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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 Title Screen
Budokan: The Martial Spirit Genesis Cut scene
Budokan: The Martial Spirit Genesis Mixed match
Budokan: The Martial Spirit Genesis Master Speech

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ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Sep, 1990 10.8 out of 12 90
Mean Machines Nov, 1990 87 out of 100 87
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Dec, 1990 84 out of 100 84
Raze Dec, 1990 80 out of 100 80
Power Play Nov, 1990 73 out of 100 73 Feb 22, 2010 6 out of 10 60
All Game Guide 1999 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Sep, 1990 15 out of 40 38
Sega Does Jan 13, 2017 D+ 33
1UP! Feb 12, 2016 32 out of 100 32


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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.
RKL (5736) added Budokan: The Martial Spirit (Genesis) on Sep 10, 2003
Other platforms contributed by EboMike (3135), Quapil (4825), Kabushi (223540), Martin Smith (66862), IJan (1999) and MAT (194942)