Hokuto no Ken (Master System)

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For the Western versions, see Black Belt.

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Hokuto no Ken
System(s): Sega Master System, Virtual Console
Publisher: Sega
Developer:
Licensor: Buronson, Shueisha, Fuji TV, Tetsuo Hara, Toei Animation
Genre: Action[2]

















Number of players: 1-2 (alternating)
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Master System
JP
¥5,0005,000 G-1303
Sega Master System
TW
G-1303
Wii Virtual Console
JP
600pts600[4]
CERO: B

Hokuto no Ken (北斗の拳) is a beat-'em-up action game developed and published by Sega for the Sega Master System, based on the manga and anime series Hokuto no Ken.

Hokuto no Ken was reworked for a Western audience, with an entirely new set of graphics and a different soundtrack as Black Belt. The game received a sequel on the Sega Mega Drive, Hokuto no Ken: Shin Seikimatsu Kyuuseishu Densetsu, which was given the same treatment overseas and released as Last Battle.

Story

The martial artist Kenshiro (ケンシロウ) sets out to rescue his girlfriend Yuria (ユリア) from his rival Raoh (ラオウ).

Gameplay

The game is a single-plane beat-'em-up played on left-to-right side-scrolling stages. Kenshiro faces numerous underlings and minibosses before fighting a boss. Boss fights take place in separate, closed arenas with no scrolling and use larger sprites.

Kenshiro is moved with Left and Right and crouches with Down. He jumps with Up; jumping from a crouch performs an extra high jump. He jumps down from platforms with Down. Kenshiro punches with 1 and kicks with 2. Punches are faster but kicks have greater reach. Both can be done from a crouching position; kicks (but not punches) can be done from a jump.

Kenshiro has a health bar that diminishes as he takes damage from foes. He loses a life if he loses all of his health. He also loses a life if he runs out of time. The game ends if he loses all of his lives. The player receives an extra life at 100,000 and 300,000 points. Health and time are replenished at the beginning of each stage. A small amount of health is replenished from defeating ten common enemies and a larger amount of health is replenished from defeating a miniboss.

Items

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E
Restores a portion of Kenshiro's health. This item appears if the Kenshiro performs an extra high jump when the timer reaches 80 seconds in Chapters 1, 3, and 4.
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P
Temporarily makes Kenshiro invulnerable to damage. This item appears if the Kenshiro punches one of the dog-faced statues that appear in Chapters 2 and 5.

Chapters

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サザンクロスタウン

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ゴッドランド

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デビルリバーズ

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カサンドラの伝説

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聖帝十字陵
The weak spot of the boss cycles between the head, chest, waist, and legs.

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拳王ラオウ
The final hit on the boss must be a punch.

Production credits

Source:
Uncredited[5]


Magazine articles

Main article: Hokuto no Ken (Master System)/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Physical scans

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Hokuto no Ken (Master System)

Master System, JP
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Cover
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Cart
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Manual
Master System, TW

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Cart

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 24f5fe8c
MD5 ddd6b56e864a7dfd74a9e04bc4407f41
SHA-1 26c5da3ee48bc0f8fd3d20f9408e584242edcd9d
128kB Cartridge (JP)
Sega Master System
 ?
CRC32 c4ab363d
MD5 6024c42162c64c922e722547c6f4995f
SHA-1 a66f9373f75355855aac52fdc11d9ad887fd5556
128kB Cartridge (TW)

External links

References


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