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James "Buster" Douglas Knockout Boxing (Mega Drive)

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Final Blow/James "Buster" Douglas Knockout Boxing
Publisher: Sega, Taito (JP)
Developer:
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Original system(s): Taito F2 Syetem
Genre: Sports































Number of players: 1-2
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
JP
¥6,800 T-11033
Sega Mega Drive
US
$? 1204
Sega Mega Drive
US (Classic)
$29.95[1] 1204C
Sega Mega Drive
UK
£34.99[2] 1204
Sega Mega Drive
FR
?F 1204
Sega Mega Drive
DE
DM ? 1204
Sega Mega Drive
ES
?Ptas 1204
Sega Mega Drive
AU
$? ?



Final Blow (ファイナルブロー) is a 1988 arcade boxing game by Taito. Taito ported it to the Sega Mega Drive in 1990, releasing it under its original name in Japan — but when brought to the US and Europe, it was renamed James "Buster" Douglas Knockout Boxing, despite the original arcade game having already been released with its original name.

It has been suggested that Sega licensed James Douglas after the infamous boxing match, Tyson vs. Douglas, in which Douglas (the underdog) knocked out Mike Tyson, the then undefeated, undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. Nintendo had licensed the use of Mike Tyson in 1987 for their successful NES release of Mike Tyson's Punch-Out!!, so Sega of America, caught up in their iconic "Genesis Does (what Nintendon't)" campaign, saw an opportunity to poke fun at their rivals by producing a game starring the "better" fighter.

James Douglas's next fight was against Evander Holyfield, which he lost in the third round. Not wanting to be left behind, Sega licensed the boxer and created Evander Holyfield's "Real Deal" Boxing in 1992.

Gameplay

The game is a typical 2D boxing game. A punches with the right fist, B punches with the left, and C blocks, with various moves being done depending on which D-pad buttons are being held at the time.

Magazine articles

Main article: James "Buster" Douglas Knockout Boxing (Mega Drive)/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

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SegaVisions US 01.pdfSegaVisions US 01.pdfSegaVisions US 01.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Sega Visions (US) #1: "June/July 1990" (1990-xx-xx)
also published in:
  • Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #13: "August 1990" (1990-xx-xx)[3]
  • GamePro (US) #12: "July 1990" (1990-xx-xx)[4]
  • VideoGames & Computer Entertainment (US) #18: "July 1990" (1990-xx-xx)[5]
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EGM US 016.pdfEGM US 016.pdfEGM US 016.pdf

PDF
Print advert in
Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #16: "November 1990" (1990-xx-xx)
also published in:

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
41 №49, p71[2]
63 №1990-04, p107[9]
53 №, p85[10]
78 №104, p105[11]
63 №97, [1]
60 №18, p82/83[12]
88 №2, p78[13]
91 №7, p122[14]
40 №4, p79
12 №5, p92
31 №10, p32
6 №15, p77
69 №1, p78[15]
56 №8, p47
80 №11, p58[16]
75 №11, p55[17]
32 №24, p37
60 №3, p18[18]
71 №9, p80
79 №23, p65
Sega Mega Drive
57
Based on
20 reviews

Mega Drive, US
JBDKOB MD US Box.jpg
Cover
JBDKB MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
James Buster Douglas Knockout Boxing MD US Manual.pdf
Manual
Mega Drive, US (Sega Classic)
JBDKOB MD US Box SegaClassic.jpg
Cover
JBDKB MD US Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, EU
JBDKOB MD EU Box.jpg
Cover
JBDKB MD EU Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, JP
JBDKOB MD JP Box.jpg
Cover
FinalBlow MD JP CartTop.jpg
FinalBlow MD JP Cart.jpg
Cart
Mega Drive, AU

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 87bbcf2a
MD5 9635abe009beffdff9954c4214e8cc8d
SHA-1 617b61da9bceb6f4d8362d074dc1dad3f7304584
512kB 1990-07 Cartridge (US/EU)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 48ad505d
MD5 f2c1ca2b1ab0febcf6d244785d477a50
SHA-1 610c3136e6ddccc41ab216affd07034fa46341a8
512kB 1990-01 Cartridge (JP)

References