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Budokan: The Martial Spirit

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Budokan is a martial arts game covering Karate (unarmed combat), Kendo (using a wooden sword), Nunchaku (using piercing chain weapons) and Bo (using a staff). The player has a realistic range of moves and must use them wisely, as Ki (life-force) is drained for every move made, whether successful or not, and both this and your stamina level must be kept high.

You can practice your skills alone, or spar against the instructors or your friends. Finally, when you feel you are ready, you can travel to the martial arts world championship tournament at Budokan.

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Credits (Amiga version)

19 People

Game Design
Amiga Version
Additional Programming
Graphics / Animation
Music / Sound Effects
Associate Producer
Assistant Producer
Product Management
Art Director
Package Design
  • Jamie Davison Design Inc
Artist Photography
Cover Artwork



Hidden message

If you try to list the contents of BUDO.COM with the DOS command "TYPE", you will see a nicely formatted full screen message about software piracy.


If you wait long enough in front of the tournament building, you can see the Godzilla walking in the cityscape.

Cover Art

The samurai character for the cover art of some home computer versions was directly lifted from a Japanese propaganda poster that originally featured the axis powers and included a swastika. The original poster can be seen e.g. here.

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  • MobyGames ID: 588


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Contributors to this Entry

Game added by IJan.

Amiga added by EboMike. Commodore 64 added by Quapil. Genesis added by RKL. ZX Spectrum, Amstrad CPC added by Kabushi. MSX added by Martin Smith. BlackBerry added by MAT.

Additional contributors: JudgeDeadd, Patrick Bregger, Christian Werner.

Game added December 17th, 1999. Last modified February 22nd, 2023.