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Heavyweight Champ
Publisher: Sega, SIMS (JP), Flying Edge (George Foreman)
Developer:
System(s): Sega Master System, Sega Game Gear
Genre: Sports































Release Date RRP Code
Sega Master System
US
$? 7063
Sega Master System
EU (G. Foreman)
€? MK-27041-50
Sega Master System
UK
£24.99[1] 7063
Sega Master System
FR
?F 7063
Sega Master System
DE
DM ? 7063
Sega Master System
ES
?Ptas 7063
Sega Master System
BR
R$? 024180
Sega Master System
BR (G. Foreman)
R$? 026180



Sega Game Gear
JP
¥4,200 T-44027
Sega Game Gear
US
$34.95[3] T-81038
Sega Game Gear
UK
£39.99[5] T-81038-50
Sega Game Gear
FR
?F T-81038-50
Sega Game Gear
DE
DM ? T-81038-50
Sega Game Gear
ES
?Ptas T-81038-50



Heavyweight Champ (ヘビーウェイトチャンプ) is a boxing game released for the Sega System 16 arcade in 1987 and later ported to the Master System and Game Gear in 1991. The game has had an unusual history, having been tied to two professional boxing champions, George Foreman and James "Buster" Douglas.

For a brief period in North America, the game was titled James "Buster" Douglas Knockout Boxing (where it was released alongside the redesigned Master System II), to accompany the Sega Mega Drive game of the same name. It is, however, a very different game to the Mega Drive version, and is sometimes even seen as the superior product. In Europe and Brazil, it was titled George Foreman's KO Boxing, and is again unrelated to the Mega Drive game with the same name. In more recent releases the game has simply been titled as "Heavyweight Champ", presumably because SIMS and Sega no longer had the rights to pair it with those celebrity boxers.

Gameplay

Heavyweight Champ is more traditional fighting game, viewed from the side of the action and controlled using a standard control pad.

Production credits

Master System version (Heavyweight Champ)


Master System version (George Foreman)

  • Acclaim Development by "The White Team"
  • Dan Feinstein, Tom Gibson, Donn Nauert, Joe Libertella, James Fink
Staff
  • Planners: All Members
  • Programmers: Machida
  • Designers: Aoyama
  • Sound Composer: Wada, Nishino
  • Special Thanks: Fujioka, Hikita


Magazine articles

Main article: Heavyweight Champ (8-bit)/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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PDF
Game Gear print advert in
Sega Visions (US) #8: "May/June 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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SegaVisions US 08.pdf

PDF
Game Gear print advert in
Sega Visions (US) #8: "May/June 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • GamePro (US) #36: "July 1992" (1992-xx-xx)[6]
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PDF
Print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #39: "October 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
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EGM US 041.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #41: "December 1992" (1992-xx-xx)
also published in:

Physical scans

Master System version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
69 №114, p74[8]
49 №1, p138Media:MeanMachinesEssentialSegaGuide Book UK.pdf[9]
74 №16, p142[10]
62 №15, p108/109[11]
50 №2/37
46 №7, p58/59[12]
77 №10, p41[13]
65 №35, p132[14]
65 №9, p54[1]
67 №19, p34/35
60 №23, p57
12 №38, p56/57
79 №3, p47[15]
69 №15, p32/33
55 №3, p60/61
Sega Master System
60
Based on
15 reviews

Master System, US
(James "Buster" Douglas)
HWC SMS US Box JBD.jpg
Cover
JBDKB SMS US Cart Top.jpg
JBDKB SMS US Cart Back.jpgJBDKB SMS US Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, EU
(Heavyweight Champ)
HWC SMS EU Box.jpg
Cover
HeavyweightChamp SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Heavyweight Champ SMS EU Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, EU
(George Foreman)
HWC SMS EU Box GF.jpg
Cover
GFKOB SMS EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, AU
(Heavyweight Champ)
HWC SMS AU Box.jpg
Cover
HeavyweightChamp SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, AU
(George Foreman)

GFKOB SMS AU Cart.jpg
Cart
Master System, BR
(Heavyweight Champ)
HWC SMS BR2 Box.jpg
Cover
HeavyweightChampSMSBRCartridge.jpg
Cart
HWC SMS BR2 Manual.pdf
Manual
Master System, BR
(Heavyweight Champ; newer)
HWC SMS BR Box.jpg
Cover
HeavyweightChampSMSBRCartridge.jpg
Cart
Master System, BR
(George Foreman)
HWC SMS BR Box GF.jpg
Cover
Georgeforeman sms br cart.jpg
Cart

Game Gear version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
61 №125 (Go!), p18/19[16]
60 №153, p111/115[5]
62 №7, p127[17]
63 №35, p82[3]
74 №5, p56
84 №10, p50
70 №6, p136[18]
73 №15, p154[19]
78 №24, p155[20]
75 №34, p229[21]
85 №26, p130[22]
55 №8, p78/79[23]
28 №36, p63
80 №5, p64[24]
62 №13, p27
70 №15, p34
47 №5, p28/29
Sega Game Gear
66
Based on
17 reviews

Game Gear, US
(George Foreman)
GFKOB GG US Box Back.jpgNospine.pngGFKOB GG US Box Front.jpg
Cover
George Foreman's KO Boxing GG US cart.jpg
Cart
GFKOB gg us manual.pdf
Manual
Game Gear, EU
(George Foreman)
HWC GG EU Box GF Front.jpg
Cover
George Foreman's KO Boxing GG EU cart.jpg
Cart
Game Gear, JP
(Heavyweight Champ)
HWC GG JP Box Front.jpg
Cover

References