I mean really. Don’t mean this as a flame, but I have been a Street Fighter fan since the beginning. And on the SNK side of things, the only series I’ve felt was reasonable competition for Street Fighter was Fatal Fury. I’m not sure why KOF has become the game that SNK focuses on and ever updates, when there is so much more that can be done with Fatal Fury.
Fatal Fury 1 was a good game for the time. Being more of an answer to Street Fighter 1 than a competitor for Street Fighter 2. It introduced us to plane shifts, and interactive environments. but when Fatal Fury 2 came out, I think we did get SNK’s answer to Street Fighter. In my opinion it could rightfully be compared to Street Fighter 2 in terms of character roster and interesting characters overall.
I also believe that Fatal Fury was a different experience than Street Fighter 2. Yeah, there was things that were similar to pull you in, but then there were new things that were also interesting. Fatal Fury 3 just made things better.
all of the Real Bout Games were innovative, with great animation, and adictive gameplay, an some unique features. Real Bout Fatal Fury 2 just fined tuned the formula altogether, and we got an adictive game.
And the SNK releases the masterpiece MOTW, which despite being a new engine and game, still manages to be balances, and interesting.
In my opinion in a fair world. SNK would be make a Fatal Fury game to compete with SFIV instead of KOFXII. And while I don’t hate KOF, it is too flawed to be SNKs flagship title. I believe Fatal Fury deserves to be the true game that takes on Street Fighter, because it has a better track record, with better games, more interesting character, etc.
I’m not sure how broken Fatal Fury games were, but they can’t be any worse than 80% of the KOF games out there.