Fighter's History was released in March 1993.
At the time of Fighter's History's release, Capcom U.S.A. sued Data East Corp. over Fighter's History due to what Capcom U.S.A. felt were infrigements on their Street Fighter II property. Capcom U.S.A. lost the case on grounds that the copied elements were scenes a faire and thus excluded from copyright. Data East Corp.'s largest objection in court was that their 1984 arcade game Karate Champ was the true originator of the competitive fighting game genre, which predated the original Street Fighter by three years.
This is one of the rare Japanese-made fighting games where the characters yell out the names of their moves in their native language. Most Japanese-made fighting games, including "Street Fighter II - The World Warrior
", have the Asian characters (usually comprised of East Asians) speak Japanese while all the other characters speak English or Japanese, regardless of their nationality.
Also, every character has several winning quotes displayed in the win/lose screen : these changes depending the defeated opponent.
Another particular feature of the Fighter's History saga is the presence of characters of other Data East games in the cast of the game: in fact, the final boss of Fighter's History and Fighter's History Dynamite is actually Karnov, the hero of the homonimous platform game of Data East released in 1987. While in Fighter's History - Mizoguchi Kiki Ippatsu!! (released only for Super Famicom in Japan) the final boss is even Chelnov, the hero of Chelnov - Atomic Runner (1988) still released by Data East.
About Ryoko : This character seems somehow inspired by Ryoko Tamura, famous female judo champion that started her judo career at the age of 16 (the same age of Ryoko on the game) on the Barcelona Olympics on 1992, and winner of several medals and prizes in every judo contests all over the world. Other inspiration for Ryoko could be from the heroine of the manga "Yawara", based on the story of a young female judoka. There is also another curious thing to know about Ryoko: in the same year (1993), ADK released World Heroes 2, sequel of the previous World Heroes released in 1992, and inside his innovative character rooster appeared a new female fighter named Ryoko, that is very similar to the one of Fighter's History, especially in the physical appearance (the only difference is the colour of her Kimono: white for Ryoko of Fighter's History, light blue for Ryoko of World Heroes 2; also, Ryoko of Fighter's History has a red headband, while Ryoko of World Heroes 2 does not), but however the moves of the two characters are totally different, even if the fighting style is judo for both of them. At least the two "Ryokos" are admittedly inspired by the real Ryoko Tamura as well.
Both Ryoko and Jean's endings mention the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
Different to Street Fighter II, some stages of Fighter's History show locations actually existing in the world :
The stage of Ray (USA) takes place in front the gates of the White House, that is clearly visible in the middle of the screen.
The stage of Marstorius (Italy) takes place in front the 'Fontana di Trevi' of Rome, one of the most famous fountains of the world. The fountain is not only celebrated for its excellent water but for the legend that whoever drinks it or throws a coin in the fountain, will assure his return to Rome.
Mizoguchi makes a cameo in Joe & Mac Returns (1994) as an enemy character. He was a secret character in the Sega Saturn and Playstation versions of Outlaws of the Lost Dynasty, and was joined by Yungmie for the Saturn exclusive update to that game, Fuunsaiki. Also Mizoguchi later appeared as a selectable character in the Sony PlayStation 2 game "KOF - Maximum Impact Regulation A" to promote the Japanese-exclusive cell phone game Garou Densetsu vs. Fighter's History Dynamite, and as a hidden character in Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble.
Pony Canyon / Scitron released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Fighter's History - G.S.M. 1500 Series - PCCB 00123) on June 18, 1993.
A bootleg of this game, titled 'The History of Martial Arts' (199?) was made by an unknown producer.
A Fighter's History unit appears in the 1998 movie 'The Replacement Killers'.