Fatal Fury 3: Road to the Final Victory! (known in Japan as Garou Densetsu 3: Harukanaru Tatakai, translated to Legend of the Hungry Wolf 3: The Distant Battle) is a fighting game developed and published by SNK
for the Neo Geo
. The only returning characters from previous Fatal Fury
games are Terry Bogard
, Andy Bogard
, Joe Higashi
, Mai Shiranui
, and Geese Howard
. This game marks the debut of Blue Mary
and Ryuji Yamazaki
, who both appeared in the King of Fighters
series. The game focuses on the Scrolls of Immortality, in which the Jin brothers ( Chonshu
) and Ryuji Yamazaki are trying to find in order to be world rulers.
Unlike previous installments of the Fatal Fury franchise, the console ports were done by SNK themselves. It was ported to the Neo Geo CD
, Sega Saturn
, and the PC
(Windows 95 based). The original Neo Geo version was also included in the Fatal Fury Battle Archives Volume 1
compilation for the PlayStation 2
and was released on the Wii Virtual Console
in Japan on April 20, 2010.
The format and controls of Fatal Fury 3 are directly from Fatal Fury Special
, with some subtle differences. Players can now control the height of their character's jump and can block in the air. Fatal Fury 3 also features a new kind of combo system, where players execute a specific series of regular attacks (varying by character) from one to the other.
In addition to normal "desperation moves", which can only be executed when the life gauge flashes red, players now have a rare ability to do a "hidden desperation move" once per round. This is unlocked by pressing all the buttons simultaneously as soon as the word "GO!" flashes on the beginning of the round. If this is done right, the player's name on the life gauge will turn green. Then, when the life gauge flashes red, you must set up correctly (either by moving to a set distance away from the opponent or executing a specific attack), where the name will flash. Only then could you execute this devestating super move.
The two-line system from the previous Fatal Fury games have been replaced by a three-plane format known as the Oversway system, where the players mainly fight in the middle plane, but can switch between the background and foreground planes temporarily to avoid attacks and projectiles completely.
Fatal Fury 3 also features a fighting grade system which grades your performance from E to A, then S, SS, and SSS. How far you can progress through the boss battles is determined on your average fighting grade when battling the computer players.
Fatal Fury 3 contains ten playable characters and three CPU-only boss characters, which can only be played with a special cheat code in the PC version.