Real Bout Fatal Fury Special (リアルバウト餓狼伝説SPECIAL Real Bout Garō Densetsu Special , "Real Bout Legend of the Hungry Wolf Special"), is a 1997 fighting game released by SNK for the Neo Geo platform. It is the sixth installment in the Fatal Fury series and the second game in the Real Bout sub-series, following the original Real Bout Fatal Fury. This game features all new graphics and returns to the two-level plane system from Fatal Fury 2.
The game retains the cast of the original Real Bout, with the addition Tung Fu Rue, Cheng Sinzan. Laurence Blood and Wolfgang Krauser from Fatal Fury Special, with Krauser serving as the new final boss. Geese Howard, who was killed off in the end of the original Real Bout appears in this game as a hidden final boss in a special "Nightmare Match" and as an unlockable playable character in the home versions. The game also features hidden "extra" versions of Tung Fu Rue, Billy Kane, Blue Mary, and Andy Bogard, for a total of 22 characters.
Neo Geo CD and Sega Saturn
The game was ported to the Neo-Geo CD with several additions such as a Versus mode and a music video starring Blue Mary that is shown to the player after completing the Arcade mode following the credits. This port also saw a release for the Sega Saturn, using the 1MB RAM cartridge expansion of the system in order to retain sprite animations.
A port of Real Bout Special titled Real Bout Garou Densetsu Special: Dominated Mind was released for the PlayStation in 1998 in Japan, which adds a new protagonist named Alfred as a playable character, and includes an all new boss character named White (modeled after the character Alexander "Alex" DeLarge from A Clockwork Orange). The story of this version centers around White's brainwashing of Billy Kane and attempted takeover of Southtown's underworld in the power vacuum left by Geese Howard's death in the original Real Bout. In this version, Geese sports a halo over his head, a reference to his passing in the original Real Bout. Dominated Mind also features new moves, hidden unlockable super moves, super cancelling (known in the game as "Final Impacts"), and removed the two line battle system from the game. The extra versions of Billy, Tung, Mary, and Andy are removed.
Game Boy version
The Game Boy version, titled Nettou Real Bout Garou Densetsu Special - Dead Heat Fighters (熱闘リアルバウト餓狼伝説SPECIAL DEAD HEAT FIGHTERS), was released in Japan only on March 27, 1998, featuring simplified graphics and two-button gameplay. This version features only 12 playable characters, a roster which consist of Terry, Andy, Joe, Mai, Mary, Duck, Kim, Chonrei, Billy, Yamazaki, Laurence, and Krauser. Geese Howard appears as a hidden character, as well as Iori Yagami from The King of Fighters series.