SNK is one of the few major companies that have been almost completely ignored by this site. Aside from coverage of the Metal Slug series, almost nothing else has been written about the fighting game developers. With this review focus the first of three major updates we hope to start remedying this. It offers complete review coverage of their two earliest fighting series, Fatal Fury and Art of Fighting.
SNK's very first entry into the market was 1991's Fatal Fury a game that itself inspired numerous sequels and ports in the eight years subsequent. At the heart of the series' success is its diverse and likeable cast of characters, with names such as Terry Bogard, Geese Howard, and Mai Shiranui being immortalised in the minds of arcade gamers. Ever since its inception, the series' music has maintained this focus with its emphasis on character-based stage themes with the personalities, ethnicities, and ambitions of each character being uniquely captured. With this series, SNK also showed off their rock- and jazz-based sound to audiences considerably more cool and gritty than the sounds competitors such as Capcom and Sega were offering at the time.
Between 1991 to 1998, SNK released numerous iterations of the Fatal Fury franchise. They coupled the game releases by publishing numerous original scores and arranged albums for the series. The seven disc Fatal Fury 15th Anniversary Box represents a definitive commemoration of the series music. Below is a list of reviews for all the series' albums:
Fatal Fury Original Scores
Fatal Fury Arranged Albums
Other Fatal Fury Albums
The three-part Art of Fighting series, which debuted in 1992, built on many of the approaches of the Fatal Fury series both musically and otherwise. Plenty of memorable themes were written for this franchise too, resulting in several original and arranged album releases, also reviewed below:
Art of Fighting Albums
Updates dedicated to The King of Fighters and Samurai Shodown / The Last Blade are in their advanced stages. In the meantime, enjoy!