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Real Bout Garou Densetsu Special
リアルバウト餓狼伝説スペシャル
(1996)

 




 
The first Real Bout (1995) was a brilliant game. It was a smooth, unique, high-powered super re-brood of the ultimately flawed Garou Densetsu 3 (1995). SNK did what had to be done, and the end result was truly masterful. The overwhelming feeling was that things were finally coming together in the world of Fatal Fury. Real Bout was so good in fact, that even Henry Kissinger was predicting that there was going to be something special about Real Bout Special.
And there is: RBS is a phenomenally slick sequel, that steps up the speed considerably and replaces the three-line 'sway system' with two distinctive playfields only. The gameplay now involves fighting, 'swaying', and bashing opponents to and from these lines, often in mid-combo.
The game is plotless this time (Geese Howard is dead), but the gameplay feels more solid: each bout is crisp, accurate, and tense; the background scenery is a lot more varied than its predecessor, and there have been many additions to an already colourful cast - a sum total of 24 different characters are available for selection, as many as The King of Fighters '94 (1994). The only major criticism lies in the fact that basic rush combos feel very much the same for every character (Tap - Tap - Forwards C - Back C - Special).
RBS nevertheless presents enough depth and variety to keep its head in the 4-star zone (but only just). There's so much going on here in the fun stakes, and some memorable two-player games to be had. It might not be as deep and complex as its predecessor, but it takes a step in a different direction; one that gives it its individuality, and the privilege of being remembered as a four-star fighting game in its own right.
 

ARCADE & NEO GEO - SELECT ‘EX’ CHARACTERS
To choose the 'EX' version of Andy, Tung, Billy or Mary, place the cursor on the selected character
Hold START, input B - B - C - C - B (Hold) wait for 2 seconds, C (Hold) wait another 2 seconds,
then with all 3 buttons held down (START, B and C) press either A or D.

NEO GEO (Home only) - GEESE HOWARD and EASY 'EX' CHARACTER SELECTION
Leave the 'Demo' running, and wait for the high score screen. When it appears, input:

If it doesn't work at first, keep trying the motion - if the input is correct you hear Geese say 'Come On'
Geese is now selectable; to pick EX characters simply hold B+C and then select with A or D.


Nettō Real Bout Garou Densetsu Special
熱闘 リアルバウト餓狼伝説スペシャル
Game Boy

 
Real Bout Garou Densetsu Special
リアルバウト餓狼伝説スペシャル
-SCITRON 1500 SERIES- / SNK NEO SOUND ORCHESTRA
DETAILS
Format Audio CD
Released 5 Feb 1997
Publisher Pony Canyon
Product ID PCCB-00240
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
'Original Soundtrack' release for the arcade / Neo Geo version of RBS.
Includes the complete score and a comprehensive 'S.E. & Voice Collection' for every character.

CD case, 50-track audio CD, 12-page manual, spine card.

Real Bout Garou Densetsu Special
リアルバウト餓狼伝説スペシャル

NEO GEO
DETAILS
Format Neo Geo
Released 28 Feb 1997
Publisher SNK
Product ID NGH-223
Size (cm) 22 x 17 x 4
Weight (kg) 0.70
PRICE
STATUS
Neo Geo ROM version of the 6th chapter of the Garou Densetsu series. Not quite as deep as its predecessor, but a 4-star fighting game in every respect.
B - B - Forwards C - C - Special!

Snap-lock Neo Geo case, 394Mbit cartridge, monochrome instruction manual.

Real Bout Garou Densetsu Special Graphical Manual
リアルバウト餓狼伝説スペシャル グラフィカルマニュアル
GAMEST MOOK Vol.66
DETAILS
Format Magazine / Book
Released 20 Mar 1997
Publisher Shinseisha
Product ID ISBN4-88199-335-6
Size (cm) 25.7 x 21 x 0.7 (AB)
Weight (kg) 0.47
PRICE
STATUS
The Gamest Mook series excels as always with a 4-star guide for RBS.
Features basic game system introduction and 8-page profiles for every character with background story, official art and command lists with individual screenshots for every punch, kick and special move.

144 pages, full colour, Japanese.

Real Bout Garou Densetsu Special
リアルバウト餓狼伝説スペシャル
NEO GEO CD
DETAILS
Format Neo Geo CD
Released 30 Mar 1997
Publisher SNK
Product ID NGCD-223
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Superb (but slow loading) Neo Geo CD version that features a remixed CD soundtrack, an all-new 'Original Mode' where random CPU opponents challenge the player, and an exclusive 'Blue Mary's Blues' music video ending.

'Neo Geo' stamped CD case, Neo Geo CD CD-ROM disc, 24-page monochrome booklet, spine card.

Real Bout Garou Densetsu Special
リアルバウト餓狼伝説スペシャル
GAMEST VIDEO Vol.35
DETAILS
Format VHS
Released 18 Apr 1997
Publisher Shinseisha
Product ID ISBN4-88199-355-X
Size (cm) 21 x 12.5 x 3
Weight (kg) 0.34
PRICE
STATUS
Nice RBS tribute / combo video from the Gamest Video team: features 65 minutes of game strategies, recommended combos, versus matches and more.

White plastic video case, 65-min NTSC VHS tape.

Real Bout Garou Densetsu Special
リアルバウト餓狼伝説スペシャル
SEGA SATURN
DETAILS
Format Sega Saturn
Released 25 Dec 1997
Publisher SNK
Product ID T-3117G
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
The SS Real Bout Special is one of SNK's best releases on the Sega Saturn: the game is smooth, accurate, and amazingly faithful to the original.
This is the stand-alone version; it requires the 1MB cartridge [HSS-0150].

CD case, Sega Saturn CD-ROM disc, 30-page colour manual, spine card.

Real Bout Garou Densetsu Special [RAM Dōkori Ban]
リアルバウト餓狼伝説スペシャル [拡張RAM同梱版]
SEGA SATURN
DETAILS
Format Sega Saturn
Released 25 Dec 1997
Publisher SNK
Product ID T-3119G
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 3
Weight (kg) 0.25
PRICE
STATUS
Box set 'Extended RAM Bundle Edition' that includes both the game and the 1MB RAM cartridge.
Like all SNK box sets it retains its price - the cardboard packaging is becoming hard to find in good condition.

Box holds game (Sega Saturn CD-ROM disc in CD case with 30-page colour manual) and Sega Saturn 1MB RAM cartridge [HSS-0150].

Real Bout Garou Densetsu Special Skill Manual
リアルバウト餓狼伝説スペシャル スキルマニュアル
GAMEST MOOK EX SERIES
DETAILS
Format Guide Book
Released 25 Jan 1998
Publisher Shinseisha
Product ID ISBN4-88199-435-2
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 0.7 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.22
PRICE
STATUS
Out-of-series Gamest Mook 'EX' guide dedicated to the SS RBS.
Features complete profiles & move lists, combos and rush charts, tactics and game strategies. All commands are listed with the Sega Saturn button config.

128 pages (64 in colour), Japanese.

Nettō Real Bout Garou Densetsu Special
熱闘 リアルバウト餓狼伝説スペシャル
GAME BOY
DETAILS
Format Game Boy
Released 27 Mar 1998
Publisher Takara
Product ID DMG-ARBJ-JPN
Size (cm) 10 x 9 x 2
Weight (kg) 0.06
PRICE
STATUS
Crazy mini-remix of RBS for Game Boy with a re-designed cast and a special surprise guest character.
Compatible with Super Game Boy and Link-up cable for versus play.

Standard small-size GB packaging, 4Mbit cartridge, 16-page colour booklet.

Real Bout Garou Densetsu Best Collection
リアルバウト餓狼伝説 ベストコレクション
SEGA SATURN
DETAILS
Format Sega Saturn
Released 6 Aug 1998
Publisher SNK
Product ID T-3124G
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 2.4
Weight (kg) 0.20
PRICE
STATUS
'Best' re-issue pack featuring the two Real Bout games released for the Sega Saturn:
- Real Bout (1996)
- Real Bout Special (1997)
Both games remains identical to their original editions, and require the Sega Saturn 1M RAM cartridge [HSS-0150] to run.

Double CD case, Sega Saturn CD-ROM x 2, colour booklet, spine card.

Garou Densetsu Battle Archives 2
餓狼伝説 バトルアーカイブズ2
NEO GEO ONLINE COLLECTION Vol.6
DETAILS
Format PlayStation 2
Released 22 Feb 2007
Publisher SNK Playmore
Product ID SLPS-25698
Size (cm) 19 x 13.5 x 1.5
Weight (kg) 0.18
PRICE
STATUS
Part 2 of SNK's 15th Anniversary Garou Densetsu retrospective, Vol.6 of the Neo Geo Online Collection.
Features the three 'Real Bout' games:
- Real Bout (1996)
- Real Bout Special (1997)
- Real Bout 2 (1998)
Each game comes presented with tons of options, move lists and practice rooms - everything you need!

PS2 case, PlayStation 2 DVD-ROM disc, colour booklet.

Garou Densetsu Battle Archives 2 [Best]
餓狼伝説 バトルアーカイブズ2 [ベスト]
NEO GEO ONLINE COLLECTION THE BEST
DETAILS
Format PlayStation 2
Released 29 May 2008
Publisher SNK Playmore
Product ID SLPS-25864
Size (cm) 19 x 13.5 x 1.5
Weight (kg) 0.17
PRICE
STATUS
'The Best' reprint of the second 'Battle Archives' compilation, featuring:
- Real Bout (1996)
- Real Bout Special (1997)
- Real Bout 2 (1998)
Content remains identical to the original version.

PS2 case, PlayStation 2 DVD-ROM disc, colour booklet.

 





 

Terry Bogard
テリー・ボガード

Andy Bogard
アンディ・ボガード

Joe Higashi
ジョー・ヒガシ

Mai Shiranui
不知火舞

Duck King
ダック・キング

Tung Fu Rue
タン・フー・ルー

Bob Wilson
ボブ・ウィルソン

Sokaku Mochizuki
望月双角

Billy Kane
ビリー・カーン

Geese Howard
ギース・ハワード

Wolfgang Krauser
ヴォルフガング・クラウザー

Laurence Blood
ローレンス・ブラッド

Jin Chonrei
秦崇雷 (ジン・チョンレイ)

Jin Chonshu
秦崇秀 (ジン・チョンシュウ)

Hon Fu
ホンフゥ

Ryuji Yamazaki
山崎竜二

Blue Mary
ブルー・マリー

Franco Bash
フランコ・バッシュ

Kim Kaphwan
キム・カッファン

Cheng Sinzan
チン・シンザン

EX Blue Mary
EX ブルー・マリー

EX Andy Bogard
EX アンディ・ボガード

EX Tung Fu Rue
EX タン・フー・ルー

EX Billy Kane
EX ビリー・カーン
 

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