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Sango Fighter / 武將爭霸: 三國志, Wǔ Jiàng Zhēng Bà: Sānguózhì
Fighting Game by Panda Entertainment
MS-DOS
Worldwide
1993
Super A'Can
Worldwide
1995
PC-98
Worldwide
1995
Master System
Semi-legit release (ported by ex-Panda Entertainment employees without rights of the license).
Worldwide
1997
MS-DOS
Official freeware re-release by Super Fighter Team.
Worldwide
6/18/2009
MS-DOS
Updated version with a new hidden character, among other changes.
Worldwide
2/15/2011

Fighters
Chao Yun
Dian Wei
Guan Yu
Huang Jong
Jang Fei
Lyu Bu
Ma Chau
Soldier
Sya Hou Chuen
Sya Hou Yuan
Syu Ju
Syu Wang
Tsau Tsau

Gameplay
2D Gameplay (2D Gameplay)
EX Moves (EX Moves)
Each character has one special move and one throw that become more powerful when used with full meter, expending the meter.
Manual Charging (Manual Charging)
Super meter is charged by holding Back or Down-Back.
Chao Yun
Throw Moves

Fling over the Shoulder
(close)backward/forward+pnch
A feat useful at short distance. As the enemy loses balance, fling him out over the shoulder.
Special Moves

New Moon Slash
backwardforward+pnch
A defensive skill for the upper part of the body. With the diamond hard Rainbow Sword in hand, Zhao Yun will be hard to beat.

Rainbow Sword / Sword Slash
backwarddown+pnch [EX]
Concentrate energy on the Rainbow Sword to slash out with a flux. With full energy the sword will be lightning fast.

Ternedo
backwardforward+kck
Concentrate full energy on the palm then quickly neutralize the enemy by hitting the neural nodes of his body. Then kill the enemy with the fatal feat New Moon Slash.

Whirling Sweep
downbackward+kck
Unsheath the sword, turn round, jump up, twist, and slash. One after another, all these movements are accomplished in one go to form the lethal Whirling Sweep.
Super Moves

Crushing Palm
(close)forward+pnch
As Zhao Yun whirls around above ground, his Rain bow Sword will sweep away the enemies who came in its ways. A fatal feat to disperse multiple enemies.
Dian Wei
Throw Moves

Throw
(close)backward/forward+pnch
Hook enemy with the spears and throw him backward. A close distance fatal feat.
Special Moves

Falcon's Wings / Spinning Chop
backwardforward+kck
A feat that can help avoid energy flux from the enemy. It is also a fatal feat with a wide scope of attack.

Rolling Slash
downforward+kck
Swiftly rool backward while swinging both spears. A terrible feat of speas which will leave behind a glimmer.

Rolling Spears
backwardforward+pnch
Roll forward, then strike with both spears. A fatal feat of Dian Wei.
Super Moves

Twin Spears
(close)forward+pnch
Stab the enemy sixtimes with the spears before flinging him backward.
Guan Yu
Throw Moves

Filing
(close)backward/forward+pnch
Fling the enemy to the back. A fatal feat particularly useful when the enemy is too close to the body.
Command Moves

Piling / Mountain Press
(in air)down+pnch
Jump up and crush crush the enemy with the weight of the body. It can take the enemy by surprise.
Special Moves

Comet chasing after the moon / Shooting Star
backwarddown+pnch [EX]
A skill which consists in containing the attack of the enemy. When Guan Yu concentrates his energy on his "Dragon and Moon Sabre", this will become a fast fatal feat. It will be even more powerful when used together with the "Sweeping Tail of Dragon".

Dragon Tail Sweep
backwardforward+pnch
This is Guan Yu's most sophisticated feat using his "Dragon and Moon Sabre". It consists in first jumping up and then slashing down from above. Though very powerful, this feat has a major draw back, because as the body is landing down, it will be vulnerble to attacks. So, use it only at the right moment.

Retuming strike
downforward+kck
A defensive skill for the upper part of the body. It is used to check enemy coming from ahead or from above.
Super Moves

Fatal Palm
(close)forward+pnch
A super fatal feat. Concentrate energy then seize enemy and hit six times with fling the enemy out. This is highly destructive feat.
Huang Jong
Throw Moves

Fling over the Shoulder
(close)backward/forward+pnch
Same feat as that of Zhao Yun and Ma Chao.
Special Moves

Double Kicks
downforward+kck
Jump up and turn round, then swiftly kick out towards enemy. A feat for long distance attack that can be teamed up with Shot to Kill to take the enemy by surprise.

Dragon Claw
downforward+pnch
Lethal killing feat. A feat that will blow any approaching enemies away. In close distance, two blows can be executed at a time.

Shoot to Kill
backwardforward+pnch [EX]
Concentrate full energy on the bow then release the arrow. With full energy, a whole lot of arrows will shoot out to make sure that the target will not be missed.
Super Moves

Multiple Blows
(close)forward+pnch
Super lethal feat. Concentrate full energy, seize enemy, then give him six blows of fist plus one kick.
Jang Fei
Throw Moves

Seize, Crush and Fling
(close)backward/forward+pnch
A fatal feat. Seize the enemy, jump up, fling him down, then crush down on him with the weight of the body.
Command Moves

Multiple Palms
(in air)down+pnch
Swiftly jump down and hit the enemy with multiple blows of the palm. This feat can take the enemy by surprise.
Special Moves

Earthquake Palm / Mountain Clearing Palm
backwardforward+pnch
Concentrate energy on the palm and then push out. It exerts a power as terrible as earthquake and tidal waves.

Lethal Fist / Supreme Uppercut
downforward+pnch
A lethal killing feat. Double fists can be executed in close distance.

Multiple Kicks / Chain Kick
backwardforward+kck
Multiple kicks the make use of the body weight plus energy concentrated on both legs. Similar to Multiple Palms.
Super Moves

Crushing Fist
(close)forward+pnch
Super lethal feat. Concentrate energy till full. Seize the enemy and burst out the energy on the fist. A lethal fist that few can survive.
Lyu Bu
Throw Moves

Dragon of Fury
(in air)(close)down+pnch
Seize enemy above ground then drag him down. A lethal feat of extreme physical force.

Fling Back
(close)backward/forward+pnch
Same feat as that of Xiahou Yuan and Xiahou Zhun.
Special Moves

Fireball Fist
backwardforward+pnch
Concentrate energy on both palms, then push out with force. A lethal feat for long distance attcak.

Flying Dragon Fist
downup+kck
The nimble Lü Bu jumps above the shoulders of the enemy before striking with the Flying Dragon Fist. A lethal feat that will scare the enemy to death.

Slashing Fist / Dragon Slayer
backwarddown+pnch [EX]
A long distance feat of Lü Bu to containe enemy's attack. With full energy, it is even more terrible. When teamed up with the Flying Dragon Fist and Fireball Fist, the enemy will have a hard time.

Tornedo Fist
downforward+pnch
The body spins like a tornedo. Concentrate energy on palm then quickly hit out. Two blows can be executed in short disfance. A super lethal feat of Lü Bu.
Super Moves

Dragon-killer claw
(close)forward+pnch
Super fatal feat. With full energy, seize enemy and hit him with fists and kicks like a furious dragon.
Ma Chau
Throw Moves

Fling over the Shoulder
(close)backward/forward+pnch
A feat for close distance combat.
Special Moves

Tidal Waves
downbackward+kck
In vincible killing feat. Duck down, and use the Whirling Kick to attack enemy. Two blows can be executed if distance is short.

Torndeo Kick
backwardforward+kck
Jump up and turn round. Both legs strike down from above like tornedo. Very destructive when coupled with Whirling Kick.

Whirling Kick
downforward+kck [EX]
Concentrate energy on the legs and strike out with whirling kicks. The kick is even more powerful with full energy.
Super Moves

Invisible Kick
(close)forward+pnch
Super lethal feat. Ooncentrate full energy. Seize enemy and quickly kick him 6 times. Then fling him away.
Soldier
Special Moves

Slide Kick
backwardforward+kck

Sword Slash
downforward+pnch
Sya Hou Chuen
Throw Moves

Fling Back
(close)backward/forward+pnch
Hold enemy from behind then fling him backward.
Special Moves

Ground-breaking fist
backwarddown+pnch [EX]
Xiahou Zhun's special fatal feat. Energy flux is pump into the ground before it rushes out again to hit enemy from below. Even more powerful when full energy is applied.

Slashing Leg / Carp Flop
downforward+kck
Defensive feat for upper part of the body. Very destructive, but also vulnerable. Use it very carefully to avoid counter-attack by enemy.

Thwarting Head
backwardforward+kck
Thwart the head forward to hit enemy.

Twin Thwarting Fists
backwardforward+pnch
Spin the body forward and then slash with fists like knives. It helps avoid energy flux and can attack at the same time. The draw back is that the feet are vulnerable.
Super Moves

Multiple Fists
(close)forward+pnch
Super fatal feat. With full energy, sieze enemy and hit him six times with fist and double fists.
Sya Hou Yuan
Throw Moves

Fling Back
(close)backward/forward+pnch
Hold enemy from behind then fling him backward.
Special Moves

Iron Fist
backwarddown+pnch [EX]
Xiahou Yuan uses his energy flux to contain attack of the enemy. If the enemy skips it, use Thwarting Head and Multiple Fists to hit enemy. Much faster with full energy.

Slashing Leg
downforward+kck
Defensive feat for upper part of the body. Very destructive, but also vulnerable. Use it very carefully to avoid counter-attack by enemy.

Thwarting Head
backwardforward+kck
Thwart the head forward to hit enemy.

Twin Thwarting Fists
backwardforward+pnch
Spin the body forward and then slash with fists like knives. It helps avoid energy flux and can attack at the same time. The draw back is that the feet are vulnerable.
Super Moves

Multiple Kicks
(close)forward+pnch
Super fatal feat. With full energy, seize enemy and kick him six times with Multiple Kicks then throw him backwards.
Syu Ju
Throw Moves

Fling down
(close)backward/forward+pnch
A fatal feat which consists in seizing enemy and throwing him down hard onto the ground.
Special Moves

Tiger Dive
downbackward+pnch
Quickly fly over and dive down to crush enemy. A feat that can take the enemy by surprise.

Tiger Rush
backwardforward+pnch
Rusing forward to bump into enemy can be a terrible feat.

Tiger Wave
backwarddown+pnch [EX]
With 80% of energy, the Tiger Wave has a wide but short scope of attack. With full energy, it can reach longer distance and can be very destructive.
Super Moves

Tiger Fist
(close)forward+pnch
Seize enemy and hit him six times with heavy blows of fist before using the Tiger Wave.
Syu Wang
Throw Moves

Fling and Smash
(close)backward/forward+pnch
Hold up enemy then throw him hard to the back.
Command Moves

Piling
(in air)down+kck
Pile down on the enemy with the back side.
Special Moves

Ground-breaking Slash
forwarddown+pnch [EX]
Concertrate energy on the axe, then slash onto the ground. A fatal feat that will go even faster with full energy.

Spinning Slash
downforward+pnch
Defence feat for the upper part of the body. A draw back: the axe swinging upward has dragging force that will slow down the action. Use it at the right moment.

Tornedo Slash
backwardforward+pnch
Turn and jump forward before slashing quickly with the axe. But, if it fails to cause harm to enemy, beware of counter-attack by enemy. To paly safe, use it with the Ground-breaking Slash.
Super Moves

Fast Stabbing
(close)forward+pnch
Super fatal feat. With full energy, seize enemy and then stab him continuously with the axe.
Tsau Tsau
Throw Moves

Fling over the Shoulder
(close)backward/forward+pnch
Basic throw.
Special Moves

Flying Kick
backwardforward+kck
Fly forward before kicking out with both legs. Similar to the Twin Kicks, but more aggressive and yet more exposed to counter-attack.

Golden Gown
downforward+pnch
A gown that not only can protect from being hurt by the energy flux of the enemy, but can also be used as a killing weapon.

Twin Fists
backwardforward+pnch
A feat of three blows in one go which can be very tricky. So, be careful of the foxy Cao Cao!

Twin Kicks
downforward+kck
A half somersault before kicking out with both legs. A feat useful for preventing enemy form jumping in or approaching.
Super Moves

Iron Head
(close)forward+pnch
Bump into the enemy with a head hard as iron.

Storyline
Sango Fighter
At the twilight of the Eastern-Han Dynasty of ancient China, under the reign of the frail and incompetent Emperor Han-Ling, the country was disarray when the government was run by a group of corrupted eunuchs-the so called "Ten Attendants". Hardship and famine finally threw the country into turmoil. A rebellion quickly spread over the country. The rebels were known as "Yellow Scarfs" because they covered their heads with yellow scarfs. To get the full support of the generals in the military regions, Emperor Han-Ling entrusted them with more military power to crack down the uprising. The Yellow Scarfs were finally crushed but at the expense of the central government which saw its authority threatened by the generals turned warlords. One of these warlords, Dong Zhuo, on the pretext of dislodging the Ten Attendants, marched into the capital city Luoyang and then usurped the throne. Although Dong Zhuo was quickly defeated by other allied generals, the turmoil was far from over. As the weakened Eastern-Han Dynasty no longer had authority over the whole country, every warlord was watching for the opportunity to take over the leadership. After ten years of suffering from numerous battles between warlords, the people in northern China finally had some respite when Cao Cao, a Machiavellian strategist, eliminated all his opponents in the North.

Not content with his success in the North, Cao Cao wanted to reign over the whole China by eliminating the rest of the warlords in the Sougth. His first target was Liu Bei who, being a royal prince of the East-Han Dynasty, had a legitimate claim to the throne. Though small in force, Liu Bei was well entrenched in the county of Jing, and he knew how to preserve himself by allying with a neighouring warlord Sun Quan. Together they engineered a serious blow to the ambition of Cao Cao when they defeated his great army in the campaign of Chibi. Having suffered a great lost Cao Cao had no alternative butto retreat to the North. Taking advantage of his military success, Liu Bei went further to occupy the region of Sichuan so as to consolidate his position in the county of Jing. With the help of his five intrepid generals-Guan Yu, Zhang Fei, Zhao Yun, Ma Cao and Huang Zhong, he managed to build up an army strong enough to wrestle alone with Cao Cao. With the aim of restoring the Eastern-Han Dynasty, he now sets off to the North to confront Cao Cao. But Cao Cao is by no means a chicken. He also has many experienced generals like Dian Wei, Xu Xu, and Xiahou Chun holding out in various fortresses. Will Liu Bei overcome all these obstacles on his way to the North? Will he finally defeat Cao Cao to restore the Eastern dynasty?

Fun Facts
Violent Confusion
Shareware moguls Apogee were apparently planning to release Sango Fighter in the USA with the working title "Violent Vengeance." Strangely, Violent Vengeance is the original title of a completely different DOS fighter, but a former employee has indicated that Apogee's V.V. was in fact Sango.

At any rate, the deal fell through, and Sango Fighter was supposedly published in the US by Accend (strangely enough, the creators of the "real" Violent Vengeance). This version may have been pulled from shelves or not widely distributed.

More common in the US was the Micro Star shareware release, titled "Sango Street Fighter" on the packaging. This disk featured only Guan Yu and Jang Fei. The full version had to be ordered directly from Panda.
Unreleased Sequel
Upon purchasing a registered copy of Sango Fighter, some consumers received a letter proclaiming Panda's partnership with Apogee to produce a 3D sequel. The letter included a request for player-submitted names, as "Sango Fighter 3D" apparently sounded dumb. It is unknown what level of completion this project ultimately reached, but it was never released in any region.