Fighting Road is a single-player only fighting game for the NES. The player must follow a path around a river fighting increasingly stronger opponents at every stop.
The player has a selection of punches and kicks to rely on, with tougher moves such as a flying kick and a leg sweep requiring more complex inputs. In addition, a flashing bar will increase each time the player is attacked and once it is full the player can unleash a devastating fireball attack. Each fight consists of two rounds, with the player needing to beat both rounds in order to proceed - though as an added level of challenge the player does not recover health between rounds, unlike the opponent.