|Final Fight 2|
|Distributor(s)||Wii Virtual Console|
|Designer(s)||Tokuro Fujiwara (producer)|
|Genre(s)||Beat 'em up|
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Final Fight 2 is a 1993 fighting action game released by Capcom for the SNES. A sequel to the 1989 game Final Fight, Final Fight 2 was developed by Capcom's consumer division for the SNES with no preceding arcade version released.
Time has passed since Mike Haggar, along with his friends Cody and Guy, defeated the Mad Gear Gang and restored peace to Metro City. While the trio has continued living their normal lives, with Cody taking a vacation with his girlfriend Jessica, Guy going off to a training journey, and Haggar continuing to rule Metro City as Mayor, the surviving Mad Gear members has secretly regrouped plotting their revenge under a new leader. They begin by kidnapped Guy's fiancee in Japan, Rena, along with her father and Guy's former sensei Genryusai. With Guy nowhere to be found, Rena's younger sister, Maki, calls Haggar and informs him of the situation. Accompanied by his friend Carlos Miyamoto, Haggar travels to Eurasia and meets up with Maki, and the three of them join forces to take on the newly revived Mad Gear.
Final Fight 2 does not deviate much from the original Final Fight in terms of gameplay, although unlike the SNES version of the first game (and the alternate version Final Fight Guy), Final Fight 2 features a two-player cooperative mode in addition to the single-player mode. The player has a choice between three characters: Haggar, who uses professional wrestling techniques; Maki, a female master of the fictional Bushin-ryū Ninpō similar to Guy from the first game; and Carlos, a South American martial artists of Japanese descent who uses a sword for his Special Move. Like in the original game, each character has their own set of fighting techniques and abilities unique to each character.
The gameplay remains the same as in the original game. The player has two main action buttons (Attack and Jump), which when pressed together, makes the player's character perform their Special Move (a third button can also be assigned for this purpose). The player proceed through levels fighting against hordes of underlings before reaching a boss character at the end of each stage. Health-restoring food items and other bonus point items are hidden away in breakable drums and barrels. There are also three retrievable weapons in the game, a club, a piece of lumber and a knife. There's also a "Guy doll" which makes the player's invulnerable for a limited period, a "Genryusai doll" which gives the player an extra life.
There's a total of six stages in the game, each set in a distinct Eurasia country: Hong Kong, France, Holland, England, Italy and Japan. As in the original game, the player will face against numerous types of recurring enemy characters thorough the entire game. The only returning enemy characters from the original SNES game are the Andore family. Rolento, a boss character who was in the first Final Fight but missing in the SNES port, appears as a boss character in this game (with his name spelled "Rolent").
The player can adjust the difficulty (along with other settings) of the game in the Option Menu. Like in Final Fight Guy, each difficulty setting reveals only a certain portion of the ending, with the full ending being shown only by completing the game on the Expert setting.
The Japanese version of Final Fight 2 features two enemy characters named Mary and Eliza, who were knife-wielding "female impersonators" with acrobatic techniques, much like Poison and Roxy, their counterparts from the original Final Fight. Mary and Eliza were replaced by two substitute characters named Leon and Roberts in the overseas versions of the game. Additionally, the first stage boss Wong Wong, wields a meat cleaver in the Japanese version, which was also removed in the overseas versions.
Maki, one of the original characters introduced in Final Fight 2, is also the only original character from the game to make a return appearance. She appears in Masahiko Nakahira's 1996 manga Sakura Ganbaru! as one of several rivals the title character Sakura (from Street Fighter Alpha 2) encounters. She made her second video game appearance in the 2001 fighting game Capcom vs. SNK 2, using many of the same techniques from Final Fight 2 as part of her moveset. Maki has also been featured as a trading card in Card Fighters 2 and Card Fighter DS. The Capcom vs. SNK 2 version of her character was also featured in the portable versions of Street Fighter Alpha 3 released for the Game Boy Advance and PlayStation Portable.