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The objective of World Karate Championship is to get the highest possible dan (karate grade, determined by belt colour) and become the world champion - and of course, to get the highest score. Karate fighters compete against each other on side-view screens, the scenery representing real world locations (New York, Egypt, Japan, etc.). In between the fighting stages, there are short action sequences, during which the player can gather bonus points. These include deflecting bouncing balls, breaking wooden planks, and others.


World Karate Championship Atari 8-bit Title Screen
World Karate Championship Atari 8-bit Scenery 6 - Greece
World Karate Championship Atari 8-bit Scenery 7 - Japan
World Karate Championship Atari 8-bit Instructions

Promo Images

World Karate Championship Screenshot For Atari ST.
World Karate Championship Other Header.
World Karate Championship Other Cover (general).
World Karate Championship Screenshot For C64.

Alternate Titles

  • "International Karate" -- European title

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Critic Reviews

ATARImagazin Mar, 1987 2 out of 6 80


Topic # Posts Last Post
Merge with International Karate 4 Unicorn Lynx (181564)
Mar 31, 2010



The C16 version has a bug which prevents finishing the game in one player mode.


System 3 faced a lengthy court battle with arcade publishers Data East, who claimed System 3 had ripped off their game Karate Champ with International Karate. It also used the same forward kicking (street) karate style. The game also looked a lot like The Way of the Exploding Fist, but they weren't sued for that.


  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 03/2013 – One of the "Ten Best C64 Games“
  • Happy Computer
    • 1986 - Runner-up as Sports Game of the Year
    • Issue 04/1987 - #15 Best Game in 1986 (Readers' Vote)

Martin Smith (70019) added World Karate Championship (Atari 8-bit) on Sep 04, 2007
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