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Hokuto no Ken (NES)

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Hokuto no Ken is a side-scrolling beat-em-up based on the anime series of the same name. The player controls Kenshiro, the series' main character, trying to rescue his girlfriend Julia. Advancing from right to left there will be various doors that can be entered. At some of those doors Julia's image is visible, which points out the correct way to go. Other than entering doors, Kenshiro will be busy punching and kicking punk-like enemies that attack up close or with projectiles. The game features gory animation for the deaths of your foes: their heads get torn away from the bodies and explode.


Hokuto no Ken NES Your girlfriend shows the way
Hokuto no Ken NES Beyond the door enemies are ready to fly at you
Hokuto no Ken NES Fighting punks near a building
Hokuto no Ken NES Title screen

Alternate Titles

  • "北斗の拳" -- Japanese Spelling
  • "Fist of Thor" -- Common incorrect Internet title
  • "Fist of the North Star " -- Common Unofficial Incorrect English Title

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This game was not translated at all when it was released stateside-everything was still in Japanese. Imagine how many kids booted this up and thought their NES was broken!
Cor 13 (172526) added Hokuto no Ken (NES) on May 23, 2004