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Hokuto no Ken / Fist of the North Star licensees

Group Description

This group includes games based on the Japanese manga and anime Fist of the North Star (北斗の拳, Hokuto no Ken). The original manga, serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump between 1983 and 1988, was written by Buronson and drawn by Tetsuo Hara. It tells the story of Kenshiro, master of the Hokuto Shinken martial art, who along with a small fraction of the world population has survived a devastating nuclear war in the year of 199X. The civilization on Earth descends into a desert world filled to the brink with scum and villainy where the strong have the word of power, and the weak are just cattle awaiting to be slaughtered. As a lone bastion of justice, Kenshiro roams this Mad Max-like wasteland and puts evil back into its place.

Since materials have become scarce after the war, the fists and the legs are the new weapons of choice. In particular, Hokuto Shinken allows Kenshiro to use the pressure points of the human body in order to heal or to blow up the guts out of his enemies. Despite being aimed at Japanese teens, Fist of the North Star is bloodier and much more violent than most Jump titles serialized in the last 20 years. It spawned several manga side stories focused on Kenshiro's archnemeses and friends, and was adapted into two main anime series, several movies and OVAs.

The most well-known games based on the series are action games in one form or another, including the second game released on the NES and the SEGA Master System title retooled into Black Belt for the Western release. Both were platform beat-'em-ups. More recently Temo Koei released the Ken's Rage games, using the basic mechanics of their long-lasting Dynasty Warriors series. Less known are Hokuto no Ken 3, 4, and 5, all of them RPGs.

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Game Titlesorted in descending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 22013PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox 360Tecmo Koei America Corp....
Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage2010PlayStation 3, Xbox 360Tecmo Koei America Corp.2.97
Hokuto no Ken: Raoh Gaiden - Ten no Haō2009PSPInterchannel Inc....
Hokuto no Ken: Shinpan no Sōsōsei Kengō Retsuden2005Arcade, PlayStation 2SEGA Corporation...
Jissen Pachi-Slot Hisshōhō! Hokuto no Ken2004PlayStation 2Sammy Corporation...
SEGA AGES 2500 Vol.11: Hokuto no Ken2004PlayStation 23D Ages...
Hokuto no Ken: Seikimatsu Kyūseishu Densetsu2000PlayStationBandai Co., Ltd....
Hokuto no Ken1995PlayStation, SEGA SaturnBanpresto Co., Ltd....
Hokuto no Ken 7: Seiken Retsuden - Denshōsha e no Michi 1993SNESToei Animation Co., Ltd....
Hokuto no Ken 5: Tenmaryūseiden: Ai * Zesshō1992SNESToei Animation Co., Ltd....
Hokuto no Ken 6: Gekitō Denshōken Haō e no Michi1992SNESToei Animation Co., Ltd....
Hokuto no Ken 4: Shichisei Haken Den: Hokuto Shinken no Kanata e1991NESToei Animation Co., Ltd....
Hokuto no Ken 3: Shinseiki Sōzō Seiken Retsuden1989NESToei Animation Co., Ltd....
Fist of the North Star: 10 Big Brawls for the King of the Universe1989Game BoyElectro Brain Corp.2.64
Last Battle1989Amiga, Arcade, Commodore 64, Genesis, WiiElite Systems Ltd.2.20
Fist of the North Star1987NESTaxan USA Corp.2.22
Hokuto no Ken1986FM-7, PC-88, PC-98, Sharp X1Enix Corporation...
Hokuto no Ken1986SEGA Master System, WiiSEGA Enterprises Ltd.2.60
Hokuto no Ken1986NESToei Animation Co., Ltd.1.17

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