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Real Bout: Fatal Fury 2 (Virtual Console) Reviewed by Cyril Lachel on . With so many fighting games coming out this year, I can understand if you're a little sick of the genre. However, Real Bout: Fatal Fury 2 is one of SNK's best and should not be ignored. Even though it doesn't offer many newcomers (contrary to what the title suggests), this 1998 gem has an emphasis on combos and incredible production values! Rating: 85%
Real Bout: Fatal Fury 2 (Virtual Console)
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What Is It? Hot on the heels of Real Bout: Fatal Fury Special, SNK is at it again with 1998's Real Bout: Fatal Fury 2 - The Newcomers. In case you haven't been keeping track, this is the tenth Neo Geo game released on the Virtual Console in 2012. It's also the eighth fighting game in the last nine months. Hope you aren't sick of Terry, Andy and Joe.

While the name may suggest a roster of new characters, the sad truth is that Real Bout: Fatal Fury 2 only includes two newcomers. We get Li Xiangfei, a Chinese American waitress, and Rick Strowd, a Native American boxer. The good news is that both characters are fun to play around with and bring something new to the series. Unfortunately, with a name like "The Newcomers," one expects more than two new characters. Thankfully there are 22 characters to choose from, including characters from past Fatal Fury installments.

Does It Still Hold Up? This is SNK's artists at their very best. Even though we've seen most of these characters in countless games, Real Bout: Fatal Fury 2 finds a way to make everything fresh. The backgrounds are outstanding, full of details you won't see until you're sixth or seventh viewing. The fighting mechanics are more geared towards combos, which is a step in the right direction for the franchise.

Is It Worth The Money? Real Bout: Fatal Fury 2 - The Newcomers is one of SNK's best fighting games and is worth your attention. However, I can understand being sick of fighting games. Not only is this the eighth fighting game on the Virtual Console this year, but it's also competing against the likes of Dead or Alive 5, Tekken Tag Tournament 2, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure HD Ver., Marvel vs. Capcom Origins and Persona 4 Arena. At this point I wouldn't blame you for having fighting game fatigue. If you aren't totally sick of the genre, then Real Bout: Fatal Fury 2 is definitely worth your 900 Nintendo Points.
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