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Garou: Mark of the Wolves
Garou
Cover art. Illustration by TONKO.
Developer(s)SNK, Code Mystics (PS4, PS Vita), DotEmu (Steam, Humble Bundle, GOG), CRI Middleware, Agetec (Dreamcast), Hamster Corporation (Nintendo Switch)
Publisher(s)SNK, CRI Middleware, Agetec, Hamster Corporation, Valve (Steam)
Release dateArcade
JP November 26, 1999
Neo Geo
INT February 25, 2000
Dreamcast
JP September 27, 2001
NA November 23, 2001
PlayStation 2
JP June 30, 2005
Xbox 360
WW June 24, 2009
iOS & Android
WW February 19, 2015
PlayStation Network
JP July 15, 2015
PlayStation 4 & PlayStation Vita
WW December 3, 2016
Microsoft Windows
Humble Bundle:
WW January 9, 2016
Steam:
WW December 7, 2016
GOG:
WW October 5, 2017
Nintendo Switch
WW May 11, 2017
GenreFighting game
Game modesSingle-player, multiplayer
RatingsDreamcast & Xbox 360
Teen (ESRB)
iOS
12+ (Apple)
PlayStation 2
12+ (CERO)
Platform(s)Arcade, Neo Geo, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, Xbox 360, iOS, Android, PlayStation Network, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch

Garou: Mark of the Wolves (餓狼 MARK OF THE WOLVES, Garō Māku obu za Uruvusu) or Fatal Fury: Mark of the Wolves for the Dreamcast release; referred to as Garou or MOW for short, it is the ninth and currently final game in the Fatal Fury series set ten years after the death of Geese Howard. It is known for pushing the graphical capabilities of the Neo Geo, utilizing 3D graphics and semi-transparency, as well as its well-balanced roster of characters and highly technical gameplay.

As part of SNK's celebration of the series's 15 year anniversary, a retrospective movie was made to take place shortly after.

In December 2016, the game was released for three platforms: for PS4 and PS Vita, on day 3, and for Steam, on day 9. There was already another PC version, released by the Humble Bundle, in January of that year. In May 11, 2017, as part of ACA Neo Geo, the game is released for Nintendo Switch.

PlotEdit

Ten years after crime lord Geese Howard's death, the city of Southtown has become more peaceful. Now, the stage is the neighbour city known as Second Southtown. A new fighting tournament called "King of Fighters: Maximum Mayhem" starts in the area, and several characters related with the fighters from the old era of King of Fighters tournaments participate within it.

GameplayEdit

Garou: Mark of the Wolves general gameplay mechanics and art style are changed to more closely resemble SNK's The King of Fighters series using a similar button layout (A for weak/light punch, B for weak/light kick, C for strong/heavy punch and D for strong/heavy kick). However, chaining normal attacks into each other tends to be strict on timing and involves heavy usage of the recurring feint mechanic (forward + A and C or down + A and C) in order to cancel them smoothly.

T.O.P. SystemEdit

The Tactical Offensive Position System or T.O.P. is a new system. Before each match begins, the player is given option to adjust the T.O.P. meter's influence onto three different places on their character's life meter (beginning, middle, end). When a character's life meter reaches the white T.O.P. section, the character will flash with their HP bar's T.O.P. section turning orange, and enter a special state which will grant them the following advantages:

  • increased damage output
  • slow health regeneration
  • ability to perform T.O.P. attacks, which often deal heavy amount of reduction to the guard meter if blocked

Once the character's life meter falls out T.O.P. range, the character will lose these benefits.

Just Defense SystemEdit

Just Defense allows players to benefit from defending by activating it against incoming attacks at the last second. Players can perform Just Defense against any type of attack. Just Defense has following advantages:

  • small health recovery for each successful Just Defense activation;
  • ability to Guard Cancel.

CharactersEdit

BossesEdit

StagesEdit

Note 1: The intros appears only in Story Mode. The Sub-Boss stage don't have an intro.

Note 2: Marky, the little boy who appears along with Kevin in Story Mode, is not present in Versus and Practice Modes.

  • Live House Old Line: A parking lot of a show house, in the night. The fight takes next to some convertible cars. Can be seen light posts, the house with the words "R&B", "Glam Rock: 2nd South" and their name, buildings, one with the figure of a boy and the expression "Second South Town: Music Boy", a palm tree and a poster with the game's logo, besides people watching the fight. Also can be spotted cars coming out of the parking lot. Associated with Rock. Intro: a close in the stage until focusing on Rock.
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Gameplay of Rock vs. Freeman.

  • The Freight Express: A freight train that runs through the city. He is carrying timber logs. Can be seen a wooden box, ropes, a tow bag and the expression "Runing Wild". The fight occurs while the sun rise, in the 1st round, with the train stopped in the waiting line in the 2rd round and a bridge in the final rounds. Associated with Terry. Intro: the train passing by the rails. Note: In the waiting line, can be seen people waiting, other train passing, the USA and the game's logo flags, buildings, light posts, a palm tree and a bridge.
  • Blue Wave Harbor: A pier destroyed by the Lilien Knights' ship. Can be seen boats, the rest of the pier, little flags, the ship, small lights, a rudder, palm trees and some sailors. In the 1st round, can be spotted a woman trying to escape, but being stopped by a man on the ground; in the final rounds, the sailors with a looted treasure. Associated with Jenet. Intro: the pier being destroyed by the ship.
  • Oriental Casino Woo: A casino. The battle takes in front of the casino. Can be seen some people watching the fight, panda girls, one of the walking and vibrating all over the stage, shrubs, other buldings and neon signs, with the words "PANDA GIRL: SLOT MACHINE", the name of the casino, a chinese girl with uniform and the expressions "TRIPLE ROSE" and "DRAGON SLOTS", besides a plaque with the words "PANDA GIRL: BINGO". Associated with Dong Hwan. Intro: a close in some buildings until arriving at the stage.
  • Yok Chong Market: A big market of Korean items. The fight takes in the middle of a great celebration. Can be seen people cooking, serving food and eating, Taekwondo students (some dressed like Dong Hwan, other dressed like Jae Hoon) watching the fight, fruits, fowls and the main gate of the market, besides little flags (including South Korea flag), the Sin's Restaurant, Korean Kanjis and bands. Associated with Jae Hoon. Intro: Jae Hoon greeting the player, while the students in the background clap.
  • The Philanthoropy Belfry: A terrace. Can be seen two giant bells, light posts, doves, yellow, blue and white flags and some houses and a river, in the background. In the first rounds, it's day and the bells ring; in the final rounds, it's night, can be seen a full moon, the bells are stopped and the posts are on, and can be seen bats. Associated with Hotaru. Intro: the bells ringing and doves flying. Note: when the fight starts, Hotaru wears a cape, which is taken by the doves.
  • Barbaroi Falls: The waterfalls. The fight takes next to the stones. Also can be seen shrubs. In the first round, it's sunset; in the second round, night; from the final rounds, morning, and vice versa (only for the 1st and final rounds). Associated with Gato. Intro: a close in the stage until focusing on Gato.
  • Universal Arena: A big ring. Can be seen the crowd vibrating with the fight, a screen showing the active fighters, Tizoc and the crowd, plaques with the hour and the stage name and the game's logo in the floor of the ring. Associated with Tizoc. Intro: a close in the stage until focusing on Tizoc.
  • Sarah Forest: A forest. Can be seen tree trunks felled, wood swings, a cabin, a band with the Kyokugenryu symbol, a wrecking ball, a dumbbell, clothings and some animals, including wolves, a hawk, bears, squirrels, rabbits, deers and a porcupine, besides some trees in the background. Associated with Butt. Intro: Butt and a bear training a karate move and, then, greeting each other.
  • 5th Avenue and 2nd Street: An accident and a big traffic jam, caused by Hokutomaru. Can be seen cars, a bus, taxis, traffic lights, light posts, some cameos and guards, besides buildings, with advertisings, SNK's logo, a photo of Andy and Mai holding hands and the covers of Real Bout Fatal Fury and Real Bout Fatal Fury 2: The Newcomers. Associated with Hokotomaru. Intro: the little ninja above a traffic light, looking both sides, and then falling to the ground, causing the accident and traffic jam. Note: in each round, it's possible to observe more people and vehicles appearing on the stage, causing great chaos.
  • S.S.P. Maneuver Field: A military field in the middle of the desert. Can be seen a truck, crates, light posts and military bases. In the 1st and 2nd rounds, can be spotted a helicopter, that disappears in the final rounds. In the first round, it's sunset; in the second round, the sun is already set; from the final rounds, it's night. Associated with Kevin. Intro: a gate that opens the scene and helicopters flying.
  • Slam Free Field: An abandoned neighborhood next to a train line. The fight takes under the line. Can be seen peeled buildings, a destroyed car, neon signs, a light post, smokes, a hydrant, a barrel and a tire. Also can be seen a person scavenging the trash, in the background. Associated with Freeman. Intro: a train passing by the stage.
  • Training Grounds (A.K.A The Dark Palace Basement): A basement. Can be seen a circle of pillars, fire pyres, a skull and face stones. Associated with Grant.
  • The Dark Palace: The main balcony of a palace. Can be seen pillars and a dome structure, a flag, bands, a chess floor, a ladder, hawk statues, a photo of Marie Heinlein, Rock's mother, lights and, in the sky, a full moon and shooting stars. Associated with Kain. Intro: a small close of the sky, descending to the point of the stage.

GalleryEdit

Cancelled SequelEdit

The game's sequel, tentatively titled Garou: Mark of the Wolves 2, was reported to be in the works on the Neo Geo system several times by Korean news sources. Since 2002, the project has been put on hold and eventually cancelled. According to Falcoon at the 2005 KOF Party, the game's sequel was around 70% percent complete by the old SNK team. Ureshino reported that a new grappler character and Joe Higashi's apprentice were added to the roster.

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