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Karate Champ is an action fighting game for one or two players. The players compete against each other at nine 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 your opponent down and the first player to gain a two point lead wins the round. Should the 30 second time limit for a round end, the player who has the most points wins. At the end of each match is a bonus round where the victor can earn extra points by knocking down flying objects that are tossed his way.


Karate Champ NES A fight in progress
Karate Champ NES Title screen
Karate Champ NES One of nine locations fights take place at
Karate Champ NES Starting a fight

Promo Images

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

Alternate Titles

  • "空手道" -- Japanese Arcade title (Kanji 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)

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User Reviews

A Pioneer: Before all the fighting games there was KARATE CHAMP! Oblio (108) 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars
An instant classic! Da Pur Insanitee (38) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars

Critic Reviews

Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library 2016 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60 Jun, 2012 D- 16
HonestGamers Nov 02, 2003 1 out of 10 10
The Review Busters 2011 1 out of 10 10
The Video Game Critic Sep 16, 2001 F 0


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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.


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.
Servo (57416) added Karate Champ (NES) on Nov 21, 2002
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