Garou: Mark of the Wolves is a fighting game developed by SNK. Set in the same universe as the main Fatal Fury series, but one generation later following the death of Geese Howard and the collapse of his crime empire, the story follows Rock Howard as he enters the King of Fighters: Maximum Mayhem competition and makes a shocking discovery about his past.
Unlike the other Fatal Fury games, no characters from prequels return to this game with the exception of Terry Bogard, who was drastically redesigned for this game.
This game introduces two unique mechanics.
The first is the Tactical Offense Position (T.O.P) mechanic, which is a desperation mechanic activated at low health. It allows the player to use the T.O.P attack, increases the damage of attacks and causes slow health recovery.
The second is the Just Defend mechanic, where tapping block at the last second reduces hitsun and recovers health slightly.