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Final Fight

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Illustration of various Final Fight characters by former SNK artist Shinkiro.

Final Fight (Japanese: ファイナルファイト Fainaru Faito) is a classic beat 'em up series from Capcom. It is Street Fighter's cousin, and the two series share a common "storyline universe." Final Fight gained popularity on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, but it also appeared in the Arcade, as well as on the Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega CD, X68000, Sega Saturn, and Game Boy Advance. It involves the mayor of Metro City (Capcom's fictitious city, located near New York), and former pro wrestler (as seen in Saturday Night Slam Masters) Mike Haggar.

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Final Fight

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Screenshot of Final Fight (Arcade)

The first installment was originally an arcade game in 1989. There were two SNES ports of this game: the original version only featured Cody and Haggar as playable characters, while a later update (titled Final Fight Guy) added Guy to the roster by replacing Cody (the explanation given was that Cody was on a training mission in Japan while Jessica was kidnapped). The fourth stage (the Industrial Area) was removed from both versions, due to the limitations on the size of a SNES cartridge.

The Game Boy Advance version, released in 2002 under the title of Final Fight One, is an enhanced update of the SNES port that's a bit closer to the arcade version. It includes the fourth level that was omitted in the previous SNES versions, the two-player co-op mode from the arcade game, and all three playable characters. Instead of three enemies appearing simultaneously on the Super Nintendo version, four enemies appear simultaneously on screen on the GBA version, because the GBA screen can handle more sprites. The Game Boy Advance version of Final Fight is also the only version of the game to have dialogues for each boss and the playable characters' reply dialogues in response to them. It also has an unlockable option to allow the player to play as the Street Fighter Alpha 3 versions of Cody and Guy.

The Sega CD version was published and developed internally by Sega under the title of Final Fight CD after Capcom gave them the license to produce the title for their Sega CD platform. Final Fight CD added voiceovers to the opening and ending sequences of the game, as well as a new Time Attack mode in addition to the main game. Final Fight was also ported to the Sharp X68000.

A super deformed version for the NES was also released under the title of Mighty Final Fight.

The story of Final Fight involves the abduction of Mike Haggar's daughter, Jessica, because he would not work with Mad Gear to ensure their dominance of the streets. When the Mad Gear thug Damnd contact Haggar and informs him, Haggar calls up his daughter's boyfriend Cody and his sparring partner Guy, and they head into the streets to bust Mad Gear's skulls, fighting their way through the hordes (including the Rastafarian thug Damnd, the "Japanist" Sodom, insane Red Beret Rolento, corrupt cop Edi. E, and the ill-tempered Abigail), to get to Mad Gear's boss, Belger. Cody delivered the kick that knocked Belger through a plate glass window and sent him plummeting to his death. The various different versions of Final Fight differ in the details of when the story takes place: the original arcade version cites the date as the early 1990s, while newer versions cite the date as 1989, the year when the original arcade version was released. The latter is generally thought to be consistent with the Street Fighter Alpha series of games.

The events that followed Final Fight but before Final Fight 2 remain somewhat blurred, and inferences could only be made through the Street Fighter Alpha series of games. Haggar returned to the mayor's office, Guy returned to Bushin-ryuu training, while Cody and Jessica vacationed together. During this time, Cody was arrested for disorderly conduct, although other sources indicated that he was framed. By the time of Street Fighter Alpha 3, Cody had escaped from a reformed Edi. E.

It is to be noted that an enemy in this game, Andore, was a tribute to professional wrestler Andr the Giant, as was an unspecified relation, Hugo, who appears in the Street Fighter III series.

Censorship

For the localized editions of the SNES games, Sodom (the boss of the second stage) was renamed Katana because of fears that the name would be associated with sodomy. The name of Sodom is intact in Final Fight One. Ironically, some fans feel Katana is a more appropriate name for an American who wants to be Japanese. Also renamed was Damnd, the first stage boss, to Thrasher.

The localized SNES ports also has the two female enemies in the game, Roxy and Poison, replaced by male versions named Sid and Billy. This was presumably done since Poison was actually a newhalf in the Japanese version. Reportedly she was originally conceived as a female character before the company's US division (Capcom USA) objected to the fact that the game allowed the player to beat up women, so the developers changed her backstory to make her into a newhalf. When Capcom USA localized the SNES ports, they were oblivous to this fact and changed her character's appearance anyway. This change was also made in Final Fight One (for historical reasons and for the purpose of making it more like the American SNES version), although Poison still made an appearance in the game's manual artwork. This censorship practice has already been abandoned. According to The Street Fighter Plot Canon Guide, Roxy and Poison canonically exist in the Street Fighter and Final Fight universe.

Religious content was also censored. The quote at the end of the first bonus stage Break the Car was changed from "Oh, my God!" to "Oh, my car!" for the SNES version.

Final Fight 2

Released in 1993, Final Fight 2 and Final Fight 3 are exclusives to the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. Final Fight 2 happens four years after Final Fight. It involves the abduction of Guy's fiance Rena and her father (and Guy's master) Genryusai, and the Mad Gear gang regrouping secretly. Rena's sister Maki contacted Mike Haggar for help, as he was a friend of Guy's, as well as an enemy of Mad Gear. Maki joined Haggar and Carlos (a boarder at Haggar's), and they travelled around the world, busting Mad Gear's cells, until they found Genryusai and Rena, captured by Retu. Maki delivered the final blow, knocking him through a window, just like Cody had done to Belger.

The explanation to Guy's whereabouts during this time is unclear. From the game, Guy had apparently gone missing, while this appeared to have been retconned in Street Fighter Alpha 2. In the Street Fighter series, Guy had two masters (and not one), Genryuusai and Zeku, and Guy was fighting Zeku at the time to prove his worth as the successor to Bushin-ryuu, explaining his absence.

Capcom has no plans to port Final Fight 2 or 3 to the Game Boy Advance.

Final Fight 3

Released in 1995, Final Fight 3 begins after the destruction of the Mad Gear Gang, with the Skull Cross Gang taking its place. When the Skull Cross detonated a bomb in downtown Metro City, Mayor Haggar (now sporting a long ponytail) and Guy are joined by Metro City SCU officer Lucia Morgan and a street fighter named Dean in taking down Skull Cross. The Skull Cross Gang killed Dean's family, because Dean refused to join the gang and allied with Haggar. The heroes fought their way through Skull Cross's army of goons, until they battled the gang's leader, a militaristic fighter named Black. Dean delivered the blow that knocked Black into a transformer, electrocuting him. Unfortunately, after all the gang wars, Mayor Haggar lost the next election, and returned to pro wrestling. Final Fight 3 is widely recognized as having the greatest music of any SNES game.

Final Fight Revenge

Released for the arcade and the Sega Saturn, Final Fight Revenge was a 3D fighting game based on Final Fight characters, similar to what Street Fighter EX was to Street Fighter. This game takes place shortly after the events of Final Fight. This game was created by Capcom of America and fans dispute its legitimacy as part of the Final Fight canon.

Final Fight: Streetwise

Final Fight: Streetwise has been announced by Capcom for PlayStation 2 and Xbox.

Abbreviation confusion

Final Fight may be confused with Square Enix's popular Final Fantasy franchise if the name is abbreviated FF. An "i" should be added after "FF" for Final Fight in order to prevent confusion with Final Fantasy. Therefore, Final Fight is abbreviated FF in fighting game circles and Capcom-related forums, but the abbreviation FFi is used in RPG and general video game circles and non-Capcom forums. On a side note, Cody, Guy, Maki, Sodom, Rolento, and Hugo (a character similar to one of the villains) also starred in various Street Fighter games, while Mike Haggar has also appeared in the Slam Masters series. Hugo, Maki, and Rolento also appeared in the SNK vs. series. In the SPC archives Final Fight is abbreviated "FFight," while Final Fantasy is abbreviated "FF"; since Final Fantasy is much more popular than Final Fight, those who attempt to type Final Fight may mistakenly type Final Fantasy.

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