Buriki One: World Grapple Tournament '99 in Tokyo, otherwise known simply as Buriki One, is a 3D competitive fighting game produced by SNK and released as a coin-operated arcade game in 1999. It is the seventh and final game developed for SNK's short-lived Hyper Neo Geo 64 hardware and like most games released for the platform, it has never been officially ported to home consoles.
The control system uses two buttons for movement, keeping the player on a 2-D axis, despite the 3D arena. Pressing the left button moves the character in the left direction, pressing the right moves in that respective direction. Double tapping each button produces a dash in each corresponding direction for evasion and closing distance. Pressing both buttons makes the character block.
By using the joystick, the player can execute attacks of varying damage levels. By pressing in the forward direction, the player executes a medium attack, up forward a stronger attack, and down, forward is the weakest, but fastest attack. By combining various combinations of the movement of the stick, a special attack is performed for increased damage. Unlike the 2-D iterations, however, no ranged attacks are present, keeping the preferred fighting distance between players at close quarters.
It's Spring 1999... Fighters from across the world gather at the Tokyo Dome to compete in the World Grapple Tournament. Each contender has their own fighting discipline, ranging from the popular styles of Boxing, Karate and Professional wrestling, to the lesser known arts of Aikido, Tai Chi and Muay Thai. Finally, they have the chance to prove which martial art conquers all!
- Gai Tendo - The lead character, a 17 year-old fighter who uses a self-styled martial art (dubbed Total Fighting in the game). He has been training by himself at Okinawa ever since graduating middle school.
- Jacques Ducalis - A 32-year-old open-weight Gold medalist and current Director of the French Judo Society.
- Seo Yong Song - An 18-year-old Tae Kwon Do master who was the Middleweight champion in the World Taekwondo Championship during the previous year. Currently attending college with a major in quantum physics.
- Takato Saionji - A 17-year-old private high school student from Kyoto who has thoroughly mastered Aikido from his grandfather Takayuki.
- Payak Sitpitak (พยัคฆ์ สิทธิพิทักษ์) - A 40-year-old Muay Thai ranker who is the currently the Top Welterweight athlete in the Muay Thai circuit.
- Song Xuandao - A 70-year-old Tai Chi master who is well known within the Chinese fighting world.
- Ivan Sokolov - A 27-year-old free style wrestler and a 87 kg class Gold Medalist. Despite his rough-like posture, he has won against his opponents due to his technical skills.
- Ryo Sakazaki - The 32-year-old instructor of the Kyokugen School of Karate. Originally the main character from the Art of Fighting series.
- Silber - The final boss in the game. A one-eyed martial artist of unknown origin who uses his own style of Karate. His name means silver in German. Although Silber has never officially competed in a fighting tournament, he has been sight at numerous parts of the world over the past 30 years, fighting against numerous well known martial artists. Silber is a computer-only character initially and only becomes a controllable character after the computer-controlled Silber is defeated by the player with each of the other characters.
In Japan, people were asked to vote for their top 5 "Fight Round girls". The winner of the vote would appear after a 2-Player battle.
- Hinako Tono (the winner)
- Nanami Sakai
- Shizue Sakurada
- Midori Marukame
- Hikaru Koda
- Art of Fighting - The series from which Ryo Sakazaki originated.
- The King of Fighters - Gai Tendo has appeared in the console versions of The King of Fighters '99, as well as in The King of Fighters 2000 as an alternate "Striker" (a character who assists the player in combat). Gai and Silber later appeared as secret opponents in The King of Fighters XI.
- Fatal Fury: Wild Ambition - The PlayStation version features the older Ryo Sakazaki from Buriki One under the name of Mr. Karate.
- Neo Geo Battle Coliseum - Ryo Sakazaki appears as his Buriki One incarnation under the name of Mr. Karate.
- Buriki One at the old SNK homepage in Internet Archive
- Buriki One at NBC Museum of SNK Playmore
- Buriki One at Museum of the Game
- Buriki One at GameFAQs
- Prizm Dash Review of Buriki-One
- King of Street Fighter (Turkey)
- Buriki One (Planet-SNK)ja:武力 〜BURIKI ONE〜