To this day, SNK’s 1999 release Garou: Mark of the Wolves stands as one of the greatest fighting games ever made, period. Launched amidst a run of fairly interchangeable King of Fighters releases, the ninth – and to date final – episode in the Fatal Fury saga remains etched in the annals of video game history.
So it’s no wonder that since its genre-shaking release, fight fans have been calling for a sequel, or even just a remaster, which will allow new generations of players to feast upon the luscious visuals, beautiful animation, cool sounds, and deep, satisfying gameplay that sees Terry Bogard, B. Jenet, Tizoc and Hotaru throwing fists in the climax of South Town’s battle for dominance.
Lizardcube, the retro-lovin’ studio responsible for great throwbacks such as Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap and last year’s amazing sequel Streets of Rage 4 clearly hold Garou in similar regard, releasing this simple-but-stunning mockup, hypothetically imagining what could be should its talented team of artists and designers be let loose on the Fatal Fury universe. The image features Garou‘s baggy-jacketed protagonist Rock Howard, preparing to throw down with “Boss Fur” against a typically detailed SNK-style backdrop.