Karate Champ

The Arcade PCB by Data East USA, Inc.

Karate Champ screenshot

Emulated in MAME !

DESCRIPTION

[ARCADE] Arcade PCB

Karate Champ © 1984 Data East USA.


A seminal 1-on-1 fighting game set over the course of a karate tournament, Karate Champ was the first game of its type and would influence every game of the fighting genre that followed. Karate Champ's control system utilised a somewhat awkward dual joystick control system, with simultaneous joystick manipulation required to execute even the simplest of kicks.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

PICTURE :
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Karate Champ the  Arcade PCB
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Main CPU : Zilog Z80 (@ 3 Mhz)
Sound CPU : Zilog Z80 (@ 3 Mhz)
Sound Chips : (2x) General Instrument AY8910 (@ 1.5 Mhz), DAC

Players : 2
Control : Double 4-way joysticks

TRIVIA

Karate Champ was released in September 1984 in the USA.

This game is known in Japan as "Karate Dou".

This is where an entire genre began; the 1-on-1 fighting game. The list of titles Karate Champ would go on to inspire is near-endless - needless to say, without this game, "Street Fighter", and countless others like it, might never have happened. The only description that can truly do this game justice is seminal.

Alexander Stojanovic holds the official record for this game with 250600 points on January 7, 2011.

Michael Jackson used to own this game. It was sold at the official Michael Jackson Auction on April 24, 2009.

PORTS

Consoles:


Nintendo NES usa (nov.1986) "Karate Champ [Model NES-KC-USA]"
Sony PlayStation 4 [PSN] europe australia (jul.28, 2015) "Arcade Archives - Karate Champ [Model CUSA-02970]"
Sony PlayStation 4 [PSN] usa (sept.29, 2015) "Arcade Archives - Karate Champ [Model CUSA-02942]"

Computers:


Tandy Color Computer usa (1985) "Karate"
Apple II usa (1985)
Commodore C64 usa europe (1985)

Others :
Apple iPhone/iPad usa (may.20, 2010) "Karate Champ [Model 335387077]"
Apple iPhone/iPad usa (aug.24, 2010) "Karate Champ XL [Model 385462349]"

SOURCES
Game's ROM.
Machine's picture.

Page last modified on September 25, 2016