Kung-Fu Master was released in December 1984 outside Japan. Originally known in Japan as as "Spartan X
Licensed to Data East for US manufacture and distribution. Kung-Fu Master was the first game that Irem licensed to Data East and was also the first of two genre-defining fighting games released by Data East that year; the other being 'Karate Champ', the world's first one-on-one fighting game.
A bootleg of this game was released by O.K. corp. in 1985.
Mike Sullivan holds the official record for this game with 1,349,040 points.