Final Fight first appeared as a 1989 arcade game released by Capcom. It is a side-scrolling beat-em-up with attacks consisting mainly of simple punching and kicking, as well as grabs, throws, aerial attacks and a special move which clears the area around the player while draining a bit of health.
Knives, swords and pipes can also be used. In the original arcade release, there are three playable characters: Cody, Haggar (who is the mayor of the game's locale, Metro City), and Guy.
The story revolves around a street gang known as Mad Gear kidnapping Jessica, who is Haggar's daughter and Cody's girlfriend. Instead of giving in to the gang, Haggar, Cody, and Cody's ninja friend, Guy, take to the streets to destroy the gang and rescue Jessica. The
The game has a total of six stages and two bonus stages. The bonus stages take place in a gas station, where the player is to destroy a thugs car within the time limit, and a glass panes factory, where the player is to destroy all of the glass panes in the factory within the time limit.
Final Fight was later made available on the SNES, Sega CD, and Game Boy Advance. The SNES version released in 1991 disappointed many because it dropped the co-op play, removing arguably the most attractive element of the game. It also removes Guy as a playable character, although a second version was later made called Final Fight Guy where Guy was a playable character and Cody was not.
Two sequels, Final Fight 2 and Final Fight 3, were released on the SNES in 1993 and 1995, respectively. The game was re-released on the Game Boy Advance as Final Fight One. A pared-down version with cute, super-deformed characters was released for the NES as Mighty Final Fight.