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Following a great war that destroys most of the earth, Tuff E Nuff sees four of the earth's toughest people come together to do battle, and earn the right to attempt to depose the mighty ruler. Gameplay is standard beat 'em up style action, featuring most of the conventions of the genre. The characters have a range of kicks, punches and throws, and each fight at their own base. The 90-second time limit can be turned on or off. Fights are best-of-three, with points awarded for each hit, and for overall victory.


Hey Punk! Are You Tuff E Nuff? SNES Those are some long arms
Hey Punk! Are You Tuff E Nuff? SNES Title screen / Main menu.
Hey Punk! Are You Tuff E Nuff? SNES Vortz win the match
Hey Punk! Are You Tuff E Nuff? SNES Just like Ryu and Ken, Syoh and Zazi can perform same moves

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Alternate Titles

  • "Tuff E Nuff" -- European title
  • "Dead Dance" -- Japanese title
  • "デッド・ダンス" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Jun, 1993 90 out of 100 90
Nintendo Magazine System UK 1993 89 out of 100 89
GamePro (US) Jul, 1993 4 out of 5 80
Mega Fun Jun, 1993 79 out of 100 79
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Jul, 1993 30 out of 40 75
Play Time Jul, 1993 73 out of 100 73 Mar 12, 2021 7 out of 10 70
Video Games Jun, 1993 68 out of 100 68
Total! (Germany) Sep, 1993 3.25 out of 6 55
neXGam 2002 4.4 out of 10 44


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Japanese version

There are a number of changes from the original Japanese to the US version:
  • The setting was moved into the future: 2151 instead of 200x.
  • In the Japanese version, there are short dialogues between the opponents before the fight starts. Those were completely removed.
  • In the original version, all characters except the end boss suffer head injuries when their energy bar hits less than 50%.
  • The ending cutscenes were removed in the US version.
A detailed list of changes can be found on (German).
Martin Smith (76137) added Hey Punk! Are You Tuff E Nuff? (SNES) on Nov 17, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Rik Hideto (410064)