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In this game, you play Riki. Kyoko, your beautiful Japanese girlfriend, has been kidnapped, and in order to rescue her, you must get through a tireless army of enemies. These enemies come equipped with weapons that include whips, knives, swords, and flamethrowers, but Riki has to make do with his well-trained martial arts body.

Black Belt is a side-scrolling game that is split into seven chapters. During these chapters, you are fighting Chinese Kung Fu men, wrestlers, jujitsu men, eagles, ninjas, and black women. When you get halfway through the chapter, you will fight a different enemy than one that you encounter before. At the end of each chapter, you have to defeat several bosses before continuing on to the next round. Each type of these has their own personal strengths and weaknesses.

Once you touch an enemy or boss, you will lose energy. once you lose all energy, you lose a life, but more life can be restored by getting the cake when it comes across the screen in mid-air, or by defeating an enemy that will come at you halfway and you receive a bonus for doing so.


Black Belt SEGA Master System Dead...
Black Belt SEGA Master System The "Get Ready" screen
Black Belt SEGA Master System First level takes place in Southern Cross Town (Japanese version)
Black Belt SEGA Master System Hawk down

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Alternate Titles

  • "北斗の拳" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Hokuto no Ken" -- Japanese title

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Critic Reviews

Game Freaks 365 Dec 06, 2005 9.2 out of 10 92
Génération 4 1987 85 out of 100 85
The Video Game Critic Apr 18, 2004 B+ 83
VideoGame Mar, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
TigerChainsaw Sep 06, 2020 6.4 out of 10 64
VideoGame Oct, 1991 5 out of 10 50
Hey Poor Player Oct 25, 2016 2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars2.5 Stars 50
IGN Jan 11, 2008 5 out of 10 50
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Jul 30, 2005 3 out of 10 30
Sega Does Nov 05, 2014 D 25


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German index

On August 19, 1987, Black Belt was put on the infamous German index by the BPjS. More information about what this means can be found in the game group.

Japanese version

In Japan this game is originally based on the anime series Hokuto no Ken (or The Fist of the North Star). Sega, however, edited the game considerably and changed the title to Black Belt since the anime was relatively unknown in US and Europe. Although graphics and other thing such as music is different, gameplay is all the same.

Information also contributed by Rad Spencer
Katakis | カタキス (42945) added Black Belt (SEGA Master System) on Aug 02, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Michael Cassidy (21109)
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