Retro Gaming- Art of Fighting: (1992)

There were so many classic fighting games from the 1990’s that were interesting while also giving people a great sense of excitement.  With popular games such as the Street Fighter II, Mortal Kombat and the Fatal Fury series becoming popular there were also some other 2D fighting titles does not get mentioned quite as much.  The original Art of Fighting game which was released in the early 90’s was a 2D fighting game were the story mainly focused on two of the main characters Ryo Sakazaki and Robert Garcia.  Both characters make an attempt to recuse a girl named Yuri who is the sister of Ryo from one of the main villains Mr. Big.  The story leads both characters all the way down to a final encounter with Mr. Karate who is arguable one of the toughest boss characters in any fighting.  The cool thing about the original Art of Fighting game is that it ends on a cliffhanger.  However, considering how difficult this game is especially for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System some people were probably expecting a little bit more.  When the original Art of Fighting game was released it was ported to various consoles such as the Neo Geo AES, Neo Geo CD, Super Nintendo Entertainment System and the Sega Mega Drive.

In terms of quality many people would mutually agree that the Neo Geo version of this game was probably the best since it was very similar to the arcade port.  However, some people would also argue that the Super Nintendo version of Art of Fighting was great mainly because of the soundtrack..  The soundtrack in the Super Nintendo version of this game was fantastic in comparison to the arcade version because the characters themes sounded like remixes of the original songs.  The original Art of Fighting game another Street Fighter game but slightly tougher and with a story opposed to a regular arcade mode with no plot.  The bonus stages in Art of Fighting was also another nice feature because completing tasks such as the Ice Pillar Smash and the Bottle Cut had looked similar to something you would see in Mortal Kombat one which was also released in 1992.   As fun as this game was the controls for Art of Fighting were difficult to master especially if players had to utilize a control pad opposed to a joystick to play this game. While the original Art of Fighting game does not get mentioned as much it was one of the few 2D fighting games that hardcore fans of retro gaming remember from the early 90’s that was very tough to beat.


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