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System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: HOT-B (JP), Sage's Creation (US)
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Publisher(s) of original games: Taito
Genre: Action

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥7,7007,700 T-28013
Sega Mega Drive

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Ka-Ge-Ki (火激), sold as Ka-Ge-Ki: Fists of Steel in the US, is a 1991 action game developed by HOT-B for the Sega Mega Drive, ported from an arcade game and arranged in certain aspects, made by Taito and Kaneko in the year 1988. The player character is Ken, a boxer who's girlfriend was captured by a gang of criminals and taken to the ninth floor of their hideout. Ken must defeat every enemy to rescue his girlfriend.


The player fights through 9 stages, represented as floors of a building. In each stage, the goal is to defeat a certain number of enemies that attack the player one at a time. The number of enemies that appear is based on the stage and difficulty level. After enough opponents are beaten, a boss appears. After the boss is defeated, gameplay continues on the next floor until the final boss is defeated on the ninth floor.

Gameplay takes place in a small, square arena, where Ken and his opponent are free to move in all directions. Ken has a fast and a strong punch used to attack enemies, and can also jump to avoid enemies. Occasionally, one of three kinds of power-ups will appear in the arena, these will restore Ken's lost health or increase his attack power for a limited time.


A: Jump
B: Weak Punch
C: Strong Punch
B + C: Dodge


  • Voice data is different between the Japanese and US release.
  • Compared to the Arcade version, there are some significant differences, making this version an arranged version rather than a straight port.
    • The game takes place in a building with changing backgrounds while the original was locatet at a harbor with a single background
    • Gang members sitting in the background aren't there anymore, only their cheering for booing remains
    • Weaker mob enemies where added, possibly to extend the game's length
    • Enemies take more damage
    • Some colors indexing mistakes happened, certain characters have wrong shade graduations as a result

Production credits

Source: In-game credits

Magazine articles

Main article: Ka-Ge-Ki/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

Main article: Ka-Ge-Ki/Promotional material.

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
48 [2]
58 [3]
43 [4]
53 №130, [1]
51 №5
50 №1991-04, p42
51 [5]
20 [6]
40 №15, p77
30 [7]
86 [8]
80 [9]
36 №18, p66
30 [10]
Sega Mega Drive
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Mega Drive, US
Kageki md us cart.jpg
KaGeKi MD US Manual.pdf
Mega Drive, JP
KaGeKi MD JP Box.jpg
Kageki MD JP CartTop.jpg
KaGeKi MD JP Cart.jpg
Kageki md jp manual.pdf

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 effc0fa6
MD5 31ca6dabd0443625f0c7ce3c1a6229c6
SHA-1 893b1bae5242f25494b6de64a861b1aa1dc6cf14
1MB 1991-01 Cartridge (US)
Sega Mega Drive
CRC32 391866a1
MD5 1e593b65ce45c68692d4d49b266a1727
SHA-1 9424e8b759609004748dd6cd4779f917211264ae
1MB 1991-01 Cartridge (JP)