~ FATAL FURY SPECIAL ~
SNK / Hudson Soft
Well, I'm not the biggest fan of Fatal Fury 2, so I knew that this revamp wouldn't blow me away or anything. If nothing else, it proved reliable, as the things I like about it are the same things I like about 2:
As far as improvements go, it's nice to have more characters to play as, and some interesting match-ups arise...
...but I didn't find FF2's cast all that appealing to begin with, and the "new" stars are just as hit or miss as the original folks. Geese Howard is awesome; other bums, not so much...
And while many people have commented on how much more tolerable the loading times are here than in 2, I really don't have a problem with 2's anyway. (Art of Fighting has been the Neo port with the loathing-worthy loading times in my experiences.)
Special is pretty much the same story as 2 for me: it doesn't offer the greatest gameplay and there's little distinct about it aside from a pointless two-plane system. The consensus seems to be that this is the best of the PCE's Neo Geo ports, but I prefer both Art of Fighting and World Heroes 2. In fact, I rate quite a few other PCE fighting games higher than this one, with Asuka 120%, Kabuki Ittouryoudan, and Street Fighter II' CE among them.