Chan Bara

The Arcade Video Game by Data East Corp.

Chan Bara screenshot


Emulated in MAME ! Coin-Operated Arcade Video Game

Chan Bara © 1985 Data East.

Set in feudal japan, you play as a student samurai, and breakthrough to defend the dojo temple with his katana, waging battles to death against their enemies brandishing harmoniously his sharp sword katana and jumping while avoid being cut by the enemy weapon some enemies hooded attacking from above dodge his attacks to win and move forward through levels to keep the Bushido code and protect the dojo.


Main CPU : Motorola M6809 (@ 1.500000 Mhz)
Sound Chips : Speaker YM2203 WSG (@ 1.500000 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal
Video resolution : 224 x 256 pixels
Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz
Palette colors : 256

Players : 2
Control : Double 8-way joysticks


Chan Bara was released in June 1985 in Japan. Its a very rare game.

Chan Bara popularly known as 'chambara' (contraction of 'chanchan'; onomatopoeic sound of two swords collide, and 'barabara', the meat being cut up), is the specific name with which is known to this genre. In fact, the chanbara is a subgenre within jidaigeki or Japanese period drama. The term refers to jidaigeki film that tells a story that happens in a historical period, while chambara exclusively used to define action movie with samurais. It is also a sport since 1973 in japan and is called by it's nickname 'Spochan' and now practiced over the world.

Some deaths in the game are censored and represented with humoristic animations.

Game's ROM.

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