Fighting Hero's Title Screen
|Sound engine||Mega Soft|
OverviewEditThis game is a simple fighting game. The controls are similar to the original Street Fighter in that A punches and B kicks. However, the controls are often criticized because attacks initiate once the player lets go of the button. You're also unable to walk while holding a button. If you let go of the button too quick, Leon will only move for about a frame and the attack won't come out. Jump attacks preform a bit differently: you must hold the button and then jump. Leon will preform the attack a certain point in the air. For whatever reason, you're unable to preform special moves unless you have a cheat code.
Like in the original Street Fighter, the player can not choose their character; instead, they are forced to play as Leon, who is heavily based on Ryu. Also like in Street Fighter, there are five different places to play through although in Fighting Hero, they're continents: Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe and "American" (North America). The first fight can be chosen from any of the first four continents, each continent having one fighter as opposed to two like in Street Fighter with North America always being the final continent. The fighters are as follows:
- Asia - Masa, a ninja who can teleport around the map and throw ninja stars at you.
- Australia - Vic, a bare-fisted brawler that can preform double-handed swings, front flips and back flips.
- Africa - Billy, he wields a club and will throw a boomerang at you.
- Europe - Alex, another bare-fisted brawler who tends to preform double punches and will preform flying knee attacks.
- North America - Joe, who is a boxer that also has a really strong uppercut.
The audio and visuals are mostly original, apart from Leon, the Asia stage's fighter Masa who is based on Geki. The ending is a series of stats screens for each character, followed by a credits sequence which uses an 8-bit rendition of Secret Agent Man by Johnny Rivers. There are no continues in this game, meaning that losing the fight will automatically result in a game over and the player must start from the beginning.
- In the 2-Player mode, the players aren't given any names, with Player 1 being Leon in the 1-Player mode and Player 2 being a palette swap.
- It is possible to pull off special moves like in Street Fighter, but this requires a cheat code. If you hold A + B + Left + Up at the title screen and then hold B + Left + Down at the stage select screen, you will be able to use them.
- Fireball - Hold left, A + B
- Dragon Punch - Hold up, A + B
- Spin Kick - Hold right, A + B
- This game was going to be released in the US under the Caltron label. A brochure of theirs also mentions a few other things not seen in the game: Masa is refered to as "Masaki" with his stage being located in Japan, Vic is referred to as "Tricky Vic" and a Chinese stage is mentioned which never shows up in game. 
- There is a sequel called Fighting Hero III released in 1993. The sequel is based more on Street Fighter II and bears next to no resemblance to the original Fighting Hero. (The only thing that resembles Fighting Hero is Duke from Fighting Hero III bears some resemblance to Alex)
- There most likely is no "Fighting Hero II"; this is probably because Fighting Hero III's title might be attempting to pass itself as a sequel to Street Fighter II.