Fighting Hawk

The Arcade Video Game by Taito Corp.

Fighting Hawk screenshot


Emulated in MAME ! Coin-Operated Arcade Video Game

Fighting Hawk © 1988 Taito.

The player controls his fighting plane 'Falcon' and fights against enemies in each round of grassy plain, iceberg, glacier, snowfield and city. His final aim is to shoot down the enemy's snowfield newest bomber 'Dragon Hat'.


Taito L System hardware
Prom Sticker : B70

Main CPU : (2x) Zilog Z80
Sound CPU : Zilog Z80
Sound Chips : YM2203

Players : 2
Control : 8-way joystick
Buttons : 2


Even if titlescreen says 1988, Fighting Hawk was released in March 1989 in Japan.

Many Japanese gamers expected this game was in the line of Toaplan's "Flying Shark". But the game played very differently from Toaplan's usual style. So, the game was a flop.

Fighting hawk's BGM and graphic engine were re-used in "Master of Weapon". Originally, Master of Weapon (at an early stage of development) was planned to be a sequel of Fighting Hawk.

The game forbids the initials 'SEX' on the high score table. If you try, it gets changed to 'H !'.


• Stage selection screen : like many others games in the Taito library, this game has a hidden stage selection screen, here is the process :
1) During the boot of the machine, press the 'service' button.
2) "Service switch error" should appears, new press 1P START (x3) and the service button (x1).
3) Stage Selection screen should appears.



Sound composer: V. Ohashi (Pinch Panchi)



Sony PlayStation 2 japan (jan.25, 2007) "Taito Memories II Joukan [Model SLPM-66649]"

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