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 !'.