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Garou - Mark of the Wolves (c) 1999 SNK.

The 9th 'Fatal Fury' episode brings us 12 characters and foregoes the plane-switching style of its predecessors in favour of standard single-plane battles. One of the last games produced by the original SNK.


SNK Neo-Geo MVS hardware

Game ID : 0253

Main CPU : 68000 (@ 12 Mhz)

Sound CPU : Z80 (@ 4 Mhz)

Sound Chips : YM2610 (@ 8 Mhz)

[SNK MVS Neo-Geo Controls]

2 players - 4 buttons per player.

[JOYSTICK] 8-way [A] Swift punch [B] Swift kick [C] Pummeler punch [D] Colossal kick


Released in November 1999.

'Garou' translates from Japanese as 'Hungry Wolf'. 'Mark of the Wolves' is a reference to the legacy left behind by Terry to a new generation of fighters - specifically, Rock Howard. This can also refer to the legacy left by other characters from the previous Fatal Fury & Art of Fighting games. Kim Dong Hwan & Kim Jae Hoon are sons of Tae-Kwon Do fighter Kim Kaphwan. Khushmood Butt is a master of Kyokugenryu Karate, the same martial used by Ryo Sakazaki from Art of Fighting. Hokutomaru uses Shiranui-style Ninjitsu as his fighting style, this is the same ninja arts that Mai Shiranui uses, however Hokutomaru was trained by Andy Bogard.

Garou pushes the capabilities of the Neo-Geo MVS hardware to its limit, giving some of the best-looking graphics to date. Some critics saying that there is life after all in the Neo-Geo hardware, which was past its prime when the game was released.

Hokutomaru's stage has quite a few references to the rest of the "Fatal Fury" series. To the extreme left of the stage is a billboard with a picture of the old style Terry Bogard. A portrait of Geese Howard and his lieutenants can be seen on another billboard (this is the same picture that is seen in the flyer for Real Bout Fatal Fury). There is also a picture of Andy Bogard and Mai Shiranui holding hands posing as a bank advertisement right above another picture of Alfred.

The sign that Khushnood Butt shows off in his victory pose is a Kyokugen Karate dojo sign.

The Rock Howard music stage contains a part of Robert Miles' seminal trance tune Children.

Rock Howard is the son of the notorious crime-lord Geese Howard, the boss of previous Fatal Fury games. Rock was trained to fight by Terry Bogard and has incorporated moves from Terry and Geese's styles into his own fighting style. Rock is also related to Garou's main boss of the game: Kain R. Heinlein. Geese Howard married Marie Heinlein, whom is the sister of Kain. So, we can assume that Kain is Rock's uncle.

The word 'Tizoc' (The Griffon Mask's Japanese name) means 'sick leg', or 'lame leg'. It was the name of an ancient Mexican tlatoani, or leader, who ruled from 1481 until 1486, when he was poisoned by Aztec aristocrats.

If a double KO occurs, a round is won by each fighter, which can end a battle on this quite unsatisfying note. Moreover in this case, the player has no fighting level, neither displayed on the screen nor counted for the points.

Soundtracks release:

[JP] Jan. 21, 2000; Garou - Mark of the Wolves [SCDC-00006] Scitron


The prototype version has a white background at the title screen instead a blue background on the final version. It has also a graphic bug on the Terry Bogard stage during the second round at the extreme right.


* Random Fighter : Hold Start and press a Punch or Kick button at the character selection screen.

* Play as Grant : At the character select screen, highlight Dong Hwan, hold Start and press Up(x2) Down(x2), Up, Down.

* Play as Kain R. Heinlein : At the character select screen, highlight Jae Hoon, hold Start and press Down(x2), Up(x2), Down, Up.

* Play against Kain R. Heinlein : To reach Kain, you must finish the first 7 matches with an average fighting level of AAA. Your best bet would be to avoid losing any rounds throughout the preliminary 7 stages, especially Grant. If you meet this condition after defeating Grant, you'll get a cutscene featuring Kain R. Heinlein. Beat Kain to reveal your characters' true ending.

* Alternate Costume Colors : Each character has 4 colors, corresponding to each button.

* Secret Taunts : After defeating your opponent, hold Left or Right and tap Start to use an hidden taunt. Every character has two secret taunts (these can ONLY be used after defeating an opponent and before your character goes into his/her winning pose). Some of them, such as Hotaru's and Hokutomaru's are really cool! :)

Taunts in the game can affect the background stages in many ways. For example, by using a taunt during a fight in Hotaru's stage (Philanthropy Belfry) you can make the bells in the background move. Most stages have hidden animations that can only be seen by this trick so try it! :)

* Survival Mode : Insert a coin, hold A+B+C+D and press Start. You will then play a Survival Mode (quite hard one too).

* Rock's Win-pose : Rock will have a special win-pose when he finishes the opponent with a Shine Knuckle and a different one when he finishes the opponent with either a Raging Storm or the Deadly Rave Neo.


1. Fatal Fury - King of Fighters [Model NGM-033] (1991)

2. Fatal Fury 2 [Model NGM-047] (1992)

3. Fatal Fury Special [Model NGM-058] (1993)

4. Fatal Fury 3 - Road to the Final Victory [Model NGM-069] (1995)

5. Real Bout Fatal Fury [Model NGM-095] (1995)

6. Real Bout Fatal Fury Special [Model NGM-223] (1997)

7. Real Bout Fatal Fury 2 - The Newcomers [Model NGM-240] (1998)

8. Fatal Fury Wild Ambition (1999)

9. Garou - Mark of the Wolves [Model NGM-253] (1999)

10. Fatal Fury First Contact [Model NEOP00111] (1999, SNK Neo Geo Pocket Color)


Exective producer : H. Matsumoto

Producers : S. Itoh, T. Tsukamoto

Planners : Kim-Ken, Y. Oda, Goory, I. Higemura, Yucky

Foreground designers : Soe Soe (SoeSoe.F), Heitarou, Rolly.R, N. Kuroki, Futatsu.N, G. Ishidamanf, Terarin, Itokatsu, S. Sasada, Eimotsu, Yuko, D-Mtl'Uchide, K. Naoe, Gi Pinoko, Yuko.K, T. Ishikawa

Background designers : M. Hirano, D. Takagi, E. Tsutsui, Tomo, Sakura-E, R. Nariai, Shimidi, Kumiko.M, C. Zanami

Special effects : Tashiboo, Masami Tanaka

Event art designers : Kaoruru, M. Hirano, C. Zanami, A. Yamada

New staff : Kohji, Z. Kadoma, Manbu, Zacky

Programmers : Bo-Fukunaga, Dan-Abe, Rotten Air

Sound : Ackey, Yassun, Hori-Hori, Okan, Q-Jirou

Title designer : Nao-Q

Illustrator : Tonko, Arita/Ymt

* Voice Actors :

Terry Bogard : Satoshi Hashimoto

Rock Howard : Eiji Takemoto

Kim Dong Hwan : Jun Hashimoto

Kim Jae Hoon : Hiroki Asakawa

Hotaru Futaba : Yuki Horie

Gato : Koji Ishii

B. Jenet : Rei Saito

Khushmood Butt (Marco Rodriguez in Japanese version) : Hikaru Hanada

Hokutomaru : Junko Takeuchi

Freeman : Eiji Yano

Tizoc (The Griffon in the Japanese version) : Hikaru Hanada

Kevin Rian : You Kitazawa

Grant : You Kitazawa

Kain R. Heinlein : Jun Hashimoto

Marky : Junko Takeuchi

Narration : Paul G.R.


* Consoles :

SNK Neo-Geo [JP] (Feb. 25, 2000; "Garou - Mark of the Wolves [Model NGH-253]")

Sega Dreamcast [JP] (Sep. 27, 2001; "Garou - Mark of the Wolves [Model T-3108M]")

Sega Dreamcast [JP] (May 23, 2002; "Garou - Mark of the Wolves [SNK Best Buy] [Model T-47302M]")

Sony PlayStation 2 [JP] (June 30, 2005; "Garou - Mark of the Wolves [NeoGeo Online Collection Vol.1] [Model SLPS-25504]")

Sony PlayStation 2 [JP] (June 30, 2005; "Garou - Mark of the Wolves [NeoGeo Online Collection Vol.1] [Model SLPS-25509]")

Sony PlayStation 2 [JP] (June 30, 2005; "Garou - Mark of the Wolves [NeoGeo Online Collection The Best] [Model SLPS-25793]")


Game's rom.

Machine's picture.

MAME Info:

0.56 [?]

0.37b11 [?]

0.36RC2 [?]

Neo-Geo (Artwork available)


- Background loop sequence is broken on the Terry's 3rd round. Samurai Fox (ID 03954)


- 0.145u6: Changed description to 'Garou - Mark of the Wolves (NGM-2530)' and clone '(set 2)' to '(NGM-2530)(NGH-2530)'. Renamed (garouo) to (garouh).

- 0.127u3: Aaron Giles fixed Work RAM Error (Cheat engine problem) in Garou and clones.

- 0.124u4: Aaron Giles fixed space_map_range error in Garou and clone.

- 0.112u2: JohnBoy and David Haywood added clone Garou - Mark of the Wolves (bootleg).

- 0.64: Changed description of clone to 'Garou - Mark of the Wolves (set 2)'.

- 0.57: Added cpu1 rom ($c0000).

- 0.56: Added 'Garou - Mark of the Wolves (set 1)' and clone 'Garou - Mark of the Wolves (set 2))'.

- 0.37b12: Renamed (garou) to (garoup).

- 0.37b11: Added 'Garou - Mark of the Wolves (prototype)' (SNK 1999).

- 0.36RC2: Added Garou (Testdriver).

LEVELS: 7 - 8 (bad end - good end)

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Romset: 90624 kb / 18 files / 75.9 zip

MAME XML Output:

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              <description>Garou - Mark of the Wolves (NGM-2530)</description>
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              <biosset name="euro-s1" description="Europe MVS (Ver. 1)"/>
              <biosset name="us" description="US MVS (Ver. 2?)"/>
              <biosset name="us-e" description="US MVS (Ver. 1)"/>
              <biosset name="asia" description="Asia MVS (Ver. 3)"/>
              <biosset name="japan" description="Japan MVS (Ver. 3)"/>
              <biosset name="japan-s2" description="Japan MVS (Ver. 2)"/>
              <biosset name="japan-s1" description="Japan MVS (Ver. 1)"/>
              <biosset name="mv1c" description="NEO-MVH MV1C"/>
              <biosset name="japan-j3" description="Japan MVS (J3)"/>
              <biosset name="japan-hotel" description="Custom Japanese Hotel"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_2_3" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 2.3)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_2_3o" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 2.3, older?)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_2_2" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 2.2)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_2_1" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 2.1)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_2_0" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 2.0)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_1_3" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 1.3)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_1_2" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 1.2)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_1_2o" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 1.2, older)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_1_1" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 1.1)"/>
              <biosset name="uni-bios_1_0" description="Universe Bios (Hack, Ver. 1.0)"/>
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              <rom name="japan-j3.bin" merge="japan-j3.bin" bios="japan-j3" size="131072" crc="dff6d41f" sha1="e92910e20092577a4523a6b39d578a71d4de7085" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="sp-1v1_3db8c.bin" merge="sp-1v1_3db8c.bin" bios="japan-hotel" size="131072" crc="162f0ebe" sha1="fe1c6dd3dfcf97d960065b1bb46c1e11cb7bf271" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
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              <rom name="uni-bios_2_3o.rom" merge="uni-bios_2_3o.rom" bios="uni-bios_2_3o" size="131072" crc="601720ae" sha1="1b8a72c720cdb5ee3f1d735bbcf447b09204b8d9" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_2_2.rom" merge="uni-bios_2_2.rom" bios="uni-bios_2_2" size="131072" crc="2d50996a" sha1="5241a4fb0c63b1a23fd1da8efa9c9a9bd3b4279c" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_2_1.rom" merge="uni-bios_2_1.rom" bios="uni-bios_2_1" size="131072" crc="8dabf76b" sha1="c23732c4491d966cf0373c65c83c7a4e88f0082c" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_2_0.rom" merge="uni-bios_2_0.rom" bios="uni-bios_2_0" size="131072" crc="0c12c2ad" sha1="37bcd4d30f3892078b46841d895a6eff16dc921e" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_1_3.rom" merge="uni-bios_1_3.rom" bios="uni-bios_1_3" size="131072" crc="b24b44a0" sha1="eca8851d30557b97c309a0d9f4a9d20e5b14af4e" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
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              <rom name="uni-bios_1_2o.rom" merge="uni-bios_1_2o.rom" bios="uni-bios_1_2o" size="131072" crc="e19d3ce9" sha1="af88ef837f44a3af2d7144bb46a37c8512b67770" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_1_1.rom" merge="uni-bios_1_1.rom" bios="uni-bios_1_1" size="131072" crc="5dda0d84" sha1="4153d533c02926a2577e49c32657214781ff29b7" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="uni-bios_1_0.rom" merge="uni-bios_1_0.rom" bios="uni-bios_1_0" size="131072" crc="0ce453a0" sha1="3b4c0cd26c176fc6b26c3a2f95143dd478f6abf9" region="mainbios" offset="0"/>
              <rom name="kf.neo-sma" size="262144" crc="98bc93dc" sha1="01fe3d18b50f770e131e8d8eeff4c630ba8c9551" region="maincpu" offset="c0000"/>
              <rom name="253-ep1.p1" size="2097152" crc="ea3171a4" sha1="bbda40f652baa0dc5fc6a006c001a1bdb0df43f6" region="maincpu" offset="100000"/>
              <rom name="253-ep2.p2" size="2097152" crc="382f704b" sha1="0ace9c84a8b8a0524fd9a503e7d872de1bf1bd52" region="maincpu" offset="300000"/>
              <rom name="253-ep3.p3" size="2097152" crc="e395bfdd" sha1="6b50f5ac15bf66b7e4e9bff57594fd3d7530c831" region="maincpu" offset="500000"/>
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              <chip type="cpu" tag="maincpu" name="68000" clock="12000000"/>
              <chip type="cpu" tag="audiocpu" name="Z80" clock="4000000"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="lspeaker" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="rspeaker" name="Speaker"/>
              <chip type="audio" tag="ymsnd" name="YM2610" clock="8000000"/>
              <display tag="screen" type="raster" rotate="0" width="320" height="224" refresh="59.185606" pixclock="6000000" htotal="384" hbend="30" hbstart="350" vtotal="264" vbend="16" vbstart="240" />
              <sound channels="2"/>
              <input players="2" buttons="4" coins="2">
                     <control type="joy" ways="8"/>
              <dipswitch name="Test Switch" tag="IN0" mask="1">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="1" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Coin Chutes?" tag="IN0" mask="2">
                     <dipvalue name="1?" value="0"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2?" value="2" default="yes"/>
              <dipswitch name="Autofire (in some games)" tag="IN0" mask="4">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="4" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="COMM Setting (Cabinet No.)" tag="IN0" mask="24">
                     <dipvalue name="1" value="24" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="2" value="16"/>
                     <dipvalue name="3" value="8"/>
                     <dipvalue name="4" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="COMM Setting (Link Enable)" tag="IN0" mask="32">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="32" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Free Play" tag="IN0" mask="64">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="64" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <dipswitch name="Freeze" tag="IN0" mask="128">
                     <dipvalue name="Off" value="128" default="yes"/>
                     <dipvalue name="On" value="0"/>
              <driver status="good" emulation="good" color="good" sound="good" graphic="good" savestate="supported" palettesize="0"/>

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