DescriptionKarate Champ is an action fighting game for one or two players.
In one player version the player has to master some skills at a karate school to be able to compete in a karate tournament for the national title. At the end of each match is a bonus round where the winner can earn extra points by knocking down flying objects that are tossed his way, breaking roof tiles/ice blocks or knocking down a charging bull on the beach!
In Player vs Player (two player) version, players compete against each other at twelve different locations to see who has the best karate skills! To win a match, the player must win two of three rounds by knocking down his opponent with a wide variety of karate moves. A full point or half a point is awarded for knocking the opponent down and the first player to gain a two point lead wins the round. When the 30 seconds time limit for a round ends, the player who has the most points wins. At the end of each match is a bonus round where the winner can earn extra points by knocking down flying objects that are tossed his way, breaking boards or knocking down charging bulls!
- "空手道" -- Japanese Arcade title (Kanji spelling)
- "空手道" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
- "Karate Dou" -- Japanese Arcade title
- "Arcade Archives: Karate Champ" -- PlayStation 4 title
- "カラテチャンプ" -- Japanese spelling
- "からてどう" -- Japanese Arcade title (Hiragana spelling)
- "가라데 챔프" -- Korean spelling (Hangul)
Part of the Following Groups
|A Pioneer: Before all the fighting games there was KARATE CHAMP!||NES||Oblio (108)|
|An instant classic!||NES||Da Pur Insanitee (38)|
|All Game Guide||Arcade||1998||80|
|App Spy||iPhone||May 24, 2010||4 out of 5||80|
|Slide to Play||iPhone||May 25, 2010||3 out of 4||75|
|Retro Archives||Arcade||Dec 12, 2021||13 out of 20||65|
|Retro Archives||Arcade||Dec 12, 2021||12.5 out of 20||62|
|Retro Archives||Commodore 64||Dec 12, 2021||8 out of 20||40|
|The Review Busters||NES||2011||1 out of 10||10|
|Wizard Dojo||NES||Sep 17, 2017||1 out of 10||10|
|The Video Game Critic||NES||Sep 16, 2001||F||0|
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1001 Video GamesThe Arcade version of Karate Champ appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
LawsuitArcade publishers Data East sued System 3, claiming International Karate was a complete rip-off. It also used the same forward kicking (street) karate style.
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