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Hokuto no Ken

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Hokuto no Ken is based on Bronson's and Tetsuya Hara's long-running series of the same name (also known as Fist of the North Star).

The protagonist, Kenshiro, must travel across the barren wastelands that the world has turned into after nuclear war, looking for his woman, Julia. Julia has been kidnapped by Kenshiro's enemy, Shin, and between her and Ken stands an army of mutant punks. Luckily for Ken, he knows the secret hokutoshinken fighting technique, which can kill even the strongest enemy by turning their guts around and twisting their muscles until they literally explode.

The game is side-scrolling (with parallax effects for greater depth), with enemies running at Kenshiro from both sides of the screen. Button 1 kicks and button 2 punches, while pressing up will make Ken jump. After wandering a few screens, the scrolling will come to a stop and Ken is assaulted by a stronger enemy, each with his own weapons and weaknesses. After that, the exploding of punks resumes.

This game was remodeled for the export market into Black Belt.


Hokuto no Ken SEGA Master System Game over
Hokuto no Ken SEGA Master System Straight in the face
Hokuto no Ken SEGA Master System Title screen
Hokuto no Ken SEGA Master System The enemies literally explode into lots of small sprites

Alternate Titles

  • "北斗の拳" -- Japanese Spelling

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