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Was Art of Fighting an underrated game?

When it comes down to fighting titles I’m from the early 90’s that had a lot of potential but did not get as much mainstream as it did Art of Fighting is one of the many games that instantly comes to mind. The original Art of Fighting game was developed by SNK and initially released for the Neo Geo in 1992. While Art of Fighting was ported to multiple game consoles back in the early 90’s such as Super Nintendo and the Sega Genesis the game was not as big of a success as the likes of Street Fighter II or Mortal Kombat. However, if you were a huge fan of the fighting genre of gaming than Art of Fighting was worth checking out.

The plot did the main story of Art of Fighting revolved around Ryo Sakazaki and Robert Garcia as they attempt to rescue Yuri Sakazaki after being kidnapped by Mr. Big. Throughout, the game every opponent one defeats with other Ryo or Robert will gives the player some type of clue on where to find Yuri which ultimately leads to a showdown with the game’s final boss Mr. Karate. One of the things about Art of Fighting had that was seemingly absent in Street Fighter II along with the older Mortal Kombat games were Story Modes. While the gameplay for the original Art of Fighting title was arguably stiff especially for SNES port it was without a doubt one of the most challenging fighting titles of the early 90’s. Also, the soundtrack for the SNES version of Art of Fighting was simply amazing and sounded better than the Neo Geo version of the title. While Art of Fighting was not quite as popular as many other fighting games in America it was still considered to be a 16-Bit Classic from the early 90’s.

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