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Ryūko no Ken
龍虎の拳
24 Sep 1992

 
 
Having already dabbled in the VS fighting genre with Garou Densetsu (1991), SNK unleashed both Ryūko no Ken and Garou Densetsu 2 in late 1992 as flagship titles for their new '100 Mega Shock' range.
While it could be argued that they are both simple cash-ins on the massive popularity of Street Fighter II (1991), each game is full of pioneering innovations. Ryūko no Ken is certainly the more experimental of the two - it features:

- In-depth 'Story Mode' with dialogue between bouts
- 'Spirit' ('Ki') gauge that regulates the use of special moves
- Screen zoom when characters are close to each other
- Characters get tired and disfigured
- Bonus games that affect your character's status
- A 'Super Desperation Move' (energy is low and 'Ki' full)


Cult classic stuff... It may have aged a little, but Ryūko no Ken still manages to offer precise and rewarding gameplay. It should also be commended for trying to do something different instead of simply copying SFII. What it offers may have distinct flaws, but there's always something refreshing about unexplored territory.
Besides - this just isn't SFII. No. This is the Art of Fighting. It's all about staying cool and scoring single, crunching blows to the opponent. Combos are for pansies.

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Ryūko no Ken
龍虎の拳

-G.S.M. 1500 SERIES- / SNK NEO SOUND ORCHESTRA
DETAILS
Format Audio CD
Released 20 Nov 1992
Publisher Pony Canyon
Product ID PCCB-00101
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Official 'Original Soundtrack' release for the arcade / Neo Geo version, from the 'SNK Neo Sound Orchestra' team. Also includes 'Voice and S.E. Collection'.
View [back] for tracklisting.

CD case, 42-track audio CD (total 45:02), 16-page monochrome booklet, spine card, logo sticker [view].

Ryūko no Ken
龍虎の拳
NEO GEO
DETAILS
Format Neo Geo
Released 11 Dec 1992
Publisher SNK
Product ID NGH-044
Size (cm) 22 x 17 x 4
Weight (kg) 0.70
PRICE
STATUS
The very first release in SNK's '100-Mega Shock' range, and one mean-ass stomper of a game that still packs a potent punch.
Rats. Let's mix it up.

Soft-case Neo Geo packaging, 54Mbit cartridge, monochrome booklet.

Ryūko no Ken
龍虎の拳
SUPER FAMICOM
DETAILS
Format Super Famicom
Released 29 Oct 1993
Publisher KAC
Product ID SHVC-RW
Size (cm) 19 x 10.5 x 3
Weight (kg) 0.16
PRICE
STATUS
The SFC gets itself a very competent conversion of Ryuko no Ken from SNK stalwarts KAC.
Worthy of note for its extended ending sequence and all-new finish moves for every character.

Standard SFC cardboard packaging, 16Mbit cartridge, 32-page colour booklet.

Ryūko no Ken
龍虎の拳

MEGA DRIVE
DETAILS
Format Mega Drive
Released 14 Jan 1994
Publisher Sega
Product ID G-4113
Size (cm) 17.8 x 12.8 x 2.5
Weight (kg) 0.18
PRICE
STATUS
Sega's Mega Drive version doesn't do too badly. In fact, it's a very good effort indeed.
Compatible with:
- Fighting Pad 6B [SJ-6000]

Standard MD case, 16Mbit cartridge, colour booklet.

Ryūko no Ken
龍虎の拳

PC ENGINE ARCADE CD-ROM²
DETAILS
Format PC Engine
Released 26 Mar 1994
Publisher Hudson
Product ID HCD4061
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Hudson somehow manage to produce a technically amazing version, considering it is bottlenecked through the PC Engine's humble 8-Bit CPU.
Requires Arcade Card to run.

CD case, PC Engine Arcade CD-ROM² disc, 12-page colour manual, spine card.

Ryūko no Ken - Amajishi Etsuya / Ishii Zenji
龍虎の拳 - 天獅子 悦也/石井 ぜんじ

GAMEST COMICS 015
DETAILS
Format Manga
Released 20 Aug 1994
Publisher Shinseisha
Product ID ISBN4-88199-122-1
Size (cm) 21 x 14.8 x 1.8 (A5)
Weight (kg) 0.46
PRICE
STATUS
Superb comic book adaptation of the first Ryūko no Ken; chronicles the exact game scenario with many interesting twists.
Amajishi's style takes a little while to get used to, but the story and fight scenes are excellent, ending up as one of the best manga adaptations of its era.
Recommended!
Part of the Gamest Comics collection.

252 pages (black & white), Japanese.

Ryūko no Ken
龍虎の拳

NEO GEO CD
DETAILS
Format Neo Geo CD
Released 9 Sep 1994
Publisher SNK
Product ID NGCD-044
Size (cm) 14.2 x 12.4 x 1
Weight (kg) 0.10
PRICE
STATUS
Perfect Neo Geo CD re-release of the arcade classic complete with enhanced CD soundtrack, available on the Neo Geo CD's launch day.
The conoisseur's version.

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

Ryūko no Ken ~Ten Chi Jin~
龍虎の拳 ~天・地・人~

NEO GEO ONLINE COLLECTION VOL.4
DETAILS
Format PlayStation 2
Released 11 May 2006
Publisher SNK
Product ID SLPS-25610
Size (cm) 19 x 13.5 x 1.5
Weight (kg) 0.18
PRICE
STATUS
#4 of the Neo Geo Online Collection brings together all 3 chapters of the Ryūko no Ken series:
- Ryūko no Ken (1992)
- Ryūko no Ken 2 (1994)
- Ryūko no Ken Gaiden (1996)
Each game is perfectly replicated along with menus, sound tests, practice rooms and more.

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

Ryūko no Ken ~Ten Chi Jin~ [Best]
龍虎の拳 ~天・地・人~ [ベスト]

NEO GEO ONLINE COLLECTION THE BEST
DETAILS
Format PlayStation 2
Released 21 June 2007
Publisher SNK
Product ID SLPS-25790
Size (cm) 19 x 13.5 x 1.5
Weight (kg) 0.18
PRICE
STATUS
'The Best' re-issue of the PS2 Ryūko no Ken collection:
- Ryūko no Ken (1992)
- Ryūko no Ken 2 (1994)
- Ryūko no Ken Gaiden (1996)

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

 



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