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Last Battle is a side-scrolling beat-em-up game in which the player takes control of a martial artist named Aarzak who must single-handedly (and -footedly) defeat the lackeys of an evil fighter called Duke, and eventually stand against three generals who have kidnapped his girlfriend. The hero fights using punches and kicks, combining these moves with jumping and crouching. He also has a special power meter that refills over the time. When the power meter is full, Aarzak gains a boost that allows him to perform rapid attacks for the rest of the stage.

Most of the levels are simple scrolling areas that the player needs to complete within a time limit. Some levels, however, are more maze-like, requiring the player to explore them in order to find the exit. Bosses await Aarzak at the end of most stages. He will also encounter allies who will increase his offensive or defensive strength, or replenish his health.

The original Japanese version is based on the Fist of the North Star manga and anime; the protagonist is Kenshiro, the main hero of the series. All character names have been changed in the translated version, which also has reduced gore. However, the rest of the visuals, gameplay, and locations remain identical.


Last Battle Genesis Another boss
Last Battle Genesis The first stage
Last Battle Genesis Aarzak is in trouble
Last Battle Genesis Boss-fight

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Alternate Titles

  • "北斗の拳 新世紀末救世主伝説" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Hokuto no Ken: Shinseikimatsu Kyūseishu Densetsu" -- Japanese title

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VideoGame Jul, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80 Feb 19, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Thunderbolt Games Dec 16, 2011 6 out of 10 60
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Nov, 1989 24 out of 40 60 Aug 06, 2004 5 out of 10 50
HonestGamers Mar 17, 2005 4 out of 10 40 Sep 04, 2010 4 out of 10 40
IGN Jan 11, 2008 3 out of 10 30 Aug 20, 2010 5 out of 20 25


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Version differences

The Western release is a "tamed" version of the original Japanese game, based on the Fist of the North Star manga/anime series. In the original game enemies died gruesomely as their head exploded, but in the Western version they fly away - think of the Romans in the Astérix comics and you get the picture.
Dwango (300) added Last Battle (Genesis) on Feb 22, 2005
Other platforms contributed by Michael Cassidy (20647), Kabushi (191331) and Mobygamesisreanimated (11185)