid 
    move is to set up the rapid fire punch, timing it to go off just as Tung 
    becomes vulnerable.  This will do decent damage, but Tung will usually 
    manage to block the second or third punch, which will scoot him away 
    before the combo is finished.  He usually won't try a counter until Joe is 
    done punching, however.  No matter which character you are playing, learn 
    to time Tung's transformation so you can get a free hit or two on him at 
    the moment his invulnerability wears off.
    You cannot throw Tung in his giant freak form.  In addition, he gains a 
    projectile (a hellish big one at that) and hurricane kick sort of move 
    where he flies at you spinning with both arms extended.  Your best option 
    now is a cautious offense; come at Tung with a jump kick, immediately 
    crouch and follow up with a ground strike, then block.  Tung will usually 
    counter after the second hit, which will knock you back into decent range 
    for another jump kick.  Standing moves are not your friend against big 
    Tung; jump and crouch, jump and crouch.
    Once you knock steroid Tung down to about 25% health, he will transform 
    back into his geezer form, and from there it should be your fight.
    Hwa Jai is another Muay Thai stylist; he's basically a palette-swapped Joe 
    with a different head.  He has Joe's basic moves and after taking a few 
    hits, he gains a special called the Rocket, an improved version of the 
    Tiger Knee.
    At the beginning of the match, Hwa Jai isn't much of a problem.  He throws 
    a few punches and kicks, and occasionally leaps in with a punch.  Once you 
    get him to about 70% health, however, a green-suited man (undoubtedly one 
    of Geese's lackeys) throws him a bottle of some dubious liquid.  Hwa Jai 
    turns invulnerable as he catches the bottle and chugs it.  Once he's done 
    he becomes vulnerable again, but his skin turns red, he starts drooling, 
    and he gains the ability to use the Rocket maneuver.
    The juiced-up Hwa Jai is stronger and faster than he was in the beginning, 
    but it's the Rocket that's your real worry.  The move is very quick and 
    has extremely high priority, and he can throw it over and over and over 
    again.  It can knock a jumper out of the air and stuff almost any special 
    move.  Hwa Jai can turn the tide of the match in a hurry with this move.
    The first thing you want to do is weaken Hwa Jai as much as possible 
    before he juices up.  The best recipe for this is a pair of throws.  Two 
    throws in a row will have Hwa Jai at a mere 50% health before he starts 
    rocketing around the screen.  Your best bet for a throw is right after Hwa 
    Jai jumps in with a punch; then you can do it cleanly.
    Once again, Joe has an especial advantage in this fight.  While Hwa Jai is 
    sucking down his joy juice, you can set him up to receive some rapid fire 
    punches once he becomes vulnerable again.  With proper timing, this move 
    can finish Hwa Jai before he can do anything.  You will have to practice 
    this a few times until you finally get the timing of it exactly right.
    If you're playing as a Bogard or if you miss the timing on Joe's rapid 
    fire punch, you'll have to take Hwa Jai down the old fashioned way.  Don't 
    give the guy any breathing room at all!  You have to keep the pressure on 
    him at all times or he'll just Rocket you to death.  Stay close to him and 
    throw quick strikes to stuff the Rocket before Hwa Jai can launch it.  If 
    you're Andy, look for an opening to hit the Zaneiken, and give Hwa Jai a 
    taste of his own medicine.
    Raiden is a tremendous masked wrestler, and almost impossible to take down 
    in a stand up fight.  Both his range and power are incredible, and he's 
    not nearly as slow as you'd expect.  Aside from his punch and ground kick, 
    he has a throw with absurdly long range, a grab and choke maneuver, a 
    flying body splash, and the ability to spit a cloud of damaging mist.
    If you attack Raiden head on, he will likely make you regret it.  His 
    throw is a particular danger up close; he can apply it from well outside 
    of what most gamers think of as proper range.  Instead, it is best to keep 
    your distance and counter Raiden with throws and special moves.  It is 
    important that you learn the range of Raiden's mist attack; you want to 
    play just outside of that range, waiting for the big guy to give you an 
    Standing outside of mist range and throwing random punches often seems to 
    spur Raiden into action.  Generally he will do one of three things:  jump 
    at you with a body splash, spit his mist, or jump into the back row.  If 
    he goes for a splash, block it and throw him as soon as he lands, then 
    back quickly out of his range.  If he spits mist, wait for it to go away 
    and hit Raiden with a special:  Terry should use his Burning Knuckle, Andy 
    should bust out a Zaneiken, and Joe should go for a Tiger Knee or a Slash 
    Kick.  If Raiden jumps to the back row, immediately jump after him.  
    Typically, he will jump back to the front row to avoid you.  Keep 
    hammering on the button so you follow him.  Most of the time, you will 
    eventually hit him doing this, usually scoring a knockdown.  After a 
    little practice, you'll get a feel for the method.
    So, as an overview, you should never walk or jump at Raiden.  You should 
    only approach him with a row jump or one of the specials listed above.  
    Otherwise, let him come to you and throw him.  Sometimes you'll find that 
    Raiden is simply in the wrong range for one of these tactics, however; in 
    that case, block and look for an opening to back away.  If you get 
    cornered, try to knock Raiden down with a special.  This won't be easy, 
    but it is preferable to trying to match the big guy blow for blow.  Once 
    in a while a desperate combo of regular moves will catch him off guard, 
    but this is in no way dependable and should only be used if you're having 
    trouble using a special.
    Billy's a punk with a bandanna, motorcycle boots, and a big red staff.  He 
    is a dangerous fighter who will poke you to death while remaining well out 
    of your range.  He has two special moves, one of which is his greatest 
    strength and the other of which is his greatest weakness.
    In Billy's strong special, he uses his staff to vault toward you and boot 
    you in the head.  This move is fast and it hurts, and up close it seems 
    unblockable.  The trick is, you have to press the joystick toward Billy to 
    block the move, which takes pretty sharp timing (Street Fighter 3 players 
    should be up for it, though).  You can also jump over Billy as he vaults, 
    but you won't be able to get a clean counter in.  If Billy uses the move 
    from long range you can block it normally, but it's tougher to get a 
    counter.  Basically, at close range it's an automatic cross-up.
    In Billy's weak special, he throws his staff and sends it spinning at you.  
    If you happen to be jumping at the time, the move will knock you down, but 
    otherwise it's a minor inconvenience at best.  While Billy's staff can hit 
    a human being all day with no trouble, it shatters instantly when it hits 
    the ground.  Without his weapon, Billy cowers with his hands over his 
    face, which for some reason renders him invulnerable.  However, he cannot 
    attack...he just stands there, being invulnerable.  This will end when a 
    green-suited fellow in the crowd - the same dickweed who gave Hwa Jai his 
    power drink - throws Billy a new staff.  This is your chance to destroy 
    Billy Kane.
    Billy leaps into the air to catch his new staff.  As he comes in for a 
    landing, just walk right up and throw him.  As he hits the ground he will 
    drop his staff again, where again it will shatter.  Green Suit throws him 
    a new one, you throw him again, the staff shatters, and so forth.  You can 
    easy spam this technique until Billy is done.
    Otherwise, it's best to approach Billy from the air; unless he does his 
    staff throw, you can usually get in on him.  Once you're close, you can 
    try for a throw, which will of course set up the pattern mentioned above.  
    If the throw isn't happening, low punches and Joe's knee slide are OK 
    offense, but never throw more than a couple of strikes in a row before you 
    start blocking.  Billy does have some potent offense, and he can beat you 
    in a hurry if he catches you napping.  Waiting him out works quite well if 
    you're good at blocking his vaulting kick special, but otherwise you're 
    going to have to give him a little offense to interrupt his specials.  
    Keep him off balance and always look for a 
    throw opportunity.
    Here he is, it's the big man himself, and he makes every other bad guy on 
    this list seem about as tough as a wayward gang of Care Bears.  He doesn't 
    look too bad; he's a moderately sized blonde man in a gi and hakama pants.  
    In addition, he only has two special moves...but let me tell you right 
    now, they are more than enough to get the job done.
    First off is the Reppuken, Geese's projectile attack.  It looks just like 
    Terry's Power Wave, except it's blue in color, much faster, travels the 
    entire length of the screen, and does somewhere around 40% damage!  Geese 
    can only have one Reppuken onscreen at a time, but they are so fast it 
    will seem like he is throwing them in full autofire.  The move has 
    absolutely zero recovery time; if you try to jump over it and boot Geese 
    in the head, you are liable to meet the Ateminage, Geese's second special 
    The infuriating Ateminage is Geese's all purpose counter.  You never see 
    it coming, it just kinda happens.  You'll be tossing a move at Geese, any 
    move at all other than a fireball or a throw, and suddenly you will freeze 
    for a second and Geese will throw you for heavy damage.  That's it, that's 
    all there is to the move.  There are a few ways around it, which will be 
    discussed below.
    The major rule when fighting Geese is DEFENSE.  Always be ready to block!  
    Never jump at him...jump-in attacks are not defensive.  Stand your ground 
    and stay on full alert at all times, ready to block at the drop of hat.  
    With Geese, you must choose your moment to strike very carefully.
    There are basically two ways to deal with Geese, and both of them require 
    careful timing.  The best method is to cautiously approach him, still 
    ready to block at any moment, and throw him.  That's right, just walk up 
    and throw the guy.  When you get close enough, he will typically try for a 
    spinning kick, but you can usually get the throw in beforehand.  Don't use 
    any regular moves or specials, as Geese is too likely to use the Ateminage 
    on you.
    The real trick here is the approach.  When the match opens, Geese will 
    frequently start tossing Reppukens like there's no tomorrow.  Jumping over 
    one towards Geese is a bad idea, as discussed above.  Jumping straight up 
    is also ineffective, as you will just wind up landing on a second Reppuken 
    on the way down.  Your best bet is to just stand there and block.  
    Although a blocked Reppuken takes off about 5% damage, you'll have to grin 
    and bear it.  Eventually Geese will get tired of Reppukens and try some of 
    his other moves.
    Study Geese as you fight him.  You want to learn what the Reppuken 
    animation looks like so you can block it the second he starts to toss one.  
    If you can do that, you can approach Geese and set him up for a throw.
    As a side note, you can get an easy throw on Geese if he tries to hit you 
    with a jump kick.  Blocking the move leaves you in perfect throw range 
    almost every time.
    A second side note:  if Geese starts walking backwards as you approach 
    him, he's yours.  March right up to him and throw him down hard.
    The second anti-Geese tactic is generally inferior to the one mentioned 
    above, but it is included here to provide the reader with an alternative.  
    For this method, you must be very familiar with the maximum range of your 
    B kick.  Approach Geese cautiously, in the same manner listed above, but 
    in this case you throw your B kick at the absolute outside edge of its 
    range.  Most of the time Geese will go for a Reppuken to counter, but so 
    long as he doesn't start throwing the fireball before you start your kick, 
    you will hit him right out of it.  After hitting him, reacquire the 
    correct range as soon as possible and repeat the method.  He will very 
    rarely use the Ateminage when you're at this range...almost never.
    Again, you must approach Geese cautiously; after you kick him away, he 
    will occasionally barrage you with Reppukens.  You must ride out the 
    storm, then you can again try to get Geese in range for a swift kick.  
    Also, if Geese row jumps, use the joystick to roll to his row; there is no 
    sense in flying at him and leaving yourself open for pain.
    After every two matches, you get to do a short bonus stage for extra 
    points.  It's the same stage each time...you challenge an arcade arm 
    wrestling machine.  To win, all you have to do is jam on the A button like 
    a madman.  If you lack the finger speed for this, try using the two-handed 
    approach:  drum both index fingers on the button in an alternating 
    pattern.  For some people, this increases their button-mashing speed 
    Some people enjoy writing gigantic author's notes, but I am not one of 
    them.  That's it, end of FAQ...good luck!

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