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Description

Karate 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!

Screenshots

Karate Champ Arcade Knocked him down.
Karate Champ Arcade Karate Champ - Player Vs Player - Title Screen
Karate Champ Arcade Another kick.
Karate Champ Arcade Karate Champ - Player Vs Player - Take This!!

Promo Images

Karate Champ Screenshot
Karate Champ Screenshot
Karate Champ Screenshot
Karate Champ Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "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)

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User Reviews

A Pioneer: Before all the fighting games there was KARATE CHAMP! NES Oblio (108)
An instant classic! NES Da Pur Insanitee (38)

Critic Reviews

Modojo iPhone Jun 08, 2010 4 out of 5 80
App Spy iPhone May 24, 2010 4 out of 5 80
All Game Guide Arcade 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
148apps iPhone May 25, 2010 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Zzap! Commodore 64 Jul, 1987 52 out of 100 52
Questicle.net NES Jun, 2012 D- 16
Wizard Dojo NES Sep 17, 2017 1 out of 10 10
The Review Busters NES 2011 1 out of 10 10
The Video Game Critic NES Sep 16, 2001 F 0

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Karate Champ appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Lawsuit

Arcade 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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