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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.


Budokan: The Martial Spirit Genesis Master Speech
Budokan: The Martial Spirit DOS Opponent for Match 5
Budokan: The Martial Spirit Amstrad CPC Show us some good moves
Budokan: The Martial Spirit Commodore 64 Sparring: Kendo

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User Reviews

Come grasshopper, Budokan awaits. DOS Zovni (10627)
Way cool. DOS Tomer Gabel (4634)

Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Jun, 1990 87 out of 100 87
Play Time Commodore 64 Jun, 1992 80 out of 100 80
Raze Genesis Dec, 1990 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Amiga May, 1990 75 out of 100 75
Power Play Genesis Nov, 1990 73 out of 100 73
Retro Archives DOS Oct 09, 2017 14 out of 20 70
Retro Archives Amiga Oct 09, 2017 13.5 out of 20 68
Retro Archives Genesis Oct 09, 2017 13 out of 20 65
All Game Guide Genesis 1999 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Retro Archives MSX Oct 09, 2017 7 out of 20 35


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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.
Contributed to by EboMike (3120), Quapil (5475), RKL (5735), Kabushi (257508), Martin Smith (78234), IJan (1990) and MAT (229784)
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