Fatal Fury First Contact Review (Nintendo Switch)

Fatal Fury First Contact Review (Nintendo Switch)

FATAL FURY newcomers like Rick Strowd and Li Xiangfei clash fists with nostalgic fan-favorites Terry, Geese, and Mai Shiranui! Easier for beginners thanks to single-lane fighting! Unleash an ultra-lethal POTENTIAL POWER move at the brink of death to turn the tables on your foes.


  •  Beautiful retro pixel graphics.
  • 140MB download size.
  • Full touchscreen support.
  • 2D fighter gameplay.
  • 3 difficulties-easy, normal and hard.
  • Your Nintendo Switch screen is a Neo Geo Pocket console.
  • Can play with the stick and buttons or touchscreen.
  • Manual-presented just like the original manuals did and act as a tutorial and how to play.
  • Can reset the console (NGPC).
  • 10 console skins, OK there are 9 and one is to take the console part away.
  • Rewind-at anytime brings up the menu and rewind as far as the line can go.
  • Eleven characters- Xiangfei, Yamazaki, Rick, Andy, Mai, Krauser, Geese, Billy, Terry, Joe, and Kim.
  • Two player-local but the screen splits in half so each player has half of the screen with full display.
  • System reset settings- English or Japanese text, monochrome software color-green/blue/classic/black and white and red.
  • You can even set the consoles time and date.
  • Game time-45, 60, 90, and infinite.
  • Round counter-2 or 3 and set for vs com or vs local players individually.
  • Full BGM and sound effects player.
  • An excellent homage to the classic game and console.
  • Memory reset option.
  • Excellent fighting game.

Fatal Fury First Contact Review (Nintendo Switch)


  • Can’t rebind controls.
  • No online play.
  • Can’t zoom in or out of the console.
  • Quitting out of the local play can be tricky.
  • Doesn’t make it clear you have the menu button for the manual, rewind, etc.
  • Takes a while to get used to move sets.

Fatal Fury First Contact Review (Nintendo Switch)

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Fun Factor - 7/10


Never owned a Neo Geo pocket, always stupidly expensive and a huge reliance on fighting games but anyway, here we have a loving tribute to Fatal Fury First Contact. I love the fact that they go the extra mile but adding so many skins for the console, how the manual looks just like it did back when we actually got manuals with our games and not just an empty space. Adding in a few mod cons like rewind is good for absolutely shit players like me who can play the system to my advantage. The game itself is a dam good example of a solid fighting game and one that still holds up today. Overall I found Fatal Fury First Contact to be a new level in how to bring old games back.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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