I own a modified Super Famicom (the Japanese name for the SNES), which has been modded to play games from any region, at either the usual speed or the slower European speed. For these videos, the usual speed has always been used. The console was purchased from Console Passion.

Fatal Fury
Video length: 23:33
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Difficulty level: 2 out of 5

A very poor port of the Neo Geo game, the Genesis version of this turned out a lot better. I wonder if Takara knew they had no chance of beating SNES Street Fighter II, so put more effort into the Genesis version of this game instead.

Anyway, this is a playthrough with Terry Bogard. The poor controls mean using some of his moves is very difficulty, but really all you need to win is to use the power wave and burn knuckle a lot. And we get an early look at SNK boss syndrome with this game -watch what happens in the round 2 fight with Geese.





Fatal Fury Special
Video length: 26:59
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Difficulty level: 2 out of 5

Playthrough with Ryo. Ryo is a hidden character who, in this version of the game, can be used in the single player mode. As a secret character he's extremely powerful and the CPU doesn't really know what to do most of the time against his basic fireball attack, even on the highest difficulty setting.

The controls for this aren't that great -whilst I could do most moves OK, I couldn't do charge moves very well at all. Thankfully with Ryo his fireballs are enough to get you through the game.





Final Fight 2
Video length: 1:19:46
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Difficulty level: 4 out of 5

Co-op playthrough on the highest difficulty level. I'm playing as Haggar, Matt was playing as Carlos. This game isn't much fun, there aren't many different enemy types to fight and on expert difficulty it tends to drag on and on due to most enemies having a lot of health. The third game was the best one for the SNES.





Final Fight Tough
Video length: See below
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Difficulty level: 2 out of 5

This is the Japanese version of Final Fight 3. I've done two playthroughs of it, since this game has a lot of different routes you can take, that lead to different levels. I did both playthroughs on the highest difficulty setting, using a CPU partner. The A.I. of your partner isn't great, both times they ran out of lives towards the end. However, in terms of difficulty, this is the easiest SNES Final Fight game. You can now run and have a lot more moves, including super attacks that do lots of damage.


Lucia & Guy playthrough (46:26)
Guy & Lucia playthrough (56:04)



Garou Densetsu 2
Video length: 27:19
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Difficulty level: 3 out of 5

This is the Japanese version of Fatal Fury 2, and I get through the game with Andy Bogard. The SNES port of the first game was dismal, but this is a lot better.

I found it easier to play through than the Neo Geo CD version, there were a few tough parts towards the end, but overall I think Takara toned down the CPU.





Ryuuko no Ken
Video length: 24:39
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Difficulty level: 5 out of 5

Playthrough with Robert. I think they did a good job with the graphics for this port, but one major issue is with the controls. I found it much more difficult to pull off special moves in this version when compared to the Genesis port, which is why this gets a 5 out of 5. Takara seemed to struggle to get the controls right with several of their SNK SNES ports, the first Fatal Fury being another good example.





Ryuuko no Ken 2
Video length: 30:06
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Difficulty level: 3 out of 5

This game, which is known as Art of Fighting 2 in America, has a reputation for being the hardest fighting game ever made. The Nintendo version (which was only released in Japan) has had a big decrease in difficulty, although you've still got to play carefully if you want to fight the secret boss -to reach Geese Howard you need to play through the game without losing any rounds. Throwing in this version seems to work really well against the CPU.

The controls are also better than in the first game, but not by much. I still had a lot of issues trying to do charge moves (like the hien shippu kyaku) but at least I could use Robert's desperation move easily.





Star Fox
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Difficulty level: 3 out of 5

I've done two playthroughs of this game, one showing the game's first route, the other showing the second route. There is one more route in the game but I've yet to master it.

The first route is the easiest, the second route is a little tougher but nothing really hard for the most part -you do have to make more use of the boosts, but that's about it.


Route one playthrough (39:11)
Route two playthrough (35:51)



Street Fighter II
Video length: 22:41
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Difficulty level: 4 out of 5

Playthrough with Ryu on the hardest difficulty setting. I also used the Champion Edition code. This code lets you use the same character in two player games, and also gives everyone their second Champion Edition costume color in the single player mode.

The only hard parts are with the bosses, who are much cheaper in this game than in the later ones. M. Bison in particular has some nasty tricks with his knee press, but if you want to take it slowly, just throw out fireballs and then dragon punch him when he jumps over them.





Street Fighter II Turbo
Video length: 24:43
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Difficulty level: 2 out of 5

Playthrough with Ken, in the Turbo mode and on the hardest difficulty setting. This game is easier than the previous one, since the bosses had some of their moves changed to make them much less cheap. However I've never been a big fan of the faster game speed, and some opponents tend to abuse their new moves in impossible ways.





Street Fighter Zero 2
Video length: 25:44
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Difficulty level: 2 out of 5

Playthrough with Gouki. This video includes the extra boss battle against Shin Gouki. I found Shin Gouki easier to beat in this version than any other. The controls for this port aren't too good, mainly I couldn't do special or super moves that require a half circle motion very well at all. Thankfully Gouki's got plenty of other moves that don't require than motion.





Super Street Fighter II
Video length: See below
Game region: &
Difficulty level: 3 out of 5

Playthrough with Ryu, on the hardest difficulty setting. I've done two playthroughs of this game since I heard that the music between them is different, which it is.

Even on the hardest difficulty, this is still the easiest version of Street Fighter II.


American version playthrough (28:40)
Japanese version playthrough (27:00)