Hokuto no Ken / Fist of the North Star licensees
Group DescriptionThis 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 Tecmo 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.
Front cover for Hokuto no Ken
Front cover for Hokuto no Ken 5: Tenmaryūseiden: Ai * Zesshō
Front cover for Fist of the North Star
Front cover for Hokuto no Ken 4: Shichisei Haken Den: Hokuto Shinken no Kanata e
Screenshot from Hokuto no Ken: Raoh Gaiden - Ten no Haō
Screenshot from Hokuto no Ken
Screenshot from Hokuto no Ken 5: Tenmaryūseiden: Ai * Zesshō
Screenshot from Fist of the North Star