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Final Blow is an action game based around the sport of boxing. You can play the fighters in a sequence of knock-out competitions, (the computer versions also include a round-robin league). Rounds last one minute, with a short break in between them. As in the real sport, your aim is to knock your opponent down for 10 seconds, by gradually weakening him with a series of punches. You can block punches, to avoid them inflicting damage onto you. The ring is of a limited size, so players can be cornered, although the referee will intervene to break the boxers up if they become entangled in a stalemate position.

The Genesis version is not to be confused with the Master System game of the same name, which is entirely different.


Final Blow Genesis And out
Final Blow Genesis In the thick of it
Final Blow Genesis US Title Screen.
Final Blow Genesis Ready to go

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Alternate Titles

  • "James 'Buster' Douglas Knockout Boxing" -- US Genesis title
  • "ファイナル・ブロー" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Interface 1991 75 out of 100 75
Raze Sep, 1991 75 out of 100 75
The Video Game Critic Sep 03, 2009 C 50 May 14, 2009 5 out of 10 50
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Apr, 1990 5.6 out of 12 47
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Oct, 1991 410 out of 1000 41
Power Play Jul, 1990 36 out of 100 36
Sega Does Aug 30, 2016 D+ 33


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Version differences

The Genesis US and European versions, named James "Buster" Douglas Knockout Boxing, have The Detroit Kid's name and palette swapped to James Buster Douglas and also feature a new boxer, Iron Head.
Martin Smith (66864) added Final Blow (Genesis) on Feb 21, 2006
Other platforms contributed by Trypticon (11033), Sciere (528247) and Martin Smith (66864)