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Art of Fighting

Art of Fighting (yƫko no Ken, in Japan and in video game music archives), or AOF (or RnK in video game music archives) for short, is a fighting game series created by SNK. It is one of the many SNK series that ties into The King of Fighters.

Contents
1 Gameplay

2 Story

3 Games

3.1 Art of Fighting series
3.2 Other games involving characters from Art of Fighting


4 Characters

4.1 Characters From Fatal Fury
4.2 Characters With Appearances Outside this Series
4.3 Other Characters


5 External links


Gameplay
Art of Fighting was the first fighting game with a super bar, and introduced the "spirit gauge" and "desperation move" (the equivalent of "super combo", often used with SNK fighting games) into the fighting game vernacular. A spirit gauge is a manually charged super combo gauge where all special moves will utilize and drain, with greater amounts of power dealing greater amounts of damage.


Story
The central story of the original Art of Fighting is a typical damsel-in-distress story set in the fictitious city of South Town (a common setting among SNK video games), where the duo of Ryo Sakazaki and Robert Garcia try to rescue Ryo's sister and Robert's love interest, Yuri Sakazaki. It takes place before the Fatal Fury series, since Jeff Bogard, father of Terry Bogard from Fatal Fury, is alive at the time Art of Fighting took place, according to what Takuma Sakazaki said during the ending.

Although the story starts this way, future games would focus more on the struggles of the Sakazaki family and their fictitious style of karate known as Kyokugen-ryuu (meaning "Extreme style"). The more recent games containing the Sakazaki family are outside the Art of Fighting series, mostly the King of Fighters series.

On its own, the Art of Fighting series seems to take place in the late 1970's or early 1980's, judging by the birthdates of its characters (Ryo's AoF birthyear is 1957). When SNK Playmore brought the characters from its many games together for the King of Fighters, they adjusted the birthdates (moving Ryo's to 1971, for example) to have the characters interact with each other without having to remake character sprites to account for age. This does create a discrepancy within Takuma Sakazaki's history, as he was originally a contemporary of Jeff Bogard, who is killed in the early to mid 1980's. The actual-aged Ryo can be seen in Buriki One.


Games

Art of Fighting series
Art of Fighting
Art of Fighting 2
Art of Fighting 3 - The Path of the Warrior (Ryuuko no Ken Gaiden in Japan)

Other games involving characters from Art of Fighting
Fatal Fury Special - Ryo Sakazaki appears as a secret boss
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
Capcom Vs. SNK - Millennium Fight 2000
Capcom Vs. SNK 2 - Mark of the Millennium 2001
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

Characters

Characters From Fatal Fury
Geese Howard

Characters With Appearances Outside this Series
These include characters that have appeared in The King of Fighters as well as the SNK VS. Series.

Eiji Kisaragi
Kasumi Todoh
King
Mr. Big
Robert Garcia
Ryo Sakazaki
Ryuhaku Todoh
Takuma Sakazaki
Takuma or Ryo may also appear in their alter-ego form of Mr. Karate.
Yuri Sakazaki

Other Characters
Jack Turner
Jin Fuha
John Crawley: Inspired by Guile of Street Fighter.
Karman Cole
Lee Pai Long
Lenny Creston
Micky Rodgers
Rody Birts
Sinclair
Temjin
Wang Koh-San
Wyler

External links
GameFAQs entry for Art of Fighting (http://gamefaqs.com/console/neogeo/data/7366.html)
GameFAQs entry for Art of Fighting 2 (http://gamefaqs.com/console/neogeo/data/7367.html)
GameFAQs entry for Art of Fighting 3 (http://gamefaqs.com/console/neogeo/data/7368.html)

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